Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pat Sloan's Surfs Up Quilt Block Times Two!

On my last post about Pat Sloan's Quilt Block 2, I shared that I am making 2 quilts --- Yes 2 quilts!  Click here to see that post.  and Click here to see the first post about Quilt Block 1. 
I am making one with my tiny blue prints and blue batiks and...


...the other one with batiks in purples, blues, and greens and more. That one is very bright and colorful.


I love them both!



Look at all those tiny blue prints!


And I love the bright batiks!











I stitched up all the cutaways from both blocks again!






I don't know if I will use them in the quilt or on the back or for a separate quilt! I had fun laying them out. There were a lot of little blocks that I made from the leftover scraps.


Yes I love both quilt blocks.  Thanks Pat for sharing your Mystery Block of the Month and inspiring us to sew! It is not too late to start the quilt blocks and join in on the fun! Pat's instructions for each block are easy to understand and follow. 


I am linking up on Pat Sloan's Quilt Blog and sharing the Surf's Up Quilt Blocks. Click on the link and you can see all the quilt blocks.

Thanks for following along!

Marcia

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Won a Prize --- A Crazy Aunt Betty Bag!




I won this Wine Gift Bag by being the first to comment on a facebook post before Valentine's Day! It's really cool!

We chatted through the personal message thing on facebook and I gave Betty my address.  We talked about sewing and quilting.  I checked out her Etsy page --- Crazy Aunt Betty Bags 

They are super cool! 

I looked inside each bag.  They are very well made. Good construction.  No loose threads. Very professionally made.

They are machine washable with the exception of the fancy bag and that you can sponge clean.

She includes 2 tags (To: and From: and a Happy Birthday one) with each bag.

She included a letter telling me how her bag business started.  I like reading about how things happen. You can read her story on Etsy on the About Page.

I took some photos with my magnetic letters because ...


... I am going to use the small bag for my grandson's magnetic letters and characters and the larger bag for the magnetic board.  They fit perfectly.  The brown floral bag I will share with my Mom. I am sure my Mom will love it.

I put a small baby quilt in the large bag to see if that would fit.  That size would be perfect for a gift bag for a small quilt. I am sure Betty makes them any size you would like. 


I had to order three sets of letters, because I needed 3 A s to spell Grandmama! 


While I was taking the photos, I played with the letters a bit.  I know my grandson won't mind.  Grandpapa thinks I bought the letters for me! LOL


I uploaded that photo three times -- why is it sideways???

Anyway ... I love the next photo.




Thanks Crazy Aunt Betty for the Bags!

Check out her Bags at Crazy Aunt Betty Bags on Etsy.

Enjoy!

Marcia


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Up Cycle This - Sweatshirt!

When I am sewing something "just for fun", I take photos of each step, that way, I can remember how I made it, just in case it turns out and I want to make it again!

My husband was getting rid of some of his old work sweatshirts.  They were still in pretty good shape and I decided to "Up Cycle" one for me!




The rest of the post will be all photos -- Only a few words and no instructions.  As I was making this, I just flopped the shirt on the floor and took a photo of each step. I was not planning to post, but a friend asked me to share. 

If you sew or quilt it should be easy to understand if you view all 43 photos.  

I started with a size 2XL 100% cotton sweatshirt that fit me. Make sure if you make one that the sweatshirt fits you and your really like it, before you start.

This Up Cycle --- Sweatshirt is available in a PDF Downloadable Pattern at Craftsy.com for Only $1.00.
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I zig zagged to join the strips.



 Then I topstitched it flat.








2 inch squares


















































That's it!  I "up cycled" my husband's sweatshirt!

Minutes for Me!

I love sharing!

Take some "Minutes for you" and have some fun!

Enjoy!

Marcia