A Rainy Memorial Day Project

A week ago, my granddaughter accompanied my friend and me to A Quilter’s Folly in Austin.
It was so delightful to see her excitement about the different fabric colors, design, and texture.
She kept calling, “Look at this one, Grandma!”.
Of course, I had to go look at each one.

This quilt shop displays a lot of examples of totes, stuffed toys, vests, and quilts.
Morgan found a small tote and thought it was cute.
I asked if she wanted me to make it for her, and she said yes.
The pattern is The Potato Chip Bag designed by Paula Hughes.
It is a very easy pattern, and the bag can be made in an afternoon.
I couldn’t decide between a Wonder Woman fabric
and a Little Pony fabric. I chose Little Pony since
I have already made her a Wonder Woman Pillow tote.
I bought a 4-pack of fat quarters at Wal-Mart and chose two purple
prints for the lining.
I used a solid purple for the strap.
I added two decorative buttons on the front flap.

This bag has a total of 4 pockets.
I shortened the strap to fit a 4 1/2 year old.


I would like to thank Nancy for being part of my week with my granddaughter.
We went to the Ladybird Johnson Wildlife Center together.

I would also like to thank Nancy for the beautiful gifts she made for my family and for me.
My mother had asked me to make sure that the beads that she used for embroidery were given to someone who would use them. The first person I thought of was Nancy.

Nancy has already made table runners and felt broaches with some of the lace and sequins that belonged to my mother.
She also made these beautiful bracelets for the women in the family.
And she made me this bird pillow, using some of the sequins and lace from my mother’s stash.
I consider myself very fortunate to have Nancy in my life.


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Make sure to shop at Nancy’s Etsy shop, ReynoldsCreativeWorks

Wonderful Week

I just returned from a wonderful week with my four year old granddaughter…I mean my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter. (She would remind me of this every time.)
The week started with her graduation from preschool.
Then it was non-stop action from that point on.
Our activities included :

Here are a few of the projects we made together:

IMG_7545 Felt Bracelet

IMG_7541 Felt Bookmark

IMG_7549 Cover for Journal
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20160524_123316240_iOS Photography (She has her own camera)

IMG_7534 We read The Perfect Square by Michael Hall and made our own creations from a square.
FullSizeRender (9) Frog Rocks (We read Tuesday by David Weisner and got inspired to make our own frogs. )
FullSizeRender (10) Water color : Garden in the Rain

I miss her already!
We plan to have some more time together soon.
Now, I will get back to my projects.


Nemo Quillow

We had a garage sale to clear out my mother’s estate.
My siblings and I also took some of our things to sell ( and clean up our houses).
My sister brought a bin of fabric, and I went crazy.
I couldn’t believe she was going to get rid of it.
She said I could have first grabs…for free.
It was difficult, but I kept myself to a minimum.
There was some real cute Nemo fabric, along with co-coordinating fabric.
I decided to make a quillow.
Many years ago, my aunt had made one, and I thought it was cute.
There are many free patterns and tutorials on Pinterest.
I chose one that had a pieced top.
It called for cutting 122 pieces at 8 1/2″ x 3 1/8″.
For some crazy reason, I wanted to have a slightly larger quilt, so I changed it to 9 1/2″ x 3 1/8″.
This project started out to be fun, and the pattern directions were clear and easy to read.
I just had a difficult time matching the seams where the “pillow” portion is attached to the top row.
I have pieced the top, and purchased the batting.
Now, I need to get fabric for the backing.
I hand quilted the top of the pillow portion, and now I have to prepare to machine quilt the front, batting, and  backing.
I have never machine quilted something so large, and I am not sure I can do it.
Luckily, I will be taking a week off, to spend time with my granddaughter.
The only sewing I will be doing is small projects with her.
Maybe, when I return, I will have the energy and the positive attitude to take up the quilting.

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IMG_7314 Design Board

IMG_7324 Pillow Portion

Summer Breeze Reversible Tote

There were 24 Moda Summer Breeze charm squares remaining after I made a medium-sized tote.
I found a cute reversible tote pattern, Sweet Sixteen, on Pinterest.
The pattern called for 32 squares, so I cut what I needed from the yellow and the floral fabric I had used for the lining and bottom of the other tote.

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I added Bee buttons as decoration.

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat is one of my favorites.
I love anything and all things Seuss.
Dr. Seuss was very important to my reading and writing classes
in each grade level I taught, from Pre-K-5.
So, when I saw this fabric panel of The Cat in the Hat,
I had to have it.
As of yet, I don’t know what I’m going to do with this panel,
so I wrote a silly poem instead.

Oh my goodness!
Oh, my gat!
Look right here
It’s The Cat in the Hat

A quilt or a pillow?
A tote or a quillow?
My thinker is puzzled
My puzzler is thinking
All this excitement
might lead me to drinking

For goodness seek,
for goodness sake,
This fabric panel is keeping me awake
so quickly, order matching layer cakes

And maybe, just maybe
to clear up the hazy
jellyroll strips will add on some crazy

Yes, add on some layer cakes and jelly roll strips
What do you know?
This calls for another fabric trip!

Summer Breeze Tote

I told my sister, Adri, that I would make her a tote for Mother’s Day if she chose the fabric.
She chose the Moda Summer Breeze charm pack with beautiful blues and yellows.
summer breeze
The fabric was delivered too late for Mother’s Day, so I am just now working on it.
Adri liked a medium-sized tote I had made a few weeks ago.
I found some cute buttons that I thought I would add to the sash.
One of them says, “Happy Camper”…perfect for my sister!
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Adri wanted a yellow lining and bottom piece.


IMG_7247 Outer shell: Front and Back
That’s it for today…
I’ll finish tomorrow.