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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Easy Zippered Box Pouches


These were fun little bags to make. I tried a bag like this last winter and could not figure how to get the zipper in right. Let night I was sitting here and found this on you tube. So easy. If you would like to try this bag go to Easy Zippered Box pouch Tutorial. Www.iheartstitching.com. you can make this little bag in about an hour. She did a great job explaining it. 




I finished machine quilting this lap quilt. Since it was bonded in black I got this lovely black material for the back. I just did a simple quilting on it and was very happy with how it turned out.

I love this next project that I am working on. A Christmas tree skirt for my mother . A very easy porject.



I couldn't get the pattern to turn right so you will have to look at it side ways. I am sure this is a free pattern from crafsty. So far a good week in the sewing room.


Saturday, 17 January 2015


I really enjoy a week when I finish some great pieces. I made one of these lap quilts last winter for my friend for christmas. I love this pattern which is a kit from connecting threads. This will be a Christmas gift for my daughter n law. I am sure she will love it. I also made this snowman pillow that fits a king size pillow. The only mistake I made on this piece is my background material and the snowmen were to close in color. This I will keep for myself.



I made this quilt a few years ago and finally got my friend Marjorie to quilt it for me. I felt this needed hand quilting as it has the look of a old quilt. She did a beautiful job. Thanks Marjorie. There is a lot of fabric that I have picked up on my vacations. This quilt will be a keeper

It looks great on my quilt rack.


I also finished some other winter pillows. I made four of these. Great Christmas gifts.  I was trying to find some Christmas buttons to add to the Christmas reefs but will have to wait to closer to christmas. They are hard to find this time of the year. 


The sewing room is cleaned up so wonder what I will get accomplished  next week. I do have a quilt to machine quilt which will be my goal to finish. I am also working on some cross stitch Christmas socks for my youngest son and his family. They lost theirs in a house fire. If anyone knows cross stitch I am doing the Shepard Bush patterns. I am doing them on alphan material so they will be a nice size. 
I should get lots finished this winter as I had to cancel our vacation on a cruise to the Panama canal. My husband had to have surgery and is unable to fly. I am debating whether to use my ticket and fly to victoria and visit my brother. I think it is a possibility as I will loose my ticket. This is the first time I never insured my flight tickets. I Had the rest insured. So we will save the cruise for a later date.

Well we are off to my grand daughters basketball game this afternoon. So hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful winters day.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

First project of the New Year.

It finally looks like winter. Not as cold now. A great time to work in the sewing room on this New Year'so  day. This is my first project for the new year.


This is a kit from connecting threads. It was a fun and a very easy kit to do. You start by sewing these rows togeather.



Then you need a 81/2 inch ruler.

Then lay the ruler at different angles and cut.


Then they look like this.



Now this is the finished project. So cute. I just love this one.. it is 50 by 58. A nice little lap quilt.

I think I will get some flannel for the back to make it nice and warm. I also got my new TV hooked up in my sewing room that my son gave  me for Christmas. My husband wondered how I got the cable into the room. I told him I can do things if I need to. I don't have the patience to wait for someone to do it for me. 

So a very productive day.

Happy new year everyone. It's hard to believe that it is 2015. We thought it was so amazing to be the year 2000 and now it is 15 years later. Four grandchildren later has made it the best fourteen years ever.
The last year has been so many projects and can't wait to see what the next year brings. Some finished projects for the year 2014.










The sewing room is all cleaned up waiting to see what is coming up next. We have four weddings this year so I think I will start there. 
Also just got a new I pad so blogging should be a lot easier. Looking forward to the next two months of quiet and relaxing after such a busy year.
So wishing everyone a happy new year and look forward to seeing all the great projects for the year 2014.

Friday, 19 December 2014

What a day but so happy with what I got accomplished. I am now down to one gift left to make.

I finished this little table topper for my mother. It is a old pattern from Connecting threads. I guess I will have to post later as my phone didn't take it.

This next picture is two little doll quilts to go with Sara's quilt. They are too cute.  She will love them.


I also finished these two runners. Another pattern from Connecting threads.




I love these. They are so pretty.

I also made seven dozen peanut butter balls and four dozen cherry balls and two dozen peanut butter cookies. Another good day. So now I have two grandchildren for the night, one in bed asleep and I am not to far behind.  Good night. We are off to two hockey games tomorrow for our six year old grandsons. Should be good.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am back! I have missed blogging but just have been so busy getting my Christmas gifts ready that I just haven't had time for much. This has probably been the busiest year of my life but I have made it through. I also miss my lap top so which I find it harder to post on my mini e reader.

So what have I been up to. Getting my house back to normal after my son and his family moved out. They love their new home and I love having my space back.  Busy in the sewing room making Christmas gifts. I can just show a couple of things and then will post the other gifts after Christmas.

I made this beautiful cross stitch picture for my granddaughter to hang in her new room.


I was very happy with this picture. I had did this picture before years ago on an afghan. The frame is 18 by 18. It should look nice on Lauren's empty walls.

This is a quilt that I did for my youngest granddaughter. I love how this turned out.




This is a pattern I think I had found on the Craftsy site. Sara loves to dress up and I think all these colors of finger nail polish will be a hit. It will fit her double bed nicely. 

So this is all I will show tonight so I then will have an excuse to stop by again. I hope everyone is almost ready for Christmas. I spent the evening wrapping gifts. It didn't help that I had the flue for a couple of days this week so it put me a little behind but by Christmas eve I should be ready. So again it will be nice to be back. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

It has been awhile, quite awhile. I was actually ready for this scene, snow. It meant that my extremely busy summer is over and I can slow down and join everyone on the blog again.  It was a beautiful afternoon and evening yesterday with the snow falling.
I have my house back now and my sewing room is mine again. My kids moved into their new home last week. After eight months of sharing my space its nice to have it back.
Let's see. What have I been up to. Working seven days a week for my husband and helping our son build his house took all my time. I finally said it was enough. With sore back and sore arms my body said it was time to stop.
My mother, her sister and daughter and I went on an amazing trip to London, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  What a trip. It was so much fun. I can't believe we saw so much.


I can't seem to get anymore pictures to load.

Busy in the sewing room making Christmas presents. Pictures later. I miss hanging out with my sewing buddies.
So just wanted to get back and say hi and will be back soon.