Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29th ~ 15 Minute Challenge

To say the least this has been a busy week with Dr. follow up appointments (DH is doing much better), working and playing catch-up on the home front.    With the weather getting nicer and I want to be outside, if only to sit and read, I'm going to be taking a Summer Vacation from the 15 Minute Challenge.

Tuesday - Dr.
Wednesday - Work
Thursday - Dr.
Friday - Work
Saturday - Work
Sunday - No
Monday - Sewing

Go on over to Kate's "Life in Pieces" and see how everyone else has been doing last week with their "15 Minute Challenge".


Monday, May 28, 2012

Stash Report 2012 ~ Week 22

I was bad or good this week. I'm not sure - I didn't buy any new fabric, that's right none, so that was GOOD.  But I didn't get any sewing done either, between Dr. appointments for DH (he had glaucoma surgery and is doing fine except his eye hurts) and working, I didn't get to spent any amount of time in the studio, so that was BAD.   Here's hoping the next week is better.

Stash Busting - Week 22

Added this Week:  0  yards
Added Year to Date: 80.75 yards
Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 4 yards
Net Added for 2012: 76.75 yards

To see more stash reports, head on over to Judy’s  Patchwork Times.


Memorial Day

To honor and remember all Americans who have died in all wars
while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Winner of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is . . .

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway.   WOW!   I had 285 people left comments to win the Moda Layer Cake "Fig & Plum". The majority of  the "next" projects to make were baby quilts, followed by making  bags.

Now, just for some info, because it bothers me, of the 285 entries there were 22 entries that were "No-Reply" Bloggers and two of the confirming emails bounced back to me as bad email addresses.   :-{     I replied to everyone who entered, so if you did not get a message from me then you are a "No-Reply" Blogger and probably don't know it.   Please take just a little time to fix your blogger status - I'd be happy to help you if I can, or include your email address in your comment.

Moda Layer Cake  "Fig & Plum"

My Winner is #8 - Suzan O.
Womelsdorf, PA
 The Reluctant Quilter


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Show 'n Tell ~ May 2012

These are pictures from the Bernina Software Sampler and Embroidery Club that I teach at Bernina Northwest in Seattle.

Donna's Cool Ties
 Donna D. and her husband made these "Cool Ties" for their trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  He'll be riding his Harley with his friends and Donna will be driving her Corvette.   She is the entourage!





Pat's One Block Wonder
Back of  One Block Wonder
This is Pat H.'s "One Block Wonder" Quilt.  Pat quilted it on the diagonal with a running stitch.  You will be able to see the quilting better on the back side of the quilt.  The quilt just needs the binding and label to complete it.  Pat will be teaching this class in June.

Kathy's Chloe Quilt 
Kathy C. finished her Chloe Quilt.  It is beautiful!   She made it using her 730E.  Kathy had multi-hooping on almost all of her embroidery designs.  She also did the quilting, and embroidered label and the scalloped binding. 


Maxine's Wall Hanging
S/W Sampler Fabric Tote
 Maxine E. made this White, Black and Red Wall-hanging using embroidery designs built into her 830E.  Turned out great.
 She made her Textured Fabric from Software into this wonderful tote bag.


Ukulele Case
Maxine E. made several Ukulele Cases while she and her husband were in Arizona this year.  She used Hawaiian fabrics and the cases turned out great.


Skorts by Maxine
Skorts by Maxine

Maxine E, made skorts for a friend that golfs.  The skorts turned out great.




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 22nd ~ 15 Minute Challenge

I spent some time sewing, finished up our garden and DH had glaucoma surgery this Monday.  (BTW he doing fine, except for the pain).

Tuesday - None
Wednesday - Working
Thursday - Sewing
Friday -  A little sewing
Saturday - Sewing
Sunday -  None
Monday - None

Go on over to Kate's "Life in Pieces" and see how everyone else has been doing last week with their "15 Minute Challenge".


Monday, May 21, 2012

The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

This is it ~ the Giveaway we've been waiting for . . . Get ready to start playing!

The Giveaway is Closed . . .

Thanks for stopping by
I have a lot of fun participating in the Blog Giveaways.  I hope you will take a few minutes and look around my blog, and come back to visit in the future.  Don't forget to read My Rules and leave a comment about the next project you want to make to win a prize.    Best of Luck to you!

And now for my prize!  I'm giving away a Moda Layer Cake of pretty "Fig & Plum" fabrics.  

My Rules:
1.   To win, please leave me a comment about the next project you want to make.

2.   Please, only one comment per person.
3.   Please leave me a way to contact you.   If you are a No-Reply blogger, then please leave your email address in your comment.   If I can't contact you, you will not and can not win, ever.   That would be so very sad, don't you think?   If you do not know if you are No-Reply blogger then read the No-Reply Blogger Tab above and how to fix your No-Reply settings.
4.   This giveaway is open to everyone, including international blog hoppers.
5.   This giveaway will start on Monday, May 21st shortly after 6:00 am PST and end Friday, May 25th at 5:00 pm PST.
6.   The winners will be announced on Sunday, May 27th by 6:00 pm PST.
7.   I will use a Random Number Generator to select the winners.

8.  Winners will be shipped their prize by Friday, June 1st.
After you have entered my giveaway, remember to click on Kristin's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway to take you to all of the other linked giveaways.  The list of links will be available Monday morning - shortly after 6:00 am PST.  

Have Fun, Good Luck and Happy Blog Hopping!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stash Report 2012 ~ Week 21

The weather was nice and I spent some time outside this week,  so long story short not allot of sewing done.  I ordered this is the fabric for a gift of place-mats.  I think they will embroider with a simple batik fabric in the front center area.  I was thinking a farm/country looking redwork or toile designs would be nice.  Then using the stripe as a bias edge with the daisy's on the back and just folding over to the front. 

Stash Busting - Week 21

Added this Week:  3 yards
Added Year to Date:   80.75 yards
Used this Week:     0 yards
Used year to Date:    4 yards
Net Added for 2012:   76.75 yards

To see more stash reports, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Sew Mama Sew ~ Giveaway Day

The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is starting May 21st at 6:00 am PST through May 25th at 5:00 pm PST.  And I'll have a really neat gift of  Sewing Supplies for a lucky winner. 

Stop back on Monday, May 21st and enter to win.

And if you would like to participate in the giveaway too, you can read more about it at Sew Mama Sew - Giveaway May 21st!  It's lots of fun  -  join in!


Antique Parrot Thimble

This is a Vintage Cloisonne Parrot Thimble I received for my birthday.   It was advertised as a rare (???) thimble.  It is beautiful collector type thimble.  It measures about 1 inch tall and 3/4 inch wide.  I like to just look at it.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Stash Report 2012 ~ Week 20

I was so  very good this week.  Nothing in, however nothing completed either!  I need to get with it and spend some serious time sewing in the studio.   I went shopping with a friend and helped her to spend $$$ on fabrics and threads, now that was fun!

Stash Busting - Week 20

Added this Week:    0 yards
Added Year to Date: 77.75 yards
Used this Week:    0 yards
Used year to Date: 4 yards
Net Added for 2012: 73.75 yards

To see more stash reports, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 15th ~ 15 Minute Challenge

Some weeks are better than others.  This week things got in the way, life happens and I didn't really make any effort to get much done.  Had more some good ideas and I enjoyed some of our wonderful weather outside too.

Tuesday -  Sewing
Wednesday - Work
Thursday - Sewing
Friday -  Nothing
Saturday -  Sewing
Sunday - Nothing
Monday - Sewing

Go on over to Kate's "Life in Pieces" and see how everyone else has been doing last week with their "15 Minute Challenge".


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Design Wall ~ Monday, May 14, 2012

Not much done this week, but this is my sample for the Super Sew Day on May 5th.  Actually, I forgot to take a picture of this cute little wristlet last week, so I'm week late with getting it posted.  

The wristlet was fun to make.  It is all done in the embroidery hoop on the B~830.  Imported the sewing stitches for quilting, raw edge applique and initials.

What are you working on?

Go on over to Judy's Patchwork Times and see what is new on every one's design walls this week.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

A Happy Mother’s Day whether your “kids” walk on 2 or 4 feet.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 8th ~ 15 Minute Challenge

Changed to another quick project for Saturday - Super Sew Day.  Then the quick project - a wristlet - was so much fun I'm making some more for samples. 

Tuesday -  Sewing
Wednesday - Working
Thursday - cleaning
Friday -  Sewing
Saturday -  Working
Sunday - Sewing
Monday - Sewing

Go on over to Kate's "Life in Pieces" and see how everyone else has been doing last week with their "15 Minute Challenge".


Monday, May 7, 2012

Stash Report 2012 ~ Week 19

I was bad this week.  I love using Fossil Fern from Benartex and some wonderful person had it on Yahoo's Sew-Its-For-Sale list.  OK - I was so bad, sooo very, very bad.   I bought all that she had left, and it was a great price too.  I looked it up on the Benartex site  and it said this about Fossil Fern  "It's unheard of in textile history---a fabric still hot in demand after 17 years! There are several reasons why Fossil Fern has endured over a decade. The colors mirror all the intricate hues of nature. The prints can be used in any project, time and again. And...the subtly textured fabrics bring light and movement to any design. "  Fossil Fern is still one of my favorite fabrics.

Fossil Fern Fabrics

Stash Busting - Week 19

Added this Week:   29.250 yards
Added Year to Date:  77.75 yards
Used this Week:    .5 yards
Used year to Date:   4 yards
Net Added for 2012:  73.75 yards

To see more stash reports, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

A May Day Project

We made this fun little wristlet made on the 830 embroidery/sewing machine for Bernina's Super Sew Day.  It includes raw edge embroidery, buttonholes, lettering, moving stitches from the sewing side to the embroidery side to create designs all done in the embroidery mode.  It was fun to teach and I hope everyone had a good time.

You could also create this project using your Bernina Embroidery V6 Software.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

At the Front Gate

We planted these four flowering cherry trees last year after trying in vain to save the other trees.

I'm so pleased that these trees look like they are doing well. 

The White Birches on the other side of the fence are leafing out too.

The rhododendron and the azalea are very beautiful too.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 1st ~ 15 Minute Challenge

A busy week with sewing, working and taking classes.  Had fun but tired at the end.

Tuesday -  no - cleaning
Wednesday - work
Thursday - no - cleaning
Friday -  working
Saturday -  sewing
Sunday - sewing
Monday - nada

Go on over to Kate's "Life in Pieces" and see how everyone else has been doing last week with their "15 Minute Challenge".


New FO's for April 2012

New FO's  gives me permission to start a new project. There is no pressure to finish it.   I love it.   It lets the creative juices flow.    Last week not much sewing happened but I did get some digitizing done for appliqued quilt blocks.  This applique quilt block is my new FO for April.  These are just the applique and fancy stitches on the appliques of the finished digitized block.

Go on over to Barbara’s blog Cat Patches and see the new April projects that everyone has started.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stash Report 2012 ~ Week 18

I was good - I didn't purchase any fabric, but I did get a great buy on spools of embroidery thread that were being "Closed Out".  Aren't these bright and pretty colors?  Maybe I should be tracking thread too -  hahaha!   I got very little sewing done during the last week, I would like to have done more sewing, but between teaching 3 days and going to two all day classes this week - it' been crazy busy.  I hope that I haven't overdone it and suffer a set back. 

Stash Busting - Week 18

Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 48.5 yards
Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 3.5 yards
Net Added for 2012: 45.0 yards

To see more stash reports, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times.