Iron Caddy, Ironing Pad and Scrap Sack

A friend recently gave me the cutest pattern for an iron caddy so I just had to try it out!  It’s really handy to carry your iron to sewing classes or retreats.  It has iron safe fabric on the inside so it unfolds and becomes a surface where you can iron your quilt blocks.

I also made a cute ironing pad and scrap sack out of matching fabric.  You can use the pad to iron your blocks or as a pad for your machine.  It even has a pin cushion and a fob for your scissors.

Spooky Pillows

Here’s couple of Halloween pillows I made from a really cute book purchased at the Houston Quilt Festival last November.

These are really cute and will probably end up with one of my grandkids.  Most of the work is done by machine applique but the spider’s web and spider are done by hand embroidery.  I’ve done counted cross stitch for many years but I’m trying to learn embroidery.  I can’t seem to keep my stitches the same size.  Hopefully, I’ll get better as I practice.

I purchased several Christmas quilt patterns that use hand embroidery so I need to get crackin on that practice!

Compass Centre Retreat

I enjoyed my first week of retirement at the Compass Centre in Mt. Clam, TX.  It was so much fun to share the laughs and good times with my quilting buddies.  We had a wonderful time and the center is a great place to have a retreat.  The rooms are so cute and the food was wonderful.  We always learn alot from each other also.

It seems like I didn’t get much done; while everyone else was whizzing through several quilts, I barely finished one.  My friend Diane must have made at least two dozen, if not more, in those 4 days.

This quilt is for my friend Reggie, who is a giant of a man, so the size of the quilt had to meet the challenge.  It’s just a bit bigger than king size.  Reggie and I worked together for the last five years and they have been the most fun I’ve had in my working career.  We’ve shared many happy times, including, our Halloween costume contest for charity, which we won last year.  We’ve also sung together, danced together, and shared many meals through those years.

I named the quilt Tropical Vacation – in honor of Reggie and Marilyn’s 40th Anniversary.  They celebrated with a cruise last year.  The quilt is being quilted and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I’m sure it will be beautiful.

I have quilts for my other team members and they are at the quilter also.  Unfortunately, I did not make photos before I sent them off.  Keep checking back to see those quilts also.

Take care and have a blessed day.

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Is it Christmas yet?

I’m not sure if I’m early or late this year but it seems like all my projects are Christmas related.  I suppose every quilter has UFOs (Unfinished Objects) in their stash, but I seem to have more than most.  I started the year organizing and puttting my projects together and I realized I have enough to last at least a year.  I have so many Christmas items that I’m determined to get them all done by Christmas 2012.  I’m also trying to avoid buying anymore fabric unless everything I have is finished.

I love my Accuquilt Go! cutter.  These applique projects were cut using my cutter.  The pillowcases turned out so sweet that I’m hoping to find additional fabric and make them for Cook Children’s hospital.

I also have a new grandson Memphis Christopher Scott,  isn’t he just so cute!!!  It seems like sock monkeys are making a comeback so I made a Christmas quilt for him.  It’s on its way to the quilter and I’m very excited to see how she finishes it.   I hope he enjoys it for many years to come.

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I still have a few more Christmas projects so keep checking back.

Hello world!

This is a blog about sewing, you can’t tell from the name right???  I also love to cross stitch and make all kinds of crafts.  About five years ago I created a quilt for my father-in-law, a Pearl Harbor suvivor, as a memory of our family’s trip to the 65th Anniversary of the bombing.  After that I was hooked on quilting.  My favorite quilts are applique because they let you express your creativity.

I’m a mother of three grown children and 6 grandchildren.  I’m married to my best friend who keeps me in stitches : ).  He loves to make me laugh.

I’m retiring on May 3rd after 33 years of federal service so I’m looking forward to beginning a new phase of my life.  Hope to see you visit again soon.

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