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A Few Small Projects

I made this little trivet to go with some of my new kitchen decor.  It is a similar pattern to the design in the door I did in painted glass. It's about 5 x 7. 



This is the 9 patch I was talking about, that is cut into 4 parts then put back together. This was on the Moda Bakeshop site. I want to try this again with brighter colors and see how it  works out. I'm planning on turning these 2 little blocks into ATC's.
I need to get back to Hubby's 3 Stooges quilt. I only have the binding left to do. I don't like putting binding on so if I don't watch myself it could lay there for weeks. After I get it quilted the fun level goes down hill quick for me. But I saved it from the UFO pile once and it just can't go back there. So I'll try to start on it in the morning.

Rainy Days

Not much going on today but did want to share a site I found with Free Amy Butler patterns on it. These are some very cute quilts and several nice accessories too. 
Was reading several blogs yesterday and found this really good idea. The link was on Fiber Fabrications and took me to Moda Bake Shop my first visit was very enjoyable. Wonderful fun projects and tons of ideas. The one very simple one that caught me eye and I'm going to try it this afternoon, is a pattern made with their crazy eight charm packs. The project is listed under the name of Christmas table topper and was done by Rachel of PS i Quilt. It's such a wonderfully simple idea and I just love it. She starts off with a 9 patch and then cuts in into 4 parts and reassembles into a wonderful block. I'm going to try it with some precut 2.5 squares I picked up at the quilt show and see how it works. There was another pattern on there that really took me back and it was the little stuffed strawberries made of red cl…

A Sunny Saturday

Today was a beautiful day, with the weather being a bit warmer here.  Hubby and I went out to run some errands and while being driven around I was pondering the fabrics I'd use on the Birthday Block Swap. I wanted to use different fabrics and have picked out 3 groups.  

The first group is blues and greens with a little dragon fly tossed in.

The second group is one of my favorites, Civil War Prints.


And last some cute pinks that I got while on vacation in Gatlinburg at the Cherry Pit.

This last fabric is just something I picked up at Walmart a few days ago when in there looking for oven mitts. It  was just too cute to pass up. I always make little Christmas theme gifts to give to family at Thanksgiving and this fabric will make very cute pot holders I'm thinking.  Yes, Angel I got this for you mostly.



This last photo is one of my entries for the Tomato Festival. The tattooed tomato said it all. I Love East Nashville. I do indeed. All the photos around the tomato were taken a few days ago when I w…

Roaming The Old Neighborhoods

I've lived in East Nashville the bulk of my life and just love it here. Over the years the area has changed in some ways but in others not so much.  A drug store where I got ice cream when I was 6 is now a restaurant, and beautiful old homes became gift shops. I'm thankful to the beautiful old buildings still being there to trigger my memories. The reason I was out roaming around was to take photos of the area that will be used in one of my entries for the Tomato Festival art show at the Art & Invention Gallery. Every year during the festival they have a big show of Tomato Art. So yesterday with great weather I took a walk threw this beautiful neighborhood and took tons of photos and of course stopped and shopped and had a few great snacks. 


I Dream of Weenie is a great place for lunch if you're on the go. It is inside a yellow VW van. It's really cute and the food is great. My dog had vadalia onion relish with rosemary and was yum. It's VW can be seen in the bac…

Tiny Tiles and Little Details

Things are coming to an end with the kitchen remodel. I'm glad too. It's been a huge learning experience.


This is the door from our kitchen into the laundry room. I used glass paint and the faux leading to give myself a poor man's stained glass window.

Yesterday we (mostly my hubby) did the tile back splash. I was in charge of cutting the tiles apart and just being the extra set of hands he needed. The 1" tiles were in sheets of 12 x 12 and they went up pretty easy. I love the look. So on Sunday we'll do the grout and the kitchen will be DONE! It seems like it's taken a long time and it  all started back in March when we picked out our cabinets. It was sure a mess around here while it was being done, but all is back to normal now. The dogs have recovered from the days of nail guns and compressors and are back to snoozing on the couch.

I also did the small upper cabinets glass to match the door. I did get rid of a huge amount of my pig collection and only a few came back into the k…

Block Swap To Celebrate A Birthday

Linda B. who has the very entertaining blog Fiber Fabrications is having a block swap to celebrate her blog's 200th post. I think I got that right, let me know Linda if I've goofed. Anyway she has this lovely vintage quilt that will be our inspiration. We will each make 12 blocks using this pattern. Our signatures will be in the center section. This will make a beautiful quilt when I get my 12 different blocks back. As always I'm way ahead of myself thinking of those finished blocks coming my way.
I'm pretty sure which fabric I will use for the square sections. Linda has left the colors up to the quilters so our personality will show. Thanks Linda. The long center section will be our signature section, and that will be in muslin. Linda said it would be interesting to see someone trying to figure this out many years from now. A finished quilt made from these blocks will be kind of like a time capsule. I'm not sure at this point if I want all 12 of my blocks to be the…

Olivia - She's Ready For Her Close-Up

Olivia has been finished for almost a month, but I just now got around to getting her photo done.  I made this little lap quilt for snuggling on the couch.  I've been a fan of Olivia for ever and started collecting  the fabric at the 07 Paducah Quilt Show. I've bought way more than I needed  (couldn't stop myself) over the past 2 years.

A Few Quick Projects

One of my quilting buddies, is making a baby quilt and it has animals on it from the jungle. The fabric is called jungle babies. It's real cute and this fabric that I made Leroy out of is from that collection. I made Leroy to go with her baby quilt. This was the first time I'd tried to make anything like this and it was a little odd to start off with but in short time it all made sense. I'm not a big fan of following a pattern and prefer to just wing it. Most patterns seem to me, to be written for people who know how to sew and use patterns. They never seem real clear to me. It may be just me. 



Since I'd not been sewing much I needed some instant gratification and made a few ATC's. I really enjoy making these tiny little quilts. One ended up so nice I didn't want to cut it down to ATC size so it will become a greeting card I think.



I did some fabic dying the other night and use these little experiemtns for these ATC's. I'm new to dyeing and it's really inter…

How One Hobby Effects The Others

With the kitchen being almost done (only 2 things left to do) I'm  getting close to being able to get back to quilting.  These are the new window toppers in my kitchen. I just love this fabric and I"m going to make cushions for the  dinning room chairs to match. My little flying pig is so happy to be back on top of the stove.

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One of the two things I'm still working on is the door that is between my kitchen and laundry room. The laundry room/pantry used to be the back porch of this old 77 year home.  When this porch was made into a room, way before we bought this place the original door was never taken down so we've kept it, glass door knob and all.  I put the faux stained glass on it many years back. It was a pond with dragonflies and cattails. This no longer went with out new decor. I wanted a  craftsman style design on the door and decided on this simple Frank Lloyd Wright design. It is, with a few edits from the Lake Geneva Inn, in Lake Geneva WI. ca. 1911. The edits …