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?

I still am not receiving your comments into my email inbox.
I do come by here and read them.  Thank you!
Responding to your comments is not a task I can easily do.
 Thanks for understanding 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


I have a Yankee Doodle Dandee who lives next door
to me and my front porch!

A perfect neighbor born on the 4th of July!

He lets the neighbor borrow his power washer,
his mower, he snow blows our drives,
He looks after our homes when we are away
be it a week or 3 months. 

I decided to make him a quilt to thank him
for all his does for my family...
and to help celebrate his birthday!

I found these "Freedom" charm packs by Moda
in my stash along with the solid cream fabric. 

I selected the free pattern from 
 the Fat Quarter Shop
Charm Pack Cherry quilt pattern

It wasn't quite big enough to suite me...
so I added a 3" border all around.
Then the top and bottom got a 5" border 
with more charms and cream fabric.

"Peas and Carrots" by American Jane...
that was perfect for the backing.
ahhh...this has been in my stash for about 10 years.

This is a very quick quilt to make...
and you can adjust to a size you need
by adding or removing charms.

I did a simple meander with a few stars to FMQ it.
And check out the label...
stands for "The Best Damn Neighbor In the Land"
it's an Ohio State thing...

The end result...a very masculine
red-white-blue birthday quilt!

for a Yankee Doodle Dandee kinda guy!

Happy 4th of July America!
Happy Birthday Mark Wilson!

Monday, June 25, 2018


Once in a while I let the crafty girl inside me out.
She enjoys crafty mediums other than FABRIC!

Small white grapevine wreath found at a
thrift store for a couple bucks with a bit of fish net.   
The various seashells are from NC and SC beaches.
Simple but looks great hanging in my "beachy" bathroom.

I volunteer at Inniswood Metro Gardens 
in Westerville, OH  

Each month the "design interest group" members volunteer
to make a door decoration for the main house.
I asked for July so I could incorporate a beachy
feel with a little Red-White-Blue

There is a little red FREEDOM sign hanging below the ribbon.
 All the mussel shells are from Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(gotta love a hot glue gun)

This will hang on a white door at the house
 and will greet the visitors!

Enjoy your summer!
I am dreaming of the beach....again!

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.