Quilt As You Go

13 Sep

Many years ago I signed up for a class to make a quilt as you go quilt.  I didn’t read the fine print and this quilt took a lot of hand stitching.  I don’t like hand stitching.  It took a very long time to finish.  Fast forward to this week when watching Sewing With Nancy and about half way into the show they showed a quilt as you go method that requires no hand sewing.  So I sat down at my sewing machine and finished this baby quilt in one afternoon.  I am very happy with the results.  Of course you can add more detail to the squares, but I just wanted something quick.  I about got booed out of the house as everyone here are Seahawk fans, but the baby’s family are die-hard Bronco fans, so it works.  I brought the backing fabric around the edges and finished it the same way I put the squares together. I mitered the corners simply by folding and pressing.



Here is where I got information on how to make this quilt.

De Beer Designs Video

You can’t see the quilting in this picture, but about 13.30 minutes into the show there is a quick tutorial on quilt as you go.
Quilt by Donna Fenske on Sewing with Nancy.

Totes and Bags

6 Sep

I love the large blue Ikea bags.  We don’t live very close to Ikea so when I do get there I stock up. I use them the most often when we travel or go camping.  When I saw this fun design and the pretty fabric ….well I guess you could say they had me at hello.  You can find the tutorial for the bag at Miss Make.
I also like these decor tote boxes that Nancy Zieman had on her show this week.  The construction is very similar to the bag construction.  There is a video of the show if you follow this link.

Nancy Zieman

Miss Take

Watercolor Flowers

3 Sep

Today feels like fall.  It is dark, overcast with a few showers and not reaching 60 degrees yet.  I like the change in seasons, but boy this came on fast.  So today is a craft room day.  I still have a few flowers outside and that’s what spurred today’s post.  I love playing with watercolors.  There are so many ways to approach painting with them.  Here are a few ideas for inspiration.  If you need more information there are a lot of video tutorials on-line you can watch.

flowers blooms


Alisa Burke

Empty Easel


The Alison Show

conefl w stem

Vickie Henderson



DIY: Wire Wrapped Post Earrings

28 Aug

When I saw these earrings from Baisley & Nior I thought how lovely.  Then I saw what they were made from and my thought was do I go buy popsicles or just the sticks?  Either way they turn out quit beautiful.


Needle Holder

27 Aug

I have a confession to make…I am really bad about keeping track of where I lay my needles.  And yes this has led to a few problems with bare feet and sharp needles.  So I have a plan thanks to Diary of a Crafty Lady.  I am going to make this needle holder, maybe a couple and keep them where I do my hand sewing.  Might make a few for stocking stuffers for Christmas while I am at it.

Fold-up Fabric Needle Holder (1)

Lunch Bags

20 Aug

School days are getting closer.  I grew up taking my lunch to school and even though my guys were homeschooled, they would eat lunch with their friends when we had co-op days.  When they were little they would love having super hero lunch bags as they got older we went to brown paper sacks. I think the duct tape sacks or the clothe ones made to look like a brown paper bag would have worked. (And still been cool)  It was never cool to put a note in their bags, though that didn’t always stop me.  Hershey Kisses got the message across and that was OK. So here are a few ideas for lunch bags and things that might help when making lunch.

Duct tape is very durable and comes in lots of designs now. Check this out at  504 Main.

Cute round bag found at Whip Up.

Sew 4 Home does wonderful sewing tutorials, this one is insulated and laminated.

Lunch Sack Tutorial
This one would be easy to personalize, from A Lemon Squeezy Home.

Spicy Perspective has some great ideas for lunch.

Living on Love and Cents has some great organizing ideas.

frozen sponge
Thought this was a good idea.

Upcycle Ideas

18 Aug

Refashion, upcycle, recycle,reuse, whatever word you use it can be a lot of fun.  I like looking at something and seeing how I can remake it.  Here is a collection of wonderful ideas for reusing items you maybe getting rid of, or you just can’t let go of even though it doesn’t serve it purpose anymore.  Recycled items also are good for art and craft medium.  Old books, sheet music and maps are fun to draw and paint on.
catjugCat trinket box

milk jug votives - square - pool
Milk Jug Votives 

Rooster from egg cartons

recycling and crocheting 

Enamel cups  

BeforeAfter Collage 1
Curtain Dress


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