The Splendid Sampler!

Hi all.

Well, the first 7 blocks for the Splendid Sampler have come and gone and they’ve been so much fun.
For those of you who don’t know, Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson conceived of this amazing yearlong project. Blocks are released on Sundays and Thursdays and there are 84 designers involved.

Here are my first 7 blocks!


Can’t wait to see what the next 93! blocks are like and what amazing creation I’ll end up with. Stay tuned!

Up-cycled Jeans Bag

Well, after receiving a bunch of brandy new jeans, I decided to try my hand at a bag. I liked the idea of turning the top half of the jeans into a tote of some kind.

So, I just winged it. Wung it? Hmmm.

Here’s what I came up with. If I had to do it again, and chances are I will, I do a few things differently.
1. I’d cut the belt loops off the top as they were a real pain to sew over and around.

2. I cut some of the material away from the button area before adding the lining since that too was very thick to sew around.

3. I’d add interfacing to the lining to give the bag more structure. It’s a bit on the floppy side.


I used a printed canvas fabric for the lining.


The denim has a cool marbled look.


It stands up on its own!


I added 2 inside pockets as well.

It’s cute and I’ll use it but I wouldn’t sell it like this. So, back to the design wall!

WIP Wednesday: Almost Completed!

A brand new website and new adventures! Welcome!

In October I received a stack of blocks made by my late mother-in-law Thelma. There were 44 Maple Leaf blocks in a variety of interesting prints.

leaf pile

I used all but 5 blocks, leaving out the “loudest” of the bunch. All the others were made with floral prints in much more muted tones.

layout 1

I experimented with quilting each block on its own, adding in sashing to connect the blocks and then quilting in the ditch to connect the backing.

Maple Leaf Quilt

I pieced a back with two additional blocks and a light floral print.


I think my M-I-L would like it and be proud that it was finished. All it needs is it’s binding which I have, a nice deep dark green. It will feel good to snuggle under it with my hubby.




Normal, All Squared Up!

The Hands Across the Valley Quilt Guild’s bi-annual quilt show  is fast approaching. I need to get my entry bound and ready for hanging.

Bubble quilting courtesy of Lenny from A Notion to Quilt.


Binding made from fabric designed by Amelia Caruso.


New henna fun!


I love sugar skulls and Dia de Los Muertos stuff. My hubby free handed this one for me.


Pretty flowers all down the forearm.


A pretty palm flower

pretty foot

A lotus mandala with a chain around the ankle.



My whole left arm covered in pretty flowers!

Farmer’s Market Ideas

Another market season is fast approaching. Time to get inventory in order. I’ve added some new items this year. One new set of items are these mason jar pin-cushions.

These are great to have on hand while hand sewing or to take with you for travel sewing. Toss in those items you need most like needles, thread, nippers and such. Keep track of thread clippings and tiny scraps to dispose of later.



Short half pint jars



Larger full pint jars


An Intentional Woman

My husband, an incredible talented artist and writer, has begun a series of drawings and paintings he has titled Intentional Women.

I took one of them and decided to try my hand at an art quilt. It’s not finished yet, but here is what I’ve done so far.

I began by enlarging the print of the drawing and making templates. I cut pieces out of different fabrics to make appliques.

Stella 5

All the pieces are individual, including the ear

Stella 3

Here she is appliqued onto her background. I embroidered her eyelashes, eyebrows and mouth/nose details.

Stella 2



Stella 4


Even closer…

Stella 1

I chose a teal backing fabric with a sort of thatched pattern.

I have to create her mantra and then I can get to quilting it!

Baby Gabriel’s New Quilt

I had the honor of creating a baby quilt for the newest member of the Best family. Our friends, far away in Georgia, welcomed their first son on 12/18/13 which was my husband’s birthday as well, albeit a little earlier!
Baby’s grandfather is not with us anymore so, a quick thinking new mama, sent me a big box of grandpa’s shirts to create with. Lots of seersucker and plaids to go with the nature theme of Gabriel’s first room.

I went with a disappearing four patch and tried to pair up the colors in contrasting ways so they’d stand out from each other. I made two quilts, one for Gabriel and one for his aunt. I backed them in soft brushed flannel. One in a soft blue and the other in a soft gray.


gray with blue backGray sashing with a soft blue back

blue with gray back Blue sashing with a soft gray back

full gray 2


full blue 2

close up knotTraditional knots for quilting


Custom Requests

Spending time at the North Adams Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning has been really wonderful this summer. As we head into fall, there are only 3 left!

One of the things that has been great about these markets is getting to talk to people and hear what they’re looking for. I’ve made a number of custom aprons and potholders this season. And the latest editions on the custom front are adult bibs and an apron for use when dog training.

Adult Apron 1

Adult bib with front pockets made from water resistant fabric.

Adult Apron 2

Reverse of adult apron. I made it reversible because, well, why not? It’s like a 2 for 1, and who doesn’t love that!

Dog training apron 3

I made this half apron using the leg of a pair of jeans. I made the pockets from more denim rather than using the pockets from the jeans. The customer wanted bigger pockets for holding all those doggie treats!

Dog Training apron 2

The fabric has dog bones, little hearts and paw prints. I made this one reversible as well. Seems to be my thing! And there are 2 pockets on this side as well.

Dog Training apron 1

Here’s a half and half view. Cute! I hope she likes it.

Latest e-Reader Bags!


One of my latest medium e-Reader bags. This one is made of sturdy fabric and lines with an adorable pink/white check. There are 2 inside pockets and 2 outer pockets. The back pocket is extra padded to protect an eReader such as a Kindle or Nook


This e-Reader bag also sports polka dots but these are a little more random and varied. Same pockets as above, perfect for your small e-Reader. Take your books everywhere!