Saturday, August 4, 2018


Back to school is a mixed bag of worms.
Some people are happy to see it arrive.
Others...not so much!

The only thing I need to watch for are kids on the streets
and school bus congestion in a particular area of my neighborhood.

BUT I did sew my first RANGE BACKPACK by Noodlehead
And is in my school colors, Scarlet and Gray colors!

I used Essex Linen for the exterior/lining and black cork 
for the bottom section.
My intent to sew this bag last May, at a quilt retreat.
I cut it out and labeled the pieces using labels in the pattern. 

After retreat, it sat on my ironing board til July.   
I thought it was gonna be difficult.
Much to my delight...Noodlehead did not disappoint!
 The instructions were excellent and easy.
Look at those slider first installation!

I quilted my own design on the back exterior section,
layering the linen, batting and duck cloth.

Of course I have Buckeye Football charms laying around.
What a perfect zipper pull.

I will make more of these bag...I am pretty sure
Santa might find a few in the big red bag 
for Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


It's a Christmas in July Blog Hop
hosted by Carol over at Just Let me Quilt

I wanted to make a couple Modern Christmas tree blocks
for an upcoming guild swap
and selected these fabrics 
(outside of the Christmas red and green box)  

It began like this...Man, these are gonna be great blocks
for the Columbus Modern Quilters Block Raffle.

THEN, I did NOT lay out the pieces right for cutting.
Correct layout for cutting - both pieces RIGHT SIDES UP
I laid them out RS Together...
I often engage my rotary cutter before my brain.

I could still sew them together, but then had to trim them down
smaller than what the finished block should be.

 What will I do with these blocks now?
THEN the "Christmas in July" block hop 
ah-ha moment happened.

I added red fabric all around so I can square them up
to 9 1/2" squares and make pot holder loops

I found some dark gray fabric in my stash for the backing.
Cut 2, 9 1/2" squares

You need 2, 9 1/2" squares of Insul-brite 
and 1, 9 1/2" square of cotton batting
for each Pot Holder

I used the Pot Holder video tutorial by Crafty Gemini
just click here for full instructions.

This was my first attempt at Pot Holders
and they turned out OK.
I think next time I may leave the batting out.
They are very thick (which is good for heat) but
 sewing 5 layers (more on the loop corner) is a pain.

I did stitch around the Christmas tree 
to give it a little quilting dimension.

All in all...they are OK
They are for me and my oven!
I have two more to make...or maybe they will
become mug rugs...😏

I still want to make the Modern Christmas Tree Block Quilt 
and have been collecting fabrics.
I did make these blocks for the
Columbus Modern Quilters raffle...

I didn't win.😔

If you want to see the Modern Christmas tree blocks 
and the amazing quilt you can make...
 Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter has provided a tutorial
Click here for the tutorial.

Stop by and see the other participants today...
Head on over, give em some Holiday love
and get some ideas for your Christmas sewing!

July 25

and here are links to the other elves...

July 23

July 24

July 26

July 27

Friday, July 20, 2018


I have been reeled into the world of card-making.
A few friends have been doing this for a very long time
with a very large Card Making Company.
Once a month, someone in the group is hostess
and she makes lunch.
We all design and kit a card for all to make.
(and order stuff - our demo gives us credits so we
can earn free product - nice)

Here are some examples of what we have made.

My first card..from supplies I already had.
No surprises here...right?

My second card, also from supplies I had on hand.
I have had this Fairy "The Magic of You" stamp for a long time.

Third card...except for the saying...
supplies I had on hand.  Very sewy!

Fifth card...yep, supplies I had on hand
The Mermaid Stamp was sent to me as an extra
in a Beach theme swap.

Now we get to the SERIOUS cards...
designed by the pros...
but I put them together at our card making sessions.

Well you get the idea...I am buying more stamps and inks
and tools...yep that koolaide is good.

I find it silly NOT to use the supplies I have
but I will upgrade some inks and card stock
and I have bought a few new tools that will help
me in my endeavors.

My friends have been generous and given me
some of their supplies to "get me started"
(like I needed that 😉

BUT these two Scrapbook rolling cases
were given to me!

Card making is like making a small quilt.
It still takes time...but not as much time as a quilt
and I get to be creative. And spend lots of money!
Geeze...what was I thinking?

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