A friend recently shared a picture with me of a Paci Bib that you can snap a pacifier to so that it doesn’t get lost when the baby spits it out. I went home and modified a bib design that I already had and my version of the Paci Bib was born. She have been selling them at our local flea market for me.
My cousin Brittany contacted me last year and asked if I would be willing to make a quilt for her mother as a Christmas gift. She wanted to put pictures on fabric and make them into a quilt. I embroidered the family name on one of the green squares. It was like taking a trip down memory lane for me. We spent a lot of time with my grandparents and aunts in Ft. Myers. It was nice to see her family pictures and think about the times we spent together when I was growing up. My how quickly time passes by. Even though it was a simple pattern it was by far the most challenging quilt for me. Mostly because of fear. The fear of messing it up or not getting it done in time. It turned out beautifully. I am so thankful that Brittany asked me to make this for her mother.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
I finally found time to create a PDF for the Easy Firefighter Baby Quilt Pattern. You can download the PDF or if you can’t open a PDF I can email you the pattern for Word.
I played around in EQ7 this morning. I used a block with quite a few different color schemes to see what I thought looked best. It is a pretty easy block. There are only four HST’s and the rest are squares. I printed out the directions for the block. Now I just need to test it and go from there. I created a couple of images to share.
Here it is as a table runner.
Thanks to picmonkey I created a collage of the projects I have made since the kids started back to school. Andrew started kindergarten, Josh started 5th grade, and drum roll please Timmy started college. I know crazy right. People give us crazy looks when we tell them this. We get told that we don’t look old enough to have a boy in college. Which I always say Thank you to. Timmy came home last weekend for a visit. Tim, Timmy and I went out to eat lunch and then to a local store. The lady behind the counter asked if my hubby and son were brothers. Imagine the surprise on my hubbies face. That is a new one. It made his day for sure. The house has been so quite. I love it. I am not a mushy momma. I didn’t tear up when the boys started kindergarten. I embraced it. The first week the silence took some getting used to. Now I get up and look forward to uninterrupted sewing or working. I haven’t been able to use my embroidery machine much since I got it. I have used it more in the past three weeks than I have in the 1 1/2 years that I have had it. I have also meet with some ladies at church and we have managed to sew around 25 dresses. The dresses are going to an orphanage in Haiti. One of the ladies from church is going with a group in November for a week. Our goal is 50 dresses. The other ladies are buying some shirts for the boys. It brings a smile to my face thinking about beautiful little tan babies wearing these dresses. It feels great to do something like this. God is so good. The pictures of some of the dresses we made are a little blurry.
I found this cute baby quilt today and thought I would share the pattern with my readers. I have tons of strips just waiting to be used. The pattern is Strip and Flip Quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew.