When God Made Me He Was Just Showing Off Applique Bib

I recently was asked to make a bib and two burp cloths with a design that I have bought from Happy Applique. This is one of my most requested stitch outs. I stitched it out on a towel and sent it to my mother. She loves it.

The bib is handmade. I used a hand towel to stitch the design on and yellow chevron flannel on the back. No layers in between. I used my serger to finish the edge of the bib and velcro for the fastener. It was so quick and easy to make.

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This burp cloth was monogrammed with Applique Corner’s Interlaced Open embroidery font. The perfect baby shower gift for an expecting mom. b-monogrammed-burp-cloth-fabricmom

Family Memory Quilt

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. IMG_5783It 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Bama Girl Applique Shirt

I made this Bama Girl Applique Shirt for myself right before Christmas. I bought the design from a digitizer and then added the word Girl to it. We love Alabama football here in North Alabama. Too bad they aren’t playing tonight. I can’t decide if I will be routing for Auburn or Florida State tonight. Either way it will be a fantastic football game.