Sunday, August 31, 2014

Let's get sewing! :0)

Here we are at the beginning of a new month, so what better time to start the new sew-along, right? OK...technically it's still August 31 here, but I work tomorrow so I'm posting this tonight. If you missed the link to the Charming Stars pattern, you can find it HERE, and if you want to sew along on this, just let me know and I'll add you to the list on my sidebar. Also, feel free to grab the button on my sidebar to add to your blog if you want to.

I made time today for some sewing, and now I have four blocks made. They really don't take that long to make, so let's make that the goal for make four blocks. If you want to make more or less than four blocks, that's fine too. It's all up to you. The pattern shows the blocks laid out with sashing and cornerstones, but I just might sew mine up like I have them laid out...without the sashing and cornerstones. I kind of like how the blocks look this way.

And here are the eight bonus pinwheel blocks I made from the leftover triangles. Originally I had planned to make a separate quilt with these when I was done, but this afternoon I came up with a great idea...

...why not use the pinwheels as a border? I'm thinking of adding a plain border of my star material, and then the pinwheels border, followed by another plain border. What a great way to use up those pinwheels! Of course I may change my mind again before this one is finished, but for now I like it! :0)

I'll be adding a Linky thing to my sidebar so you can add your name to it once you have your blocks made. Remember to add the link to your post showing your blocks...not just to your blog. And thanks so much for sewing along! :0)

Friday, August 29, 2014

I conquered the zip

It's not perfect, but it's done. If I were to make another one, I'd make the tab so it didn't stick out the side so far. And I'd stop my stitching just short of the zip so I'd get nicer corners. But other than that I think this came out OK. Hopefully it will be just the right size for Emily to keep a few things in when she goes out. Finished size is about 3-1/4" by 5-1/2" and you can find the tutorial for it HERE.

And speaking of the sew-along, my plan now is to start September 1...I'll be posting more info then. At the moment we have at least 26 people sewing along together on this one. Thanks everyone for your interest in taking's going to be so much fun! :0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Making a lanyard

Now that Emily is driving, she wanted a lanyard for her keys. I decided to make one for her out of camoflage fabric to match the bag I made for her last year. It took about 15 minutes to make this can find the tutorial HERE. She also mentioned wanting a small zippered pouch to hold her wallet and lip balm, that could attach to the lanyard too. That will be next on my list, as soon as I buy a small zipper. Wish me luck...I don't do zippers! LOL

Monday, August 25, 2014

Early to Rise

I was up early this morning, even though I didn't have to go to work. I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise.

I also got started on my drawstring backpack bag this morning, and wonder of wonders, I finished it this afternoon! It was surprisingly easy, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I first saw this pattern on Jane's blog HERE and followed the link to the tutorial HERE. Two things to know if you try to make one of these following the tutorial...first of all, make the tabs the second way she talks about (the first way was impossible! LOL) and second you don't have to leave openings for the drawstrings in the lining of the bag. At least I can't see any reason for them. So now I have a new bag to take to the fair next week and to all the home football games this fall. :0)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Simple pleasures

One thing I always try to focus on is finding joy in the simple things. One of those things for me the other day was finding out Mr. Frog had returned! Well, I like to think it's the same frog that was in the pond the beginning of the summer. I have to wonder if it is, why he left, where he went, and why he returned. But since he's not talking, I guess I'll never know. LOL

Another thing I take joy in is watching the butterflies that come to my butterfly bush. Unfortunately I lost two butterfly bushes over the winter, but I still have this one. And there haven't been nearly as many butterflies this summer as we normally have. So I was quite happy the other day to see this one out there. The next day there were four of them out there at the same time. And today I saw my first Monarch butterfly of the summer. I think over the winter I'll do some research on host plants the butterflies like, and maybe plant some new things in the yard to encourage them to visit.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Charming Start

Yesterday after work I stopped at the fabric store to get the background fabric for my charming stars quilt. Today I got busy and cut enough of it to make my first block. The charm squares I'm using are from Kansas Troubles...Butterfly Garden and KT Favorites.

And instead of just tossing the cut off triangles into a pile, I'm sewing them up as I go along into little pinwheel blocks. These are small...just about 3-1/2 inches unfinished. But they're going to make a sweet little quilt when I'm done.

I'll be posting more about the sew-along in a few days. Thanks so much to everyone who's expressed an interested in sewing along with's going to be so much fun! :0)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charming Stars Sew-Along

Many of you have asked about a new sew-along since Irene is finished. I'm happy to tell you I've decided to do another one and I've decided on a pattern. We'll be making a Charming Stars can find the tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop here

I made two table runners using this pattern a long time ago, and gave them both away as gifts. Ever since then I've wanted to make a quilt for myself using this pattern, and I think now is as good a time as any. This is a nice lap size...the pattern makes it 68-inches square. As with all of my sew-alongs, feel free to make it any size you want. I think we'll aim for two blocks a month, but if you choose to do more than that, that's fine too. I hope to get to the fabric store soon to get some background fabric to go with the charm squares I plan to use, so once I do that I'll announce when this will start...maybe September 1 but that's not far off! LOL

If you're interested in joining in, leave me a comment and let me know. I'll add a button to my sidebar that you can grab for you blog too if you'd like to. And by all means, do an online search for charming star quilts if you need a little inspiration...there are lots of beautiful versions out there! :0)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bedroom redo

I'm happy to say the bedroom redecoration project is nearly finished. Here you can see what the room looked like actually had a self-stick border of dump trucks and bulldozers on the middle of the wall the whole time Brian used the room. Once I took that off, I was left with white on the top and green sponge painting on the bottom.

And here it is with the new paint on the walls. The green is actually very pretty and really brightens up the room. As you can see my Wiggly Whimsy is on the wall in there now. It's nice to finally have a place to show it off. And the bright colors really go well in there too.

This is a panel mom had gotten for me. It's another quilt I'm happy to finally have hanging up instead of being folded up in a drawer.

I used the one wall to hang up three canvases...I made the top two and Emily made the bottom one.

And this is the afghan mom gave me after she saw the curtain fabric I had bought. It's perfect in this room and I just love it! The yellow in it made me decide to add yellow to the quilt I'm making.

And speaking of that, here are the first two blocks on the design wall. I have a third nine-patch made now, all ready to be cut up and resewn. Hopefully I can get to some more sewing here before the day's over.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And the winners are...

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and well wishes on my blogiversary. It truly warms my heart to know that so many of you enjoy visiting my blog and seeing what I'm up to. Without further ado, the winner of the little table topper is Michelle. And the second place winner of some surprise goodies is Rebecca.

I finally got around to cutting into the fabric for my new quilt the other night. Here's the first still needs sewn together. I'm going to make a few more of these and then decide if it's the pattern I want to use for the quilt or not.

And just because I love sharing pictures from my garden, here are a few. The first plant is called a torch flower. I planted a whole row and only one came up. I think it may have something to do with the fact that the wild bunnies were taking dirt baths in the garden right after I planted. LOL

I also planted a few rows of miniature sunflowers...they come in different colors and are so pretty. They're just starting to bloom now, so there will be lots more.

And I just happened to see this ladybug on the step by the garden. I like how you can see its shadow. :0)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Six years ago...

Six years ago I started my blog. I had no idea just how much it would change my life...but it sure did. So to celebrate six wonderful years of blogging, I want to have a giveaway for my regular readers. I'm giving away this little table topper, along with some other goodies. And I'll pick a second winner to get a few surprise goodies as well. Just leave a comment below if you want to be in the draw. And if you're a Google+ user you'll need to leave your email address in your comment, or I'll have no way to reach you. This giveaway is open to anyone, in or out of the US. I'll pick a winner on my actual blogiversary date...August 12. Good luck to you all...and thanks for visiting! :0)