25 July, 2016

Mid Year Review 2016

Hello everyone. 'Found a really cool link party to join, hosted by Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl. This is all about a self-review of our goals and accomplishments thus far, in 2016. Whoo, seems like I have not done as much as I'd like to have done. Health and other circumstances have been interfering lately, but never give up, right? So, let's break this up into 3 categories:

Swap Parties:
So far, I have participated in 3 swap parties. The photo above is from the Americana Pin Keep Swap that was hosted by Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies Blog. Another was the Doll Quilt Swap that was hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts Blog back in April. The other is still in process, the Farmhouse Summer Swap hosted by Amy of Bumblebee Lane Cottage Blog. These swap parties are so much fun!

Quilt- Alongs (QAL's):
The count for QAL's comes to three as well. First, pictured above, was the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL hosted by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. Quilt top is completed, but not yet quilted, lol. The Westering Women QAL is still going on at Civil War Quilts Blog every month in 2016, hosted by Barbara. The Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL, hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts Blog, is still going on as well. QAL's are also a whole lot of fun.

Charity work:
Pictured above is a quilt that I made for the annual Hands 2 Help Quilt Charity hosted by Sarah of Confessions of A Fabric Addict Blog. The quilts are distributed to several charities for cancer patients and their families. Back in February, mother and I also mailed 4 pair of socks for a sock drive that Sarah sponsored. The socks went to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital (Tennessee) in memory of a dear young girl who passed away in 2011. Mother and I also sew dresses for Dress A Girl Around The World, and so far have mailed 24 dresses this year. These dresses go to needy girls all over the world. It is such a wonderful feeling to help someone, isn't it?

Remember that my word for 2016 is relax. Well, I am still not doing a great job with that, but still trying my very best daily. So far, this year has been pretty great. Sending many thanks to Yvonne for hosting this event. You may even want to write a post and link-up at the link party. Prim blessings to everyone.

~Linking-up with Quilting JET Girl at: 2016 Mid Year Review~

20 July, 2016

Kelsey's sunny bright dress

Hey friends. Kelsey is now wearing one of her new summer dresses. This one is a wrap style, with a kelly green bodice (yay green!) and a bright floral skirt portion with white piping trim. Her white espadrilles set the whole look. The wrap dresses are super easy to put on the dolls, which is a plus. Do you make doll clothes? Try it- it really is fun.

~Linking-up with Diane at: Wednesday Wee Ones~

13 July, 2016

Scrap bag fabrics won!

Hello dear friends. A couple of months ago, I was a lucky winner of a scrap bag of fabrics from Sarah of: Confessions of A Fabric Addict. Look how many there are, and how pretty every one is! If you haven't visited Sarah's blog, be sure to go there. She is an excellent quilter, and a very charitable person. Sarah quilts for several charities, among her many good works. 'Already working on a quilt top with these scraps. Thank you so much Sarah.

10 July, 2016

Amanda's birthday purse

My lovely daughter's birthday was 29th June, and the purse pictured above was part of her gifts. I made it from a New Look pattern from 2004. It is #6435. The fabric is upholstery grade, and is lime with grey and white accents. 'Added a magnetic closure on a tab that the pattern does not call for. This does seem to modernize the pattern for today's age, doesn't it? A local shop monogrammed the initial "A" in my daughter's favorite color, pink. Inside the purse is fully lined, including a smart phone pocket and a keys pocket. The pattern also called for round wooden handles, but the shoulder strap is a feature that my daughter likes on her purses. Yes, she does love this purse. Have you ever made a purse or tote? They are fun, and make nice gifts.

04 July, 2016

Happy 4th of July 2016!

Good evening friends. Where have I been for nearly 3 weeks? Been a little under the weather, plus some house repairs are going on. 'Hope you all haven't tuned-out. Did you have a happy 4th of July? Every year, a park near us has a professional fireworks display. Since it is raining and lightning this evening, no new photos. The photo above was last year's celebration. Fireworks are so pretty with all of the vibrant colors. This is a favorite holiday, for sure. 'Promise, I will return soon with another post. Prim blessings.