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!

Monday, July 3, 2017

One Monthly Goal To Finish Something Or Anything

Okay, I'll admit it...I have unfinished projects. Shocking, right!
The truth is, I actually have a lot of them. 
I'm late to her party (as usual) but I'm hoping to finish something this month.

I won the Moda Color Daze Batiks by Laundry Basket Quilts from 
Soma at Whims & Fancies last year and started putting this together in February. 
After the MIL fell, it slowly got pushed to the back of the design wall because of 
other deadline projects and trips back-and-forth to take care of her.

I want to finish it. The fabrics are beautiful and it's so close to being done.
So, Patty, I'm in with this one.
I'm crossing my fingers that I'll make your end of the month deadline.

Elm Street Quilts

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM...Block #6

The Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM block is actually a border for Block #5.
Carla at Creatin In The Sticks designed the cutest border of fish.
Her pattern is for paper piecing, but she added an applique pattern for those who'd rather
not paper piece. I love to paper piece, but I went for applique on these adorable fish.

Photographing just the row was a bit hard and not very exciting.

But when I added the middle block...I love it!

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.

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! 

I'm using Riley Blake Designs Crayola Colors for my blocks.
They are so beautiful!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's The Princess And The Pea All Stacked Up

This little set of The Princess and the Pea was really fun to play with. I mean create.
Well, a little bit of to play, fun to create.
The Mini American Girl doll was dressed just the way I used to dress.

The Princess and the Pea Bed Set

The bright and cheery fabric in the zipper bag and mattresses includes Bittersweet 

Of course, one of the mattresses had to have a pea and how beautiful is this
Aurifil green it!

Aurifil’s Tula Pink 50 weight variegated thread looked beautiful with the fabrics.

Check out the whole description over at the Therm O Web Blog where I'm
hanging out today. So many fun things there to see!

You can find the whole pattern set at Just Carol's Pattern Craftsy Store.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

So Good To Be Back Home And Sewing

Thanks for all the sweet words of comfort during the last few weeks. 
They were very much appreciated!
It feels so good to be back home and sewing again.
Sewing makes things feel a little normal.

Sewing a ruffle with Moda's Just A Walk in the Woods fabric and using Aurifil thread
...loving it! 
July 5th is posting day for this little project. 

That's it for sewing the last few days, but this one was finished earlier for another deadline.
This cutie will show up on June 29th. She's a mini American Girl doll. 

The next row for Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM is coming on July 1st. It will border this block:

With high hopes and positive thinking, I joined Patty D.'s "One Monthly Goal" 
to focus on the pile  of UFO's I have sitting in a corner. I'm late to her party 
but I'm hoping it helps to clean out a project or two.

Elm Street Quilts

I have two of the younger Monkey Boys hanging out with me for a few days.
Hmmmm...maybe I won't get much more sewing done after all.