Thursday, April 30, 2015

Little Boxes Made of Fabric


Fabric boxes, so simple and so fun. You can use them for anything.


Monday, April 27, 2015

No fabric here

Had do one that has no fabric in it. This is mom's visiting dignitary. He is going to be one spoiled rotten cat when he heads out next month to meet up with his family in Italy.




Friday, April 24, 2015

More fun ways to use fabric


I know you are wondering if I knit anymore. Well, I do, however all things are on needles.


These two items were birthday gifts for a friend. The top is a dog food mat and the next is a pillowcase.


Monday, April 20, 2015


Our 5th annual knitting retreat happened this weekend. It was a great success even with three feet of snow in Buena Vista.

We had lots of good food, and laughs and shopping at our favorite yarn shop in Chaffee County.


One of my knitters found herself a new obsession. Can't wait to see what she does with weaving.

And we found a little herd of expectant momma bisons about five miles from where we stayed. Look at all that spring snow.

Can't wait for next year, already make plans for swag and meals.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Strip Blocks continued


This will be a long process to build 110 of these blocks but I am doing them a few at a time.

The fabric will give me that memory piece as well.

Who says giraffes and zombies don't go together?


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fabric Travel Tray


Here is a fast gift item if you have family or friends that travel.

It is sandwiched around some medium interfacing and will lie flat for packing when unsnapped.

I hand sewed the snaps in using the Quilt lines as align.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Meet Miss Meep


Meep is this year's addition to the annual knitting retreat.

She has her own pjs and sleeping bag for the occasion.

The clothing patterns come from Shiny Happy World. The sleeping bag I had to design myself. The quilt is another from the postage stamp tutorial I found.

She will be a big hit with the ladies.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Swag for Knitting Retreat


This is the swag for the knitting retreat later this month. I made monster zippy, tissue cover, and mom did tea towels with monster embroidery. Oh so much fun.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spot, here, Spot

The toy patterns from Shiny Happy World are wonderful.

This one was gifted to my neighbor for her birthday along with a scrappy mini quilt the I did from the postage stamp tutorial that I found.

Spot will get more clothes once she determines if it is a boy or a girl.


Friday, March 27, 2015

In True Scrappy Fashion

I have been testing a pattern and a technique recently and found that using scraps to do this is quite fun.

The doll is a pattern from Shiny Happy World. And the mini postage stamp quilt is done from a tutorial by Patchwork Posse. Very fun and fast.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Strip Tube Class


I taught my first sewing / quilting class on Saturday. It was lots of fun. Above and below are samples of how my group created thier blocks.

It was really fun to see how everyone created their blocks after the magic of cutting the tube.


Sunday, March 15, 2015



Mom has been hard at work doing snowmen for a flannel raggy quilt she is creating.

Here is the collection so far.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

The "T" Block


I saw this idea demoed on Missouri Star Quilt Co. video with Jenny using a layer cake.

Since I did not have a layer cake handy, I made this sample with leftover charm squares and some neutral yardage.

Had to watch the video several times to find the apot where she says place the top neutral strip with larger piece to the left. (note the red check fabric block)

I may do the next baby quilt this way with charm squares.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Another Block Idea - Five Minute


Here is another block idea I found. It is one of the Five Minute blocks that creates a 3D flying goose.

I tested it with some leftover charm squares. I plan to make some more and do another table mat.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015



This is the March Coffee Club project called Eggs Benedict. I chose my favorite colors for this one and kept it simple with just two color choices.

I could see this one as reallty scrappy or even in an I Spy project.

The blocks are really fast to put together too.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Belgian Waffle Finish


Here is the Belgian Waffle (Coffee Club) project finished. I have a lap throws worth of blocks left so will plan to complete later on when I have time to quilt it.

This piece is sitting on my desk at work now with a matching fabric basket for candy. So fun and spring-like.


Saturday, February 21, 2015



Another tube quilting project nearly done. This one is to test my class instructions for the upcoming class in March. The back will be the floweres and the binding is the purple dot.

This one turned out better because I used the correct way to calculate the bindings.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Ducks from Across the Sea

These happy ducks arrived from Bavaria today by post. Many thanks to my brother.




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Totally Tubular

While I was surfing the Net, looking for strip tube quilting ideas I ran across one from Tula Pink.

It is called Totally Tubular and I fell in love with the idea. I found a tutorial on Cottage Mama and she mentions the Tula Pink book that it can be found in.

I did something a little different to include some strip piecing on 3 1/2 inch by 10 inch paper to showcase some of my smaller scraps then assembled them using the TT method.

Here is what I have so far, another one that I will show you a finished product a little later.

This method is really fun and will showcase rectangular pieces of your favorite focal prints with a nice background, good for a variety of fabric lines.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Belgian Waffles Are For Sewing

Now who would have guessed that Belgian waffles would be involved in a quilting class? I had now idea until I attended the Coffee Club at Nuts and Bolts.

We cut strips of fabric and sewed them together into a very fun block that accentuated fun fabrics in center block set while enjoying coffee and Belgian waffles.

It was great fun. Here is what I have accomplished so far, will post a finished picture when I get it assembled.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Little Monsters

I have been testing monster patterns and have come up with some really cute items that will be gift items later this year. Here is the gallery of fun stuff:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fabric Box

I found this tutorial online and fell in love with the idea.

This first one was a test and I did it with an 11 inch square. Next time I will really try the 10 inch since the squaring of the corners may be easier.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More Tube Quilting

The mid-winter Reds was such a success that I will be teaching a class in how to create block by tube quilting in March.

This Blue tablerunner is the one I have created for a shop sample. It is a fun technique that turns out a complicated looking project with a simple construction.