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Boxy But Good

I have admired this little boxy number for awhile now. I saw it on Camille Roskelley's blog - it was just lying there on her ironing board and she also mentioned it on her Craftsy class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple . (If her window was open I would probably would look outside it too!) Anyway, you could say I'm copying and I want what she's got. Sometimes that's true, especially when it comes to her fabric  !! This summer, I finally tracked down the pattern maker, Sherri from This 'n That patterns . I  got it on Etsy at her mom's shop, Heavenly Patchwork . Oh! The name of the pattern is Abby's Treasure Box. Here is my rendition. I used Happy Go Lucky Charm leftovers. I even did a zipper!!! It's not perfect, just boxy but GOOD! My daughter has claimed it to hold her instrument "supplies" for band.

Friday Night Block Party: Attic Windows

And the winner of the charm pack is.... legato1958, Congratulations!  Please email me so I can get your information. As promised, this week's block is the first block in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Sampler.  I used scraps and charms that I had lying around and I was not disappointed. As I looked for the block name called Attic Windows.  I found many blocks with the same design and the same name but they did not look in any way like the one in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Sampler. The above pattern is what I found in countless places and when these blocks are arranged in a quilt, well, they have that three dimensional look like you are looking out a window. Some of those examples are here . This is the one from the book.  When I searched Attic Windows Farmer's Wife Quilt Sampler, then I got the samples below. Well, it's definitely a prettier window, I think.   © 2013 by  Heike Scharmann I really like this one by A Cherishe

How I read a Craft Magazine

I really look forward to getting these magazines every year. I forget all about them right up until school starts. In the past, I have always found them around October but this year I came across them in August and September, it's like the newsstands heard me!!  I just got this one at Joann fabrics. But this isn't the type of magazine to flip through as if you are sitting under the hair dryer at a salon or waiting for the hygienist to call you in. There is a "way" to browse through a craft magazine and today I am going to tell you how it's done, or at least how I do it! 1. Buy the magazine. 2. Put it in a safe place until you have time to sit down with it. Like the dress you are saving for a special occasion but sneak in your closet to try it on a few times because it's so pretty? 3. The first time you go through the magazine you look at every page slowly, but ONLY looking at the PICTURES.  TIP: Don't do this when relatives are over, t

Simply Retro Update: "Adorn"

 Made entirely of scrappy strips.  Because the Pebble quilting was so compact and I only "outline" quilted the star, it did get a "bubbling" type of effect when lying flat. Can you tell? Who cares though? The pebble quilting looks so great! So there you have it! The finished "Adorn" pattern from  Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.  

Friday Night Block Party: Mother's Dream

Hey everyone, can you believe September is almost over? That means that I'll soon announce the winner of the charm pack. Whoever left a linky or a comment is in the drawing, good luck to all!! About this block party.... I have to confess that I was not enjoying this process because while I loved sharing all the block names and making them, they were like mismatched "pieces"  that were just piling up with no direction or purpose. (I am done with potholders!)  So I went back to The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book. While I was using it as a reference, I find that in order to be inspired I really have to like what I am doing. What is the big picture that gives this block party a purpose?  For me I lose steam if I don't enjoy the process, it becomes a chore, ya know?  Therefore, since I have soooooo many scraps, it's the perfect excuse to get started on this project! The little scraps are "just right" for 6 inch blocks. So here I

Five Happy Pumpkins!

Welcome to my day of the FALL BLOG HOP hosted by Sheri at Sunshine in the Attic . Below is the schedule of other bloggers in the hop: September 19th  Sheri --  Sunshine in the Attic  September 20th Maggie --  Maggie's Empty Nest Days September 21st Susie --  Susie's Sun Room September 22nd Celine  -- Espritpatch   September 23rd  Yevette --  Evindie September 24th Judy --  Judy's Fabric Addiction  September 25th  Elaine -- Summercrafter   September 26th Patricia --  Quilting Lines Do pop over check out what they made, as for me? I have a  fixation with the Five Little Pumpkins Song.  It's been part of my teaching repertoire for many, many years.  So here is my latest rendition I am calling it Five Happy Pumpkins. It's really easy to do, it does involve some applique but it's as easy as "cut and paste!"   Updates in yellow! These squares started out at 3 inches. Draw a diagonal across from co