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Handiworking: Simply Serene Wedding Quilt

Simply Serene Wedding Quilt

There is nothing more joyful than making a quilt for a loved one — or two special loved ones in the case of newlyweds. My sweet nephew, Frank, and his beautiful bride, Megan, were married recently in Minnesota in a wonderful riverside ceremony. I spotted this amazing quilt pattern last October by Diana Beaubien of Pleasant Valley Creations and had to have it — isn’t Simply Serene gorgeous and fun? Went fabric shopping on New Year’s Day at a great nearby shop, Modern Quilting The couple’s…

Handiworking: How to Make an Under Door Sound Muffler

How to Make an Under Door Sound Muffler

I am not a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting after many years with dogs and kids leaving their marks on it. In 2009, we removed all carpet and installed this beautiful gold ceramic tile, which I absolutely love to this day. It is made to last, easy to care for and always looks good. The only minor issue we’ve had is that sound can carry, especially with our high ceilings. It hasn’t been a real problem until recently when our home office became the grandbaby’s bedroom. This room is located in the…

Handiworking: Log Cabin Broncos Quilt

Log Cabin Broncos Quilt

Football season kicks off in September and we are ready. I finally put the finishing touches and last stitches in my sweet Hubby’s Broncos quilt, which will be perfect for this Denver native and forever fan. With orange and navy basic colors jelly rolls from jellyrollfabric.net and the log cabin pattern from Jordan Fabrics, this quilt was so much fun to make! My oldest daughter had also surprised me with Broncos fabrics from Joann’s that were great for borders and backing. The orange binding…

Handiworking: Heart Wreaths for Spring

Heart Wreaths for Spring

Christmas decorations were taken down and stored last weekend during our granddaughter’s nap. For a solid month, Abby has played constantly with the musical decorations. There are four of them that sing, shake, jingle and howl, and her greatest joy has been getting all of them going at once while she dances around. She had just played with them that morning and, upon waking, she charged into the living room, screeched to a halt and gasped in shock. She was pretty sad that Christmas was gone…

Handiworking: Hair Bow Organizer

Hair Bow Organizer

There was some fun — and much needed — crafting going on recently that didn’t have anything to do with sewing. My oldest daughter decided to tackle the hair bow issue we’ve been having since her youngest, Abby, was born. We find random bows in every room of the house and I’m pretty sure we’re missing some because there hasn’t been a specific place to keep them ... until now. Angie found this cool frame in the Michael’s clearance section, got some hot pink spray paint and ribbon, and put…

Handiworking: Jelly Roll Jam :: Jordan’s Quilt

Jelly Roll Jam :: Jordan’s Quilt

A sweet new munchkin was born in June and I am lucky enough to be his honorary (ornery?!?!) Great-Aunt. I finally got the opportunity to make his baby quilt and try a pattern new to me made with jelly roll strips. This super easy, lovely quilt is a free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop called the Jelly Roll Jam and will make two baby quilts from a 40-piece jelly roll, plus yardage for backing and binding. Wanting something with blues, I searched until I found “Charming” by Gerri Robinson for…

Handiworking: The 4th is With Us!

The 4th is With Us!

My darling Great-Nieces and Nephews are the reason I started quilting 6 years ago. Melody Rose received the first quilt I ever made in 2012. Two years later, I was a little more advanced and designed a quilt named Unsinkable for Molly Kae. Then came Thomas Maverick with an appliquéd Batman themed quilt. And now, the 4th is with us; Tucker Marcus inspired this fun Star Wars quilt. I’m an avid subscriber of Block magazine (published by Missouri Star Quilt Co.) and a huge fan of Jenny Doan’s…

Our family just spent an amazing week in Portland, Oregon, celebrating the wedding of my baby sister and her wonderful new husband. They had...

An Oregon Wedding

Our family just spent an amazing week in Portland, Oregon, celebrating the wedding of my baby sister and her wonderful new husband. They had...

Big-stitch quilting on a Bunny Tales quilt

Big Stitch Bunny Tales, part 1

I'm working on a quilt for my new baby granddaughter. The only purchase I made on Black Friday was from Missouri Star Quilt Co. I was in f...

Beaded scissor fobs

Beaded Scissor Fobs

Beaded scissor fobs ... who knew? Am I the only one who didn't have any or even really knew about them? Not only are they cute, they help you locate your scissors in piles of ongoing projects and identify them as yours in classes and at retreats. Mom emailed me last week and asked if I still had beading supplies. Back when we owned our stationery/gift shop, we sold a lot of handmade items including beaded bracelets and eyeglass chains. Since I never craft halfway, I have many, many boxes of…

Palindrome Xmas Quilt Label

Palindrome Xmas Quilt Label

How late is late? Finally created and attached the quilt label for our oldest granddaughter's Christmas quilt made for her *ahem, cough* 3...

Just wanted to share the quilt I made for my sweet sister-in-law for Christmas. The wonderful pattern is Summer in the Park by Missouri St...

Quilt Finish :: Summer in the Park

Just wanted to share the quilt I made for my sweet sister-in-law for Christmas. The wonderful pattern is Summer in the Park by Missouri St...

Handiworking: The Best Apple Pie Ever :: Recipe by Audrey's Apron

The Best Apple Pie Ever :: Recipe by Audrey's Apron

I've always been more of a cake and cookie baker but am determined to conquer pies with homemade crust. This week it was apple pie -- recipe courtesy of Audreys's Apron blog. Truly a beautiful recipe with simple to follow instructions. I made a double batch of Audrey's pie crust recipe (link supplied in the apple pie directions) in my Breville Sous Chef food processor and it is great dough to work with. Rolled out beautifully and was pretty pleased with my first ever lattice crust. These pie…

Handiworking: Carry-All Pincushion :: Pattern by Noodlehead's Anna Graham #handmadestyle #carryallpincushion

Carry-All Pincushion :: Pattern by Noodlehead's Anna Graham

I was so happy to finally make one of the great projects from Anna Graham's "Handmade Style" book. I've wanted one of the Carry-All Pincushions since I got the book and finally took the time to sew one for myself. It is so cute and so handy. Although I cut up some fat quarters this time, I really like that it lends itself to scrap busting. The pattern recommends using crushed walnut shells in the stuffing, which help keep your pins sharp. It also lends some weight to the pincushion. I found…

Handiworking: Holy Bat-mania Baby Quilt

Holy Bat-mania Baby Quilt

There is nothing like a new baby in the family to spark your creativity. To celebrate my new Great-Nephew who arrived at the end of December, a Batman-themed quilt was the only way to go. The darling, colorful superhero words fabric from Joann's was a great beginning, offering up many colors to include. And, of course, a bat symbol applique had to be center stage. I like to embroider the baby's name and birth year on their quilts. The year had already been embroidered on this quilt top when…