Saturday, November 14, 2015

One Thimble, Issue 9

iiiit's back-One Thimble e-zine that is! Jam packed with tons of cute (circus themed) patterns and articles for every sewist! I was lucky enough to review three of them and find myself wishing for ALL of them, lol!
(I apologize for the many raindrops-can't control Mother Nature!)

First up, an adorable free motion applique pattern from Ric-Rac and Retro.  I chose to put "Vincent the Victor" on a small cross-over bag.  I thought about putting him on a pillow for my nephew, then decided to be a little selfish and make something for myself! ;) 
If you have never done FMA before, the instructions are very clear and there are helpful tips throughout.
I'm sure I'll be making another for my nephew soon, he's so cute!!


Next up is "Cheeky Monkey" by Jody's Crafty Creations. This little guy is made with fleece and is very beginner friendly.  If you haven't ever made a "softie," this is actually a great one to begin with. There is a fair amount of hand stitching, but don't let that scare you---he comes together quite easily.  I'm sure my nephews and nieces will love him, especially if I make a few friends for him to hang out with. ;)

I was excited when I found the "Good Fortune Head Wrap" by Rosie Petal was in this issue. 

This pattern comes in tons of sizes, covering everything from Premie to Adult Large. Even with the optional hand sewing, I think it took less than 20 minutes to whip this beauty up!
I know, I know, it's a head-wrap, not a headband. I wanted to show that it works great for a headband as well.  When the temperature drops a little more, I will definitely be covering my ears, lol!
I have a few more cut out and ready to sew as soon as I can get them monogramed.  These will be great Christmas gifts this year, both personalized and plain. :)
As a bonus, I want to show you this "Statement Clutch" that I tested for Two Pretty Poppets, also in this fabulous issue of One Thimble.  As always, Lisa's instructions are spot on and clear for all sewing levels.  I made the medium sized clutch, modified to use a snap instead of a turn lock. 
I made this for my mom to keep her tablet in and it's the perfect size!  (Mom, if you're reading this, please act surprised when you open your gifts! ;) )

There are so many more great patterns inside this issue of One Thimble, and some wonderful review of the entire issue. Be sure to follow along with these tour stops and don't forget about the giveaway!!

11/19 Rebel and MaliceBee Quilted

Here's the link to enter to win a free copy of this issue. Good Luck and Happy Sewing!!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Oasis Quilt Pattern--One Thimble, Issue 8

One Thimble is an online magazine full of great sewing patterns.  The current issue (Available here: includes a sweet quilt pattern by Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow ( or that I have been lucky enough to sew up. 

It's a fairly small quilt, about 38" x 52."  Perfect size for a baby quilt!  AND, I just so happen to have a new baby coming into my family early next year.  My niece hasn't found out what she's having, so I tried to stay fairly neutral with my color choices...I think I picked some good ones! :)

After a quick trip to my favorite fabric store (Marshall Dry Goods has amazing selections!), I got to work.  Almost 9 1/2 hours later, I sat back, pleased to have trimmed my last thread, phew!!

Notice the cool argyle pattern?
 This pattern is recommended for confident beginners.
You are advised to starch your fabrics before cutting, always a good idea when using fabrics that have been cut on the bias.  I didn't and had to sew very carefully to make sure I didn't stretch any cut edges!!
It is very important to pay attention to the markings you put on your strips (for matching each row).  I was distracted (okay, careless) and had to sew the same strips together 3 times!!  This could have something to do with my production time, lol!
I love the argyle pattern formed by the diamonds when using four different colors!  All of those straight lines guided me to make little squiggly lines with my quilting!  I am actually quite pleased with the way it turned out.
I can't wait to see my newest "Great" cuddled up in this quilt next year!! :)
It's the last day of the tour, so all of these links should be active.  Be sure and swing by all of the blogs for some major inspiration!

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Good luck, I'm off to work on another quilt!!  :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Canadian designers tour

In case you haven't heard, there is an inspiring blog tour of Canadian pattern designers and I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate!  Here is a line up of all the dates/blogs:

June 1 - 3Gracious Threads - InterviewCreative Bug - The Wholesome Mama - stitched by crystalJune 4 - 6Jalie – InterviewShaffer SistersCall AjairehibbadorayJune 8 – 10Thread Theory – InterviewHandmade BoyRebel & MaliceSew Out of ControlJune 11 - 13Audrey & Tiffany – InterviewAll Things Katy!Not Sew FastConversas de HermanaJune 15 – 17E+M Patterns – InterviewFrom-a-BoxMade by SaraClimbing the WillowJune 17 - 19Victory Patterns – InterviewSwoodson SaysThread Riding HoodSprouting JubeJubeJune 18 – 20FABulous Home Sewn – InterviewCreate3.5Calm and CarrionStitches by LauraJune 22 – 24Filles a Maman – InterviewPattern RevolutionPhatQuarterssewstarlyHouse of EstrelaJune 24 – 26Closet Case Files – Interviewgloria juneRebel & MaliceSew Far NorthJune 25 – 27Elegance & Elephants – InterviewSprouting JubeJubeAmandaRoseMae & KJune 29 - 30Lulu & Celeste: new makes and a round up postJuly 1stLast day to enter Giveaways and Final Round up Post!

Of course, there is a FABulous giveaway!
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Okay!  On to my FABulous experience!  I got to make these cute all-purpose bags.  The pattern is the Zippy Keeper by FABulous Home Sewn. (  This is a very straight forward pattern with several different variations.  
These will make great back to school teacher bags.  I would reccommend making them a little bit wider if you want to put pencils inside.  We tried and it was a tight squeeze for new pencils, lol! I can see them being perfect for so many other things, everything from money to paper clips--the sky's the limit!

I made the larger size and it is a FABulous size for so many non-adult things!
Don't boys LOVE to collect things: legos, cars, balls, cards, game pieces, video games... In fact, perfectly fits one of my son's portable video games!

Wouldn't this be great filled with mini figures?
Figurines from a video game system.

I found some great uses for these bags in my sewing room as well...
I have the hardest time keeping those clippy things together, but now they can be corralled in one of my Zippy Keeper bags!  And I have a lot more pairs of little scissors than I realized.  This would be the perfect spot to keep up with them!
Scissors and sewing clips.
What would you keep in your Zippy Keeper bag?

Want to learn more about the FABulous pattern designer Fenna?

Interview here:

OH!  She is so FABulous, she is offering up a discount code, but oh rats! Today is the last day for that, hurry to her pattern shop!
Coupon code: Coupon code is ocanada for 15% off in the etsy shop:
Prices will be automatically reduced in the craftsy shop:,641854

Coupon will be valid from June 17th midnight until the 20th.
  Thanks for stopping by!! :)

(yes, I received a copy of this pattern in exchange for this post)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Project Quilting, Season Six

My finished "Family Tree" pillow cover
 What do you do when you stumble upon a Facebook post about a quilting challenge a mere 3 days before it's due? 
I did some quick thinking, asked my niece about a million questions, and jumped right in!
I headed over to Persimon Dreams (  to check the deadline...Sunday at noon? I can handle that!

Lindsay decided that she is most fond of the tree of life, so I came up with a fairly comical rendition, lol. (My free-handing is always childlike or cartoonish at best.)

 I split the tree at the bottom and added their family name. 

Very faint heart with R + L, meant to look like it had been carved long ago.
I separated some of the branches to add a place for each kiddo. (Even my great-nephew who will be making an appearance later this month. <3 p="">
You may wonder why each name is a different color...
I tried to find thread that was a close match to each child's birthstone and then "wrote" their names on the quilt between the branches.  Yes, it looks like I have very bad penmanship.  I do, but not quite THAT bad, lol! It's very hard to write with a sewing machine!  Next time I may use my embroidery machine for this part, but I think it is much more sentimental just how it is.

I really like the pop of color that the leaves add!  Again, I tried to match their birthstones using fabric I already had on hand.

Sooo, I got it all quilted and appliqued.  I squared it up and trimmed it down to size.  I finished sewing it into a pillow cover Saturday afternoon, plenty of time to link up by the deadline. Right?  If you know me at all, you know that I need reminders about deadlines...I didn't make myself a note and didn't get ready to link up until about 20 minutes PAST the deadline!!  I will admit to being a little sad that I missed out on some great prizes, but I did enjoy the creative process and that's what it's all about. That and the joy I will be gifting to some of my favorite people! :)
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Don't you hate it when you miss a deadline?
Would you care to share a time when you were late with something, but can look back on with a smile now?

Until next time,