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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Travel Gifts

My friend Sheri and I have worked together as hairstylists, side by side, for over 26 years.
(We started when we were born)  ;)

We've just returned from Las Vegas, Nevada where we attended 
NAHA and the Aquage Master Class.

Here we are on our first red carpet.

We try to travel for education at least once a year.

I don't know about you, but I am a little squeamish when it comes to hotel linens. 
 I don't know why it bothers me, but I usually take my own pillow on car trips and when I fly and can't fit my pillow in, I take a pillow case.  

With this in mind, I decided to make my friend a pillowcase of her own and a lingerie  bag.

The lingerie bag front is the  "We Support You" Friendship Quilt Pattern from Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt
 the bag was made by following Jen's Pants Bag Tutorial over at Glinda Quilts.
The fabrics are Tula Pink's Moonshine and Kona cotton - silver for the background.

There are hundreds of pillow case tutorials online.
  I made this one with the 
Magic Pillowcase Tutorial over at Lovely Little Handmades.

These pillowcases are so much fun to make and I decided to make myself one too.

The fabrics for my pillowcase are from the She Who Sews collection
by Janet Wecker Frisch.  Take my advice -I love the design on my pillow but try to find soft fabric for your pillowcases.  

One more picture to show from our trip.
This is Sheri and I with our fellow Kansas hair stylist, Eric Fisher.
He didn't win this year at NAHA, but he's a master for sure.
We learned so much and had a very nice trip.
Now, back to work.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A gift for my Pokémon Go guys. Am I the only one not playing this game?

This was in my head this week and I decided to put it to fabric.

If you play the game, you know what this is.
I only know because I've seen people wandering around aimlessly with their phones
as I'm looking out the window at work
my husband and son seem to have caught this bug.

Last weekend my hubby spent the weekend with our son in Northeast Kansas playing in a disc golf tournament and I had a weekend of catching up on sewing, reading, and cleaning.
When it took him an extra couple hours to get home from the trip, I was a little concerned.
Then I found out why....  
I guess there were things to capture and collect on the way home.

He showed me a little about the game and I now understand kind of get it.
I've decided NOT to download the app, but I can certainly participate in my own way.
Sewing up a Poké Ball.

I started on EQ7 by drawing the ball above, then gathered my materials, fused the fabrics with Heat-n-Bond lite, cut them out, and fused them on a manicured lawn background. 
 A little royal blue faux piping and yellow binding complete the color scheme of 

Are you playing this game? 
If you are, here is a 16" x 16" pillow to rest your head when you're at PokéStops.

Happy weekend
good luck catching wild Pokémon.

Friday, July 8, 2016

In Our Garden Blocks for July

It's hard to believe the 
In Our Garden BOM blog hop
Hosted by Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy
is half over.

Joan at Moosestash Quilting has shared her July blocks #11 and #12.

This is my appliqued block #11.
Funky Flower Pot

Here is my pieced block #12
The "Not" so Tricky Garden

I didn't take a shot of all the blocks so far this month, 
but I can't wait to put them all together.   
There is too much cuteness.

 I was lucky enough to receive Riley Blake fabrics for this quilt.

Here is the list of bloggers and the months:

February - Blocks 1 and 2

March - Blocks 3 and 4
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 

April -  Blocks 4 and 5

Bonus Block

May - Blocks 7 and 8
Bonus Block

June - Blocks 9 and 10

July- Blocks 11 and 12

Still to Come:






Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a group Facebook page HERE 
 and a Flickr Group 

where everyone has been sharing garden blocks.

Participants are able to win quilty prizes too!!

Join in on the fun!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Schoolhouse Sticky Note Holder - Are you ready for back-to-school?

It always seems like the minute 4th of July is over it's time to get ready to go back to school.

Today, you can find me over on the Therm-O-Web blog sharing how to put this sweet 
back to school teacher gift 
together using
to keep the walls of the schoolhouse box nice and firm.

Yep, you read me right...lol

I'm jumping for joy today!
Please go check out my first tutorial and pattern for Therm-O-Web.

It's so exciting to join this team of talented designers
and the best part
is creating fabric goodies with all my favorite 
Therm-O-Web products.

Check out the Therm-O-Web blog
send a school full of hugs 
on that first day of school.

The PDF instructions are on my Craftsy page HERE.

As seen on CraftGossip.com

Saturday, July 2, 2016

My Dear- Oh Deer Collage Quilt

Over a year ago I started this quilt and it has been sitting in a corner of my studio.
I'm excited to show her off as a finish!

My Dear
"Oh Deer" collage quilt

This quilt started when my friend Vickie over at More Stars in Comanche caught my eye with her "Oh Deer" quilt.  I was in love and was thrilled when she posted the link to order the pattern and kit to make it.  Like her, my heart was singing about this form of quilting. 
Right away I ordered my first quilt kit EVER!  I wanted to learn how to do this.
 I ordered the pattern and kit by Laura Heine  of Fiberworks in Billings, Montana. 
In no time at all I was putting my quilt together.

I love the process.  

I happened upon Tula Pink's Moonshine fabric 
at my LQS (2 1/2 hours away) 
one day and knew it was the perfect backing fabric for for the quilt.  
Then life happened and for some reason my little deer hung out in the corner for a year.
This week she came out of the corner.

Because you just don't sit Baby in the corner...

Matchstick quilting to hold all those raw edges down.

Now I just don't look at fabric the same. 
 I'm always thinking, "I wonder if I could use that in a collage quilt?". 
 I have more floral fabrics in my stash than ever before. 

 But not just floral - bugs and birds too.

 I really love the fabrics in the kit and added a few of my own to make the quilt one of a kind.

This form of quilting has opened new ideas in my head.  
Maybe that's why My Dear - Oh Deer sat in the corner for so long.
Remember Sparkle?  Remember Seasons of Love?
Both were inspired by My Dear - Oh Deer.

Have a super weekend!!