Baby Changing Mat

     

 

 I have my friend Ayna visiting for the week. She is working on a baby quilt for a friend. I decided to make a cute little changing mat that also has diaper and wipe pockets.  I used a changing mat tutorial here, but I tweaked the size of the mat to 15″x30″.I found this cute little button at Joann’s. Of course, we had to make our rounds to the fabric stores. I saw on another local bloggers blog that we have Cloud 9 fabric at our Joann’s. Yes, indeedy, we do. Ooh La La.

She is adding borders as I am typing.



 
I really like the pockets.

 
It’s like a clutch. Just flip up the flaps and fold. Say that 10 times really fast.

 
Cute and I already had the fabric and batting in my stash. Hope she likes it.
 
*Update on this summers-to this-summers-to-do-list : Rail Fence is ready for borders. Yay!
I made a flickr account. Yvcampbell, I’m still finding my way around flickr.
I also just got the Swoon  pattern from Thimble Blossoms for the quilt along.
……the house is in decent condition. lol It’s always a work in progress.

 
This is a sneak peak of something else that I started. I got a grab bag of Robert Kauffman fabrics for our local store. I wanted to try something really out of my comfort zone.

 
The improv log cabin piecing didn’t scare me. It’s just putting random fabrics next to each other. I wasn’t that okay with it. I talked myself through the first block. It sounded something like, “It’s okay. It’s going to work out. You are just going to use that strip and not put it back. This is supposed to be fun and so on..hahaha. I made it through with support from Ayna. If she wouldn’t have been here it might have went in the trash or somewhere never to be found again.

 
Although, the first couple were giving me a complete panic attack. It’s going to turn out good. I’m okay with the process now. Woosah! Blog at ya later.
 
I’m linked up with Crazy Mom Quilts finish it up Friday.
 

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10 Things for this Summer’s to do List

 
I saw on A Quilting Life blog that she did a list of to do’s for the summer. I have seen several blogs with lists. 99 to do in 999 days. Which is far more than I would like to go with the list. I do love lists, but I also like to keep it simple. . So here it is starting with my WIP today.
 
10 seems doable

1.  Finish my new project that I am working on cutting. I don’t have the full design laid out. I was just super excited to start cutting up this charm pack by Moda VandCo.  Simply Style. I love it!

2. Make Tutorial Page for this blog ,start flickr , and do a linky party
3. Do the Swoonalong 2013. I put up a button for it.
4. Join the guild.
5. Start working on Farmer’s Wife Sampler. I have the book.
6. Take a few cutting days. All my scraps are gathering in different baggies.
7. Finish Magaritaville Quilt.

8. Finish Rail Fence Quilt

9. Do a scrap quilt from 2 inch squares that I am collecting.
10. Find the time to do all of the above and keep my house looking good at the same time.

Linking up with aquiltinglife and freshlypieced. Link your list. Blog at ya later.

A Little Paper Piecing

    
It’s very obvious that I love coffee. So, it only makes sense to paper piece a coffee mug rug or coaster. This paper piecing thing is really fun. It’s different. Overall, I think I like it.

It 6 inches finished. So, I think it’s an oversized coaster. I picked it up from craftsy.com under the free patterns from this blog. It comes in different sizes too.
 
 

I like how the quilting came out. I like the modern lines and the piecing gives it an edge.

  The hardest part of paper piecing is getting the fabric to cover the space you are sewing. The angles can really mess me up.  I did try the mariner’s compass (also on craftsy.com), and it was a fail. A three time fail. Wow, all time record for me. I will get it. My hubby said maybe he could help with the labeling it or something. I could always get some help from my mother-in-law. So, I’ll get it. I must just be having a slow moment today.

 
This was a little contoured burp cloth. Pattern is here. Both sides are flannel.

 
A little matchy matchy for a friend’s baby shower gift. She loved it. This is a yard of two different fabrics sewn together and topstitched. It’s sewn in rows about every 6 inches to keep it from slipping. I tell ya, flannel is not my favorite to sew. It is stretchy. One tip to keep any fabric from slipping is give it a good starch.
 
 
Here’s some photos of our little family.
 
This is my son, Jared, catching some rays at the Pensacola Beach on Mother’s Day. We actually live  here. It’s like we are on permanent vacation. You would think we would all have better tans. Haha.
 
 
My daughter, Kenzie and her cousin, playing in the water. I tried to crop these photos and post them, but it wouldn’t let me upload them cropped onto blogger. I have no idea why. I am not a technical blogger at all.
 
On that note, I was excited that I added a couple buttons and a widget. I figured out, finally, how to add all the blogs I follow too. I did it with the help from some other blog tutorials. While I was making leaps and bounds I changed the look too. Woohoo!
 
 
We went to the blueberry patch for some picking. We did get a thunderstorm and had to wait it out under a overhang of a barn. It was just part of the adventure.
 

 
Look at those blueberries. I can taste the pie I made right now.

 
She is too cute.

 
We’re in one of those learning to smile stages. Still cute. The most awesome blueberry pie recipe is here. The only thing that I did different was 4 Tbsp. of cornstarch. The instructions said that the 3 wasn’t enough. It was great. It just takes about 2 hours to set.
 
 
This is one of me. I’m not at the sewing table. I was just about to go to dinner with a friend.  Just a few photos of what life is like around here. Let me add one of my hubby.
 
 
Here’s my handsome guys at my son’s pre-k graduation about a month ago.
I had to represent everyone. Now, I’m off to cook dinner. Blog at ya later.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Table Topper wth Prairie Points

 
 
 
 
 I love prairie points. They are not the easiest thing to do, but they are cute. I’ve really wanted to do them for awhile now. I’m not going to lie, I was scared. I mean, they look scary. They weren’t the hardest thing I’ve sewn. They give it a big bag of awesomeness.
 
I saw this pattern in a magazine on a quilt border, and decided to give it a go. The concept is simple. I just made my own cuts.
  • Apple fabric cut 4″ from long width of fabric. *you can cut the strips from any size. you just may have to make multiple cuts.
  • White fabric cut 2″ from 44 wide fabric.
  • Borders-White fabric strip that is 6 1/2″ x 40″
  • Prairie points were made with 1″points  via this tutorial
 
 
Once your two strips are cut at 2″ for the white and 4″ for the other fabric. I laid the right sides together along one side and sewed the length of the fabric.
 

 Press open towards the dark fabric. *made me think of star wars. I’m a total geek.
 
 
Square up the fabric ends.

 
I folded the fabric to make double cuts at 2 1/2″. I cut 12 for this topper.

 
Make sure that each fabric is in this position when sewing your sets together.

 
Here’s all my sets that were chain pieced.
 

I pressed my sets open and separated them.
 
 

Make sure the sets are facing the right way right sides together.
These are sewn together. Now, add  one to the other two to make one long piece.
 
 
 
This is my 40″ long  strip that’s 6 1/2″ wide, cut it at 3 1/4″.

 
I know the white it too long, but it’s fine. We are going to use the leftovers.

 
Just square up the border like this here. You are going to take the leftover that you just cut off.
 
 
Once you have lined it up on one end, you will cut where the short piece ends. This will make it the same size as the other one. Set those aside small pieces aside for the top and bottom.

Now, both borders are on the sides. I love the look here with the apples.
 
 

 
I took the remaining strip and sewed them on and squared it up. I took the leftovers and laid it on the other white piece for the last border trimmed it and sewed it. Just like I demonstrated earlier.
 

I had to take a pic of the pinning job here. I haven’t used this many pins in forever. I really worked out. I loved the tutorial, but she didn’t show how to attach it to a quilt or anything. So, I used an 1/8″ around the edge of the top here.

 
 
This is how it looks. Amazing!

 
I have the sandwich going here: top facing down and prairie points facing in, bottom right side up, and batting underneath. I sewed this 1/4″ around leaving the side open 6″ for turning.

 
I hope you enjoyed this adventure with me. It was an exciting one for me. I think it’s cute as can be and everything should have prairie points from now on and forever. Hahaha. 😉 Just kidding. Half of forever. Blog at ya later.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koozie Tutorial

 

 
Doesn’t everyone need a koozie? My hubby loves them.  So, Happy Father’s Day. You are the best dad, and you help keep me sane. I love you! I hunted for a koozie tutorial or pattern, and  I couldn’t find one I liked.  So, it was up to my own brain and a dash of help from a friend for the design. 
 
 



You’ll need:

    1 fat quarter or scrap of fabric. The inner lining can be the shiny silver insulbright.

    Small bit of cotton batting
    1/4 inch elastic or use whatever size you have on hand.
    Thread to match, scissors or rotary cutter, and sewing machine.

I cut the outer fabric, inner lining, and batting at 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
I cut 2  pieces of 1/4 inch elastic at 2 inches
Heat Bond for applique if needed

 
This is the shiny side of the Heat Bond that I iron to the fabric per instructions on Heat Bond.

 
I am going to iron this down onto fabric. It will stick to it. Then, I will cut out the design.
 
 
Once you have cut out the design. You will peel off the paper like a sticker and place these on the fabic where you want them appliqued and iron. It will stick to the fabric. Heat Bond is one of my favorite things. I thought this would be scary, but it isn’t. It makes cutting small pieces very easy.
 
 
 
I want the batting, then outer fabric right side up (meaning-you can see the pattern on the fabric). I put the two pieces of elastic on one the right side of the fabric about 1 inch away from the top and bottom. Pin the elastic down..  The last layer is the backing. Place it wrong side up.

 

Pin it. I just keep it all lined up. Take it over the the sewing machine and sew around the outside. You will want to go over the elastic a couple times for security.

It nice with this thread. You can see what it looks like. I left about a 3 inch opening on the opposite end of the elastic. Back stitching on each side of the opening.

I trimmed the edges and the corners for better turning.

 
This is turned.
 
 
Before I get to the elastic, I am going to topstitch around the edge and leave the left side open for the elastic. I used the matching thread here.

 
I tucked the fabric on the open end here.

 
  I am going to slip in the elastic about 1/2 inch.
 
 

I am going to wrap the elastic to the back and pin it.  Now, when I stitch the side together, the elastic will be sewn to the under side. This is the only way that I found that I didn’t have to fight with it.

 
Now, when I stitch the side together, the elastic will be sewn to the under side. This is the only way that I found that I didn’t have to fight with it. After thought, I could’ve just pinned them regular and used the arm sleeve on my machine. My machine is sunk down. So, this is just as good.

Here’s another look before I sew it. I am going to go over the  elastic and sew it.
 
 
It’s not the neatest but no one is going to be looking at that part. Haha. Now, it’s time for a cold drink. I hope you liked this one. Pretty easy peasy. Blog at ya later.
 
 

 
 
 

Teacher’s Appreciation Mug Rug’s

     There’s always a holiday or something special to prepare for with gifts. Like Mother’s Day, I got plans for that already. This is about Teacher’s Appreciation. I do appreciate all they do for my kids, and making a little gift is fun for me as well. There’s a little koozie surprise that I snuck in here.

Mug Rugs are on the agenda. I started out with her 1st grade teacher.
 
 
Mug Rugs – Used for drink and a snack, or just for the cuteness factor. It’s 5 by 9 inches.
 

 
This is for the art teacher. I hope he likes fish. We are in Pensacola, FL. Salt Life stickers are everywhere. Plus, it was  the only manly fabric I have. LOL

 
This one is for the music teacher. I was getting a little tired by this time. I quilted do re mi from the Sound of Music. It’s subtle. I should’ve used another color of thread. Whoops. By the time I thought of that, I was done quilting it, and I would’ve had to start over. So not happening!

 
Here we have the blue mountains in a koozie. This is for the P.E. teacher. Tutorial coming soon!
 
It made me think of this song…I had to add it.
 
 
 

 
The birdies are all getting their feathers now. Beautiful little things.
 

Some finishes

I finally got the little tabs on to hang my coffee trio that I made some 6 months ago. I have a 3rd panel, but there was no other spot. We got a large picture for over the dining table. That’s where they were meant to go. So, I’ll just swap it out occasionally.  I finished these in like 10 minutes. I have no idea why I put things off. It’s ridiculous. 

 
In the last post, I showed you the cute birdie eggs that moved into our backyard. OMG, they hatched. Of course they did. Hubby and I  risked being dive bombed for these photos. Seriously, it swooped right by my head. I could hear the wind. I covered my eyes immediately.
 

You can see all the way down this lil guys throat.
 
 
I finished a bunch of new items for the shop. Hopefully, Mother’s Day will be the first sale. Shop here.
 

Pincushion tutorial here.
 
 
 

 
Who knew hand towels could be so stinkin’ cute?

 
This set  is my favorite. It was my most creative moment today. 🙂

 
I love coffee!
 

Enjoy your sewing. Blog at ya later.

Finished with Noah’s Ark 2 quilt

      While he’s laying on the couch, I pinned the Noah’s Ark quilt to get it ready for quilting. I wanted to go visit my friend Ayna, but everyone has been sick with the flu. It just didn’t work out. So, she was here for morale support on Skype. She made this owl pillow from the tutorial here.

 It turned out so cute.  She added a cute pocket and a cute embroidered the name on it. Cute, cute, cute.  I told her our whole family needs one with each of our names on it. So, I am trying to come up with an idea of something amazing to make for her. I am at a loss. Any ideas???

 

 
 I did a basic meander pattern in the middle. I echoed the white in the pinwheels and a border back and for the snake like pattern in the white polka dot border. I did a simple binding by  wrapping the fabric to the front. This is my favorite method.

This is a one of a kind and available for purchase here.

 
 
 The Noah’s Ark Quilt 2 came out good. Now, I can say that I’ve done pinwheels . I enjoyed it.
 
I went to a bridal shower, and I made this double potholder. Tutorial here.
 
 
The kids found a bird nest. The eggs are really pretty. We are not sure what the actual bird is called. We think it’s a sparrow. Now, there are 4 eggs.

 
 
This is Jared’s room. His carpet was trashed, and Roxie tore it at the entrance to the door. So, we put duck tape on the threshold. It was not appealing. Home Depot had an amazing deal on laminate, and this is what happens. I think we are reno crazy.
 

 
This was a bunch of weeds and a really ugly bush. We went and looked at pavers, but ended up with flowers, and one long morning putting these in these plants.  The entry planting took place two weeks after laying the flooring in Jared’s room. This is exactly what I am talking about reno crazy.  This is my first attempt at gardening, or just dealing with plants. We actually have two lemon trees that need to be planted in the backyard.

 
 

 
I am blogging two weeks after the front plants were put in, and we just knocked down my Mother-in-law’s screened in porch. I am tired and sore.  I am sure in the recesses of my mind, I am thinking of another Reno (living room) hahaha.
 
Blog at ya later.
 
 
 
 


Dresden Plate Tutorial

       
 
 I finally got around to my Dresden Plate. I felt that I accomplished something small with the Noah’s Ark 2 quilt. So, I started working on these Dresden Plates. I bought a template at Joann’s for the pieces and the center. I made my own template for the backing.
 I am not the quickest blogger or quilter. Some blogs are just post happy. I love those kinds. I would really love it if people that stop by could follow me. I have tons of visitors. Leave me a comment. Let me know what you are thinking or making.
I love how these turned out. I have them for sale here.
 
 
This is an 8 inch template. I squared up the fabric and cut off an 8 inch strip and cut out my pieces.
 
 
 
I take my piece

fold the top of the wedge in half  right sides together.
 


I sew the open side all the way to the fold along the top. Once the piece is sewn, I grab the next piece and continue sewing.
 

 
This forms a chain of pieces. You can do them all at once. I like to sew one Dresden at a time. This is 20 pieces.
 
 
I took them over to the ironing board and cut them apart. Here at the upper side where it is sewn, my finger is on the fold pointing to the little angle edge that I snipped to make it easier for turning.
 
 
I am going to turn top part so that it looks like the picture below.

 
At the left edge is the turning tool the I used to make the top points on my pieces. You can use a pencil or skewers from the kitchen. Same concept really.

 
I just pressed this one. 1 down 19 to go.
 
 
Here’s the other side.

 
I laid them out in the order I liked.

 
I picked up two. I lined them up right sides together. the bottom point on the triangle is really the important part to line up and sew right down the side.
 

This is what the set look like opened up.

 
I took the third place and lined it up and sewed it on and so on..

 
Just keep adding.
 
 

I am almost finished here. The last piece has been sewn.

Now, I just fold the Dresden in half and sew the last seam right sides together.
 
 
This is the back. I found a tray that would hide the seams. I traced it out on some pieced cardboard from a cereal box. Nothing fancy.
 
 
Here it is.

 
 
The white paper is cut smaller than the backing template for the batting. I used the paper on this so that I can pin it to the batting.
 
 
I cut the batting out.

 
 
The backing fabric was just cut a bit bigger than the template. It doesn’t need to be super accurate. No one will see this part.
 
I really don’t have the best starch sprayer. I will have to remedy this. I just held the template with one hand and ironed the other side with the template still in place. I removed the template and layered the top, fusible batting, and backing.  Sew around the edge of the circle on the back.

 
Now, I am going to put on the center circle in the front. Just sew that around the edge. You can get creative with your stitches here. Maybe, a blanket stitch or zigzag. I just went with straight stitches.

 
 Now, it’s time to quilt them.
 
Most Dresdens that I have seen were place onto a square of fabric and sewn down. Then batting and backing.

 
I really love how the back turned out. I might even like this side better.
 

These are available here.
 
Time to get back in the sewing den. Blog at ya later.