Friday, October 24, 2014

Women of the Bible FREE BOM

So you all know that I love BOM's and have actually completed some of them (shocker)! Here is a new one for the Women of the Bible quilt from the ladies at Little Quilts!
Here's the scoop! Every two weeks you will be sent 2 block patterns--free--along with the instructions for their completion and some helpful tips. I've looked over the quilt and, as you can see, it's made up of very simple blocks. The challenge will be to choose colors that work. I did a quilt with a lot of little blocks like this one has and it ended up looking too "busy". I think that's because I didn't use enough light fabrics..my quilt was mostly bright fabrics. I'm up for trying again! Anyway, if you don't download the free patterns, they start charging for them. The first patterns are free until October 27th. The only thing you have to do to get these free patterns is subscribe to their newsletter. Every two weeks you will receive 2 more free patterns automatically. You can get the facts about this quilt HERE. So have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Looking for Quick Gifts for Teachers, Stocking Stuffers, etc? FREE Tutorials!

Hello! I thought that I would share some of my favorite FREE tutorials! I know that this is the time of year to make gifts...next month will be getting ready for Thanksgiving and then the holidays and it will be crazy busy! First, From Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric Studio:
You can find this easy-peasy tutorial HERE. Next is a tutorial that uses clothes line ($1.00 for tons of it at the Dollar Store) and fabric scraps! This is a tutorial that makes an adorable little rag basket!
You can find this tutorial HERE. Next is a tutorial by Monica Solorio-Snow for Pennie Pockets. You can make these from holiday fabrics or just from pretty scraps and fill with candy, quilting notions or other goodies as a gift. After the gift is enjoyed, these make beautiful ornaments on a Christmas tree!
You can find the tutorial HERE. And, last but not least, here' my tutorial for a quick pillowcase. If you haven't made pillowcases for the little ones on your gift list, you won't believe how excited they get. You just have to make them using fabric from their favorite Disney movies. There's a Frozen line out now that is so popular!
Teens love new pillowcases too and so do kids in the hospital! You can find my tutorial HERE.

Time for me to get to work. I've done all I can to procrastinate...I must now go write 500 words about boys coats....sigh.... XO and Cheery Wave from Bev

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The First Finished Love Entwined...Amazing!

Well, here it is! As you know if you read my blog, I'm a big fan of Esther Aliu, who designed a pattern of a 1790 quilt from a black and white photo in a book published in 1958. She has given away the pattern in a free BOM on her blog. The entire process of design and publication has taken her at least 5 years. There are over 4500 people who are participating in downloading the pattern and making this quilt BUT no-one had actually finished one UNTIL now! Here it is! The first finished Love Entwined:
That's Esther on the left and the quilter, Narelle Birchall on the right. I can't even tell you how impressed I am! I've started one and have just that center round compass block done...lol. This quilt is SO HARD! The applique pieces are tiny, tiny, tiny. I originally started this to have something to work on while I watch tv at night...you know, a hand applique piece. But what I'm finding is that most of the work is preparation. At any rate, I just wanted to share. I think that, if you're a quilter, you can't help but be impressed. You can see closeup photos of the quilt and read about the amazing journey of designing it on Esther's blog HERE. Hope your Tuesday is inspired and that you have time to sew! XO and Cheery Wave from Bev!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gossiping and Sewing....and a Wonderful Blog to Share

Hi all! Monday morning...already! I took the weekend off with the intention of sewing all day on Saturday and Sunday. Well, that didn't happen...sigh...BUT I did get some sewing done! I got those pesky Dresden plate blocks finished for Gossip in the Garden:
These are the blocks that I've dreaded doing because they were supposed to be paper pieced. I did mine on the machine.
They aren't great but they are done. This has, otherwise, been a fun quilt to piece.

I thought I had all the blocks done for the center of the quilt but found that I had 4 more Periwinkle blocks to do. I did get those cut out.
With the embroidery and the applique, this is such a quirky quilt. Once I piece 4 more of these little blocks, I can get the top pieced! Woot!
I also worked on the hand applique pieces for the Love Entwined quilt. Wow, it is so hard! I did a lot of research on how some of the quilting experts who have completed this quilt and it was so interesting to see their blogs that I spent a lot of time doing that. The method I chose was that of Jane from Jane's Threads and Treasures blog.
This is Jane's quilt and shows the beginning of Jane's method of adding the "crown" triangle pieces. She does so many really complicated, difficult quilts and she puts beautiful photos of her methods and progress on her blog. I love looking at her blog...she is from Holland but lives in Britain on some land that overlooks sheep grazing in the field. She has a big chair outside, surrounded by lovely big trees, where she sits and does handwork. She's finished, yes, I said finished the Civil War Bride quilt, various Baltimore quilts, a Dear Jane quilt and more. She's truly an expert. I feel very much like a beginner next to her. I got my crown pieces cut and marked and appliqued one piece...lol. Her blog is HERE. She is awesome! Well, guess I'll get to work. Hope you have a great week! XO and cheery wave from Bev




Friday, October 17, 2014

So I have a question about an Ofla ruler...

Hi all!  As you probably know if you read my blog, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago. One of the gifts I got was a gift card to Hobby Lobby (woo hoo). I haven't had time to go until today. One of the things I got was a cute storage cabinet for the sewing room (1/2 off) that I will paint red:

I also got an Olfa 1" x 12" ruler. I know I had one but I cannot find it. So I'm sitting here looking at it.

This is the best photo I can get. So see the yellow lines that are every 1/4". Then there are black lines that are dashes. Every inch there are 1/8th marks. So what are these black lines for? I hope you can see it. Help me figure it out, will ya? I know you are all technical experts when it comes to sewing....

I also got some fusible interfacing for applique, some needles and some of those awesome white chalk pencils from General! I've been looking for them for a long time! Hobby Lobby had them in 2 packs with a pencil sharpener! If you haven't used them, they are the best thing I've found for marking appliques. The points stay sharp and they don't break. The marks stay on the fabric but if you have to remove the chalk marks, they are easy to take off. They were in the art department and not in the fabric department. And the best part, I have money left!
It doesn't take much to make me happy. I have been so broke, it's nice to go get some things! So what's up with you this weekend? I'm going to take off and do some sewing! My first weekend off in a while! Have a good one! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Decorate your Sewing Machine for the Holidays!

Hi all. Still too busy and stressed to sew but, lucky for all of us, Jennifer Heynen a/k/a Jennifer Jangles is not! She has created some free holiday projects that you can do for fun! Her first holiday project is this one:
How fun, right? A wreath and a Christmas tree and some little bunting for your sewing machine or the machine of a sewing friend! She's so creative! You can find this project and the ones to come on Jennifer's blog HERE. Hope you enjoy all her holiday projects! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Friends!!


May your Thanksgiving holiday be full of love, laughter and gratitude! Wish I could be there with you! Happy Holiday!

Friday, October 10, 2014

I'm SO busy (but I snuck in some sewing time)!

I don't get it....how can someone so busy seem to get nothing done? Sigh. I thought I should make an appearance on the blog because people are starting to email me and ask if I'm okay. I love you all so much for that! I was so crazy to sew last night!! I haven't done any sewing in so long! Anyway, I was watching Project Runway while I was writing and they were making a dress in one hour as a challenge. It occurred to me that I could take 10 minutes and sew something together that is in my "cut but not stitched" pile. So here's what I did:


You can tell that I'm still really "stiff" when it comes to this kind of sewing..lol. It's from Mary Lou Weidman's book, "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks". You don't measure...you just cut and sew. It's SO hard to do that! The blocks look all wonky but the way she puts it together make them look amazing. Look at some of her quilts!


So much fun but so hard for a traditional, "everything must be perfect" quilter to do!


Don't think it looks hard? Try it! She is such a great person and such a talented artist! She recently lost her husband, Mark, to cancer. She is a real trooper who is working hard to get by. Visit her website to see more cute quilts or to buy the book HERE.

 Jason is coming up from Dallas this weekend for my birthday so I'm cleaning house today...sigh. Thanks again for checking on me! I'm fine..just busy. Love you guys! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Sunday, October 5, 2014

One more thing I found--just in time (and the free pattern for it)!

When I was putting my UFO box back into the closet, I found this:

It's a little apron I made for Dylan a few years back. I made it as a shop sample to show the fabric but it was way too big for her at the time. I had totally forgotten about it. It's reversible! Here's the other side:





It is made with 3 fat quarters. The pear fabric had to be sideways because the fat quarter wouldn't work otherwise but I still think it's cute. The pattern was from Moda Bake Shop and you can find the free pattern HERE. It only took about an hour to make. Anyway, I haven't had time to sew anything so thought I'd show you. She's 5 years old now so it's the perfect size! I know she helps her daddy cook. I'm off to meet my son and grands for breakfast and then to my daughter's for lunch with more grands! Lucky me. Yes, I should stay home and clean for the appraiser but I'm not turning down free meals and time with the kids. Hope your Sunday is happy! XO and cheery wave from Bev


Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Bottom of the UFO Box-at Last!

I'm sure that, by now, you are sick of hearing about the box of UFO's I knocked over a few nights ago. I'm showing everything in it because I haven't been able to sew because I'm so far behind on my "real job" and my cleaning...bleah.... This is one of the last two pieces in the box:


It's my own design from years and years ago. The four seasons on flags-lol. It makes me say...awww, look at my first quilting efforts....awwww. Like looking at one of the kid's grade school papers. Then there is this partially finished top:

I don't have time to iron it, hang it, etc. It's not finished anyway. Back in my homespun days, I cut all my fabric into strips of varying widths as soon as I got it. I made these 4" squares by sewing 1" strips together, then cutting them into squares. Now, years later when I could finish the quilt, I don't have the fabrics that I did then. I have a few left but not much variety. So, what should I do with this? I can finish the flag/seasons quilt (although I probably won't) but don't know what to do with this homespun top. Do you have this issue? I cannot bring myself to throw them away. I don't have time to work on the projects I'm currently doing, much less mess with these. So what to do? Put them back in the UFO box and decide later cause I have to clean. An appraiser is going to be taking photos of my house on Monday morning. Do you ever find partially finished ufo's from 20-plus years ago? What do you guys do with them? I'm going to continue to clean. Hope your Saturday is more fun than mine! XO and grudgingly, basically cheerful wave from Bev