28 July, 2018

1 Million Pillowcase Challenge 2018

Hello friends. Have you ever heard of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, sponsored by Olfa®? These are the five that I made and donated. The pillowcases will be going to two charities. To read the rules, print the entry form, and find the free patterns, follow the link below. Guess what- there will be many prizes awarded also! This is such a worthy cause. Please consider sewing some pillowcases and donating them.
♥ Olfa® Summer 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge ♥

24 July, 2018

Oh My Stars CIL Block Drive

Hello friends. Thank you for visiting my blog. Here are five quilt blocks for the bi-monthly charity quilt block drive at: Covered In Love. The theme is patriotic- red, white and blue. The pattern that I chose is called Ribbon Star by Fresh Lemons Quilts. 'Love that block, and plan on making some for myself. If you like to sew for charity, please check-out Kat's blog for the details. Prim quilting blessings.
~Linking-up with: Covered in Love's July/August Block Drive~

19 July, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop: Cans & Cookies!

Hello and welcome friends. Today it is Day #19 of the: 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop (Confessions of a Fabric Addict). I have a craft tutorial, as well as a cookie recipe to share. Let's get started.
Pictured above are several decorated tin cans. There are many ways to make these, and here is my method:
1. First gather the supplies. You'll need some clean tin food cans, a paint brush and a sponge brush, acrylic paints including one white, sandpaper, school glue, spray primer, and spray clear coat finish. Wear a painter's paper mask (available at most dollar stores) to protect yourself from the fumes.
2. Lightly sand the can's exterior. In a well-ventilated area, put on the painter's paper mask and spray a light coat of metal primer onto the can. Allow about 30 minutes to completely dry.
3. Using the sponge brush, choose the acrylic paint color that you want the can to be and paint the exterior well. Allow to dry about 30 minutes.
4. Take the white acrylic paint and dip the paint brush bristle end into the paint. Hold the paint brush upside down in one hand, about 8" from the tin can. With your other hand, quickly swipe over the paint brush end onto the tin can. Turn the tin can as necessary to lightly sprinkle the entire exterior. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
5. Using your printer or purchased labels, glue a label onto the can's front. The labels above are from The Graphics Fairy and Back Porch Graphics. 'Love that olde world Santa and the moose for holidays decorating.
6. Donning the painter's paper mask again in a well-ventilated area, lightly spray a layer of clear coat over the tin can's exterior. It will dry in about 10 minutes.
Now you have a prim speckled tin can to store something in, add flowers to, or just to sit as a trinket.

If you are cooking in an electric oven, you may need to bake the cookies at a lower temperature. Our oven is gas-powered. 'Hoping my tutorial and recipe will both be something that you will try and enjoy. You can left-click the recipe image, save it to your computer and print it if you want to. Be sure to visit the other two bloggers on the Blog Hop today: Christina's Handicrafts and Books, Hooks, Sticks, Etc.

14 July, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop 2018 has begun!

Are you ready? The annual 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop (hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict) is underway. Be sure to visit all of the blogs to see the great tutorials. Every day will feature several bloggers, including me. Yay! Sarah also has a quilt-along going on for the event. So much fun. Don't you also just love the pretty banner for the event? 'See you there!

08 July, 2018

#2018 Planning Party: mid year review

Hello friends. Yes, it has been a little while between posts. We have had some family medical issues, but things are getting better finally. 'Wanted to get you all up-to-speed on my goals for 2018 with the party at Quilting JETGirl. I had listed three main goals, and here is my report:
#1. Finish at least half of my quilt top UFO/WIPs. As of now, there are 14 completed. Things have been slow lately, but hoping to be able to get back on track this month.
#2. Get social with local quilting groups. Well, have not done that yet. Things have been so hectic around here... Still planning on doing that this year.
#3. Learn some new machine quilting designs. Guess what- learned to work the walking foot, yay! Straight-line quilting is so modern and fresh. You can see it on a few of my Completed WIPs/UFOs posts.

I actually have sewn some 18" doll clothes for my granddaughter, but that's not quilting, lol. So, that's about it for my progress mid year. What have you been doing lately in sewing and/or quilting?
~Linking-up with Quilting JETgirl's #2018 PlanningParty: Mid Year Review~

02 July, 2018

Simplicity A8319 dress

This dress was made for my granddaughter last summer. The pattern is Simplicity A8319, and it ties at the shoulders. A fast and easy dress to sew for sure. It would also look good made of solid-color fabrics. There was enough fabric to make a matching head band and hair bow. The Pattern Difficulty rating will be: