Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WAGI The Crafty Frugaler

The temperatures are dropping and before we know it the snow will fly.  I love winter.  I'd so much rather be cold and put a sweater on than be hot and only be able to take so much off.  DD put on her flannel sheets this weekend wanting a warmer snuggly bed.  With cold nights approaching DD and I like to heat a rice pack and put it between the covers while we get ready for bed.  This makes for a toasty comfy bed.  I usually hide my rice pack during the day but no more.  

This cute owl heating pad from the Crafty Frugaler will look cute resting on my bed with the rest of my throw pillows.   It would also make a nice gift.  After all who doesn't love owls?  Easy to make cute or masculine. 
So whether you are treating yourself or a friend make sure you check out this cute and easy tutorial.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Time Flies

After finishing up my Blue Bird of Happiness Quilt I need another improvisation project.  My orphan block bin was overflowing so I started playing with them.  Pulling and placing on the design wall.  Before I knew it I had enough for a quilt.
 I stared putting things together filling in the holes with scraps from my scrap bins.  Before I knew it my hubby was home.  I was shocked.  Where did the time go?
Lucky for me and the rest of my family I had put dinner in the crock pot that morning.  I was only missing the corn bread I had planned on.  But fortunately crackers work well with ham and bean soup too.  I had those in the cupboard.  So dinner was saved in spite of my losing track of time while playing.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Little Happiness

On my walk this morning I passed a tree so full of birds it was singing.  First off it just made me smile.  Next it made me think of my Blue Bird Flour Sack quilt.  Slowly I've been finding little bits of time to work on this quilt.  I've appliqued all the flowers and leaves.
  I've even started quilting it.  I had all the applique quilted
 and had started on the background
 In fact I just had a little bit more to go.  That singing tree inspired me to get busy and finish it up.
 Here it is all quilted and ready for a binding.  I'm thinking a red so bring out the words on the flour sacks.
I might let the binding wait until next week.  I got a notice in the mail today that said my power will be out next Friday.  Binding this quilt may be a good activity since I will not need power to do it.  I'll look forward to it all week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WAGI Sugar Bee Crafts

My DD is into photography so when I saw these sweet photo necklaces from Sugar Bee crafts I knew I needed to include them in my What a Great Idea Wednesday.  DD and her friends just did a photo shoot up in the mountains with all the beautiful fall colors.  We thing those photos made into these necklaces will make great Christmas presents for her friends.   
Using your own photos these necklaces would make great personal gifts for moms, grandmas, sisters, and friends.  For a less personal gift, say for a co worker, these ones made with cute craft paper would make a nice inexpensive gift.  Sugar Bee has a coupon you can use on supplies.  It enables you to make 20 for less than $30.  Now that's a steal!
Find the tutorial and coupon here.  Make sure you checkout the rest of their site.  It is loaded with lots of great ideas and fun projects.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fabulous Fall Weekend

One of my favorite things about quilt retreats is making new friends.  I've said it before but I think quilters are some of the most wonderful people.  They are creative, helpful, and generous.  I once heard Jenny Doan say the reason quilters are so great is because it is the one hobby you start for yourself and quickly turns into giving to everyone else.  I think she is right.  
 The ladies at the retreat I taught this weekend were no exception.  They treated me like one of their own.  I enjoyed great food in a gorgeous setting with wonderful new friends.
 One of my favorite parts was going through all their scraps helping them make these beautiful spiderweb blocks.  Something about rummaging through scraps excites me.  And these ladies had some really great scraps.
Not only did I enjoy making new friends and playing with scraps; let me tell you the scenery was breathtaking.  I had to stop several times on my way up and back to take pictures.   

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bins of Pretties and Baskets of Quilty Goodness

  Not that I need a reason to start a new project, but getting to teach classes and having pretty fabrics seemed as good a reason as any.  So I started another spiderweb quilt.  I'm using a Lily Ashbury print for the stars.
Then pulling from the colors in the print I went through my stash and grabbed anything that remotely had those colors.  I also went through my Bella Solids by Moda and did the same thing.  Can you see them peeking through there in the lower right corner?
I'm taking this bin of pretties and these laundry basket full of quilty goodness to share with some lovely ladies at their private retreat.  I'm looking forward to making new friends and a little progress on my new project.
I'd love to come to your event too.  Contact me if your looking for a teacher or trunk show.  We'll have lots of fun and create beautiful quilts together.  What could be better?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What a Great Idea Wednesday

Recently I had a booth next to Marcea of Abbey Lane Quilts.  After listening to her tell about her fabulous Beetle Bag I knew I had to include it in my What a Great Idea series.  
 It was originally designed as a on the go sewing kit, but let me tell you the possibilities for this bag are endless.  There are just so many wonderful ways to cross of many people on your gift list.  Make it in manly fabrics and it could be used for fishing, holding small tools and first aid supplies while four wheeling or motorcycling.  In kiddie fabric it could be used to hold quiet toys and snacks for travel or church.  Your teenage daughter can use it for hair ties and make up.  Like I said the possibilities are endless.
 You can find the Beatle Bag pattern here.  It comes with the bags included. Marcea also sells refills of the bags so you can make a bunch of these little wonders and cross of many names on your gift list.