Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Past Few Months

Hi Everyone!!  Just popping in to say hello!    September, wow, where did the summer go?  Although here in Illinois today is going to be 90 degrees!  I love the last push of summer. I will be sorry to see it leave. The children are back in school and a routine has started to settle back in everyone's home.
As for sewing I have been working on smaller projects throughout the last few months..
I found a great pattern on Instagram for a see through pouch.
  Zipper and all!

I also have been embroidering. Found a wonderful designer named Sherri Falls. Her Company is called This and That.  I just love her patterns. Check her out HERE.

My love of hexies continues......

We took our youngest daughter back to college on August 15th (way too early for my liking!).
We had to rent a car and I sat in the back seat because she gets car sick.  It was only a four hour drive so no problem for me! 
She is one happy camper!

I am working on a king size quilt for my daughter and SIL.  She choose a beautiful shade of gray.  She is very traditional so I am making the good old nine patch! 

I am using these Halloween fabrics as my leader ender quilt. I am using the pattern, Fast Four Patch by Amy Smart of Dairy of a Quilter. She has a tutorial on her blog HERE.
Most of these fabrics are from Riley Blake called Witch Hazel and the rest from my stash. 

I am also collecting the fabric line Feed Company by Sweetwater for an upcoming quilt.

Lastly, I am finishing my Farm Girl Vintage blocks by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  Link on my side-bar.  These and others item are posted on my IG feed.  Just a few too many pictures to post!
Hope you stop by to visit.
Link on my side-bar. 

Well friends, that is what I have been up to the last few months.  I hope all is well with you and that you are getting a chance to do something you love,   Happy Sewing!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Lot To Share

Those who know me know that I am always thinking of the colors Red/White/Blue and 
The 4th of July.
So, I did some crafting.
I do not craft but I have been wanting to try a few things so I took an out of my box jump!  

Before I show you what I did I would like to show you what my 19 year old daughter made for me.
I just love this so much!!

OK, here we go!
I purchased some patriotic scrap-booking paper, got out my star die and my go cutter.

and made these....

Next, I headed to the machine and just chained pieced them together to make star garland.

Next up, salt layered candle holders.
Wow, is this fun and easy.
A container of salt pored into a bowl, drops of food coloring added, stir!
Keep adding drops until you reach your desired tint.
Then I took a spoon and layered the salt around the candle.

I also pained Mason Jars.

First up supplies. 
 Newspaper spread on the working surface.
Black Acrylic Chalkboard paint.
Sponge brushes.
Acrylic paint in red, white and blue.
An emery board.
Spray can of matte finish sealer.
Clean and dry Mason Jars.

I first painted the jars black. Let them completely dry. I gave it about 2 hours.  Second coat, two more hours. 

Now you can paint over the black with a color of your choice, for me R/W/B.
One coat. Let dry.  It took two coats to cover the black completely.
Maggie joined in and painted two, one purple and one aqua. She did not use the chalkboard paint first.

Now for the trick!  I took the emery board and slowly rubbed over the words on the jar.  The black paint showed up and gave the jars a rustic look.

I took the jars outside and sprayed them with the sealer.
I let them dry overnight.

Here they are!
This was a lot of fun and very easy to do.  Especially for a non-crafter like me!

Whew, let's get back to sewing!
Because I am crazy I must have more than one project going at a time!
I started a paper piecing project.  I just love to paper piece.

A few stars for my star quilt.

And then I got smart (about time, don't you think!) I make one Farm Girl Friday Block and then one star block. With this technique I hope to stay in pace with the Farm Girl Friday Blocks.

We just returned from our Vacation to Disney World. 
Myself, hubby, three daughters, two SIL's and three grand-babies. When they say it feels like 106 degrees, you better believe it does!! Dry heat, I do not think so!  
But nothing could ruin a family trip to this magical place.

It is our anniversary today.
38 years.
Time goes so quickly!
Pink flowers in my favorite vase (my Mom's pink vase).
Thanks honey.

Until next time...
Enjoy and happy sewing!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Beach Quilt Finished!

My Beach Quilt is finished!  I have been working on this all winter.  I picked up the fabrics here and there last fall. I knew I wanted a big quilt to toss on the ground for picnics, ballgames, 4th of July and yes the Beach!
It is approximately 108 inches by 122 inches.  
This baby is huge and heavy!
So without further ado...

My Beach Quilt

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

An Appropriate Finish

Thank you and bless all of you  that have helped keep our county safe and free, past and present.

I have been working on a few patriotic items.  I purchased a place-mat at good old Target!  Took one of my hexie flowers and added a firework embroidery design to the middle.  I attached it to the place-mat a voila a finish!  LOL!!

Next I wanted to make a hot pad using insul-bright.

More Farm Girl Friday Blocks

And what I am working on now.  This bright fun fat quarter bundle arrived and I could not wait to open it up!  

Sanibel  by Gina Martin for Moda

My two favorite prints, the sunglasses and the pink chairs!

I have a leader ending project I want to work on but I am having trouble with the flying geese!  I will loose the points.

Now that my dear friend is back from Florida she offered to help my with the flying geese.  They are just getting the better of me! Errr!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and happy stitching!