Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Quilt Plans for Spring 2015

Since I have been finishing so many quilt tops lately, I thought I would take a look ahead and let you know what is on my quilting list for the spring.

 Fabric I have to have:

Wild &Free Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics by Maureen Hensel Cracknell
 Maureen in an amazing quilter.  My mom and her dad grew up next door to each other in a tiny town in PA.  My mom and her Aunt are still best friends.  If you have never seen her quilts, prepare yourself to be inspired!

Moody Blues fabric collection for cloud9fabrics designed by Geninne
Geninne draws and paints the most wonderful birds and flowers.  She even has a coloring book out!  Moody Blues is available in February.  How can I wait?  I don't have to!

Quilt I Need to Make Next:

Treasure Hunt by Tula Pink.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorites Collage

This week's Favorites Collage is of a few quilt blocks I want to try.  
These are a few images I have in my favorites on flickr

1. DGS Blocks Jaceycraft
2. do.good stitches Feburary by rainylakechick
3. Arrow and Feather by retired to quilt
4. Blocks for Natalie by Jaceycraft

Every week I plan to go through my favorite ideas online and choose related projects to showcase for you. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Party Favorites


1. Blue Ribbon goblets from NOVICA Live  
2. Bird Tart Warmer from Scentsy  
3. Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix from Tastefully Simple  
4. Mineral Eye Color Quad in Black Ice from Mary Kay
5. Stoneware Deep Dish Pie Plate from The Pampered Chef  
6. Necklace from Premier Design
7. Sugar & Spice from Jamberry
8. Owl Wallet from thirty-one
9. Sewing Machine Charm from Origami Owl
Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix
Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dolls From the Beginning: Lynn Miller

My next few Thursday blogs will be a series about my progression into doll making.  This has been a labor of love from the beginning.  Always loved dolls!  My first doll was a Raggedy Ann that I made while in college.  It was for my Japanese Pen Pal so that I could send something truly American.  Yaeko and I began writing when we were 11 and still continue occasionally to this day….Oh my!  It’s been 52 years. Is that a record?  The photo isn’t the greatest but you get the idea, lots of red yarn hair and that recognizable face.  She is still being used by Yaeko’s granddaughter.  Raggedy Ann is such fun to make with that little heart on her chest, the pantaloons, apron, and dress.  I enjoyed the way her legs came together with the stockings and shoes all in one piece.  This is something I remembered and used in later dolls.  

Part of my doll journey was making doll clothes for various dolls that made up my little family.  Barbie clothes use very little fabric, but it's oh so hard to turn over a tiny hem!  My mom, a great seamstress, quilter and painter, was the perfect model for a little girl who wanted to sew.  She made wardrobes for some of my dolls, like Tiny Tears and Ballerina.  I still have those and the vintage patterns from which they came.

Making Raggedy Ann dolls has continued up to the present with gifts to nieces, friends, and family.   When my first child was born, AKA tidbits & scraps, Julie, I made a soft baby doll for her.  Now I know this is horrible photo but the only one I could find!  This was a doll that seemed to be just the right size for a little girl, and even though it never became a real favorite, it was loved.  

As you’ll see from reading this series, I have never been far from making dolls even in those years where other activities took precedence.  Now, at the age of 52 + 11, I am more involved than ever.  Next week, I’ll take you into the my world of animals and primitive dolls.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tula Pink City Sampler: Block 91-100

block 91 Tula Pink Raccoon again
block 93

block 100 Tula Pink Squirrel

Rebekah's Favorite Bunny Shirt made into a 6x12 block

I have no idea what this block is!  Maybe it was a mistake, but I like it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tula Pink City Sampler: Block 71-90

block 76 pink floral is from a flannel blankey I made for Rebekah when her main one is in the wash

block 78 lighter color is from little pants she loved

block 79

block 80
block 81

block 84

block 85

block 86

block 87

block 88