Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  When I was old enough, mom & dad gave me the Kokeshi Doll they had bought in Japan when I was born.  As you can imagine, I treasure it.  She's only 3 1/2" tall, but these Japanese "bobble heads" come in all sizes. Mine is "vintage", but here's a modern-day craftsman at work:  Kokeshi Doll in the Making  Thanks Mom ... love, faith.
Egg-cellent Mug Rug Pattern
Doodle Time Designs


Little House on the Prairie (LHOP)

Have you seen the "Little House on the Prairie" line of fabric from Andover?  There are several groups to this line, but one of them especially caught my eye:  Scenics & Icons  I love the girl running through the prairie grass & the Quilt Label panel.  So sweet they make you smile in remembering. But, I make mostly itty bitty things - what to do?  Stay true to yourself, of course!  Thank you Miss Beadle :)

Quilt Labels make wonderful Pin Cushions - don't you think?
Lots of "Last Minute Mug Mats" + "Love Notes"

Another Colorway - More Mug Rugs!
love, faith.


Hippity-Hoppity Happy Easter Day!

Can't get this song OUT of my HEAD!!  lol  So, of course, I thought I'd share - you can thank me later :)  Click here for a great memory:  Hippity-Hoppity HAPPY Easter Day!    love, faith.


Springtime? Forecast is for SNOW!

I know it's Springtime somewhere!  Here's an oldie but a goodie to keep all of us ever hopeful.    faith.



Egg-cellent Mug Rug Pattern - FINALLY!

Been working on my pattern backlog from last year (yikes!) - hope you like this little Egg Mug Rug design with Fussy-Cut Center.  And, even though it would be a sweet little "extra" to include in someone's Easter Basket, it's a great design for breakfast or brunch or celebrating Spring or ...  

If you have some bright & happy fabrics waiting for a little paper-pieced project like this, the Egg-cellent Mug Rug Pattern is available online only (for now):

Etsy:  Egg-cellent Mug Rug Pattern - PDF Download 
Craftsy:  Egg-cellent Mug Rug Pattern - PDF Download

Thank you to my testers (your Pattern will be on its way this week) - especially for your patience!  A little late, but done at last!  faith.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to you!  A million years ago, my dh would buy me one of those BIG hearts full of candy & maybe even write a love note.  Now, a few Dove chocolates, popcorn & a movie (at home) make me feel loved.  Sending extra-special "chocolatie" Valentine HUGS your way!  faith.    


I "Heart" the Bronco's!!

I really enjoy the Superbowl - all the hype & music & commercials & reminiscing - it's great entertainment.  And, I enjoy the game, too (unless it's a blowout, but we won't go there!). My favorite memories are watching football games with my dad a million years ago. I was always trying to learn more about the game & he was always in the "zone".  In other words, he didn't say much!  lol  What are your favorite football memories/traditions?  Just in case it involves coasters under beverages, here's that tutorial I promised:

Front & Back of Heart Mug Rug, Doodle Time Designs
Fussy-Cutting Bronco's Motifs

Tape fabric to window so you are looking at the WRONG side of fabric & motifs are backlit. Hold Heart Foundation Unit up to fabric to locate where selected motif will fit nicely.  In this case, the horse motif will replace Fabric Piece #1, #2, #3, #4 & #5.   

Template Method:  Make a copy of Heart Foundation Unit onto FREEZER PAPER to make Templates to cut fabric pieces.  For Horse Motif Template, cut Freezer Paper along outermost Sewing Lines of Pieces #1 - #5 (highlighted above with a black marker).  Using a dry iron, press Template to WRONG side of fabric, centering Horse Motif as desired & cut out fabric piece - allowing 1/4" minimum all around.  Save Freezer Paper Templates & use to cut a variety of motifs of different shapes & sizes for different Mug Mats.  Always allow at least 1/4" all around - this will become your seam allowance as you paper-piece.

Now, paper-piece as usual using Horse Motif to replace Fabric Pieces #1 - #5. Below I've added Fabric Piece #6 & #7.  I think the text below the Horse's Nose will be distracting ...

So, I folded the fabric back to see where I needed to sew to cut out the unwanted text.  My new Sewing Line is in red below.  Feel free to adjust Sewing Lines as needed to custom fit your motif - just remember, straight lines ONLY!  

That's about it!  Continue adding fabric pieces - you might even be able to work in another motif, but I cut it short for this one because the SUPERBOWL is starting - gotta go!  

Love them Bronco's!    faith.


Christmas Wishes

Wishing you a Christmas filled with good memories, old friends, family & LOVE!


Happy Winter Solstice!

Wishing you
much warmth 
on this 
Winter Solstice!  

love, faith.


Merry Everything!

If you're like me, making something special for everyone you care about is especially important this time of year.  Also, if you're like me, you kind of ignore reality for as long as possible. 
Until ... you look up from your stitchin' & the calendar comes into focus!  OMG!! 

That's when I go to Plan C (for Christmas):  
1.  Make everyone the same thing, 
2.  Keep it small & 
3.  Hope they don't compare!  

Hope is a reoccurring theme in my world.  So is staying on budget.  And, keeping it personal.  GETTING DONE is always good, too :)  

So, I designed some "Christmas-Holiday-Winter Message Boxes" for us "last-minute" types. These Message Boxes fit perfectly in the center of my Heart Mug Rug Pattern - called "Love Notes".  Here's a little sample of some of the 48 Messages available:

Merry Christmas! -- Joyeux Noel! -- Happy New Year -- Have a Cool Yule! -- Warm Wishes -- Believe in Magic -- Peace on Earth -- Ho Ho Ho! -- Bah Humbug! -- I "Heart" Santa -- Snow Happens! -- Just Add Marshmallows -- Let it Snow + more!  

In the Spirit of the Season, I'm offering the Christmas Message Boxes to you FREE until 12/25/2015 (the freebie applies to just the Message Boxes - not the Pattern).  Click on the link above or HERE & you'll be getting done in plenty of time to bake cookies for Santa!  Oh yeah - that one's in there, too!  Merry Everything!  faith.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm THANKFUL for lots of things people in my life!  Family, friends, puppy dogs & stuffing top the list :)  And, here's a little thank YOU my quilting friends - free download of Thanksgiving Message Boxes on Craftsy.  These are designed to fit in the center of the "Love Notes" Pattern, but you can use them however you like!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving & don't forget to "Gobble 'till you Wobble"!  love, faith.                                       

P.S.  I'll be posting Christmas - New Year's Message Boxes in a more timely manner!
FREE Download Thanksgiving Message Boxes


Thank You Vets!

Thank you Daddy and my brother, Bill and my sister-in-law, Dawn and my father-in-law Bobby & my Uncle Andy & my brothers-in-law in Florida!  And THANK YOU to each & every one of the Vets out there & their loved ones - we are grateful for your service & sacrifice!  

As a quilter, I'm familiar with the wonderful programs, such as Quilts of Valor & Wounded Warriors where groups of dedicated quilters get together to sew items of comfort - not just quilts, but little pillows & fleece blankets.  Every skill level is welcome - even if you can "just" press fabric!  (Believe me, they will LOVE you!)

But, lately I've been reading heart-warming stories about a different kind of program.  One where prisoners train dogs for wounded Vets. Best of all, these programs seem to be popping up everywhere!  Here is just one wonderful story about the healing power of dogs:  Milton Prisoners Train Dogs for Vets.  I don't know who came up with this great idea, but they deserve something BIG!  Or, maybe something little - just to say Thank You!  faith.

Left:  Doggie Embroidery from "Little Stitches" by Aneela Hoey (highly recommended!).
Right:  Scrappy Mug Rug idea from Modern Patchwork Magazine, Winter 2015 Issue, Susan Liu, Designer.