Friday, July 25, 2014

A few weeks ago I came across this fabric 
It's the Italian alphabet. I wanted to make an Italian quilt for my daughter who traveled to Italy for a study abroad semester last year. Did you know there are lots of Paris themed fabrics but after much looking this is the only Italy fabric I could find. It's a Michael Miller print. I also found this

I spent way too much time looking for a go with fabric , but I'm glad I stuck with it. I'm happy with the way it turned out. (It's a rotten picture though)

Friday, July 18, 2014

I spent my sewing time this past
week playing with laminated cotton fabric. I made the little guy a new bag for daycare. 

Since bags and totes are always a challenge for me I was pleased with this one. 
I also finished up some bibs. Now that he's feeding himself,  meals are a pretty messy event. I got the patterns from a blog I found via pintrest (see I actually do make things I find on there), JRoxDesigns      
When I contacted Amber to ask her if I could link to her blog, I found out that she lives about 10 minutes away from me!  Small world.    

Oh, and one little girl bib. 

I love this pattern. Thank you Amber for sharing the tutorial.   It's a perfect size for a toddler or a just turned one year old who's toddler sized. 

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom's it up Friday 

Thursday, July 3, 2014


I love watermelon, so cool and refreshing.  But, I think I need to get help. I've developed a watermelon addiction. Each one more perfect than the one before. I don't know how I'll cope when the summer is over. 

We  have done lots of swimming   The little guy LOVES the pool. On nights when there's a swim meet  and we can't go to the pool we bought a kiddie pool for him. He loves that too

Speaking of love, I am loving working with corduroy. It is just dreamy to sew with. I'm using it as the center part of my scrappy blocks.  I think I've discovered a new fabric love. Thanks Stephanie!

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 23, 2014

I've been able to do a bit of sewing the past few weeks. I have a long overdue box going to Margaret's Hope Chest. With this quilt included

Also I finished this wall hanging. I saw this pattern in my local quilt shop and needed a last minute gift. I made it in a couple of hours (using machine appliqué of course). 
I'm hoping later in the week to have more to show. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The past several weeks have been busy here. And with a baby in the house a little bit sleep deprived. 
I did manage to get some sewing in. An appliqued table topper. This was a present for a friend and I'm crossing my fingers it will fit the table.            

Speaking of the baby, there's been lots of growing going on, and even a little walking. 

This little guy loves the pool and swimming. We take him to the pool everyday, and even got a baby pool for home. 

My husband built a sandbox for him.  Although I think we need a larger one. 

Other things go on here too. My youngest graduated from high school. 
The ceremony was in downtown Raleigh.

 We are so proud of him. He is a great kid. Who still says yes sir and no ma'am. He's always been so fun and happy
Wait need a quick snack before pictures and dinner

And a picture of the whole family

Oh and just for reference right now he's 6'4. I'm betting he'll get to 6'5. Ask the girls that's a lot of little brother. 

On my list of things to do is buy him a longer bed. I swear he looks like this. 

Gee I really need to get back in my sewing room. Hopefully my next post will be about that. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Learning how to miter corners

Learning how to mitered corners is something I've always wanted to try. It took a while to get it right

Not this one

Got it!!

I also did some appliqué this week. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blue Bird Challenge

As part of Emily's flour sack challenge I got to play along.  I had a hard time cutting it up.   I wanted to keep the words as well as the picture. Since it was meant to work hard and hold flour I thought it should continue a life of usefulness.  In fact it's already in heavy rotation with my other  grocery store bags.  Since making bags is a huge challenge for me, I'm pretty pleased with it.  Check out the other participants responses to the challenge.  They are really  impressive.    Ooops, forgot to mention to visit Emily's blog to vote for your favorite!