a bird fish purse

I found this cute lil’ coin purse and pinned it. Looked simple enough, so I gave it a try.


First I chose fabrics to go with the zipper I had.


The first try (yes, it took more than once) didn’t pass muster. Beak and wing were fine but that zipper placement was not right, uneven and bumpy. Also it wasn’t big enough, I wanted to be able to take out coins with more than two fingers.


This next time I used a heavy interfacing to help keep the shape. Worked much better but to me, tell me if you see it, it kinda looks like a fish. So I guess I now have a Birdfish coin purse. And the $24 this gal charges on Etsy…doesn’t pay her enough for her time, that’s for sure.


I’ve had this metal closure for a few years and finally pulled it out. Couldn’t decide between linen or Kaffe’, so, I went with both. Still needs a chain but it won’t get one with me. I wasn’t happy at all with the way it attaches to the closure. The first attempt I used regular thread but the holes in the metal had sharp edges and cut the thread after only a few stitches. The only thicker thread available was a black upholstery thread. Whatever, it’s done. Sometimes what I learn when I try something new is that I don’t want to do that again.

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Have you ever heard of someone selling every thing they own and completely redoing their home in a totally different style? I saw this a long time ago and just came across it again. From antique to modern…in 2 weeks!



Last Post

of the year.

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and this New Year the best one yet for us all!


This is a piece I’m working on for a wall in my studio. Haven’t felt like working on it and I guess really haven’t had time due to all the Christmas quilts. So while making a list of projects (3 lists- sewing, quilts and clothes) I noticed I’d kept this book, wanting to try a particular block before returning the book back to its owner. Only had it for months now.


So here’s the block, maybe you can understand why I put it off. More work than I’m used to for one block. Cotton and silk. The pattern is from a Japanese book which I was going to take a photo of but forgot and don’t remember the name. Sheesh, sorry. Maybe if Sabrina reads this she can put the name in the comments, see I didn’t even give the book back to its owner but to another friend.

Now I’m thinking there needs to be at least 2 other circular blocks, this can’t be the only one in the quilt. Maybe a simple wagon wheel and mini Dresden. We’ll see.

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See you next in the Year of our Lord 2013.

Merry Christmas

My studio quilt is done. the binding finished.


There was no particular plan for the design. Lime green, various grays and white. Flannel backing. Wind quilting. In progress…




and final close ups…

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All quilts are finished, as of today, for Christmas. They are wrapped and ready.

Work tomorrow and Friday and then all that’s left is the baking.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

houses and binding

This pattern came into the store…last week I think it was.  Third Street1-IMG_7092-001

A close up of the striped binding. Like it. Like it. Like it!


It was a quick project, for no particular reason other than the joy of sewing. Probably took as much time to quilt it as to sew the top.


Then a binding project. Its my studio quilt. Modern, lots of white and a flannel backing. I’m taking my own sweet time and just enjoying it. I like the hand stitching part of binding.


Finally… scraps. I’m creating a lot of them, so making blocks like these, I’m hoping, will keep the scrap bag small. And it’ll also set me up for a quick quilt fix. Pull out some blocks, put them together however, and quilt.


I’ve finished 4 quilts for Christmas with two to go. Borders on  one and quilt them both. No problem. Hope you are also enjoying some sewing! Happy finishing to you!

Fun and done

Linen, cotton and silk. 14″ x 21″  Some quilting with white thread and some in color.

Snack mats. I love making these little pieces, they’re so fun. Just a few fabrics, improv piecing and quilted with simple lines. Big enough for a drink and a snack.

This next one is place mat size for a table in the living room.

There’s something real satisfying about quick little sewing projects. Fun and done. Ready to begin a new project.

MODERN Progress

I sewed together some triangles left over from another project, added fabric til it was the size of a leftover piece of flannel and voila. A baby quilt. Think I’l send it to the closest Ronald McDonald house.

And then I’d started, earlier this year, changing things up in my living room. I wanted a big piece of art for the mantal but didn’t know what. I found this piece online, loved it and so set out to recreate my own smaller version.

I tried writing sloppy/artsy but didn’t quite make it as much as the original. I could barely make out actual letters, let alone words. Thinking it may be in another language. More scribbling really. The before and then the after with my written art version, along with a Ellsworth Kelly knockoff I also created.

Would be so much better with the fireplace full of wood. Someday.


The writings are some of my favorite scriptures written with a paint pen on a piece of plywood painted white. The Ellsworth Kelly is on a canvas. More modern don’t you think?

Here’s more of the whole area.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving all!

Joy Joy Joy

My husbands work  has an auction for the American Cancer Society every year. This was my contribution. Fun and simple. Cotton and linen.

The holiday season is upon us! Hope you are doing well.