Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time for Grow Your Blog and Giveaway - Again!

I can't believe it's been an entire year since the wonderful Vicky over at 2 Bags Full hosts the "Grow Your Blog" party! I don't know if she realized it would grow to be so large! She has put together lists of over 400 bloggers to visit! It's a wonderful opportunity to follow new blogs and make new friends!

If you are just visiting my blog for the first time or you are one of my regular blog friends, welcome! My name is Bev and I started this blog to promote my online Etsy fabric shop that sells the fabric I use for my quilting. I started to say my "hobby" of quilting but it seems like much more than that. I never expected to meet other bloggers who are amazing, sweet friends of mine now. We email, we text and we share the important and mundane things that go on in our lives. So poke around on my blog and stop by any time and say hello!

I live in beautiful Oklahoma City where we have had a tornado, snow and an earthquake--all in the same day!

 I share my home with my little dog Lola and until earlier this month, my little dog Charlie. I lost Charlie and it was so wonderful to receive the support that I did from my blogging friends.
Lola's tongue is her most impressive feature! Isn't she adorable? She is my sewing buddy and lays by my feet no matter what sewing task I'm performing.

I actually started sewing when I was 6 years old. My grandfather worked for White Sewing Machine Company. I'm not sure but I think he was in sales. He flew all over the country for them and went to trade shows, county fairs and to other events. When I was 6 years old, White Sewing Machines came out with the "zig zag" stitch, as well as other decorative stitches. This was a new, big deal! My grandfather taught me to sew...just on scraps to demonstrate the stitches. Ladies would stop by and say, "if that little girl can do those stitches, so can I". I was too busy working and raising 3 children (whose pictures are here on the blog--with the grands) to do any sewing. I actually taught myself to quilt in the 90's from the book, Quilting for People Who Don't Have Time to Marti Michelle and by watching Eleanor Burns on television. I still recommend both to new quilters.

I share all my quilting and sewing projects on my blog. Every time I stitch up a block, I put it on the blog. The feedback from my buddies is amazing and helps me so much! Now, about my GIVEAWAY! I was thinking of something that quilters and non-quilters or even non-sewers would like! So I'm giving away two gifts! You can stitch them but you don't have to. You can just cut them out. First:
A Delighted bunting panel! You can either add a backing onto each little flag and string them or you can just cut them out and they are ready to go. See the circle designs on the end? Those can be added to your bunding or can be used to make one using just those little circles! Here are some photos of this bunting that I made:

As you can see, they make a long bunting string and are cute and colorful. You can use them inside or out for parties, to decorate a room, on your porch...everybody loves bunting, right? And the second item that someone will win is another bunting panel:

This one is perfect for a 4th of July picnic celebration, a nautical room or to decorate your porch. I have a customer that is using these colors for her twin boys room and hung these cute flags from the ceiling. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. You don't have to start following my blog, but I would love it if you did! If you do become a follower or already are, please let me know so that I can follow you back! Make sure that I have a way to contact you. If you are a no-reply blogger, please include your email. Winners will be announced on the blog on February 15th.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll visit the rest of the bloggers who are participating in this fun blog hop! Cheery wave from Bev

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Elder Creep"

Have you heard of "elder creep"? It's the phenomenon of inexplicable forgetting that occurs when one gets older. I used to know where everything was and could visualize exactly what I had in my stash. Now that I'm an "elder", I keep finding things that I have no recollection of starting. I found these blocks yesterday. They were pinned together with a note that said "Shortcake".
I'm pretty sure it was a pattern we sold in the shop and that the 9 patch blocks are alternated with the square in a square blocks in the quilt. There were also pieces cut to make more blocks. When did I start it? Ya got me. I'd love to stitch some up today but I have a project I have to MAKE myself finish. Thanks again to all of you who wrote to me about Charlie. It means so much! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! XO Bev

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recovering ....Sort of.....

Thanks to everyone for your kind words about Charlie. It's so hard to adjust. Everywhere I look there are things that remind me of Charlie. For everyone who asked about Lola, she's adjusting well to being an only dog.

I've started to come back to my normal routine. I'm making things to put on eBay to sell and still doing the fabric sale in my Etsy shop to pay off the credit card I used for Charlie's medication. I found a Swoon block and am wondering if I should go ahead and make an entire top:
These are giant blocks! I love the yellow center fabric in this block. I looked for the right block to feature this fabric. Isn't it a cute little bee hive!

Again, I can't even tell you how much I appreciate all of your messages and emails. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Also, I know that there are many of you who have also lost your precious pets and I hope we all get to see them again someday. Love you guys! XO from Bev

Saturday, January 17, 2015

R.I.P. Charlie

Little Charlie died this morning and my heart is shattered into a million pieces. He was the best dog ever.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Working on Stuff to Sell...

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a great week! I'm working on projects to sell and holding Charlie...I alternate-lol. The vet said he only has weeks, at best. I know everyone is sick of hearing about this so won't go into detail. Just please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Here are some extra blocks I had for the Farmers Wife quilt. I'm putting them together and will sell them as a top.

I'm also finishing that project for Henry Glass. finishing sewing binding on the finished Farmer's Wife quilt and working on a pattern that my daughter Gina and I are doing together. Mostly, I'm nursing Charlie. Thanks for all your patience and concern! You guys are the best! XO from Bev

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Magic Binding Tutorial

Hi all! Charlie is going through another crisis with his heart. I've been spending time at the doggie intensive care unit and the vet told me that it won't be long now for him. But it isn't yet at the point of putting him down. I'm a wreck to say the least. On a happy note, today I'm sharing the coolest technique for machine binding a quilt that I've ever seen! I've quilted a long time and haven't ever seen this before. I contacted Marti of 52 Quilts and she told me I could use her photos and tell you all about this easy and fast way to bind a quilt on the machine AND have a little piping accent!
I tell ya, the best part of this technique is that it is all done by machine! I will be doing this for my next binding for sure. I thought it looked hard until I saw her great photos (which she gave me permission to use) and read the easy instructions:
Even the corners look easy to do:

Here's a pic of the finished binding on the quilt:
And here's another finished quilt with this binding method:

You can find this amazing tutorial on her blog HERE. She tells me that she's currently working on a video tutorial! I can't wait to see it. I know you're going to go take a look but I wish you'd let me know what you think. Have any of you guys used this method before? Our fabric sale is still going on. Charlie's bills are high and I still haven't found a job. I'm thinking that places that will hire an old, fat grandma are kind of few and far between. Have a great day. Love you all! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Friday, January 2, 2015

Stash Bee

Hello! It's dark and cloudy here and we are supposed to have a big ice storm for the next two days. I have food and dog food and as long as the electricity stays on and Charlie stays okay and doesn't have an "episode", I'm cool. It's still too cloudy to take good photos of the quilts and tops I'm going to list on eBay. Today I thought I would talk about Stash Bee for those who don't know what it is. I'm not sure how it got started, but a group of quilters got together and started a blog, separated people who want to participate into "hives" (small groups) and each month a selected member of the hive can request a block from the other members. There are 12 people in each hive so, at the end of the year, each person has received 12 blocks. Here is the block I did for January:
My "hive mama", Alison from Little Bunny Quilts requested this block and these colors. See her tutorial HERE. If you've stuck with me so far, the reason that I'm sharing this with you is that each requested block includes a tutorial with specific requests for colors, size, etc. There are 9 hives right now so each month there are 9 tutorials on the blog. Anyone can get great, free tutorials at the blog each month. After each member makes a block, they have to do a blog entry and show the block they created and answer a question posed by the person requesting the blocks. I think it's a great resource for any quilter who likes to see a variety of free block patterns and I think it's fun to see how people follow the instructions. Hope you enjoy and will maybe join the fun! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Thursday, January 1, 2015


HAPPY 2015! Looking back on 2014, I made some great friends by blogging! You have supported me in every way and you are so important to me! Charlie, the shih tzu, had some frightening "episodes" with his heart condition and he always rallied. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate you buying fabric to help us pay for his expensive treatment and monthly medications. I've got fabric in the Etsy shop marked down to 50% off still (in case you have some Christmas money to spend on fabric)! Thanks to everyone who has helped us! I finished this quilt:

The fabulous Karen Walker quilted it and she has used it to illustrate the Farmer's Wife quilt lessons using rotary cutting methods that she sells on Craftsy. In return for her fabulous quilting on my large Farmer's Wife, I made her this smaller Farmer's Wife in aqua and red.
Sadly, I'm going to have to sell my large Farmer's Wife quilt because I lost my job this year. I'm also selling other quilts and tops in my eBay store. I'll be listing them starting today. I can't get good photos until the sun comes out so some of them will be listed on Sunday (just in case you want a quilt top). Regardless of what happens with us, I am so happy that I've made so many friends this year. I hope you know what you mean to me. I wish you happiness, health and love for 2015! XO and Cheery Wave from Bev

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Seeking Photography Tips (for cloudy days with an inexpensive camera)....

Happy Tuesday! 2014 is almost finished...I know that everyone says it but I can't believe it went by so quickly! Today I was going to put some unfinished tops on eBay but it's cloudy. I just can't get a good photo. I have enough trouble getting a good photo in the sunshine. I wish I knew the secret of getting a photo with my inexpensive camera. Any tips for me? I suspect that the best tip is wait for a sunny day or get a better camera-lol. I love this quilt top that's made with gorgeous Tanya Whelan fabrics that I was hoarding.

I put a wide border on it so that I could do a scalloped border. Oh well, I assume that the sun will come out again eventually.
I'm also working to finish my project for Henry Glass Fabrics. They sent me fabrics and asked me to design a quilt. I'm almost finished with the top. I don't know what they'll think about it. I always think projects like that would be fun and then I start worrying about whether they are good enough or not. I hope your Tuesday is a good one! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Monday, December 29, 2014

All About Sewing Machine Needles!

Good morning! Do you ever change machine needles and stick them in a pincushion or in your machine tray and then wonder what kind they are? Yesterday I happened to find this helpful needle chart from Schmetz Needle Co.
 Finding this chart led me to the Schmetz website where I found an amazing amount of information that included what size needle to use for different projects. In addition, there is a lot of interesting discussion about thread types. You can find this informative site HERE (that is if you're a geek like I am)! They even have an app for your phone or iPad! Hope you're all enjoying this holiday season. Can you believe it's almost 2015?!? Well, have a good Monday! XO and cheery wave from Bev