Thursday, August 17, 2017

Just A Big Square Bag Pattern

I have a problem making anything small, so this is
Just A Big Square Bag Pattern...not small, not huge, just big.
It's 18" x 18" and holds a lot of stuff.

Just A Big Square Bag



I'm over at the Therm O Web blog today so be sure to visit.
Check out all the other amazing projects, too!

You can find this pattern at Just Carol's Craftsy store HERE.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Penny Rose Prim And Proper Blog Tour

Today starts the Penny Rose Prim and Proper Blog Tour and I can't even 
begin to tell you how lucky I feel to be sewing with these beautiful fabrics from
 designer Lindsay Wilkes’ latest collection, Prim and Proper.

These are the Prim and Proper fabrics I received...I loved them!


The dotted fabric had the cutest border on it that worked perfectly for this dress.
(Pattern by Butterick, 5624, size XLG)
I added a tie around the waist and a flower.


It made it a bit more "prim and proper" with a bow in the back.


This is the perfect sized quilt for a sweet little girl!


I had so much fun sewing with these lovely fabrics!


And I'm always grateful for my photo shoot crew...thanks, guys!


You can find Her Little Flower Quilt at my Craftsy store.

A quick and easy way to make the flowers without doing a lot of tracing is to use 
Just run your pattern through an inkjet printer and iron to your fabrics.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sun, Sand, And Sea...BOM #7

Another block for Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM...it is so cute! 


I've been using Riley Blake Designs' fabrics and I'm loving the solid colors.



Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is in charge of this BOM
and she has monthly giveaways. Don't miss out on any of them!
All you have to do is link up your block to be eligible.

The patterns are free the first month they are released, but after that they 
will be available for a nominal fee from each designer.

Amy's Block #1 - February
You can find info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


Carol's Block #2 - March
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


Carla's Block #3 - April
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


Joan's Block #4 - May
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


Carol's Block #5 - June
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


Carla's Block #6 - July
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


Amy's Block #7 - August
You can find info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.


There's a Facebook page for Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends, too!


 I use Therm O Web's Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets to prepare 
my applique pieces. I love that all I need to do is run the design through
 my printer, iron it to the wrong side of my fabric, cut out the pieces, 
and then press them in place. It is so fast and easy...I love easy! 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

So Close But No Bubble Gum Cigar

I tried...I really did!
 Unfortunately, I won't be buying myself that bubble gum cigar to celebrate a finish.
I could pull myself together and finish one of my unfinished projects.

Nope. I didn't reach the goal. Dang it!

I love these Moda Color Daze Batiks in my heart quilt and I thought making
 a goal would push me to finish. It is so close to being done!


I made the mistake of thinking I should quilt it myself using chalk stencils. I'm barely able
 to FMQ, but I thought I could do it. I can, sort of, but I'm slow and not that good.
My frustration level kind of went a little high, so I'm setting it aside for now.


Maybe setting goals aren't my thing because it makes me feel bummed out when
I don't complete something I said I would. I did complete other things, though.
That counts, right?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sewing, Bugs, And A Spider

I have always been fascinated with taking pictures of bugs.
In reality, I hate bugs and scream like a girl when one surprises me.

This guy (or maybe gal) was trying to work its way into my garage.
I told it, "No, absolutely not!" It was about 2" long...yikes!


This spider was hanging around my tomato plants when I went to pick a zucchini.


It was gathering dinner for itself.


The zucchini has been plentiful this year.


When I'm not out seeking creepy critters, I do take time to do some sewing.
These two snippets are for the August and September Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM.



After doing a little shopping in Vegas, I came home with this kit from Moda.


I rarely buy kits but after seeing this made up and hanging on the quilt store's wall,
I had no choice but to buy it. It was calling my name!
I've started cutting out the pieces...the Moda fabrics are beautiful!

Take time for yourself and sew, sew, sew!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Therm O Web And Girl Charlee Knits Are A Great Combination

I haven't sewn knits in years, but now I am totally hooked. 
made the whole sewing process a breeze. I can't wait to sew knits again!
My mom was the queen of sewing knit pajamas and clothes...I miss her sewing knowledge.


These are the products I used to make this sweet little girl outfit (size 2).



Today is my day at Therm O Web's Fashion Friday to show this project. 
There are lots of other projects so look around while you're there.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Riley Blake Design's Sharktown Blog Tour

It's my day for the Riley Blake Design's Sharktown Blog Tour.
I don't want to play with REAL sharks, but this fabric was so cool to sew/play with.
The fabric was designed by Shawn Wallace and I love that the sharks are both cute and scary!

Riley Blake Designs sent me these four fabrics to use in my projects...the colors are beautiful!
Thanks, Riley Blake!


Shark and Crab Meet Quilt and Pillow
The crab looks doubtful that the Hammerhead is friendly.


The pillow is 15 1/2" x 15 1/2"


The quilt is 42" x 47"


You can get the free Shark and Crab Meet quilt and pillow pattern at
 Check out the other Sharktown projects:






 I use Therm O Web's Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets to prepare 
my applique pieces. I love that all I need to do is run the design through
 my printer, iron it to the wrong side of my fabric, cut out the pieces, 
and then press them in place. It is so fast and easy...I love easy! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Today Is The Official Bikini Day Of 2017

Every year on this day, July 5th, bikinis of all types and sizes are worn to celebrate 
Bikini Day and its invention in 1946 by Louis Reard, a Parisian fashion designer,

No bikini for me today. I haven't worn one since around 1972.

This is me in Hawaii in '72 trying my first Mai Tai drink. I didn't like it!


Here's a much cuter little bikini for a 1 year old.
It’s made from a pattern by Ruby Jean’s Closet called “Gidgit” and 
the fabrics are from the Just Another Walk in the Woods line by Moda.


I'm at the Therm O Web blog today showing how I used different products to
make sewing this bikini so much quicker and easier.



We could still be wearing suits like this…yikes!