Around the World Blog Hop

I was invited by Pat @ Bell Creek Quilts to participate in a Around the World Blog Hop a few weeks back. I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. I said, “Yes” none the less. I don’t really think I know how to say, “No”.

A few years ago I received an embroidery machine for Christmas. It has really put a dent in my quilt making. This picture is scripture that I embroidered in the center of a cancer quilt.

breast-cancer-awareness-quilt-block-center-embroidery-500x500I have made a lot of T-Shirt quilts for people over the last few years. The last one in March of this year.

addisyns-t-shirt-quilt-fabricmom1. What am I working on?

Right now I am trying to decide what to start next. I haven’t done any major projects in a while. I have a quilt that a friend brought to me to quilt for her. That will probably be my next adventure. I also have a few baby quilts in mind.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well that is a tough question. I have my hands in so many pots. Usually I think of a block and design a quilt around that block. I don’t tend to look for complete patterns to use for my quilts. I have had a few requests lately to make patterns available for quilts that I have made. I have also received a few photos from readers who have made quilts using the patterns I create.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Giving my time and the items I make to others is why I do what I do. God has blessed me with an ability to be creative and giving. I don’t look for anything in return. I just like making people happy.

4. How does my creating process work?

So many things inspire me. God, other peoples work, my family, and friends. When I am inspired I have to jot it down quick or I will lose it. I keep a chunky note book in my purse for this reason. When I start a project I have to have a few hours with no distractions. I get so focused on what I am doing I am oblivious to what is going on around me.

5. Who am I?

DSC01884copyA God fearing wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, pet lover, quilter, a fabriholic, and homemaker.

6. Who did I invite?

I asked a few ladies if they wanted to participate. I had two takers:

Jean @ Jean’s Quilting Page

Jean is a very busy lady. She teaches classes on peacing quilts and on quilting. I don’t know where she gets the energy from. I am envious. We have been blogging friends for quite some time.

Sharon @ Coyote Quilts

Sharon and I met many years ago through a quilt group on yahoo. We have made many a quilt blocks and swapped. There’s no telling just how many. Sharon is much more diligent in taking those blocks and making them into tops. I’m pretty sure her track record for finishing project is better than mine as well.

Please take the time to visit these lovely ladies. They will be posting next Monday.

Happy sewing and God Bless!

 

 

Feeling the Love

When you create a blog you never know who is going to stumble across it. You just hope and pray that someone does. Before Facebook, my blog was the main way I shared my craftiness with my friends and families. I don’t get to post as much now as I used too. Priorities change and life just gets in the way of what I want to do. I know that sounds selfish right? Why can’t we just sit at the computer for hours on end and sew until our hearts are content? Well for me nothing around the house would get done. What about you? I tried talking my husband into a house cleaner once every two weeks. I’m still doing the cleaning. Sigh…

Back to Feeling thee Love. I recently had a lady named Cathy who lives in France email me with a picture of a quilt she made using a quilt pattern that I created. So exciting! Who knew someone in France would stumble across little ole Fabric Mom. I asked Cathy for permission to share a picture of her quilt top with my readers.

She used the Easy Firefighter Baby Quilt Pattern. Cathy’s quilt top measures 96″ x 80″. Can you believe this is only the second quilt top that she has ever made? Hats of to you Cathy. It is gorgeous. I love the color combination and how she made sure the Eiffel Tower fabric was vertical. The fabrics she picked out all look very nice next to each other. Not to busy or blah. One again, Great Job Cathy. I can’t wait to see what you make next.

My Latest Applique and Embroidery Projects

It is nice and quiet this morning. This kids are in school. My husband and I got up early and got our work out in. I’ve had my cup of coffee. I”m debating on another cup to keep me going. I thought I would share some pictures of some of the things I have made recently. Most of them are for friends or family. The Bible scripture in the picture frame is for a silent auction for a church function.The appliqued H is for myself. The Alabama A and Nebraska N I helped a friend stitch out for her daughter. Her daughter is an Alabama fan and her room mate is a Nebraska fan. It is a house divided hand towel. I hope you all have a blessed day.

Happy Sewing.

Baby Blues Quilt Pattern

A reader sent me an email asking where she could find this baby quilt pattern. Since I made this up as I went I didn’t have a pattern. I have been meaning to make one for some time. The time has come. (Per Mary’s request of course). There’s nothing like a request from a reader to get the ole creative juices flowing. Thanks Mary. I needed the push.

Down load: Baby Blues Quilt Pattern

Pocket T Shirt and a Hand Towel

I recently purchased the Fun Stitch Interlocking Ribbon Monogram from Designs By JuJu. I have stitched it out twice and I love it. It is simple yet elegant and a very sturdy stitch. I made a pocket t-shirt for a friend as a birthday gift using this monogram.

Here is the same design on a t-shirt for myself.

I stitched out this monogrammed hand towel for an Etsy customer. I love the navy blue chevron fabric.

Chevron Embroidered Sweatshirt

I made this chevron embroidered sweatshirt for my self this past winter. I love that the letter is filled with a chevron pattern. I bought the design from Hang To Dry. The design is called Chevron Script. If you want just the Upper Case letters you can purchase those separate from the set. They are quite beautiful stitched out.

I embroidered the Chevron Script on a sweatshirt for a friend as well. She wanted all three initials. I have a single needle machine and my biggest hoop is 5 x 7 inches. This sweatshirt required 3 hoopings to get it done. I didn’t get the A as close to the T as I wanted. Thankfully she was okay with it. It still turned out nice.

Spring Break 2014

Most people when planning a spring break vacation head south. Not us we went North. We braved the snow and wind and drove to upstate New York to visit family. Most people from the south are surprised when we say we are going to New York. I have lived all but 4 of my 38 years in the south. Most people know that my husband is from Kentucky. It took us 15 hours to get there from Alabama and 16 1/2 hours to get home. On the way up we stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania for the night. We woke up to a dusting of snow on the truck.

On our way from Erie to Buffalo it looked like this.

Not too bad really. It cleared up once we got past Buffalo. Our first stop was my mother and Marty’s house. Here I am with my mommy.

We went to GG’s house after wards. We stayed with GG (Gramma Geri) because she has more room at her house and lets face it five people need some room. Especially when two of those people are over 6 feet tall. The next picture is of Thin Danly (Flat Stanley’s cousin) with the snow castle the kids were making at moms house.

Don’t you just love his I Love NY shirt. He traveled with us from Alabama. Here are the kids at GG’s House.

(Kayla, Timmy, Carrie, Carissa, Ali, Tina, and Joshua on the floor). We let Andrew practice being a photography. He took very random pictures and wanted selfies with us.

The boys went outside at moms house and started building a Fort that ended up looking almost like an igloo.

 

This is Barney. Chuck and Gramma’s puppy. He was very friendly and loved getting his belly rubbed.

Andrew gave Gramma Kathy a refresher course on playing UNO.

Here we are getting ready to leave and head back to Alabama. Can you see my ready puffy eyes. It was sad. We had a great week. Hopefully it won’t be 3 years before we get back up there. We sure do miss everyone but not the cold weather.

RW&B Steps

Last year I received an email from Cathy Habermann from Hands on Design asking if she could use the image from the True Blue Quilt Block and turn it into a counted canvas quilt square pattern. I said yes of course. It was an honor to be asked. Cathy came up with a beautiful design called RW&B Steps. The way she chose to stitch each square gave the finished design such wonderful dimension and the colors really pop.

Cathy creates delightful designs for counted canvas. You can go to her website Hands On Design to see some of her creations. Page 2 has the RW&B Steps picture. You can also follow Cathy through her blog and on her Facebook page.

It is a blessing from God to get to meet so many talented people through my love of quilts and sewing. Thank you again Cathy for contacting me.

Pocket Tees and Monogramming

Yesterday I monogrammed the white sweatshirt for my friend Angie. I had to hoop it three times to use the big letters. I used the Chevron Font from Hang to Dry. I also made my first pocket tees yesterday. The coral colored t-shirt is for me. I used a Thirty One fabric swatch from my kit. It has cute flip flops on it. The second pocket tee is also for Angie. It is a surprise. She didn’t know I was making it for her. She loves lime green. The pocket is a gray denim fabric that was also from the Thirty One fabric swatches. The pot holder hand towel set is for a customer. She requested two sets. The other set has a Y on them with the same fabric. I made the pot holder. There is 5 layers. Fabric, Insul Bright, fusible fleece, Insul Bright, and then fabric. They are pretty thick. I used the La De Da applique frame from Planet Applique on the hand towel. The font on the pot hold and hand towel is the Elizabeth Font from Applique Corner.