Sunday, July 31, 2016

My July In Our Garden BOM Blocks

Here are my July blocks for the 

Here are the 

Although I loved the swirly flowers
in the applique block design ...

... when you have flower fabrics as beautiful as these

fabric flowers from

You just cut out the pretty flowers, fuse them ...

and stitch around them.

I love these blocks!

Thanks, Joan, for these beautiful block designs.
Your tips and tricks in making these were very helpful.

Linking up with this month's linky party 

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Thanks, Amy, for organizing and hosting 
this wonderful BOM Blog Hop!

Looking forward to the August blocks!


Saturday, July 30, 2016

In Our Garden BOM ~ July Block #1

Yesterday, Katniss said to me,

"You have been slacking. 

 It is almost the end of the month.

You have not made your 

Here are the 

You need to get this done. 

Get sewing!"

I replied, "Yes, Katniss"

Here is my pieced block.

Working on the applique block.

More soon!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Get Eerie !

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I really enjoy these blog hops.

They inspire me to do something new and interesting

and to get it done.

There is always so much inspiration in the links.

Then there is the chance to give away the wonderful prizes from the wonderful sponsors.

Who does not like to give gifts to their readers?

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Hope to see you joining us!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Another Wonderful Quilt Along is Starting!

This looks like sew much fun!

There is an inspiring 

happening now.

I really would like to sew this one.


So many quilts ... sew little time.

I do hear some fabric in my quilty closet calling very loudly,

"Pick Me!!!!"









Here they are!

My Showflake Shimmer fabrics!

This photo does not do these beautiful embossed gold metallics justice.

They are

Holiday Flourish from Robert Kaufmann

I really , really want to make this quilt.

Time will tell if I can fit this one into my schedule.

Here's hoping!  


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Making My Snap Flower Petal Table Mat

This is how I made my new 

Flower Petal Table Mat

First:  my design process ...

An image pops in my head,
sometimes of a completed quilt,
sometimes bits and pieces.

I scribble images and thoughts on post it notes and random scraps of paper.

My quilty muse is musing.

A long time ago I made this

Raindrop Mug Rug
Free Tutorial

This shape always looked like a bit like a flower petal to me
and I have used it before to make this

Love Blooms Table Quilt 
Free Tutorial

The image I had in my head this time was something
3-D with petals that could be detached and used for mug rugs and/or snack mats
so they could also be easily washed.

This Flower Quilt bloomed, too!

Here are some closeups of the quilting ...

Using the matching orange thread,

I densely quilted the flower center in overlapping circles using a decorative stitch.

It flatted and stiffened the center nicely.

I used the contrasting orange thread and my heavy duty walking foot
to stitch "rays" on my petals.

All of the materials and tools for this quilt were already in my stash of fabric and gadgets.

I was actually stash busting with this project!

Here is a close up of attaching the evenly spaced snaps to the center of the flower.

As always, Katniss helped me every step of the way.

Her favorite part was helping to choose the center snap cap color.

I chose orange for the way it "sinks in" to the orange fabric.

I love my new table mat!

A PDF pattern tutorial 
for this  Snap Flower Petal
table quilt is available free on Google Docs:

Snap Flower Table Quilt ~ Free Tutorial

I also love sharing my design ideas and tutorials freely.

If you make your own 3-D Flower Petal Mat from this idea,
please credit my design original and let me know,
send me a photo.
link back to my blog.

I would love to enjoy your creation, too!



The winner of yesterday's giveaway was one of the lovely comments here on my blog ...

July 25th’s Winner Is:
Linda L with her comment at Life In The Scrapatch
Winner Announced Here @ Seams To Be Sew

Congratulations, Linda!!!!

Thanks to all who stopped by and left a kind word.

Katniss says, "Purrrrrr!"


Linking up today with all the beautiful projects @

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunmer Sensations Blog Hop


Here is my newest creation, 

a 3-D Flower Petal Table Topper!

I made this summery topper for the 

Summer Sensations Blog Hop

Here is a close up of the center of my 3-D Flower Petal Mat.

And the best thing about it ...

... the petals unsnap and may be used for individual snack mats or coasters!

I made twelve petals and a round center.

Easy to use and easy to unsnap and wash, too!

I made this for my new counter height kitchen table and I wanted something to
use every day to protect the lovely finish of the table top.

My hubby helped me choose the colors and liked the orange center the best. He wanted green snaps, but my engineer son and I liked the orange snaps better for the front.  I used the green snaps on the back so there is a touch of green, too.

Here is the back of my new Flower Petal Table Mat.

I took it outside to our shaded deck for more pictures.

It us very, very hot here and a good day for barbecuing and dining on the deck.

Here it is outside on our deck where we moved our much used old kitchen table.

Many times we gathered as a family around this battered old table.

I love my new counter height table but this one had many memories.

I love my new table mat!!!

I will be making a green and red one for Christmas...

 and maybe a "He loves me; He loves me not"  one
with heart shaped petals for Valentine's Day.
Will make sure to put an uneven number of petals on that one ... ;)

I love this new design idea and hope you have enjoyed it. too.

Please visit all my friends in the hop today 
and see their sensational summery creations: 
July 25
Life In The Scrapatch (you are here)

Before you go, be sure to enter the giveaway for today's 

$25 Gift Certificate, generously donated by

Fat Quarter Shop
This is a

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced tomorrow by our wonderful blog hop hostess,

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

As always, Katniss was very helpful while I was making this quilted table topper.

For my Free Tutorial 
of how I made this quilt

Katniss says, "Thank you for stopping by our quilty corner today!"

Please join us again soon!

Have a sensational summer!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Katniss Says ...

"We have a surprise for you."

(... we changed plans for our featured project this week ... ;)

Please come back tomorrow for ... 

our stop in the sensational

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Starting Soon!

The Summer Sensations Blog Hop is coming soon!
You will not want to miss a stop in this hop 
as there are some lovely summery creations in the works.

The fabulous Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring by giving away
 $25.00 gift certificate for each day of Summer Sensations!
Friday’s giveaway will run the entire weekend.
Here is the schedule for Summer Sensations…
July 21
July 22
July 25
July 26
Thanks to
for spending so much of her summer putting this hop together for all of us!

I am still working on my project.

Katniss says, "No Peaking."

To Me she says ... "Get it done!!!!"

Yes, Katniss, with your help ... :) 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fabric Quandary

I found these lovely fabrics, Canyon by Kate Spain,

in my stash today and am thinking to maybe use these instead of

these  blue and yellow pretties

for the 

designed and published by

I really like both choices so I am in a fabric quandary.

noun: quandary; plural noun: quandaries
  1. a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.
    "Kate is in a quandary"
    synonyms:predicamentplight, difficult situation, awkward situation; 
    informalsticky situation, pickleholestew,fixbindjam
    "conflicting appointments left us in a quandary"
    • a difficult situation; a practical dilemma.
      "a legal quandary"
late 16th century: perhaps partly from Latin quando ‘when.’

[quoted from Google]

Which would you choose??

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Free Mystery Quilt Pattern

Here are my fabrics.

I love a mystery and hope I have time to sew this one. 

This is for the

designed and published by

Hope to see you sewing, too.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Because We All Have Big Hearts


is asking for help with this initiative for the

Welcome to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild

who are collecting 

10" Rainbow Heart Blocks

Donations of quilts also accepted.

I am sewing blocks and hope you will be joining us ...

 "because we all have big hearts, right??!!"