Monday, September 27, 2010

My Pin Cushion Swap Is Sent to My Secret Partner

Well, I wrapped the pin cushion I made for the Pin Cushion Swap 2 with a fat quarter and added an owl for decoration.  I love making these little owls, some sit on a twig and others have a pin sewn to the back.  Anyway, I mailed it out to my secret partner today so she should receive it later this week.  Hope she likes it...

Although I have posted a picture of it before, I thought it would be okay to do so is the pin cushion.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Funtastic Nawlins

My DH and I just got back from New Orleans...what a blast.  I do not think we have ever visited a place where we were so entertained.  Yes there was Bourbon Street, but there is so much more.  So much more...We did all the typical things, Beignets at Cafe Du Monde (over rated), trolley bus ride (a must do), visiting the cemeteries (WOW), eating crayfish at Deanies (yes!), having a Hurricane drink at Pat O'Brien's (over rated), walking the French Quarter (yes, yes, yes), listening to music at the clubs (there is something for everyone), and visiting the Garden District (a must).  Unfortunately our visit to the Botanical Gardens was not as nice as it could have been had the flowers been in bloom.

The best thing about New Orleans was the people.  I have never met so many friendly and helpful people.  Their energy and pride is infectious......and they love their Saints.  Who can blame them?

I had to take this picture of the safety pin...

Bestoff Sculpture Garden
I also thought this was so clever...a wall of beer taps.
Courtyard wall at a restaurant in Garden District

Things that you should also do...visit the Bestoff Sculpture Garden (City Park), eat at Cochon restaurant (Warehouse District),  and visit the glass blowing/art studios (Warehouse District).  We were lucky enough to hear Jeremy Davenport (the new Armstrong) at the Ritz Carlton.  Another unique dining experience was at Jacques-Imos.  The food was delicious, the staff was superb and highly attentive, and the eclectic decor was fascinating.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Really Like These Handbags

I really like the way these handbags turn out.  They are sturdy, fully lined, have an inside pocket, and they feel comfortable on your shoulder and arms.  I know this sounds funny, but have you ever had a bag that digs into your shoulder or is too bulky under your arm?
the front

the back

the inside
the pocket

the handle

the button closure
It is hard to believe, but this bag takes over 40 yards of piping (clothes line roping) and many hours.  However, I do believe that I am getting faster; the first one I made took me twice as long.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Finished My Pin Cushion for the Swap

I finished the pin cushion for the swap I joined.  Since the recipient does know that I am their secret partner, I can post a picture of it.

I am hoping to get it in the mail within the week.  I hope she likes it.  I can't wait to get my pin cushion.  Of course I will post a picture of it when I receive it.

On another note, Diary of a Quilt Maven is having a giveaway for reaching her goal of having 50 followers.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pin Cushion and Ribbon Giveaway Winner

Since I did not state time the giveaway ends, I made it Friday, 12 midnight.  And the winner of the Pin Cushion giveaway is...

So I counted down 12 comments and the winner is Joanne Lendaro.  Please confirm your preference and and send me your address to and I will put the pin cushion and these ribbons in the mail.

There are 2 yards of each ribbon except for the wide rose ribbon (third from top) which is a yard.
Thanks to all for participating, this was fun for me.  I will have to do it again.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Just Received My Prize from the Pets On Quilt Show

I just received my giveaway prize from the Pets On Quilt Show hosted by SewCalGal.  I won the 60 charm squares of various purple prints.  I have to mention that this is the first prize that I won in a giveaway, Yay...Here are some pics...

Aren't they wonderful?  I am so excited, my head is reeling with ideas.  Not too sure yet what they will morph into, but I know I will love it because I love the fabrics.

As for my wool pin cushion giveaway that I will be drawing a winner for on Friday, I think I will add some ribbons.  Good idea?

And by the way, Stray Stitches has a giveaway on their blog.  Go and check it out.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Joined a Pin Cushion Swap

I joined a pin cushion swap on flickr.  I am going to try and put a button on my side bar after I am done posting.  This is my first attempt at a swap...and if it's not too much stress, I may end up joining some more swaps.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Giveaway...Wool Pin Cushion

A few weeks ago, I ran across a picture of a pin cushion on flickr posted by bluegirlxo.  I was inspired to make one of my own.  I started off with wool from one of my old skirts.  I am not sure if anyone else does this, but I cut up the wool into smaller pieces and put them in the washer on the hottest setting.  Then I throw the wool pieces in the dryer; which pretty much shrinks it and prevents it from fraying.

Then I took out a package of yo-yo's that I purchased from the Ribbon Factory in East Stroudsburg, PA.   Now I usually make my own yo-yo's, but I had to buy them because I loved the colors/fabrics and the price was unbeatable (sorry the picture is not clear).

Then I got out some floss.  Now, like I said, I am usually a very organized person and I do have my floss on cards and in see-through cases.  However, when I am finished with a project,  I just throw the leftovers in a bag.  Here is what it looks like.

It is a mess, but it works when I need just a little floss for small projects.  Well, this is what I ended up little wool pin cushion.

I had so much fun, I ended up making two more...

I think it is time for me to participate in some swaps...or to do a giveaway.  Giveaway it is...this is my first one so we shall see how it goes.  I will be giving away either the one on the left with the black and white background or the one on the right with the black background.  The outside is made entirely of wool and filled with poly-fil stuffing.  Here are some ground rules:

1.  Leave a comment (tell me which one you would like) and you will be entered once.   If you do not have a blog, please make sure that I have a way to contact you.  For instance, if you leave a comment as  Anonymous, I will have no way of contacting you unless you leave an email address. 
2.  Post about it on your blog and let me know (by leaving a 2nd comment) and you will be entered a second time.  
3.  I will pick a winner next Friday, September 10, 2010.

If I have left anything out or you have a question, please leave me a note.  Thanks.

Then I will try the number generator,  I have wanted to do this for some time.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Closure

I made this bag years ago (many, many years ago).  Initially it had a flap closure (sorry, I never took a picture of it).  After using it a few times, I realized that I did not like the flap.  So, of course, I took the flap off and left it open for a while.

I realized that I did not like it this way either.  So, I thought I might try a button closure.  I made a fabric covered button (it's a good thing I do not throw out my scraps) and sewed a yo-yo on top of it.  I think I am finally finished with this bag. 

 Does anyone else do this or am I the only one?