Monday, September 8, 2014

patchwork apples and pretty pinwheels

Hope you had a lovely weekend! I am eager for autumn and those cooler weather days. So, to get a little in the mood, I couldn't resist making some sweet patchwork apples from the lovely Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet's book, Quilty Fun!
 They were so fun to make and I can't wait to make some more, maybe into pot holders!
 And, this sweet mini apple quilt is what I made! It is completely inspired by the darling mini apple quilt that Jessie of Messy Jesse made that I just loved! So, now it is the perfect little quilt to practice my hand quilting on!
I made a few more pinwheels to add to my quilt! I am more of a simple quilter, and these are always my favorite to make!
 The hardest part is always deciding the fabrics! ;)
 And, now my Sew Sweet Bee pinwheel quilt top is finished!
 I just love how this quilt turned out and all the pretty blocks and colors! Thank you to all the Sweet Bee's who contributed to it!! Soon it will be off to be quilted by the sweetest Donna, which I can't wait!! Her quilting is always so beautiful!
And, these pretties arrived in the mail from Donna last week! She sweetly asked me if I would like to do a Blogger's Choice for her fabric shoppe, which I was so excited to do with these new Lecien Flower Sugar collection! The colors are so gorgeous! You can find this sweet Vintage Grey fat quarter bundle over at Donna's shoppe!
I am getting ready to start making some fall items for the shoppe. I love this time of year and all the soft autumn colors! Thank you for visiting with me and for your sweet comments! 
Wishing you a most lovely and crafty week! xo 


Monday, September 1, 2014

catching up

 Hello Sweet Friends!
Happy September!! Hope that you are doing wonderful! I have been busy working away on projects, custom orders, and planning new fall and Christmas pretties for the shoppe. 
 I made a couple more hand sewn bow ties for my baby quilt that I am working on. They are quick and relaxing to make!
 I am catching up on my blocks for ZakkaArt's #handsewpatchwork sew-a-long. I have a couple more to go and then I will be caught up!
 I have been making some pretty custom Dahlia pot holders, which I really love making! I am thinking of doing some pretty autumn and Christmas ones. And, yes I am already planning Christmas early this year for my shoppe because time always just flies so fast after September, so I want to get a head start this year.
 I made this sweet vintage inspired Sunbonnet Sue needle keep for a dear friends birthday.
 The one on the right is the vintage one I used as my template. I made the flowers different using small felt circles, and added a some hand stitching to the bottom of the dress. I plan to make a few more as, they were so fun to make, and pretty cute!
 I came across these neat 1940's appliqué transfer patterns that I can't wait to try out! I really love the kitchen shelf tea towels.
 Found this cute painted farm table runner at the thrift store. I would love to stitch it up sometime, but I am not sure I will ever get to it now, I might just leave it or I was even thinking of making them into pillow covers. So, we'll see! ;)
And, I received some pretty mail from sweet Shay of Simply Sweet Fabric! Love all these colors!! You can find them all at her lovely shoppe!

Wishing you all a lovely week and start to the new month! I am so looking forward to autumn and cooler weather! How about you? Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me! xo


Friday, August 22, 2014

my shoppe is open
Happy Friday!
My shoppe is now open with some new pretties!! Wishing you all a beautiful and crafty weekend!! xo

Thursday, August 21, 2014

shoppe reopening tomorrow!

Hello sweet friends!
I hope you are enjoying the week and the last days of summer! I am so ready for fall! We have been having some cooler weather which has been nice and getting me eager for those crisp fall days. I have busy finishing up some new pretties for my last summer shoppe update.
I will be reopening tomorrow Friday, Aug. 22nd at 1 p.m. PST! I look forward to visiting and catching up with you all this weekend.

Wishing you a most lovely day!! xo 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

friendship dahlia

Hello and happy sweet day to you!
It has been a busy couple weeks working on some new pretties for my last summer update for the shoppe, and working on some new projects, too! 
I learned from the help of a sweet new blogging friend how to make my first traditional hand appliquéd Dahlia, which I am quite excited about and think it turned out pretty cute for my first one. I basted the feed sack petals, stitched them down, and for the center I did needle turn, which I can definitely use some more practice with. I really am enjoying all the hand sewing. It really makes me slow down and not rush to get something finished.
It all started with this booklet where I saw the Friendship Dahlia quilt pattern.
I really loved how pretty it was, so I thought I would give it a try and cut the pieces out, but I was so confused on how to make the petals with the curved seam since I am so used to making hexies and diamonds. Well, I came across the lovely and talented Martha of Q is for Quilter and saw that she had made one awhile back, so I thought I would ask for a little help. 
Well, she was so sweet to explain how she made it, and even sent me her beautiful Dahlia and some beautiful feed sack petals so I could make a small Friendship Dahlia doll quilt!! I was quite excited! I am so blessed by the sweetness, help, and generosity of this blogging community! Thank you so much Martha! And, I can't wait to make some more! ;) Oh, I finally found my first aqua Pyrex dish at the the thrift store the other day. Yay!!
I am still working on some sweet bow ties and made a couple of minty and grey ones.
I love mixing the feed sacks with newer fabrics!
I made this sweet patchwork puppy pot holder for a gift for a lovely friend. I love how the patchwork turned out, and I will be adding a couple to my shoppe, too!
These beautiful fabrics arrived from the sweetest Shay of Simply Sweet Fabric. The first three are from Darlene Zimmerman's new Lazy Daisy Baskets which I just love the pastel colors.
I have been making some new vintagey aprons for the shoppe and been having so much fun! This one I used part of a vintage fruity tablecloth. I will be having one last summer update in the shoppe in the next week or so, and then I will be on to apples for fall! I am kinda looking forward to the cooler, crisp weather! 

Thank you for visiting with me today, and I am so behind in catching up with you, but will be doing it over the weekend!
Wishing you a most lovely and crafty summers week!! xo


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

a bow tie baby quilt

Hello and a lovely day to you!
It's been a fun week finishing up a couple custom orders, and working on a new project! For the #handsewpatchwork sew-a-long with zakkaArt we learned how to make a cute bow tie, which I made the sweet yellow one above. 
Well, I was so excited to learn how because awhile back I was reading through the May 1951 Workbasket magazine and came across this darling baby necktie quilt. Such perfect timing! They each measure about 5 1/2 inches, so I am not sure how many I will be making for the baby quilt. There block is little smaller and they suggest 749 bow ties! Well, I don't think I will be doing that many! ;) I think I will be sticking with maybe 50, plus the solid in between each one. And, each solid you hand quilt a bow tie, which will be sweet.
And, these are the ones I have made so far. These two have a vintage fabric bow tie, as I thought it would be fun to do a mix of vintage and new fabrics.
Some of my favorite Japanese reproduction fabrics!
 The purple one is a vintage fabric, which I just love! I don't have a lot of purple in my stash, but have recently started collecting more! I look forward to sharing my progress on the quilt with you! It's such a relaxing and enjoyable process to hand sew each bow tie block and it will be a quilt of love!
I finished this pretty tote bag for my mom yesterday for a very late birthday present. I made it in some of her favorite colors, and some of my favorite prints. ;) It's all sweetly packaged and ready to be mailed out to her. Hope she likes it!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today! Wishing you a most lovely and crafty week!! xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

patchwork and hand sewing

 Hello Sweet Friends!
Hope that you are all doing wonderful and enjoying these summer days! I have been busy working on projects and custom orders, which I have been loving! I have also become quite fond of Instagram, and you can peak over there as I usually post daily on what I am working on! :)
I finished this fruity patchwork place mat for a dear friend's sweet little girl. I really love all these cute fabrics together.
 I hand quilted it with perle cotton which I thought gave it a sweet touch. I am eager to try hand quilting with hand quilting thread on my next project! I am getting better with my stitches each time I do it!
 I made my first Dutch pinwheel for the Sew Sweet Bee for Kerri of Lovely Little Handmades.I had to fix a couple points after I took this photo before I sent it off to her, but I'm improving with my quilting skills and starting to get better at those corners to match up nicely. It isn't easy!:) And, I am happy that she likes how it turned out!! Love those colors together!!
 And, the newest project/sew-a-long that I am doing is learning how to hand sew/quilt a mini patchwork quilt with the sweetest and talented Wynn of ZakkaArt! I am so loving the process of drawing each shape, cutting with scissors, and hand sewing the pieces together with some of my favorite vintage needles! The 9-patch block was our first one, and...
 the Evening Star was our second. For this one I need to make another one where the star points stand out more, which I probably should have paid more attention to in the beginning, but it was a fun practice one to make! Maybe I will use this one on the backing of the quilt.;)
This sweet vintage cabinet was a recent find at the thrift store. I had actually had my eye on it for a month but didn't want to pay the price, so I was lucky it was still there and half off! A new place for all my fabrics in my sewing room!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me! I look forward to catching up this week with all your sweet blogs, and seeing what you have been up to this summer! Wishing you a most lovely week!! xo