Mini Baskets and other things…

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Man OH Man have I been a lay about this January. While everyone else is talking exercise, organizing, cleaning, fresh starts…I have been laying around watching netflix and playing games on my phone!!!

My get up and go, got up and went as they say! HAHA

I have managed to get some winter decor up after all the Christmas was taken down.  But it really took me a long time.

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Browsing pinterest the other day I came across this wonderful mini quilt from Galloping Pony. Isn’t it fabulous?

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I really can’t sew as small as those blocks are and stay sane, so I’m making 4 inch baskets blocks. Just a couple a day. We’ll see where this goes. Maybe a sew along?


When I was all cleaned up from Christmas I noticed I really needed a neutral table runner for our coffee table/ trunk.

I went through my cream scrap bin and cut up some strips, sewed them up and quilted wavy lines.

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It was just want I needed for the table. I have a ton of extra strips so I thought maybe I would make up a couple of kits and put them up here next week if anyone needs a neutral table runner of their own!

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Hope your January has been wonderful!

Later gators,


Tree Huggers

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It’s been the winter of tree quilts here at my house for the week before Christmas.

It all started when I had a break in Christmas gift making and decided to make my version of Crazy Mom Quilts tree quilt for …gasp…MYSELF!! I know who makes a quilt for themselves at Christmas time? But I was in desperate need of a quilt for the couch that only I could use.  People with teenaged kids will understand that sometimes you want a quilt that doesn’t smell like teenaged feet, and without drips of food on it.

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I backed it with the softest, squishiest, loviest cuddle fabric, layered it with the highest, fluffiest batting,  and quilted it with the fewest of lines to make it the darned most comfy quilt I’ve ever made!

Too comfy!! So comfy, in fact,  there was a revolt in my house, and a demand for a most comfy quilt for said teenaged children.

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Hence began my four day sewing rampage to make Christmas tree quilt presents for my littles. They were just in time for Christmas Eve gifting to compliment new jammies and slippers.

My eyes were seriously crossing putting in the last binding stitches. But oh so worth it!   My quilt, I’m happy to say, is smell free, and so far no food spills!

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Now we are all tree huggers!

Later gators,


Thread painting adventure

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I guess after you’ve made 1001 quilts you want to try some new things, get out of your comfort zone, ya know?

So when I had some Winter’s Lane scraps I decided to play around with an abstract quilt.  I ended up with a nice big chunk of white space, and I kept envisioning a big red tree there. Hmmm? I could try and draw it with thread!  I googled thread painting and there are some amazing images of what people can draw with thread.

I ironed some interfacing on the back and set to work trying my hand at thread painting. I put the feed dogs down and used the darning foot. So fun!! I just free handed it and let the lines go where they may.

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The trunk is straight stitch and the branches are using a zig zag stitch.  It’s totally a rookie try, and this one will probably end up shoved in a scrap bin, but I think I want to explore this technique some more!

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What new things are you trying lately?

Later gators,


There’s a first time for everything

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I don’t think I’ve ever shared a recipe on my blog. There is a good reason for that: I’m a pretty lousy cook. I’m a great cocktail maker though, and I just have to share this cocktail with you.

Last weekend after The BG and I did a little Christmas shopping we stopped at Outback for dinner.  I ordered the Sugarplum Martini and. it. was. AMAZING!!!

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We had our putting-up-the-family-tree party the next night and since I already had to buy a few things to stock the holiday bar cart I bought the ingredients to make this fabulous, festive cocktail.


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1 1/2 shots Grey Goose Vodka

(I used Tito’s which is higher rated but less expensive $20.00)

2 shots St Germain Elderflower Liquor

( I used Fleur because it’s $30.00. The St Germain was $50.00 and The BG said no way, even though I explained to him that was probably the most important part! But it tasted exactly like the original to me.)

2 shots Apothic Red

(this is a red blend wine that is about $10)

1 1/2 shots Amaretto

2 shots Pomegranate Juice

( I bought POM in the juice section at the grocery store for $10)

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, then pour into a sugar rimmed martini glass.

This should make enough for 2-3 cocktails depending on the size of your martini glasses. Mine are kind of small so we got 4 pours out of ours.

This cocktail makes for a very festive night!


And I’m pretty sure I’m set for the season! =)

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 Later gators!


A Winter Finish


Excuse my iphone pics, but Woo HOO! I just put the last stitches in the binding for a new winter quilt for our bed. It’s been a long time since I’ve quilted a queen sized quilt on my little sewing machine. Now I remember why I send the big ones to a quilter. It’s tough going getting all that fabric under the needle.

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But I’m glad I didn’t wait until I had the funds, because now we can sleep under a new quilt tonight! =)

Later gators,


Edited: The pattern is free from HERE and the fabric I used was called Winter’s Lane.

Ouch Pouch-Christmas gift idea

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It’s getting harder and harder each year to come up with something to make for my sisters-in-law.  It’s tradition for me to gift them something handmade,and after 16 years in the family I’m running out of things to make for them.  There are only so many useful things made out of fabric that people who don’t sew will use.

So this year I have resorted to making what’s inside more of the gift than the fabric part is. This is by no means an original idea,  I was inspired by A Spoon Full of Sugar’s emergency pocket. I needed mine to be a little bigger, and I didn’t want to applique the cross, so I incorporated it into the patchwork. Ouch Pouches are cute little zipper bags filled with mommy-needed things that you can put in your purse, car, or diaper bag. I think they will be quite handy dandy indeed!


Inside they are getting  Motrin, Pepto, boogie wipes,band-aides, wet ones, chap stick, burn aid, oral pain gel,  sting relief, neosporan,  tissue, etc.

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So whenever the little ones have an emergency while out and about, Mom will have it covered.

I found a great travel size website to order all the single packets from. I think it was called Minimus dot com.

Wanna make one or seven for your gift list?

Sew the cross together like so:

Sew 1 1/4 inch strips of white/red/white

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Cut into 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch segments.

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Cut a red 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece and sew the cross together.

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 Cut the other pieces of the front panel, then sew the front panel together:

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Cut fusible interfacing of your choice 6 1/4 x 12 3/4 and iron on the back of your front panel. (I used lightweight interfacing)

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Cut your lining panel 6 1/4 x 12 3/4

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Place the front panel  right side down in the middle of your zipper which is facing right side up. Sew using a zipper foot.

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Flip over front panel and zipper and center your lining panel on the back side with fabric right side down.  Sew with zipper foot.  (you could do these two steps as one step layering front/zip/lining and sewing, but I don’t like to pin through zippers so I just do it in two steps so I can hold it with my hands and sew.)

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Press seams and top stitch using a zipper foot.

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Laying the piece down flat  then fold your front panel up centering on the front side of zipper and sew with zipper foot.

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Flip the piece over and fold your lining panel up centering on the back side of zipper and sew with zipper foot.

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Unzip the zipper then press seams and top stitch with zipper foot. Don’t forget to top stitch!

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Zip it back up, turn it so the front panel is right sides together on the inside, and the lining is right side out on the outside.

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Using your ruler measure 1 1/4 inches and cut.

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Using scissors cut ONLY THE LINING panel in half at the bottom crease.

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Open your zipper a little more than 1/2 way for turning. Match everything right sides together and pin.  Sew the sides of the bag using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. The zipper teeth should be folded in half and facing the front panel.

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Sew about a  3/4 inch on either end of the lining panel bottom using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, back stitching at start and stop.  This is your “turning hole.”

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Now match up your corners until flat, and sew using 1/4 inch seam allowance, back stitching at the start and stop.

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Finish the corners of the lining the same way using 1/4 inch seam allowance, back stitching at the start and stop. Trim off the extra zipper on both sides with scissors.

Pull the bag right side out through the “turning hole”, sew the turning hole closed and stuff lining down into bag.  Zip it up and look at how cute it is!

More Making

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It’s our first snowfall of the year today! My daughter Patience woke up singing Christmas carols. God bless her little heart, she is taking after her momma.

Along with the pillows, I’ve been making merry with other projects.

First I needed a new quilt don’t ya know! Using a block from a pattern in APQ from Dec. 2013, and just adding my own borders I came up with this quilt that reminds me of a Christmas sweater!

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For the living room I went way outside my norm and went with bright colors this year. I started by making this huge bulb wreath. It’s so colorful and sparkly in real life.

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I’m almost done sprucing up the rest of the house and then it’s on to making gifts.  Not sure what I’m going to make this year, but I better figure it out!!

Enjoy the snow if you can =)

Later gators, Melissa