04 October, 2015

Country Roads quilt-along

Hey there you all. 'Hope your weekend is going well. I actually finished my Country Roads quilt for Humble Quilts Blog's Quilt-Along. I am still kinda a newbie quilter, so blocks on-point are a bit of a challenge. Then, why did I do it? lol. Because on-point blocks are such a pretty design. When I chose the cheddar fabric for the spacers, 'did not think about it having a tiny vertical floral design. So, tried to match that as best as possible. 'Main thing is, it does run vertically in every area. Whew! So worth the effort though. I wanted my quilt to be larger, so added the 2 1/4" wide navy borders. This makes the quilt finish at about 28 1/2" square. Used the same navy cotton fabric for the quilt backing, along with a burgundy binding. Thank you, Lori, for this fun quilt-along. You all be sure to visit and follow Lori at her awesome blog: Humble Quilts Blog. To see 2 more photos of this quilt, follow the link below my signature.

26 September, 2015

Confederate Rose quilt block

I have been quilting for a short time, only just over one year. A block that I had been thinking of attempting is a kinda complicated one. Well, pictured above is my first try. The block pattern is historical, and this version is from Barbara at Civil War Quilts Blog: Confederate Rose quilt block. The center square is from her fabric collection Civil War Reunion, and is fussy cut. The 4 outer corners are from her Ladies' Album collection. Traditionally, the colors chosen for this block were reds, pinks, and white. So, what do you think should be done once more blocks are completed? A small lap quilt or table runner? A wall hanging? Prim quilting blessings.

21 September, 2015

Blue & avocado square neck dress

Although I am looking forward to autumn, the dress pictured above reminds me of a summer field full of flowers. This dress is from a pattern by Dandy Jane (Etsy), and is made of 100% cotton fabrics in Robin's Egg blue and avocado. The little yellow flowers along the hemline are my own addition. This dress is quite simple to construct, being a pullover with no fasteners. The pattern difficulty rating will be:
'Want to see the matching head band? Follow the link below my signature.

12 September, 2015

Baby bib & burp cloth

Hello friends. Pictured above are 2 gifts for a friend's baby shower. The bib and the burp cloth are made of 100% cotton fabric with a tonal grey chevron print. Their backings are white terry cloth. Really modern and contemporary for today's baby. These were easily and quickly made. When my daughter was a baby, I just used a clean cloth diaper as a burp cloth. Times have surely changed, haven't they? (Some modern parents have never even seen a cloth diaper, lol!). These patterns are free, and you can get them and their accompanying tutorial at this website page: Two More Minutes. A good tip for sewing with terry cloth is to cut out the fashion fabric and place it right sides together onto a slightly larger rectangle of terry cloth. Sew and then cut out around the item. This way, the terry cloth won't stretch out of shape while being sewn. Don't you just love sewing for babies? Since these patterns are so simple, they earn a pattern difficulty rating of:
~Remember that September is National Sewing Month~

05 September, 2015

Harvest Gatherings Swap 2015

Lookie what came in the mail yesterday! Swap goodies from Bumblebee Lane Cottage's annual Harvest Gatherings Swap. My swap partner was Debbie of: Barefoot Primitives Blog. Wow, Debbie really did spoil me. She sent: a darling raggedy doll, a muslin turkey, 2 muslin pumpkins, 2 wax potpourri cakes, some vintage milk caps, 3 ears of muslin corn, a bundle of cinnamon sticks, a bundle of little candles, a sewing notions doll on a vintage spool, 5 bowl filler pillows with sunflowers (1 has Hebrews 4:14 verse), a note card set with pretty bird graphics, an owls pin keep and 2 cakes of beeswax, a vintage baby frock, a blue note pad roll with a wooden writing pen, a rusty wire with ladybugs and sunflowers trimming, and 2 darling prim hang tags. Everything also smells really good, lol. Thank you so much, Debbie, I love everything. 'Want to see what I sent to Debbie? Follow the link below my signature.

01 September, 2015

It's National Sewing Month

Happy National Sewing Month everyone! Pictured above is a darling denim jumper that I made for my granddaughter. This one is See&Sew B6075, and a local shop embroidered her name in bright yellow across the bib front. The lower ruffle really makes this jumper look cute. Isn't it adorable? The turquoise turtleneck was purchased at a local store. There is a matching head band made of the ruffle's floral fabric. This jumper has 4 button fasteners and is fully lined, but it's not very complicated to construct. The Pattern Difficulty Rating will be:

22 August, 2015

Quilted laptop cover

Well, it really has been a week since my last post. 'Been feeling a bit under the weather, which by the way, is rainy here in Alabama. The tree cutters came and removed what remained of that large Bradford Pear tree that was damaged last month in a thunderstorm. No more worries that it will fall again, what a relief. Pictured above is a quilted laptop cover that I made for my computer. It measures 21"X18", and is made of fabric remnants found at a local thrift store (so it also qualifies as Thrifty Thursday, lol!) The main fabric is a vibrant African wild animals print. The binding is green, my fave color. The backing is a solid brown cotton fabric, also from my stash. Top and bottom borders are made of a beige basket weave print cotton. Quilting is cross-hatching style. Not a large project, but very useful and colorful. It will help keep dust from my laptop. Sometimes it's just fun to do a project that can be completed in one day, isn't it? Do you ever make fast projects like this?

~Linking-up with: Quilt Shop Gal: #Creative Goodness~

13 August, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: floral door wreath

Hello, are you all having a wonderful day? Yes, it's Thrifty Thursday again. This time is a pretty floral door wreath that was found at a local thrift store for only $2.50. 'Couldn't decide if it is summer or autumn decoration, but it has been hanging on my back door for a few months. Don't you just love door decorations? Usually the ones at a thrift store are either damaged or really small, so this one was a great find. It is really simple yet cheerful. Which would you call it- summer or autumn? Prim blessings.