Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OOPS I did it again!!!

I should  have read my own posts and I would have seen that I needed to use a different browser...oh well.

 Anyway...I made this bag with a piece of cloth that was used as a dropcloth on my table during one of the classes I had taken in the last few years.  I would do practice stamping and discharge and dyeing on it and usually loved these pieces more than the ones I was working on.  So I made many of them.

And decided it was time to cut one up and make a bag for myself for a trip.  It has an iron-on fleece on each piece...outside and lining....and is then quilted.  So it has nice weight and body.

I also decided to make a small companion piece, and added an iron-on crystal and stud transfer of a pair of sunglasses....inspired by my trip.

I wasn't willing to cut into more special fabric for the inside, so I pulled out some old favorite polka dots in bright colors. 

As a side's amazing (and wonderful) that I now feel an urge to sew more since getting a clean bill of health....been a tough year.  Feeling grateful and blessed.


New Bag!

I can't seem to get pictures to load.  I'll try again tomorrow.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

LOVE the color...

The last of my finishes last week is this very colorful piece that hung on my design wall for a couple years, I think, in various degrees of done.  I just enjoyed looking at the explosion of colors when I entered the never hurried to complete.


This is mostly Brandon Mably and some Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

The quilting was done by Designing Quilts....always a beautiful job.

I couldn't bear to put anything but matching fabric on the back...but had to piece it.

I have a lot of strips and squares left...I see a jacket in someone's future.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

 The next quilt I completed was made with a tumbler kit from The Quilt Shop of Danbury.  LOVE these colors.

 And since I loved the quilting pattern on the previous quilt so much I repeated it on this one.  Eileen from Designing Quilts does a really nice job on the quilting.

 If my beach has a silent auction again this year I'm thinking this would be a perfect quilts have been a proven moneymaker in the past.

 These colors and patterns just make my heart sing...

Today I start on three new tote bags....I need to have some gifts ready for giving this summer.


Monday, May 5, 2014

 Last year I sent three pieces to be quilted by Designing Quilts....beautiful job as usual...and then they sat for the past year.  I machine sew all my bindings so it's a fairly fast process....just didn't feel like doing any sewing.

So last week I decided it was time...and I finished them all in a couple days.  This is the first, made with fabric from Moda.  Nothing fancy about the design...just love the fabrics and the quilting is so much fun.

These days I am MUCH less hung-up on points and more into the fact that I have a finished piece, made with love, that someone can now wrap-up in and enjoy


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Let's try that again...

I switched browsers and that seemed to do the trick.


So this is the diaper bag for my  niece's baby...they don't want to know the sex ahead of time....and she likes pale blues and greens....

I've made this bag many times, but I added outside pockets on this one.

I hope it holds up to all the demands of diaperbagdom.... :)

This will be my sister's first excited for her too!  And we got word last week that my brother Jim and his wife Pat will also be grandparents for the first time this year...yea!!!!  That makes all 5 of us grandparents....about time!!!!


Friday, May 2, 2014

I'm Back !!!

My desire to sew has returned....after 6 months of dealing with some medical issues (I'm feeling great!), I decided to get back into my sewing room and create....and I completed three things in two days.

The first is a diaper bag for my niece's baby, due in June.  She requested the colors and I used a favorite pattern but altered it a bit to add more pockets.  I included a Disney Bear.  My daughter illustrated the little book attached to the bear, and she designed the clothing.  My son-in-law illustrated the larger book. Makes for a very special gift.

I can't seem to upload pics to this blog....something may have changed in the year since I've posted.  I'll figure it out and post them next time.  Does anyone know why this is happening?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Latest Quilt

This quilt was made with 3 layer cakes of fabric.  Some, or maybe all, are from Amy Butler.

I just love the colors.  This combo would make great large pillows for the Cottage.

The wonderful quilting was done by Eileen Keane at Designing Quilts.  Thanks Eileen.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pics of dots quilt

Don't know if this will work but I'll's the baby quilt from my last post in April :)...all finished.

There's something about dots for me...

Where does the time go?

I'm finally back to some sewing...I have 10 projects cut and ready to go...quilts, jackets, toddler dresses and jackets, bags etc.

I finished the dots quilt, but blogger has changed since I last posted and I am having trouble figuring out how to post photos.  I'll get it at some point....have to put some time into it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


On one of the blogs I read I saw this stack of fat quarters....all dots...whole collection by Michael Miller fabrics...had to have it :)  I made a baby quilt similar to this about 40 years ago....gave it to my cousin for her new baby...I still have the pattern cut out from McCalls Needlework and Crafts craft bible in those days.

So when I saw all these dots, that's the first thing I thought, and immediately had to make one. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Yummy soft silk hand-dyed fabric....mmmmmm! I had to dye the fat quarters in plastic bags since the weather is not warm enough to dye outside in the pan....still turned out great.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Another Malka Bag

This is my third bag from Malka Dubrawski's hand-dyed fabric (along with some black & white prints from my stash). I just love her her fabrics are being manufactured and they are also great.

I'm trying to tweak this pattern to make it more my I made some mistakes and learned plenty from them.

Love the inside color combo....will pursue more of that.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Bag from Jelly Roll Strips

It's been a while! I only had a little bit of sewing left on this, so I grabbed a few minutes late last night and wrapped it up. I changed the straps on this one...I'm trying to perfect a pattern of my will take a few more trys and changes.

I ordered some custom cut acrylic pieces for the bottom but they haven't arrived yet.

And I used bias at the top of the pockets to strengthen them. Felt good to sew again.

Monday, November 14, 2011

lost iPad Southwest

On my last trip to Orlando I left my iPad in the airplane (Southwest) seatback. That was three weeks ago. On the chance that someone who found it is looking for the owner who lost it (google), I thought I'd post here and see if magic can happen :) My stupid mistake....whatever happens, happens.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Quilt

This is traveling with me tomorrow...a gift....daughter and SIL got married 5 years ago on Halloween at Disney World....we had a fabulous time. 5 Years....don't blink :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Jacket with Buttons

Just wanted to show the buttons I used on the jacket....easy for little hands!

Girly Girl

This very girly quilt was made with the Girly Girl line of fabric. It will be donated to our silent auction at the beach. I'm so glad to have finished it in time.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


It's time again for the Family picnic and auction at our beach, which raises money for improvements to the playground and pavillion. I'm going to be donating this little girl's jacket and a couple tote bags and journals w/ quilted covers. And possibly a quilt. We'll see how much I get done.

I put this together yesterday with some scrap squares I had....quilted the fabric and then cut out the jacket. It's a size 3/4 but looks larger. I need to try it on someone to get a better idea before I mark it.

I have a few buttons I'm auditioning....I'll show the finished jacket later. I just love making little satisfying in a short period of time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Few Found Minutes

As I waited for some clothes to dry yesterday I took some time to discharge a small pile of hand-dyes. It's such an easy process if all the tools are handy.

I used a cut sponge for the circles, an eraser for the rectangles, and a brush for the others.

Only four weeks or so till our new granddaughter, Kira, is born....