Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Shop - Opening

I am so happy to announce that my tote bags are now available for purchase in THIS adorable Holiday Gift Shop located on Rt. 183 in Bernville, Pennsylvania.

The shop features many handmade gifts... lots of beautifully quilted items, hand painted décor and ornaments, jewelry, yummy smelling soaps, awesomely cool blacksmith items -- ALL from local artisans.

The Holiday Gift shop opens this Friday, November 21-- and will be open every Friday & Saturday until Dec 20th.  Stop by, and tell them that Carol sent you!!

Here are a few highlights of this quaint gift shop:

Totebags from... yours TRULY!  :D

aDORable home décor for ALL your Holiday decorating!

Hand woven baskets...
  and beautiful jewelry


MANY cute wall hanging and signs


Hand forged Iron works from local blacksmith Luke Shultz

YUMMY smelling soaps

and MANY MORE items coming in this week!

Please make this one of your shopping stops for some special homemade gifts for your loved ones! 

Always in stitches!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Totebag Explosion!!

Totebags, and more totebags!!
Sooo... I guess I haven't blogged lately because I've been trying to get a TON of totebags ready to sell.  These bags are not your typical grocery store bags, as these are made with heavy-duty mesh, canvas, and webbing for the straps.  I will have over 20 of these beauties ready by the end of this weekend...  

    Here are a few samples.... I'll post some more when I finish taking the pictures.

So.... hopefully.... these will all sell quickly!!  

Always in stitches!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Name THAT Quilt!!

So much goes into making a quilt... from choosing the right pattern, to carefully selecting the perfect colors, piecing it all together... then there's the backing....  oh and lets not forget about the binding....  Then there is that all important decision you have to make on just HOW you want it quilted.  Specialty quilting??... Edge-to-edge??... which design to use??.... color of thread??...  Decisions, decisions!!  Then, FINALLY, the beautiful quilt that you have been nursing along comes together and its DONE!!  Such a great relief of satisfaction............. but wait.................. oh NO!  It needs a name!

Are YOU kidding me??   quilts get names??  How... WHY??... does it need a name.  How about we name it Alexis... after all, that's who's getting this one!.. that just won't do!  Picking a name for the quilt seems like its just as important as picking a name for your child.  Ok..ok.. maybe not THAT important.  So... a name.. a name...hmmm... yeah... how about "Colorful Squares"??.. Nah..  "Pretty Rectangles"??  No, that won't do either!  I've got it...... Colorbrick Road??
 YES!  That's it!! Colorbrick Road it is... 

Phew!... now I can say its finally done!  Take a look!!

Always in Stitches,


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mystery Quilt Finished!

I can finally call one of my quilts completed!
This was the mystery quilt from MSQC that spanned over 5 weeks of making blocks, where I had NO idea what the quilt was going to look like.  Week 6 gave us the final assembly and I just loved how it turned out.

So, here it is... all quilted and binded. (bounded? binded?)

Since I never had any practice on a long-arm quilting machine, and I didn't want it to look terrible, I decided to just do random circles.

Here's the upclose pictures of the quilting.

So, for my very first quilt....... I don't think it turned out too bad.

Always in Stitches!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mystery Quilt - DONE!

Just finished the "Mystery Quilt."  What's a mystery quilt you ask? 

Well, First of all, you have to TRUST the person who is hosting the mystery quilt that you will just LOVE it after its all done.

Secondly, you obtain the necessary fabric, and cut each length according to the guidelines.

THEN, you get a clue each week or month, depending on the rules of the mystery.

And the last clue is how to assemble the entire quilt together.  SO, here is my mystery quilt all assembled... 
I was happy with how it turned out.  I kept making these crazy blocks, and wondering.... am I really going to like this?????  But after it was completed, I really LOVE iT!  It was a lot of fun. I know that they are starting this quilt again, but if you are interested, click [here]

Several weeks ago, I became certified to use this big, beautiful machine...

Sew Pretty, isn't she??

It's Babylock's Crown Jewel long-arm quilting machine. 

Oh Santa, I've BEEN GOOD!!!  :D

Set up time was about 45 minutes by the time I FINALLY figured out why the thread kept breaking!  Once I got started, it really only took about an hour to quilt my mystery quilt.  It's not a huge quilt (only 54 x 60), but now I am certified to go and use the machine for some of my bigger sized quilts.  Quilting on a long-arm is WAY different than on my Espire.  It would take me TONS of practice before I would ever commit to quilting on someone else's quilt.

As soon as I add the binding, I will post a finished picture. 

Until then,
Always in stitches,


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mani/Pedi Purse

The perfect little project to complete in ONE day.  YEP!  One day!
(providing you have all the stuff)
    Aren't these CUTE???   

So, this cute little purse has a free pattern.. [HERE] and I found this little beauty while I was visiting Noodlehead's blog.

I told Jaimee to pick out some nice colors that go well together.  I think she did a pretty good job!!

So, I was a little on the lazy side, and didn't print out the pattern on the instructions, I just took a small glass, and used that to round my corners.

Yep!  easy peasy!!
Here's a picture of the inside! 

Now, go and sew something!!

Always in stitches,

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Prom Dresses & Bow ties - searching for "The Perfect Color"

Searching for the perfect color bow tie was my daughter's quest right before prom.  Since I ended up cutting ten inches off the bottom of her dress, I had plenty of fabric to make the perfect match!

Here's the bow tie that I made for my daughter's boyfriend for their prom. 

Ok, so THIS isn't her boyfriend, but it WAS my first attempt at the bow tie.  This was my first attempt, and was WAY too small.  So, sometimes you have to make prototypes before you get to the finished product. 

 (Stay tuned, I'll show you the finished product..)

If you are interested, here's how I created it.  It was kind of easy once I finally figured out HOW to make one, let alone TIE one!  :)

I couldn't find a free pattern anywhere on the internet, or at least one that I liked, so I created one of my own.  

I sketched it out on graph paper so I could make sure that it was symmetrically equal on both sides.

Cut it out, leaving 1/4 inch for your seam allowance. 

Pin the pattern to both layers of fabric and cut out.

Also cut out your stabilizer fabric. 

Put right sides of fabric together, add stabilizer material on top of fabric and sew all layers together all the way around using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

** IMPORTANT, leave a small space of unsewn area in the long

After sewing all layers, trim stabilizer fabric within 1/8 inch of stitching, and cut fabric around curves and dips to help when fabric is turned right sides out. 

Turning the entire thing right side out was time consuming, but, I found using a long "poky stick" or a "chopstick" was helpful to push all of that fabric through the small opening.  Difficult, but possible.

Iron the entire tie nice and flat, and sew up the small turn hole.

So here is the final product:

Sew, there ya go!  Easy peasy!!  Go make a bow tie.

Always in stitches,