Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just Toasty part 2

It's the end of August! Can Fall be far away??? Time to think of warm, not hot days and cooler nights. Football games and quilts. 
I'm not a football fan, but loved going to high school games when the kids were in school. Crisp evenings....snuggling under a quilt. 
Aren't they a cute couple? I have NO idea who they are! But they are cute! 

Just Toasty. Love it. I still have a few kits. 

Dear Unknown , please tell me who you are. I can't reach you. 

Here is what you do to reach me...go to About Me, then click on complete profile then click Email and my email is right there.  Once I receive an email by which I can reply, we are good to go!
Kits are $123.00, including shipping.  For Texas residents $132.00 including sales tax and shipping. 
So Unknown, I'd love to send you kit, please try again to reach me. Thank you!

This little mini Bramblewood is also available in a kit. Bramblewood fabrics are wonderful for Fall in any design. Do you Think I'm a little partial!?! Lol. 

Secret sewing for Quilt Market started this past week. Sorry I can't show anything yet. 

Hope's Journey, my next line will arrive in October. 
A few quilts from the line. 

And the antique inspiration. At Moda's Open House. 

Looking Forward to the arrival of Hope's Journey. Fall really will be here then!!!

Until next time~

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Do you have a favorite pincushion? Or several favorites? I like to make them. They make nice gifts, not just useful, but decorative too. 

This is my most used pincushion. It's attached to a vice that is attached to my sewing table. It's a pear. My sewing table is small and it fits perfectly, and perfectly stays put!

 Pincushions have progressed since the tomato I started using in junior high Home Economics. That thing spent more time on the floor. Too light weight to stay put. So it also made the perfect cat toy. 

Now they are decorative, whimsical, functional and collectible. 
Some of these I made, others were gifts. 

This assortment are all wool. Some I've made and some were gifts. Wool offers pins a needles a fabulous resting place, gliding in and out. I like to stuff with wool, but it makes the pincushion really light and cat toy. So they need to be decorative ... See the heart, or contained, see the star. OR make 'make do' stuffed figures that are attached to candlesticks, or as the case with antique make do, attached to a broken goblet or an empty spool. 
My dear friend Betty made the crow and the dove. I made the lamb and Batilda, the bat. They are folk art creations.

This is my second favorite and it travels with me, also made by Betty. Wool. Stuffed with crushed walnut shells. Stays put in it out if a wooden tray. 

Below, are pincushions made by two sweet retreat hostesses, affectionately known as the Barbara's. I've taught for these ladies for several years, umm, 6.  I have 6 pincushions. For each workshop I teach, they take the block, reduce it and make everyone attending a pincushion favor. Truly awesome!  

This wraps up my ever growing collection 
of pincushions. Do you use them?  Collect them? Make them? 
Walnut shells, crushed, make good stuffing when you need weight. Sewing a button through the center, adds a little weight, and is a cute touch. 
Have fun making and collecting. 
And how about favorite pins?  I like Clover Patchwork pins, very thin. Great for machine piecing. Speaking of piecing...time to get back to it!

~Until next time,