Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Layer Cake Winner

is comment #10, which is Heather.  Congrats!!!  Send me an email with your contact info.   I will get you this layer cake so you can start sewing,  Thanks for all who commented,
it was very fun reading what people got. 
Have a great and safe New Years!!!! 
  Post to ya'll next year, (yikes!)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Crazy Gifts

Merry Christmas! 
Have you ever gotten a really weird gift for Christmas?  Well this is the time to share.  Now until Friday, Dec 30,  leave a comment telling me about the weirdest, funniest or worst gift you have ever received for Christmas.  A random winner will be chosen to win this
Christmas layer cake

  There are 33 10" squares, reds, greens and whites.  Remember you must be a follower to win the contest.  If your not, become one.  The winner will be listed Friday, Dec 30.  Enjoy your holidays.

I'll go first, the worst gift I ever received was a toilet brush, with a pair of rubber gloves
can you believe it!! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just about done

Almost there.  The baking of cookies is the last thing to do.  The kids are out of school tomorrow so the baking will commence.  I'm signing off until after Christmas when I will have a fun give away.  Until then I hope your Christmas is filled with joy, love and peace.
Merry Christmas!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011


This is one of my favorite children's books.  Fun for the Christmas season.  I feel like Moose right now.   Busy, busy, busy trying to make everything "perfectly perfect".  I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for Christmas to be in 8 days.  Holy Cow!! 
Still lots to do on my list of To-dos.  So here's my list and I've checked it twice (or more)
make 7 pair of pj pants
sew pillowcases
packages in the mail
sew on a quilt table topper (this is a must for my sanity)
last minute shopping, there's always something
wrap tons of presents
bake cookies and treats for us
bake treats for the neighbors and deliver
get teacher gifts ready and deliver
bake for Christmas breakfast
and plan Christmas dinner
last of all try to enjoy this wonderful time of year!
We'll see how it goes by next week
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fabric Sale!!

On my Etsy Shop.  The prices have been reduced!  Don't wait, there's only one of each bundle. 
When they are gone their gone!  Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas all around

Here's what I made last night.    I LOVE Christmas and this is the first on many quilts in the making.  I went through my stash and was amazed at how much Christmas fabric I have.  Am I the only one that hordes Christmas fabric???  Also I have tons green and red which I'm turning into Christmas table runners.  So they might even be done this year.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Just a note:  There have been problems with people posting comments.   If you are one of the many, try to click off the "stay signed in" box on your account.  That seems to help on some.  Please email me if you are still having trouble.  Thanks for being patient as I try to work this all out. 

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


OK, here's the latest pattern, called
Perfect for those teens who just love to be crazy active and do all
of those sports that make moms worry.  
 The quilt finishes 60" x 72".
the images are appliqued with Steam-a-Seam fusible webbing. 
The pattern was just posted on my Etsy Shop, so it's ready to order.  Watch for upcoming sales too.   Have a great day and enjoy your holidays!  Happy sewing

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Baby it's cold out there!

Holy Cow!!  It's was a whoppin' 17'  degrees when I took the kids to school this morning.  I'm glad to be back inside where it is warm.  I think I need some hot chocolate and a cinnamon roll.  I hope your day is a little warmer.  Happy sewing.

Friday, December 2, 2011

From Chaos to Cute...

or at least functional.  I mentioned that I was going to do some cleaning,
well I started with my sewing room/office.  
Here's the before.  What a disaster!!!!

I went to work.  First I had to empty the entire room, which is saying lot.  I moved, cleaned, folded, re-stacked, dusted (have I mentioned how to hate to dust), shifted and organized. 
 The nice thing is I had it done in a day. 
Here's what I came up with.
My sewing table is now away from the window so I don't get the glare.  It's soooo much  better.  I still have the natural light, which is a must.   I love windows.   I want to put a nice soft squishy chair there in the corner.  My kids like to come in and talk to me while I work. So now on I'm on the look out for a great chair that will fit in that spot, red maybe?

Some changes, notice the dresser under my work table.  I had my husband cut off the bottom two drawers of it so it fit perfectly.  I did lose two drawers of storage for fabric, but I was able to move things around a bit and make it work.  Painting is waiting until spring ,hence the cement ruck will be gone (smile).  There is still work I need to do.  Paint, recover my chair and ironing board and make a new valance  But all is all I like the feel.  I'll show you the rest when I have it done.  Sew now I  can sew on a few more projects, like I'm ever done with projects (smile).   Have a great weekend! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Way too much..

Boy, oh boy, did I eat just way too much this last week.  But it was all too good to pass up!!  I mean good grief, we had three Thanksgiving dinners, count them THREE!  Plus the pies that were consumed.  This is a picture of just the pies on Thanksgiving Day.  We had  11 pies and 2 other desserts (one being an extremely rich pumpkin trifle).  Believe it or not there were only 27 of us at this dinner.  Can you tell we LOVE pie!  Our record one Thanksgiving was 14 pies. 
Ahhhh the memories. 

The other two dinners were smaller ones, but still with all the fixings, and more pie.  It was a wonderful week and weekend with family and food.  I hope ya'll had a great time with your loved ones and reflecting on all we can be grateful for.  There are so many things. 
Thanks for being my blog friends!   

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just posted on Etsy, Don't wait until Friday...

I decided that I didn't want to wait until Friday to post my Black Friday sale.  So here it is the
Black Wednesday Sale
There is only one each bundle, so if you want it you better buy it.
Sales goes until they are gone.
Happy Shopping!

To find my Etsy Shop, look under pages up there in the left hand corner
Click on Etsy Shop and then click on the link.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Wreath Tutorial
Wall hanging 31" x 31"
You need to have 2/3 yard cream background fabric
1/2 yd red for border
various greens for wreath, scraps really
1/4 yd green plaid for binding
Start by cutting 1 1/2" strips from your green fabric.  You need to have 24 - 1 1/2"x 6" strips
and 13 - 1 1/2" x 4" strips.  So you won't have to cut very much.  Use up your scraps.
Cut your background piece to 21 1/2" square.  Find the center of your square and mark it with a water soluble pen.
Layout your 6" pieces in a circle as shown.  Overlap some pieces randomly.  Make sure that you are centered on your background.  Once you have the pieces where you want them, pin them in place.  Note:  If you want, you can use a washable glue stick to tack the pieces down.
Stitch your strips in place sewing 1/8" from the edge.  When you wash your wall hanging, the edges will fray a little and give your wreath a softer look.

Now that you have all the larger pieces sewn in place, you now pin in place the 1 1/2" x 4" strips.

Sew your smaller pieces in place.  Sewing 1/8" from the raw edge.
Borders.  Cut three 5" strips for your red border fabric.  Take one strip and cut it into two
 5" x  21 1/2", these are for your side borders
Sew on your side borders using 1/4" seam allowance.  Press
Measure through the center of your wall hanging and cut your top and bottom border to that length.   Sew on the top and bottom borders.  Press.
Sew on bunches of red buttons.  I used Hill Creek Design Cardinal Red buttons, 1/2"and 5/8"

Quilt as desired.  Cut  three 2 1/4" strips for your binding.  Bind using your favorite method and enjoy your wall hanging.
Happy Holidays!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Black Friday

Can you believe that stores are advertising their Black Friday sales already?? There are a ton where you can go on-line and preview what will be on sale that day. I just don't think I'm ready for Thanksgiving yet. I still need some more time before the holidays hit.
But at the same time, I'm excited for it all. I mean I love the holiday season, the shopping, baking, cleaning (yes, I have to do deep cleaning around now), shopping some more,
eating yummy chocolaty foods, playing games with my family, seeing all the Christmas lights and just the peace that comes this time of year. So ready or not I guess here it comes.
By the way talking about Black Friday, I'm going to have a sale on my Etsy shop as well. So make sure you check it out. There will be some great deals on fabric bundles, and patterns too.  Here's a sneak peek for you.  Just so you know, I won't wait until Friday to start my sale, tell your friends.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2011


I'm drowning!!! I've been stuck in the vast black hole of blogland for days.
Nothing worked!
I couldn't post or update anything ARGHHHHH, so frustrating. So I'm very sorry to all who have visited and seen the same thing for the past week.
I really hope this doesn't happen again (it happened early this year too)
There are some fun things in store that I want and wanted to post about.
Hopefully it will all continue to work.

Friday, November 11, 2011

And the winner is....

Linda of Bakersfield California!!!

Yes, you won the

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol 4

Thanks for all the great comments ya'll made, it was so much fun to read them. Also thanks to all who jumped on my blog and became followers.

Remember that Vol 4 hits the newsstands next week.

Linda - Please email me your address so you can get your prize

Thanks to all!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol 4 is here!!!

It hits the newsstands Nov 15, WOOHOO!! What a thrill to be included in this awesome magazine with 100 new fabulous block ideas.

When I heard that Quiltmaker was looking for new blocks for Vol 4, the first thing I thought of making was a penguin. It didn't take long to draw something up and go to my stash to find just the perfect fabric to make the little guy. I got it done and sent it in.

I think I actually screamed when I got the email saying that my block made it in the Quiltmakers 100 Block Vol 4.

My block "Just Chillin'" is on page 66.

All the designers in Vol 4 are on a blog tour now through Nov 11, Friday.

To visit every ones blog, click on the "100 Blocks Blog Tour" button at the top of my blog and it will take you there.

To win one of these great magazines, just leave me a comment and a winner will be drawn randomly at the end of Friday. Remember you must be a follower to win.

You don't want to miss this give a way, there's too many blocks to pass up ;)
Good Luck!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm just losing my mind

Is it just me or has time gone to light speed?! I feel like I'm in a whirlwind that is sucking out time right from under my feet. Am I the only one feeling like this??? I hope not.

I'm actually going Christmas shopping this morning and wondering what in the world happened to the last 10 months. I love the holidays, but they creep up so fast. We woke up to 3 inches of snow on Saturday morning. We broke out the Christmas music too. My family was surprised I waited this long to start playing it. So now we are in full swing with the holidays. I hope you enjoy yours.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloweens over?!?

Well another holiday over for the year. Bummer! I love Halloween and so does my family. We plan all year what our costumes are going to be. Here's me and my husband, I'm the one in the red (smile). We have a great time dressing up with our kids and going trick-or-treating. The weather was perfect, cool yet not too cold. We woke up to rain and then snow today. I hope your Halloween was fun and safe. Now on with Thanksgiving. Halloween decor is down and Thanksgiving decor is up. Enjoy the holidays!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fat Quarter Winner is..

Comment number 12 ...Lee Ann you won!


Thanks to all who shared their ideas. I just love the quilting world.

Lee Ann send me an email with your address so I can send out

your fat quarter bundle right away.

Thanks for playing everybody! Have a fabulous weekend.

Friday already

Boy has this week gone fast. I can't believe it's Friday. Life is zooming by and Halloween is around the corner, literally. Costumes are done and kids are excited about all the parties coming up. Enjoy a candy free weekend, because after Monday, it's all a sugar high.

Don't forget to go over to Moda Bake Shop to see my tutorial and then come back and leave a comment so you are entered to win fat quarter give a way, only a few hours left. Happy Friday!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Moda Bake Shop

My feature starts today!!! Isn't it fabulous!!! Go over and see what I did, it's a great gift idea for Christmas or any occasion. Tell me what you think.

Do you want to win this????

I would love to give away this cute bundle of 8 fat quarters.

These fat quarters are from the same line of fabric I used to make the car organizer, Meadow Friends, by Deb Strain.

If you want to win........

1. Hop on over to MBS and see what I did.

2. Then come back for a visit and leave your comment.

3. Tell me how you would use the car organizer, for yourself, a gift, etc.

4. Remember, you must be a follower to win.

I will announce the winner next Friday.

Good luck and have a Happy Friday!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazine is coming.....

and I'm in it!!!!! Yep, you heard right. I'm one of the 100. I'm so excited. It's on it's way here . Here's a sneak peek of the cover. So many cute and fun blocks to choose from.
Join me and tons of others on the blog tour starting Nov 7-11. All you have to do is click on the button at the top of my blog and it will take you right to all the information for the tour.

Don't miss out... I'm going to be giving away a copy of the magazine to a follower. Mark your calendars now. Until then enjoy life!

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Moon - Tutorial

New Moon

wall hanging tutorial

finished size 30" square approximately

Here's the Halloween wall hanging that you can make in a jiffy.

supplies needed:

1/2 yard of black fabric, you will have left overs

1/2 yard white fabric, you will have left overs

3/8 yard orange border fabric

1/4 yard black for binding

scrap of purple for the bat 9"x5"

Steam-a-Seam fusible webbing

Cut 6 - white 6 7/8" squares

Cut 6 - black 6 7/8" squares

Cut 4 - black 6 1/2" squares, these are for you corners
Making half-square-triangles. With a ruler, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of all the white 6 7/8" squares

Place right sides together of a white 6 7/8" square and a black 6 7/8" square.

Sew 1/4" on both sides of the pencil line

Press your block

With a rotary cutter, cut on the pencil line.

Press open to reveal you half-square triangles. Repeat this process on the other black and white 6 7/8" squares. You will have 12 half-square triangles when you are done.

With the 6 1/2" black squares in the corners, lay out your blocks in this manner. Sew together in rows. Sew rows together. Press seams as you go.

Follow instructions for tracing and fusing your bat onto your quilt top.

Blanket stitch or zig zag around bat image.

Cut two side borders 3 1/2". Measure the down the center of your quilt and cut you border to that lenght. Sew on side borders. Press your seams

Cut top and bottom borders 3 1/2". Measure through the center of your quilt top and cut the borders to that lenght. Sew in place. Press your seam. You are ready to have this quilted and bound, and hung up for Halloween.

To get the bat image, email me and I will email it to you. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Creepy crawles..

A new Garden Critters quilt. This one is out of the Adorn It fabric line, Bug a Boo. Sooo cute!!! Stop by the Fabric Mill in Orem UT to see it in person. Keep posted and have a great day!!

Don't forget about the Wasatch Front Fall Frenzy Shop Hop, that starts today. Go to this site and see all the stores that are participating. Stop by and have fun.

Gracie Lou's in Salem is having special fat quarter on sale for $2. Buy a fat quarter, add a fabric or two and make a 12 1/2" block. Return the block to Gracie Lou's by the Holiday Shop Hop Jan 31, 2012. All the block will be made into quilts for the Breast Cancer Survivors. Don't miss out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

First Snow...

The very first snowball of the season. And that is the only snow that stuck to the ground. (smile) I can't believe it that we are in the last months of the year already!!! The weather was cold, but I didn't expect snow and here it is. I decided it was time to make hot spiced wassail an pumpkin bread. The season of baking has begun.

Thanks to all who gave me Skinnies ideas. LOVE THEM!!! I can't wait to get started on the new line.

Also heads up.... I will be posting a new tutorial in the next couple of days on a fun Halloween wall hanging so don't miss out.
Have a great Monday

Friday, September 30, 2011

New Skinnies Ideas

to help me think of new ideas for Skinnies patterns. I'm creating more patterns and would LOVE to have your input. So give me any and all ideas!! I want ideas for any holiday, any season, any decor, any thing you think that would look great on a Skinnie. An chances are if I use that idea, I will send you the pattern when I'm done. Deal! Thanks in advance for your inspiring input. Life is wonderful.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall is on the way...????

Boy, oh boy one of my favorite times of the year! Except the sun doesn't know it and it's getting hot again (ugh!!) We are having almost 90' temps here and it should be cooloer. I'm sooooo done with summer. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer, it's just that I'm ready for cooler temps and the change of season. I want to put on flannel pj pants and sip hot spiced cider, not ice water. The leaves in the canyon are changing some and my burning bushes are starting to get a slight shade of red. So I guess I have to be more patient.....I hate being patient! (smile) Oh well, it will happen, but until then...I'll remember life is great.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

And the winner is...

AmyP, #6. Amy you and Natalie have won the fat quarters and patterns. Congrats!!!! Thanks to everyone who viewed and played. Keep posted more fun things to come. Have a great day, life is good.

Amy - email me your address so I can get you your prizes.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Double Prizes!!!!

Yep, that's what you heard (well read)

Double Prizes for the winners!!!

This time two people win. What will they win? you ask?... take a look....

6 Halloween fat quarters and a Twist & Turn quilt pattern

to make a cute Halloween throw quilt for the up and coming holiday.

How do you win? Well, let me tell you.

1. You need to be a follower.

2. Tell a friend about my blog and get them to become a follower also.

3. Both of you must be followers.

4. Each of you leaves a quick comment

(example: I'm Margie U.and I got my friend Lisa D. to follow your blog.

Lisa D then comments: I'm Lisa D and I started following because Margie U. )

This is the very important part so I know who is who's friend and who gets to win. Make sure that when you leave your comment you use your first name and last initial, or your user id, or something the identifies you. The more friends you get to follow, the more chances you have to win. (I hope this all makes sense)

5. A comment is randomly chosen and the person who commented and their friend each get the 6 Halloween fat quarters and the Twist & Turn pattern.
This contest goes until Friday evening the 23rd . So don't delay find your friend today and get them to follow so you can both get the prize!! I will announce the winner on Saturday morning. Good luck!