Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HOWDY PARDNER COWGIRL IN AN OLD WEST TOWN

Hi Stampers and Stitchers,

I made a card for the Teapot Challenge on Tuesday over at Splitcoast Stampers.
I will add the verse to the inside or just write something nice. This was fun!

As always, please ask me any questions you may have about crafting!

Enjoy!  Have a terrific week!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

EASTER BASKET IDEA FOR GIRL

Hi Stampers and Stitchers,

Today I made this cute little purse for my 3 yo grand daughter. It will be her Easter basket. I will include two story books and one chocolate bunny.

There are some changes I would make to the directions. On the Moda Bake Shop website, the directions are correct for #13 but on their printer friendly version, they are a little different. Follow the website directions. For #10 I would have said to do this twice. I'm not a sewing person so for me this was trial and error. I figured out my mistake and it turned out well. Finally, for the pleat, instead of sewing both ends together at once, I sewed the two 4" x 12" pieces together on one end, folded the fabric wrong sides together, then I measure from my seam to the edge of the fabric, found my center and then made the 1" and 2" marks after that step. When I was all pinned after pinching the pleat, I then sewed the other end back together. Don't ask me why this worked better for me, I don't know. LOL

So here it is!!

Enjoy!

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me. Happy Sunday!!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

PINWHEEL BLISS QUILT

Hi Stitchers and Stampers,

This was my project for the past 3 days while being snowed in. It was fun!


The pinwheels are from a tutorial on You tube by Missouri Star Quilt Co.  My blocks are almost 6."
I cut them at 5" and followed Jenny's instructions. This was really really fun. I have one tip for you, be sure to press and not iron. Handle the pieces as little as possible and try not to stretch them. :) I always learn the hard way. LOL  I didn't have to trim my blocks. They all came out to be the same size.  The border is 3 1/2" unfinished.  The dotted material and stripes material are from Robert Kaufman.

If you have any questions, please email me. 

Have a great day!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

OKAY, HERE IT IS! THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG AT ALL

Hi Stampers and Stitchers,

here is the visual stimulation quilt top that I've made for my new grandson, due Feb 21st. I think it turned out pretty wonderful.

I have lots to do. Some more quilting and to get some stamping in….I must find time for that. LOL

Any questions, please ask me. My squares are 6 1/2" unfinished and I followed this link to help me with the finishing triangle edges and corners. I did sew my corners on last though. :)

Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A TEMPLATE IDEA FOR VISUAL REFERENCE

Hi Stampers and Stitchers,

I am making a visual stimulation quilt for my new grandson. I wanted to know what sizes to make the blocks so that all of the pattern on the material could be seen very well.


I used the cardboard from a 12" x 12" tablet of scrapbook paper, a six inch omni-grid ruler, and a rotary cutter to cut out my square in the center of the cardboard. The 6" sized block will work perfectly for this quilt so I will use the 6 1/2" ruler to allow for seam allowance.  I also used a paper punch to punch a hole in the corner of the template so that I could save it for future use. I made several of these for different sizes. 





I will keep you posted on the blocks and the measurements of this quilt. I hope that you find this information helpful for future projects, i.e. quilting, sewing, crafts, stamping, scrapping, etc.

Enjoy and as always, please ask me any questions you may have.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Quilting Blocks of the Month

Hi Stampers and Stitchers,

It's warming up outside! Who knows what the next 3 months hold for us though! It's Indiana, the state where we have all 4 seasons in one week!

Here are a couple more blocks I've finished for our little group swap. The first is called Milky Way. It is a 15" block when finished. This will make a nice lap quilt! The second is called Box Kite. A very fun block for kids if you needed a colorful, easy pattern. Even though the HST are there, they are very large and very nice to sew.

Next I have a very exciting visual stimulation quilt in the works for the new baby arriving Feb 21st hopefully! I will share photos and the plans for making it when I'm finished.

Until then, happy stamping and stitching!


Please ask me any questions that you may have.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

QUILTING BLOCKS OF THE MONTHS

Hi Stampers and Stitchers,

I've been busy creating blocks for our little group swap. I've made 3 blocks this year so far. Next I will make my block called cardtrick.  It's pretty cute!

The first block is called Betty's Delight, the second is called Birdhouses, (it was paper pieced) and the third block is called Depression.

Next I have 2 blocks left to sew on my memory quilt of my Mom's passing!  She loved blue!  I started this is 2002 but quit quilting because it was too hard for me. I needed time to grieve. It's been almost 13  years and it's still hard sometimes.  I will post the top when it is finished.

When that's done, I'd like to start stamping some more. :)  I miss it.

We have had bitter cold weather here in IN and now snow. I've been shut in for 3 days.   Our tractor broke yet to boot so it needs a new engine.   Better $1k than $5K.  Although I'm pushing for a new zero turn mower and a new barn!!

If you have any questions about the blocks please ask.