Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall apothecary jar mini

This week I was finally able to squeeze in a little sewing!  After all the canning/preserving going on around here,the idea to make a mini jar quilt came to me.

Not just the plain ole mason jars which are very functional,but not so pretty as all those jars in the preserving magazines.  Which by the way are not actually recommended for preserving,because they do not seal good enough.  So my jars are not what you will find on any other jar quilt,but I sure do like them!  As you can see it is still in progress...when the preserving is all done and I can once again see my table top,this will be on it.

Speaking of preserving,this is part of what I put up today.  Seven pints of spaghetti sauce and a partial,which will be used in the next few days.  The little jars on the right are pesto.  They have joined a ton of other things in the freezer.

This is one of my cupboards,it used to be an entertainment center...since the storage space in our mobil home is very lacking,I asked Mr. P to up-cycle it for me.  He did a great job,and even made a shelf specially for my pressure canner.  The two smaller shelves hold my baking chips,nuts,and dried fruits.  The canned goods from left to right are:  blueberry syrup,peach syrup (for pancakes/waffles) blueberry/orange/rhubarb jam,tomato jam,peach chipotle jam,relish,and lastly pickled beets.

I still need to make salsa,and apple butter,and the mountain of zucchini and yellow squash is slowly being made into bread,and frozen.

Yesterday these foxy goodies were all packed up and shipped off to my swap partner.  I decided on a hoop art for her and added some braided embroidery with beads and a fox charm.  So that when it is hanging it sort of looks like a dream catcher.  The first coffee kozie was scrapped and the one on top of the little fabric bundle is my second attempt.  It is a keeper,or in this case a sender!  Might just have to make one for myself.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


Much too busy even to find the time to post!  It is that time of year when the garden needs to be harvested,and preserved.  Fall yard and home projects need attending to,and I have been covering someones vacation at work.  Which means working late everyday...

That doesn't leave much time if any for sewing lately.  I did manage to sew up a couple things for my partner in the fox swap over on flickr.  This was my first paper pieced fox,but I should have used a lighter background..(although I really like this as it is,it is not for me)

Mr. fox #2 much better,because he stands out from the background.  The plan is to either make this into a mug rug,or hoop art.  I am leaning towards the hoop art,but we shall see.

This was an attempt to make a fox coffee kozie,but I am thinking that the head outline needs to be a bit larger.  Also the buttons need to go,and some embroidery should take its place...

Twelve little foxy note cards that I printed off on card stock,just need to make the envelopes for them.

Also a few book marks,I am thinking of laminating these...I do have a couple other things,but have not posted pics of them over on flickr yet.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Spoiled Rotton

Recently I have been telling you about some swaps,and showing you things made for my partners...

Now to show you what I have received in return!  A peak inside the boxy zip pouch received from my partner in the Super Swaps August swap.  This swap was for a zippered pouch or a basket,I asked for a zip pouch.

This pouch has room for lots of stuff...

Like all of these goodies that were in it when it arrived!  I love the fall colors used in the prints and the solid orange my partner used,but especially the leaf/tree print!  Don't you just love the umbrella print?  I sure do!  The candy didn't last a hot minute,although,I did only eat half and shared the other half with Mr. P.

In the Secret tote bag swap my partner Spoiled Me Rotten!

Saturday when I checked the mail my package was there,I was so excited to see which bag was in the box!

My partner had wrapped each extra or goodie item in tissue paper tied with bakers twine,it was just like Christmas!

When I finally got to the last tissue wrapped package in the box,this to-die-for bag was inside!  If you know me at all,then you know how much I Love SunFlowers!

I am just over the moon excited to have received this bag!  I am still smiling from ear to ear,and will be for quite some time to come!

The third swap I joined is the fox swap

Today I finished up this little guy to keep my partner company when she is sewing.  I have not yet started on her main item.  The due date for shipping is September 22,so I have a little bit of time to get it done.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A paper pieced finish

I don't have much to show for the first half of the week.

This is a block that I tested for Angela over at Sewing With Squeak .  She put out a call for pattern testers around the middle of the month.  I chose this one and a turtle,which I have yet to test.  This one will be modpodged on to a hard backed canvas and then be gifted to my dad.  He used to be stationed at Eldred Rock Lighthouse in AK during his time in the Coast Guard.

Although this looks nothing like that lighthouse I think he will still like it.

When making the basket for my swap partner (scroll down to see that post) I had planed to use this second geese piece for the back pocket.  However I made a mistake and had to use fabric glue in one spot,just down from the second goose on the left next to the boarder.  So this is going to be used  to make a zip pouch for...

This Soldier(Gil's girlfriend,Carla) who is deployed right now.  Today she received the goodie box I sent her last Tuesday!  She texted me early this morning to let me know it had finally arrived.

Recently my sis texted me  a few photos of Axton enjoying the quilt I made him!  Apparently it is much loved!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Last Sunday night my friend Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs asked me to participate in this hop.  Melissa and I met in an online quilting bee and have been fast friends ever since.  We actually met in person August 2012!

The purpose of this blog hop is to introduce you to some wonderful New to you,bloggers that you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.

First I will tell you a little bit about me that you may or may not know,then I will be sending you off to meet/visit three wonderful bloggers I am happy to call my friends!

About me:

Although my mom is a talented sewist,I did not learn to sew from her.  My first experience with sewing was in Home Economics class in HS.  Where I made a velour top for mom,which she loved and wore for many years afterwords.

I have sewed off and on since then,mostly off especially during my two wonderful kids younger years. Working a full time job,I wanted to spend my free time with them.  That is not to say that I didn't sew,just that I didn't sew much.  Until they reached HS themselves,at which point my love affair with sewing was rekindled!

My mom (Betty)with the quilt I made her in 2012.

What are you working on...

I just finished a swap where we each made our own version of the 241 bag...right now I am working on another swap item

This is the exterior of the basket for my secret partner.  Of course I also have a quilt top,and two paper pieced blocks that need to be finished by the end of the month!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

That is really a tough one for me to answer!  The only thing I can say about this question is that although I may be making the same thing as others,I always feel the need to change it up somehow,to make it uniquely mine.

For example,my 241 swap bag,I added grommets along the bottom and beading accents along the tops of the pockets and in the center of the bag.

Why do I create?

In a word Therapy!  Creating is my way to relax after a long day at work,my stress reliever when the world is closing in,and I create because it makes me Happy and keeps me sane!  I love the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a project.  The best part of creating is the feeling of sheer joy/happiness I feel when I am able to use my sewing talents to help others.

Here are the three wonderful bloggers I will be sending you off to visit/meet next Monday September 1rst.

I meet Jamie from busy bee quilts in an online sewing bee,last year we meet in person at Fabric Fest! She has such a great eye for great color combos,she is always working on one quilt or another,and she has some mad quilting skills too!

Daphne,blogs over at Ivy,Phyllis and Me!(we have not had the pleasure of meeting in person)  She whips up the most scrumptious and eye appealing dishes,I have an ever growing list of recipes to try!  She also tells the best stories before each recipe she posts.

Do you like to paper piece,or sew bags?  Well Angela,from Sewing With Squeak has been letting me test some of her paper pieced patterns lately(the two mentioned blocks that need to be finished this month are just two of many).  Last month I tested her treasure chest pattern!  She is also running the Big City Bags SAL that I am participating in!  She sews a wide array of things,from quilts to clothes,and recently

(photo source Angela's blog sewing with squeak)

she made this super cute little bed for her puppy!

Thank you for stopping by,I hope enjoyed your visit to my little corner of blog land!  Be sure to check out the three talented ladies next Monday too!

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