Thursday, August 15, 2013

LOOK AT ME!!!!!!!

Well, lookie here!
 I've Been Featured
 I can hardly believe that someone wanted to interview me.  I am beyond excited about this.  The funny thing is I didn't realize that I have only been at this sewing thing for about four years until I filled out the interview questions. I feel like I've been doing it so much longer.  And by that I mean...How the H*&& did I collect this much fabric in four short years!!!!!  I'm saving for retirement in fabric dollars. 
 So, anyway, if you want to read a little bit about me just hop on over to Christine's blog.  Then come back and leave me a pretty comment for a chance to win a fabric box.

Monday, August 12, 2013


 We have a winner!!  Actually we have TWO winners!!
So here's the story.... I was riding in the car with my husband and my daughter when I remembered that I needed to find some help using Mr. Random.  Unfortunately, neither of them knew how to use it (or ever heard of it!).  So hubby wonders why I don't just pick a number myself.  HELLOOOOOO.......I can't pick the number.....I read all the comments...... and have visited all the ones who have blogs....and, well, it's just NOT DONE that way!!!!  MEN!!
So, my daughter asked why she couldn't pick the number.  Hey, that would be cool and I wouldn't have to spend an hour learning Mr. Random (yay for me!!).  Well then my husband wants to know why she gets to pick and he doesn't!!  Now you see what I deal with DAILY?!  This is the reason why white erase boards are banned from the fridge!  I got tired of reading how wonderful each of them were and how dorky the other one was depending on who had hold of the marker last!hehehe  Anyway, I gave in and let them both pick a number. Problem solved (I am such a diplomat!!).  My daughter picked#39 

Linda JAugust 2, 2013 at 6:44 AM
  1. Wowie, Robin! You have been a very busy girl and surely have a jump on the holiday preparations now. It would be hard to pick a favorite amongst the projects, you had me enthralled with the house wall hanging and then there was the gingerbread quilt to top it off. Cute baskets too. Appreciate your giveaway opportunity for winning one but I will definitely check out Mia's Creations too! Enjoy the rest of your featured day!
  Oh, by the way Linda, Brittany says "your welcome"!!!  My husband went with #116 (yay, last post counting for me)

Your gingerbread men quilt is awesome. Those little guys sure are running. You got a lot completed for this hop.

I will be emailing the winners to get their snail mail addys.  Congrats to the both of them and thanks to everyone who left a wonderful comment!  
See you next bloghop!!! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013


I have made a HUGE mistake!  I feel so horrible.  Not a totally foreign feeling, I might add!  When I posted about my fabric baskets in my last post I gave credit for the tutorial to Maria of Mia's Creations.  I did get the inspiration from Maria on her blog but I forgot that she had the tutorial linked to another blog.  The tutorial is by Tina over on Seaside Stitches.   I am so so sorry for any confusion.  Now I have to go grovel for forgiveness down by the seaside!!  I sure hope I don't get strung up and left out for the seagulls to peck at me and poop on my head!!

*note to time double check!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

HO HO HO Blog Hop...MY TURN!!!!!!

 HEY, look at me!  I just figured out how to put the blog hop picture in the post!!!!  Well, now that the hard stuff is over with, onto the pics.
  So, before I tell you what I made, I would like to give a shout out to the two wonderful (non-competitive) women who made this blog hop happen.  Thanks to Madame Samm for coming up with this hop and Carol for being our head cheerleader.  Joining these hops always guarantees a finish for me, so , thanks a million ladies!!  I also think it is appropriate to thank all the hoppers who cheer on all the creators of the wonderful projects!  Let's all just have a big quilty love fest!  YAY us!!!!
  So, when I signed up for this hop I knew there were some projects I would like to finish and also some new ones I wanted to start (and finish).  The first thing I wanted to do was make a purse for the holiday season.  Since I recently made the Evelyn bag by ChrisWDesigns (link on right sidebar) I figured I could whip one out rather quickly.  I wanted to make a bag that was a little more formal for when I am FORCED to act like an adult!!  So I went with a couple of fabrics from a country Christmas F4 set and added in the music fabric to make it more festive.

For the inside I used my own hand dyed fabric.  It turned out quite nice I think!
Once that was out of the way, I took a break and surfed the blogging world.  I came across a nice little tutorial by Maria over at Mia's Creations for fabric baskets.  They are the simplest things to make and yet look so adorable.  Since they are just made from a square they can be made any size.  So I made three different sizes!!
Aren't they the perfect little things to store stuff.  I used the big one to store the accessories for making fabric postcards, the little one for a mini sewing basket and of to hold the chocolate!!!!  Oh, and here's a pic of a finished postcard ( on the left) and an in-process one.
  I thought I'd better get started on those now and maybe I won't have to run out at the last minute to buy a box of cards!
  Now for my last new project I found more inspiration on BlueMountain Daisy.  I have always thought the Swoon quilt pattern was really cool but when I saw how Rachel made hers into houses I was hooked!  What a great way to use up some holiday fabric scraps and end up with a little Christmas village!  Here's what I came up with...
I was going to make it a pillow but the tops of the houses got lost when I stuffed it so now it is a wall hanging!  I used scrap booking brads for the stepping stones and strung seed beads and glass tube beads to decorate the trees.  I tied buttons on for the door handles and even added some stick on gems for twinkling snowflakes in the sky.
Oh and of course I had to add a little furry friend in one of the doorways!
I used some fun fabric for the middle and added a felt snowman and a little gingerbread couple.

 Well, that's my new project and now on to the ufo's!  I had a centerpiece all cut out last year but wasn't sure if I really liked all the fabric in it.  Between my indecisiveness and Christmas coming early last year(!!!!!!!) it never did get made.  Well, since it was cut out I figured I better just make it.  What else would I do with the pieces?!   Once I sewed it all together and quilted it I thought what the heck am I going to use to bind this thing!  It was cut from F4s so I didn't have enough to bind it.  So I went a digging.  Lo and behold, in a bag of remnants from (I love buying those leftover surprise bags) I came across the perfect fabric.  So now she is bound and ready to show off!!
And the back is just as cute!

Now my last (but certainly not least) project is my favorite thing I've ever made (so far!).  At the beginning of this year I came across a sew along to learn new techniques called the Something New Sampler.  It was hosted by Amy over at 13 Spools.  I thought I would sew along since there was a couple of the techniques I had never done and a F4 set I that I didn't know what to do with. It really was a great way to learn some new things.  It is still linked on her blog if anyone would like to check it out.  When I finished several of the blocks and posted them on the Flicker group, Amy mentioned how it reminded her of gingerbread cookies.  Well she sure was right and inspiration struck my like lightening!

 The cool thing about the blocks was that they were rectangle instead of square so when I put the blocks together I could make it look a little less like a sampler quilt.  I used a white background so I could make my gingerbread men "active"!  I also thought it would be fun to add some ric rac when I sewed down the binding instead of having a border.  I love love love this quilt.  Here are some close up pics so you can see the details.

That about wraps up my projects.  And now I think I will have my very first give away!!!!!  Since I had such a ball making these fabric baskets, I think I will share one with some lucky winner!
I have this one full of all my postcard making stuff.  While yours will not be that full, I may just add some of my holiday fabric scraps to get you started on your own fabric postcards!!  Just leave me a special little comment and you'll be in!  Now I just have to learn how to use Mr. Random before August 9th!!!!
  Thanks for visiting me and be sure to visit all the crafty creators that are on for today!!
  Happy Hopping!!
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