Saturday, August 30, 2008

Give-a-way!!!


The marvelous Dena at Sugar Shop is having a fabric give-away! Go check it out!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

bag happy!

I have always wanted to do a curved bottom bag but have been afraid to try it, well today I did and boy am I glad. It is not that hard to do, I think I OVER THINK things at times. Oh well, at least it came out nice.

sorry for the crappy inside pic, I had it resting on my knee. I need to figure out how to do better pics of the bags....I need a new camera too!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Shame

Alright....I'm going to tell you something REALLY embarrassing....don't laugh. I cannot make ANYTHING from a pattern. REALLY!!!! I bought a pattern for pj's for the boys and I bought a whole bunch of flannel. I wanted to get a head start on winter and whip some of these baby's up. Yeah right....I cannot figure heads or tails out of the pattern, I have never made anything from a pattern so I don't even know where to start. Everyone assumes since I sew bags I can make anything, not true. I will probably be able to make the pj's....just not with the pattern. I will have to do what I do best (and what gives my boys a wonderful vocabulary) and wing it! Sooo anyone want a free pattern for boys pj's....lol!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Then End Part 2

ok, so I thought I was done....then I get a call on Saturday..."Christina is my bag done yet?" wait...who? what?. Seems I totally forgot about making a tote bag for this young lady that is starting college this fall. She wanted a bag for her books. So after some mad sewing...here it is!
it is HUGE.... 20in wide by 15 inches tall. This definitely has been one of the biggest bags I've sewn, but I do have to say.....I LOVE IT!!!! Its a good thing she is picking it up tonight or I might be tempted to try and sew HER something else quick...lol!

ps: if you click on the middle pic you can see my new sew in labels

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Football

This is my 4th post today and my fingers are getting tired. Oh well, they each deserved their own. I had to put this pic on here. It is football time in our house. My husband coaches and my oldest son plays. They practice every night from 5:30 to 8pm, 5 days a week with the games on Saturday. In the beginning it is always tiring to everyone, especially my son. He just about collapses into bed every night....thus this pic
I never knew the wall would make a great pillow, what I love...is he still sleeps with his bear. You can just see the top of him on the bottom left of the pic.

Natalie Jane


I got a little surprise in the mail today....the very beautiful Natalie has sent me some of her gorgeous earring's in trade for one of my bags. I am in total love. I cannot decide which one I like the best, they are all soooo beautiful! Thank you sooo much Natalie. I only hope you like my bag as much as I like the earring's!

Cathedral Window Quilt Tutorial

I started a quilt and I have had soooo many people ask me how to make it that I thought I would do a tutorial on it. It's a great quilt to use scraps on so here goes.......


I'm just doing a wall hanging so I bought 6 yards of muslin. It only comes in cream, white or black and I wanted color so I dyed it. I used Dylon fabric dye in olive green.


It's really easy to use and 2 packets did all the material

After it was dyed, washed and dried and ironed, I cut the material in 9 1/4 inch squares. You can do any size you want from 6-10. Just make sure you give yourself the 1/4 inch on the edges
fold all 4 sides in 1/4 of an inch and iron down
fold over and match ends and iron
fold the opposite way and iron, this will give you the mid point of your square


now this is like origami, you start folding in the corners to the midpoint that you found when you ironed the material
make sure you iron it down really good and then once again you fold all 4 corners into the middleyour square should look like this when done
tack all four points down in the middle, my camera sucks so I couldn't get a close enough pic of that

the to join the squares..I do 2 at a time, you do a running stitch on the BACK of the squares
then take a piece of scrap and fit it in the middle. I just use a bunch of scraps and trim as needed.
fold over the edge of the material catching the edge of the scrap and hand sew down.
do this for all 4 edges and it should look like this, I hope you can see it keep doing 2 squares then sew them together to make a 4 square patch and put scraps anywhere there is a diamond. If I have explained all this good enough, then you should end up with something like this.
you just keep adding squares til it is the size that you want. I love this quilt because there is no need for batting or backing. I throw a bunch of squares and scraps in a ziplock bag and take along to my sons football practice or anywhere else I know I'll be waiting awhile. If you have any questions just ask.
Enjoy :)

ps: A wonderful woman named Connie taught me how to make this. She makes the MOST amazing quilts I have ever seen!

The End!

I FINALLY!!! finished all the bags that were ordered. It ended up being 19 in total. WHEW! Here's a pic of the last bag.....its for a wonderful lady named Jenny. I hope she likes it!

Now maybe I can get on to all the stuff I need to make for the craft shows coming up!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Funny Faces

I had to take a video of little Ean's new "pouty" face. I crack up everytime I see it!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Thank you!

I would like to thank all my fellow bloggers for their inspirations and for all the many marvelous ideas I've gotten from them. I love ya, I truly do! Trisha thank you soooo much for the shout out, I love your blog and you are a gem!


Here are a few more blogs that are simply brilliant!!!


Berkshire Cottage : someday Sue and I will be sitting on a porch drinking "something" and just chatting!

Quilting Memories: and Cheryl will be right there with us!

Blind Pig and the Acorn: I absolutely love Tippers site....it calls out the Dixie in my heart!

Creative Little Daisy: Autumn's was the very first blog I ever read.....and still do!

AmyLouWho: a very wonderful lady who is sewing some beautiful bags!

Natalie-Jane: this lady makes some wicked jewelry, and if you stop by her blog look at her essay's, she wrote one about motherhood that I have printed out and put on my fridge. PLUS!!!! She is a swapper, dont ya love it! Her and I will be trading real soon!

Boutique Nutmeg: Meg makes THE most amazing bags! And she has quite a few cool tutorials.


Well thats my top 7, hope you all enjoy them!
ps. copy a picture of the award and put it on your blog!
I tried to leave a comment on everyones blog, but for some reason I cannot pull up Tippers or
AmyLouWho's, so suprise!