Thursday, March 22, 2018

Happy 10 Years Blogging to Me!

March 22, 2008 is when I posted my very first blog posting. Ten years later I am still blogging. Several other blogs I have followed have come and gone. Some switched to Facebook, Instagram, or other social media because it is faster and they don't have to write a lot, just post their creations; but blogging is where I can not only post photos of quilts and bags and other things I have made, but also can write about it. I can tell you the pluses and minuses of the patterns I have tested, or the changes that I personally made to the item. I can share tips with you that I have discovered myself or picked up from someone else. And so much more.

Blogging to me is more personal than other social media and I like that. I have come to know a lot of you through your comments, or questions. I have helped some of you when you asked how I did something in particular, or asked for advise. I am happy to share my knowledge and help out when I can. I have been sewing since I was a child, so I have a lot of experience, but I am always learning new techniques and tricks along the way too. I never stop learning.

One of my blog followers (from Canada) and friend (though we have never met in person, so she's a cyber friend, lol) even remembered my 10 year blog anniversary well before this posting and sent me a Groupon voucher for some Rum Ball Cake Pops from Sweet Suga Mama's. How sweet and kind was that? I suppose I can toast (with the rum part) and eat the cake all at the same time. Was that the idea Rochelle? Thank you so much Rochelle for remembering my blog anniversary and for your friendship and following me on this blog adventure of mine. I was certainly surprised by your sweet gift, but value your friendship even more. (As of this writing they have not arrived yet, so I will let you know when they do arrive).

I want to thank all of you friends and followers (old and new) for following me and supporting me on this blog adventure of mine and I hope I can continue blogging for another 10 years! Cheers! Grab a rum cake ball and enjoy!!!

Rum Cake Balls. (Photo from Sweet Suga Mama's)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Scrappy Yarn Knit Blanket

I wanted to use up a lot of misc. yarn, so I knit this blanket a while ago. I donated it to Project Linus.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Knit Scarf for Grandson

I knit this scarf for my grandson.

The Buddha looks warm and cozy modeling this scarf, lol!

Thank you Buddha for being my model.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Travel & Passport Wallet 2

I made this Passport Travel Wallet for my sister and gave it to her in December. She and her husband will be traveling in the summer to visit her eldest son who is living in Taipei, Taiwan. (My son is also living in Taiwan in a different city).

This passport wallet will hold their passports, tickets, currency and more. The pattern is from So Sew Easy and this is the second wallet I made, but on this one I changed some things. I added a tab closure with a magnetic snap and inside I angled the pockets instead of making them rounded like the pattern. I also lined the longer currency pockets.

I only had a small piece of the airplane/map fabric and it wasn't enough for the exterior of the wallet, so I added a border all around it to make it large enough. I like how that framed the other fabric. 

Inside is room for tickets, passports, currency and ID cards and more. Perfect size for holding essentials 2 or more people.

The back/front opened up to show how it looks from the outside.

I am glad I was able to use this cute fabric at last.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gabbie's Grove: A ChrisW Design Pattern

Christine of ChrisW Designs has designed another bag for her Easy Street Collection of bags and this one is called Gabbie's Grove. Easy Street Collection patterns have fewer pattern pieces and the bag designs are faster and easier to sew, compared to Christine's other bag patterns. Even though these bags are easier to sew they are still loaded with great design features! I loved testing this bag!

This bag can be worn across the body with an adjustable strap. You can also take off the adjustable strap and carry it like a clutch and it can be converted to a backpack as well by looping the adjustable strap through the top carry handle. It can also be carried as a tote bag by the two handles that are on the front of the bag. Such versatility in one bag! I am keeping this bag for myself because it will be a great bag to use for quilt shows and a day out shopping. As I shop, and the bag gets full, it will be able to hold a lot.

The bag is made using a foam stabilizer so when opened up into a tote the shape of the bag will stand up nicely and not flop over.

See testers versions here. Newsletter subscribers only can get the SALE price through March 17 (Australian Eastern Standard time) get 20% off the pattern, but only on Christine's website here. But you need to subscribe to her newsletter to get the discount and get the code.

The Celestial Fabric seemed a perfect choice for me with not only moons, but suns and stars too.

I used a Celestial fabric I had for a long time and a faux cork fabric, called Uncorked that is a quilting cotton that is made to look like cork. I love the look of the faux cork and it comes in several colors. I got 3 colors to use on future bags too.

The back of the bag has a phone/key pocket.

A grab handle, which you can loop the adjustable strap through to convert it to a backpack.

The front of the bag folds over when wearing as a cross body bag or on the shoulder.

A zippered pocket is located on the front of the bag under the folded over front.

The front opens up into a tote bag and can be carried by the shorter handles when you have it full of  goodies from your day of shopping. 

Inside the bag. The bag snaps closed with 2 magnetic snaps, so when it is folded over everything stays nicely inside the bag. And as long as you don't stuff it too much when fully opened, you can snap it closed in this position too.

I added a divided slip pocket inside the bag to hold a couple of pens and a pad of paper.

Opened up showing the back

Opened up showing the front.

Front folded over. 
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Colors of the Seashore: Baby Quilt for Great Niece

A baby girl was born to our nephew this month. They named her Scarlet. I made a baby quilt not knowing if the baby would be a boy or a girl (they didn't want to know in advance), so since they live in California, I decided to make a quilt in the colors of the ocean, and I named the quilt, Colors of the Seashore. I used aqua, blues, greens and sand colors. I backed it in a flannel of aqua with white peace signs. Truly a California quilt. I am still a California hippie girl myself, lol!

Welcome Scarlet. I hope to someday meet you. I hope you will enjoy being cuddled in your quilt.

Made using scraps that I had in these colors.

I quilted it in a simple diagonal grid.

Flannel backing with peace signs. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

$2 Sale Patterns on Makerist

Hello friends, I wanted to let you know about a fantastic sale that is going to be happening at Makerist. March 12-18 patterns will be on sale for only $2 for all kinds of crafts, like quilting, knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, etc. Only participating designers will be having their patterns on sale and they may or may not have all their patterns for the $2 sale, but hey it is worth checking out! I have 4 of my patterns on sale during the $2 sale.

You can shop by category, or by designer too. So if you want to click on quilting and browse all the patterns, you can do that. If you select shop by designer, then you can click on the designer's name and only those patterns will pop up. Once you click a category, like knitting, then on the left you can also narrow down your search with other categories, such as hats.

Have fun browsing and shopping all the sale patterns and maybe even the patterns not on sale too. I know I will be browsing some patterns myself!

Mark your calendar for the Makerist $2 sale on March 12-18.

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