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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More 9-Patch Blocks

I can't say that there has been much happening in my sewing room lately.  Between doing yard work and other outside activities there just doesn't seem to be the time to start new projects.  I suppose that's the one good thing about winter...lots of time to quilt!  Even with the wonderful weather, I'm still managing to find a few minutes here and there to make some more tiny 9-patch blocks though!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Remembering our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day.   My heartfelt thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and ensure our freedoms.

Friday, May 23, 2014


Last Friday I asked if this little quilt needed borders or not and it was almost a 50-50 split between adding borders or going borderless.  In the end I decided to go with my gut, which was telling me that this quilt didn't really need borders.  I quilted it with a tiny meander and added a solid white binding which is just enough to stop the action and frame the quilt.  I love how it turned out and what's even better is that I used all most of my 30's reproduction fabric scraps! (Just how small is too small of a fabric scrap to keep or use?)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just Right!

How cute is this little cell phone wallet?!  I love how it turned out.  It's just the right size to hold cards, cash, and a phone.  Perfect for those who like to travel light or it could even be paired it with a larger tote bag! (Which kind of makes me wish I had bought more than just a fat quarter of the blue floral print!)   

Monday, May 19, 2014

Just For Fun

Every once in awhile it's fun to work on a project just because, for no good reason other than to just make something for the joy of it!  I picked up this Cell Phone Wallet pattern on my last shopping trip because the shop samples were just too cute...I couldn't resist!  The shop owner assured me that it was a fast and fun project...hopefully she was right!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the hand-knit doughnut with matching mug rug is...

9. Melissa Graham said... Mine is the chocolate, cream filled long john. YUMMY.

Congratulations, Melissa!

Thanks to everyone who visited Hanging On by a Needle and Thread and took the time to comment during the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day.  I truly enjoyed reading each and every one of your comments!  If you didn't win and had your heart set on having a hand-knit of your very own, visit Half Pint Knits...new items are added frequently.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Question Is...

My 30's reproduction scraps are now a quilt top!  It is  small, just 31x36, but that's a nice size to use in a carseat or stroller, so the small size really isn't an issue.  My question is, without taking size into consideration, does it need a border or is it done?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Merry Mother's Day?

It's an odd time of year for me to be working with holiday fabrics.  I usually save winter fabrics for projects between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but shortly after Christmas my mom mentioned that she needed a new holiday table runner, so rather than trying to stitch one during the Christmas rush, I thought I would make one for her for Mother's Day!  This way she will have it in plenty of time to enjoy it when next Christmas rolls around!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!!!

Mmm...doughnuts!  Who doesn't love doughnuts?  This pink frosted doughnut complete with sprinkles (made by  Half Pint Knits) and matching placemat (made by me) would make a delicious addition to any child's tea set or keep the set for yourself and it's a pincushion with a matching mug mat to use while you are stitching and sipping your favorite beverage!  Would you like a chance to win this sweet set?  Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite kind of doughnut is.

The giveaway will close Friday, May 16th at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The winner will be drawn by Random Number Generator and announced on Saturday, May 17th.  The winner will be notified by email, so if you are a no-reply blogger make sure that you leave your e-mail address with your comment.

Visit Half Pint Knits Etsy Shop to find more hand-knit items for children of all ages!

Don't forget to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways this week at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Quilting With Office Products

I do love my Gracie quilt frame, but I still like to use my domestic machine and a walking foot for straight-line quilting on smaller projects.  I was recently quilting a narrow grid and was having a hard time stuffing and shifting the quit through the machine and keeping my stitching straight, so I rolled the quilt and pinned the excess into place with a couple of straight pins.  Ouch!  Not a good idea.  Then I remembered the big binder clips that I had in my desk...they held the quilt in place perfectly and worked like a charm!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Challenge Continues

The leftover half-square triangles and stack of 30's reproduction scraps have now been turned into pinwheels, 4-patches, and charm squares with just a few small bits leftover.  Stay tuned...

Monday, May 5, 2014

I Wonder?

A quilty friend is on a mission to use up all of her 30's reproduction fabrics and she recently asked for some fabric to help round out the colors in one last 30's reproduction quilt.  In the process of searching for the fabric I found a bag with some leftover HST's and some other scraps, so I thought I would try the same thing as my friend and see if I can get one more quilt from the 30's scrap bag without having to buy anymore fabric.  I wonder if I can do it?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Big And Small

I don't do well with bags that have a lot of pockets.  Seems that I spend more time looking for what I want by searching through pockets than if I just throw everything in my bag loose!  Some smaller things do need to be contained though, so I made this little zip bag to match my new tote.  It is just the right size to keep the smallest things together and right where I can find them!

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