Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Seed packet organizer reveal!

Well, Santa has left the sewing room . . . has it been that long since I posted? Wow! That old rascal pulled out of here muttering something about relaxing on a tropical island. (Grin) Sounds good to me!

First of all, I want to make it abundantly clear that I did not come up with this fabulous organizer! This is a free pattern from Jenny of Elefantz' blog. You can hop over there using this link and make one for your very own!

Now that we've got that out of the way, happy new year!! Gee, I hope this is going to be a better year for everybody! I hear lots of rocks tumbling around, so I believe you all are nodding with me! (Grin) I expect those are just the rocks in my own head.

I showed a sneaky peek of this before Christmas, and then got sidetracked and finished it up between Christmas and New Year's. My sweet sis received it this past week, so I am not spoiling any surprises to show it off to you!

I love the embroidery on this, but I might make another without the embroidery so that I can put it in the pocket of my pants/overalls and take it to the garden with me.....without fearing that I would spoil the pretty stitching.

I really like the cute button that my pincushion swap friend Lois sent to me. 

I think it turned out great! I chose fabrics that I thought my sis would like, and it didn't take a lot -- I shopped my stash for everything! Yay!

Here's how it looked after I put the binding on. I like the dark brown for contrast on the organizer.

I printed out a couple of vintage seed packet fronts to slip in the pockets. I tucked in some tiny packs of flower seed in the other side.

Here is the finish! Taaaadaaaaa!

Many thanks to Jenny for sharing her creativity and talent with us! 

How do YOU organize your seeds? Might there be a seed organizer in your future?


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Santa is sewing!



Don't tell anybody else!

Santa is in my sewing room! At least I think so!

Look at all these cute things!

First, since I know the momma won't be looking at this blog, check out these cute bibs for our two month old granddaughter!

Easy, peasy, just two pieces of flannel right sides together, and sew on some velcro! I, er, Santa made seven so there would always be a clean one while the others were washing! (Grin)

Next, look at this embroidery! I can't say who is going to find this under the tree, since sometimes the recipient DOES look at this blog. Heehee!

This is using Jenny Elefantz' Bloom and Weave pattern, and will be turned into a seed organizer. More to come on this one . . . 

And then.

The piece de resistance . . . you have to say that with a French accent, right?

Doll clothes for our other two granddaughters' six inch dollies! (Yes, Mr. Snoodles is sadly outnumbered. But he loves it!) Oh, the fingers ache making these tiny things, but don't they turn out cute?

I'm so glad Santa is in my sewing room!

What's under your needle as Christmas approaches?


Tuesday, December 1, 2020


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I enjoy hand quilting.

I REALLY enjoy hand quilting.

It's relaxing.

I like the feeling of accomplishment when I finish.

I like seeing the parts of the block that I want to emphasize, "pop" and grab my attention when I pull my stitches through.

I like to see the stitches (as uneven as they may be) on the back of my piece.

And I REALLY, REALLY like it when I have good thread to do it with!

Enter Sulky's 100% Long Staple Cotton in 12 weight!

I like Sulky's 12 weight because it is strong and there's virtually no lint. Also, I can cut a pretty long piece of thread and not worry about it breaking as it's pulled through the fabric many, many times! 

It's great for embroidery, too, because one strand of Sulky is the equivalent of two strands of floss . . . and it's a lot easier than trying to separate those six wiggly strands of floss in order to get two to stitch with! (Grin) Most of our patterns tell us to use two strands, right? Well, using the 12 weight from Sulky just made that a whole bunch easier! Unwind some 12 weight and you are ready to rock and roll!

I love the snap spool end, too. All of the Sulky spools have at least one. All you do is gently lift up the end with your thumb and release the thread. Bam! You're on your way!

Done with stitching for the day? Just lift that end again, wind the thread into the gap, and snap it shut! No more tangled up threads in your basket or bag!

Don't ya love those variegated threads? Gorgeous!

You don't have to take my word for it, though. Check out this awesome video tutorial for tips and inspiration:

Want to try some great Sulky threads for yourself? Click on these links and look at all the yummy colors over at Sulky!  

Want to do some machine quilting with Sulky's Blendables? No worries! Grab some of these delicious 30 weight spools!

But back to my handwork . . . 

This sample block that I'm quilting was an attempt to try out the pattern for a Summer Moon sampler block.

I am pretty pleased with how the Sulky 12 weight worked for the handquilting there. 

Have you tried Sulky thread? Let me know in the comments, and if you would like to try it, click on the links and check out their colors and their assorted color packs!


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Accuquilt - need to finish a Christmas project quickly?

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I'm in love with the new dies at Accuquilt! Just look at all the cute ways to use these and create gifts!

From reindeer to gingerbread men, you are going to find inspiration! 

And those lovely folks at Accuquilt are helping us out with sales! You can get any of these cute dies to make these projects at . . . 

Wait for it . . . 

For twenty percent off!!!

And until December 6, they are offering free shipping in the contiguous United States!!

Click on the link and RUN! Do not walk. Do not pass go. Do not stop at jail. (Grin)

You'll love what you see and you'll love the discounts, too!


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Yes, 2020 will be a year that we long remember. It was a roller coaster ride, no?
But the Lord is still in control, and He brought us through. 
Many of us endured hardships along with the blessings.
But then, Grandma always said we must take the bad with the good.

Today, I'm going to count my blessings. 
And it will take a while, for they are many.
And then I'm going to pray and ask God to favor our leaders with wisdom, our citizens with backbone, and our pastors with endurance.
I'll look in my survival pantry with a grateful heart. And pray that I won't use it much.
I'll look into my family's eyes with love. And pray that we will be safe.
I'll look into my heart and weed out the negative, the unjust, and the hurtful.
And pray to be more like Him.

I hope you will join me. Let's choose to be grateful.