Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I have been gone visiting my two daughters who live in Kansas.  The day before I flew out to come home, one of my daughter's asked if I would take a picture of her and my son-in-law using my iPad.  I have found that my iPad takes great pictures and I was more than happy to comply to their request.

My daughter Elizabeth with her husband Randy.

While in Kansas, we were able to get away and go to their cabin which is located in Wisconsin.  Below is a picture of  the road that leads to the cabin.......ahhhh to be on it again.

The cabin sits on the bank of this beautiful lake.  Each morning I was blessed to wake up to this gorgeous view.  

My son-in-law went fishing nearly everyday at various lakes that were located nearby.  One day my daughter and I followed him, along with the kids, to one of those lakes.  Below is a picture of a frontage road near the lake that he was fishing on for that day.  Breathtaking isn't it?

When I returned home Daniela, the owner of the shop where I work, wanted me to make a christmas tree out of buttons sewn onto a towel.  She had ordered several bags of green buttons to use for a demo showing off the button foot, #18.  (Am I crazy??)  Here's the completed towel once I got all of the buttons sewn on.  I decided to add some bling here and there for a little added sparkle along with some fabric and rick rack at the bottom.  Thoughts?

Have a great weekend.  Until next time......

Monday, September 16, 2013

Patriotic Pillow #2

Here's the second pillow that I did for the shop using the new patriotic deign pack.  I can never seem to get the colors looking as nice as they do in person, but trust me when I say that this line of fabric is really beautiful.  And don't forget to click on the pictures if you want to get a closer look.

Until next time...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Operation Homefront

I am a huge fan of anyone or anything that financially supports our men and women who are serving in the military.  I feel incredibly blessed that we are daily surrounded by those who willingly put themselves on the line not only for me but for my entire family...and you.   I pray for them we all should.

SO...... I just had to share the following:

A new design pack arrived at the shop where a portion of the proceeds goes to the organization, Operation Homefront.  Because of that, I decided to take the time to stitch out a couple of the designs so people can see how great they are.  (In other words, I'm hoping that more people will purchase the design pack so that they can support those who support us.)  

I decided to do my stitch outs on our new line of batik, patriotic, fabric.  This fabric is stunning!  Looking at the new line of batiks and the design pack, I thought that it would be fun to make some patriotic pillows!  Here's my first....

(make sure that you click on image for a closer look!)

The design pack front...

The design back... I wanted you to see the actual designs..

Until next time!  Debbie

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Christmas Wallhanging

We're still getting ready for our Christmas, open house that we are hosting here at the shop this weekend.  I thought that I would quickly make another gift bag out of some beautiful green, paisley, Christmas fabric that had come in but alas... I did not bring home enough.   I began thumbing through one of Nancy Halverson's  Christmas books and decided to make something totally opposite...and way more complicated... than the gift bag that I had originally planned on making.  Below is a picture of what I made instead.

The pattern had called for some handwork to be done in the open background space...I decided to save some time, so skipped that part of the design.  I went around each section of the pattern using my black, 12 wt. thread along with a buttonhole stitch.

In the background I glued on a ton of pearls...can you see them?  Clay buttons are fun to have and to add onto this fun and whimsical project.

Here's the back of the small wallhanging.  I had my sweet friend Sharon Mominee quilt my project...isn't gorgeous?  Make sure you take a closer look!

Now for the book....  Nancy always comes up with the sweetest ideas!

I wanted you to see the quilt that is on the back cover as well....cute isn't it??

Until next time.....

Psst.....I'll let you know how the Open House goes.  ;-)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Placemats Anyone???

Another new set of patterns came into the shop by the name of Eazy Peazy.  To say that they are a huge hit with our customers is an understatement!  The patterns truly are easy peazy and we have had a hard time keeping any of the patterns we carry  in stock.  Since I recently returned from visiting my brother and sister-in-law up in Washington I wanted to make them an easy and quick gift for showering me with such wonderful hospitality.  We carry an array of fun novelty prints and this fish theme caught my eye.  Below is the pattern that I used...cute isn't it?  I made a set of six.

Here is four of them.  All of the top stitching is done using my favorite.....12 wt. thread!

A close up of the black one.

The back.....

The light one...

Don't try this... I did black on one side and white on the other... your stitch lines will NOT match up..simply use a complimentary fabric for  the back of each placemat.

Then I decided to make some coasters using the scraps....

Have a great weekend!  Until next time.......

Monday, July 29, 2013

Another Purse Replaced.....

So I brought home another purse from the shop that definitely needed a new look.  The fabric is rather outdated on this purse and customers are not often prone to purchase a pattern where the sample looks out of style or unappealing.... do you blame them?

So here is the front of the old purse..

Here's the back......

And here is the inside.. notice the dark lining?  Not a good idea when you're trying to find small items in your purse.

Here's the actual purse pattern by Whistlepig Creek Productions.  #1188 Pockets All Around.  You will find quite a few similarities between this purse pattern and the last purse that I posted.  There is lots of pockets on the inside, same sturdy handles, as well as similar dimensions of the purse itself. The main difference between the patterns is the number of pockets on the outside of the purse.   There's also no ties on the sides of the purse.. which you could certainly add if you wanted to.. I know I would.

Now for a picture of the new purse in more stylish fabric.  Again, I used batiks as I felt that it gave the purse a more elegant look.  Here's the front..

 Here's the back...

And here's the inside.  I was rather forced to go with a somewhat darker lining due to the fabric choices I had made, but it's truly not as bad as I thought it would be.


You'll have to share with me as to which purse is your favorite.  Until next time.......

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

From Pink to Black

In my last post I shared a pink, batik purse that I had made as a  sample for the shop.   It definitely needed to be replaced and when this new line came in, I felt that it would make the perfect replacement.   I wanted to stay with batiks and  felt that this black and white would make a gorgeous purse.  So tell me what you think......

I wanted to point out again the many pockets that this particular pattern has... don't you just love it?  Also, remember to always go with a lighter  fabric for your lining, otherwise it makes it too difficult to find anything in the bottom of your purse.
 What do you think of a flower on the pocket... or is it better plain?
Until next time....