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Photo Bomb!

Why, yes! We like quilts too!

So, the fog hung around for a long time this morning, and gave me the opportunity to do some picture-taking of my last project!  It’s still in the “secret sewing” collection, even though it is finished!  But here’s a snippet of a shot I took, and with a couple photo-bombing!  They seemed to like the action but were a little too shy to get any closer.  Hopefully I can share the full quilt with you soon, but in the meantime; shout out to Cynthia Brunz of Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework for the great quilting!

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Photo credit to Meredith Corp.

It’s always so fun to stumble across a project of mine featured again in a new article.  Today my Pouf, which was originally made for an article in Make It Yourself Magazine including up-cycled sweaters, is in the daily Better Homes and Gardens mail!

It was a fun project, colorful and functional.  The body of the pouf is made from a cardigan, you can see I left it buttoned up!  The top and bottom turquoise section was from a dyed leather coat.  I loved the color then, and I still do.  I’ve saved the remains of that coat, and have used it for other projects as well. Check it out!  What do you think?

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Filler Project

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Do you find that there is sometimes a little lag between projects, or during a project while you’re waiting for the next step to become clear in your mind?  I also sometimes have to give myself some “thinking” time for the next inspiration, or “research” time to learn a new technique.

I must be in that stage right now–I think it’s related to making a decision about prioritizing.  Do I want to do THIS before THAT.  Sometimes cleaning and organizing the studio is enough, but yesterday I felt like my brain needed a little more time before I was ready to focus in on “the next big thing”.

So, I’ve started a scrappy little project!  Nothing complicated, in fact sort of mindless.  In the end it will be something functional and useful.  I’ll be able to set it aside if needed once my brain decides to focus in on a more weighty project. But for now, I’ll spend a little time making this wrapped and coiled project which might turn out to be either a rug or basket–haven’t really decided yet.

I always pull out my older heavy duty Singer for coiled projects as it can handle the thickness of the cording, and has a nice big bobbin which allows me to sew longer.  So far, I’m up to approx. 13″ x 18″ on the same bobbin using a moderate zigzag with poly thread which is strong and fine.  She how I fold the strip of fabric over the end of the cord to keep it from fraying, and then start wrapping the cord counter-clockwise to start the coil.  Hold, or pin the coil in place to start, and as the coil gets bigger it is easier to handle.  I’ll show you a finish once I get to that stage, but for now, some good music and thinking time!


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Hopping Blogs!

I’m excited to do some Blog Hop Show and Tell today!  It’s finally my turn to reveal the project I made using Happy Hour Stitches Lindsay Mayland’s free Charming Mini Pattern!  As you can see, I made a little doll quilt for Stella, (a charming mini herself) and she is delighted!  Didn’t that work out well? 🙂

I used a couple bundles of Moda Mini Charms; Lydia Nelson’s “Darling little Dickens” which has sweet little animal faces and characters, and Sherri & Chelsi’s “Bright Sun” for added contrast.  I also wanted to make the quilt just a little wider, adding a half-drop block to alternating ends of each row.  This also staggered the seam allowances, so there were no seams to match as I was sewing the rows together.  BONUS!!

14 1/2″ x 15 1/2″

The half-drop blocks were the perfect size to show off these bunnies from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Paintbox Basics” in a few different color-ways.

Every garden needs a couple bunnies!

Obviously this is a very versatile pattern, and I know you will want to check out the other participant’s projects:

Dec.5  Happy Hour Stitches  Lindsay Mayland

Dec.6  Riceford Streams  Tracie Henkel

Dec.7  Punkin Patterns  Vanessa Lynch

Dec.8  String and Story  HollyAnne Knight

Dec.9  License To Quilt  Sheila Sinclair Snyder  (me)!

Dec.10  Pat Sloan

And now, it’s YOUR turn!  Let me know what you come up with!

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Blog Hop beginning TODAY!!

I’m participating in a Blog Hop that is starting today!  My friend Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches has organized the hop to last just this week and featuring a different designer each day.  SO, I wanted to give you a heads-up to check out the other blogs and designers all week long!  We have each made a project with a free downloadable pattern Lindsay has available.  It will be fun to see everyone’s interpretation and fabric collection, using mini charms!  And just as a tease, I’ll start the day off with a cute pick of a three-year-old tucking in her baby!

December 5: Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches  (

December 6: Tracie Henkel of Ricefors Streams (

December 7: Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns (

December 8: HollyAnne Knight of String and Story (

December 9: Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License To Quilt (  That’s ME!!

December 10:  Pat Sloan (  We’re in the presence of QUILTERLY GREATNESS now!!!

So there you have it!  It will be easy for you now, to check out all the projects, and come up with a few ideas of your own!  Have a fun sewing day!

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And…….for the WIN!

Congratulations to Sheryl K.!! She was in my class at A Quilter’s Affair in July, and entered her Color Wheel Footstool into her local county fair, taking Best of Show!  Not surprising to me, as the fabric choices and construction are perfection.  What a way to celebrate the end of summer with a great project!

You can get a kit for the Color Wheel Footstool in my SHOP, and then watch the video tutorial about foundation piecing the strips.  It is wonderful to see this three dimensional project blossom!

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I couldn’t stop!!

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Well, you know how it is!  You get an idea, and you just have to see how it looks in every fabric, every embellishment, every which way imaginable!  Yup!

I started making these 4patch blocks to use  up some terrific fabric  from Bambini Fabrics I had left over from another project, and BAM there I was with an armful of these FUNNEST EVER paper weights!  I’ve filled them with crushed walnut shells, some with lavender, and some with a combination.  Oh, the scent is heavenly!  I use them to actually hold papers from escaping the pile in my office, will give some to each of my girls for their offices, and the scented ones will be used around the house–home dec–and in our dresser drawers.  Need to make more, they’re going fast!

I’ll be posting a tutorial soon, with other ideas and resources for the supplies!  Have a spectacular day!

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New Release – Party Time!

Used with permission, stashBooks, C&T Publishing
Used with permission, stashBooks, C&T Publishing

Oh my gosh!  Something fun arrived on my doorstep a couple days ago!  I’ve been spending my evenings devouring every page. No, it wasn’t something to eat, but a wonderful (if I do say so myself) new machine quilting book, called The quilting MANUAL, from stashBOOKS, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

There are 16 great designers contributing to the book, with a wide variety and style of designs, along with all kinds of tips and ideas for using the tools and gadgets that are available to make your quilting easier, more efficient, comfortable and FABULOUS!  Get your fix with new all-over designs, borders, blocks, wreaths, motifs, all suited for hand or any kind of machine quilting.

I’m jumping up and down for how well it’s put together, and proud to be included in the list of designers.

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts today for this exciting Friday finish!!!

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Next Footstool Class: Bandon, Oregon!

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That’s right! I’m headed back to see all my coastie buddies!  I’ll be at Forget Me Knots in Bandon, Oregon with Michelle and her crew.  Such a wonderful shop/retreat center and in a great location.  I think next Saturday 1/14/17, will be the perfect day to start a footstool!

Here’s what happens: The class is taught in two parts. The first class on the 14th, you will learn how to foundation piece the panels used to make the footstool “upholstery”.  By the end of class you’ll be totally ready to finish the homework and come back in two weeks. Then, on the 28th we will get together again to build the footstool! I bring all the tools and the kits.  It is a remarkable day as these wonderful pieces of fabric blossom into a finished footstool!  It is so fun to see all the happy faces at the end of class.

Call Michelle to reserve your spot: 541 347-9021

If you can’t make the class, or live in another location I’d love to come to YOU!  You can also see my SHOP page to purchase a kit and I can send it off tomorrow!

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Flowerpot Fancies, Make It Yourself!

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What fun to be featured on the MIY blog today!  I designed these fun flowerpot covers with my great friend Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts, and they were published in a fun article in Make It Yourself Magazine last year.  We used up-cycled sweaters in a variety of decorative and useful projects.  Aside from these fun flowerpot covers, I am currently using the cozy neck warmer in this cold snap we are having!  Thanks to Meredith Corporation for the fun reminder of this article!