Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I am sew excited to finally have received my birthday gift in the mail yesterday I was literally jumping for joy! I got the Oliso Pro Smart Iron and I don't just love it, I absolutely, most definitely LOVE -LOVE- LOVE it!  She is perfect and is everything I imagined she would be.  Call me crazy but I am sure many of you can relate to my happiness.  When you have the right tools, it just makes things that much better, simpler and perfect!  I always compare it to being a chef.  Chef's use top of the line cutlery sets, blenders, mixers, etc. -  you get my drift,  because they are truly CHEF'S and this is their craft.  Well I am a QUILTER and this is my craft sew I love having all the great gadgets (a.k.a Quilter Gadget Queen)...lol  So, on a scale from 1-10,  I rate the Oliso Smart Iron a 10 to the hundreth power and every quilter in the Galaxy should have one.  Can you tell I'm still excited! Isn't she beautiful?





















Hello Bloggers!  I finished my mother/daughter in law April 2014 challenge project this weekend with a few personal tweaks of my own and it came out pretty cute.  I made my double pinwheels a size 5" vs. 4.5" which made the finished product a little bigger.  I added buttons to all my double pinwheels and appliqued 2 big stars instead of 1 big and 1 small star, I put smiles instead of frowns on the cats (therefore, I am naming this piece "Happy Cats" and of course I added my signature name on the top left front. I also didn't not follow the pattern instructions of cutting triangles and sewing them back together.  Remember I have a phobia of triangles and found an easier method which worked great for me.  I also used the "Tucker Trimmer" ruler, one of my favorite rulers to help me get the perfect double pinwheels.  If you don't have this ruler you MUST get it!






Below is the back of my cute little "Happy Cats" wall hanging.  
I had this adorable print in my stash and it was purr..fect! All the
fabric used on the front and the binding were scraps from my stash!
Woo hoo, way to use those scraps!




Here is a closeup of my little cat label. I have the accu-quilt machine and the cat die
sew this was purrr...fect!




Here is a closeup of my signature on the front of my art work.  I did this
on my Singer 9970 machine and it is super easy and comes out perfect every time.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Monday Bloggers!  Sew in case you don't know by now.  Every month I have been choosing a monthly project for my mother and law and myself to work on and finish before month end.  So far its been a lot of fun and the results are just sew different even though its the same exact pattern.  This month I decided to go with another wall hanging sew I chose a pattern by Whimsicals called Christmas Cats.  Of course we are not making it for Christmas as I will have a Christmas project picked out for December. Sew we are going to alter the pattern and of course use fabrics of our choice.  I love cats and just thought this pattern was darling.  It will be an everyday wall hanging so I started working on mine this weekend.  I didn't have a lot of sewing time this weekend but I did manage to finish all the double pinwheel blocks the pattern called for.  I laid them out on my sewing table to see how I want them sewn together and I am pretty happy with the results.  Here is  the pattern and below that are my double pinwheel blocks.  I made them to finish at 5" instead of the 4 1/2" finish the pattern called for.  I want it to be a little bigger. So here it is. Hope you like it!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I love giving and making things for charities its just my way of paying it forward.  I finished my charity project for "Sadies Dream for a Cure". Now all I have to do is mail it back and they will fill the bag with all types of goodies and give it to a child who has been hospitalized. So glad I can help. If you are interested on making a difference go to www.sadiesdreamforacure.com and request a kit be sent to you. Here is a pic of the one I made.  Do you have a favorite charity?  Remember "kindness is contagious" and so self gratifying! 



Hello Bloggers!  So I thought I would share the quilt top I made with my random blocks I started the other day.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I will be selling this one on my website once I baste, bind and quilt it.  It can serve as a baby quilt or it would look stunning as a wall hanging! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

I started a random project with 10 inch batik blocks and 5 inch white blocks. The cool thing about these blocks are the various looks you can achieve with the block arrangements you choose. Check this out. Pretty cool right?

 












 

Happy Monday!  This weekend I celebrated my birthday by making a super cute Sunflower Wall hanging.  I love the way it came out.  Take a look and tell me what you think.  I used my new Singer 9970 and personalized it with my family name in the lower corner and I did a handwritten label which I sewed into the binding! How do you do your labels? I even did some free motion on the teal blocks.