9/26/2016

Happy Leaves

Do you remember Bob Ross?  He painted "Happy Trees" & showed everyone how they could do it, too.  His trees were evergreen, but if they had leaves they would look like this:
I think Bob would be proud - even though I paint with fabric :)   love, faith.

9/22/2016

First Day of Autumn!

It's been chilly lately ... trucks drive by loaded with firewood ... leaves are changing color & falling to the ground ... patterns are emerging! 

"Cottonwood Leaves" Pattern, Doodle Time Designs

Paper-Pieced on the Inside - Curves on the Outside
Four Sizes; Dimensional or Ribbon Stem

FINALLY available at your favorite Local Quilt Shop - ask for it!  
Also online at Craftsy & Etsy!  

Thank you!  faith.


7/23/2016

Log Cabin Star Table Runner


Doodle Time Designs - Log Cabin Star Pattern
(10" Blocks)
Sometimes you gotta just sew something SIMPLE!  faith.

6/19/2016

Happy Father's Day!


All my love ... forever & ever!  faith.

5/30/2016

On Memorial Day, We Remember ...

"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave,
for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave."
--Joseph Rodman Drake



5/08/2016

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

5/03/2016

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.

3/27/2016

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.



3/21/2016

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.

  

3/14/2016

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.


2/14/2016

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.    

2/07/2016

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.