Friday, July 17, 2015


This month, our grandson, Ryan had his eighteenth birthday. Ryan's bedroom has been done in Americana since he was three. He has cross stitch, wooden knick knacks, small quilted flags, etc. He also has two quilts for his bed. The second was made when his family moved to Georgia from Florida. They didn't have enough blankets for Georgia weather.
The photos  I'm going to show today is the one his Gramps and I both made. Gramps decided to take a series of beginning quilt classes for something to do. We'd just built and moved into a new house. Two months later his company told us we'd be moving to Florida. It was going to be almost a year before the move was to take place. In each class they would make a block or two of a sampler quilt. Suddenly the move got moved forward several months. He had to get busy preparing for the move at work. Quilt classes fell to the wayside. 
Move forward a few years. We have our July born grandson getting his first "big boy" room. Americana seemed like the appropriate way to decorate it. They wanted a quilt for his twin bed. I hunted up the blocks my husband had made and used them as the beginning to design a quilt that would make a twin size. This is the finished product!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Block two of Garden Tea Party

Block two of the Garden Tea Party from Shabby Fabrics is done.  This block came two days after I finished block one.  I pieced it a couple of weeks ago at a BSC sew fun day. The appliqueing was done today while I Skyped with my friend Erica.

Such a relief that they give you plenty of fabric for the blocks.  I actually made a mistake in the cutting. Fortunately there was enough of the fabric I cut wrong left from block one to recut.  Whew!

I'm so happy I signed up for this BOM.  I really enjoy looking at the fabrics they choose.  The next block kit should arrive in a week and a half. While I'm waiting for it, I'll work on quilting the next quilt in line on my Longarm.   I also have a baby quilt I'm making.

Happy Stitching. Peace!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter Dress

Easter is when we Christians celebrate the most important day of the year.  Christ's death and resurrection is what gives us everlasting life.  He died for our sins! Hallelujah!!!  All we have to do is acknowledge our sins, ask Him into our hearts and live our lives following his teachings.

One of the traditions many people have for Easter is to get a new dress to wear to church Easter Sunday.  This year I made an Easter dress for my youngest granddaughter, Faith. Confession time; the reason I made this dress is I already had the pattern, fabric, and embellishments.  I bought them about fourteen years ago for my oldest granddaughter, Toria.  I just never got around to making the dress.  In my decluttering this year, I came across the pattern, etc.  I realized if I didn't make it this year, I wouldn't have enough fabric to make the size Faith would need.  She's my last granddaughter, so it was now or never!

I used a Simplicity Daisy Kingdom pattern.  I had purchased the fabric and embellishments just as they are shown in the pattern.  It wasn't hard to make, but took a considerable amount of time.  I had to be meticulous to have everything come out as it was supposed to.  The dress can be worn with or without the apron.

Faith looked beautiful in her dress as you can see in this photo her mother took of her and her sister Easter morning.  She and Angelica look wonderful together!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Another Quilt Top

Yesterday I finished my last QOTM top from 2014. It had gotten put on the side burner because I cut a section at the wrong width. I had to go to BSC to get replacement fabrics. We found three of the fabrics immediately. The fourth one took a few days as they had to search in their scraps for it. Fortunately enough of all the fabrics were found. By then I'd moved on to other projects. I finally got back to it a couple of days ago. 
I started this quilt on February 3rd. The beginnings of the project are on my February 4th blog post entitled Studio.
The quilt pattern is by Villa Rosa Designs and called Cloud Nine. (The model of sewing table I have is also called Cloud Nine.) I used the kit BSC had available. This is going to be another charity quilt. Here's the pieced top. Enjoy!

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Teapot BOM

In January I decided that I wanted to do the Shabby Fabrics Teapot Block of the Month. It's a six month BOM. I got my first pattern and fabrics the end of February. The company gives you plenty of fabric and excellent directions for each block. I finished making my first block last Thursday. Here's the finished block.

Below is the pattern for the second block. I have all the applique patterns traced on fusible. This pattern arrived two days after the first block was finished!

The piecing is a little tedious, but I so love doing the appliques. The steady sound of the machine making the stitches is soothing and relaxing. It's nice to do between other projects. The cheery fabrics make doing these blocks so much fun. Applique quilts are my favorites to make. 

I use the applique techniques taught in Sue Nickels and Pat Holly's  book Stitched Raw Edge Applique. You can find this book at Sue's website.

Use your time wisely and with intentionality. You'll get so much done. Have an awesome day! 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Bebe and Isabel

A couple of weeks ago, while out to lunch with friends, we stopped in the Quilt Shop of DeLand. They had an adorable doll clothes pattern, which I purchased. Our youngest granddaughter Faith, has a Bitty Baby, Bebe, and an American Girl doll, Isabel. The pattern had outfits for both size dolls. Sweet!

One of this year's goals is to use my fabric stash whenever possible. I looked through my stash to find fabrics for the doll clothes. The pattern takes several fabrics for each outfit. Faith likes pink and purple. I found a coordinating line of fabric with those colors to use.

Indygo Junction produced the pattern. It's called Dolly Dress-up. There were a couple of errors in the pattern pieces. Nothing major though, so easy adjustments. I couldn't find an errata page with corrections on their website. I suppose I should email them and let them know.

I made Bebe and Isabel each a jumper. Bebe's has bloomers and Isabel's has shorts to go with it. There's also a t-shirt pattern included. There wasn't a suitable knit in my stash, so I went to Bernina Sewing Centre and purchased a quarter yard of cream knit. That was enough for both shirts. It calls for Velcro for the back closures. I tried to use some old Velcro like stuff from my mom. The little squares were sewed on with my Bernina 750. They wouldn't stick together. I don't think it was real Velcro, but some poor imitation! I had to pick all those little stitches out of the knit fabric. Colored snaps that coordinated with their outfits did the job!

Faith was very happy with the new clothes for Bebe and Isabel!