Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My First Giveaway Winner...

Another bag finished using byAnnie's Soft and Stable and a Lazy Girl Designs pattern called Newport Tote. A few years ago, I used the same pattern for another bag which I still use and really love but it's always been a bit flimsy. This time, I used Soft and Stable and look.... it stands upright! Yeah!
The fabric collection is from Blend Fabrics called Timber and Leaf by Sarah Watts.

Now, what you've all been waiting for since my last post... the winner is... #9!

Congratulations to Sherry from Quilts, Fabric, and Thread Tales! Send me your mailing address and Annie from byAnnie will send you a Trendy Tote 2.0 pattern and Soft and Stable! Hooray! You'll have so much fun making a new bag!

On Mother's Day, I got out a quilt block I had done using a pattern from The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book. This block was fitting for the day as the word "Mother" was in the center piece. I don't think I had planned this when piecing the block. It was happenstance. So, I decided I needed to do something with this block. I added a couple long pieces on the ends to lengthen it, added some binding, and had myself a new sewing mat. You probably have seen lots of these projects done as mug rugs (which I have made many for teacher gifts) but I like to use mine as a sewing mat where I put my little scissors, sewing feet, thread, needles, and whatever little tools I am using in the moment.
 The mat lays next to my sewing machine where I can easily reach whatever I may need.  

I liked it so much I had to make a pincushion to match. 

Oh, happy day! They make me smile :)

To all the mothers who care tirelessly for their children early in the morning, in the middle of the night, and every minute in between; to all the mothers who cook and clean and cook and clean and cook and clean; to all the mothers who give big hugs and send lots of kisses; to all the mothers who still find time, in the midst of it all, to sew, quilt, and knit! I give you a little of my flowerbed.
Bleeding Hearts - my favorite in the spring  

Mr. Gnome still looking for a Mrs. Gnome.  


Happy spring!


  1. Congratulations on your cute finishes!
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  2. I love how the bag turned out, the fabrics are gorgeous together and your fussy cutting on the pocket makes it :)

  3. Hi Julie,

    The bag is lovely.

    No I never did finish the State Blocks, but if you are interested I would start posting them again from where I left off.

    Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

    Lil Bit Brit

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