Around the World Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to my day to share on the Around the World Blog Hop. =) I was invited by a new-to-me friend, Shirley @ Simple Sew to join in on this fun I guess you would call it a linky party. It would worth your time to check out the darling baby hats Shirley has made for her grands. They are so cute!

If you haven't heard about the Around the World Blog Hop before, essentially, you are tagged by a friend and asked to answer four questions and then asked to tag three more friends to play along. Because I am the great procrastinator (I am writing this the day before it's due) I was only able to find two friends to play along. I am also the great rule breaker, as well. ;-)

The two friends I have tagged are:

1 -  Dora @ Dora Quilts : Dora is a very talented quilter. I so admire the work she has done and shares with her blog readers. What makes her so special in my eyes is that she uses all vintage machines to sew and quilt. She even does free motion quilting with a treadle sewing machine! Her blog is a fun place to visit.

2 - Karen @ In The Sewing Basket : Let me tell you about Karen, she is the kindest and sweetest person out there. She found me on this blogging world and it didn't take long for us to become fast friends. We text and email several times a day!! She is a longarmer and one day hopes to open up her home as a quilting/sewing retreat and offer classes. She is smart, funny and real. She has been a huge support to me over the last few months while our family has been going through a difficult journey. I appreciate her friendship, her humor and her "chatty kathy" style of writing. I am very grateful to have her in my life....

Watch for Dora and Karen's their posts on Monday, September 8th.

Now here we go!!

1- What am I working on?

I recently purchased my first Craftsy class. Twisted Irish Chain taught by Amy Gibson. This is the beginning of the first project called, "My Favorite Things." I love Irish Chain quilts and have wanted to make one for forever. This class was the push I needed. =)

The gray fabric I chose for the chains is a linen/cotton blend. I love this fabric! For the fabric squares, I used Flea Market Fancy and some special sheep fabric I have been saving for just the right project. 

I can't wait to get this one finished!! 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Wow...Hmmmm. I don't have any idea how to answer this question, so I am not going to. Told you I was a rule breaker. =D

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I am compelled to sew and quilt. It is my passion and there is always more to learn and to grow. It is never boring, which keeps my add/impulsive personality happy. Also, being created in God's image, I create because He is the great Creator. Everyone is creative in some way, wether it's cooking, writing, photography, painting, decorating or the myriad  of other ways people create. I am guilty of saying I am not creative, but the truth is, I am and so are you. =)

I love to make quilts for others. Every new baby in my church family, gets a baby quilt and newly weds get one as well. If a baby or wedding isn't in their future, a quilt will find it's way to them at some somepoint. Sometimes, a quilt will tell me who it belongs to. Its my way of showing my love to them and it gives me a great reason to keep buying fabric and making more quilts. Our home only needs so many and I never want to stop making them. =)

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I am inspired by what others are creating. I search a lot on Pinterest, and the other wonderful quilting bloggers are always challenging me and getting my mind to think outside of the box and to try new things.

That's about it in a nut shell. =)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and a big THANK YOU, Shirley, for inviting me to play along=)

Have a happy Monday!!

Twisted Irish Chain


I am excited! The Twisted Irish Chain Craftsy class that I have had on my wish list for a long time, is on sale! I am only partway through the first few lessons and my mind is whirling with ideas. 

The instructor is Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. Her blog is one of the first ones I began to follow back when I was first began quilting and blogging. 

The quilt behind her is called, "My Favorite Things." I am thinking the little bit of Flea Market Fancy I have left would work perfectly as the focal fabric. I also have some quilt panels that I don't ever know what to do with. Hmmmm....Maybe I need to make more than one of this quilt. =D

Craftsy has 21 quilting related classes on sale now. You may want to check it out! And, no, I am not affiliated in any way. Just a happy customer. =) 

Have a happy Wednesday!

A Few Finishes


First...I LOVE my job!! I am so thankful to be working at a darling quilt shop (Cotton Creek Mill) that I love and with people that I love. =) I will say, working has cut into my blogging time. When I have my days off, I would much rather sew than blog. Just keeping it real. =) So, if I have been absent from  your blogs when it comes to comments, that would be why, but I do read every one of the posts. =)

That said I am, also behind on posting some finishes, so without further ado, here are the latest quilts I have finished up.

The Nested Churn Dash...Pattern by Quilt Jane.

 I am only slightly obsessed with Bonnie and Camille fabric lines...Dare I mention I have a Miss Kate Jelly Roll in my stash. One of many perks of working at Cotton Creek Mill. ;-)

 And this is a wedding gift for a couple in my church. I used two layer cakes of Holly Taylor's Woodland Summer.

And the pretty back...

I quilted it using 12 weight Sulky thread (purchased from Cotton Creek Mill...Yet another perk of working at a quilt shop). I used a size 100/18 needle in my Juki and it worked like a charm! I used regular 50 weight thread in the bobbin. I will definitely use the 12 weight thread more often. I love how it looks!

Oh, and today is our 14th wedding anniversary! Yay, us!! Please ignore my helmet hair and the awkwardness of this photo. We were sitting in a hammock and trying not to fall out!

                Have a happy week!!



Rina @ Crickets Corner, you are the winner of my latest giveaway!! Send me your address and I will mail you your fabric and patterns. =)

I am sorry for not responding to the comments. I worked two extra days and I was way too tired and busy with the other things I had to get done to sit at the computer. Forgive me?

Can't leave without sharing a picture of a favorite summer treat we like to make. And eat!! =)

Pay it Forward Day 4


*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone for playing along!*

Welcome to my fourth of five Pay It Forward giveaways. For those who are stopping by for the first time, the reason why I am hosting these giveaways is my effort to pay back the kindnesses that has been shown to me over the last year . =)  All the fabrics are from my own personal stash.

Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you! Those who use Goggle+, leave your email address in your comments, otherwise you show up as a no-reply and I cannot reach you. Erin @ Sew At Home Mummy has a great post on how to check your settings here.

You don't need to be a follower of my blog to participate, though I won't complain of you choose to be a follower of my blog, or Facebook or any other of my social medias. Links are found in my sidebar.  =) And, please, feel free to spread the word.  =)

This giveaway is open all, that includes my international readers. =)

Today's giveaway is a package of Tonga Treats by Timeless Treasures (40 - 5" squares) and two patterns by Cozy Quilt Designs. 

I will choose a winner on Monday! The winner will be contacted via email and announced on my blog. =) 

 Ho, ho, hi, ho, its off to work I go!! Yay!

Have a happy weekend everyone!! 

Sweet Gift


I have not forgotten about doing another giveaway. Life got away from me. This week I will get it posted! 

While we were on our weekend away, I received a sweet gift in the mail from a bloggy reader, Katy. You can find her @ Katy Quilts. Katy's thoughtfulness is a perfect example why I am compelled to have my little giveaways. =)

Take a look at these sweeties!!

The lighting is terrible, but the lamb is the sweetest light blue. I am going to make a felted wool ball to put in the back to make her into a pincushion. =) She also sent a lovely piece of vintage fabric! I don't know if I can ever cut into it!! 

Here is a little better picture of the fabric. 

If you heard squealing, it was me. =) 

Thank you so much, Katy....I am deeply touched by your thoughtfulness. =) 

A Little R and R


Last Thursday, Russ and I took off for the weekend for some much needed r and r. We stayed at a darling inn at Kendall, WI. We will most definitely be going back. =) 

Out our back door we were able to jump on the Elroy/Sparta bike trail

I also found time to do some sewing in the sun. 

Of course we hit a few quilting shops while we were away, too. =)

I found some Three Sisters Aviary on clearance to use with the honey bun of Aviary that Colleen @ Quilting Under The Sun gifted to me a few weeks ago. 

Also on sale, was some Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille. To go with it, I found some Moda Bella solid in aqua (I think that is what color it is) and some Kona cotton Cardinal red. I really need to make something with my Scrumptious fat quarter bundle one of these days. 

I love these cute vintage prints by Andover called Wash Day. I had to have the glasses, just because they are cute!

 Now I need to get busy and decide what to make with all the fabric I brought home!! 

Amy Butler Weekender Bag


After years of wanting one, weeks of planning, a few false starts, I have finished my first Amy Butler Weekender Bag

I used the quilt as you go method as explained by Elizabeth Hartman. Her method makes a super sturdy and solid bag without all that interfacing. 

Next time, I want to sew in the lining by machine. Chrissy @ Sew Lux Fabric shared a tutorial on how to do it. 

I'll also add more pockets to the inside of the bag. 

The worst part for me was sewing around the curves of the bag. The bulk almost got the best of me. 

Match your thread to your project. It hides the less than perfect sewing nicely. ;)

There is no need to fear making this bag. I won't say it's easy, but it is doable. Take your time, study the instructions and read the helpful tips and ideas from the other bloggers out there who have made this bag. Google and Pinterest were my friends. =) 

Here is a link to my Pinterest board with the links I found to be very helpful.

Have a happy week! I'll be posting another giveaway soon. =)

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