Friday, April 25, 2014

Has this ever happened to you?


Seriously I feel as if I've wasted two whole days.
I am trying to paper piece some farmer wife blocks.
Yesterday I spent hours sewing the paper pieced pieces, but then had no idea how to assemble them! I mean how to you attach that little pink square!


Sorry the pictures are on my old mat!  I do have nicer ones, LOL!


Now in the garbage!


Today I spent four hours trying to make this one block; seriously four hours, I have such a headache.  No matter what I did they did not turn out. I even tried to make then HST's individually. 
 Still did not work!





Once again in the garbage!

Have you ever had days like this? One step forward two steps back?





Now on a lighter note!  My friendship locks for this month turned out great. Maria and I choose.....


Blue
Red
Yellow

Navy
Light Green
Yellow




We only have two months left May and June.

Are May colors are......


Light Green
blue
Dark green

Navy
Red
light green


I am going to be sad when the swap is over it has been so much fun and I have met some wonderful ladies. I think our quilt will be amazing!

Have a wonderful weekend I hope you do something you love



Monday, April 21, 2014

A Date With Rosie

I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.
I can say that here in Illinois,
Spring has Sprong!
This was the kind of weekend where you just wanted to be outside.

My Easter Grand-Bunnies!


So, It was time to bring out Rosie!


Ahh, the girl (bike) is still in shape after a long winter of just sitting in the garage.  As for me, nope, it is going to take a while to get back on the horse so too speak!
But when I ride my bike I feel like a child again.  So happy, and carefree.
I love my bike!

And now to switch gears. I would like to tempt you with some new fabrics I have in my stores.
I still have a large selection of Flower Sugar.
This is just a few!


New are some beautiful pastels from Michael Miller

Salmon


Aqua


Lime


and a  hounstooth to match.


From In The Beginning Fabrics
a bright fun line that features an ACC & 123 Panel.


also prints to coordinate.




Notice the words on this one!


From Michael Miller a bundle that just screams Summer!
I am going to have to save a half yard bundle for myself!


Also fabric from Jane Dixon.  Jane is a surface designer; besides designing fabric for Andover she also has some darling plates and glasses at Crate and Barrel.  Jane lives less that 3 minutes from my house so of course I just had to carry her fabric.
This is her new line Jazz Jam.  I have fat quarter bundles but if you need yardage of any of the prints just let me know.



Hexies, back in stock.


Aqua and Red Bundles also back in stock.


All can be seen here at


or



Happy Sewing! 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I am Pretty Excited About This One! I forgot to add the picture of the finished project!

I have to admit, I am very excited about this project!
I have been making red, white and blue hexies for about a year.
I have plans to make a quilt with the hexies.
BUT...
I wanted to try something a little smaller first.
So I took a handful of my hexie flowers and stitched them together.  So far so good.
I pulled out the mylar hexies as I went along stitching.
I laid it flat and ironed it smooth.
So far so good.


BUT THEN

I remembered I have no idea how to applique!
How am I going to attach the hexies to the fabric.



I took a piece of Kona white
added three layers of batting
another layer of Kona white
and pinned the whole kit and caboodle together.
This way the stitches will be on the back!
Yippee!!


I decided to hand stitch around each hexie and also outline the whole piece.  I wanted the hexies to pop so that is why I used three layers of thin batting.

Let the stitching begin!






Now I could embroider and my stitches would be in the inside of my project.

What project, you may say?

Why a large pillow!
This baby is 20 X 20 inches!

I also was lucky and had the perfect backing.



Once again I used my favorite pillow tutorial. 






 I still have a ton of flowers left for a quilt!


BUT NO.....
NOT NOW....

I am making more hexies with my beloved Katie Jump Rope Scraps for a pillow to match Katie!





Happy Sewing!



Monday, April 14, 2014

With Love

With Love
My Little Brother
1969-2013