Monday, January 8, 2018

Riley Blake Designs Boots And Spurs Blog Tour

It's my day for Riley Blake Designs Boots and Spurs Blog Tour. Boots and Spurs was
designed by Samantha is so cute and would look great in any project.!

My Pony Quilt and Pillow 

This sweet fabric had me donning my cowboy boots and spurs as I sat at my sewing machine.
Okay, so maybe there were just pictures of boots and spurs on my flannel pajamas, but I was 
definitely feeling the spirit of the great outdoors, hay, and cowboys with this adorable fabric!

The fabrics I used for My Pony quilt and pillow...

I love all the colors and designs in the entire fabric line including that sweet pink!

My Pony Pillow

The back of the pillow has a zipper that opens to put in the pillow form
and it could even store some pajamas in there.

I used ThermOWeb's Fabric Fuse to attach the zipper to the right side of the pillow back.
It was so easy!

Fold 19” squares in half, wrong sides together. Press folds. Lay folded edges side-by-side with
about a 1/2” gap between them. Use Fabric Fuse to secure zipper edges in place on the side that
will be facing out. It helps to turn it over as shown below to glue it without getting the glue on
the zipper teeth. Let dry. Using a straight or zig-zag stitch, sew one side of zipper on one fabric 
fold, right sides up. Repeat on other side of zipper. Trim fabric so front and back are the same size.
Baste around edges of pillow backing. Sew binding around the edges.

Even though we were tempted, we obeyed the sign.

The back of the quilt is nice and cozy with fleece backing.

I love my photo shoot helper!

Without a horse, we didn't ride off into the sunset. 
We rode off in our car instead.

You can find the quilt pattern HERE and the pillow pattern HERE.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Finished Sun, Sand, And Sea BOM Quilt

The Sun, Sand, And Sea BOM quilt has taken a year to get sewn together and now
it's quilted (by Quilted Works) and ready for a trip to the beach.
Thanks, Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy, for such a great BOM!

I love the quilting and red dotted back (Riley Blake fabric, too!)

All of my blocks are made with Riley Blake Design's Crayola fabrics.

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! 

Are you joining us for the next Sew Incredibly Crazy Block of the Month?
I hope so! It starts on February 1, 2018.

Sew Incredibly Crazy

There's also a blog hop you can join...there's still time to sew something for it!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen to 2017

Where the heck did 2017 go? 
The older I get, the faster each year passes by. 
I don't like that!

At least my family had a smash-up Christmas celebration to send off the year.
Lots of food, games, laughter, and photos filled the days.
Insanity runs in my family.

Like father, like daughter.
They JUST HAD TO climb that tree! Yikes!

Yesterday I picked up my Sun, Sand, and Sea quilt from Quilted Works.
It looks amazing! I finished putting the binding on today and I'll post it on January 1st.

We're already gearing up for next year's BOM...I'm so excited!

I've taken a stab at making Brimfield blocks (EPP), but I'm so slow at it because of
some stiffness in my hands. It may be next year (as in 2019) before I finish even one!

Can't show this one until January 9th, but the fabric is Boots & Spurs by Riley Blake Designs.

And the blog hop is coming, of course...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

What Color Are Your "Kisses"?

My kisses don't really have a color (unless I'm wearing lipstick, of course),
but Riley Blake Designs "Kisses" by Doodlebug Designs has amazing colors!

I'm excited to say that Riley Blake Designs has given me "Kisses" fat quarters
for a giveaway during the Put A Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop.
Awesome and thank you, Riley Blake Designs!
Someone will be a very lucky winner in February!

The bear and the heart box aren't included, but was a gift from my mother-in-law.
She had a thing about bears and made sure every one of us had one or two bears to take home.
This was her favorite brand, but if she spotted one at a restaurant or store, 
you could be absolutely certain she'd be buying it to gift to someone special.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop Ideas

Once all the Christmas fun is over with, I'll be looking for ideas for the
Put A Little Love In Your Quilt blog hop in February. Have you signed up
to play along yet? I'd love to have you join in! All you have to do is include a heart
somewhere on your project and share it on your blog on your assigned day.

Just Let Me Quilt

Email me if you want to join!

Putting a heart on a quilt or project is never hard for me.

A heart anywhere just totally shows the love, doesn't it!

Here's one idea for creating a heart quilt:
Creatin' In The Sticks has some easy quilt blocks that could have a heart
added anywhere on them. Her directions are easy, easy, easy to follow!

Each block has taken me less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Love it!

Look who will be sharing their love in February...such an amazing group!
I'm so excited!
I'd love to see your blog name there, too.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

My Quiet Book Pattern And Tutorial

My Quiet Book brings back a ton of memories for me. Making one for my grandsons was
a trip through time. Long, long ago, I can remember the ladies from the church who were my
mom’s age assembled them during a weekday class. I never made a quiet book for my own
children, but my older sister did. Her children were probably happier on Sunday than mine were!

My Quiet Book by Carol Swift, Just Let Me Quilt
Closed book measures 10” x 10”, for children ages 3-5

Check out the Therm O Web blog today to see how I made it using these products:
Iron – I love my purple Oliso iron!
Thread – Aurifil thread is great for applique

You can find the PDF pattern and tutorial at my Craftsy Store HERE.

Monkey Boy exploring the book

Trying the shoes on to see if they fit

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It's A Wild Life Block Of The Month 2018

Sew Incredibly Crazy just posted the new theme for her block of the month for 2018.
It's A Wild Life!

Sew Incredibly Crazy

I'm excited to get started on it, but I'll have to wait until February 1st
when the first block is released. It's another fun BOM, for sure!