Black and White!

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I just won the bid on this jelly roll of black and white material!  I’m so excited!  I’m planning to make a quilt for Becca to take to college andblack and white her whole bedroom now is done in black and white with a splash of pink.  So, a black and white quilt to take to college will make her feel like she has a little piece of home with her.

Now I’ve got to come up with a design.  I found a neat pattern called a braid that would be nice, but I’m not sure if it would be too busy for this fabric.  I’m debating about whether or not to make this a surprise, or to have her pick out what she wants for a pattern.  I guess that will depend on whether or not she catches a glimpse at the material! lol!  If she sees the material, she will definitely know it’s for her!

I think she’ll be excited by  it.  I’ll have to see if the lady that I bought it from has any extra yards of the material so that maybe I can make her a pillow or something to match it too.

I’m anxious to get started now!  Can’t wait till it arrives!

Quilted pot holders

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Christmas pot holderI’m looking for some unique gift ideas for my sister’s in law and came across a great site that gave very good directions for quilted pot holders at   There are tons of ideas on this site!  Just look at this beautiful pot holder!

I love the step by step directions with pictures on this site!  I’m one of those crafters that has to see a picture in order to make an item! lol!  Otherwise, I never know if I’m doing it right!

Check out some of their other great Christmas craft ideas at

Happy crafting!

Crazy Quilt!

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Crazy Quilt!

If anyone is looking for a great tutorial on making a very simple and quick quilt, stop on over at All Sorts and check out her tutorial on making this Crazy Quilt!

She started with 36 fat quarters, then cut them into 36 squares.   You divide those into 4 stacks of 9 squares, then make a cut, sew them together, make more cuts and sew more together.  The tutorial really takes you step by step through the whole process!

She has a lot of other great tutorials on other crafts as well!  Check them out!


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Baby Quilt

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These pictures are just the starting of the baby quilt I’m making for the daughter of a friend. You can click on the pictures to get a bigger view of them.

This last picture, with the four blocks, I had the bottom right block out of order for the picture. But when I sewed them all together, I made sure it was turned the right way… I bordered each block with the light blue material with the dots, then had a border of it the whole way around the blocks too. Then the outside border is yellow.

Her baby’s room is done in all bright primary colors so I was really excited when I found the light blue fabric that had the dots of yellow, green, orange and dark blue in it! I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out… I’ve got it all sewn together and am working on the quilting now. I hope to get it done this weekend, then I’ll post pictures of the completed project.

I haven’t done many actual quilted items. I made a flag wall hanging that was quilted for my brother a few years ago, but most of my quilts have been rag quilts… not actually piecing things together, then quilting them.

I tend to be a bit hard on myself and have learned a lot from making this quilt. I think it is turning out great, but I’ve already got a list of things that I will do differently the next time…

Let me know what you think!

Sailing Into Summer

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Windy SailsHere is a beautiful Nautical quilt called Windy Sails.  I found it at QuiltZine.  She has a whole page of Nautical quilts and wall hangings with patterns!

We never had a sail boat, so I never actually got to sail into summer, but when I was growing up, one of my fondest memories was taking our fishing boat down to the river and spending the day going up and down the river in Kittanning, PA.  We even used to take that boat the whole way to New Hampshire for our summer vacation on a lake.  We kids would sit at the very front of the boat with our faces to the wind and just be grinning from ear to ear….  ahhhh memories.


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QuillowI found my next project! lol! After I finish my scrappy cabins that is *wink wink*.

I was over at Dragonfly Crafts and I saw a picture of the Quillow that she made for her dad. A Quillow is a combination quilt and pillow. The basic idea is that you fold the quilt into an attached pouch and when it’s all sealed up, it looks like a pillow! Some people sew a carrying strap to their Quillows, some don’t. They are popular for kids’ sleepovers or for grownups being cozy by the TV.

I’ve made so many quilts and blankets for my kids that I don’t know if they’d want a Quillow, but it would be a nice gift idea, especially for someone who has certain things they enjoy, such as sports or animals. I could make one with dog print fabric for a dog lover, or one with underwater images for a SCUBA diver! Or even a tiny Quillow would be nice for a baby shower…. I could just see a toddler carrying around their Quillow, then laying down for a nap!

The Quillow in the picture above came from Hearts Content Custom Creations. They have some beautiful handmade items for sale!

I’ve found several sites with directions on how to make Quillows, but if you’re looking for a very easy Quillow to make, here are the directions for a Fleece Quillow.

Enjoy! And let me know if you have ever made one, or when you do make one, come back and tell me about it!

Another quilt blog…

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While looking around for quilt designs, I found another great blog that features a beautiful bird quilt that I just had to share here on my blog. Dutch Blue is a fairly new blog, but she has some gorgeous pictures of quilts and works in progress.

I started working tonight on my Scrappy Cabin quilt and got 8 squares done! I took pictures, but have to wait till my daughter uploads them for me so that I can show what they look like.  I have to keep the pattern in front of me at all times because I have such a terrible memory when it comes to putting these things together!  I’m sure once I do a bunch more, it will come more easily, but until then, I’ll keep the template handy *grin*.

I have to honestly say, if I could only make one craft for the rest of my life, it would have to be quilting and sewing… I just love putting things together and sewing them all up and seeing the finished project.

Scrappy Cabin Challenge!

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Scrappy CabinI’m taking the Scrappy Cabin Challenge!!! I was looking for a new, unique quilt idea and I came across an awesome blog called Melly & Me that is filled with all kinds of neat sewing ideas! When I saw their Scrappy Cabin quilt blocks, I knew it was something I just had to do! They have a fantastic tutorial that takes you step by step through the process of making the blocks.

I already made my template for the blocks and gathered some of my scraps together to see what I had available… boy, do I have a lot of scraps! lol! Now I just have to purchase the interfacing… I only have a tiny bit left after my last project. I’ll stop and pick some up tonight so I can work on a few blocks this weekend!

I’m going to cheat a little and add Melly & Me to my Blogtipping post too.   Just can’t resist! It’s a great blog!

Wall Murals

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I work in a funeral home and they just completed a remodeling project where they put up a large wall mural of a lighthouse in the chapel where we hold the funerals. It is breathtaking. It got me thinking about wall murals that kids make….

Making a mural together is an idea that works well for a group. By working together, you are creating something to decorate a shared area. Individual crafts can be displayed, but one unique item is often more effective than a group of items that are almost identical. In addition, sometimes kids’ crafts, like it or not, just become clutter when they are taken home, and it isn’t long before Mom throws it out. This craft idea of making a group mural can be displayed for several weeks and will not become clutter in anyone’s home.  You can then take a picture of the entire mural and give copies to each of the children.  It will be one memory they will never forget!

Wall muralThe basic materials for a kids’ group mural is freezer paper. Freezer paper is about 18 inches wide, and it is very tough. One side is plastic coated. That is the side that is designed to be placed against the food. You will have better luck drawing on and gluing things onto the other side. Class or group murals can feature a number of different design elements. You can mix up some finger paint and let the children make hand prints (or even foot prints!) on the paper. You can let them scour old cast-off magazines and color catalogs for pictures they like and let them cut the pictures out and glue them on. They can add scribbles, designs, signatures, slogans, or pictures using markers, crayons, or gel pens. They can attach stickers to the mural as well. This craft idea is very flexible!

For making the mural, choose a topic that relates to the group in some way. If the group are girl scouts, for instance, and have been learning to camp, the mural can feature pictures of items related to camping. If you’ve been learning about dinosaurs, you can use them as a theme. If you want a really messy project that makes a cute mural for fall, mix up finger paint in fall colors. The children can each make a tree by first laying their forearm in brown paint. Then they lay their arm on the paper to make the trunk of the tree. They should spread out their fingers so their arm print has five short branches at the top. To make the leaves, the children make fingerprints all around the top of the tree using paints in other fall colors. If you add a few drops of dishwashing detergent to finger paint when mixing it up, it will be easier to clean off the children’s arms. Do make sure they have old clothes or smocks for this craft idea.

Little preschoolers will like making a mural with an animal theme. You should probably find and cut out animal magazine pictures to start with, and then let the children choose the ones they like for gluing down. Glue sticks are neat to use with small children. They will paste some of the pictures upside down. Expect it and do not scold them. It is the process that is important in this craft idea. The children can also use animal cookie cutters dipped in finger paint to stamp animals on the mural, too. You may need to tape the paper to the table so it doesn’t slide around while the children work.

Combined QuiltAn elaborate form of this craft idea that adults often make is a quilt around a theme. Each person in the group creates a quilt square to represent some aspect of what the group stands for. These quilt squares can be colored with fabric pens or crafted of patchwork or appliqué. Again, the craft idea is to build group solidarity and not to highlight one artist’s skills over another. When the quilt top is completed, it can be a group project to tie it or quilt it. It can be hung in a special central location or given to an appreciated leader or member.

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