Friday, May 19, 2017

Shasta Daisy Backpack

Last week I shared  the backpack layout that I started at the retreat I attended. This week I finished it. I was using a pattern that I downloaded from a blog. I was sort of confused by some of the directions, so I grabbed my laptop and searched for  YouTube videos about backpacks with  drawstring casing. Luckily I found a great one on Shabby Fabrics YouTube channel. Thanks, Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics. My directions called for grommets,and I already had them ready so I used them. . They're cute, but if I do this pattern again, I will use the loops in the Shabby Fabrics pattern.

I really like the way this turned out. It was made from some of the scraps from the graduation quilt I made for my youngest granddaughter, Shasta.  This will be her birthday gift this weekend. I was shopping in SD at a Mall last weekend and went to Bath and Body Works. I found these.... the perfect addition to the backpack for a girl with the chrysanthemum name. 

Oh, and I'll add a Starbucks gift card too!  

Off to get ready for a double birthday party. Both my daughter's daughters have birthdays in May, so we celebrate when we are able to get together. Ice cream cake, Gluten Free frosted brownies, sorbet and my requested potato salad are on the menu. Older granddaughter's husband will do brats and ribs on the grill. Looking forward to a wonderful weekend. 

I am linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Til next time,

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Friday, May 12, 2017


Last week I told you about the retreat I was attending. I am home now and maybe rested. We had lots of fun, the weather was amazing, and there were lots of tops finished and some other projects completed as well. 

Our theme was Let's Go Glamping!  There were several variations on the theme in the decorations and in the menus. We had a lace table covering and flowers in a mason jar for our Early Morning offerings. 

The snack table had cookies, pretzels, chips, popcorn, and "first aid kits" in prescription bottles. First aid kits were titled Happy Pills to bring joy. Bottles held M&Ms, Skittles, Red Hots, or Jelly Beans. I wish I had taken pictures of the food. There was everything from Oven German Pancakes to Brats and Burgers. Lemon Ice Cream cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Pizzelles to Oreos in the newest flavors. 

Each table had welcome gifts of a bottle of water, a pocket sized pack of tissues and a Smores Kit. ( 2 graham crackers, a square of chocolate bar and 4 marshmallows) and a sewing themed band aid. 

My projects were a Taggie quilt for an expected great granddaughter, due date is August 11th. A tool roll made from scraps and a pattern from A Spoonful of Sugar,  a quilted knapsack from a pattern from Pleasant Home (Jodi's blog is not current at the present time, but here is a link to her Instagram)and a zippered pouch from a box of strings and a pattern gifted from a friend. 

I took my big Bernina to the nearest Bernina dealer( 2 hours from my home but only an hour from the retreat location) for it's bi-annual cleaning and maintenance checkup. While there I purchased some fabric for a fellow quilter who needed some "different gray", 2 yards of fabric for a future 5 yard quilt and I was supposed to purchase a zipper foot for my travel machine ( a Janome Gem) so I could complete my projects. I got all the way back to the retreat and remembered I forgot to buy the zipper foot. So, I completed the baby quilt. It's only 36" square, but just the right size for tummy time or a light stroller cover. 

See all the little loops of ribbon, and rickrack?  Babies love tactile taggies and mom can hang a toy or binky there too. 

I made the tool roll from all scraps. This is the outside. HST finished at 1.5".
This is the inside with several pockets for small tools to take along with a project. The pattern is no longer on their blog, but here is a link to the site. There are lots of other yummy projects. 

I pieced the main patch work for the knapsack, up to the part where I needed to insert the zipper. Stopped!!! Actually this is a picture in progress...I lay the 2.5" squares in a pleasing design, then started to sew. I decided to take a picture with my phone so I could remember what went where. I tried the  "web" technique and worked quite well. 

Then I foundation pieced the strings front and back for the zippered pouch, attached the tabs on the zipper and "stopped", no zipper foot. No pictures, but I will share when the pouch is complete. 

So I worked on a hand quilting yet to be revealed. Oh my, not my best 4 days of sewing but I did get started on some things and I rested too. That was my not be so exhausted when I got home. Goal Accomplished. 

I will link this to Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday and Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Til next time,


Friday, May 5, 2017

Finish It Up Friday 5-5-17

 I'm at a quilting retreat today in this beautiful setting.

 Before I left home on Wednesday I finished two things.  I had been working on a small wall hanging. It was started some time ago. I wish I had remembered to take pictures.  The images were fused to the background, but I found that I had placed them wrong and they were too big for the background. I added the darker brown fabric to make the top large enough to accommodate the pieces. I button-hole stitched around most of the pieces , but decided to do a little zig zag around the butterflies and flowers. They are tiny and I like that stitch better in tiny spaces. Then as I trimmed up the backing and batting to get ready for the binding, I decided I needed to add the darker brown at the bottom and top to be more symmetrical. Call me crazy. That meant that the backing and the batting needed to be added to also. So I made it so!!
Luckily, this is a wall hanging and won't be washed often if at all. I had to go to my stash for a suitable binding fabric  because I used all the fabric in the kit for borders! 

It is done and ready to hang. This is a Patch Abilities pattern, Butterfly Haven #MM08, dated 2007. It has been in my basket of kits  for some time. 

I was also working on a counted cross stitch project for another challenge. I am to the point in the design where there are tons of thread color changes. I used to have a specialty pincushion that allowed me to keep needles threaded and had a place to mark on it the thread color and symbol. I was following Amanda Jean's blog tour for her new book No Scrap Left Behind. I own her book, and the post from  Mary Kolb,  reminded me about the Needle Sorter pattern . I thought about it for a bit and then had an idea. I thought if I put a piece of thin clear vinyl over the top of the pincushion , I could write on it with white board markers. But that did not work ,the wipe off markers  "wipe off" the vinyl way too easily. Like with a finger tip. So I thought maybe I could make small labels that would stick on the vinyl , but not permanently.  It worked!  

 This is my sorter on the page of Amanda Jean's book, No Scrap Left Behind.  You can see the shine of the vinyl on top.

 I used clear vinyl from Walmart, I had it in my stash, my rotary cutter dedicated for paper only and wonder clips instead of pins. Although you can carefully pin through the vinyl.

I made the pincushion according to Amanda Jeans directions, I just added a 3 1/2 X 7  piece of clear vinyl to the top of the center before I added the top and bottom strips. If I do it again, I will only cover the white square sections. But I love how it turned out.  You can see how I have small pieces of file folder labels, cut in squares with the thread color number and the symbol used in my cross stitch pattern. They come off will just a little help, but will not just fall off. The needles are in the border strips above and below. A cross stitch needle is blunt on the end, so it will not pierce the vinyl. A win, win in my book. 

I have scheduled this to post on Friday the 5th of May. There will be intermittent internet service while at retreat. If I can get to it, I will link to Amanda Jean's Friday Post. If not, just go to her blog, Crazy Mom Quilts and look for the Finish It Up Friday event. 

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Snapshot Mother Nature May Be Bipolar

And she may be off her meds!!

Monday, Mr Busy and I took a road trip. We drove 60 miles to the nearest place to buy the National Parks Senior Pass. The price is going up some time this year. We had a lovely drive, it was partly cloudy by warm enough for just a light jacket.  It looked like this at home. 

Then Tuesday this happened.! 

And Friday it looked like this . 

This is the view from a friend's front porch. She says, "Uffda"

This is the view from my front deck at 6:30 a,m.

It finally quit snowing about 2 pm, and the official total was 13".   It was heavy and wet. We need the moisture, but I would have preferred rain.  Today is forecast to be 45 and mostly sunny. It should all go away. Already the streets and roads are clear and my deck is thawing.

I am linking this up with Saturday Snapshot at Melinda's Blog, West Metro Mommy Reads. There are a few rules, so check them out and show us some of your photos.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Friday, April 28, 2017

Finish It Up Friday An Early Birthday Gift

I'll be linking this post at Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish It Up Friday!  Come  look at everyone's finishes. And join in the fun and add yours too.

This week I finished a stitchery started in late October. My intention was to finish is for my daughter for her mid-December birthday. But, stuff happens and it did not get completed. So I finished the stitching and then searched for fabric for a pillow. I decided on this Nancy Halvorsen fabric in a modern teal and gold and a bit of orange red.  This year I am purposefully using my stash. I only had enough for the 3" border on the front of the pillow and a bit extra.

 I used another lighter aqua from Nancy Halvorsen for the back. The extra was enough for the flange to cover the zipper. I had never put a zipper in a pillow before, but wanted to try every since I found a well done tutorial on Chrissie's blog, madebychrissied. You can see her tutorial here. It is her new and improved tutorial and I love it. I followed it very closely and it was amazingly easy.

 You can see I used a red zipper, but it was in my stash, the right length and it's covered up with the flange. Besides, it matches the little red flower-like circle in the fabric.  Win! win!  I will put this away for DD's 2017 birthday and hope she likes it. Her apartment will have a little bit of Christmas decor this year.

That is all that was FINISHED this week, but I am working on a skinny mini wall hanging from Patch Abilities and getting projects read for retreat next week. I may have a post for next week, it I get the wall hanging finished, but I don't think I will be able to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts on Friday. Our retreat location is remote and the internet service is sketchy at best. But I will try. I will pre schedule the post, so maybe you can find me directly.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday Snapshot - Just a day late

Here are a few of the reasons I've been busy. This is a pillow with a pocket. I made it for our great grandson just because. The original pattern was intended to hold a book. I altered it a bit and added the strap which is secured with velcro. It hold his tablet.  He loves airplanes, can you tell?

This is a counted cross stitch project I have gotten back to. I started it in 2001. eyes were getting so bad that I put it away. I have newer glasses now and have added magnifiers for close work. It is better now. Hopefully it will be done by Christmas 2017!

 This is another of the pillow with a pocket example. This matches the quilt I made for our youngest great grandchild. It has a shallow pocket for mama's cell phone or maybe a nursing pad or two. Mama uses it as she rocks and nurses Bella  before bed.  There is also a label for the quilt. I have attached it now, it has all her birth information.

And this is a crumb quilt. I was auditioning  border fabrics.  For those of you who don't know, a crumb quilt is a quilt made with all the bits and pieces of fabric that most people throw away. I can't bear to do that. At 12-15 dollars a yard for fabric these days, I have this whole quilt for no money expended, just my time and the thread to sew up the pieces. Even the backing is pieced from some chunks of fabric already on my shelves.

 Here it is done. Not a big quilt, but a throw to go over my legs as I sit and stitch or watch a movie.

A close up of the scrappy black and white border fabrics.  Betty Boop and Mickey were cut from triangles of fabric that the groomer tied around our Shih Tzu's neck after her bath and cut. We lost her in December, so these are little scraps of remembrance.

So you know I haven't been idle!  Haha!

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Finish It Up Friday Binding, Book and Bitty Owl!

I managed to finish the binding on this crumb quilt.
 It was my first attempt at making scrappy crumb blocks. They are addicting in a way and frustrating in a way. I want to sew all my scraps into usable chunks of fabric. And it seemed like the way to really did into my scraps buckets, but I found that I did not deplete my scraps like I had hoped. I have lots and lots more.
 You can see that lots of my scraps are browns, oranges and fall like in nature. Not the usual brighter modern colors we see so much today. But I think they work just the same. It is fun to look at the scraps and remember the projects they came from. Some were gifted to me too. My DIL gave me a huge black trash bag of scraps leftover from "dammit dolls" she made for family and friends several Christmases ago. So there are kitties, baseballs, crayons and other novelty type prints.

 I had a large stash of black and white fabrics from a quilt I made for a step-granddaughter for her college graduation. Plus the Mickey and Betty Boop fabrics came from the fabric scarves that the groomer tied around Emma's neck after her spa days. I can't throw cute fabrics away!! So made a scrappy border. Not too intricate, I just sewed pieces together and then cut them to match the dimensions of the sides.

I also finished this cute little owl -pot holder, trivet or something. She is too cute to use as a hot pad, I think she could just be a cute kitchen wall decor.  Would you use it to set a pot on?

I have 3 other projects in the works this month. A pillow for my daughter, a wall hanging for me and a Christmas decor project. I'll post them as they are completed.

And I finished my current book,

My review is here

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy