Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sneaky peek (Vintage Christmas)


I hope that all of you are enjoying the Saturday "Vintage Christmas" posts over at the Jolly Jabber - the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting the blog hop, and all of us are busy creating blocks.


Here is the lovely book that the blocks are found in!

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Get a copy and sew along with us!

Here are some inspiring blog posts to check out:



A video with even more inspiration:




And here is a sneaky peek at my Christmas fabrics that I'm using:


I had a lot of great Christmas fabrics, but some of them were not too vintage-y. I created a new word! (Grin) Anyway, I think these will do great for my blocks!

It's all sew much fun! You can use your own fabric choices, or sign up to grab a kit from the Fat Quarter team and recreate Lori's blocks and projects in the book! There are even thread assortments to coordinate.

I especially like that the blocks are the same sizes as in her previous books, so we can mix and match to create our own one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

I sure hope that y'all will climb on board and grab a book! Sew along with us!

Love,



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Round Two


My first foot surgery went so well three months ago, that I'm headed back for round two!

Pretty soon, I'll have the official title of Bionic Grandma! (Grin)

Seriously, I will be back soon, and hope all of you have a fun Halloween.

Padsworth is kicking back, and DragonDrop, too.

(Kermit has the right idea, here.)

We're stoked to be taking part in the Very Vintage Christmas Sewalong! Check out the fun here at this link


We will be showing blocks later on.... grab your book by our friend, Lori Holt, and sew along with us!

See you soon, back here at the Lilypad!

Love,


Friday, October 26, 2018

Poly Fil and Poly Pellets, and more!


Padsworth here, to announce our newest blog sponsor! I think you'll love them! Ribbit!



Fairfield may be new to some of you -- I've used their products for years, so I wanted to introduce them to you! I love their battings, and their weighted stuffing beads, "Poly Pellets" are my go-to when making stuffed animals and remote caddies.



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Fairfield has a broad assortment of quilt battings in pre-cut sizes, bulk rolls, and in bolts. I love that they offer renewable-resourced battings: cotton, bamboo, and wool, in addition to the many polyester styles they offer.

Are you like me? Do you prefer to shop from "Made in America" items? Never fear, Fairfield's American Spirit line is your new friend!



Those pellets I mentioned? Combine them with the popular PolyFil product to make adorable animals!




The Poly pellets are great for creating therapeutic sensory items: they work well in play objects and in weighted vests for calming.



Making bags and purses? Crafting projects? You'll love Fairfield's huge assortment of interfacings. It's like a menu at the diner -- so many choices! Do you want to stick, stabilize, soften or support? Your interfacing can solarize (provide a thermal barrier), smooth, structure, stiffen, or shield from allergens!  Amazingly awesome alliteration, right?



I really love this product, Oly Fun....it's an easy to use material that comes in lots of colors. It can be used indoors or outdoors! Look at these great ideas you can use just in time for Halloween!
Indoor/outdoor garland....



A treats tote bag....



Decor for the Halloween party.....



Clicking on any of those links will whisk you away to the inspiration page at Fairfield -- you'll see oodles of projects and instructions there!



Last, but not least, I'm always happy with companies that find ways to give back - Fairfield's We Make For Good project is a wonderful program; they love to post stories about peeps who use Fairfield products to create things for their communities -- and they select projects to fund with special We Make For Good grants!



I only introduce y'all to products and companies that I've used myself, and I hope you will click on these links and get to know Fairfield World. 

I believe you will like what you find! From inspiration to shopping online, Fairfield is a great resource for our quilting and crafting communities!

Love,



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Yep, Meowlloween is coming!


(I need to let you know that there are "affiliate" links in this post...I may receive a small commission on products, but your price is not affected. It's what helps keep the lights on (and the sewing machine running) at the Lilypad!)

If I had a horn, I'd blow it! Telling you about a Super Sale!
Starting today, and going until the 31st...

Our friends at KitNipBox are having a super duper meowlicious sale!

Simply use the coupon code MEOWLLOWEEN

You will receive 16% off the first month of your subscription!

With three subscription levels, you're sure to find one that is purrrrfect for your kitty!


If you need more purrrsuasion, shipping is free, too!

Click on this linkie, and check it out!



I'm stoked that they support over 100 animal welfare organizations with a purrrrtion of their proceeds, and with tangible gifts of puurrroducts, too!

Love,


Saturday, October 20, 2018

New friends

Isn't it lovely to make new friends across the miles?

In my last post, I showed everyone my latest scrappy work in progress, and a dear blogger from across the sea, Shirley, showed me a photo of one that she is working on (or perhaps finished by now!):



I don't know about you, but I'm an easy mark for a beautiful kitty who takes quilt inspection seriously!

Love the photo, Shirley! 

If you love it too, click to hop over to her blog -- she has lots of fun things going on!

Quilting bloggers...... wonderful community around the world!

Love,


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Slowly but surely....

Pardon the poor photo....... it was raining and very little light coming in from my window. 

But I wanted to show you that slowly, slowly, as I find time to play, a pattern is emerging!


How about you?

Have you gotten too busy for sewing time? Make a few minutes each day!


Love,


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stitchin' in the evenings


If you are like me, you enjoy having something in your hands to work on, even in what folks call "down time."  Now, please don't get the idea that I'm always stitching by oil lamplight.....  I only do that when we have a power outage. (Grin)

That's where some of these earlier photos have come from:



Here's my latest flour sack tea towel:


I enjoy stitching these!

Do you keep handwork handy, too?

Love,


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Working on those blocks....


Remember that?

Over 150 HSTs and 75 (or was it 85...) four-patches. Oy!  Got them all ironed and squared up!

Wanted to show you the cute ruler I got to do them all with -- this made it so much faster! I'm usually slow to jump on the "buy this ruler" bandwagon, but boy, am I glad I got this one!

It's from our pal Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet (you remember the blocks we've made in her series, right?) and it was oh, so useful.
First of all, I needed to trim these blocks to 4.5 inches square, so the Cute Cuts Trim It 4.5 was just perfect. 

Secondly, it Never. Once. Slipped. Seriously.

It has something on the back that keeps it safe and secure so that you can trim two sides and then trim the other two -- and it doesn't wiggle, er move, er, try to escape!

So, if you would like a recommendation, click on that linkie and grab one while it's on sale!

(I'm supposed to tell you that the linkie there is what they call an "affiliate" link, and your price won't go up if you purchase, but I may earn a commission so that we can keep the party going here at the Lilypad!)

Now that the blocks are all squared up, it's play time!!


Sew much fun! 
I'll admit to doing some fiddling here, cos I want a "controlled scrappy" to ensure I don't have duplicates side by side.

Once I get some laid out, I'll piece them and show you more!

Stay tuned!

Love,


Friday, October 5, 2018

Telling ya about a freebie!



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Watch and learn for FREE for a week!  'Scuse me, but I'm headed over there to watch some free motion quilting lessons!  And then some gardening....and then I saw this cool crochet project.....oh! and a paper piecing series! (grin)

Love,



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A sneak peek -- and some farm animals

We love quilting here at the Lilypad.

We love it too much sometimes.

If you are like me, you not only have UFOs (Unfinished Objects) in your sewing area, you also have PIGS..... (Grin)



No, no, not those PIGS.

These PIGS -- Project in Grocery Sack!!

Or ziploc bag or even the box the fabric shipped in, if we fell off the stash wagon and purchased some!

You've done this, too, I just know you have! You have a pattern and you pull some fabric and think to yourself, "Self, I don't want you to forget that this fabric goes with this pattern!" So you put everything into a bag and put it aside for just a little while......

Some are large PIGS and take up a good bit of room. Some are smaller and don't take up too much room, and could easily be finished in a weekend.

But they lurk in our sewing areas and we may even pull them out and pat them sometimes, and talk to them, but we "have so much going on" in our lives that we don't get any work done on them!



(No, that's not my sewing room. Just wishful thinking on my part.)

I found one of my PIGS recently and just "took a notion" as my Grandma used to say, and started working on it!

What I found in my bag were charm packs of a fabric collection by Sandy Klop (American Jane) by Moda. The packs are called "Le Petite Poulet," which I believe translates loosely to "the little chicken," since there are some chickens on some of the squares! Chicken wire on some of them, too!



The fabrics are so much fun! Reds, yellows, blues, and greens. 
I want to give credit where credit is due.....this particular PIGS was from a blog post by Karrielynne over at Freckled Whimsy, four or five years ago. 

I also found some charm packs of Bella Solid white in the bag. 

I made HSTs. 

I made lots of HSTs.
In fact, I made over 150 HSTs. (Grin)



And then I made four patches. 
Yep, you got it, lots of four patches! Only about 80 of those.



Now I just have to find time to finish getting all of these squared up!!

I'm linking up this week with Lorna, over at the Let's Bee Social party! Hop back over and see what she's making -- cute hedgehogs and more!

Stay tuned, I will post more on this project soon!

Love,