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snap coin purse

I had ambitions of making a few of these for Christmas gifts… but with writing deadlines and preparing to leave for Thailand in 2 weeks (yikes!  actually, it’s only 13 days left!), well, I’ll have to save this for next year.

I love it and it was easy-peasy to make!


I used one of my favorite Amy Butler “Midwest Mod” fabrics for the lining:


I haven’t used it yet.  Guess I’m being a bit too precious.  :$



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That’s what I am.

Forget frosting.

I’m all about fabrics these days.  I have about five (probably more) quilt projects on my to-do pile.  There’s the Vintage Cherries pattern I want to do with my peach stash, then my Moda “Plum & Fig” Jelly Roll is begging to be unwrapped so I tackle one of the patterns in this book:

Jelly Roll Quilts

Jelly Roll Quilts

If only you knew the amount of time I’ve spent reading quilting blogs, surfing fabric websites and daydreaming about the quilts I want to make…

Forget men and work, and looking for love.   I just wanna quilt.


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new quilt project

So when waiting for love to knock on a girl’s door, what to do?

Why quilt of course!!

I finally found a pattern for the charcoal stash of fabric I started collecting in the summer.  I’m very excited about this!  I wanted something fresh but with a scrappy feel.  Scrappy quilts are my absolute favorite, and way back when I thought I’d do a scrappy nine-patch for my bed.

But then I found this at The Workroom (my fav hang out these days.  I know, not so good for meeting men.)

"Single Girl" quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt

"Single Girl" quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt

And here is a reminder of the fabric stash I’m going to use (I’ve added about 20+ more fat quarters to it since taking the photo.  Lots of blacks, whites, greys, a few more hits of teal, etc.):


This is my bedding, and if it all comes together, I think the “Single Girl” quilt using my grey stash will be a fantastic compliment to my room.  Fingers crossed!


I’ve read the pattern, and this promises to be the most complicated quilt project I’ve taken on to date!


Wish me luck!


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new craft project

I’m making this Amy Butler ‘Birdie Sling’ Bag:

Using this Amy Butler fabric:

Amy Butler "Gothic Rose" and "Wall Flower" fabric

Amy Butler "Gothic Rose" and "Wall Flower" fabric

Will post photos of the end product!


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I can’t wait to finish this:

The quilt is only half-way finished.  Over the Labor Day weekend, I managed to finish all of the panels.  It’s the first time I’ve sewn a nine-patch on point, and I seem to be taking the long way around.  Over the weekend, I hung out with my close friend (her family’s cottage) and her mom, who taught me how to quilt.  Every time I quilt with Mrs. H, I learn something new.  Like I should have used starch to keep the white triangles from stretching.

Oh well.  Whaddyagonna do?  It’s only my third quilt.

Here’s a close up on the fabric:

I still need to cut and sew the sashes that go in between each long panel.  I’m going to use the green fabrics and the sweet floral print.  And I’m using the striped fabric for the outside sashing/border, which will then have another wide border in the white and I’ll use the raspberry gingham for the binding.

Last fabric close up.  I promise!

I don’t have a name yet for my quilt.  Mrs. H names all her quilts, so newbie that I am to this art, I’m following her example.  The pattern is called “Little Sister” but that sounds too baby-ish.  I’m thinking of “Pretty In Prep” ’cause as you can see, I have a fondness for the ol’ pink and green.

Seeing as how my schedule is in a bit of a lull, I’m going to finish the quilt front or face or whatever you call it this week.  Then the hard work begins.  Quilting!  That I won’t do by hand.  Way too hardcore for me.  In the past I’ve given my (two) quilts to Mrs. H to machine quilt because she has one of those fancy long-armed machines.  For my third quilt, I think it’s time I try my hand at machine quilting a diamond pattern all by myself.

I’ll post a photo of the finished quilt… but don’t hold your breath.  At the rate I’m going, it could take another six months.


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Some days I’m hard pressed to decide what I love more, frosting or fabric.  Check out some of the new fat quarters I bought to make a scrappy quilt for my bedroom.

This fabric was my inspiration.  I love the equestrian motif.

This is my other most favorite fabric from the lot:

Now all I need to do is find more cream, white, and dove grey fat quarters, and end up with about 50 different swatches in total to make a really scrappy quilt.  Oh and I need to find the right pattern.  I know I want the quilt to have a very soft, monochromatic look.  Maybe I’ll try my hand at an Irish chain?

Pattern suggestions welcomed and wanted!


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