Some vacation goodies and a sneak peek

I have some vacation goodies and a sneak peek of an upcoming project to show you.  We had a great time traveling to Spain and Portugal.  We got to spend two weekends with our daughter, Sara, who is studying in Cordoba, Spain, for the semester.  It was so great to see her!  We returned Monday night, and it’s always nice to be home.  Here is a collage of pictures from our trip:

Spain Collage

While in Seville, Spain, we did some shopping and wouldn’t you know that I stumbled upon a fabric shop!  And wouldn’t you know they had a patchwork section!


This wall of fabric was so pretty, I had to take a picture just for the colors.


I bought a meter of fabric that had these adorable, vintage sewing labels in some of my favorite colors:

fabric labels

And speaking of adorable, I found some little dandelion-embroidered towels in Portugal that I couldn’t resist.

dandelion towels

Apparently I’ve fallen for the dandelion theme, because here they are again in these wooden hearts:

wooden hearts

This little wool heart said, “Take me home”!  And I said, “Happily!”

wool heart

If you pay attention, you can find quilting inspiration everywhere while on vacation.  I spotted these tiles in a corner of a small pub:


I saw more inspiration in the ancient walls of cathedrals and the paved stones of walkways.  I love the beauty of these old places and the timelessness they evoke.

clock tower

Clock Tower in Tavira, Portugal

view from roman bridge

View from Roman Bridge in Tavira, Portugal


I love the color combination of pink and brown. How sweet is this little bike and basket?

pink bike

Now that I’m home and the laundry is done, the groceries are stocked, and the floors are clean, I’m ready to spend some time in my sewing room again.  I have been working on a little project that is a re-make of something from last year.  I’ve adjusted the scale so that it makes a great mug rug.  Here’s a sneak peek:

sneak peek

I’ll give you all of the details early next week.  For now, I wish you all a Happy Halloween! (You can find out the details of this wall hanging here).

Halloween Pumpkin made by Julie Cefalu.  Pattern from Fig Tree Quilts Julie


Work in Progress for October

Hey everyone!  I’ve got lots of work in progress for the month of October.  I’m sure I’m not the only one!

I’ve been playing with some maple leaf blocks.  I made four of them (9″ square) and these will become a pillow for the living room couch:

4modern maples

I’ve added some fall solids to my stash from American Made.  I have been playing with these lovelies and I think I see a table runner in my future:


I’m trying to catch up on my TQS BOM from last month.  I have the letters S, Y and Z finished.

tqs letters syz

I LOVE that letter S!  Now I’m ready to finish up the borders. I already have most of them prepped since I had to have examples ready for the instructional videos.

Speaking of BOM’s, I got one block finished for the El’s Kitchen (Quilt in a Day) BOM at my local quilt shop, The Granary.  I think this block is adorable:

els kitchen month 10

And I finished an appliqued sample for our shop’s Color Love BOM (designed by Nancy Rink).  I’m really excited about this one and I can’t wait to see it finished!

color me happy applique

I participated in a small friendship bag swap at my Modern Quilt Guild.  I made this Lined Drawstring Bag from the free tutorial by Jeni Baker at In Color Order.

drawstring bag closed copy

Seriously easy and seriously cute!  I added the outer pockets using the tutorial from Terri Harlan at Sew Fantastic.  For the drawstrings I used some of my Moda Twill tape which I’ve been saving for a special project.  It fit perfectly in size and color scheme.

drawstring bag ties

And let’s not forget the dark chocolate with hazelnuts for the inside!

drawstring bag inside

I’ve got to make more of these just to hide my chocolate stash!   And I finished it off with a cute little gift tag:

drawstring bag gift tag

Well, I don’t get to say this next sentence very often:  I’m going to be out of the country for 12 days!  Yes, I’m going to Spain and Portugal with Mr. Crafty Quilter and we leave in two days.  Our youngest daughter is spending a semester in Cordoba, Spain, so we will catch up with her and do some sight seeing.  I’ll be excited when we actually get to Cordoba.  I’m not a great “flyer” and getting through airports, customs, car rentals, etc. is a big stress factor for me.

Anyways, I have one scheduled blog post for next week.  So if things get quiet around here, it’s because I’ll be disconnected for a while. I look forward to catching up with you at the end of this month!


Sew Thankful Sunday, October Part 2

This is a continuation of Sew Thankful Sunday, Part 1.  I have lots more inspiration to share with you and a bit more time to do it.

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(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  Melissa at Happy Quilting has been busy playing with the new Jolly Bar pre-cuts from Fat Quarter Shop.  You will love The Wall Quilt tutorial for it’s ease and simplicity and also for its cute factor.

The Wall Quilt

2.  If you love decorating with pillows, you’ll love this Scrappy Halloween Pillow from Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  It’s the traditional granny square all dressed up for Halloween!

halloween pillow 02

3.  When I saw these free Fall Printables from Jane at Cottage at the Crossroads, I knew I had to share them with you.  I like to print them out and frame them, or you can see what Jane has done with them.


4.  If you love candy corn, then you must check out this roundup of Candy Corn ideas from Maryann at Domestically Speaking.  If you don’t want to eat them, you can always decorate with them!



5.  Go out for Halloween in style with this Trick or Treat Bag by Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair.  She’s sharing her tutorial at Tatertots & Jello and it looks like a great way to use up that Halloween fabric!


6.  I have been waiting for this free pattern to become available, and now it’s here!  The Mini Buds Quilt pattern by Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby is just adorable!  If you haven’t made a mini quilt yet, this might be the one for you.

Mini Buds quilt pattern

7.  I love the look of pineapple blocks, and Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts has a great tutorial for making one without paper piecing.  This is a great scrap buster!

Paperless Pineapple Block from Crazy Mom Quilts

Pineapple Block Without Paper Piecing from Crazy Mom Quilts


8.  Good quilt block resources are only a click away at Gen X Quilters.  Anne Marie has gathered a collection of over 300 free tutorials!  Definitely worth checking out.

Quilt Block Library

9.  These Log Cabin Hexi Potholders from Caroline at Sew Can She are a great introduction to partial seams.  Plus you get a really cute potholder when you’re finished!

log cabin hexi pot holders

10.  Sometimes all you need is a Sharpie Pen and a little imagination to make a great project.  Krista from The Happy Housie did just that with her DIY Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow.  Easy and perfect for Halloween!


That concludes Part 2 of Sew Thankful Sunday.  Thank you for your patience; I hope this just extended the fun of discovering new inspiration for you.  As always, I appreciate all of the work that the featured bloggers have put into their projects.  It’s nice when we can all give them a little love with a kind word or two.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Sew Thankful Sunday: October, 2014, Part 1

Hello friends!  I am going to split this month’s edition of Sew Thankful Sunday into two parts.  Mainly because I’m short on time this weekend to give you a full report.  So here’s part 1:

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button


I LOVE this time of year, and I’m so inspired by all of the fall colors that I’m seeing outside and on my computer screen!  There are lots of bloggers out there sharing their own fall inspiration that I am sew thankful for.

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1 .I love this Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow tutorial by Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage.  This is a clever way to use an old sweater and add some fall decor, too.

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow

2.  The Riley Blake Design Team has been up to some tricks or treats with their Halloween Trick or Treat Bags.  Your little goblins will love them!



3.  It’s the perfect time to whip up a Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow courtesy of Amy at Diary of a Quilter.  This is a great project to use up some of those orange and black scraps!

halloween pumpkin patchwork pillow-001

4.  Quilters can be clever and it shows with this Halloween Cat Star block at Schnitzel & Boo.  Kristi made up the tutorial based on a block she received from Janda in a swap and they were both kind enough to share it with us.

halloween cat star qal

5.  Let’s not forget the edible pumpkin this month!  Check out these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Chocolate Covered Katie.  Katie always has a healthy spin on the most delicious desserts!


6.  The Benartex Blog, Sew in Love with Fabric, is having a Feels Like Fall Blog Hop.  I love this Halloween Medallion Quilt using a kaleidoscope ruler that was shared by Christina of Sometimes Crafter.

Halloween Medallion Quilt-32

7.  Bias applique is a technique that I have wanted to try, and this Lotus Blossom Bias Applique tutorial may be just what I need to get started.  Alyssa from Pile ‘O Fabric does a great job of showing you how.


8.  A girl can never have enough tote bags, and this Malibu Satchel by Heidi of Fabric Mutt has everything I like in a bag – versatility and style!

Malibu Satchel Tutorial

That’s all for Part 1 of Sew Thankful Sunday, October.  I’ll be back in a day or two with more goodness.  Thank you to all of the blogs featured today!


Happy October and two winners!

Happy October everyone!  I have been busting out the fall/Halloween decorations and playing with some fabric to match the season.  Plus, I have two giveaway winners to announce!

I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments from my challenge to make a quilt and give it to someone in need or someone you care for.  There were some precious stories that you shared and I appreciate all of your thoughts and openness.

Share the love

This challenge and giveaway was inspired by the Fat Quarter Shop’s free pattern, Color My Heart.  I made three of them and I’m giving two of them away.  Several of you came back and left another comment saying that you actually carried through with the challenge, too. That’s what I’m talking about!

The first winner of a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop is comment #28, Jessica P.

RNG 28

Jessica wrote that she would make a quilt for her son Isaiah to cherish forever.  I’m sure he will love a quilt from his mom.  Congratulations, Jessica!



The second winner is comment #76, Rachel, who said that she would make a quilt for her grandma’s friend who is very kind to her grandmother and helps her out now that she can’t drive.


Rachel, you have won Bonnie & Camille’s Designer Select Fat Quarter Bundle of Miss Kate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Contratulations!


A BIG thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this giveaway!  They are one of my favorite places to shop online, plus their blog, The Jolly Jabber, offer tons of support and inspiration through their free videos and patterns.

Did you know that they are celebrating Fall with a sale?  Check out Fat Quarter Shop’s Fall Sale and get up to 60% OFF on over 1500+ items including fabrics, precuts, kits, patterns, and more.  The sale ends on Sunday, Oct. 5th.


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your October is off to a good start!