Oct 28, 2019

One Yard Apron

Lori Holt has the cutest apron pattern, it's called  "one yard apron."
Lori's daughter Kassidy is featured on the pattern cover.

Here is the apron I made, when the pattern first came out.
Not the best photo, sorry about that.
I love the extra large pom pom trim!
It's such a flattering apron, with its wide waistband, too.
I wrote a post about it over six years ago, you can see it here.

This is another one yard apron, I received it at Christmas one year from a dear friend.

I'm going to a Lori Holt retreat this week, I am so excited!
My friend Natalie is flying in from California to go with me.
Lori requested that we all make a one yard apron
 for an apron exchange.
I made this one from Lori's line, "Gracie Girl".
It's hard to notice, but I added the cutest ruffled ric rac trim.

Well wish me luck, I'm in for a week of fun and inspiration.
I'll post photos next week of my retreat adventures :)

Oct 21, 2019

Teaching grandchildren to sew

I had been so blessed to have one of our sons and his family 
move close to us :)
We both just had new homes built and we are literally two blocks away from each other, along a trail and through the park.
My three little grand daughters can walk to our house!
I have been working with Neo for months now, but she wanted to finish this quilt during fall break.
I didn't let her cut any of the fabric with the rotary cutter, I cut the pieces for her courthouse blocks myself!
Neo's 8 years old, she will be 9 in 6 days!!!

 Neo came over to my house last week 
and spent the whole day sewing.
She worked really hard and got five rows sewn together.
She came over the next day with her sisters 
and sewed the next five rows together.
She knew what to do, so I left her in the sewing room and helped her sisters with their own projects.

 She finished sewing all 60 blocks together!!!
Now she just has to sew a 6" border, that will be easy :)
Neo has come to know how useful a seam ripper is too, lol!
A seam ripper is a seamstress' best friend.

While Neo was sewing, I got an embroidery project ready for Kylie, who is 6 years old.
I helped her choose the colors and showed her how to stitch.
To my amazement, she sewed perfect little stitches.
She is a natural!
I think it takes talent to be able to use your fine motor skills, especially at age 6!

Then there's Izzy, she's 4 years old!
She loves putting puzzles together and did that for a while when I was helping Kylie.
She quickly became bored so I let her watch a little TV,
When I finished showing Kylie how to take the little stitches and tie a knot in the thread ( which she's already an expert at), 
I helped Izzy make a batch of Snickerdoodle cookies.
The girls had never tasted them before!
It's become a tradition that when we make cookies, we get a scoop of cookie dough while we're waiting for the cookies to bake.
Yummy, yummy, yummy!!!

I am very blessed to have such cute little grand daughters 
who live so close!
Now I just wish the other 11 grandchildren could move closer!

Oct 14, 2019

Eagle Scout quilt

My grandson has earned his Eagle Scout, 
the highest award a Boy Scout can receive.
I saw the cutest Boy Scout fabric by Riley Blake a few years ago.
It's called Modern Scouting.
I bought it, knowing that I would make Bridger a quilt.
This quilt is for Christmas, but he doesn't look at my blog so it's ok!
The center fleur de lis square is a printed panel, 
I decided to design the quilt around it.
There are two merit badge panels and four ranks 
that were included in the panel.
All of the letters and the blocks come from Lori Holt's books :)
All the blocks are symbolic, let me explain.

This block is for encouragement.
I chose uplifting quotes, Bridger is my sunshine!

This is Old Glory, the Boy Scouts are very patriotic.
(Excuse the random threads)

The typewriter symbolizes college.

The globe symbolizes Bridger's two year church mission.
Where in the world will he go?

The car symbolizes Bridger getting his driver's license.
He'll be getting his driver's permit in 6 months!!!
Also, this neon green is one of his favorite colors.

The camera symbolizes taking a snapshot of your life...
it's beside KNOWLEDGE.

I love sawtooth stars and had to throw some in.

The mason jar with the blooming flower represents Bridger's 
3 younger sisters.
He's a very patient young man 
and has withstood many "girly" things. 
I guess it also represents patience :)

The beehive represents the state that Bridger was born and raised.
Utah is the beehive state.

You can't have a beehive without a bee!

Love at home :)
I snuck a little panda bear on the sidewalk, 
Bridger knows that his sister Charlotte loves pandas!

Another Old Glory, and that's a wrap!
I'm going to purchase some green or blue minky for the back.
I don't know if I'm going to machine quilt it myself, it's big and it will be a bear!
I'll show you the quilt when it's all quilted.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Oct 7, 2019

Vintage Block Along, Peony

This is a bright and bold red "peony" block.
I've always loved peonies, they have the most glorious scent.
I walked by endless bushes of them, 
in my Elementary school years.
My favorite color is the pale pink.

To take a photo of this block, I laid it on top of my grand daughter's block tub!
Thanks for following along, I should have an update on my new sewing room soon :)