Tuesday, July 25

Nothing Like Fresh Flowers on the Table

I have been following  On Sutton Place for some time on Facebook but just recently realized there was so much more that Ann had to offer on her blog.  A wonderful blog about an empty nester in Ohio and how she took on the full time project of redecorating her house along with wonderful tips and how-to projects and of course a glimpse into her family recipe book.

Last week Ann posted about arranging hydrangeas in a couple of different styles, one in a blue glass Ball canning jar.  With a date to host my quilt bee this coming Thursday and the tired arrangement on my kitchen table needed to be tossed, I decided to give this a try.  Mind you, flower arranging has always been a foreign art to me.

The hydrangeas at Kroger looked a little spindly but I took the plunge and bought six stems, brought them home and put them in water, then we had to go pick up my car at the Buick garage.  When I arrived back home my poor flowers were so wilted I didn't think they would ever survive and mumbled "that's $7.50 wasted."  Quickly I went and reread the post and I had missed something, Ann had a secret on how to keep hydrangeas fresh.  Success!

So here is my attempt right down to the blue canning jar.

You can find On Sutton Place here,

Until next time

Friday, May 19

Venturing Into Modern

As I have stated before, I love Villa Rosa Designs patterns and recently began following their weekly blog. Every week in their Friday newsletter they offer a kit using one of their patterns, last week I took the plung into modern fabrics and ordered their weekly special.  The Brides Dream quilt pattern with ten fat sixth along with binding fabric.

The fabrics came quickly and I am anxious to get started, this is a small child's quilt and can be used as a Project Linus project or I may just keep it in my bedroom for color and enjoy being modern.

I must say, being such a traditionalist, that I probably would never have picked these fabrics, let alone have the confidence to put the grouping together of Boho Fusion fabrics.  Aren't they pretty?

Wish me luck that I can jump out of my comfort zone and go modern.

Enjoy all the pieces of you life


Wednesday, May 17

Simple, Easy, Fast

Simple. Easy, Fast, call it whatever you want but that is about all I can handle right now.  It has been six months since I joined "The Club" and it's time to get moving.  Sitting at the machine and sewing still feels awkward and new, so the only sewing has been beginner baby quilts for Project Linus.  I hope to get back to my reproduction doll quilts and more intricate work but for now this is where I am.

My sewing machine has moved from my sewing room (temporarily my son's bedroom) to the kitchen dining area, which had wonderful light but I couldn't handle all the stuff  being out all the time, to a corner of my bedroom.  Over the many years of sewing I think I have sewn in every room of the house, except the bathroom (now that would be strange) and have realized if you want to sew you could always find a place.  The bedroom will work out fine as soon as I get a little more light in there.

The first quilt top is a simple pattern I ordered from Etsy called Vice Versa  you can find the pattern Here.  Did I need a pattern for a simple quilt, probably not, but I ordered it anyway.  A very easy quilt and will use it again and again for Project Linus baby quilts.

The second is an I Spy Quilt, easy sewing and it's fun to see the different blocks come together.  No patttern, just 5" squares with a simple red border.

When your life is full of scraps, make a quilt,


Sunday, May 14

I'm Smitten with Villa Rosa Designs

I bought my first Villa Rosa pattern, Ice Tea, about three years ago, even purchased the same fat quarters that were used in the cover photo.  It was finished quickly and has had a place in my living room ever since.  I love that quilt.  But it wasn't until last week that I realized I hadn't used the Ice Tea pattern but made the quilt using Wicked Easy.  Why, I don't know why-----I'm a quilter, no explanation needed, must have been a creative decision made at the time.

                                            Brides Dream
                                        Villa Rosa Designs
                                             Soho Fusion

Then along the way I picked up three more Villa Rosa patterns and last week signed up for their weekly newsletter.  Each Friday they offer a new kit for one of their patterns.  Of course, I had to order the kit and then yesterday ordered seven more of their patterns. I'm smitten with their designs.

If you haven't seen or used these cleaver quilt patterns they are postcard size patterns using precuts with added yardage in simple modern designs and easy, easy directions.  The cards are priced at $2.00 each, what a bargain, when did you ever buy a pattern for $2.00?

Now I'm anxiously waiting for my kit to arrive so the sewing can begins.  You can find all their patterns Here.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,

Saturday, May 13

Bud's Apron

I made this cute apron yesterday using a pattern found on Pinterest and one of Bud's Hawaiian shirts.  It was so much fun to make and simple, simple, simple.  I plan on making them for my daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters.  Love the way it turned out.  You can find the directions here.

Enjoy the pieces of your life,

Sunday, February 5

Quilt Shop Exploration

A couple weeks ago I ventured out and found myself in a couple of quilt shops for the first time in a long, long time.

My first stop was Suddenly Sewing, a small local shop, close to home, always good place if you ran out of thread or needed just one more fabric in a certain color for your current project.

Suddenly Sewing was having a pre-inventory sale and I was able to take advantage of the 20% discount on precuts.  When in doubt and I get that feeling that I just have to buy fabric, I usually turn to precuts. Rather than buy some of their old inventory which I am sure they hope customers would scoop up but I found some current fabric on sale.  I scored a Little Ruby jelly roll by Bonnie and Camille and a Hop, Skip and Jump charm pack by American Jane  One charm pack is not much to work with but I can always make a small baby quilt with the addition of a neutral.

My next stop was a new shop, Must Love Fabric, and let me tell you they do.  You can feel their enthusiasm the minute you walk through the door.  Everywhere you see a colorful array of bright prints and quilts. Won't find any muted reproduction fabrics here as they have defined their style with gusto.  A great place to pick up all those happy children's fabrics, novelty and modern fabrics.  I walked out with a fat quarter stack of Caravan by Kate Spain.

About time I get to that sewing machine and quit buying fabric, hope to do that this week.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,

Getting Back to the Sewing Machine



After a three year hiatus from sewing, it's time to get back into the hobby that has always been so much a part of my life.  Bud had been so sick for the past three years and I assumed the role of caregiver and quilting was put on the back burner.

I knew his days were limited as the natural progression of his 
disease was taking over his body and I am so grateful that I made the decision to spend my time being with him and not isolated in my sewing room.

So as the new year rings in, I will gather up some old trusty quilt patterns, research the new, dust off my Bernina, and start making newborn baby quilts.  No matter what phase of quilting I was currently engrossed in, I always liked making baby quilts to deliver to the hospital and this will be my focus as I start quilting again.

I hope you will join me on this newly revised hobby and I look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,

Wednesday, January 4

Quilting Friends are the Best

At our quilting bee Christmas lunch last month my wonderful friends presented me with a quilt that they had made for me in Bud's memory.  I was overwhelmed with gratitude that these dear friends would make me such a wonderful gift. 

They met together secretly planning, shopping, and sewing my quilt with every thought of pattern, fabric, color, backing be just perfect.  The finial touch was Rosemary's special machine quilting.

The pattern appropriately called Crosses, fabric in the dark colors that I like and even the label which brought tears to my eyes was perfect.

My quilt brings me much comfort and has a permanent home on the back of my sofa but most afternoons and evening you will find me cuddled up with it tightly. I love it, love it, love it.


Enjoy all the pieces of your life