Monthly Archives: June 2014

This goal setting thing really works. It was a great help to prioritize my projects. My June Goals post gave me somewhere to look back to when I was overwhelmed by the many options in and around my sewing room.

The Primary (and ALYoF) Goal

Build a Bouquet Flower BagI finished ten lined drawstring bags, 7 were given as gifts, The Girl got one for toys (above), and two are in the "gifts to be given" pile.

The Bonus Goals

  • Decide on my plan for party outfits for the kids to wear at The Boy's birthday party next month. Check. Here's a glimpse of my fabrics (but not that green one, cause it doesn't really work)... more coordinating fabrics needed. The Boy's birthday fabrics
  • Complete the step 12 of my mystery quilt. Check. I made these 99 units from 297 pieces. I even started step 13 to piece the small pieces together to make 9-patch blocks.

mystery quilt progress

Um... I'm loving to see all the completed blocks from others on Facebook as I fall farther and farther behind!

  • Do something with my patriotic orphan block. Check. (Don't you love the metric of "do something"?) At the start of the month I had two blocks. Now I have four. Marji says I should have an odd number... so I guess I have to make one more! Hm... the 4th of July is SOON.

9-inch patriotic blockstwo more patriotic blocks

What I'm doing next on this project is to learn how to do machine applique with a turned edge. I intend to do a small project (or four!) to practice before I dive in on creating some fish and seaweed for the quilt. I've pulled fabric to make a few mug rugs with some small fish and seaweed.

for four mug rugs


Earlier this month I started seeing posts from blogs participating in the American Made Brand Blog Tour and read more about the new company. I'm so pleased with their mission to be a company that produces "a fabric entirely sourced and manufactured in the United States."

Naturally, I just had to have some!

American Made Brand Solids

Jewels Fat Quarter BundleJewels Fat Quarter Bundle,left to right: Light Red (4), Dark Green (22), Olive (24), Dark Purple (28), Dark Orange (37), Dark Eggplant (46), Brick (51), Dark Rust (72), Dark Tomato (81), Dark Indigo (96), Forest (113).

American Made Brand YardageYardage, left to right: Dark Brown (16), White (1), Purple (27), Periwinkle (85), Orange (36), Lime (18), Gray (6), Dark Gray (7), Black (3).

I'm toying with working on a quilt to enter in their Farm to Fabric Challenge. Somewhere around here I have a sketch of what I'm thinking of doing. Here's a peek at my palette:

Secondary ColorsLinking up with Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Monday.


I just spent a lovely week away with family, so I've been away from the blog and the sewing machine. Here's a quick share. I made these 12" by 16" pillows for The Boy and my niece and nephew as Hanukkah presents a couple years ago. (I guess it's about time I make one for The Girl.) It all started when I saw the kit for the Pack 'n Pillow Pattern by It's Sew Emma at Fat Quarter Shop. I just knew my niece would love the pink castle fabric. I did a little shopping (with The Boy's help) to pick out the car fabric for nephew. And, naturally, I raided my Very Hungry Caterpillar scraps to make the pillowcase for The Boy. I added the 1" strip of fabric so I could sneak in an additional fabric, and I fussy cut the foods fabric so we could see them all along the edge of the pillowcase.

kid pillows I'm linking up with Lorna at Let's Bee Social.