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Little Houses 1 Pattern by Michelle May

My newest project is something I consider to be the best of both worlds; hand stitching and quilting.  I just purchased a pair of patterns called Little Houses No. 1 and Little Houses No. 2.  Both of these patterns are designed by the very talented Michelle May.  Michelle designs her own line of patterns, runs a successful online shop called The Raspberry Rabbits, and is the author of the much-anticipated new book on Folk Art Fusion.  I, for one, can hardly wait until the book debuts next month.

Little Houses No. 1 is a beautiful design which depicts a quaint house with a swirly, twirly tree, 2 adorable bunnies sitting on the front lawn and a sentiment that reads “Love grows best in little houses”.  I am using the exclusive Valdani Folk Art Floss Kit for my project and am very excited to start stitching with it since Michelle so highly recommends this product.  The floss is 3 strands which means it is ready to stitch, no separating the strands with this.  In addition, it’s colorfast, hand-dyed and comes in a plethora of beautiful colors.  Need I say more?

Here is a great idea from Michelle, she recommends using Bosal non-woven lightweight fusible interfacing to add a light layer on the back of your fabric to hide thread colors when stitching across from one design to another.  Now how is that for a brilliant idea?

Little Houses 1 Pattern, Valdani Folk Art Floss Kit, 4" embroidery hoop, Bohin #7 Embroidery Needles, water-soluble marker, linen fabric marked & ready to be stitched.

As you can tell from my picture, I have already cut the linen to size, marked the design, adhered the Bosal interfacing to the back of my fabric and stay stitched around the edge.  Now the fun begins, stitching the design.  Something to note, I veered off a bit from Michelle’s directions in that I used a water-soluble marker for marking the design on my fabric instead of the recommended brown Pigma Pen.  And yes, I checked beforehand to be certain the marker would disappear with a bit of water.  The reason I decided to go with the water-soluble marker is very simple, I’m not an accomplished hand stitcher and was concerned I wouldn’t completely cover the markings with my stitches.  The water-soluble eliminates that issue since the markings disappear with a bit of water.  No worries with the floss either since it’s colorfast.

So, if you are one of those folks who enjoy hand stitching, I would highly recommend “hopping” on over to The Raspberry Rabbits and peruse the shop for many wonderful Patterns, “Needfuls”, Valdani Floss and other items that are sure to peak your interest.  In addition, don’t overlook the Harrington and Hannah Block of the Month patterns that Michelle so generously shares for free.

Valdani Floss "Folk Art Collection" & Bohin Embroidery Needles

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Michelle’s blog that she updates quite often.  Sign up for updates and you’ll never miss another post because you can have them delivered right to your inbox.

Now onto stitching.  I’ll share the progress of my Little Houses project from time-to-time, but for now I want to thank you for visiting and hope you have a blessed day.


All products, with the exception of the water-soluble marker were purchased from “The Raspberry  Rabbits”



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Quilted Tote Bag Front

Quilted Tote Bag Back

Inspiration comes from so many places, so when I saw the stitchery pattern called “I Love Fabric”, I knew it was a design for me.  I have followed Lisa’s blog called Lydia’s Treasures for quite sometime and find that she and I have quite similar tastes in stitching, quilting and our love for all things Tilda.  I downloaded her design months ago, so after procrastinating month after month, I finally got busy and stitched the design.  The embroidery was quite easy and relaxing to do and in just 2 evenings my whimsy gal was ready to be sewn front and center on my quilted tote.  The colors used on the stitchery were those that I thought would compliment fabrics from my Sugar and Spice Collection by Riley Blake.  Yes, I’m still loving that fabric.

I liked Lisa choice to make her sewing bag circular, and I may make a quilted circular bag next.  However, for this project I thought it would be fun to make a rectangular bag that was of good size to hold whatever sewing supplies I needed to tote around.  The bag ended up being 14″ wide by 13″ high and almost 4″ deep and the handles are long enough to put the bag over my shoulder.

It was an easy bag to put together, no pattern used, just bits and pieces from my fabric stash, a little trial and error and in a short time the bag was complete.

I want to thank Lisa for her generosity in offering this fun, whimsical embroidery pattern and once again thank the gals over at The DIY Dish for the wonderful Riley Blake fabrics that I won from them last summer.  I still have more of this luscious fabric left, so there will be more projects to share in the future.  A pincushion, mug rug, apron, we’ll see what inspiration hits next for my Riley Blake Sugar and Spice fabric.

Take care and God Bless!

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Yesterday got away from me and I didn’t even have a few minutes to add a post, so I thought I would share a few projects today.

First up is the “Dish Rug”.  This project is designed and shared by Connie over at her blog called “Quilting by the River“.  She has quite a few tutorials on her blog, but I chose this particular one because of its practicality, minimal supplies and ease in assembly.  Sometimes a quick and easy project is just the ticket to get that sewing machine humming along.

I love the idea of a “Dish Rug”.  I often sit a dish towel on the counter to air dry dishes that I’ve hand washed.  Light bulb moment here and a great idea from Connie….   Why not enjoy a quilt on the countertop that is both practical and pretty while doing the dishes?  I certainly have never thought to make a little quilt to air dry dishes, have you?  It’s quite clever and practical and one I just had to share with you today.

Next up are 2 cutting files for those who enjoy their Silhouettes and other cutting machines.  The talented artist behind these beautiful designs is Monica Bjork from “Monica’s Creative Room“.  Monica is certainly creative as her website says, but she is also an incredibly talented gal.  I just can’t seem to find the words to describe how amazing these paper creations are.  So, wordless as I am, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking and introduce you to Monica’s Creative Room.

A relatively short post today in words, but one that certainly packs a punch as far as creativity is concerned.  I want to thank both Monica and Connie for their wonderful blogs and for these amazing projects.

Until tomorrow, have a Blessed Day.


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Oh my goodness, I’m certain you are going to love the quilty goodness I’m sharing today.  Geta Grama has the most unbelievable blog on quilting I have ever seen!!!  Her quilts, shadow trapunto, quilted boxes and ideas are out of this world.  Geta is from Romania and her story about quilting is simply amazing.  Rather than me trying to re-tell what she has so eloquently written herself, I direct you to Geta’s blog to read the story about her love of quilting and shadow trapunto for yourself.  I believe you will enjoy reading about her quilting journey as much as I have.

But wait until you see the project she shares on her blog which she simply calls a “Quilted Bowl”.  Now I have seen a variety of stitched bowls in the past.  Some of those bowls were quite unique and lovely, yet none have measured up to this amazing trapunto bowl made by Geta.  Not only has Geta shared pictures of the finished bowl, but she also has an in-depth picture tutorial along with a pattern download for this incredible project.  No, in my opinion this isn’t just a quilted bowl, but rather a beautiful piece of artwork made by the hands of a talented artisan.

I have never tried trapunto but who knows, maybe Geta has placed a bug in my ear to try a new technique that I never thought I would.  Even in my wildest dreams I could never do this bowl justice when making one myself, but I’d love to give this technique a try to see the results.  I may make one panel using the trapunto shadow technique to get a feel for making the intricate design then I can move forward from that point.

In my humble opinion, Geta’s blog is one you want to spend some time with and enjoy.  There is so much to learn, including a unique method of holding a quilt while Free Motion Quilting.  She shares this technique with an excellent pictorial which I wholeheartedly recommend reading.

I just can’t say enough about Geta, so if you are a beginning quilter and just starting the adventure of quilting or a seasoned professional, I feel certain Geta’s blog will inspire and teach you much as it has me.  Thank you, Geta, for sharing your beautiful quilted creations, tutorials, inspiration and of course your quilted bowl with us.

Just one more thing, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful quilt the bowl is sitting upon.  The quilting is absolutely stunning and I can’t imagine the hours and hours it took to create such a beautiful quilt.  You can see more of this beautiful quilt as it is featured at the bottom of the free motion quilting tutorial.

Well that’s it for today, I hope you enjoy the beautiful project, tutorials and story of an inspirational artist.

Thanks for visiting and have a Blessed Day!


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Lots of projects to share on this beautiful sunny day in the Midwest.  In addition to my projects, I’ll also be sharing information on a new quilting tool and creative idea later in this post.

But first things first.  Here are the 7 Valentine cards I made for our grandchildren this week.  All of these cards were made using my Silhouette Cameo and all of those images were purchased at the Silhouette Online Store.  Not a lot of creativity on my part, since all of the cards were premade images.  All I did was download the designs, choose the appropriate papers, cut the pieces and put the cards together.  Still, they were made by me with love and care and at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about?

The second project is a baby quilt I’ve been working on.  I received a fabulous array of Riley Blake Sugar & Spice fat quarters last May in a blog contest I won over at the The DIY Dish.   When our good friend’s daughter and hubby announced the birth of their daughter, I knew this Sugar & Spice fabric would be the crowning touch for a special baby quilt.  To my surprise, when I showed the fabric to several family members they didn’t think it would work for a baby girl’s quilt.  Without hesitation, I continued on the journey of making the quilt with this Riley Blake fabric because in my mind’s eye I thought it would be pretty.  My stash held a Charm Pack of  Bella White Solids by Moda  that was begging to be used with these colorful Sugar and Spice fabrics, so I paired the two up and got to work.  First I cut the fabric squares and pieced them all together.  Several borders were needed and Fabric.com came to the rescue since they were the only source where I could find the fabric I needed for the backing, border and binding.  However, my quest for fabric wasn’t over, so after a short jaunt to Blessings Quilt Shop I was able to purchase the Moda White Bella Solids for the border.  Now, I had everything on hand to finish the quilt.

Personalizing the quilt was definitely needed, so I pulled out my trusty Bernina embroidery module and added the pretty pink lettering that would adorn the top of the quilt.  After sewing on the borders, stippling and spending a few more hours adding the binding, the quilt was finished.  It is now ready to be wrapped and sent to Baby Kennedy tomorrow.

In the end I think the quilt turned out quite nice, and to my astonishment my family loves it too, bright colors and all.  Hopefully Kennedy and her proud parents will enjoy the quilt for many years to come.

Quick and Easy Baby Quilt:


18 – White 5″ squares (Charm pack or cut by hand)
18 – Variety of 5″ squares (great for charm pack or cut by hand)
2 1/2″ Border Strip (choose compatible color)
4 1/4″ Border Strip (white)
Backing Fabric
Binding Fabric (I used a double binding, but since it’s a small quilt I didn’t cut it on the bias.  However, I did sew the seams on a diagonal to avoid a bulky seam)
The Binding Tool (Love, love, love this tool for making the perfect binding)  I purchased mine at Missouri Star Quilt Company


Sew 6 rows of 6 – 5″ blocks together to form a square (alternating white with the colored squares)
Sew the upper and lower 2 1/2 border strip first, then sew left and right side border strip
Sew the upper and lower 4 1/4″ border strip, then sew left and right border strip
Layer quilt
Quilt as you wish
Bind the quilt (I always use The Binding Tool to finish the binding on my quilt)

That’s it, easy peasy.

***As a side note, here is a tutorial from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company using The Binding Tool.  I’m telling you, if you make quilts then you’re going to love this tool!

Now onto my Friday’s are for Sharing Segment.  I ran across a quick, easy and unbelievably cute and clever bookmark over at the Attic Window Quilt Shop (how is that for a few adjectives?).  After searching for the source of the tool used to make the bookmarks I not only found the manufacturer but also an informative tutorial to create this beautiful effect on fabric.  I couldn’t resist sharing this tutorial and one of the projects you can make using this tool.  So without further ado, here are some bookmarks that I’ve re-posted from the Attic Window Quilt Shop Blog that were made with the Double Diamond Ruler.

Well that’s about it for today.  A long post for sure, but it just seems I had a lot to chat about today.

Enjoy your weekend, be safe and God Bless!!!


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Last week was amazing, I received 2 packages in the mail from contests I entered online.  What makes it so amazing is the fact that I even won a contest since I’ve never won a blog contest before, and then ended up winning 2 contests in a row.

The first contest I won was from Eclectic Paperie Blog, a blog for an online store by the same name.  I recently discovered EP while looking to purchase the Glue Gun Helpers from Plaid and just by good luck discovered Eclectic Paperie.  I immediately perused the store offerings and found many of my favorite product lines including the Imaginesce Cordless Glue Gun which I wrote about in an earlier post.

When I discovered that I had won the contest I thought I would receive one bottle of Alcohol Ink which would have been terrific, so you can imagine my surprise when I opened the box and discovered all of the amazing goodies included in the package.  There were 12 bottles of Alcohol Inks, a Blending Tool, Alcohol Ink Refillable Pen, 3 spools of Heidi Swapp ribbon, buttons from Basic Grey, Inkssentials Artist Trading Cards, and a package of Really Big Chips from Bazzill.  I was just giddy with excitement.  If that wasn’t enough, there was another special bonus from Daisy, a gorgeous handmade tag made especially for me.  I don’t know how she knew about my love for birds and nature, just coincidence I’m sure, but nonetheless there was a beautiful image of a bird on the tag she made.  Thank you so, so much Daisy for this incredible gift.  I can’t wait to make some beautiful projects with all of these great products!!!

Now onto my second incredible win from the very popular and amazing blog  called “The DIY Dish”.  I won a set of 15 fat quarters from the Riley Blake Collection called “Sugar and Spice” courtesy of the new and unique quilt shop called “My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe” run by twin sisters Kim & Kris.  In addition to the fat quarters, I also won 2 inspirational quilt books by Abbey Lane Quilts.  The first book is entitled “Blooming Possibilities” and the second “Fab Five” Fun, Fast & Flirty.  Each book offers a variety of quilt projects that look to be very easy to put together.  The projects, along with the fat quarters I won will be fun to work with to make some quilted goodness.  My granddaughter, Morgan, has already taken claim to one of the fabrics and wants to make a skirt for Trea, her American Girl.  I must say these fabrics are so incredibly beautiful, the colors are vibrant, and the combination of the colors are drop dead gorgeous.  I only wish Kim and Kris lived in my area so their quilt shop would in my neck of the woods.  If you haven’t seen all of the fantastic tutorials, websites and talents that Kim and Kris offer, hop on over to The DIY Dish and share in some of their creativity.  And as they say at the close of each of their shows, “I hope that creativity has been served!”  So from me to Kim and Kris I offer you both a heartfelt thank you for this fabulous gift and wish you every success with your new quilt shop.

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Quilting Fun

As many of you know, my crafting interests lie in paper crafting, sewing & quilting. I learned to sew as a child and started quilting many, many years ago. So, with quilting in mind today, I thought I would share one of my very favorite quilt sites called Missouri Star Quilt Company. Jenny offers oodles of tutorials on You Tube, and this latest one is so much fun and offers a quick and easy way to make a quilt using a “Layer Cake”. I was so enthused that I had to share it with you.

As a little background, I originally found Jenny and the MSQC site when looking for the dimensions to make a pillow case. She had a most exceptional tutorial on constructing one so I subscribed to her You Tube channel right then and there. Since that time I have purchased from her shop and have enjoyed watching her fantastic ideas on quilts and other related projects.

So without further ado, here’s Jenny and her latest project…

If you are a quilter like me, hop on over to the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s website (find the link on the right under “Quilting & Sewing”) and check out the plethora of products & tutorials offered. Sign up for the newsletter and you will receive info on the “The Quilter’s Daily Deal”.

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