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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Ditty Bag

I made a ditty bag for my son-in-law that I think he's going to really like.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Clam Up Bags etc

Spent a week with my youngest daughter and we tested a few ByAnnie Patterns. It was a good time and we made some cute things :) 

Friday, October 29, 2021

A Room With A View

 I just love this pattern and plan to make many more for my storage cubes and shelves around the house. It is nice to be able to see what's in the boxes and of course to be able to customize the fabric boxes to match their intended purpose and locations. This is a ByAnnie pattern titled A Room with a View.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ByAnnie Easy Does It Bag

This is my first attempt at an Easy Does It bag using the free pattern provided ByAnnie. Though not perfect (nothing I make is ever perfect lol), I am extremely proud of it. I learned several new techniques and with practice I know these will turn into several new items I'll be able to make in future. I think I'll be making more of this particular bag as well as it seems useful and like it will work as a great gift.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Piece Keeper By Annie


I made a little "PieceKeeper" from a ByAnnie pattern to include with the Bingo Tote. A little extra tag along storage for a very special lady.

Bingo Tote Bag


I made this tote for a very special lady that enjoys Bingo. The tote includes 8 specific outer pockets for bingo daubers and two "double wide" pockets in the outer centers as well as two elastic pockets on the outer sides. The inside of the tote includes two wide patch pockets on both the front and back as well as a patch pocket on one side and one holder band for drinks etc on the other side. That's 15 pockets and one band. The bag measures 14 inches wide, 11 inches tall, and 3 inches deep. I roughly followed the YouTube tutorial provided by Debbie Shore.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Velvet Pouch


This velvet drawstring pouch is lined and has a round bottom which enables it to stand on its own. I made it for a man that will be dressed as a Knight this Halloween and as part of his costume he has a couple small pouches. One for his many gold coins. One for his gems. And now this larger velvet one to hold his very special dragon eggs! All of the fabric is scraps I've acquired from thrift stores...even the jeweled beads on the drawstrings. The pouch measures 7 inches high and 3 inches wide.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Bookshelf Block - Butcher Knife with Cookbooks


Stabby stabby. I'm not too good at cooking or following recipes even though I've taken a few cooking classes. Nevertheless, my family is full of great cooks and my bookshelves have plenty of cookbooks. So I'll be adding this block to the mix as I continue to build blocks for my bookshelf quilt. Pattern may be found at Fandom in Stitches.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fabric Tissue Box

A little tissue box for some reusable tissues :) I make the tissues from scraps and the box is small enough to also turn into a scrappy project. I think I'll be making more boxes :) 

I also created a PDF file to share with others how I made it. The PDF is available by clicking here.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Extra Large Bingo Bag with 14 Dauber Pockets

I made this Bingo Bag with Dauber pockets for my father. He loves classic cars, bicycles, and Route 66 so I tried to incorporate all these things. There is also one pocket inside the bag. The base circle is 10 inches in diameter. The bag stands 16 inches tall. It has 14 large dauber pockets, a ton of space inside, and drawstrings to close. I used outdoor canvas fabric for the bottom inside and outside to increase the durability in this area (also to highlight more cars hehe)

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Compact Jewelry Travel Pouch


I roughly followed this free tutorial as well as this one provided by Jean Truelove to create this adorable jewelry pouch with 8 individual pockets inside plus a large center. I used the colors/fabrics my daughter chose. I hope she likes it :) It cinches shut with the drawstrings to make an extremely compact (approx. 3.5 inches) way to hold tiny things without getting them mixed up. It can also open all of the way to lie flat (approx. 12 inches in diameter).

Friday, August 27, 2021

Fold-up Reusable Grocery Tote Bag

Here's another version of a foldable go everywhere (kind of like a Chico Bag) reusable grocery tote. I love the feed bag fabric but only had a tiny scrap from a thrift store. The free pattern I followed for this fold-up grocery tote is from Crafty Patti's YouTube Video

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Foldable 'go everywhere' bag/tote

This is my first attempt at a foldable grocery bag. It's pretty cute and fits easily in a purse or bulky pocket. It's a little larger than a standard grocery store plastic bag. I followed the free pattern and tutorial located at Zaaberry Handmade

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

John Deere Tote Bag


I made this quick reusable grocery tote bag with boxed corners for my father. All fabric, including the John Deere panels were purchased from my local thrift store making this an extremely economical and upcycled bag. The final measurements are 15 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 8 inches deep (side gussets). 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Cosmos Quilt


This quilt was made for my daughter and her husband as a huge wall hanging quilt. It measures 8 feet wide by 6 feet tall. This was created using In The Beginning fabrics. Specifically, two large Cosmos Panels, a Cosmos Border Strip, one small Cosmos Panel, and some fabric my daughter picked out that I cannot recall the name of. I made some traditional snail trail blocks for the corner stones. I do hope this wall quilt brings warmth and joy their home.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Bumble Bee Tote Bag

A tote bag for my daughter. She is a teacher at a local grade school. The school's teams are known as The Stingers so bees/wasps etc are the theme. The paper piecing pattern for the bumble bee giving a flower to the lady bug was purchased from Quilt Art Design

Monday, June 28, 2021

Pint Pals


Made by request. These Pint Pals will help the holder enjoy a pint of ice cream while keeping their hands warm and the ice cream cool. They'll also work for keeping hands safe from hot things such a cup'o'noodles etc.

Sunday, June 27, 2021



This Bamboozled Quilt measures 72X62". I used three values each of blue and purple batiks for the main hexagon blocks. I used a glow in the dark moon fabric for the background. For the backing I used scraps from the quilt, black, and a scrap fabric panel. The quilt looks pretty cool in the dark and in the light :) 

Pattern available at: Little Patch Pockets

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Bookshelf Block - Snow White's Apple


An apple for the bookshelf. Pattern provided by I chose to add this block because of the whimsy fairy tale it represents. I also fussy cut some fabric to represent parrots I had the joy of caring for in the past and I love the "Make Do And Mend" phrase on my creators fabric.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Bookshelf Block - Acromantula


I wanted to add this large tarantula to my bookshelf quilt partially to remember a tarantula my son had when he was younger and partially because I secretly admire spiders and the wonderful webs they weave. Pattern is from a Harry Potter set provided by

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Lap Pad - Treasure Box Blocks

I have begun making what I call Lap Pads that can also be used as large hot pads for setting larger hot items on the table. I put Insul bright inside which is a heat resistant batting. The lap pads are to be placed on one's lap under their laptop. It keeps the lap and the computer cool without any hassle/bulky things. The lap pad also works as a quick dust cover for the laptops. I did not get everything lined up perfectly but it came out good enough for its intended use. This one will be for my son-in-law. I really like this paper piecing pattern used to make the treasure box blocks. I'll be working harder next time to keep things lined up because I know I'll be making more of these little treasure box blocks. The pattern for the Treasure Box block is from

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Crumb Quilt - Double Wedding Ring


A quilt made of the scrappy fabric crumbs collected over my first year of sewing. As such this is the 2020 crumb quilt. Who knows what my 2021 crumb collection will make.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Crystal Ball Block for Bookshelf Quilt

Much of this fabric is glitter and metallic so it tends to shine quite nicely when viewing in person.


Friday, February 5, 2021

Jar of Dirt block for Bookshelf Quilt

Things did not work so well on this block. I may have to re-make it. For now however, this is a block for my bookshelf quilt to represent Pirates of the Caribbean. 


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Freddy Krueger's Hat Bookshelf Block

I'll be adding this block to my bookshelf quilt in honor of my favorite horror series growing up.


Friday, January 1, 2021

Labyrinth Walk Quilt


I completed this exactly one year after purchasing the pattern (that's how long it took me to get the guts to try!). It is a king size quilt with simple quilting. I'm quite pleased with it overall.