Monday, January 24, 2011

New Threads to be Sewn

Girl meets quilt shop

Likes Janome machines ALOT


AND drools

Goes home excited and then not so much--Hello-- cha-ching!

Venture's to Facebook (well who doesn't)

Sees message from new friend whom happens to work at that quilt shop

She says a friend of hers is selling her Janome MC6500P for $500 AM I interested?

Interested doesn't describe her feelings--are YOU SERIOUS!!!

Girl thinks: "NO I can't possibly do that. The price is awesome.  Online they are $1200.00 on SALE.  The hubs won't buy into it. Why is this new friend from the shop torturing me like this!!! 

Well maybe I can swing it."

Just maybe...

Girl tells hubs and a few minutes go by (tick tock,tick tock),
Hubs ACCEPTS and says go ahead that's one you can't pass up (AHHHH in tune of course)

Girl hangs up phone and does a few giggles (or more, who's counting), jumps up and down and around in circles

Girl's son looks at her thinking "What the heck momma?"

Girl calls shop to find this "friend" that is selling the machine (BTW, this machine is the very 1st one I was eying up originally)

Girl picks up machine NEXT day and fell head over heels---watch out hubs!!

Lucky me
Blessed me!
(Don't worry hubs you are still my one true love.)
Janie (clearing throat) Janome is sooooo puuuurrrrty and functional to me:) 

Happy sewing ya'll,

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cotton Bliss

Hancock's, Hobby Lobby and a nearby quilting shop 

Most on sale and a couple too pretty and oh SO Yummy to pass up:)

The Art Gallery stack in the back is giveaway winnings of Pat Bravo Modern Affair.

They are all my faves so I cannot really pick one or TWO or even three.  It's ALLL good!!

P.S. Go see Lila Tueller's blog for a fantastic giveaway:)

Night ya'll,


Friday, January 21, 2011

Can I get a Whoop-Whoop?

Don't you love that title-hehehehe!!!

Sarah Craig over at Confession of a Fabric Addict is hosting a GREAT and ENCOURAGING party that is going to happen every FRIDAY!!!  Now who doesn't love a party every week?!  I do, I do: P
For my show and tell I am going to tell you about a quilt that I wrote about here after the top was pieced. 
This quilt or rather titled "Chilling" is themed with penguins and polar bears.  I decided to do penguin and polar bear footprints, that's two rows of each print on each side of the snowflakes I drew up in the center.  This is all going to be hand embroidered.  The penguin feet are in black and I have one more to go of those guys.  Then it's to the middle with the snowflakes.  I plan on doing each one in a different shade of blue and maybe a silver one too:)

This top has been finished for some time and I only did 2 of the penguin feet afterward:(  Then it sat on a hanger in my closet for some time while other fabrics in my stash got put to good use in other quilts that were (clearing my throat) FINISHED: P
Then last week some time my son got sick and I thought what can I do while sitting next to his sick self on the couch?  Why, some embroidery on that poor neglected quilt in my upstairs closet OF course.  
I was on a mission Then Sarah posted about her show and tell.  At first I thought am I going to be able to produce something each week to post.  We ARE moving at the end of next month ya know!

Sarah emailed me and I became more calm and rational (LOL!) about it and thought HEY what the heck I will do it:)  Thanks Sarah for the help to get me motivated and not so timid;)
There will be some weeks I won't be able to post any new progress, but I will just have to deal and so will you Sarah. (LOL!)

Can I get a WHOOP,WHOOP?



Happy as a Daisy

Amy Butler's Daisy Chain (daisy bouquet / indigo) and the handles are Happy by Jennifer Heynen

The bag was FMQ in stippling and the inside is lined with muslin and  I used a combination of Heirloom batting and Warm and White pieced together from many,many scraps:)  There is a zipper in light blue on top and a side, pleated pocket with a dark blue zipper added.

Overall, a few adjustments were made here and there or rather some minor fudging going on, BUT I LOVE THE RESULT!!!  I learned more about zippers, how to add a pleated pocket and all about adding straps to a bag.  OOH and how could I forget, I learned about reading a pattern more successfully. This bag took me 10hrs and so over a span of 3 days I created something versatile and quite pretty. That makes me smile and truly love sewing.

I had worried that this bag wouldn't be done in time for my bible study Spring Retreat on the 28th.  I really amaze myself sometimes ya know:) 

Take care ya'll,


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WORDless Wednesday??? Nevaaaa!!!!

EEEEKKKKK!!!!!!  Squealing with absolute delight here FOLKS!

This wallet has Tula Pink written all over it and then a little extra fabrics here and there of which I cannot remember what they are;)

I adored the tute for this one and then took it upon myself to help a friend make one for herself as well----that's what friends are for as I like to say *wink,wink*!  Very easy peasie.  Snap was a little tricky, but hey when you have a cheapie snap press that only adds to the problem.  It will do though:)

Sidenote: I am  thinking of Scotch guarding the outside and probably inside as well.  What do you think?

Simply cannot have a WORDless Wed.---he,he,he,.........

Happy Wednesday to ya'll,


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Imagine this!

A hoop

                      some fabric

                                                                      DMC thread

And some creativity went a long way in making this Christmas themed kitchen towel:)

That was for my friend Stephany:):):):)


Then there was my gorgeous embroidered piece I received in return from her!!!

I must have done some really good sucking up for this one!!!!  My favorite flower, the peony, with my favorite thing to do in words (sewing mends the soul it reads) from my BFF!!!  Her stitches are just perfect in every way-- how original here folks!  The bird represents her love of all things birds:)  It's hanging above my sewing machine table proudly, just as Steph would have it---HONEST!!


Good night ya'll,


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dreamin On

I am dreaming that the darn memory card from my friend's camera would work already!!!  Sorry readers:(  I DO have more pics to share ya know.

Also, dreaming that I may win some of this goodness over at Lucy and Norman's blog:)


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

R is for...

Steph you are awesome!!!  My "personal" photographer took these pics for me the other day.  As you know, I am without a camera so she really stepped up to the plate to help me out.  That's what BF's are for right?!  P.S. this BF is also Reagan's mommy:)

Soon I will be moving 4 hours away---I wonder if I can package her up--Steph that is and bring her to NC with me :P  Road trips to come!!

"Rainbow Sherbet" turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself!  The colors are so pretty and truly feminine.  Polka dot bindings are becoming my new "go to" for binding dilemmas--lol!

As you know already, Reagan is the recipient of this quilt---are you ready to share girlie??  He, he, he...

EEEKKK!!  I am crazy IN love with this quilt and wanted everyone to know so.  Jan. 16th, the B-day celebration day, will be the day I have to part with Rainbow Sherbet.  You will always be one of my fave's!!

Didn't want to OVER load anyone with too many delicious eye candy pics.  More pics to come of more projects and fabric that I adore;)



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Diving into a pattern;)

Working on a weekender bag by StudioCherie for Simplicity and enjoying myself so far:)  I have all the 6 pattern pieces cut out and all that is left to cut is the main fabric.  I am using Amy Butler's Daisy Chain in dark blue and turquoise for the main part of the bag and then a calico print called Journey for the handles.  I even get to do a little quilting on it as well:)

Time for a break outside with my little one, Ayden.  He turned 3 two weeks ago.  Yikes!

While we are away to play, go check out Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for a special beauty to win!!  Congratulate her on her 1 year mark while you are there!!!

Happy Sunday Sitches,


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Clearly Spoken

“Pay it forward” is the idea that random acts of kindness are given without expecting anything in return. It’s passing on a kindness hoping that your recipients will do the same, and forming a never-ending chain of goodwill , that’s what this is about. But it isn’t only kindness, it is also a means to connect with our fellow crafters, to network, if you will, and to share our enjoyment of crafting/sewing instead of just keeping it to ourselves or where only friends and family get to see it.
 This is how it works: You’ll have to comment on this post and the first three people who comment will receive a handmade gift from me within the next few months. But those three people will also have to post the idea on their blog (or Facebook for those of you I know who might like to participate but who don’t blog!) and commit to making a gift for the first three people who comment and so on and so forth.
SO, the first three people to comment here will get something handmade by me,  but you have to do this on your blog as well.  I’ll be reading your blog (or checking out your Facebook!) to figure out what to make you and to make sure that you have posted about your Pay it Forward!   

Take care,


P.S. I need 2 more people to participate please!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A giving heart is a blessed heart

I found this great idea on one of my favorite blogs otherwise known as Laundry on the Line.  Just had to take this on because who doesn't love doing something for a great cause and then to top it off, it involves sewing?!  Count me in.  You should check it out too ya'll!  Now just what to make for this project....hmmmmmm;)  Then make it three times for three different recipients---wooowhee it's going to be a wonderful ride.  Pay it Forward ya'll!  

Respond on here in order to get a handmade gift from me---I am making gifts for the first three people to respond--first three.  Come on---- it will be sooo much fun!!!  

Then post the Pay it Forward button (that is on my right sidebar here) on your blog and get three people to join on your blog whom will each receive a handmade gift from you.

BTW, Happy New Year ya'll and I hope your year has started out with new adventures and new discoveries that are opening new doors in areas that you just have to dive right into:)  So happy to be blogging right into the New Year and realizing that I am going to be at my One year mark in March.  I have been debating with myself as to whether or not I should do a giveaway in March.  Furthermore, we will be moving out of state to NC smack dab right in the middle of this celebration.  With that in mind, I am aiming toward----just playin' it by ear from here on out folks!!  Please be patient with me here :)

I had a wonderful and amazing Christmas with my family.  I truly believe my son enjoyed every second of it and the gas log fireplace in our rented town home didn't hurt s well *wink,wink*.  We were able to spend Christmas up in TN due to our amazing in-laws!!  It actually snowed up there on Christmas and was still snowing as we drove back to GA.  Glorious, just glorious!!!  TN is such a beautiful state with the rock formations, mountains, trees, trees, and more trees, very tranquil.  Maybe.  Just maybe.  Just maybe someday;)

There has been a Great deal of sewing going on in between too and some fabric being snatched up as well here and there.  I FINISHED the girly, girly Rainbow Sherbet quilt for my friends daughter (can't believe  I am saying that).  This is giving me goosebumps as we speak----I HEART quilting soooooo much!!!!  I even added some special touches I will have to show you soon.  My camera has been stolen---by my hubby that is.  He is in AZ for a bit for school and wanted to do some photography while there.  How could I tell him no!  He is a terrific photographer, btw!  So I am bribing my friend, Steph as we speak to come over and photograph away.  OOOOh and also, I did this one in free motion too---very excited for you to see that especially8)

I also did an embroidery swap with my BFF, Steph and we exchanged our gifts on New Years Eve.  I embroidered a Christmas scene on each side of a kitchen towel and then added a blue snowflake border on each side.  Really pretty.  We also exchanged laughter, wine, pizza and truffles and enjoyed some good old Alfred Hitchcock movies.  It's a wonder  my stomach didn't hurt after all that fun!  Best time ever;)  Thanks for the chance to do that Steph:)  AND I cannot wait to show you what she created for me----breathtaking and very personal.  It is hanging above my sewing machine table for me to always gaze at with a smile:):):):)

Meanwhile, I have been cutting more 1.5" strips for a postage quilt I am eager to get rolling.  There is never a shortage of ongoing projects is there??! Without further ado, I also have a quilt top in a closet upstairs that needs tending to as well:)  AND, I am finishing up a new wallet for myself that I am so very proud of overall.  I broke into my layer cake of Plume Tula Pink for some yummy prints and then threw in a couple other prints that I am not sure who the designers are really-lol.  Nonetheless they are tooo sweet.  NEED a camera soon I know. I know.

How could I forget I am also roaring to get going on a baseball quilt for my brother, Brian too.  My head is spinning---geeesh!  Loving every second though.

Time to go for now------and finish that darn wallet(tutorial here).

May your year be filled with lots of finished projects;)