Tuesday, June 12, 2018


I can never resist a fun blog hop...
especially when FLOWERS are involved.

Carol, of Comment #21, is the WINNER
(random generator seltor)
of my fabric scraps giveaway!
The contest is now closed.  

When Carla over at Creatin in the Sticks 
asked me to join the fun with flowers..
I jumped into the dirt
and found these beautiful flowers in my stash.

I decided to make a special friend a retirement gift
as my project for this hop!
The flowery fabric seemed perfect for the
Noodlehead Poolside Tote.

I used the larger print for the exterior of the bag.
I was out of soft and stable, which makes the bag very firm...
So I used a layer of SF101 and Cotton Batting.

Worked pretty well.
The lining had to be the big polka-dots!
I just used SF101 on the lining and pockets.

The interfacing piece can seem intimidating.
 Read the instructions carefully and follow the basting steps!
Yes it is a couple extra steps to add a basting line where
the pattern indicates, but sew worth it.

I like to add a key fob to my totes
and if you use your zipper foot to sew it
you can get really close to the key fob metal
without hitting it.

Turned out great!
and since she just moved into apartments...
I am pretty sure she will have a pool.
Maybe I will go visit and take a dip!

Thanks for stopping by today! Leave me a comment 
and tell me if you prefer the pool or a beach...
you can enter to win my larges pieces of leftover scraps.
(Sorry, US only)

For a complete list of hop participants
head on over to Creatin in the Sticks.

Now for the bad news...something is going on with
 bloggers NOT receiving notification of your comments.
 Up until a short time ago...I always got your comment
in my email inbox.   Not happening right now.
Sad for bloggers sad for followers.

I will return here to draw the winner of 
the fabric bundle on June 20th.
And if I can reach you by an email I will.  

If you don't hear back from me specifically to your comment,
please know I will be reading them here in the comments below.
I won't have time to actually look up emails to respond.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Do enjoy making backs for you quilts?  
Do you challenge yourself to use fabric in your stash?

I think 1 fabric backs are boring!
I dug thru my stash and found several yards 
of a print I had forgotten all about.
I bought this several years ago and stored it
with a bunch of Halloween prints.

Its quite perfect for  
"The Ghastlies Peep Show"
It's the SAME green that I have in the border of the top
I believe our minds
remember the colors we love!

I was at quilt retreat, and before the tables filled up,
I used that space to make several quilt backs.
THIS my friends is how NOT to hurt your back
making backs!
Follow along for a simple way to get creative with your backing.

I had some left over 8 1/2' squares not used on the quilt front. 
I laid them out and made 8 1/2" squares of black polka dot fabric.
Sewed them all into a checkerboard piece!

To that piece I added side pieces of the backing fabric.

Always extend your quilt back a few inches 
beyond the "width" of your quilt.  
Add 5 or 6" to both the top and bottom to for length.
Long arm quilters will thank you for that!

Take a closer look at the side pieces and top piece
sewn to the checkerboard piece.
I did have to piece this top section piece 
to make it the width needed.

Here's a better look...both sides and the top piece 
all sewn and laid atop on top of the Peep Show top. 
I'm half done with the backing!

Then I laid the yardage left on the top, letting it hang over.
Easy cutting while it hung over...I snipped a start and then used my
rotary cutter and mat to get a clean even cut.

Here you can see the seam, as  I needed two pieces, 
sewn together to make the bottom section.

TaDa! All done!
Simple, yet an unexpected, fun surprise
and I was able to incorporate  left over blocks
from the front of the quilt!

The back...

I hung them both on a back wall for a final look. 
This quilt is gonna be quilt Ghastlie!

You can get quite creative....
Sometimes I pull FQs and sew them together.
Sometimes I use up pieces of yardage!
I always try to pull something from the front
into the backing.
It's all up to you and your creative journey!
Try it and let me know how it works for you!

When I get "The Ghastlies Peep Show" back from the quilter...
I'll take some great photos and post about it again.
til then...stop dont' break your back...
create it!

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Image result for happy mothers day pics

My Mom has been gone 11 years and I miss her
everyday...My son lives 12 hours away and
I miss him everyday. 

But today I want to share a sweet Mother's Day story

Gemma, my 7 year old great-niece
 was recently spending a day with me.

Aunt Kathy, "Can we sew?"
Sure, but so you understand the sewing machine
is not a toy and we will make a project.


She picked some fabrics to make her 
Mommie a Mothers Day Gift

Lessons are in order when she sews with me.
I want to teach her to "love" sewing.
I showed her...
How to determine the right side and wrong side of fabrics.
How to place fabrics RST 
How to  pin the two pieces for sewing the seams
(flip them over and make sure the pin catches both fabrics
and the edges are totally lined up)

Now at the sewing machine, more lessons.
How to line up the seams against the pressure foot toe guide.
To watch the pressure foot guide....NOT the needle
to keep the fabrics against it and have a nice
1/4" seam while gently guiding the fabric.

Important lesson:
Keep those fingers away from the needle area.
And she used the back stitch button.

We had 6 fabrics and 5 seams to make the drawstring pouch
with exterior and lining.
I cut the fabrics...she sewed the seams...
pulling out the pins and NOT sewing over them.
I pressed the seams.

She concentrated, while Aunt Kathy 
gave lots of encouragement and hugs!
"proud of you" may have been overused!

She watched as I cut the corners to "box the corners"
and she sewed the corner sections together.
She turned it inside out and thought using the
"chop stick" to poke out corners was quite fun!

She was tired by now so I suggested, "IF she didn't mind,
I would make the casing and the drawstrings
and she could just watch!

She top stitched the top and saw how the 
"open arm" works on the machine.
I put in the drawstrings, she said that they were
too hard to scoot thru.

And THIS is the final bag!

And when it was all said an done...
she was a happy little girl!
She did get restless but she finished it because...
UFOs are not a good lesson!  😉

I was a very proud "Aunt Kathy"

I hope Gemma will continue to want to "sew"
I have "sew" much to teach her!
I told her not many 7 year old kids can say
they sewed their Mama's Mothers Day gift!

I hope your Mothers Day is perfect in every way!