Saturday, June 1, 2019

California Central Coast Quilt Shop Hop

Can't delay!
To the Quilt Shop Hop
I'm on my way!

It just doesn't get any better this -- traveling with your best friend to California's coast for a quilt shop hop -- 12 hours of bliss!

Although it wasn't hot here at home quite yet (predicted to be 101 degrees by next week), it was at least 20 degrees cooler and foggy along the coastline.  This did not damper our spirits in any way!  On our list were 6 shops on the hop and 1 more that wasn't.  There were 4 more shops on the hop but they were further down the coast than we cared to travel.  Afterall, we only had the 1 day and there are only so many hours in the day!

First on our list was The Quiltery in Paso Robles where we picked up our "premium passports," for which we paid $7.50 earlier in the month.  Included was an adorable commemorative tote bag and included a collectible enamel pin from each shop we visited.  There were free passports available, too, and every visitor received an embroidered badge from each shop with their unique design.

Second on our list of shops was Birch.  They were not part of the hop, but this a great shop which has a wonderful selection of Charley Harper fabric.  If you can't make it to their shop in Paso Robles, check out their website at

We made our way on down the coast, giving a quick wave to the pier at Pismo, and visited 5 other shops:  Old Towne Quilt Shop, Picking Daisies, Sew Fun, The Cotton Ball, and Quilter's Cupboard.  In each shop we were overloaded with inspiration and awed by beautiful fabric and patterns.  All of the shopkeepers were friendly and helpful, and the quilters we met along the way were having as much fun as we were.

Sadly all things must come to an end.  Our bags full of goodies and purchases, we headed home, with plenty of ideas for sewing projects to fill the long, hot summer days ahead . . .  or almost anyway.    

Hey, Rhea!  When is the next hop? 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Art Lessons

This time last year I was up to knees in fabric and thread.  I joined all sorts of Quilt_Alongs, including a Christmas in July theme.  This year I am up to my eyeballs in drawing  and painting classes.

From Lindsay Ostrom, Creator of Cuteness, who is primarily a lettering artist, I enrolled in her art class where she teaches her painting process, as well as lots of other cute stuff.  The class is called Bloom in Color - The 5 Step Linzi Coloring Method plus Projects!  This is a go-at-your-own-pace class offered for $40.  Included are print-outs, videos, and one-on-one help if needed.  If you are interested, you can find her class on Etsy at ThePaperRabbit Bloom in Color

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I am taking 2 classes from Danielle Donaldson, The Character Building Guild (What's Your Sign) and Art Troop No. 5, Series 2.

Both of these classes have videos to follow, as well as instruction sheets to print out, and worksheets on which to practice. These classes are primarily watercolor techniques with a few surprises thrown in. If you would like to try your hand at watercolors, click here to go to her site and choose a class that interests you.

From the 100-Day-Project, I found Angela Kennedy who owns pennystamper. She is a wonderful artist and offers several courses on mixed media art. I chose the 2 classes pictured below. Visit her shop by clicking here Angela also provides videos on how she creates her beautiful art at reasonable proces. This class is a little more challenging and may not be for the beginning artist.

Kara Bullock is offering a FREE art tutorial to all her subscribers. There is a wide range of classes from which to choose. I was most interested in trying my hand at charcoal. I haven't drawn in charcoal since high school. Again, this may not be for the novice, but who knows? You might be a budding Picasso, and this class is FREE!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Do You Use a Cricut?

I admit I have 2 Cricuts and LOTS of cartridges, but I seldom use them.  Being mostly a quilter and painter, I don't have a lot of need for a die-cut machine.  However, this week my neighbor announced she wanted to have a block-long yard sale. 

Perfect!  Time to break out the Cricut and make a couple of signs.

I quickly made these signs out of old scrap paper and used the Don Juan lettering cartridge (an oldie but goodie).  The letters are set to 5" and pasted to a 14"x22" poster board.  The first board is folded in half.  To make the letters stand out just a little better, I outlined them with a black Sharpie and added "stitches" to the inside border.  Cute, if I do say so myself.

Not knowing which way to point the arrow, I added brads to the back so the arrows could spin either way.  On the smaller sign, I folded it in half and put the arrows on either side.  The direction you don't use can be turned inward and hidden behind the fold.

The yard sale is slated to start at 8 a.m., but you can bet there were be early birds here by 6a.m.!  Got to get busy!!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

New Baby

A new great niece is about to arrive . . . just in time for Easter!  What better quilt to make for an Easter baby than bunnies playing peek-a-boo?

This is from my old Quilt Du Jour design Peek-A-Boo Bunny.  It's a small 36" square with appliqued bunnies, just perfect for a little girl.  I love the backing fabric! 

I also like to add an afghan as a gift for baby made out of Bernat Pipsqueak yarn.  I make about a 36" Granny square to throw on the floor for baby to lay on.  (It really is too warm to wrap baby in unless it's the middle of winter.)  I can get one of these little blankets done in a lazy weekend.  Pipqueak yarn is so soft and cuddly and washes like a dream.  Baby will have this little afghan for many years to come.

Along with the quilt and afghan, I made a few burp cloths from flannel and added a Baby Book for the little one.  (Is that a dying tradition?  I don't see many baby books for sale.)

Welcome, Little One!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

Welcome to the 
Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop 
hosted by Carla at 

Today is my day to share with you what I have created for this fun hop.  Carla wanted us to do something with pumpkins, so I made a happy little table runner based on the Pumpkin Seeds quilt by The Pattern Basket. 

This is about as simple as it gets. I used 2 1/2" scrappy squares to make my pumpkins.  The hardest part is picking your color combinations. I made my table runner even easier by changing pattern slightly.  I made the stem a 2 1/2" square and only made one leaf.

Because it's not a Halloween quilt, I chose to use colors more suited to my decor.  I love the pastel hues, don't you?  With this pattern you can choose to put the star anywhere you like -- high, low, middle, or not at all.  I staggered mine for a little variety.  The overall size of this table runner is approximately 15" x 39". 

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project.  If you would like to make your own Pumpkin Seeds quilt you can find the pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop or

Thank you, Carla, for hosting this wonderful blog hop.  I love everything pumpkin and enjoyed making this tribute to them.

But wait!  
There are more pumpkins coming your way!  
Go visit these talented bloggers and see what they have in store in you.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Peek-A-Who Blog Hop


It's my day to share with you my spooky contribution to the Peek-A-Who Blog Hop created and hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew .  Halloween is my favorite holiday.  There are so many fun activities associated with Halloween, and Marian's annual Blog Hop is one of them.  Thank you, Marian, for hosting yet another fang-filled hop for us.

This year I am pleased to introduce you to my Ghastly Greeters, Frank and Dracula.  Frank is snug on his laboratory slab awaiting a jolt of lightning, and Drac is just awakening from a long nap.  They are both ready for a night of Trick-or-Treating with their little pumpkin bags.  

These two were so much fun to make.  I drew them first on gift wrap paper (my favorite pattern paper), then cut out and sewn onto their backgrounds.

Each greeter measures approximately 36" long by 18" wide.  Using the raw-edge applique method made quick work of these guys.  With black thread I sewed around their features at least twice to give them good definition.

Dracula makes a pretty creepy table topper, too. 

Don't Drac and Frank look dashing with their welcoming smiles?  I think my Halloween visitors will love my gracious greeters as much as I do.

Pumpkin carving in our family is serious business.  You can tell by the intense expressions on my family's faces.  We usually have a potluck eat-a-thon on pumpkin carving day as well.  We don't always carve the pumpkins, sometimes we paint them, or just decorate them with all sorts of add-on embellishments.  Whatever torture we choose for our pumpkins, you can bet we'll be laughing loud.

I hope you enjoyed my offering, now go see what my fellow fiends have in store for you. Make sure you visit Marian at Seams To Be Sew; she has a free pattern for you.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Just Because Quilts

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