Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Push

"In an ordinary town,
in an ordinary house,
there lived a boy named John.

But he was different from the other kids in town."

The first words of the book titled "The Push - A Story of Friendship" by Patrick Gray.

I was totally enchanted with this heartwarming story about friendship. Not just an ordinary friendship. A special bond that develops between two boys. One that will teach children about discovering how to love those who are different. And what true friendship is really about.

What is so beautiful about this story is that it is based on a true life friendship. One between the author, Patrick Gray and his best friend, illustrator, Justin Skeesuck. Justin's life and career came crashing down when he developed a neuromuscular disease called Multifocal Acquired Motor Axonopathy. He could no longer use his hands to paint.  When Patrick wrote this story, he knew he wanted the illustration to be the same style Justin would have painted. The two of them discovered an artist, Matthew Waresak, who captured Justin's style .

This beautifully illustrated children's book will be an asset in teaching kids how to draw good from everyone we meet. A lesson in putting the needs of others before our own. Learning to extend the hand of friendship to those who may be different.

There is also a grown up version called "I'll Push You". The story about Justin and Patrick's' real life friendship.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Friday, March 16, 2018

This week...

...has been a little more productive. I finally got around to finishing a table runner with left over Island Batik fabric.

I had blocks already sewn, just needed to pull them together in some kind of order. I'm happy with how it turned out.

more pillowcases!

I finished 20 pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles and delivered them on Tuesday! Yay!!

I hope you had a happy quilting week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Everything goes better with pink :-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let's get organized

Even though I have not been doing much sewing or quilting lately, there are things going on in the sewing room.

I save lots of scraps, and they end up being deposited into a basket here, or there.

One day I said, "Enough!!"  I had purposed to head down to IKEA and buy one of those cute turquoise rolling bins.  But as I never made it down there, I ended up buying this.

It works great to stash the scraps and charm packs.  And it was a fraction of the cost :-)

Then there was the closet, which was totally unorganized.

(this is only the bottom shelf, as I already started reorganizing the upper shelves)

A few years ago, Karen at Sew Many Ways shared a post about organizing her Kitchen Cupboards.    She used Fabric boxes to hold all sorts of things. And the great thing is......... they were only $1.00!!  So I headed out to my Dollar Tree to see if they carried these boxes.  I found a large selection of the larger 11 x11" size. 

So here is how the closet looks now.

I may go back and see if they have the smaller boxes to fit the space in between.
Yep, much better!

Friday, March 9, 2018

New project

Last night I decided to knit a cotton dish cloth.  I am a beginner knitter, so I watched a video on how to increase and decrease.

Here is the works in progress :-)

I love that I can pick this up and work on it in short bursts of time.  What are you working on today?? 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

Maps ready?

Is this your destination this year? It's coming soon.

I've been to the Paducah Quilt Festival twice and enjoyed it each time I went. I was accompanied by friends, which of course made the trip more delightful. I would love to go again, but this year there is a conflict. Has anyone gone to the Quilt shows that have spawned around the country? Did anyone attend the Daytona show?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Doll Quilt

I found I had quite a few blocks that were cut but not put together. It looked like there was enough to make something.


I started putting the squares together and came up with this little doll quilt!

Yay!! I love it! Do you make doll quilts??

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What do you do with your selvages?

What do you do with selvages?

Aren't these yummy? I loved them so much, even making the quilt. So instead of tossing them, I made a Tuffet :-)

The back was some fun left over green polka dot.

Thank you Anna Griffin for this beautiful fabric. I just love it!!

Waste not, want not!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Batik tablerunners

Another round of finishes. I made these table runners using scraps of batik fabrics.

After making this wall hanging...
 I used some left over fabric to make this runner.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Home Sweet Home

Waiting it's turn since before Christmas, finishing up this Home Town quilt.

 Finish it up Friday 

p.s. A quick note for Jocelyn Thurston. Please note, that even though you have your email attached to your profile, it still will not open unless your reader has Google+. Please send your email address (to my email) so I can respond to you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Another great find and no reply bloggers

On a recent trip, I found this vintage sewing basket at the Thieves Market for just $3.00.

Not only was the basket filled to the brim with thread, there was a little zippy bag with all kinds of odds and ends. Cute little embroidery scissors, as well as vintage buttons.

Finding more treasures is so much fun!

P.S. Yesterday Jocelyn Thurston {Canadian Needle Nana} wrote on her blog about no reply bloggers. It seems if you have Google plus you might not be able to leave a comment on that persons blog. I tried to respond to Jocelyn, but I would have to sign up for Google Plus and I don't really want to do that. I have had many comments from peeps who, when I try to respond, it shows as no reply blogger. So very sorry that Google has made it difficult to respond to a comment. I hope Jocelyn sees this post, and know that some of us are reading, but cannot even leave a comment on her blog. 
Another A

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine Inspiration

It's just a week away! Are you inspired?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Don't want to chance it

Reds are notorious for bleeding. As I was gathering material for a quilt project, I decided I would wash all the reds.

I threw a color catcher into the wash load with these fabrics.

WOW! What a deep shade of pink.

Feeling that this was a lot of dye that was released from the fabric, I decided I would run the reds through another load.

Yep, color catcher gave me another lovely sheet of pinks.

So next time you use reds in your quilt, do you think you would pre-wash the fabric, or take the chance??

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cases for charity

Pillowcases, pillowcases, pillowcases....

For the past month I have been working on more pillowcases for charity. So I thought I would repost the tutorial that I have on my sidebar. It's super easy and goes together quickly.

Materials needed for a standard size pillowcase:

 1/4 yard for top (cuff) of pillowcase
2 1/2" strip for accent piece
3/4 yard for main body of pillowcase

Begin with 1/4 yard piece (cuff) with right side of fabric facing up.
Press the 2 1/2" accent piece lengthwise with WRONG sides together.
 Place on top of 1/4" Cuff, lining up raw edges on top.  Pin

Press the 3/4 yard fabric and place on top of other pieces with WRONG side facing up. Pin the three layers of fabric in place, making sure raw edges are lined up on the top.

Now for the magic -- Roll the length of the 3/4 yard piece up towards the top raw edges.

Pick up and fold the 1/4 yard piece (Cuff) over the rolled fabric.  Pin in place lining up with raw edges.  (the wrong side of this fabric should be facing you)

Machine stitch all pieces along the top raw edges using 1/4" seam allowance.  Backstitch this seam.

 Grab the roll from the inside and turn the entire roll.  You should now have the pillowcase cuff in place with no exposed seams.  Press the sewn edges well.

This is what it should look like at this point.

Fold pillowcase in half (WRONG sides together) with the pillowcase cuff edges together, lined up at the seam.  Stitch side and bottom using 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn inside out with the RIGHT sides together.  Press seams.

Stitch the seams again, but this time using a 1/2" seam allowance.  Backstitch.

Turn and press.

Wha-la!!  You now have a completed pillowcase.

And here are just a couple of the pillowcases I worked on.

 This pattern was much easier then some I found online.  Making this tutorial is a great way for me to remember the steps.  Let me know if you try it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Quilting treasure party

Thrift store shopping can sometimes unearth quilting treasures. Browsing in the craft section, I came across no less then 50 quilting books. Now this was looking like a party ready to happen!

I came away with 10 quilting books and a couple of patterns. All for $10!!!

When I looked at this book -

it was very familiar. As I turned the pages, I realized why.

My version of these patterns.

Although I did not own this book, I had made these patterns with a couple of my quilting buddies. It's a great book, and I know I will enjoy making more. Like this one.............

It's definitely on my bucket list :-)

Happy Quilting!