Monday, December 24, 2012

From our house to yours...

we wish you...
for a wonderful holiday season and the coming year.
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Blue

I had to share this shot of the gorgeous winter sky here today.  Blue as only a winter prairie sky can be! It certainly makes up for the grey overcast of the weekend.  Plus, with fresh snow yesterday, all the trees are beautifully dusted in white glitter which just sparkles in the sun we currently are enjoying.  It's the kind of day that takes your breath away... and not only from the sub-zero temperatures!  lol
A day that looks this magical has me smiling and embracing the new season.
Okay, I know, it's not officially winter according to the calendar... but tell that to our weather! lol
Don't my winter scenes make you want to grab a hot drink, a quilt and a good book? 
 If so, may I suggest  visiting Sew We Quilt today to find out about a month of good books...  along with other wonderful gifts Madame Samm has waiting for you.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Last day on Holiday Lane Blog Hop...

I've been MIA lately, haven't I? lol  Working with my hubby has had me away from my blog for the past stretch ...busy and tired, actually.  There's a big push in the construction industry to meet certain quotas by years end... which has us putting in long hours during the weekdays and some weekend hours too.  Whew.  Today, I'm catching up on things around the house and have hopes of working on some creative projects as well.  Meantime, in case you've missed the news elsewhere, I'm sharing the links for the blogs to visit on the last day of the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop.   Many thanks to head cheerleader Madame Samm and cheerleader, Pauline for a great hop!  Pauline has done a wonderful job cheering everyone on, as well as being there behind the scenes getting everyone organized.  Well done ladies!  What a lovely way to finish November with some seasonal inspiration.

Friday November 30

Dora Quilts - not up yet

Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt

Remember to visit Mdm Samm at Sew We see the top picks of the day! 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pillow Love...

This month's newsletter from Fluffy Sheep Quilting has been sent out to all subscribers.
 Did you receive your free newsletter from Cindy? 
 Sign-up on Fluffy Sheep Quilting's homepage, so you will receive the tutorials included each month.  
 This month you will find two tutorials - one from my friend, Teje and one from me!
My contribution ... a tutorial to make  a pillow.  
 You know how much I love pillows, right?  Well, here's a fun one to make... all you need to do is sign-up for Fluffy Sheep Quilting's newsletter and not only will you have my tutorial on how to make this pillow... you can find these fabrics (and many others!) in Cindy's lovely shop!
"Framed to Pieces" Pillow

Now, if you love pillows as much as I do, you're going to want to check out the  Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop that starts today... featuring a beautiful seasonal design by 
Jill from Jillily StudioThe hop is being hosted by the lovely Pauline from Quilt'n Queen and wonderful Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt.
It promises to be another fun hop, so be sure to check it out! 
Wednesday November 21
Pig Tales and Quilts ( delayed, travelling)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Something fun...

Remember this sneak peek I shared?
Here's another glimpse for you...
Would you like to see more? :o)
Then you'll want to sign-up with my friend,
Cindy, over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting
 Each month, Cindy sends out a newsletter containing shop updates and news, plus tutorials.
  I'm extra excited about this month's newsletter, not only did I finally try Denise Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy (thanks, Cindy!),  I also put together a tutorial showing something you can sew using those pretty fabrics from Fluffy Sheep Quilting.  Of course you can use any fabrics you chose... Cindy's shop has lots of lovelies to choose from and you would be hard pressed to find a nicer shop owner to deal with.  I had so much fun working with Cindy on this... she provided the fabric and I came up with the project.  I think I got the better end of the arrangement - pretty fabric, fun project and a new friend.  Sounds about perfect to me.
 Go to  Fluffy Sheep Quilting's homepage,
 ( the bottom right hand corner)  submit your email address so you can receive this free newsletter.
This month's newsletter will be sent out in the next couple of days... so you're not too late.  Hope you'll take a look a the shop and maybe my tutorial will inspire you to do a little shopping and sewing. ;o)

Monday, November 12, 2012

UR Priceless Day 7...last day of the hop!

It has been an exciting and inspiring 6 days of coin purse wonderfulness .....and we have the last one ahead of us!  Yay!
  A huge thank-you to Madame SammThis fun and fabulous hop was another of her fantastic ideas (aren't we lucky she has so many!! ;o). She  is also the talent behind the cutest pattern we've being using to make our coin purses. 
I'm sure we can all agree that Madame Samm, UR Priceless!
Our last day to share something Priceless with you and you don't want to miss out.  Come help me cheer these ladies on to the finish...
** special note** please visit Janice M. to start off today...
(we had some technical isssues which meant her post was delayed yesterday).
Day 7 - Nov. 13
Julia P
Dachsies With Moxie
Marci Girl Designs
The Sunflower Patch
Wish upon a star
Mary on Lake Pulaski
Greco Mara
Linda M
Mack and Mabel
Dreaming in Patchwork
Judith Handmade Treasures
Caesarea Scrappers
Patchouli Moon Studio
Sew We Quilt
Thank YOU so much for joining us.  I hope you enjoyed seeing and sharing on this hop.  It has been a pleasure being your hostess and I want you each to know that
UR Priceless!
P.S.  You're in luck... even if you didn't start hopping with us from the first day on, you can still find us on the complete hop schedule.
 P.S. Madame Samm will be pinning all the coin purses from each day. There is also a giveaway for this hop sponsored by Andover Fabrics... check it out!

Visit Sew We Quilt to see the top 3 coin purses of the day and for more Priceless fun!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Monday is my fun-day on the UR Priceless Blog Hop - Day 6

Hello and welcome to my stop on the UR Priceless Blog Hop!
I have been enjoying the hop so much and for that I want to thank all of the participants (both those that are sharing on their blogs and all the Priceless peeps that leave comments).   I'm glad to be a part of all the fun and happy to know that after today we have another day left on the hop!  Yay!
I want to thank Madame Samm for the adorable coin purse pattern  that is making us all bit coin purse crazy! lol...  How could we not's such a fantastic design and one that lends itself to so many possibilities....
I will admit that I got carried away ... ahem... caught up in making them. lol
First I went through my stash for novelty prints...
Something Sweet and Pink
I thought the cupcake fabric represents this pattern perfectly... as both are cute and sweet.
This pink treat is for one of my nieces.
The next novelty print to catch my eye is this treasured bit of Japanese print ...
Terrific Terriers
which became a gift for another of my nieces.
The next print begged to be made into a coin purse for one of my girlfriends.  We always love to chat over a cup of tea and since we both share a love of the colour blue, I know she will love this.

Tea for Two
 The reverse side of this coin purse was fussy cut from the same fabric. This time I wanted to represent the love of sewing my friend and I also share.

 I have been blessed with wonderful friends and this next coin purse is for a girlfriend that (among many shared interests) I share a love of vintage with.  A few years back she gifted me with a treasured fabric find of a Holly Hobbie print.  She knew how much I would love it as I was into HH as a girl. I still have some HH keepsakes from childhood.  Anyways, I have been waiting to find the perfect project to use some of this special fabric to make a gift for this dear friend.  This is it!

Holly Hobbie

I free hand machine embroidered my friend's intial onto the back of the coin purse (so she knows I won't be keeping it... lol) and used vintage fabrics to make the whole coin purse.

Caught up in coin purse making, I sketched many a variation using Madame Samm's pattern.  Here's the design I made specially for my youngest neice (she's puppy crazy, so I think she'll like this little fellow to put her treasures into).

"Patch" the Pup ;o)
 Ah, ruffles...  I'm so lucky to have nieces, so I can indulge in sewing some girly projects.  This ruffle version was a delight to make.

Ruffle Girl
My mom is a coffee person, so when I spotted this print at a shop,  I thought of her.  She always starts her day with a cup of java!
Coffee Break!

 Sometimes a great fabric only needs the slightest extra... like ric rac!

 Remember me saying that when you start with a fabulous design, the possibilities are endless?
I decided to go a bit classy with this coin purse.  The fabric is an embossed tweed.
  Lovely on it's own, but then add a velvet ribbon and a shiny buckle and now it's chic. ;o)
Buckle Up, Beautiful
 Keeping a bit of whimsy in this "classier" version, I used a salt'n pepper polka dot for the lining.  Don't want to take ourselves too seriously, right? ;o)

 Last in my line-up is another dressier looking coin purse.  I was channelling a tuxedo here and thought an embroidered insert from a vintage tale runner would work perfectly as the shirt front.  Rather than a button front, a few well placed crystals add just the right amount of sparkle below that special "bow-tie".
Black Tie Glitter
 The back panel reveals my love of polka dots.  A few crystals add a bit of sparkle here as well.

I think the words printed on the bow tie ribbon sum this hop up for me. :o)
Thank you so much for stopping by!  It's always a pleasure to have you here and extra special to have this opportunity to be the hostess for this hop. 
 I hope you've had fun and now you know... making coin purses is addictive! lol
If you didn't visit these ladies earlier, now is your chance! 
They're waiting to share and inspire. 
 Please see the Priceless coin purses that await you today...
Day 6 - Nov. 12`
Read, quilt, cook, pray...
The Learning Curve
Bacon Then Eggs
Nati's Little Things
by Mary
Feltfree på Åsly
El Patchwork de la Abuela
Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
Maryjo J
s.o.t.a.k. Handmade
Janice M
throw a wench in the works
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
A Stitch in Time
Sew Me Something Good( you are here!)
UR Priceless!
Looking for the complete hop schedule?

It's here.

P.S. Madame Samm will be pinning all the coin purses from each day. There is also a giveaway for this hop sponsored by Andover Fabrics... check it out!

Visit Sew We Quilt to see the top 3 coin purses of the day and for more Priceless fun!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

UR Priceless Day 5

Here we are at the end of our first week of the hop. 
It's  been like a 5 day party! Wow. 
 There's so many wonderful coin purses being shared.  Lots and lots of inspiration from our Priceless ladies...
Each day brings something  Priceless and today is no exception!  Won't you join us?
Seeing is believing...
Day 5 - Nov. 9th
Polka Dot Classic
Geta's Quilting Studio
Busy Bee Free
Briarside Lane
Quilts and Dogs
Debbie R
suebee's World
Les passions de Cliodana
Colorpoint Quilter
On the Go Quilting
Personalized Sketchesand Sentiments
Freemotion by the River
Want to sew your own coin purse?
Thanks to Madame Samm's great design, you can! Purchase the pattern here.
**Update: Looking to buy the supplies needed? We are delighted to let you know that Corrie and Kelly are ready to provide what you need!

Corrie from Quilt Taffy, has the fusible pellon (Pellon 987 F), the perfect thread for stitching the purses onto the frames ( love Presencia threads) and she  also has frames for coin purses (including the frames with heart clasps!).
You can contact Corrie -

Kelly from I Have a Notion, has the coin purse frames. 
  contact Kelly -

Thanks so much to Corrie and Kelly for being there when we need them!

Looking for the complete hop schedule?
It's here.

P.S. Madame Samm will be pinning all the coin purses from each day. There is also a giveaway for this hop sponsored by Andover Fabrics... check it out!

Visit Sew We Quilt to see the top 3 coin purses of the day and for more Priceless fun!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

UR Priceless Day 4

Oh, my Priceless Peeps...I'm so impressed!
Have you ever seen so many beautiful coin purses before?
 I haven't... and we're not finished yet...
You won't believe the Priceless treats awaiting you today!  Go see for yourself...
Day 4 - Nov. 8th
as sweet as peaches
Deborah B
Birgit H
Fish Creek Studio
A Quilter's Table
Lily Patch Quilts
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
Mary F
Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm
The Desert Rat Chronicles
Sally K
Paris at a Certain Age
From Blank Pages
Quilt Taffy
Barb H
UR Priceless!
Want to sew your own coin purse?
Thanks to Madame Samm's great design, you can!  Purchase the pattern here.
Looking for the complete hop schedule?
It's here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

UR Priceless Day 3

Can you believe it?
Day 2 of the hop had Madame Samm adding 71 new pins to the  Pinterest board! 
That's even more than I guessed we would see on Day 2.  Incredible.
We love seeing those cute coin purses! 
I wonder what Day 3 will bring....
  If you haven't already, go see all those coin purses,  gathered for your viewing enjoyment.
There's more Priceless inspiration and delight in store for you today!  Let's go hopping...
Day 3 - Nov. 7th
I Love Wool
I Like to Quiltblog
Keep Your Fork There's Pie
Retired to Quilt
From This to That
Jenny E.
Domestic Deficit Disorder
Pig tales and quilts
Count it all Joy!
Creative Notions
 UR Priceless!
Looking for the pattern so you can sew your own coin purse?
It's here.
Looking for the complete hop schedule?
It's here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

UR Priceless Day 2

Amazing!  On day one of the hop... 48 pins... wow.   
 Goes to show that when you have a great pattern (thanks, Madame Samm!), the creative opportunities are endless.  I find those opportunities exciting... which may explain my fabric/thread/notions addictions... lol (I freely admit that sewing is a passion of mine... and  I adore making purses... okay, now anyone on my gift list may  easily guess what I'm making them ;o).
  Care to venture a guess how many coin purses we will see today? ;o)
I think day 2 will top day one... I'm guessing 55 new coin purses... 
Okay, I can't wait to find out...
Are you ready for today's Priceless line-up? 
 Let's go cheer these ladies on...
Day 2 - Nov.6th

The Crafter's Apprentice
Jane's Fabric and Quilts
Rosemary B
Random or "di"
Mary T.
Supermom No Cape
Lily Pad Quilting
Stitch, Stitch, Stitch
Rose Creations
The Treehouse
Gracie Oliver Arts
Quilting Prolifically
Grammie Q's

Ur Priceless!

Looking for the complete hop schedule?
It's here.
Looking for the pattern so you can sew your own coin purse?
It's here.

P.S. Madame Samm will be pinning all the coin purses from each day. There is also a giveaway for this hop sponsored by Andover Fabrics... check it out!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

UR Priceless Blog Hop starts today!

Wahoo!  Today starts the UR Priceless Coin Purse Blog Hop and I'm beyond excited.  

Can you believe it?  There will be 7 days with over 100 bloggers (in total)... each will be sharing their versions of this gorgeous coin purse!  Seriously. 

Oh, imagine this... if each blogger has sewn only one coin purse, then you'll get to see 100 of these little beauties.  Imagine them in all kinds of fabrics, colours as well as some with extra touches.   Doesn't that sound wonderful? :o)

Now the truth is... I know how addictive these little coin purses are to make.  I know we will have waaaaaaaaay more than 100 to show you.   ;o)

Now are you excited too? lol...

  I better warn you though... after seeing these coin purses...YOU will want to make your own.
 Purchase the pattern here.

Let's get this  party started by visiting these Priceless ladies...
Day 1 - Nov. 5th


Looking for the complete hop schedule?
It's here.

P.S.  Madame Samm will be pinning all the coin purses from each day. There is also a giveaway for this hop sponsored by Andover Fabrics... check it out

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