Thursday, September 11, 2014

Week two of school is almost over and fall is at our doorstep... The girls are really loving school and back into the swing of things. Football has started as well as fall softball. H is taking pictures at the games and V is catching again and keeping the RBI streak alive. I'm back to driving them everywhere. I'm also being driven everywhere by our oldest daughter. Yes!  She got her driving permit and she has to practice. God help me! Actually, she's doing very well.

While they are in school I've been sewing a little bit.

Here are some of those projects:
A thread catcher and matching pin cushion for a birthday girl in the #29againbdaygrp Handmade Birthday Club organized by Susannah Kate of Sew OKC. Paper Pieced apple for the first round of the Stitch It Swap organized by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane and Lindsey Rhodes of LRStitched. A sailboat block for our Dream. do good stitches. circle. and finally a sewing kit for another lucky birthday girl in our Handmade Birthday Club. The sewing kit is May Chappell's All Sewn Up pattern.

More hexie projects and zipper pouches next week!















Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for our girls. H is a sophomore in high school and V is an eighth grader. Always an exciting day as it marks lots of new beginnings for them as well as for me. For them, it's the beginning of a new learning experience, new friendship, new teachers and new extracurricular activities. Also it's a reacquainting with old friends, old teachers and getting back into sports, the newspaper and especially football on Friday night.  


    For me, it marks a new beginning for my crafty adventures and every year I start the school year excited and full of ideas. This year, I plan to put those ideas into action starting with my blog. 
This summer I learned a lot about sewing. I know how to sew. Actually, I have been sewing for a long time, but this summer it was different. Sewing made sense to me more than ever before. 
Not only did my skills improve because I got to practice a lot, technique and execution 
played a big part on how I sewed.  

    Thanks to social media and swap groups I began to notice other sewers and what they are good at. And other sewers noticed me too! This is how I ended up making these cute lunch bags for the girls. 
Virginia from Gingercake, contacted me about making a few samples for her to feature on her blog. 
I had the girls pick their favorite pattern and off we went shopping to our LQS. Virginia has three different lunch box patterns. They picked the Love Your Lunch Box pattern. Below are a few pictures of the two lunch boxes I made. The directions are easy to follow, like all of Virginia's patterns that I have tried. I got a little creative and added pipping and embroidered an "H" on the lid of one of them. 
I also decided to use a metal hardware to close them instead of Velcro. If you want to see my lunch boxes on Virginia's blog and others hop over to her site and get the pattern too! I'm happy to report that both lunch boxes went to school today. H came home and the first thing she said was, "Mom, the lunch box got a lot to compliments today!" Now I have to get busy and make my aunt her lunch box. She started a new job and after seeing the girls' lunch boxes, now she wants one! 

Hope you had a happy first day of school!






Friday, August 22, 2014

Stitch It Swap


I'm so happy to be part of the 60 lucky stitchers that will be participating of the Stitch It Swap hosted by Ellison Lane and LRStitched. Here is my inspiration mosaic. I used Big Huge Labs to create it. It's so simple.  Below are a few pouches made by me since the year began. Enjoy!

Post Sew South 2014 Swap

IG Strawberry Dumpling Swap

dumpling with appliqué
with a strap

mini charm pack zipper pouch for SSM5
(pattern: Sew Lux blog)

Handmade Birthday Club gift for our July birthday girl

Fabric Mutt's Ellie Travel Case with handles

IG Ice Cream Pencil Pouch Swap 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Just for fun...

Isn't this pretty? Just for fun because it's icy and cold here today, here is a block I made recently and watercolored with a great app called Waterlogue. I wish I could really paint like that! Enjoy!

*This was my block for Jennifer's fabulous SewSouth 2014 quilt that Valerie put together for our group gift. Check Jennifer's site www.ellisonlane.com for more information on SewSouth 2015. This is an event that you will not want to miss.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooktacular

Here is one last fat quarter from the Spooktacular collection by Maude Aubrey made into a pillow for our porch.



And this one is my very first paper piecing project. I made it with the very talented Carolyn Goins at the local JoAnns store about four years ago...


Can't wait for my girls to go trick or treat-ing! And for all the little goblins that will ring our doorbell tomorrow night... 



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cascade Quilt Blog Hop


Ta-dah! Here is my Cascade Quilt. 



I love Halloween and just thought it was the perfect theme for a quilt pattern that makes great use of fat quarters. Almost no waste at all! I started with a few fat quarters that I was saving for "something special" and went shopping for a few more that would coordinate with what I had.  In no time at all I had pieced the quilt top!



The lovely and talented Susannah Kate is the designer of this easy and fun quilt pattern. Recently she asked for volunteers to test her pattern and I was honored to be "selected" as on of many pattern testers. So this is stop #2 of the Cascade Quilt Blog Hop. (Blog Hop Schedule is posted below.) The Cascade Quilt pattern is available for purchase in her shop. Or for your chance to win a free copy, leave me a message and I will draw a winner on October 31st. 

A few more photos of my finished quilt:




Maddie loves the Cascade Quilt!
I added orange ric-rac peeking under the binding.
Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Join our blog hop to see our versions of the Cascade Quilt.

Cascade Quilt Blog Hop Schedule
Oct 26 Trina @ www.trinapeterson.com
Oct 27 Alex @ www.sewcutebyalex.blogspot.com
Oct 28 Diane @ www.randomthoughtsdoordi.com
Oct 29 Jenny Mae @ www.ohjennymae.com
Oct 30 Courtney @  www.monpetitlyons.blogspot.com
Oct 31 Heather @ www.quiltsinthequeue.com
Nov 1 Mary @ www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com
Nov 2 - Summer @ www.artfulife.blogspot.com
Nov 3 Susannah Kate @ www.susannahkate.com
Also, please visit Amber @ www.olivegypsy.wordpress.com . She has written a great post about the Cascade quilt pattern and has such cute pictures!


We are all Instagrammersand have a wonderful feed under the hashtag #cascadequilt . You will find more wonderful examples of the Cascade quilt including a beautiful one made with all solids! Include your own Cascade quilt Wed all love to see it! 

Thanks for stopping by,
Alex

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Easy Pillows...

Here is a super easy way to make seasonal pillows... One fabric tablecloth. I got mine at Target. One package of pre made piping. I used Wrights bias tape maxi piping. One pillow form and voila, you have a pillow cover ready to use.
Sewing Tip: To make the job a little easier, use a zipper foot to attach the piping to your first fabric square. Cut a little notch at the corners to make turning a little easier. You can also round the corners a little bit, if you would like. Then when sewing the back, move over the needle just a tad to get as close to the piping as possible.  
Now to make a few more of these! I'm almost ready for Halloween... 
We all know that the kids are!


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