Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Well, hurricane season began June 1 and now we have our first hurricane in the Gulf before the end of the month. That's early in the season, but then we've had some strange weather this past year so why am I surprised? It looks like Alex will be a Cat 1 and will go into Mexico. Being on the "dirty" side of the storm we will most likely get some rain, but will be spared for the most part. I'm sorry for Mexico, but glad for us.

Having a storm in the Gulf does make folks around here sit up and take notice. I've felt that invisible energy that generates when people are thinking about what they need to do. Well, we are spared this time, but maybe I'd better stock up on Spam just to be sure. And batteries. Maybe some water, too.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I love giveaways, don't you? Well, I've found this amazing giveaway offered by Fabrics n Quilts over on her blog. Just click on http://fabricsnquilts.blogspot.com/2010/06/time-to-celebrate-how-with-giveaway-of.html#comment-form and go check it out. It's easy to enter and the prizes are so delicious!!! Tell her Grandma Barbara sent you!! Good luck!

MORE INFO: I forgot to say that there will be 5 winners!!! Can you imagine 5 chances to win some of this lovely stuff? Wow!!! Go enter right now!!!!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Lately I've been working on my contribution to an upcoming charity auction quilt for my ebay group Quilters Corner. The quilt itself will probably be up for auction in the early fall and I think it will be our best one yet. The main block will be like the one shown below, though each person will have their own fabric combinations. There will also be other pieced and solid blocks. It will be constructed in the rag quilt style and will have pink flannel on the back with a layer of white flannel in the middle. Very comfy and cozy!

Not being much of a traditional quilter, I first thought that I'd never be able to construct such a complicated block. Well, with lots of patience and a nearby seam ripper, I managed to get one done. I've also been doing some BOM blocks from one of my favorite shops - FabricsnQuilts - and that's given me more confidence and practice in piecing blocks. Since the first ribbon block, I've assembled two more and it gets a bit easier with each one. I admit that I'm spatially challenged and have to really look at the pictures and compare them with the pieces that I have. It's been fun and gives me a great sense of accomplishment when my block closely resembles the pictures.

Please stay tuned for details on the charity auction. All of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation as they have in our previous auctions.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


I made this little bag a while back, but I felt it needed something else. I got inspiration from a friend and made a little beaded pull for the zipper and that was what it needed!

I used some of my favorite fabric in the whole world, "Rose Garden Tea", to make this little bag. The lining is a pink, green and cream windowpane plaid. Go check out my Etsy listing for more details and pics http://www.etsy.com/listing/48649997/rose-garden-small-zipper-bag-with-beaded

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I have a project drawer where I put fabrics I think will make something nice. I also have bags of squares, FQ's and strips I've received in swaps. So I was looking for something to sew the other day and found a bag of strips I had tucked away waiting for inspiration. I wanted to do another ditty bag using strips so these strips seemed to meet my needs. I pulled out some pink ribbon and pink rose prints and went to work. Now I have it listed in my Etsy store. You can see it at http://www.etsy.com/listing/48454223/pink-ribbons-and-roses-ditty-bag-sewing

This bag is the perfect size for sewing supplies, cosmetics, lingerie or whatever. I think it would make a cute gift bag to fill with wonderful goodies for a special friend. It has a velcro closure and a cute floral button.

If you would like one in a special fabric, just let me know. I can make them from strips or from one piece of fabric.