Friday, June 28, 2019

"Finished"

Finally finished---

The dream for this wall hanging began back in November 2017. At our quilt guild meeting that month, my name was drawn for one of the three door prizes. I got a charm pack of the "Hit The Spots" grunge fabric by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. On the way home that night the thought ran through my mind, "I am going to make something with this charm pack. I am going to finish it and I am going to take it to a quilt guild meeting for "Show and Tell". Eighteen months later I accomplished what I had sat out to do. Sometimes it takes me longer to do a project than I had thought it would.

A few days after I got the charm pack, I went to Country Stitches in East Lansing, Michigan to try to find a coordinating, light (in color) fabric.  I didn't know at the time my journey was just beginning. I discovered that there were lots of "grunge" fabrics. I chose a light beige for my background, went home and started making half square triangles. I probably ended up with about eighty 4 1/2" squares.

When I started laying the squares out, I discovered that I wanted to make a wall hanging and I did not have enough squares. On line I found a website where I could order another charm pack and they even had free shipping. So I ordered it. When the charm pack came, I began making more half square triangles. When I finished those squares, I started to try to figure out the layout, and I discovered that the possibilities were numerous. I tried several layouts and you can see the one I decided on below. I finished the top but different things started happening and I was never able to decided if I was going to quilt it myself or if I was going to have a friend do it who has a long-arm business. Earlier this year I decided to have my friend do the quilting. A couple of weeks ago, I got every thing finished (the binding and attaching the sleeve for hanging) and got it hung. I love the design and I love how it looks in my living room. It makes me happy.

When some friends saw it, they wanted to know who I had made it for. They looked at me strangely when I said, "For me." Yes, for myself. It makes me happy when I have a chance to set down and look at it hanging on the wall "finished". I deserve to have a wall hanging in my living room that I made and I deserve to be pleased when I look at it.



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Trying Something New

I wanted to try making some little girl tote bags. I looked and looked for some good measurements but could not really find a good source so I guessed. Not sure these are the right size, but I thought that they were a good start. The smaller one measures 6 1/2" tall and 6 1/4" wide. It is 3" deep. The handles are 1" wide.






The larger one measures 7 1/4" tall, 7 1/2" wide and 3" deep. The straps are also 1" wide.




Thursday, May 30, 2019

4 New Pictures

This morning I added 5 new pictures to the Farm Girl Vintage Sew along.






Just about finished!  Only two more to go. Looking forward to putting them all together.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Saying Thank You


Last weekend, some of my friends make it possible for me to go to the Great Lakes Scrapbooking Mega Meet held in Novi, MI each year. They arranged for Don's sister to spend the day with him so that I could go. It is always so much fun to see and experience the new things that are on the market.

This was my "thank you" card that I made for my sister-in-law who spent the day with Don. The  two of them had a good time together. It is very similar to the card that I made for my last card class. I sponged a very light oval onto the white card stock (using Primrose Petal ink) which I used as a guide for doing my stamping. I used peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.








Wednesday, May 8, 2019

"Quilty Fun" -- Mug Rugs

I am having so much fun with these. I purchased this packet of cute sayings all related to "Quilty Fun" from June Tailor, Inc. I don't remember which of my favorite quilt shops had them, but I have three different sets. Each package has 7 printed statements printed on 100% cotton and seven simple mug rug patterns. Each on has a finished size of 8" x 10".

I have
four finished. Hope you love them as much as I do.









Monday, May 6, 2019

Cards From The April 27 Class

April 27 was the last card class for me. After more than two years I have had to make a very difficult decision. It is hard to explain but as Don's Parkinson's Disease progresses, I need to eliminate stress. Several of the ladies had asked about using peg stamps. I have several sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and a number of the stick stamps from Stamps By Judith. It had been a long time since I had these stamps out. It was fun having all these stamps out.



The last card was a very simple, elegant sympathy card. I find that these cards are hard to make but it seems like I am needing more and more. The lilies are from the "Loving Memories" set from Our Daily Bread Designs stamped in Smoky Slate ink from Stampin' Up.



Monday, April 22, 2019

A New Tote

One day I had been looking at items on the Missouri Star Quilt Company's web site. I came across this fabric and fell in love with it immediately. It was designed by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics and called "A Stitch in Time". I ordered  four different pieces. Things were really busy for quite some time so I did not get to work on the bag until I went to our quilt guild's winter retreat in January.

I somewhat followed a pattern that I found on the Moda Bakeshop blog. You can find the pattern by following this link "Husabye Tote Bag". It is a project that I enjoyed making.

If you are interested in purchasing this bag, please email me at sarahdbeans@outlook.com. At this time I can only accept payment by PayPal. The cost of the bag is $40.00 which includes shipping. 20% of this sale will be donated to our Michigan Parkinson's Foundation after shipping costs are deducted.








Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Wishes

Tomorrow Don and I have a lunch engagement with three other couples we met at Rock Steady Boxing. All four husbands have Parkinsons, at different levels. These three couples bless our us every time we are together.

I wanted to make a special Easter card. I came up with the idea of doing a card-in-a-box. It had been a long time since I made one. The first thing I had to do was find my instructions. It took me almost a full day to create the card. After that everything went a little faster. The three are now finished.

Stamps -- Blessed Easter (Easter Wishes on back panel), Tranquil Tulips, His Grace (John 3:16) and Beautiful Bouquets (Leaves)
Dies -- Cross of Hope Framelits, circle punch and round and scalloped dies
Card Stock -- Rose Red, Old Olive, White and Black
Ink -- Rose Red, Old Olive, Soft Sky and VersaFine Onyx Black







Thursday, April 4, 2019

Something Different

There are times when I just need to do something really simple. That's where I have been this week. I spent some time at my sewing machine on s few projects that were quick and easy.

The first one was something I just wanted to try. It was simple and didn't take a lot of time.


I have been making these little tulip blocks. I am not sure what I am going to end up doing with them, but I have been enjoying just making them. I saw a sample of the above block on someone's blog and had to give it a try. My sample is now hanging on the wall in my kitchen. Each of the tulip blocks measures  4 1/2" x 4 1/2". The wall hanging above finished at 8" x 14".

Here is the link to the tutorial that I followed -- Podunk Posy quilt block tutorial

Then yesterday I finished up a couple of "mug rugs". I love making these little placemats. Their size was 8" x 10". This morning I gave a friend one for her birthday. I think the other one is going to be mine.

The printed squares can be found in Inspirational Mug Mats by June Tailor. There are several different sets with each containing about seven printed blocks. I used blocks from two different sets. The first one from "Quilty Fun" and the second one from "Spiritual". I am looking forward to making other mug rugs using the other squares.





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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Today's Class

This morning I had the March "Create, Challenge, Encourage" Stamp Class. We had a great time together. These ladies are such an encouragement to me. I was sorry to tell them that the April class will be our last one. I am finding it harder and harder to be creative as my husband's battle with Parkinson's Disease continues. The first card was posted on March 7. Another card needs some extra pictures. So that leaves two.

On this first card, I wanted to highlight the new Sale-A-Bration embossing folder called "Country Floral". This folder is beautiful. A small piece of card stock was embossed and added to a white card base. The accent color used was Lost Lagoon. The sentiment and heart was from the set "Ribbon Of Courage." I sponged on a little ink in order to accent some of the flowers.


I ended up making two samples of the next card. The first one was made using Lost Lagoon ink and card stock. But not wanting to make two cards using the same color I chose the color Sweet Sugarplum.

This is called "RetiForm Technique". It has been around for sometime. You basically section off different  parts of the card stock, sponge on your ink choice and then stamp the images in that section. It might have been better if we had used a darker shade of ink. I still like the cards this way.

I chose two stamps sets "Touches of Texture" and "Painted Seasons". I thought these two sets worked well together.