Thursday, October 29, 2009


Oh dear, this is a terrible shot of this table topper. However, I just couldn't seem to get a good photo with the true colors. Maybe if you click on the picture it will show better. Anyway, this table topper is for my daughter-in-law, Ashley. I made her a table topper for Halloween and I thought she might like one that matches her kitchen decor for everyday.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Aunt Shirley

I have an Aunt Shirley, who is also my Godmother. She only collects two things. One of her passions is collecting Hummels. Her other is collecting anything with cardinals on it. I found this fabric in my stash and thought it would be perfect for her collection. I hope she likes it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Puppy Kindergarten

Maddy went to school. Not because she is bad, but because her owners (us) want her to be the best she can be. We want her to be social and have good manners. Just like when we had children, what they learn to be acceptable or not acceptable in our home is our responsibility. Maddy was the example puppy tonight. The teacher used her to teach commands to the group. Of course it didn't hurt that the teacher had a pocket full of Pupperoni to grab Maddy's attention. I now know our dog is treat-dependent and will probably need a doggy support group very soon.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I don't think my life could get any sweeter than this week. My first Grandchild, Beckham Anthony was born last night at 10:01 pm. Then today my husband and I had our visits with our oncologist. Both of us are in remission. If you look up, you should be able to see the glow over our house tonight. We know how precious life is. We take nothing for granted. We are truly blessed and we know it.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Christmas Pillow

I have had this panel for the longest time. I always meant to do something with it. It worked perfectly for the centerpiece of this pillow. The hardest part was figuring out the dimensions of the fabric that surrounds the panel. I made a flap closure for the back. This picture is really dark, but if you click on it you will be able to tell that I used two fabrics for bordering.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

When Will I Ever Learn......

.....not to buy directional prints for use as borders? This one was a beast (or maybe that should be bear) to piece together. When finished, the quilt will belong to my first Grandchild...who was due today, but is taking his time making his appearance!

Go Badgers!

Another 2 man bibs for Matthew. Go Badgers!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Table Topper

I had just enough of this black fabric left to squeek out one more table topper. Further down in the posts, I referred to this table topper as being octagonal. I guess I got my hexagons and octagons mixed up!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


A while back, a friend of mine bought some fabric to make burp cloths for a shower gift. Buying the fabric was as far as she got. Boy, can I relate! Anyway, she asked me if I would like the fabric to make some burp cloths for Beckham. Heck yeah! The yellow duckie fabric was mine, but the rest was my friend's fabric. I got 10 burp cloths out of all that fabric!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Making a Positive Out of a Negative

This fabric was not meant for a bib. It was supposed to be used for the cuff on a pillowcase. I measured the cuff correctly, but didn't pay close enough attention to the print. By the time the cuff fabric was folded over, the trick or treaters heads were on one side and their bodies were on the other. Not very attractive. This fabric was so cute though that I couldn't just pitch it. I had to piece it, but I had enough for two bibs.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pie Anyone?

All three of these octagonal table toppers were made the same way. You sew strips together to form a strata. Then you cut the strata pieces on a 60 degree angle to form the pie shapes. The bottom photo table topper is made with pieces cut consecutively from the strata. The top two photos are constructed of pieces that are cut the same way, but you use every other piece. If you click on the photos, you should be able to see the decorative stitches used to secure the piece.