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


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

my shoppe is now open!
My shoppe is now open with lots of new summery and patriotic pretties!! xo


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

new items coming to the shoppe

Hello Sweet Friends!
 Hope that you are all doing wonderful and enjoying the warm summer days! I have been busily working away finishing up some new sweet items for my shoppe, which will be reopening tomorrow, July 2nd at 11 a.m. PST! I will be back to blogging after the 4th of July weekend, and look forward to catching up with you then!! 
Wishing you a most lovely week! xo


Friday, June 13, 2014

diamond stars

 Happy Sweet Day!
Hope that you have had a lovely week! It has been a busy one for me stitching up lots of diamond stars! I finished this sweet blue and white one for a mini quilt that I am working on. I decided to just do a small one, since I still have my hexie flower one that I need to finish.
And, I just finished these patriotic star flour sack tea towels that will be going into the shoppe at the end of the month! I am also working on some star coasters and some more patriotic pretties, along with some summery strawberry and cherry items, too. So, if I get quite you know where I will be! ;)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and may you have a lovely time celebrating the sweet fathers in your life! xo


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

a good weekend for treasures

 Happy sweet day to you!
I finished another pretty star, and am loving how quick they are to make compared to the hexies, but I still love making those, too!
 These sweet pinwheels arrived for my quilt from the lovely Kerri of Sew Deerly Loved!! Aren't they pretty!
 Well, it was such a good weekend for lots of sweet new treasures!! The two estate sales I went to were so reasonable with prices, which was such a nice change, and no tax! :)
I found some Christmas goodies, linens, a beautiful lace tablecloth, plastic roses, a darning kit, and...
 One sweet item that I was excited to find was this darling rose hankie wash bag, with this cute typed poem attached.
 My cute new puppy pillow all washed and bringing some charm to my home!
 The second estate sale I only went the second day for half-off and came home with these adorable quilt blocks. I just love the kitties!!
  Some Halloween goodies!
 Wooden checkers, honeycomb bells, crocheted books,buttons, cards, and some lovely blue and silver ornaments that will be great for 4th of July!
And, these beautiful bread doilies, and a neat cook book from 1925. So, I think I am good on treasures for the next month! 

Well, wishing you all a lovely and creative week! And, sorry if I haven't come by to visit with you. I plan to be catching up and seeing what you have been up to today!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

quilt blocks and a vintage baby quilt

 A happy sweet day to you!
Hope you had a lovely weekend! I have been working on some custom orders, and planning some new items for my shoppe. I had a little me sewing time yesterday and made my first diamond star! After seeing all the gorgeous ones the lovely Jessie of Messy Jesse has made, I was eager to try my hand at some. My little hexie flowers will have to wait while I make some more stars! I need a little practice with the centers, but happy with how my first one turned out. 
 I made this star block for Jennie of Clover and Violet for her Sew Sweet Bee block. It is such a sweet block and hope she likes it!
 Last week I found this little gem at the thrift store! A vintage baby quilt all hand appliqued and embroidered with sweet fruit kids!
 It has real cotton inside, that is balled in the corners, so maybe one day I can redo it, but I think it just give it charm.
 The pattern, Pee Dee Fruit Orchard kids, is from the 40's and it would be neat to find it so that I could make one, too! A sweet find!
I had some happy mail with these pretty fabrics from sweet Donna and her fabric shoppe, Donna's Lavender Nest! So pretty and I can't wait to play with them! 

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my great grandma's pot holder! I need to get some brown yarn to make one, just like hers!

Wishing you all a beautiful and crafty week!! xo