Wedding Gift

It might seem like a small thing, but the young couple is moving to California, where there are no plastic bags.  A set of shopping bags is a practical gift that will help them get started.
DSC01453And remind the bride of time spent playing with chickens in our back yard.  We wish them the best.

Decorative Pot Pincushion

After the success of yesterday’s pincushion, I wanted to try another one.


This was another decorative pot.  The plant that was in this one outgrew the space and lives in larger quarters on the sill of my kitchen window.

But, such a cute pot wanted a future holding SOMETHING useful (besides that flower).


So, it became a pincushion.

Teacup Pincushion

Recently, I was gifted a tiny plant in a cup.  Alas, the plant did not survive very long, which is unusual around here.  I am pretty good at keeping plants alive. But, the cup remained.

It was decorative and not really intended for drinking.

But I thought it might make a cute (and functional) pincushion.

This TUTORIAL gave me a good starting point.


And before I knew it, I had a new super cute (and functional) pincushion.

It was so much fun, I made a second one, which I will share with you tomorrow.

Do you have a little pot laying around?  Consider a pincushion.

String Pieced Potholders

While it is fun to develop new designs, sometimes it is fun to revisit old favorites, too.


This week it was String Pieced Potholders.

They are simple and satisfying to create.


If you need a quick gift for someone special (this can include YOU) they will brighten the day and bring a smile, too.


And use scraps.  It’s a good thing.

Side Project

The last month of school is always a big push and it is all a person can do to keep their head above water, but a little sewing can be fit in.


I know I wasn’t up for anything complicated and these cute “traffic” fabrics came in a bag of scraps.  They could be a quilt.

No tutorial, but here is how I did it.  The “traffic” fabric was different size strips and small pieces.  I cut them to likely sizes and framed them with solid scraps, then trimmed the blocks to 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.  Do this 24 times.


Lay them out in alternating horizontal and vertical rows.  Ta-dah!  A quilt top.  Finishes at 36-1/2″ x 36-1/2″.


Friday was my last day of class.  Give me a week or so to sleep (really, I nap a lot the first week of June) and I’ll have a lot to share again.