Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sweet Thread Catcher

This week I am making the Sweetest Little Thread Catcher from Fabric Therapy .

I made this one for Sister Beth at her prodding request.  When you look at this little guy, it seems mind boggling how it goes together.  If you follow Teresa's step by step tutorial, the magic just happens!  It's so cool!

So. I'm making one for myself!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Halloween Box

I don't know what got me started, but I made these Halloween treats.  It was so pleasant to do some hand sewing without a deadline or to anyone's specifications.

These masks were a pattern from Sew Mama Sew guest Blogger DelilahIris Designs.   I see some crooked eyebrows as I look at these pictures! Oops! These were such a fun project to make!

I bought this cute Timeless Treasure material last year.  I used this pattern from Sweet Verbena to make a pencil case.  I modified the pattern, replacing the felt interior with batting and lining fabric.  Then covered the seam with twill tape.  Love the metal zipper!

And a pouch.  I love the pink zipper and lining!!

I boxed these treats up and sent them off to my daughter.  It's always fun to get stuff in the mail don't you think?

Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Almost finished Circles

This is the backing for the Circle quilt!  I used some orphaned blocks that had been hanging around for three years!  I really like the material and was so happy to finally find a use for them! The orange and teal material with circles on them were leftover from the propeller quilt.
Don't they all play so well together!

 And here is the front!! I love how it turned out!  Sister Beth did a fabulous job in the quilting (as usual)! Thanks Beth!

Now to figure the binding. I have a neutral for the front and a orange dot for the back. Perhaps a double binding is in my future.

Linking up with Sraptastic Tuesday and Oh Scrap

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


I have been having great fun working on these masks that I found on Sew Mama Sew's Blog site.  The tutorial is from their Guest, Delilahiris Designs.  You can find more about her and her wonderful designs at

I no longer have someone at home to make costumes for, but I could not resist these cuties!  
 This is the first one I made.  I liked it so much I started another!  I'm glad I did because I switched the backing felt so that the lighter one now has dark brown felt that peeks out around the fawn color.
It adds some depth to the mask, don't you think?

The fawn color does not show up as well on this darker mask, the sizes were too much the same.  If you want to do this on purpose, I suggest cutting the back side a bit larger all around. I think even if the colors match, it looks feathery.

The only other suggestion I have is when you are sewing the inner eye lashes, wait until the whole mask is assembled.  That way, you catch all the layers of felt around the eye.  I think this makes it more comfortable for the wearer.

Linking up to WIP at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scrappy Trip

The Circle (Bubble) Quilt is finished and off to be long arm quilted by Sister Beth.
I was not able to get a picture of it before it left, so we'll have to wait for it's return for the photoshoot.  And I still need to decide on a name.
 I love how it turned out!

Not so with Mrs. Scrappy Trip.  I think there are too many different fabrics or not enough contrast or too much contrast or just ugly fabric! My eyes hurt when I look at this!  I am trying to get through my UFO's so I think I'll do four more blocks and call this puppy DONE!

Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday at She can quilt.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

More Circles!

These circles are very addicting!  I had the 4th of July weekend off, so I went a little circle crazy!
The result:

 A rainbow of circles!  Each one I finish is my new favorite!  I saw this circle quilt of Quilting is more Fun than Housework and I love how she off set the circles with her neutral blocks.

I have light green cut out and ready to sew.  Maybe a dark blue as well. I would like to make this bigger than a lap quilt.  Maybe neutral blocks on the sides?  I will have to see how many more colors I can come up with!  
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Balls of Color!

I love these circle log cabins!  The pattern is from Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Magazine (Spring/Summer 2014).  I intend to use my scraps to make these.  Maybe I will have enough for a rainbow.  For now, this shot of yellow makes me smile.

I used white and light ivory for the background so that the yellow would pop.
A border might be a good idea to square up the block.

These are stars made from material I got from my sister's mother-in-law.  I think they will make a nice Quilt of valor. There are about six different plaids.  They look very much like a Civil War Quilt I saw on the web.  The colors are very subdued so it is great to work on the color balls in between!

Linking up to Freshly Pieced, WIP Wednesday and She can Quilt, Scraptastic Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Almost done with my Modern Maple Quilt.  I just have to sew down the binding!  In my last post about this quilt, it was heading off to Sister Beth's house to be quilted. I was so proud of myself for getting the striped binding all ready to go.
Unfortunately, I ended up not liking that binding.  It was too busy for the leaves. Beth and I auditioned all of the solids, and decided on Kaffe's shot cotton "Sunshine".  What a great shade of yellow! And I had just enough left to make the binding.

 Beth's quilting is beautiful and a perfect choice to compliment the leaves!

I love how the quilting adds texture to the leaves.

usually wait to pick my backing and binding until I am done with piecing the quilt.  Now I remember why!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Hello, my name is Susan and I have a fabric addiction!  I know there are many of you saying "Hi Susan"!

 I keep trying to use my stash, but then I have to go to MLQ store for coordinating fabric!
Then, of course, I see fabric on sale that is such a deal I have to have it. And I walk out with a pile of fabric to add to my stash! A vicious cycle!

Anyway, getting back to today, I have had this "cheater" fabric from an old line of Bonnie and Camille called "Bliss". So lovely!

I thought they would be pretty as economy blocks. So I went through the stash looking for coordination colors.   I had a few. But went looking for more.

I bought the green and the blue. And then, these polka dots, which are a bit off so may not work.

And then these blues from the "Lexington" Moda line because 
1) they were on sale

2) they go with all this fabric

That will one day be made into "Starlight Express" quilt from the book Jelly Rolls
by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

And don't forget these two rolls of neutral stash builders!

Stash builder, another word for addiction.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday because I know you will understand!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Maples

I have finished my version of the Modern Maple.  Pattern here.  (Sorry about the poor lighting)!   I really like how the different sized  leaves give a falling effect to the composition!

The perfect backing material, S'more Love!  The colors AND trees!

I even got the binding all ready.  Kaffe Fasset stripes!

All ready to get quilted.
Am I the only one who saves these little triangles from the binding? 
I just can't bear to throw them away! They are so cute!
Someday I will find the perfect use for them.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Big Blue Star

I am finally getting around to posting pictures of my Big Blue Star.  This is my second big star made from the pattern by Jeni Baker from In Color Order.

I just love these fabrics!
 Three of the fabrics are from the Le Bouquet Francais line by French General and one is from Indigo by Moda. The background is Snowbirds- Dots.

The wonderful quilting was done by Sister Beth.

The back

This quit is available from our Etsy store.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A New Year

I love the beginning of a new year. Anything seems possible.  It is even possible that I will finish all my UFO's! ha ha.  I mean to, but then, the lure of the new creation takes hold!

I was inspired by this fabric that has been in my stash for a while, Bohemian Soul by Art Gallery Fabrics. I had a stach of solids on my work table, and thought, "wouldn't this make a great background for a Modern Maple quilt"!?

I had downloaded the pattern from lark craft and looked at the one from Elsie's Girl Blog.  Shelly had filled in all the squares with different size maple leaves.  I liked that idea of different sizes, but still want to add negative space to give the leaves a falling effect.

My other change to this pattern was to appliqué the stems. I think it makes them more graceful.

The leaves are made with Kaffe Fasset shot cotton. This fabric has such a great shimmer!

 These are the 6 1/2" blocks. They are so cute!

 The 9 1/2" blocks have a 2" border to make a 12 1/2" block. (Thanks Sister Beth)!

This is the original size, 12 1/2".

The quilt so far.

Now I just need to decide whether to get more colors, or make each color in three sizes?
Linking up to WIP at Freshly Pieced.