Friday, June 24, 2016

Clutches and WINNERS!!!!!!!!

Not too much sewing going on this week(but I did find more fabric if you can believe it!). I sewed up a few clutches  when I took breaks from packing. Let me tell you, the clutches are a lot more fun! Here are a couple I made.

Found a scrap of this cute fabric that I used for pillowcases for my grandkids.

Love the tape measure fabric and I made several clutches.

My first attempt at faux leather...still have a long way to go with it!

Now on to my winners! Thanks for all of your comments. I have a new bucket list for places to visit. Here are the winners:

Janice said: Just found you on Crazy Mom Quilts. I love your blog design! So cute! I'm pretty content living here in Idaho but wouldn't mind taking a month in Hawaii now and then! :)  
Mary said: I can't imagine what I would find if I had to sort out my sewing room!! Although we have done a lot of traveling, I always love returning home to CA 

Karen said: The only reason I would consider moving from where I live is my grand babies live in New Orleans.

Quilting Babcia said: Our quilt ministry group has been sewing lots of patchwork pieces, from a huge donation of partially sewn fabric squares. I'm very happy living right where I am at this point in my life - in western New York state near the PA border. Beautiful and peaceful hill country 

 CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners. I have sent emails to all of you and as soon as I get your snailmail addresses your mini charms will be off! Watch out next week for another working on filling a flat rate envelope. I have a charm pack and some fat quarters already stuffed in it with more stuff to come!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Piece by Piece and a Giveaway!!!!

No, I am not talking about the Kelly Clarkson's song, Piece by Piece(which by the way I love!) but my newest project to do while packing up to move! I cannot believe how much fabric I have stashed away but there is lots and I keep finding more! I have two friends who are getting a lot of what I am disposing of but I still have soooooo much more. The other day I saw a really neat patchwork piece used in a tote and I thought...that is a great thing to do when I have "down time" to sew a bit while resting from packing up the house.

 I had just discovered how many mini charm packs(and a few charm packs) I have. Some I bought for who knows what and several were prizes that I won that I haven't used for anything yet. I sewed some of  them into different sized patchwork pieces and will use them when I make totes and clutches. Nothing is better than already having the patchwork done!! Here are few of the blocks.

Potluck mini charm pack

From Outside In mini charm pack

PB&J mini charm pack

Unknown charm pack cut into 2 1/2 " squares

Unknown jelly roll strips from Joann's

Audra's Iris Garden Mini Charm pack

Unknown Jelly Roll strips from Joann's

Since I still have loads of mini's left, I decided to have a giveaway! I will be drawing 4 names to win 4 mini charms packs each.( 2 sets of 3 Potluck and 2 sets of 3 From Outside In. (the first two blocks above used these two mini charms) To win these, all you need to do is  post a comment about where you would like to live if you could live anywhere in the world!(and why if you would like to tell) I am asking that you please put your email address in your post so that I have a way to get in touch with you. I hate to draw a name and then not have anyway to notify you that you won. The giveaway will run until midnight June 23.

Keep watching my blog because I have several more giveaways planned in the next few weeks. One will be a flat rate envelope filled with "scraps" but large things...fat quarters, charms, etc. and  who knows what else. So keep an eye out for these giveaways.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Just a Little Stitching!

Not too much sewing going on this week. I have been packing and sorting fabric getting ready for my move to Mississippi. I found some long forgotten fabric that I just had to use to make  a few clutches. When I saw Fabric Mutt's Spectrum Clutch, I really  had to try it! BUT I didn't do the 12 strips she did...I used one solid piece of fabric that I had saved for something special! It is called Postcards from I Dream of Paris for Windham Fabrics. I had some tan linen that I used for the "frame" and back of  the clutch. For the lining, I used  fabric from Joann's called Gravel Tan...looks like a sandy beach! I added a leather strip to the zipper pull to finish the clutch off.

Here we are in Paris.....

......with a beachy interior.

I also decided to use some leftover Matrioshka dolls fabric with denim for the main part of a second clutch. It was a fun, quick sew which is all I have time for right now!  I really like both clutches but 
I can't wait to make one of Heidi's with the 12 strips...that looks so great!

Love my little Russian dolls!

Happy, cheery lining!
I'm not sure how much sewing I will get done in the weeks coming up but if I get the "itch" to sew, I will have several different small items to stitch up because as I am packing, I am still making up "grab and stitch" ziplocks as I get ready for the big move. Hope you have a great week.