Sunday, May 26, 2013

Time to Remember

On this Memorial Day Weekend,no matter where you are,or what you are doing... Please take a moment to Remember and thank those that Have Served/Are Serving (Sacrificing).  So that we can enjoy the Freedom to Celebrate (among other things).

Thank You Gilbert Rodriguez,Lee Morris,and Robert Keeling for your Service & Sacrifices,so that I might enjoy the Freedoms I enjoy Daily.

Yesterday we had a visitor in one of the Aspen trees,after a couple of failed attempts at a photo,this beauty finally held still long enough for a photo.

It takes a Manly Man to carry a clutch ;)  This afternoon I worked on testers for my nice's bridesmaids.  Since I had to use the flash for this photo,the colors are washed out :(  The photo I sent from my phone this afternoon still has not showed up in my email)

She asked for linen,but is open to other fabrics.  So since the linen in my stash is not going to work I thought I would see if home dec fabric would work.  It does,but the seams are a bit bulky,so we shall see what she thinks after being able to inspect them up close.

A little produce bag,which is a perfect item for the Farmers Market!  Of course I had to start off with some veggie fabric.

This one is large enough to hold a small net bag of lemons,I am thinking of making them in differing sizes.

Of course I sewed some other things this week but,those are a secret!  Until June 4th,which is my day to post for the "say it with Flowers" blog hop!  (button on my side bar)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stash Box Winner...

And the lucky Quilter is...

This is the best looking box I have seen for a while! I would love to win this one and do some trading.

Congrats To you Karen :)  Thanks to all who left a comment,head over to Karen's blog soon to see what she adds,and for another chance to win!  While you are there,be sure to have a look around her Sweet blog :)

The blocks below are the ones I deleted the other day.

Monday, May 20, 2013

re ~useable grocery bags

Looking for the Stash Box Giveaway?  Just scroll down the the previous post,it will be open until Wednesday evening :)

This topper was quilted with simple straight line quilting.  For the binding I picked some green and grey and threw in a couple DS scraps too.

This quarter over on FB we are swapping re ~ useable shopping bags.  This was my first tester,I purchased the pattern from It was an easy to follow pattern,and sewed up in a jiffy!

My second (and favorite one) was a Free Tutorial This one kicked my butt,not because it is hard to sew.  The fault was all mine!  I cut the lining two inches short of the requirements,oops!  Took me a while to figure out where I went wrong.  Once the measurements were corrected it went together like a breeze :)

The March blocks for the Pile O Fabric BOM are completed but,I accidentally deleted them!  So will show them to you in another post.

Friday, May 17, 2013

What,What ~ Traveling Stash Box....

Happy Friday all you Patch followers,readers,lurkers :)  I know,I know,the posts are few and far between lately.  They will start to pick up again soon,promise ;)

Although I did not have the pleasure of winning a Giveaway Day Prize per say,I did win one of these that week!!!

The fabric that was in the box when it arrived,the large piece in the foreground is an owl apron panel.

Notions,a mug rug with some sweet embroidery in the center,a large zippered pouch (laying flat in front of the mug rug),assorted trims,thread.

Quite an array of patterns and a quilt journal,for recording your quilt info about each quilt.

Rules and Guidelines 

  • Be an active blogger -- post about receiving the box and the giveaway in a timely manner 
  • Update the travel log in the box to let others know where the box has been.
  • There is a list of rules and guidelines in the box -- be sure to follow these to keep the box full of quality items and the experience positive for everyone. 
  • You may take any items from the box just be sure that you are replacing them with quality and comparable items. (Guidelines for fabric below) 
  • Ship box to the next person timely -- and communicate tracking information with recipient.
  • Shipping is within the US only  

Fabric and other item Guidelines 

  • Fabric should be quilt shop quality and in new condition. Do not include items smaller than a fat quarter unless it falls into one of the other categories and these should be packaged together. 
    • Jelly Roll -- 2.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set)
    • Honey Buns -- 1.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set) 
    • Desert Roll -- 10 strips 5 inches wide cut the length of the fabric 
    • Turnovers -- 80 (6 inch) triangles
    • Candy Squares  -- 2.5 inch squares (typically 45 squares per set) 
    • Charms -- 5 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
    • Layer Cake -- 10 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
  • Patterns / Books should be in new or nearly new condition and should be kept to a minimum as this adds bulk and weight. 
  • Other items should be new or gently used condition and should be packaged as necessary to ensure that all parts remain together. 

Important Things to Remember

  • Please ensure that items in the box are quality. If items in the box are poor quality they should be removed. Items that are being removed can be offered for optional inclusion to the next recipient. Poor quality items can be discarded but this should be done with digression. 
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own -- this is not a dumping ground for outdated or worn items
  • Items should be free of smoke, odors  and pet hair 
  • You must replace all items that you take with items of equal value and replacing with more than you take is welcome :)

This is what I decided to keep from the box,a chop stick,a few patterns and of course Yummy Fabric :)

The fabrics that I have added to replace the ones above.

I know there is a chop stick in the photo!  However it is larger in  diameter than the one I kept :)  A coin purse frame,some measuring tape trim and patterns.  

Would any of you be interested in finding this in your mail box???  Yes ?  Well then leave me a comment saying so ;)

A winner will be announced on May 22nd (late evening)!  Please be sure to read the Rules & Guidelines above before commenting :)              ~  Good Luck Everyone ~ 

Monday, May 13, 2013

A few blocks

This month over at Stash Bee we were asked to make a X or Cross block using bright pink prints...

The requirements were to make blocks in 3"increments,6.5,9.5,or 12.5 square.  There was also the option to make rectangle blocks.  If making a 6.5 block we were asked to make two.  The one on the left is 6.5 square,the one on the right side is a 6.5 x 9.5 block.  I loved that these were so easy and quick to sew up!

Barn # 5,this one was so hard to get a good shot of because it is dark and the sky's are grey this afternoon/evening.

Barn # 6,for this one I decided to change it up a bit!  The barn quilt is a John Deere tractor print.  The roof is also a John Deere print.  The only Sew Mama Sew fabrics in this block are the background pieces at the top.

Hope all you mom's had a wonderful Day yesterday :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

SMS Giveaway Winners...

Lets get right to it!

Stephanie at Quarter Incher is the US Winner :)  & Teresa at Quilting Stitching and Sew On is the International Winner :)

Congratulations to both of you!  Both Winners have been notified and responded :)

I just want to say,Thank You so very much to each and everyone of you (all 194 of you,eeep!) who took the time to leave me your thoughts on my question.  As with all such events we are all Winners,because of all the New to Us blogs we discover :)

Since every post should have at least one photo... a small table runner I made this past week.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Table Toppers

Are you all enjoying the Blog Hopping for Giveaway Day?  Personally I think the best part is all the new friends to make/meet,and all the new blogs to follow!

Just thought I would put up a quick post before heading off to bed.

Can you tell that it was a grey day here?  No matter how I tried this is the best photo of all the ones I took :(  So I will be sure to take another one when this table runner is finished.  Since I love sunflowers,I made this one long,so there would not be any temptation to keep it.  My table is square,and this measures 16ish x 64ish.

This one is getting named DayGlow Coffee,because the colors just really pop out!  This fabric was left over from when I made my sis a quilt two or three years ago.

Number three,X squared.  As you can probably see they all still need to be quilted,but that will have to wait until the weekend.  Since I am out of batting again!

There wasn't much time for sewing this evening,so this and one other mini tote are done :)  They measure about 4x4x2,a perfect size for a goodie bag at a party,or to give small gift!

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Who's up for a Freebie?

Giveaway Day is here :)
No hoops to jump through,just a comment to leave:

First the goodies...

A purse pattern,the frame to go with and three 1/2 yard cuts of Color me Retro fabric to go with!  This prize will be open to USA peeps only.  (because of shipping costs)

However,I would not think of leaving out my international peeps!  So I will be giving away a $25 gift card to an online shop to one international commenter :)  Shop to be announced at the same time as the winner,on May 11th.


Leave me a comment,tip,like,dislike,what you look for,at a craft booth.  At a fair or market.
Normally I reply to all comments,with the exception of no reply bloggers.  Due to the fact that I am spending more time sewing and less time blogging,I apologize if I do not reply to each and everyone of you this time :(  (the farmers market starts in June,so I must sew to be ready)

I promise to read each and every comment tho ;)

Check out all the giveaways here at sew mama sew

Sunday, May 5, 2013

ALYOF May Edition

When thinking about what goals (sewing wise) to set for this month,I was kind of in a quandary.  Since I am not sure exactly what projects to include...


  • get caught up on my BOM blocks (not including the quilting) 4 blocks to make
  • make the tester for my niece's bridesmaids clutches ~ get it sent to her for approval
  • barn block # 5 & keep current with 6 & 7 when they are posted
  • get FB swap (grocery bag) for this quarter done
As far as my projects for the farmers market,since I am not decided as to exactly what all I will be making this month,those will all just be "projects" this month instead of goals.

Since I do not have any photos for my about a few photos of the gift that my mom will be receiving for Mothers Day.

Mom loves trains,so when I came across this book,I knew it would make a great Mothers Day gift for her!  All the quilts have to do with the railroad era,so she is sure to love it.

Since she has a train quilt planned for herself,this book should come in quite handy :)

She is sure to find at least a few blocks to add into her quilt!

In other bloggy news,are you planning to participate in the 10th annual May Giveaway Day?

It starts at 6am PST May 6 2013!  You can find more info over atSew Mama Sew .  I will be participating,but will not get my post up until sometime after work tomorrow.

Will try to get back mid week to show you the table toppers/runners I have been working on :)  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!