Sunday, November 23, 2014


Sew Along

Join us for a sew along! We are crazy about chevrons. I've made a lot of chevron quilts, and this is the easiest method ever. If you can sew two rectangles together, you can make this quilt!



We will post instructions-with  lots of photos-every weekend for the next four weeks.  This week the only step is gathering fabrics.  Check back on Friday for the next step.

Blackberry Quilts Classic Chevron Baby Quilt
48" x 48"
Fabrics Needed:
  1. 7 prints  or solids, 1/4 yard each OR a fat quarter each.  A strong color with a high contrast to white is recommended, so the color will 'pop'.  This fabric is PopRox by Carol Van Zandt.   Note: the 7th print is used on the back of the quilt*.
  2. White, 1 and 2/3 yard
  3. Backing, 1 and 1/2 yard
  4. Binding, 1/3 yard 
Tools Needed:
  • White thread
  • A rotary cutter, ruler, and mat are ideal. If you don't have these yet, you can make templates from cardstock or a cereal box, trace around them, and cut with scissors.
  • Scissors
  • Pins and needles
*Here is the back of the quilt:




Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's time to get cozy! We have ice in the driveway and snow on the way. The ski resort is opening Friday!

It's been a tough week. I hesitate to even say that because my family is still with me, and I don't even know what tough could look like. One of my coping skills is sewing and making stuff. Sew, cut, pin, pray.

This week I'm dedicating a few hours every day to repurposing my treasures.  So far I've taken a 1990s brilliant blue silk shirt and restyled it. $2 and 2 hours. Can't beat that! I forgot how much I love silk. The color is amazing.

3 Step Redo:
1. Mark and cut new neckline.I used the neckline of a pattern. You can also use a favorite top.
2. Cut sleeves to 3/4 length, and make slimmer at sleeve hem.Use trimmings to cut bias strips for neck facing.

3. Create a fake placket on back-fold and press and stitch. Add leftover buttons. 
I used superfine pins , a size 80 needle, and the silk setting on the iron. Be sure to use the straight stitch throat plate when sewing lightweight fabrics!

Next up is a burgundy cashmere sweater vest in extra extra small. Looks like leg warmers and an ear warmer to me!

Do you shop with your hands or your eyes? I am always touching the fabric, whether in fabric stores or clothing stores.  Let me know how you shop, or what you are repurposing and creating! You will be entered in a drawing for some 1930s 5" charm squares! Ends 12/28/12.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Words to Live By

Life is Racing. Sometimes I can't tell if I am watching it speed by, or if I am in the middle of the pack on the rack track.

May: Mother Lode Round Up Parade. Check. Amgen Tour of California. Check. Cousins from the East Coast. Check. Waterfalls and Dogwoods in Yosemite. Check. Taking Girl Scouts to the big city for a fashion internship. Check. Watching No.1 Son run hurdles in the track 'playoffs'. Check. No. 1 Daughter graduates from 8th grade. Check. Serving real food, water, and smoothies at the 8th grade graduation dance. Check. Planning a trip to NYC with the Girl Scouts. Check.

Keeping it all in perspective: a quote from Paula Deen.

'I am so blessed. I've been way over-blessed. At 64 years old, I look forward to going to bed every night so I can wake up in the morning and see what blessing is going to come my way that day. Because you never, ever know what God's got in store for you.' ...........January 2012 Good Housekeeping.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We Love You: Week of Giveaways

We are hosting a week of giveaways over at HeroWeb. Check in every day for a chance to win!
Love, BBQ

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Can't find your projects ?

This is brilliant. Decluttering in mini steps. Download a calender with one small daily task at My Simpler Life.
MANY thanks!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Top Ten Hand Quilting Tips

I love hand quilting. I love to sit and stitch. I love the way hand quilting looks. But my hands and wrists can't take much of it. Some of my solutions:
  1. Machine quilt structural lines. Sew around the borders of blocks. Then add a bit of hand quilting where it really shows.
  2. Hand quilt every other item. I just stitched around 56 yo-yos, instead of all 121! The back of the quilt looks adorable, too.
  3. Set a goal of stitching half an hour a day. Leave the project out near your favorite chair. Throw it in the car, and do it while waiting in the dentist office. You'd be amazed how far you can get with just a few minutes a day!
  4. Wear a wrist brace. It helps a lot.
  5. Takes lots of breaks. Get up and walk around, roll your shoulders and stretch your arms.
  6. Use a new high quality needle. I am loving the size 8 milliner needles by John James. They fit my hands. Experiment, and find the needle that works for you. Just found some size 8 milliner needles at my Mom's that were my Grandmas. We had the same thumb. Hmmmmm.
  7. Set up extra lamps to avoid squinting.
  8. Baste with safety pins, saving yourself some time and some hand stitching.
  9. Personalize your quilt. Add a name, a birthday, a quote. Just draw it on with a marking pencil that washes out, and that is heat-safe in case you find yourself ironing.
  10. Use cotton thread. Your quilt might be around in the next century!

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