Friday, December 30, 2022

Save Me From the Dumpster Sale!!! All Inventory is 40% off (limited time only)

Hello adorable people. HAPPY NEW YEAR too! I am having a sale on all of the inventory in stock at a whopping 40% off everything in my PayHip Shop. I need to sell my inventory, so before it ends up in the dumpster (or donated), I am offering 40% off to all of you. Spend $100 and shipping is free. Sale is good through January 8, 2023, Mountain Time. This offer is good in the USA only (sorry but postage is just was too high to ship to other countries).

I am calling it my Save ME From the Dumpster Sale, because apparently I am rubbish at online selling. (Get it? Rubbish, Dumpster, lol!) I don't really understand all the algorithm stuff or what key words to use and hashtag, or how to attract people to look (or buy) at my shop, blog, Facebook or Instagram, so I don't want to make stuff in the hopes that someone (it only takes one person) will like it enough to buy something. I will continue to do some custom orders, but making stuff in the hopes that I can sell it is just not working for me and the bags and quilts are piling up in my house, so I have to sell it, donate it or dump it in the dumpster.

You need a CODE in order to get the 40% off, which is: V15XOOH5WW
Copy the code go to my PayHip Shop and start adding items to your cart. Use the coupon code at checkout.

Please share this code with your family and friends or share this blog post, or share my Facebook and Instagram pages that I post about my sale. Thank you!!! I know most people are reading other social media now and not blogs and there seems to be new social media platforms popping up all the time and I cannot keep up with all of that, nor do I want to. In fact, I would prefer to be on social media less and less.

My 2023 goal is to sew purses to donate to Sew Powerful, and for Project Linus making and donating quilts and a bit of personal sewing for myself or friends. There are so many people out there selling handmade items now, that unless they are really good online and know how to attract followers and buyers, they might not make many sales. I am not interested in learning how to do all of that as it sucks the joy of sewing and creating right out of me! I am getting too old to want to learn it and even if I did do everything perfectly in order to attract followers and buyers, I don't want to create just to sell it. I need JOY and purpose and that is why the charities I sew for fulfills me  so much more than the money I receive from selling does. In fact, I will make a charitable donation to Sew Powerful for 2023 if I make enough sales from my PayHip Shop. How much the donation will be will depend on how much I sell. It might be a percentage or a flat amount, depending on sales. PayHip & PayPal take out their percentages too and there are shipping costs as well. So I won't be making much if any profit at all from the sale. 

Thank you all of my followers, friends and customers. I hope you all have the best New Year ever in 2023. Hugs!

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Monday, December 26, 2022

Simply Charming Twister Tote

Hello Bag Lovers & Twister Quilt aficionados. Now that Christmas is over I can share a custom bag order that I made using the Lil' Twister Tool from Around the Bobbin and the Simply Charming Twister Tote pattern that is also from Around the Bobbin too.

A good repeat customer who loves my work (it's so nice to hear that from people who buy bags from me, especially when they buy more than once) asked me to make this tote for her daughter for Christmas and told me to choose any color. I love to choose fabric colors and I chose to use a variety of batik fabrics to make this bag. 

I added the hardware D-rings and rivets and purse feet too that were not part of the pattern. I also quilted the entire bag instead of just the Twister part. I think it looks better that way. I love how it turned out!

Front of the bag.

The back of the bag has a few different batik colors of the Twister Pinwheels.

Variegated colored thread for the quilting.

Has to have a Handmade label. Limited Edition is right! It is limited to just this one bag as I won't repeat it in the same fabrics ever again. One of a kind bag for sure!

Side view to show the depth of the bag.

The bottom of the bag with 6 purse feet.

Interior of tote
The tote closes with a magnetic snap closure and the tote can open really wide.

Interior of tote showing zipper pocket
I added a zipper pocket inside too.

Interior of tote showing the slip pockets
I added a large slip pocket that I divided in half with a narrow pen pocket at each end.

I love Twister blocks! They make for great bags and quilts. Linda, I hope your daughter loved this tote!

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Scrappy Dogs Quilt

Hello Dog Lovers everywhere. I made this quilt after seeing a photo of it at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. My friend who lives in the area took lots of photos of the quilt show to share and I loved how cute the dog quilt looked. I wasn't sure if there was a pattern for this, so I just drew a dog on paper and used scraps of my fabrics to create the dogs, background and borders. It just looked like a great scrap buster quilt to me. 

Later I did several searches online and I finally found there is a pattern called, Mod Dogs by Linda Sullivan. So if you want to make a Mod Dog quilt, you can search for it online. 

This quilt I made is approximately 21" wide x 59.5" long. Don't ask me why I made it so long and narrow. I guess I just kept going without thinking about what I was going to do with this quilt. It would look good on a narrow wall, I suppose.

Mod Dog Quilt
I tend to make changes in quilts I make, even if I do follow a pattern.
 I used squares for the background and scraps in the border on the sides only as the quilt was rather long already. 

I used a variety of scrap widths in each color family that I chose to make the dogs out of. I think the pattern is one width only. I prefer a variety of widths to add more interest and use up more scraps!

I machine blanket stitched around the dogs and used buttons for the eyes, (or eye of each dog).

This was a fun quilt to make and I might add a dog or 2 on top of other quilts that I make to donate to Project Linus. This quilt is too narrow to donate to PL. I wasn't thinking about the final size I wanted the quilt to be, I just wanted to try making it and using up my never-ending pile of scraps, which of course you can never ever use them all up no matter how large a quilt you make, lol!

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Table Top Ironing Board & Cover

My daughter had a full size ironing board and iron that I bought for her at a garage sale years ago. I noticed it was gone from her closet and thought maybe she donated it? I didn't see it in her usual giveaway spot. Then one day she mentioned someone had borrowed it and never returned it. She told me the reason she never asked for it back and I totally understood. 

I have seen ironing boards all the time at the thrift shops and thought if I find a good one, I will make a new cover for it and give her one of my small travel irons as she doesn't use an iron that often. The day I went to the thrift shop I saw 3 full sized boards and one table top board. I grabbed the table top board and put it in my shopping cart while I looked at the other ones. I tried opening and closing the full sized boards and I will tell you trying to close them was a pain in the you know what! Easy to open up, but on all the boards it wasn't clear where you pushed to close them! So that was enough to convince me the table top one was the best one to get. It's smaller, opens up and folds down so easily and can be placed on a table or the counter to use it.

It had a stained muslin cover that was very thin and a piece of thin foam under that. The board is wood. So I traced around the cover that came with the board onto the fabric I wanted to use to create a pattern. I also added Insul-Bright on top of the wood base instead of the foam and added the cover. I made it with a drawstring and drawstring plastic lock to keep it taught and in place. 

I took it over to my daughter's house with the iron and left it there. She asked if that was to replace the other one and I said yes. I told her about the difficulty closing the full sized boards and she liked the smaller board much better anyhow, which I thought she might.

So here is her new board and iron:
Looking through my fabrics to decide on what fabric to use that was large enough, I decided on this gingham in red & white. I thought it would look the best for an ironing board cover and I was right!

I got the travel irons years ago from someone that didn't want it. It is a Clover Brand iron. I have used it a few times and it is a nice iron. No steam either. That part on the front is actually a sprayer. There are no steam holes on the iron bottom, since it doesn't steam. I only use a spray/mist bottle and an iron myself, because irons just won't last if you put water in them for steam. They start to leak and they eventually start spitting out brown gunk that stains and ruins your clothing or fabric too! So I learned to never add water to an iron again! 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Project Bag with Clear Vinyl Window (Extra Large)

I made an extra large Project Bag with a clear vinyl window for a friend. She makes a lot of Project Linus Quilts to donate and I thought she could use an extra large bag to carry her latest project in and be able to see what's inside by having a clear window on the front. I also used 3 UFO blocks that I made a very long time ago. The 2 blocks on the back of the bag were from a Mystery BOM & Swap from Dream Worthy Quilts, called Quilter's Garden. It was a sewing garden theme. We swapped one block each month w someone assigned to us. So I have those blocks to use as well (just might make myself an extra large bag like this too). The bag measures approximately 20" W x 22" H.

I combined ideas from other project bags I have made in the past to create this one. I had to add a couple of strips at the top as I guess I didn't calculate the height exactly, but I had to sew strips and blocks anyhow to create the back quilted piece.

I added her name on the bottom using Crafter's Edge Alphabet die cuts. I also added a couple of butterflies using Crafter's Edge Butterfly die cuts too. The quilt block on the inside is something I painted years and years ago. I had made small quilts to give as gifts as I painted several of those. The image was from a copyright-free book I had.

On the back of the bag, I used a Rotaries in Bloom block , which is a Dresden Flower with a rotary cutter "stem" and an iron block. These blocks were so fun to make and I have used them in making a sewing machine cover too. As you can see, I quilted the back in a grid.

Rotary in Bloom Dresden Flower block.

I used Crafter's Edge Alphabet die cuts for create the name and the butterflies too.

The iron block.

A zipper pull I made.

Julie said she loved the bag, so that made me happy. I am sure she will load it up with her Project Linus quilts when she comes to our PL group to sew.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

2 Penguins & 2 Snowmen Quilted Placemats

I usually don't participate in this hop because I don't bake cookies anymore (for various reasons, mainly I cannot eat them anymore), but I asked Carol if it was okay I didn't post any cookies and just a project and being the sweet Carol she is, she said of course you don't have to post about cookies. So thank you Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this blog hop. So while I don't have any cookies to share,  I do have some other quilted delights!

I found these in a magazine and thought they were so cute that I had to make a set. They are a set of placemats, but could just as easily be used as wall quilts or a small table topper. Since all that white snow would become stained too quickly as a placemat. I used scraps of white and off white to create the backgrounds for the Penguins & Snowmen appliqué quilts.

This Penguin is sporting a pair of earmuffs. That is real snow this quilt is lying on too. I took these photos early in 2022 when it had snowed and never shared these little quilts before until now.

This cute Penguin has on a hat and scarf. I love the pompom on the hat!

Both Penguins together on the snow.

This fun snowman is wearing a tall hat that flops over and also has a pompom on the hat.

This snowy guy is wearing a stovepipe hat and has button eyes and button smile instead of charcoal.

Both snowmen together in the snow.

Here is the full schedule for the blog hop:

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Blog Hop Coming December 5-8: Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange & More!

It's that time of year again for Carol (of Just Let Me Quilt) to host the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop. Thanks Carol!

It's not just about cookies. There could be projects too or just projects to share. It is always fun to hop along and take a peek at what others do for the holiday season, so be sure to come back December 5-8. See you then.

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