Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tanya Whelan's New Book and Free Pattern ~ WooHoo!

Block from "Katie's Prayer Quilt" 2010 ~ my design

I am so very excited to provide a link to a 
great new book coming out in December 
by Tanya Whelan entitled 
"Sew What You Love" . 

You can click on her book's button 
in my sidebar to see the book.

In exchange for a link to the book on your blog or website, Tanya offers a free download of one of 
her beautiful bag patterns.  

Here's a link to her website:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thanks Happy Cottage Quilter!

September was National Sewing Month.  
To celebrate, Jocelyn of Happy Cottage Quilter, had a giveaway contest.  I was one of the 4 winners.
Happy Cottage Quilter

Jocelyn chose to giveaway the book 
"Sew Sunny Homestyle" by Tone Finnanger who lives 
on an island in the Oslo fjord - how cool is that?

Have you ever heard of Tilda?  If you want to discover the world of Tilda ~ Click Here!

Included with the book was this beautiful fabric and ribbon to  match!
The book is packed with great ideas including patterns and directions.

Thanks Jocelyn the Happy Cottage Quilter 
for introducing me to "Tilda" 
and for your wonderful gifts!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Catching up, Giveaway Win, Etc.

Finally, after quite awhile, 
I've been able to sit down and actually remember how to post on my blog 
and share some of my projects, blessings and random pictures.

Can't believe October is half over!  Good thing I got out my fall quilt early 'cause pretty soon I'll be replacing it with Christmas decorations!!!  Made this one to be a table topper with no batting from a pattern in one of  Debbie Mumm's earliest books. I think I made this one in the 90's - wow! Love color with muslin! (One of my secrets to using muslin in quilts is to always remember to buy permanent pressed muslin - it always looks nice, smooth and pressed.)

Back in August I visited a blog that was offering a giveaway.  Tea Rose Home is Sachiko's place to share her amazing ideas and tutorials.  She does things with t-shirts that are so pretty - I hope I have the courage to try some day.  

Tea Rose Home Sponsors and Giveaways

The giveaway was a free pattern of your choice from Lily Bird Studio.  Guess what?  I won!!  I chose a downloadable pattern to make shorts with pockets for little girls.  I love the fact that the pattern included sizes from newborn through child size 8!  

I can't wait to start making some cute little shorts!  Thanks Sachiko for introducing me to Lily Bird Studio and for the opportunity to win a giveaway!

  Cecilia has designed some terrific childrens' clothing patterns and also has some great tutorials on her blog.  Cecilia lives in South America - isn't it cool that we can purchase things instantly from all over the world now?  

Hope your Saturday is a fun one!  
Till next time...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Fleece Jacket ~ Finished!

I just finished sewing my new fall jacket out of the softest fleece that I purchased around 2 years ago. (Trying to use up my stash before buying more :)   I used Butterick Fast & Easy B4293 - which really was easy to follow.  My only change next time would be to make the sleeves a little narrower - they are wider than I care for - especially on the bottom, however, this may be a blessing if I wear the jacket over a bulky sweater.  

Sewing on layers of fleece was a bit of a challenge, but I persevered ~ as usual.  As I always say, "If there's a will...there's a way."   My real triumph was using the button hole program on my sewing machine (Baby Lock Evolve purchased at my favorite quilt shop a few years ago.)  Took some doing and lots of practice since I was working through stretchy fleece. They came out beautiful!!! Used some very pretty silver/24k gold buttons I purchased on my first visit to the new Hobby Lobby a state away.  How I wish it were near by!

On to the next project!!  

Happy Fall!

Pat & Tony

Pat & Tony
Me and my best friend!