Minding momma

Addicted to the sale
October 23, 2016, 8:39 am
Filed under: crafted

I have been buying like mad from my new favorite online sites with their daily specials.  I have picked up this month the following….

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I am going to have to find something to go with all of them but the chicken.  That one, I’m offering to a friend first, then will probably auction off on a favorite site, cause I don’t know what I was thinking when I picked “buy” on that deal?!?!?!?!?!?!

I am hoping to turn the bali snaps into two chubby charmer bags, the pattern picked up at my LQS but not on hand to tell you who made it.  I’ll try to come back and edit once I figure it out.

Any ideas for the Valentine minis?  No table runner, as I use my whole table for crafting and then eating.  No time or space to dress it up past Thanksgiving Dinner. lol.

Linking up to Sunday Stashmolli_sparkles_sunday_stash_button

Retreat Recap
October 22, 2016, 2:10 pm
Filed under: crafted, Life

It was a fun weekend.  I went in on Friday afternoon to see if the store owner needed help setting up, but she and other employees had it taken care of.  I helped place the goodie bags at each chair.  Then I skeedaddled to get ready for Friday night football.

1st-one-up Saturday, I was the first one up and in at 6am.  You could tell people had been hard at work yesterday.  But with no chatter, and no machines running, it was a peaceful start to my day.  I quickly opened my stuff, laid out my cut squares for my table runner, and got to stitching.

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I stopped for a coffee break when the other ladies began to trickle in around 730a.  Sewed through to lunch, took a little drive to the pharmacy for one of the retreat attendees, and then back into til dinner.  I got the table runner top complete and had enough squares leftover to make two placemat tops.  Dinner was a delicious affair.  I was going to take full advantage of the hot tub, so went and changed into my suit, only to find out it was closed.  ACK!  So I settled for the pool, except after entering to my knees, I found it was not “heated” to my definition of warmth.  So back to the room, a shower, and a little Penguin hockey on the tele.

relaxing My roomie came in about 9p, and by10p we were lights out and sleeping hard.

Sunday, we got up bright and early to start again.  I had put fall away before dinner and was going to switch seasons into more of the mini snowmen quilts/large mug rugs.  I had my kits cut and ready earlier in the week for a pair of them.

snowman-pieces  I got him stitched up, then went to iron, and unfortunately, something brown leaked out and stained his face.  Not the finest moment of retreat.  I decided I had enough, my back was tired, and I wanted to spend some quality time with the kiddos at home.  I packed it up after breakfast and headed for home.

I had a lot o fun, ate too much chocolate, poked my finger a few too many times, got my project sandwiched, and thoroughly enjoyed walking around to see what everyone was doing, browsing through magazines I haven’t seen, and sewing uninterrupted.  Looking forward to the Soring Retreat!

Sewing up a storm
October 15, 2016, 4:12 pm
Filed under: crafted, Uncategorized

My station at retreat. Hand piecing a table runner and 2 placemats in these fall colors.

Hope i get done by noon tomorrow!20161015_170922.jpg

Retreat time!
October 10, 2016, 4:52 pm
Filed under: crafted

This weekend is the Quilters Depot retreat and I am so excited!  I am an overnighter this time too, just one night, but it gives me a pass to use the hot tub!  Ahhhh!

I have so many projects floating around, I am taking two suitcases full of projects – just a backpack for luggage.  I won’t get to them all, I know, but I get bored with one and switch to another when I feel like it.

I cannot wait!quilt

Sunday Stash Building
September 25, 2016, 6:13 am
Filed under: crafted

This week, our local quilt shop had a fabric swap/yard sale set up.  People brought in their “don’t wants”, priced to sell, and you could buy up whatever caught your eye.  If you got to it first!  I saw several pieces I liked, walk out the door while I was working.  But I was happy those fabrics went to good homes.  Here’s a few goodies I was able to snatch up after my shift.  ((apologies for picture quality))

thimbleberries  I picked up 2 yds of this older Thimbleberries for a steal at $5.  No plan for it yet, but I just loved it.


scrapbagAnd I grabbed a scrap bag that caught my eye for $6. That gold and orange print piece were buried inside the others, surprise!

And after seeing all those various blue prints, blueI proceeded to pick up three yards of the faded blue for a quilt that is screaming to be put together.  No sale on that one.

Linking up to Sunday Stash molli_sparkles_sunday_stash_button


Pinterest Inspired
September 23, 2016, 1:24 am
Filed under: crafted

copycat-snowman I saw the cutest mini snowman quilt on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make it into a mug rug for my dads’ wife for Christmas.  I would love to have used little buttons for the eyes, but I had none on hand, and wanted it completed the night I worked on it, so cross-eyed he is.  All pieced, outline quilted, then bound by hand.

How do you give credit for inspiration?  Do you show the original and then how you changed it?  Do you give a link or just a shout out?  Do you bother to show the inspiration?


EDITED:  Thanks for the answer on how to give the link for credit of the inspiration piece!


Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.  And A Quilting Reader’s Garden. And I Heart Naptime.  And OhScrap!

Side Job
September 21, 2016, 4:44 am
Filed under: crafted

I have been taking in hand binding work since I started at the quilt shop.  It is nice to do in the evenings and this most recent bunch “covered” my cost for a day at Quilt Retreat! Yay!  Here’s a look at one of the quilt backs, can I just say, sewing black fabric with black thread – not a fan!