Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Shawn's Cell Phone Case

I recently finished up and delivered a new cell phone case to one of my coworkers.  This is the third one she has had me make.  This is the second one for her, and she had me make one for her mother too.  She likes to have a long chain on it and she wears it over her shoulder like a purse.

My pictures don't do the case justice, and you can't see my stitching at all.  I will have to use a different
camera the next time and see if I can do better.  The little picture on it was of a Peacock.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My Beautiful Mermaid Block

A number of months ago I was chatting with Nicki Lee on Words with Friends and we decided to swap crazy quilting blocks and embellish each others.  Mine arrived first embellished because Nicki Lee forgot to send her block to me, and sent it with my finished block.  And when it arrived, I was so excited because it was exactly what I had in mind.  It is absolutely gorgeous
and I look at it every day, deciding how I am going to use it.  

Granddaughter Kyleigh was here on New Year's Eve, and we are working on a new Boho bag for her.  And we were looking at my mermaid block for inspiration.  Kyleigh's new Boho is going
to be an underwater scene and it has a whale in it.  Kyleigh was doing an excellent job.  I told her she needed to sew tiny stitches on the embellishments or else things would start falling off or coming undone.  She did just as I said.  I am going to finish the front up.  We watched 3 "chick flicks that night" and had a wonderful evening.  This was after she helped me for 5 hours putting the Christmas decorations away and up in the attic again!

Well I guess I had better get my laundry started and some more things up in the attic, so I can watch my taped Downton Abbey!


I have been gone for awhile, not really doing any crazy quilting, sort of in a funk, lost my mojo somewhere.  But I am trying desperately to get it back.  

In the meantime, we have a new addition to our family, granddaughter  Klara Marin, born October 29th, 8 pounds, 8 ounces.  She is a sweetheart, and we love her to pieces.   She joins her brother 3-year-old brother John to complete my youngest daughter's family, and she was the granddaughter we have been waiting for.   My oldest granddaughter Kyleigh is 13 this year and has 11-year-old brother Jaeger, and 7-year-old brother Keaton.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


In the Spring issue of  Pat Winter's Crazy Quilt Gatherings I noticed a contest sponsored by Flights of Fancy Boutique.  You had to use at least 6 items out of one of their monthly Trim and Treasure Club packets in your finished project.

I used February's Trim and Treasure Club pack 

These were the 7 pieces I used out of it

I was working on this Boho Bag at the time for a friend at work

This was the back of the bag.  

I discovered in the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Gatherings I had won the Beaded Beauties pack from Flights of Fancy, and my prize came in yesterday's mail.  

I so look forward to my Trim and Treasure Packs each month from Flights of Fancy and they are the first things I reach for when working on my projects.  

Thanks so much Pat, and Flights of Fancy for sponsoring this contest, and congratulations to the First place winner Terri Melby!

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Slowly getting back to stitching after a long hiatus.  I just completed this cell phone case for a friend at work. I had made her one several months ago, and she asked me to make one for her mother too.  So I am delivering this one today.  Her mother loves butterflies so I tried to get in as many as I could.  The back of the case also has a little pocket with a butterfly attached.

Now I have to get to work on a baby quilt for our 5th grandchild, a girl due in less than 2 months.   I pulled out some blocks I had started for her big brother 3-1/2 years ago when I decided what I was doing was "too girly" even though it involved frogs and a princess kissing a frog.  I just need to embroider the princess and the frog, and make the center section and I can start putting it together.

Today is off to work again, and I am working the Labor Day Holiday all day.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Recent Classes

The past several months I have participated in several classes on Artful Gatherings.  I was thrilled to be able to participated in an Artful Photoshop class with Pamela Huntington in June and July, and also The Spoken Soul with Mary Jane Chadbourne.

I had always wanted to learn more about Photoshop, and the Artful Photoshop with Pamela Huntington went beyond my expectations.  I look forward to doing more collages using the techniques I learned in class.  This was a card for my son-in-law Jeffrey, who happens to own a used car lot.

In The Spoken Soul Class with Mary Jane Chadbourne we altered playing cards, by painting, adding graphics, and quotes.  I haven't finished up many of my cards yet but these are a few.  I used my granddaughter's Halloween picture as a fairy in the last one.

In session 2, I took Lovely Sea Maiden with Judy Johnson, in which I am still needle-felting a mermaid. Class is just about over and I will have to finish this one up this fall.

I also took House of Cards with Mary Jane Chadbourne, where we decorated houses to put our cards in.  I had wanted to do one with an Alice-in-Wonderland theme for my granddaughter Kyleigh's 13th birthday.  

This was actually the first house I made.  This started out as the Alice house, but by the time I got through
collaging, painting, and crackling the outside of the house it had turned dark, and looked like a fall house.

I had a great time with all of these classes, and have so much more I want to do.  Today is daughter Katie's BD so I actually got a Saturday off to take her to lunch.  I also have a commissioned cell-phone case I need to work on so am going to take advantage of the time I have this morning to work on that a bit.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Cell Phone Case

I just discovered there was one finished item I had not shared.  Several months ago, a friend asked if I could make a cell phone case for her.  She wanted it to hang from her shoulder like a purse but she just wanted a case for her cell phone.

I asked her if she would like me to add fringe, I had just made the pink Boho and had lots of leftovers from that, and she said she would love it, whatever I wanted to do.  She absolutely loved her case, and told me ladies had stopped her in expensive department stores, and asked her where she had gotten it!

I saw her last week, and she told me her mother loves her case, and asked if I could make her one too, to hang from her shoulder.  And her mother loves butterflies.  So I am piecing that one right now.


My Mojo has been gone for 2 months and it finally returned last night.  I haven't felt like doing any crazy quilting since I finished the last Bojo I made.  I had plans to make a new one for myself, and my granddaughter wants one for her birthday in August.  I had plans to make a new cell phone case.  When I got an order for another cell phone carrying case from a friend at work, I decided I had better find my Mojo.

I had been really, really, really hoping to get a transfer to a different department at work, but I was not one of the five considered because of seniority.  And I was really disappointed and it somehow made my Mojo disappear for awhile.

Nothing has changed, I am still hoping to transfer out of my department at work.  Still applying for positions and hoping I can have more seniority than somebody so I can make the transfer.

We did have a really nice vacation 2 weeks ago.  We took a trip to Yellowstone National Park and spent several days there.  Got some great pics of buffalo, long horn sheep, mule deer and saw Old Faithful and many other geysers spouting.  We were on our way home, camping in Nevada, when we got a call from our daughter Kristen, stating Maidu Park, which is across the street from us was on fire.  It is a 150 acre park, and 30 acres burnt that day.  It was a very windy day, and 4 houses across from the park caught on fire.  We live about 1/2 to 3/4 mile from where the fire was.  Kristen called, telling us our house was safe.  We had planned to stay a night in Reno, but after hearing about the fire, I just wanted to come home.  I still had 4 more days of vacation, so I just relaxed at home.

Yesterday afternoon, after chatting with NickiLee on Words with Friends, she asked me if I wanted to participate with her in a private CQ block swap, and I agreed.  She spurred me into heading into my sewing room and I put on some tunes and pieced 2 Boho tops.  This morning I plan to piece 2 cell phone cases, and a block for a private swap with NickiLee.

Yesterday's mail brought Sharon B's Crazy Quilting Stencils.  They are absolutely wonderful.  I love how sturdy they are, and can't wait to start using them.  I had downloaded the booklets when I ordered and got them laminated and spiral-bound at my local copier place.

Anyway back to piecing and I hope to have something to show in a couple of days.

Monday, April 01, 2013


My CQJP for March again was a flap for a Boho
bag.  A friend of mine from work Linda, commissioned me to make her a Boho in pink.  This was the flap before I started putting the bag together.

This was the completed bag.  Linda absolutely loved it when she came in and picked it up on Saturday.

This was the inside of the flap:

The back of  the bag

And under the flap, I used a vintage linen to make
2 pockets.  Inside the bag, which is hard for me to
photograph, it has a pocket made of a vintage hankie, and one made of a vintage doily