Big Blooms Bag

June 19, 2014 § 8 Comments


A few weeks ago I made this bag that I am planning to give to a friend.  I only had a fat quarter of the Big Blooms fabric by Kaffe Fassett.  So I added a dotty fabric to the sides.


I used the same dotty fabric on the inside with a splash of yellow gingham on the sides.


The inspiration came from this bag I picked up at the grocery store last Christmas.  The grocery store has been contracting with etsy artists to design reusable bags. I love the guy with the cat & his bicycle!  If only I could get my cats to ride on my bike with me.  Ha!  The artist is Matte Stephens and his illustrations are fabulous!


I love the size of this bag!  It  is a little bigger than my Square Bag yet smaller than a regular grocery bag.  The Square Bag is perfect for a sock knitting project.  This bag is good for a scarf or a shawl project or a small sewing project. It seems that one can never have enough bags.

Travel across America with American Made Brand solids

June 16, 2014 § 191 Comments


Welcome to Washington and day 21 of the American Made Brand blog tour.  Fifty fabulous solids, all grown and made in American!  You can find the road trip itinerary HERE to visit all the other states.

Originally part of the Oregon Territory, Washington became the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. If I asked you what came to mind when I said Washington state, you may think of Mt. Rainier.


Or you may think of Seattle.


But there is so much more! There are outdoor quilt shows.


There are rolling prairies.


There’s really not enough room here to mention everything. There’s hiking, biking, beaches, wineries, shopping, historic buildings, native American art… and coffee!  The list can go on.  So much to do and so little time to explore it all. In case you were wondering, here are some trivia facts.

  • Nickname – the Evergreen state
  • Motto – Alki, an Indian word which means by and by
  • There are 39 counties, 2.1 million acres of state forest land, and over 1000 dams.

Oh yeah, here’s my block.  It was hard to narrow down all of my ideas to just one.  I really wanted to include the whole state!  So…  I decided to work off of our state nickname, the Evergreen state.  Because you will find them in every corner, nook, and cranny of the state.


Download the pattern here.

The pattern is on 8 1/2″ x 14″ legal size paper.
Or… choose the “poster” setting to print it on two 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper and tape them together.

I used fusible web to machine applique the state abbreviation & the trees.   The trunks of the trees are stitched with a heavier brown thread.  And, I used the following colors:

Background – 32 Light Aqua
WA – 30 Dark Blue & 1 White
Small trees – 18 Lime
Large trees – 24 Olive

Leave a comment by Friday, June 20 at midnight to win an 8 fat-quarter bundle that Clothworks is giving away.


You can also win one of three different bundles of 15 fat-eighths of the colors that I didn’t use in my block.  There is a cool bundle, and a neutrals bundle and a warm bundle. Tell me which bundle you would like and then I’ll draw 3 additional names. I hope you enjoy working with these American Made Brand solids as much as I did!

The give-away is now closed.


Land that I love

June 11, 2014 § 5 Comments









~ A few more photos from our trip.
~ We drove through a lot of rain in South Dakota.
~ It rained in Iowa too.
~ We learned about a radar app for the iPhone that showed the weather we were driving through.
~ We scanned over 1000 slides between my dad’s & my mom’s. (We used this scanner for slides & film)
~ Gary & my brother helped my dad trim some dead branches off one of his trees & split some huge logs he had cut down a couple of years ago.
~ I think I am obsessed with clouds.
~ This might be due to the fact that 90% of the clouds in the Pacific Northwest are a flat marine layer.
~ I love road trips but hate sitting in the car.
~ Knitting keeps me occupied.
~ Except when I knit the pattern wrong & have to knit it three times to get it right.

The road back home

June 9, 2014 § 18 Comments


We traveled back to Minnesota to take care of a few of my mom’s things.  I brought back this project she was working on.  I’m hoping that I will be able to finish it. But I’m not  very good at needle-turn applique.  She had all the fabric & thread in a bag.  We shall see…  The pattern is Reaching Out by Laundry Basket Quilts.


A gravel road separates Minnesota and Iowa.  The State Line – left is Iowa, right is Minnesota.


Here is another quilt top that my mom made.  I’m not sure what she had in mind or what pattern she might have been using. But she loved batiks and this reminds me so much of her.  It looks like a regular Storm at Sea block layout.  It’s only 38″ x 50″.


I wonder if I should find a few more batiks & make it bigger?  Or add a border to make it bigger?  I like it right now without a border, but it’s not a useable size for me.


Trees on my dad’s farm. He lives in Iowa. It was a busy trip.  And it was sad to say good-bye.  But I’m glad I was able to bring home some memories.  I just can’t put it all into words right now.

Before & After

May 28, 2014 § 9 Comments

table before
About a month ago, I found this old sewing machine table on Craig’s List.  The machine was long gone. But that’s okay.  It looks like it was used to hold a vintage industrial machine by the evidence of the belt holes in the upper right side.

So I brought it home and had it repainted at a place that does powder coating.  It’s almost ready for me to use!


A couple of years ago, I cleaned & repaired my grandmother’s old Singer 15-91.  I haven’t sewn on it much since then because I didn’t have a base or table for it.


I’d like to fill in the holes in the table.  And the bed of the sewing machine isn’t quite level. It needs a little lift in the front. And the power cord on the right is pretty tight against the machine. I think it needs some space carved out to give it a little more room.

But overall, I am SO excited to be able to set up my grandmother’s sewing machine and actually sew with it!


And… just because…  Here is the state of my room at the moment.  I started working on my scrappy log cabin blocks again. AND… I pin basted my low volume quilt.  It feels good to get back to these projects again.

Got the Kindle covered

May 17, 2014 § 9 Comments


I made a Kindle cover!  I had some mini charms lurking in my stash and this seemed like a good thing to make with them.  It feels a bit granny. But whatever.  I need to use up what I have.


A couple of weeks ago I stitched the squares together.  And today I decided that I needed to finish one thing. Just one thing!  I’m having such a hard time finishing anything these days.


All I did was trace around this Timbuk2 one that we have.  Blatant copycat, I am.  It works. Why re-invent the wheel?


What I used as the padding is this Soft & Stable that I have had sitting around for quite awhile. At the time, the shop only had it in black. Not the best to use with white fabric. But it’s what I had.  It’s got a little foam in the middle. It’s not as sturdy as the Timbuk2 one, but it’s quite a bit better than plain old batting.

I see that it’s not raining so I’d better go work on the mess in the garden.  The mess in the sewing room will have to wait.

Travel the country with American Made

May 12, 2014 § 4 Comments


In just one week, on May 19,  you can start traveling across the country, state by state, with American Made Brand fabric on the blog tour!  Each day two bloggers will reveal a license plate block for their state. Collect all of the states for your own virtual trip across the country. Along the way, bloggers are giving away free stuff.  And at the end of the tour 50 fat-quarter bundles of 8 colors each (shown below) will go to 50 lucky readers.

American Made Brand solids are not only made in America, but the cotton is grown here as well.  Go check out the blogging schedule to follow along. And come back here on June 16th for the Washington block!


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