Friday, November 30, 2012

UR Priceless Coin Purse Revisted

Every now and then I cat sit a kitty, Bizzy, for a friend.  I thought I might attempt to make her a little coin purse with some cat fabric that reminds me of the Biz.  Once again I struggled with sewing the purse into the frame and I decided to glue a little trim inside to help cover my stitches since the fancier frames are shorter on the inside so I'm not sure if there is any way to hide stitches with this type of frame.

Meet Bizzy, the wonder cat.  He is so sweet and friendly and I just love visiting with him.

The adorable cat fabric that I used to represent Bizzy.

Luckily I still had some orange fur fabric in my stash and I used it for the sides as well as the lining.

Here is the inside which I stuffed with lots of chocolate candy.

And a final shot of the Biz.

I still have plans to make two more coin purses but you know how those best laid plans go. 

Now I'm off to work on Clue 2 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery. 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street Clue 1

My first Quiltville mystery and I am loving it!  If you would like to join the fun check HERE to find out all about Easy Street.

Step 1 was really easy and I am so happy to report I have 199 little four patches bagged and I am ready for the next step.  Here is a sampling of my blocks.

MiniMe was one of my helpers with the four patches and he couldn't resist checking each block to make sure I twisted those seams so they would lay nice and flat.

Here are my twosie's all stacked up waiting their turn at the sewing machine.

MiniMe not only checked completed blocks he wanted to make sure I cut each and every one purrfectly.  He must have fallen down on the job though as a few of my blocks are a little wonky so it is a good thing I made a few extra.

Mini and I both are ready to take a break and relax for a few days so we will be ready for Step 2.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Easy Street

For the first time I've decided to join Bonnie Hunter and her Quiltville Mystery this year.  When Bonnie announced the mystery was going to be easier than the last couple of years, and showed the fabrics she was using, I thought I'm in.  Today the first clue was presented and I'm pretty excited to get started working on Easy Street.  Here are my fabric choices although I am not sure about my grey and have a substitute piece of fabric just in case it doesn't work out as I think it might be a too little light.

If you want to join in the fun be sure to visit Bonnie's blog.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a great and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family or friends.  Not a lot of quilting going on around here with holiday preparations so I thought I would share a photo of our turkey, cleverly named Mr. Turkey.  Mr. Turkey has a couple of turkey friends as well and they are such fun to watch so meet Mr. Turkey!

In case you are wondering he is a family pet and will not be joining us for Thanksgiving dinner.  His turkey friends are safe as well as they all love running around the farm keeping the chickens in line.

Some day I really should make some sort of holiday wall hanging representing our turkeys but that will have to wait as there are just too many other projects waiting in the wings.

Finally, I wanted to include one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions--listening to Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie, which just makes me laugh.

 I hope you enjoy it too.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sample Jack Attack

I spent the weekend working on a sample block of Jack Attack.  I am sure glad I did because I didn't follow the directions as closely as I should have.  First, I used a directional print and didn't pay any attention to which direction it should be going, oh well.  Then I made a few sewing mistakes and had a block that just didn't go anywhere except in the trash.  And I had to re-sew a few seams but in the end I did get one nice big block done.  I guess I should feel pretty good about getting it actually completed because I am feeling a bit sinus-y today and I am sure that affected all of my goofy decisions--LOL!

I plan on making a few more blocks soon, but I really need to sort through some stash to find fabrics that I think will work a little better.  This block is destined to be a quilt for the kitties as they always need a quilt of their own and it will work out well on the back of my couch too.

Interested in making your own Union Jack?  Lily has all of the instructions posted here Jack Attack.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Skyfall and a quilt

Tomorrow we are going to see Skyfall and I can't wait as I love Bond films and Daniel Craig is the best!  A friend went to see it yesterday and she said it is just fabulous.  I thought I would try to include the movie trailer just to see if I could--I love trying new things in blogger especially when they work.

I also wanted to share the small quilt that I call Yellow Brick Road Goes to London.  It is pinned and ready to be quilted as soon as have some time and get a little more practice quilting the design.  My thoughts are to quilt it with a baptist fan design but we'll just have to wait and see. 

November certainly has had a British theme!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

UR Priceless Day 5!

Yippee!!!  Today is my day to share coin purses with everyone and as a new blogger it is just a little more than exciting to be able to participate in such a fun event.  I am totally amazed at what everyone has created as they really are priceless.

As always, a huge thanks goes to Madame Samm for setting up all of these fabulous hops as well as providing a terrific and easy pattern.  Thanks also to to our cheerleader Katherine of Sew Me Something Good who kept all of us purse peeps informed.  By the way, the Chaka Khan song Tell Me Something Good keeps popping in my head every time I think of Katherine--LOL!  I also want to thank Corrie at Quilt Taffy and Kelly and the elves at IHAN for their help with those special supplies.

I made two coin purses and they were inspired by my love of travel.  Last month I visited London for a week and had a blast so naturally I wanted to make something to remind me of one of my most favorite places on the planet.

Here is what the back looks like--fit for a queen.

And who wouldn't love the London Tube map fabric used as the lining.

Guinness thought the fabric I selected for my purse pocket was purrfect and it even holds his Petsmart savings card which he really appreciates.

The second coin purse was made as a reminder to save my pennies for Paris which is also one of the best places ever.  I can't make up my mind if I like London or Paris best so until I can figure it out it looks like I'll have to visit each city over and over again.

Thank goodness I have a coin purse for each city so I can save all my pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, tons of dollars for my next trip. 

Overall I had fun making the coin purses and never dreamed I would complete one, let alone two.  The handles were a bit of a challenge at times as well as a corner or two but the good news is I still have a few handles left and so I will get a chance to try again and again.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  I know all of the other bloggers are anxious for you to visit them as well so here is a schedule for today.

Visit my side bar, Got Coin Purses?,  for a complete schedule of the UR Priceless blog hop.


Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, November 4, 2012

UR Priceless Blog Hop

Tomorrow is the first day of the UR Priceless coin purse blog hop and I can't wait to see what everyone has created. 

It sounds like some folks have gone coin purse crazy over the past few weeks.  Madame Samm shared a few coin purses she created last week and all I could think was Oh dear I think I'm in trouble because those purses are so darn creative and cute.

Although I'm not allowed to share my purse ahead of time I do actually have two to share on Friday, November 9th.  The whole coin purse process was pretty easy but I've never been a fan of fusible anything as it never seems to be that easy for me.  As you can see I had to clean my iron after attempting to use the fusible and an applique sheet--LOL!

The complete UR Priceless coin purse schedule can be found HERE as well as on my sidebar.

I know I'll be visiting each and every blog and I hope you will to.  Enjoy the hop!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

We Have A Winner!

Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc, SNACK, had the drawing for their raffle quilt this morning.  The quilt was a year long project for the volunteers of SNACK and one lucky winner had their name drawn.  Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization that helps cats, kittens, and caregivers in Central Ohio.

Yes, I did help make the quilt and met some new quilting friends along the way.  It was so exciting to see the project from start to finish and I look forward to working on future projects with SNACK.

Okay, I've tried to change my time zone at least a million times, well, maybe a couple, but it never seems to work--any thoughts?   Grrr, as I need to be a little more accurate for the blog hop next week.