Showing posts with label pins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pins. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday

 I just have a few minutes to say hello. I've been sewing every day to get ready for a holiday craft show. I love these baby blankets made with flannel and minky. Please prewash your fabrics before making these. Don't ask me how I learned that lesson! I washed with Ivory Snow and they smell like babies! 

The blankie on top is for my sister who is now a grandmother! We can't wait to meet our newest family member. My sister is hosting Thanksgiving dinner which is why I am sewing today and not cooking.

I have a batch of fresh paper pieced lapel pins ready to go.

I love flannel infinity scarves. I wear them often through the winter. They are so cozy!

I wanted to have more quilty things on my table, so I made six mug mats to sell with matching mugs.


If you are in the area, I hope you'll stop by this great sale. There are almost 100 vendors! See the listing for quilts on the poster? That's me, so I guess I'd better get some actual quilts finished to sell.

Pete is excelling at boot camp. We are certainly going to miss him tomorrow, but we're so happy that he'll be home for Christmas.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mini Arrowheads

 I haven't had time to do much sewing for fun this week. I did start playing with some Kate Spain charms to make mini Anita's Arrowhead blocks. The large prints don't work very well being chopped up so small, but I love making these little blocks! I stumbled upon this one by Karen at Breezy Point and had to give it a try.

I made a batch of paper pieced lapel pins for a special order. I'm lucky to have good friends who sell them for me. Kate is a talented basket maker, so I provide an assortment of basket designs for her customers.

Today, I'll be preparing for a guild outreach workshop. We provide a quilt for every bed in South County Habitat for Humanity homes. We're getting low on kid quilts, so I'll have fun digging into the novelty prints.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


 Just a quick post before I head out for the day.

It was great to see Jackie this week here in Rhode Island! We met for a quick dinner on Wednesday, where we commiserated about daughters in college and guild politics.  Then my mother and I went to her lecture on Thursday night. Look how cute she is! (And not dorky at all!)

I was busy this week making some paper pieced lapel pins. I'm so lucky to have a friend willing to sell them for me. I'm a horrible business person. I'd rather just sew!

We have some fun weekend plans:
White elephant sale (older folks selling great vintage items!)
Quilt Show at Quilters by the Sea
Marine Corps band concert
Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Pete's best friend

It's time to get started!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fun with Triangles

 Add another piece to the UFO pile! Here is the Tossed Triangle table runner that I pieced on Tuesday morning. Maybe I should call it "Tuesday Triangle Table Topper!"

It looks pretty cool on the end of Julia's bed.

File this pic in the "keeping it real" file. I'm trying to not completely overrun this room with quilting stuff, but there you go. Not too bad yet, but more than I need for today.

In the midst of multiple volunteer obligations yesterday, I managed to get some little paper piecing done. These will be turned into lapel pins later today. A friend of mine (Kate, a very talented basket maker) will be selling them in her booth at the Quilters by the Sea show this weekend.

I'm off to piece more pin parts!

P.S. and F.Y.I.  Don't put your laptop on top of your cutting board, especially if it gets as hot as mine. The heat will warp your board quite quickly! Luckily, mine flattened right out, but why risk it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Etsy Update

I finally update my Etsy shop!
Don't the pins look cute in my Anthro mug?

I usually photograph them on the piano because it is the best natural light in the whole house. This time, I decided to prop them up between the keys. So cool!

Do you call this block monkey wrench or churn dash?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ready to Sew

On the list today:

Some tiny, paper-pieced, slightly modern Christmas trees to be made into lapel pins. These piles will produce 12 blocks, assembly-line style.

Yes. I need reading glasses to sew these tiny pieces. I'm old like that!
Don't you love the Kate Spain paper plate?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Muddy Fun

I sewed! My last batch of three by three blocks is ready to go. I hope they aren't too late.

And a little gift for a new friend.

Bill took us on one of his "adventures" yesterday. It was actually my idea to go on a hike, so he brought us back to a trail we hadn't been on in 10 years. We hiked a lot when the kids were little, before soccer, softball and baseball took over our weekends.

It's a beautiful trail through a beech forest. Since last month was the wettest July on record, we had some mud to deal with.

Wildflowers are like gems in the forest.

On the way home, we stopped at a farm store for blueberries and pie.
Yup. We ate it right out of the box!

A perfect summer day!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Moving On

I shipped a pin order to Kedar Quilts yesterday. I always second-guess my color choices for some of them, but they look pretty good as a group. The monkey wrench/churn dash is a new design for me and I really like it. I wonder if there is a difference between monkey wrench and churn dash, or are they the same block?

Last night marked my last Girl Scout leader meeting as Service Unit Manager, a volunteer position I have held for 4 years. A new-ish leader told me that she assumed I was a paid employee. I've been paid by the smiles on the girls' faces at our community events. Hee hee. Did I just say that with a straight face?! Yes, I do love the girls and it has been a joy to meet hundreds of Girl Scouts and work with scores of dedicated volunteers.

Our Service Team is awesome! Don't they look happy (that the year is almost over)? Since they all ROSE to the challenge of volunteering beyond their own troops, I decided to make them rose pens.

Julia helped me make them, of course, beacause she is the most incredible daughter and Girl Scout, ever! I presented Julia with a little gift last night, but couldn't make my speech because I started to cry. It's not easy being a leader's daughter, and being the SUM's daughter is 10 times harder. She is so great with the younger girls and always willing to help. I wish I had taken a picture of her surrounded by Daisies and Brownies. Too cute.

The pens are so easy to make. Let's see if I can find a tutorial...
Here's one. (I glue first, then wrap)
Ooooh, but go look what Arlette made!

I can't find a tutorial that shows exactly the way we do it, so maybe we'll write our own. They make really inexpensive, fun gifts for teachers, girl friends, grandmothers...

Well, it's time to move on.
To another quilting project (BOM's and swaps)
To another craft project (crocheted earrings)
To another Girl Scout challenge (Savannah!)


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mid-Week Musings

I've been finishing up a batch of pins to send to Kedar Quilts in Maine. If you find yourself in western Maine this summer, stop in and see Margaret. I love the pile of bits and pieces that accumulates next to my machine when I paper-piece.

We've been to a few ball games already this week. On Monday night, Julia and Pete played at the same time, at the same park, on adjacent fields. Sitting on the bleachers at the baseball field, all I needed to do was spin around to see the softball field.

Josh was sweet to keep me company at the games. We had a nice conversation about baseball, my Girl Scouts, school and summer. He went over to the other field to take a few pictures for me. He told Julia she was "lighting fast" running to 1st base. See the maroon blur?
There has been an osprey nest on the light pole at this field for several years. We'll try to get some shots of the birds as the season progresses. They are really fun to watch after the chicks hatch and the parents start bringing fish to the nest.

In other birding news, the Orioles have come home for the summer. I saw a catbird in the yard last week, so I knew the Orioles would soon follow. We saw the male fly by on Mother's Day, so we put out the orange and were soon rewarded with this beautiful site.

So, I found out that Josh reads my blog in computer class with Julia's friend from the swim team. Hi, Josh & Emiko! They find it amusing that I call Josh "the boyfriend." I won't do that anymore. He's a really good kid and we enjoy having him around. I love this picture of Julia & Josh that was taken in Hershey before the music festival. It's the closest they'll get to a prom picture for a couple of years.

I'm off to finish the pins for Margaret and get them in the mail today. Have a great day!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Pins in the Shop

Welcome, Friends of Jodi! It is an honor to be featured on such a well respected blog. Thanks Jodi!

I listed some new Spring pins in the shop this morning.
I had to use lots of bright colors to combat the gray skies.

After three days of rain and yucky worms on the driveway, the sun is finally out. We're expecting temps in the mid 70's this weekend. Yeah!! I can't wait to get into the garden.

The deadline is fast approaching (like, tomorrow!) for raffle items for Pete's class trip to Washington, DC. I'll be layering, quilting, binding, and labeling a red, white and blue lap quilt today. It's a very simple piece, and nothing to write home about. I'd better get to work.

I hope the sun is shining on you!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Artgirlz Visit Ninnies

Last night, the Argirlz provided the program for the Ninigret Quilters, affectionately known as Ninnies. Allison and Tracy are so cool and fun! That's me in the middle, hoping their style will rub off on me! I'm wearing the pincushion they taught us to make. Visit their website and buy lots of stuff! Julia tagged along, even though it was a school night. She loves the Ninnies! They've known her since she was born. She had a blast sitting next to sisters Patty and Peggy. What is it about sisters who quilt? They are so much fun!

Julia loves handwork. (Her crochet scarf is almost done. Will show you soon!) She had so much fun adding beads to a small wool felt bead, that she didn't stop until she had completely run out of thread. Which is a problem when your thread is doubled and there's nothing left to knot.
What to do? Turn it into a dangle! It is a pincushion after all. We're slipping in our production of Artist Trading Cards. The last couple of months we had 8 participants, but only 5 last night. Come on, Ninnies! Have some fun, make some mini art!
I met my deadline and delivered these basket pins last night. Kate is a fabulous basket maker and teacher. She sells these basket-theme pins at basket shows.
I'm not sure why I'm showing you this. Maybe because I stumbled across a new blog that showcases craft failures. Not every idea works. I threw this together with scraps and thought it could be a table topper. I love the fabrics, but hate the quilting. Hate the sashing. Hate the whole thing. So I pawned it off on an unsuspecting quilter by leaving it on the Ways & Means table at the guild meeting. Maybe she'll think of some fabulous way to fix it and make it into something usebale. A tote bag, perhaps?
How many times did I use the word FUN in this post? I need a thesaurus!

Have a fun day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Etsy Shop is Open!

Yeah! My Etsy shop is finally open. There are only a couple of pins listed, but it's a start. I'd better get busy sewing little quilt blocks. Seaside Stitches wasn't available : ( so I'm using my old Etsy account that I used as a buyer. I'll put a link in the sidebar.A cold virus is traveling around our family. Pete had it last week, and Bill and Julia got it yesterday. Bill was in bed all day. Julia stayed home from school today to sleep.
Look what I found when I was searching Etsy for other quilt block pins. Shady Grove Studios is incredible! Stained glass, hand dyed fabric and quilt blocks. Gorgeous. I'm putting her jewelry and fabric on my Mother's Day wish list.I'll be going to a guild committee meeting today to help plan our charity sewing day. I'll be bringing some quilt ideas from blogland!

P.S. I almost forgot. It's Weight Loss Monday. I lost 2 pounds last week for a total of 5! I'm making healthier choices and trying to exercise more. The zeppole didn't help, but I only ate half.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Getaway Giveaway!

Yay! My first Giveaway! Since I'm leaving today for my annual quilting getaway, please leave a comment telling me what you'll be doing for fun this weekend, quilting or otherwise, or just introduce yourself. A random winner will be chosen on Wednesday and will receive her/his choice of (3) three of the lapel pins shown above! Keep them all for yourself or share them with quilty friends.

I've been making these paper-pieced pins since 1994 and my customers and friends keep pushing me to add new designs. At first they were all traditional patterns like log cabins and flying geese. Then they wanted something for each season and holiday. Yesterday, I designed the cupcake because I bought a cute cupcake fabric last week. It has a sequin and bead for the cherry on top. The Dutchman's Puzzle is my favorite.

Most of the pins are about 1-3/4" square. The flying geese is about 1" x 1-3/4". There is a piece of mat board inside for stability and the back is covered with Ultrasuede®.

I'm hoping to set up an Etsy shop very soon, where the pins will sell for $12 each. That makes the Giveaway prize of 3 pins a $36 value.

Please leave a comment to enter and spread the word. I'll be away until Sunday afternoon and I look forward to reading your comments. It's time for me to start packing!