Friday, December 31, 2010

Le Petite Project: Prairie Point Christmas

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Here is my version of Le Petite.  I am in the same boat with fellow bloggers my top is done but with the holiday hustle and bustle I didn't get it quilted.  That and I need to find a red boarder I like with it.  I ordered some and it was too orange and I don't like it.  Can't wait till it is hanging up next Christmas. 

I used Connecting Threads fabric once again.  Cheap Talk for the cream and blue and Sweet & Sour for the greens and Winter fun for the multi.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


I sewed up a christmas present.  Sorry won't be posting pictures, yet.  But is was lots of fun and I am glad I got time to sew.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


I was planning on  FNSI and well I ended up sewing memories with my boys instead.  We went to a "Bethlehem" and paid our taxes and saw a babe in a manger.  Maybe next week I will find time to actually sew.

So should my name actually get picked to win please draw somebody who actually sewed.  ;)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Le Petite Project: Butter Churn

My version of Butter Church for the Le Petite Project!  Over Thanksgiving I did the binding but didn't get it posted.  I love how it turned out.  I used Sip of Summer by Connecting Threads.    This project showed me how important a design wall is.  I had it ready to sew together by blocks but it when much faster when I had it all laid out and could whip out rows at a time.   Not to mention put all my colors where I wanted them.  Yellows together, oranges together, I had to rip out a few that ended up in the wrong places.  I love the yellow as it reminds me of butter and the green of grass and orange of cheddar cheese.  And well Purple if you don't know is my favorite color.

It was bright and cheery on my table on a cold winter day. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

7 Projects to 2011!

Has anybody else realized how close it is to 2011!  There are seven whole weeks left starting today!  EEK!  Where did the time go!

I decided to finish or have 7 goals for those 7 weeks to bring in 2011.

Wk 1 is my Le Petite Nov quilt
Wk 2 is Life is beautiful squares handwork, as many as possible

Wk 3 is a PIF project
Wk 4 is my Southern Bell quilt top
Wk 5 is Le Petite Dec quilt/project

Wk 6 is my blue/yellow buck a block top
Wk 7 is my blue/red buck a block top

Would you like to join me?

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Just a quick note to let you know about a giveaways...

Barb's 4 sisters and mom giveaway.  Click Here for info   

Barb also has one for just today Veteran's day!  So check it out.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Le Petite Project: Paganini

I did it!  I finished something and quilted it.  It is my first free motion quilting project. About 3/4 through I started to out and I look forward to quilting more projects over the next year.  I am saving it for a little girl at some point.  The backing is some LDS fabric with a temple, I love primary and young women.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger Quilt Festival Fall 2010

For my the Blogger Quilt Festival I am showing off my first hand applique & hand quilted quilt.  Did I mention it is also my only one so far?  I love doing those things but it takes time, something I had when I made it but now I don't seem to have any, not to mention that sitting down involves a toddler in my lap with a book. So someday I will make another applique quilt. 

I made it when I was 15 years old (half a lifetime ago! eek!) and I won 2nd in the youth quilting division at the MidSouth Fair (the next year they split the hand vs machine quilts.)

I took an adult class at my LQS (can't  remember the name, it has been 15 years.) I was amazed that me a young teen could do something better than several of the grownups in the class.  My stitches were tiny and invisable on the applique and my quilting was tiny too.   We did freezer paper which we basted with thread and used a green flair pen to mark our quilting lines.
When I made it went with nothing but I loved the backing fabric and chose my colors off of it.  Now hangs happily in my front room which matches it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Into Fall winner, PIF update and Caramel Corn Recipe!

Someday I will figure out how to cut and paste the actual thing for now here is the result.

True Random Number Generator Min: 1 Max: 118 Result: 6

Congrats LEAH!

I was overwhelmed with comments and stopped answering everyone. But thank you all for entering.  I hope to email those who commented on the caramel corn recipe or the PIF in the next week or so.

My PIF participants are Regina of Sew Love Today, Cassie whose blog is not public yet, but it is special and Charlene of Geema's Wonderings.  So for all of you that wanted to particapate in my PIF and can't please check out their PIF's.  Thanks for the great response.  I was worried I wouldn't get 3 and I did!   So go help Regina, Cassie and Charlene get their 3!

What you still want the Caramel Corn recipe?  I didn't forget, I decided to post it.

Caramel Corn from Bonnie King, St. Louis, MO
15 Cups popped Corn (about 1 cup unpopped)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
Dash of Salt

In a pan, heat butter, syrup, sugar and salt.  Stir until it bubbles; remove pan from heat.  Stir in soda until foamy.  Pour over corn and stir well.  (If you want it hard, bake at 200 degrees for 1/2 to 1 hour and stir every 15 minutes.)

Personally I never have the patience to harden it...I love it warm and gooey!  It is very yummy when warm and sticky.  You can 1/2 the recipe as well if needed. We got this when my brother was in Webeloes over 20 years ago.  Still a favorite recipe and I think of St. Louis and our friends there every time I make it. 


Saturday, October 16, 2010

From Here to there, siggie blocks everywhere & FNSI

I started swapping siggies.  I thought it would be fun and a way to see the world without leaving Texas.
Here is the first of them.

And here are the ones in the past month!  They seem to multiply when I least expect it.  It is amazing how this works.

Somehow I got behind so I played catch up last night.

  And by Monday I hope to have them mailed out.  For those of you who swap any tips on keeping track of who you have sent them to received them from ect would be great. 

It is more purple in real life. 

If you would like to swap blocks let me know. 


PS Yes I have a winner and I will be posting the  information on Monday along with my caramel corn recipe complete with pictures!  As well as updating you on my PIF.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Great cover up!

Project one for La Petite

Cover this ugly thing....

Elastic was shot and well see the nice brown stain.

With the help of the internet and some fat quarters let me present my new ironing board. It is made to match my purple room. I love it! Thanks for getting me to do this little project. I see lots of different ironing board covers in my future....

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway!

Today is the day. All blogger world will be hopping and trying for prizes, or at least all the quilt bloggers. That is why you are here I am sure.

Would you like to know what you could win?

Well I have eight fall fat eights from Joann's in fall colors.

But wait, there is a problem, see the box.

See all that extra room?  Something needs to go there don't you think?  What would quilter like?  Hmm. I know something sweet, how about some homemade caramel corn.  Maybe with some candy corn...
Sorry no picture (you will want it fresh) but I can promise is is very addicting and yummy, made with real butter!

To enter leave a comment.  Sorry it is only open to US addresses.  Though if you want I will gladly email the caramel corn recipe, as I know that is what you really want. ;)  You are welcome to become a follower I love having new friends.

And I have one more thing!  I am participating in a Pay it Forward.
I am joining Linda at Stray Stitches in it. 

The idea is that 3 of you join my Pay It Forward and then I will send a hand made gift (made with love!!!) to each one of my THREE within the next 365 days!  ( I am one of Lana's 3)

Then, those 3 people must also host a PIF on their blogs and ask for 3 people to join their PIF - To Pay It Forward!

You may send anything homemade (and you get to choose what you want to make)- a small quilt, wall hanging, tablerunner, bookmark, pillow case, mug rug, cross stitch item, embroidery item - well, you get the idea. 

So, this is me, asking for 3 people to join my PIF - just leave a comment to this post stating that you want to be one of my 3.

That's it....No Catches!  Now, I only need THREE.....will you be one of my three?

So leave a comment to enter that as well.  


Patchwork Jenn

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Uplifiting thoughts!

Do 't you love to get away and hear uplifting messages? I know in a house of 3 busy boys I treasure my time away if it is something that uplifts and feeds my soul.  Tonight I got away to a church meeting and heard some uplifting thoughts.  Thought I would share.  Enjoy!

Jenn ;)

Each of You Is Unique

My dear sisters, each of you is unique. You are different from each other in many ways. There are those of you who are married. Some of you stay at home with your children, while others of you work outside your homes. Some of you are empty-nesters. There are those of you who are married but do not have children. There are those who are divorced, those who are widowed. Many of you are single women. Some of you have college degrees; some of you do not. There are those who can afford the latest fashions and those who are lucky to have one appropriate Sunday outfit. Such differences are almost endless. Do these differences tempt us to judge one another?

Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” The Savior has admonished, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” I ask: Can we love one another, as the Savior has commanded, if we judge each other? And I answer—with Mother Teresa—“No; we cannot.”
—President Thomas S. Monson
Watch the entire general Relief Society meeting

Monday, September 20, 2010

Magical Mail Monday

So I haven't won a go yet, but sometimes I do get a little lucky and magical mail shows up in my mail box.

First I ordered some patterns from Fashionably Modest Patterns and she had a giveaway for a free pattern.  I really wanted another pattern but thought no just get two, you will win the other one.  And I did!  Yeah! So I picked this pattern as I have a linen jumper in this style that is just about dead.  Really love it. So this pattern is perfect.

Then Karen of Messy Karen was making up wipers and I got one.

Too cute. I am almost afraid to use it.  And I plan on making some.  I love the small size.  That is about how much knitting I get done one a washcloth before I lose interest so maybe I will actually finish some.. ;) For the pattern go here.

That is it for magical mail.  Maybe someday I'll get one of those big boxes I see popping up on other's blogs.  But really I am blessed and I think small packages best.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday night

Football Sew in.  So the football game was great but we lost...

Oh right you want to know about my sewing...

Happiness in a box. 

Look at those colors for a person with 3 boys it is fun to sew something with some pink. 

Chopped up and strutting their stuff.

Paired up ready to sew.


See my nice flags. 

Anybody want to iron?

Friday, September 10, 2010


I figured I needed to start posting these.
I finish them and then don't post.

I'll try to be better.
I guess I could iron them but why it will be a few months till they are sewn and they will wrinkle again...

So here are the first 4 blocks I have stitched, 28 to go.

Can't wait till they are all done. I love working on them and I got my niece interested in stitching as well as her friend. Life truly is Beautiful and an adventure. Thanks for stopping buy. Oh and if you are interested in joining the fun, In Between Stitches is the place to go. They have been great and the kit is less than anywhere, trust me I read all the BOM sites...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Here goes nothing!

Well I am actually doing the Free motion Quilt along. (Button on the side for those that want t join.)

Here is my quilt top. Yeah I know it isn't ugly but who wants to work on ugly. So I am dubbing Purple Passion

First Up My Green Goblin practice square. I used the gingham to help me with my lines. It I am pretty happy with it. My stitches are kinda even and my zigzag looks great. No looking at my squiggles or my lines either...

Now to go baste my quilt old school with pins instead of spray. Stay tuned for updates...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hoppity Hop!

I am hopping after Barb of Bejeweled Quilts and following her on a Blog hop.  Care to join us?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew in!

I am sure it was Friday night somewhere in the world while I was sewing and my toddler was sleeping so does that count?  My night was spent swimming with my boys.

Anyway here is my sewing project.  I got hired to make a civil war custom for a Daughter of the Confederacy.  This is the skirt I sewed up yesterday.  Still needs a hem and what not. 

(now to find the camera so I post a picture)

How was your Friday?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tumbling along!

Remember my tumbling block quilt?  Well I had 3 left over tumbling blocks (okay 2 and 7/8ths of a block.)   As any good quilter I was holding onto them for dear life, they were scraps after all and from a dear friend.  So in the scrap pile for them.  Then I was blessed to read this fun blog.  (don't check it out and please don't put your name in the pot for the GO! she is giving away!)  So I got to thinking that I could do something with my almost 3 tumblers.  So I came up with a cute little purse.  I did mine a little different as I wanted it quilted and pockets inside and of course handles and a snap at the top.  Okay so it is really nothing like hers except it uses 4 tumblers.

Did i mention I put a clear pocket on back for my drivers liscense.

Well it was so much fun making the little one... I decided to make a bigger one with more tumblers.  Well since I don't own a go I used my handy rotary cutter and my construction paper pattern (yeah i copied the tumblers before they got sewn) and went on a tumbling.

So I am done tumbling for today.  I hope to post my tumbling tote tutorials in the next week so you can tumble too.  And I plan on having a giveaway for a tumbler tote too so tumble on over sometime next week.

Which would you rather get the small one or the bigger one?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pull out your ugly fabrics

You know the ones thare are stashed in back of your fabric stash from long ago forgotten projects.  You can pass them on to some unsuspecting soul for them to quilt.  Just go here for the details Stash Manicure.

Now I am off to see if I even have 2 yards worth of fabric to sew along...I tend to destash often and ruthlessly.  And currently my stash is lots of PUL and sweat fabric...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer is Over

Well at least at our house. When dh goes back to work life returns to normal.  I get to homeschool my boys and play on the computer more as we aren't so busy.  Haven't figure if playing on the computer more is a good thing or bad thing...anyway, thought it was time to post again.  I have been sewing, though not all of it quilting.

First up are some wonky log cabin squares I made for a contest at a local quilt store.  I had lots of fun.  I had scraps from Lucky's scrap box and it was fun and mindless.  Quilt Dad is where I got the idea.  If you haven't been be sure to check out his site. 

  I haven't decided if I want to do a quilt with them or just hang them in my boys room which is done in primary colors. Decisions, decisions.

And last is my efforts at marketing my skills.  School is about to start around here and lots of little kiddos, go to public school where they have naps.  With naps comes napmats made of vinyl and well I can't stand the thought of napping on vinyl can you? So I whipped up some simple nap mat covers, of my own design and am marketing them on craigslist.  Here is the pink girly one.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Unveiling of the beautiful dress

Doesn't it look gorgeous on the bride?  We modified a McCall's Halloween dress. I can't take credit for these pictures, my friend who does photography did them, thanks for sharing Katie.  She also has an etsy store for printing on canvas.
And here is a wedding day shot.  Congrats L & R!  We love you guys!