Friday, September 24, 2010

Forest Friends Apron Swap Completed

I completed my Forest Friends Apron Swap. My partner for this swap was Laura. Here's the package I put together for her.

A reversible apron. I picked this fabric because she really likes turtles.

I embroidered two adorable turtles on some bar mop towels and made a matching oven mitt.

I included a few other goodies in the package. Swapping does not have to be expensive, you just have to put some effort into making up a package.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Flirty Apron Swap

Shawnee's new apron swap is posted. The theme is Halloween/Autumn. Go check it out by clicking the badge.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday Night Sew In Project

I participated in the Friday night sew in last night. However, when I signed up for it I had forgot that I would be attending a quilt show that day.

My quilting pals and I attended the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVII at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA. It was pretty late when I got home and I didn't want to deal with a difficult project.

So what I did was sew these tumbler blocks together that I had cut out awhile ago. This will be a small table topper once I back, quilt and bind it.

It took hardly no time to sew the blocks together. Afterwards I played with a bunch of Halloween fat quarters that I picked up at the show. I'm thinking about what I'm going to do with the owls.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Quilting Quotes

I saw these portable sewing kits at Pennington Quilt Works and grabbed one for each of the Jersey Girl Quilters. There's a lot of truth to these quotes you know.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Won Another Give Away

Jill had a few giveaways over at her blog. And guess what, I won this adorable poodle skirt apron. Her daughter pulled my name from the drawing. Thank you Jill and thank you Nature Girl.

Monday, September 13, 2010

More Bags

I have been on a bag kick lately. I sewed up a few more bags this weekend. Everyone seems to love them and they make nice gifts.

This is the Sonoma Swing Bag by Pink Sand Beach Designs. I had a kit that I purchased from the Village Quilter awhile ago. The instructions were very easy to follow, step by step with pictures.

I started making up these Halloween Treat Bags in anticipation of the upcoming spooky holiday. I have quite a few more to make. They are very easy to sew up. The pattern can be found in the fall 2010 edition of Quilts and More magazine, or at the All People Quilt website. You will have to register at the site to download the pattern.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Aprons for my sister

My sister Gail loves aprons and she is always hosting some sort of event. For her yearly tea social to be held next week at her church I sewed a few aprons. One is for her, one is for a friend and one is for a give away.

I made this apron with matching oven mitt and gift bag for her to use for one of the door prize giveaway.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the tea because I'll be attending my grandson's birthday party. I told my sister to take pictures for me.

Back to the Future Apron Swap Completed

Another Flirty Apron Swap completed. Shawnee's theme this time was Back To The Future. You had to do a apron from the 50s, the 80s, the future or an apron based on the movie. Hmm. Then you had two include at least 3 tuck ins, one from each era: the 50ss, the 80s and the 21st century. Hmm, I admit was stumped. So what I came up with was buying fabric representing each of the eras and creating a tuck in from the fabric.

For the apron I went with the 50s. I found this fabric and fell in love with it. Umm, I was born in the 50s, cough, cough. I made up a "clothespin" style apron. I used the sew simple Retro Print Apron pattern by Dawn Stewart of Springwater Designs that was featured in the Winter 2010 edition of QuickQuilts. I really like this pattern, makes a nice and simple half apron.

For the 50s tuck ins I made an oven mitt from the 50s fabric and I found some color matching cocktail style napkins that represented the 50s.

The 80s kind of stumped me. I remember the 80s really well, I had all 3 of my kids in that decade. Then I came across some Cabbage Patch Kids Fabric and made another Smart Bag from the fabric.

For the 21st century I found this futuristic fabric and seed up this travel case with the fabric. The case holds sewing essentials and is convenient for taking to classes, sew/quilt alongs, etc.

I also tucked in a few other items in the swap package. My partner for this swap was Jena G aka Country Girl from Texas. I hope she liked her Back to the Future apron package. Now, I need to watch the movie. I haven't watched it yet and I understand it's being re-released.

Now here is the swap package that I received from Jennifer. I always wanted a vintage apron and now I have two. Jennifer sent me this apron that was hand made by Janet from the Empty Nest. It is gorgeous.

The tuck ins were cute: A vintage "chicken scratch" apron representing the 50s, white bead bracelets representing the 80s, and a photo mousepad which represented the 21st century. Thanks Jennifer!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Owl Tote

I whipped up this tote bag using some of my owl fabric. There are plenty of pockets in this bag. I'm going to a quilt show next weekend and will take the tote with me. You never know what you'll find at the show as they have plenty of vendors. Not that I need anything mind you.

September Friday Night Sew In

September 17 is the next Friday Night Sew In.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Some Bags

Here are a few bags I made up to be used as gifts. My sister is having a tea at her church and she needed some bags to use for Bibles to use for door prizes. I used the Quilt Smart Smart Bag pattern to do these bags. These little bags are quick to do. My quilting group made these bags at our last sewing day.

This bag is the Sweet Treat Bag, by Moda. The bag is made using 10 Moda HoneyBun strips. HoneyBun strips are 1.5" x 44" strips of fabric. Another quick and easy project.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Swap Completed

The theme for Val's latest Hot Mama Apron Swap was Alice in Wonderland. You had to create an apron and include at least three tuck ins that fit theme. Here is what I created for Bridget, my partner for this swap. I made all the tuck ins (bag, oven mitt, potholder, embroidered bar mop towels) except for the book and pen. I had a lot of fun doing this.

Now this is the swap package that I received from Maggie.
There was one other item. I think it was an ornament but it was broken.