Thursday, March 31, 2016

And here's the framed birth record. I had Emelie help pick out what she wanted for the matting and frame. (Blocked out last name, date and location of birth for privacy.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I'm really enjoying my embroidery machine and especially applique. Here are a couple bibs I made for Sonja, but decided the smaller one is probably too small for her at this point. I may give it to a friend for her "Hope Chest" or send it to Iris for a doll bib. I probably have lots of time to fill my friend's "Hope Chest".
 I made this greeting card for a friend's birthday. I didn't have time to stitch a CCS motif, so I decided to use some pressed flowers together with a decoupage technique.

It feels like Christmas as I scramble to finish up gifts and cards for my friends and family for April birthdays. Here is a CCS greeting card made with a chart offered free on the internet.

I'm happy to have finished this CCS motif by Lizzie Kate in time to make this market bag and have it ready to mail to Leslie for her birthday. With her living in Alaska, it's necessary to mail a little earlier to be sure it arrives in time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Here's my latest knitting finish. I actually made two Bunny Blanket Buddies for my baby granddaughters for Easter. The lavender one apparently hopped away to Alaska before I got a picture of it.  This is a free pattern from Lion Brand, but the yarn I used was Red Heart Buttercup. It was hard to do the facial features with this fluffy yarn, but it's very cuddly.

I made this scarf in 2014 and just kept it in my gift closet. When I was in Alaska, Iris (age 6) liked the scarf pin I was wearing and wanted one. When I found this little heart pin at a recent sewing expo, I thought it would be cute for her so brought it home and contemplated what to make to go with it. Then I discovered the scarf in the gift closet. It's quite small, so I thought it would be perfect with the pin and not too big for a child to wear. I sent them to Iris for Easter. She goes to a private school where their "uniform" is plain colored shirts with no embellishment, so perhaps she will have fun embellishing her plain shirts when she's not in school.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stopping by with a little show-and-tell ... I finished these machine embroidery poppies to send to Emelie for her dining room table.

Friday, March 11, 2016


Here I am in Nebraska thoroughly enjoying my first “tease and squeeze” with my newest granddaughter. In between teasing and squeezing, snuggling and cuddling, I have made a nursing cover, a couple flannel receiving blankets, as well as utilizing flannel remnants for a burp cloth and wash cloth (not shown).
Nursing Cover

Flannel Receiving Blanket
made with flannel panel
Burp cloth

Receiving Blanket
Missouri Star Quilt Company
Self-Binding Baby Quilt (Receiving Blanket)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

This cross stitch is a birth record for my newest granddaughter. Cross stitchers may be amazed that I actually finished it within a month of her birth. Me, too! I started working on it in January after my daughter approved it for the baby's nursery. I will be consulting with her about what framing she would like. The nursery theme is woodland animals, so this motif from Stoney Hill is perfect. (Last name and location of birth blocked out for privacy.)

And there's more ... Another idea gleaned from forum friends (thanks, Les at This is a large knitted piece made as a wall hanging. Having a crafty husband, he made the knitting needles from dowels and had a creative idea of how to hang it on a brick fire place. This fireplace was in the living room of our home when we bought the house, but that room has since been converted to my studio. The fireplace opening is now blocked by storage drawers and a craft shelf. I think this added a nice touch (but I should have done a little more craftermath control before taking the pictures.)

I’m finally back with a crafting update. I’ve been busy since Christmas working to finish this quilt for my newest granddaughter who was born on February 21, 2016. We are going to Nebraska to meet her this coming Monday, so the pressure was on to finish her quilt. I started it back in September but was also working on another quilt that needed to be done in November, and then along came Christmas, so the Woodland Cozies quilt was set aside quite some time. The original idea for this quilt was from a post on a quilting forum with bears in beds. I didn’t want all bears, so I had to scout out other animals. I didn’t have a pattern to follow, and made all the appliques from pictures found on the internet. Since I didn’t have a pattern, I was stumped with the layout and deciding what fabrics to use for the sashings. At the last minute, before joining all the rows, I decided to add some applique hearts using my embroidery machine and fabrics from the different blocks in the quilt. I’m quite pleased with the result. We’ll see how new mommy Emelie likes it.