July 14, 2017

Open Wide Zippered Pouch - Turquoise and Lime

Sometimes you need a really sweet gift
for a really great friend.
Lately my go-to gift is a nice fresh zippered pouch.

I love using the awesome free tutorial for the
Open Wide Zippered Pouch, from Noodlehead.
You can find the tutorial here.

Just recently I made a red, white and blue version,

For this latest version, I chose a favorite color palette
that I really love...turquoise and lime.
The fabrics are Good Neighbors by Crazy Mom Quilts
for Connecting Threads.


I love these tiny turquoise dots for the interior.

That lime green zipper is such a show-off.

The little tab is a great finishing feature.
This pouch design is really perfect from A to Z.

I think this bag will be fun for summer getaways.
It's a great size for makeup or other essentials.
I used the "Medium" size from the tutorial.

If you're not yet convinced to try this fun tutorial,
you should check out some of my other versions...

and here...

Or come back someday soon...I'm sure I'll be making more of these! 

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July 2, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Here in the USA, we're having a celebration...
happy 4th of July!

I made a sweet new Stars and Stripes table runnner.
at A Bright Corner.

Photo and reference to free pattern used with permission from A Bright Corner blog

Here's how mine turned out.

I used a couple of different fabric collections
from my stash...the stars and the stripes came
from a fabric line called Simply Sweet from Henry Glass.
For the star background, the border and binding,
I used Smooth Sailing from Connecting Threads.
They gave my runner a nautical flair.

The border wasn't included in the tutorial,
but I liked the way it added a few more inches
of width and length to the runner.

I used wavy quilting lines, randomly spaced.
Don't you think wavy lines are perfect for flag designs?

I think the striped binding is my favorite detail.

This runner is even reversible!

The beachy print is fun for the back deck at our house,
near the swimming pool.

If you're looking for a fun and easy project,
with just the right mix of applique and patchwork,

Enjoy your summer, friends!

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June 27, 2017

Silk Plants Direct - Discount Code For YOU!

Hello, Friends!
Today I'm spreading the word about an awesome
source for silk flowers and greens.
Have you visited Silk Plants Direct online?
Look what I found for my own home!

These Boxwood Topiary Balls are beautifully presented
in flower pots, as a set of three.

The wire container stole my heart.
The dainty chicken wire design has a farmhouse feel...
just what I'm looking for.

Check out the detail of the handle!

The artificial boxwood promises long-lasting easy care...
something I appreciate in my busy world.

The little pots can also be removed to stand alone.

I really love grouping them in the wire baskets, though.

We're planning a graduation party next year.
I think the individual pots would look so nice
as a centerpiece for each table.

If you're interested in ordering some beautiful
silk flower accents for your own home,
use this discount code at checkout:


Good for a 10% discount on any products except Custom orders.

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June 24, 2017

Deerly Loved Baby Quilt

There's a beautiful deer on my back deck.
Look at her!

I love this fawn's innocent face, especially those long eyelashes.

The soft colors are just right for a modern baby quilt.
The fabric is from Hawthorne Threads.
Check out the other side...I don't like to call it "the back".

I made this quilt for a sweet new baby
whose mommy just loves deer and other woodland animals.

When I made this pillow as a shower present,
the mommy-to-be asked me if I could make a matching quilt.

Baby quilts are so much fun to make!
I started with the crib sized Fawn panel in Aspen blue,
for one side of the quilt.

For the other side, I selected some
in shades of honey and a light blue called Aspen.
I randomly pieced together squares of fabric,
to make a large patchwork.

The soft colors made it easy to keep
a sense of balance in the overall design.

I love each and every fabric in this quilt...
the gray and gold cross print is very modern 
and adds graphic interest.

The deer silhouettes in gray and pale blue
carry the fawn theme into the quilt back.
They're so soft and subtle...very sweet.

The triangle prints add a modern note,
while the gingham and floral squares are more
sentimental and traditional.

I think all of these prints look very pretty together,
and I'm in love with this color palette.
I fussy cut a few squares to feature the little fawn,
and they are my true favorites.

Once the patchwork squares were pieced,
I used a grid of crosshatch quilting,
on the diagonal.
Simple quilting allows the overall
design of the prints to keep the starring role.

Is there anything more scrumptious than a
rolled up handmade quilt?

The soft middle looks just as pretty. 
It's so squishy!!!

I can't decide which end I love most,
but I really love the honey golden binding.

This gift is for a very special baby in our extended family,
who has been deerly loved right from the beginning!
Welcome to the world, Talia Rose!

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June 10, 2017

Anita Vacation Tote Bag - Black, Red and Linen Version

Hello, Friends!
Are you going to be traveling this summer?
I took some business trips recently,
so I made myself a new tote bag.

Do you recognize the pattern?
It's my very own "Anita Vacation Tote Bag" design,
available as a PDF pattern here on Craftsy, or

For this latest version,
I wanted a mostly-neutral bag that would go with
a lot of my business wear.

The main exterior fabric is a floral print
from the original Mama Said Sew line
The contrasting fabric near the top of the bag 

The interior of the bag is also made from
the Essex Linen.
I find it to be very durable, especially when interfaced with
Pellon 987F fusible fleece, as I do for all of my purses.

Inside my bag, along one edge,
I use a strip of pockets,
to keep my sunglasses and other key items handy.

How do you like that cute zippered inside pocket?
For the inside of the pocket, I used a coordinating Sweetwater print,
from Volume II. 

What about that magnetic snap closure?
If you don't know how to add those,
my pattern will teach you...it's sew easy!

Even if you're not going on a vacation,
They make an excellent gift for a new grad!

Come back soon...we'll chat about this sweet pouch
that I also made, to coordinate with my new Anita Vacation Tote Bag.

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