Saturday, March 15, 2014



Thursday, March 13, 2014



I think of ruffles as curtains and little girls dresses and flounces on pillows so when Madame Samm announced her blog hop I was not sure what direction I would take.

 I goggled "ruffles" and at the head of the list what should appear but "Ruffles - All Dressed".  Must be ideas for unique clothing I thought. Who would have imagined that Ruffles is a food group. (I hope you noticed that when I did a taste test I choose the HEALTHY lightly salted version.)

 I stitched a new padded cushion for my stool and created a frivolous look with a flower ruffle.

Next came a ruffled pillow case to match a new afghan for my musical niece.

Tea towels for the kitchen. If I was smart I would have made the ruffle match the new stool covers. 

 Last week Kaaren of The Painted Quilt gifted us with her First Friday Freebie pattern for a pincushion stitched in wool.  My idea was to make a pillow with ruffled edge but I thought it would suit me better as a table mat. 

This was a fun stitching project. Choosing the applique fabric and raiding my button collection brought spring closer  banishing thoughts of snow.

Should add a whimsical look to the table for Easter.

 If we use mug rugs for our tea surely St. Patrick deserves his own for the celebratory Irish Coffee on March 17. This design may be found on Pat Sloan's free pattern page:'s 5 o'clock somewhere.

 So choose your favorite beverage and join the other stitchers as we celebrate ruffles.

And thank you Madame Samm and Amy for gathering us all together to stitch creatively.

Irish Coffee
1 shot Irish Whiskey
1 Teaspoon sugar
1 dollop of whipped cream
Strong, hot coffee
Preheat stemmed glass. Add whiskey, sugar & coffee. Top with whipped cream. 
 Enjoy !!

Monday, February 10, 2014



 It must be the endless snowy weather, some attack of new year foolishness or reading too many blogs with good ideas which forced me to begin several BOM's since 2014 began. 

I am stitching the Aurifil BOM exclusively from stash. Each month a different designer creates a block.

 Pat Sloan began a Globetrotting BOM.  Picked black and white for my colors then found a cute FQ with keys. Her blocks are called Washington and Venice and will travel the world of famous cities.

It has been a while since I attempted any paper piecing and  Sew Kitschy looked like a cute project. The first two months oven mitts and a cookie jar (still needing embroidery) are done.

Sew Kitschy Pattern Sketches

And just because it is close to Valentines Day a few girly pinwheels were stitched for a special project.

Sew Happy Stitching ,

Monday, January 27, 2014



Welcome to Day 1 of an exciting blog hop. Thank you to Mdm. Samm (SewWeQuilt ) and to Carla (Creatin' In The Sticks) for inspiring us to expand our imaginations and sew.

A wonderful selection "HANDMAIDS" fabric created by Quilting Treasures made working on these blog projects a pleasure.

                    A perfect little runner for tea time break .

                                           Mug Rugs **

There are so many neat characters in this fabric. I looked at this and saw a Scottish lady. She was calling for tartan.

A ruffled fringe for framing and I have a new cushion.

      And hand-holding Handmaids rule on the pillow back.

                 I created a mini quilt using the gentler colors.  

What started as a small lap quilt grew. The pieced back includes  one of the original panels. I was not supposed to start another quilt but those designs just spoke "quilt". 

Hand quilting will be in this quilt's future. This picture was taken in -22 on a beautiful cold  winter day after a blizzard. 

 Thank you for visiting.  A visit to other sewing rooms will provide more stitching delights.

** Mug Rug pattern -- "Cuppa Coaster" -- may be found in     Quilter's World Winter 2013

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Sewing Bits

I like BMO's and  Pat Sloan's new Globetrotting  was too much to resist. I will try this in a black and white colorway. 

I've spent the past few weeks sorting fabrics, being horrified at the number of UFO's I own and breaking my New Year's resolution not to buy any new material until I did serious stitching from my stash.

 Cheerful birds became Xmas gifts.

A new afghan in bright colors will soon be delivered. And the pics from the snowy beginning on January 1 to spring like weather reflect our major weather changes over two weeks.

My energy has been focused on sewing this gorgerous fabric for the She Who Sews blog hop next week.

And with another storm coming tomorrow it will be time for more tea & stitching ... if the snow shovel does not demand too much of my attention.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013



Only a few more for a finish

Maslow & Amber join the litter.