Monday, September 2, 2013

Patchwork, Please! Bag

I love fabric bags of all shapes and sizes. When I saw this little bag in Patchwork, Please, I new I had to make it.  Looking ahead in the book, every project is one that I want to try; however, the time isn't there for keeping up with the weekly pace. It's with a heavy sigh that I have decided to put the rest of the book's projects on hold for the now. I will be putting my energy and creative juices to work on other projects that have been on the back burner. I'll keep you posted…

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Finished Christa's Quilt Along Quilt!

Living life on the threshold of the "Golden Years" is not exactly life in the slow lane. I'm caring for my three young grandsons (6 months, 3 years, and 5 years) during the week. This time with them is truly  a gift from God, and I am thankful for every minute with them. Even though the buckaroos keep me hopping, I manage to squeeze some time in the wee hours to work on sewing projects.  It's been a great experience participating in the Christa's quilt along. The quilt is not perfect; however, it mirrors how something can still be lovely even with its flaws. All of the fabrics were purchased while vacationing out west this summer. Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma are represented along  with fond memories of my husband and our little dog traveling together.

stitch by stitch

Monday, August 12, 2013

Handmade Tote

I normally don't purchase fabric unless I have a project in mind; however, I fell in love with Carrie Bloomston's  "Collage" collection for Windham Fabrics at a local quilt/fabric shop and had to buy a little of each design in the collection. When my daughter requested a tote, I didn't need to rush out and find just the right fabric…maybe there is something to building a stash….

Monday Funday at TWCS

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Quilt Journey

Last month I made a commitment to myself to do at least one project from each of my many quilting/sewing books and magazines. It has something to do with being in the "Silver" stage of life… use what you have…Here's the update:

1. I completed the Wonky Log Cabin and Wonky Nine Patch from the book,  Modern Quilting Bee Block Party.

2. Once again, I found my self chopping the blocks into smaller blocks…I have a tendency to do that when I'm not happy with the results…

3. Took the two blocks and created the lap quilt that is pictured. It's the perfect size to cover my legs on cool evenings.

Before moving on to the next book, I have to finish a quilt for Christa's Quilt Along and sew together a tote for my daughter…

Catch a Glimpse Button

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Paper Pieced Hot Pad

I'm a purpose driven person. All my projects reflect this personality trait. Whenever I come across an inspirational picture, my first thought is what purpose will it serve? If there isn't one, I move on…crazy or practical?? When something has a purpose, there is no stopping me. I'm happy to report that my daughter and I are in desperate need of hot pads. It was the perfect project for this reason. I loved being able to go to my scrap basket and pull enough bits out to complete the project! One down…three to go!

Catch a Glimpse Button

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chop Shop Quilt

 I made this small quilt for the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. We were suppose to use negative space as the primary focus. My finished product was quite by accident. It all started when my daughter requested another baby quilt. Being the good mom, I immediately made a quilt with a stack of polka dot fat quarters. The finished product made my stomach turn. There was a polka dot fabric in the mix that had a putrid green background with mustard, red, blue and white dots. The quilt top was placed in my Quilt Disaster Drawer to rest for all eternity…I had an eureka moment and decided to CHOP out the ugly fabric. This was accomplished by creating  4 x 4 blocks. I arranged those blocks as seen in the pics. Pictures represent front and back…you choose…

Skip To My Lou


A Quilt Journey - Wonky Nine Patch

This wonky nine patch was easy to complete. Once again I chopped it into four pieces. This is definitely going to be an improvisational quilt!

I now have several smaller blocks…

Yuck! Is it time to dump this baby or should I continue down this road?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Quilt Journey - Wonky Log Cabin

Wonky Log Cabin

I love to buy books on quilting and sewing; however, I feel a little guilty about letting them collect dust. That said, I'm challenging myself to work through the many books and magazines by doing at least one selected project from each one. This journey will be ongoing…

I think  The Modern Quilting Bee Block Party book by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks is a good place to start. I've completed the first block. My paper pieced wonky log cabin doesn't have the zing factor.   I'm already at the point where I need to decide to scrap it or modify it. Think I'm going to go down the modification road. This happens to me all the time.


I decided to chop the block into four smaller blocks. I think I like it a little better…
Now should I create something with the four little blocks or continue with the book and see what happens. What do you think?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Patchwork, Please! Scrappy Box

I've been working ahead on Patchwork, Please! Sew Along projects. I love the side pockets on this scrappy box. With each project, I'm discovering new techniques which I'll be able to incorporate in future projects.

See Vanessa Craft 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Scrappy Pin Cushion

I love pin cushions! It must have something to do with my fascination with miniatures. You think a person who loves the little cushions would have a room filled with them… nope, this is my first one. I think it may be the beginning of a new obsession…

52 Mantels

Life on Lakeshore Drive

Monday, July 8, 2013

Christa's Quilt Along- String of Pearls Pattern

Our quilts are beginning to look like quilts over at the Christa's Quilt Along Flickr Group. This is my first attempt at a large quilt. I'm still a bit apprehensive about quilting this baby on a regular sewing machine. Suggestions?? A bottle of wine comes to mind for some reason…

Stitch by Stitch

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Patchwork, Please! Dino Hat

I made this hat for the Patchwork, Please! Sew Along. I happened to have some fleece in my stash that was perfect for the project. I added a velcro strap for ease of use.  Even though my grandson is just 5 months old, he seemed thrilled when I put it on his head. It suited his personality perfectly.

Pinterest Power Party


Friday, July 5, 2013

Free Pattern for a Reversible Bucket Hat

I love bucket hats on little kids. Need I say more? Here's the link to the free pattern. I want to thank the publisher for releasing a free pattern from the book  Oliver + S Little Things to Sew. You need to go take a peek… 

DIY blog Classy Clutter

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Apple Bib for Patchwork, Please! Sew Along

 I'm having a great time doing the little projects in Patchwork, Please. The bib was to have bias tape around it. After fighting with it for far too long, I changed the design a little…

Fresh Poppy Design

The DIY Dreamer

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Library Book Tote

I love the projects from the Patchwork, Please Sew Along. I adapted the book quilt to fit my needs. It's perfect for making a library book tote. My grandkids and I go to the library weekly. This bag will easily accommodate ten picture books. Even though I use my iPad for most of my reading, there is nothing better than visiting the local library…

See Vanessa Craft

Serenity you

It's Overflowing

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Quilted Beach Bag

 I'm counting the days to my return to Florida. The grandkids like nothing better than a day trip to the beach. Bring on the lazy crazy days of summer…

All Things with Purpose

The DIY Dreamer