Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pattern Number 2 is Ready!

I have been so blessed with all the response for my first pattern, The Sewing Machine Mat, Spring Mat!!  This pattern makes the sewing machine mat in a larger size to fit newer machines with larger sewing throat bed areas.  I want to thank everyone that has purchased a copy of the pattern and I truly hope that you are enjoying making and using your mat under your sewing machine in your sewing rooms. 
During a recent beach trip to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida, my friend Faye asked me to create a smaller mat for her featherweight sewing machine. She says, "I want smaller pockets, just the right size to tuck in a bobbin or pack of needles, or a small piece of chocolate!"  And so I decided to name this mat the "Summer Bikini" because it was created at the beach, and it will be tiny and just fit in the area where I keep my smaller sewing machine, and because that is about the only bikini I will have!  So after a bit of pattern designing and quilting, my designs were made and packaged together as Pattern #2.  The mat is created a lot smaller to be just perfect under your featherweights!!

Summer Bikini Sewing Machine Mat with Bikini Beach Mug Rug 

This is a close up photo of the machine quilting designs on the sewing machine mat and the companion mug rug.  This mug rug pattern combines easy paper piecing and machine applique, finishes at 5 x 7 inches.

Note:  The pattern sample was created using batik fabrics and was longarm quilted with the pattern, Surf’s Up, by Gammill Girls Quilting, located at Front Porch Quilt Shoppe, Ozark, Alabama.  If you choose to have your fabrics for the base and pocket of the mat professionally longarm quilted, please check with your favorite longarm quilter to note their requirements.  A larger size fabric may be required, as needed to feed onto the longarm machine.  After the longarm quilting, you will cut your base and pocket to the correct size and put together, then add the binding to make the sewing machine mat.  
Pattern instructions and fabric requirements are given for the mat to be quilted by the maker.   This mat, “Summer Bikini”,  was created to be used with your  smaller sewing machines, the pockets are three inches deep, and can be stitched to whatever size width you choose.  The pattern sample has four pockets that are five inches apart.  This mat is perfect for the classroom and retreats! The pockets are just the correct size for tucking in extra bobbins, sewing machine needles, and small spools of thread.  
The finished size of the mat is 17 x 20 inches.

This is the perfect companion mat for all of you that have the smaller classroom machines and the featherweight sewing machines.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Sewing & Quilting Design Studio

     For a while now I have been trying to convince my sweet husband that we needed to close in our backporch and make it into my sewing room.  Today, I am happy to share with you that for the past two days, I have been listening to the sound of hammers and nail guns!  And windows being installed!  And paint colors to choose!  Oh my gosh, it is finally happening.  I will have my very own room that will be used for my sewing and quilting, and pattern designs.  Can you tell I am excited?  I will be using the new fabric collection "Sundrops" by Corey Yoder, Moda fabrics for my room decor.  I will make a new sewing machine mat and ironing board cover using these fabrics.  I will share photos when everything is complete.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kits Available

Today I am sew excited to share with you that Quilted Creations Quilt Shop has made kits to use to make my pattern for the Sewing Machine Mat. These are the same fabrics that were used to make the shop sample.  Visit the shop located at 24 Main Street on the square in historic downtown Headland, Alabama; or by the web located at

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Late Summer

     It is late Summer here in my countryside, and most of the garden plants have bloomed and withered away.  Just a few lazy zinnias left.  And the beauty of God's nature in these wild morning glories growing on the old fencepost.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Maggie's First Dance BOM Block One

I am so happy that this FREE block of the month quilt has begun.  I am using the fabric collection, Strawberry Fields Revisited, by FigTree and Company-Joanna Figueroa, for Moda Fabrics.  When reading the directions for the blocks, half square triangles are created, and Tip #1,  I always read the directions before I start cutting.  I thought to myself, oh no, not triangles!   But never fear, Tip #2,  the new Itty Bitty Eights ruler by Creative Grids is just what you need to cut those 4 5/8 inch squares.  This ruler has all the 1/8 inch markings clearly marked and easy to use.  Just what is needed.  When creating the flower center appliques, Tip #3,  you cannot cut a perfect circle unless you have drawn a perfect circle.  So the next tool is a plastic circle template from the office supply store. Easy peezy!

    This is my version of Block One.  Block two will be released next week!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Blooms

How about taking a nice stroll through my summer garden blooms? 
Grab your straw sun hat and come join me.

Pink climbing rose growing on an old fence post at my neighbors house.

Golden day lilies in my garden.

Bright yellow day lilies in my garden.

White crape myrtle tree full of blooms in my yard, and full of bees, look closely and you will see the bees.

Purple cone flower I grew from seed.

Hope you enjoyed the walk! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ellen's Quilt

During the Spring of the year we visit our friends' farm in Kentucky.  We always have so much fun there.  Larry enjoys turkey hunting with David on the farm.  And Ellen and I enjoy nice conversations with coffee on the back porch, shopping for antiques, and quilts. 
My mother-in-law, Annie Laura Doster, age 97, yes I said 97, started this quilt top many years ago.  She completed the center blocks and then left it unfinished.  When Ellen saw the quilt top,  she wanted to have it completed as a quilt for her bedroom.  So I added the last three borders, the one inch yellow border, the pieced blocks border, and the final floral border, to complete the quilt top and make it large enough for the bed.  The quilt really turned out beautiful.