Sunday, January 27, 2013


 Looks like it has been a while since I have posted....but there has been no sitting around here.
I am working on this octopus quilt for a customer (which by the way is giving me fits...or the machine is giving me fits...bad tension).

 Been working with this green fabric.....
and this next fabric (talk about will need glasses for this one).
 This is what I am working on now....yep, those wild colors above.  I am letting my Pfaff rest for me it needs it.
 Inchworm Fabrics gave instructions for this cute heart runner and is offering kits for it as well.   It is her birthday in a few day.  You do know she is the older sister...HA!!!!  She is having a giveaway...hop on over there, wish her a happy birthday(just click on the birthday and you will be transported)! She is also offering kits for this topper as well. She has some adorable Valentine fabrics.
She is also offering kits for this topper as well, she has some adorable Valentines Fabric!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013



 I ordered fabric from Inchworm Fabrics .... I just couldn't help myself.
This topper is about 22" in diameter. Most of you know my Valentines topper pattern, I didn't want to make a large topper so I just drew these hearts from the inside of the larger hearts.

Then I took the remain of the inside of the hearts above and got my trusty Go cutter out and made these.  I got eight large hearts and 16 small hearts from the scrapy inside.

Then I came across the left over hearts (insides) of the projects of a few weeks ago and made this.

Can you imagine what a cute quilt these squares will make?

It then hit me, you can get a large round topper, small round topper, and these small table toppers with just one of my Valentine Round Topper pattern.  

I guess you can say that I am ready for is St. Paddy's and boy do I have a cute pattern coming soon for this..... well...I think it is cute. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Am I insane or what?

The very question while I was making the middle heart..."Am I insane or what?" Look very close.... I cut all of those circles out with my go cutter, actually for all three hearts. The only difference is for the middle one I cut the center out of the circle and used the whole circle to get this desired effect.
As I was cutting them out, it dawned on me that I would have to stitch around each one. I will not tell you how long it took me to just make the middle heart but trust me, it took almost equally as long to stitch around the inside and outside of it.

The next question is....Was it worth it?  


Saturday, January 12, 2013


Fist off, here is the finished runner....
The question was raised "What are you going to do with the rest of the panel?"
The answer is this:
I got this much done today. Trust me when I tell you that there was barely a scrap left. Just the white pieces. Put my Accuquilt Go Cutter to great use

. I hear there is a great British series on Netflix called "Wild at Heart." This will keep me company while I stitch this down.

 Off  I go!!!

Friday, January 11, 2013


Today I received this panel in the mail from Inchworm Fabrics, I was sooooo excited. At the time I was on my way to the grocery store. Needless to say, I could not wait to get home.
I was mainly interested in only one side of this panel.

This is all that is left of that one side..... I cut most of the red border off of the whole panel and I got this: 

It does not have a binding on it as of yet. I found a piece that would go but wouldn't you know it, I was lacking about 8 inches....Pooey. Guess it means a JoAnn's run tomorrow..... Poor me!!! 

I am going to fix up the bows better but for now....I am done!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


I have to say that I have gotten more done these two weeks being sick than when I was well. Last week I blamed it on the meds I was taking. They were suppose to make me sleepy but instead they made me run circles in my sewing room. I had quite the day in the sewing room. I think what happens is I am tired that I am able to maintain focus....sounds weird I know.

I had some left over squares in a basket so I decided to put them together and to make this runner.  I put two doggies in the corners.  I have the one dog kinda hidden because I forgot to stitch his ear.  I just love this one, so fun and fresh.
Then this one is left overs from the larger topper I did the other day. I had to cut out the middle of the hearts, so I just cut these out too and made a smaller one. I have enough hearts left over to make a pot holder. I had a blast stitching this one. I tried to do different FMQ in each white space of the hearts. Was so fun.
This one too is made from the left overs, is a smaller version of the larger one. I still don't know if I like this one.  

 My husband came in to my sewing room/James's room for now and said "You sure are working hard".....I said working or playing? I am playing hard. Been a fun day and I do think I am on the up swing of this cold.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013


I prepped this topper Friday night while watching Gold Rush (remember no laughing). I finished it late Saturday night.

I just used the hearts from the round topper and free handed the letters and small hearts.  This measures 14 1/2 x 33 inches (I lazy to go and measure it again).

Also, today I am guest blogging at Inchworm Fabrics, 
showing how to make a twelve minutes round topper for your table (top only).

Just twelve minutes ...and I am sure it would just be about an hour for the whole thing...go check it out!!!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Valentines Anyone?

Cut this out last night and finished up this morning. Easy fast pattern, see sidebar if interested.

While watching "Gold Rush" (go ahead and laugh), I prepped these and just finished them.
I did finally open up an etsy shop, not only are my fabrics and machines taking up the whole house, my finished items are crowding in....

Friday, January 4, 2013


Cut out some more preemie diapers while watching some shows on "The Quilt Show"

Turned these diapers to the right side while watching "The Quilt Show"

Put another quilt on the frame
Finished quilting the green quilt yesterday, the snowman had been done for about two weeks. Needs Binding!
Cut out another quilt while watching Project Runway!
Finished six Christmas Tree Runners (tops only)...just need to quilt them now.  When I would finish one, I would say...oh...this is my favorite....I think I love them all.  The little elf struck at my house again.  I woke up yesterday and the whole downstairs was that feels good.  Gave me more time to play!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


I MADE THESE, I purchased the 10” half hexie from MIssouri Star Quilt Co and started cutting them out Saturday night!
This is the Friendship Braid and it goes fast!!!!!  I didn’t start sewing until about eight last night.... so  fast!!  The fabric makes it fun!

I can’t  decide if I want a sashing in the middle or if I want to sew them together...won't have to decide that for a while.

You can get the tutorial here

Here are my leader and enders
You are thinking, what in the world is that…..

Yep 28 of them
Diapers for teeny tiny babies.   As I was sitting in Church Sunday a gal got up and wrote this blog site on the board
Teeny Tears.  This is the larger pattern, I think I only cut out eight of them and the rest are the real small ones.  Still needs to be top stitched….

Just wanted to give you an idea of what it looked like.  If you are interested, go to their website, they have patterns for gowns, a little dress, etc.  Our church is going to be making them later on in the year  but hey…nothing says I can’t start now…RIGHT!!!

The Teeny Tears blog makes me sad but I am trying to think of those little ones that actually do survive and can graduate to store diapers.

Then when I tired of those I went on to these

Cut seven of these out Sat. night as well and have had a hankering to get er done!!!

I know…you are going…but Barb, Christmas is over why are you making these???????

The first answer is “Because I want to”
The second answer is “YES”

You can find the tutorial here, hope that works. 

So there you have it, that was my New Year’s eve…heard the fireworks go off, hubby was snoring away, netflix was on and I was jumping from project to project.

Have a wonderful New Year!!!