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Every year I tell myself I’m going to start early on Christmas gifts next year.
And I do.
I really do.
I start.
But somewhere along March or April…
other things begin to crowd out the unfinished gifts list…


I’ve been working hard on Christmas gifts for friends and family…

Some I’ve made using photography, some are sewn, some are quilted, and some are beaded…I can only post a few pics from the ones that have already opened their gifts, but I can’t wait to show you in the coming weeks, all the different fun projects.

For now, here are a few beaded gifts I had fun making…



This green and gold set was for a friend.  I just loved her reaction when she opened her little gift box.  That’s really what makes it all worth the time and effort – knowing they liked it and will enjoy wearing it.







This pink & silver & clear set was fun to make, too.

I use glass beads because I like the feel of them.


I tie them together with some ribbon and tulle.



These blues feel great…they’re a nice heavy glass and have the look of stone.


I’ve made some others, but those will have to wait because they won’t be opened until Christmas day, along with other sewn handmade gifts which I can’t wait to show you as soon as their recipients have opened them!  🙂

The rest of this week I won’t be working on crafts or gifts any more… Now it’s time to stop and enjoy the friends and family that come to visit, and to cherish the FaceTime calls with precious ones that live in other places.  I’m so thankful that we can see them even if it’s on the computer screen.  Their dear faces, smiling at us.  We’ll soon see them, too, in the next few weeks and months.

Take time to enjoy your loved ones this week.  Time is the greatest of gifts, anyway.

Happy Christmas week!



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Not long ago, I posted about the quilt I was making for one of my granddaughters,
(To read about it, click here and here)


For the backing, I used a pretty pink floral which was very soft.



I made a matching little pillow to go with it…




I added a small lace on the pillow, just to add some softness and a little special touch.




And I hand-quilted both.  It was fun, and as I stitched, I prayed for my granddaughter.
She’s a cutie and a joy!!



We weren’t able to be with her on her birthday, but we had a celebration when we did go to visit them.  She was so excited to take stuff (gifts) out of bags, and when she pulled the little pillow out of the gift bag, this is what she did:



It was so cute!  We all exclaimed, “Awwww!” and she smiled  as if she knew she was saying, “Thank you, Abuela!  I love it!”
It touched my heart and made it all the more worth the time put into sewing those tiny stitches and seams.
She captures my heart every time I see her.

Happy sewing & quilting!


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I’ve been working on the baby quilt…

Here’s a little pillow case I made with leftover 2 1/2″ squares: 

It’s been so much fun working on this!

I just did a simple pattern, nothing fancy.
  Here’s a pic of the quilt before I started the hand quilting.

I’ve been working on that, too and I’ll post pictures when I finish both the pillow and the quilt.

On a side note, a few days ago I was able to get some quilting thread at bargain prices during a sale at both Joann’s and at Hobby Lobby!

I got some pretty colors for future projects I’ve been wanting to get done.

Happy sewing!


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I’m working on a quilt for one of my sweet granddaughters!

The fabric is so cute!

I’ve had it for years and when I found it this past week, I realized it would be perfect for this quilt!

I love the colors, the fabrics, (they’re so soft!).

I just love how the all look together!


I didn’t want to cut the squares into tiny pieces,  so I sewed them onto 2″ strips.


I debated which pattern to use and decided to make it simple and just framed the 5″ squares:

I finished the quilt top and now am getting it ready for quilting by hand.  I would do it on my sewing machine but I like the look of hand stitching and I have a hard time quilting something that large on my machine.

I can’t wait to finish it and give it to my granddaughter! 😊

Have a great weekend!


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Quilt Show!


Last week was Quilt Week in Daytona Beach, Florida!


I don’t often get to go to Quilt Shows – especially one this large,
so I was pretty excited!



Oh, it was so much fun!

I think I smiled the entire time I was there!



So many beautiful quilts!!



I think I learn new things,
just by looking closely at each quilt!



Did you see the pretty hexies?!!

They are tiny but add so much to the overall look of the quilt!



There was a “Winner’s Circle” where the different categories
were displayed with a beautiful work of art!



Some of my favorite quilts,
believe it or not,
were the ones displayed on the
different vendor booths.



I love this one with the campers!

So much fun to make one like that, right?!

There was a pattern for it, to save you all the time.



This vendor booth had my favorite mini quilts!!

It was Schoolhouse Quilt Shop, from Canton, Ohio.
I talked a little bit to the owner, and she said she made all
these herself, mostly by hand!

I spent a lot of time in her booth, just admiring all the cute little
mini quilts and doll quilts.

Here’s a close-up of one of the squares.
She took the trouble to fussy cut all the little squares!
So cute!!

I bought a bag of these “I spy” style, Aunt Grace,
and I can’t wait to use it for quilts for my granddaughters!




This is my favorite quilt from the larger size quilts:


Oh, I wish you could see the details, and the fabrics here!

All I had was my cell-phone, so I couldn’t capture it like I wanted to.



In this picture, you can see some of the details, the quilting,
the different 3-D materials used.

I just loved it!

Probably because of the scene it depicts, too.


This is the quilt the won Best In Show Award:

  When I came up close to it,
I could not believe all the detail!
It was astounding — there were 27,000 svarowski crystals
sewn by hand!!!

Every time you moved, the lights captured the crystals
and the quilt would “twinkle” and sparkle.

Here’s a close-up of just a small section with the crystals.
The camera really doesn’t capture all the sparkle.


The threads used were a variety of different kinds,
including metallic, which gave the quilt a whole other dimension.



 I didn’t buy too much, as you can see.

Oh, it’s not that I didn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff…
I was trying to be frugal,
and I did get some new fabric for Christmas
that I’m planning to use in a quilt very soon.

So I was good, and just bought these cuties:
*A fat quarter to make a pretty little something for my daughter
(maybe a zippered bag)
*A fun, mini hexie ruler to make a doll quilt (can’t wait!!)
*3 primitive-era fat quarters
*A bag of 25 squares of 1930s fabric to make
my own “I spy” quilt for my granddaughters
I had such a good time, walking around, getting inspired
by all the beautiful workmanship and colors and fabrics…!!

As soon as I got home,
I wrote down some ideas of things that
popped into my head as I walked around the Show.

There were tea towels, aprons, bags,
travel zip bags, …so many other things…
not just quilts.

If you like to sew or quilt,
or if you like art in general,
you won’t be disappointed
at a Quilt Show —
especially one that’s as large as this one!

Have fun creating!



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I’ve been sewing lately…

Tiny little garments for my two granddaughters…  so much fun!!

Today I wanted to post about one of the easiest projects I’ve done so far–
Burp Cloths


It was fast, easy, and I think they turned out cute.

I bought some flour sacks at Walmart,
I think I paid $5 for this set of 5:


They were large enough to cut in half and it still turned out to be a generous size for a burp cloth.

That means I got 2 burp cloths out of each flour sack towel —
so you can make 10 out of that set of 5!


I cut a piece of quilt batting the size of the center of the burp cloth.
After I measured it and cut it, then I placed it on the center of the flour sack towel.


Cutting the flour sack towel was easy because the fold lines were exactly on the center–
I didn’t even have to measure it!


Here’s a picture of the flour sack towel cut in half – the one on the left is done,
and the one on the right is just ready for the batting & fabric piece.


As soon as I cut the flour sack in half, I serged the long edges.
The shorter edges were already hemmed, so I didn’t have to do anything there.
I serged the edges of the print cotton fabric I was going to sew
in the center of the burp cloth,
Then I centered it on the flour sack, right over the batting,
I pinned it down,
and sewed it down each long edge:


Then I sewed 2 lines down the long edges,
just like the store-bought burp clothes have.

I wasn’t too picky about it.
I did pin the edges down before I sewed
and that kept the fabric & batting down nicely.



I tuned down the short edges and sewed a hem very close to the edge.
I ironed it once everything was sewn.






My daughter chose the rose fabric from a stash of fat quarters,
but it wasn’t long enough so I added a coordinating fabric at each end.

I thought it looked even nicer than the other burp cloth because the two fabrics
looked so nice together.




Because of the large size of the flour sacks, these burp cloths turn out
larger than the store-bought ones.
That was something I really liked.
We’ve used them already and it worked well because of their larger size.
It was a quick project and I look forward to making more like these.
I’ve made some bibs, tiny dresses, bonnets, blankets…
can’t wait to share those with you in the coming days.  🙂

Happy sewing!


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I had the opportunity to prepare some fun gift bags for the Pastors’ Wives who attended a conference recently.




It was fun crafting all the little goodies inside…




I made lots of these, and somehow I can’t find the photo I took
of the table at conference, set up with all the bags.
They looked so pretty!
So here’s just a small group of them…



The bags were filled with goodies like hand sanitizer and a nail file from
Bath & Body Works, mints, candies, and the other items were handmade
little goodies…


This little purse was made from double-sided scrapbook paper.



I used a variety of papers that I had on hand
and made lots & lots of these.



I received one just like this years ago
and I saved it because I knew I wanted to use it
as a pattern someday.




They were fun to make…





I put a miniature chocolate piece in each one.
Every woman must have chocolate in her purse, right?!




The “handles” were made from a small piece of ribbon,
and tiny pieces of velcro were glued for a “closure”.

I think the ladies liked it  🙂


Another little thing I put in the bags:



These little miniature grocery bags also held a surprise…




Inside each bag, I tucked in a tea bag.




Some of the bags were white, and some were just like
the brown paper bags you get at the grocery store.
($2 for 20).

I used an ink pad to age all the edges on both the bags
and the little card that had the tea cup.



I thought the ladies would love a nice cup of tea
while at the three-day conference.
Maybe they’d curl up at night and have some tea
while reading a book or watching a favorite movie.




Here are a few closeups of the details…




I printed out 20 images per sheet
of a beautiful tea cup,
then cut them apart to fit nicely on the bag.


I used a clear glitter paint tube ($2)
to highlight the tea cup and add some sparkle.




I cut a tiny piece of lace from yards I got at the Thrift Store (40 cents for 10 yards!!)
and added a tiny flower and a gem stone in the center.




This is the back of the envelope.
I used a new stamp I got for $1.50.


The earrings were simple & easy to make
and they were actually the quickest of all the projects.



I cut some pretty cardstock paper into 2″x3″,
stamped them with a fun little stamp,
and then used a tiny whole punch in order to
slip the earrings on.




The earrings were made with pearlized glass beads.
The craft store had a 50% off sale on the beads so it worked out well.




Finally, the first thing the ladies saw in the bag,
were the bookmarks…




The verse was carefully chosen with these ladies in mind.
(Click image to enlarge)




I bought a container of flowers (with a 40% off coupon).
These flowers are in the Scrapbook section of the crafts store
and can be used in many different projects.




I glued some of the flowers on a separate piece of scrapbook paper,
while others I layered together (a small one on top of a larger one)
for added dimension and color.




I used the clear glitter here also for more sparkle.





Here’s the back of the bookmark:




I used a beautiful stamp from the “Heidi Swapp” collection.
This is just a small section of the large stamp.















It was fun putting it all together and filling the bags
with all the different goodies.
Some of the ladies came up to me during the conference
and expressed how grateful they were for all the little gifts.
That made all the time & effort worthwhile.


Have a great, fun week filled with creativity  🙂




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