Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Slam Dunk Series #2

A little array of slam dunks.  I sort of aimed to make multiple cards with the same theme.  I found that when I am making a lot of cards it is logical to stamp up or print a LOT of sentiments, cut them down and put them in a size #10 envelope.  The envelope is put into a basket, flap up and the sentiment tagged on the tip of the envelope.  When I am making Happy Birthday cards, this full sentiment envelope is really a lot of help in the Slam Dunk Community.  
Below you will see a bevy of Happy Birthday cards. 

Just A Note cards.... so useful, easy to make.

A few of the many Thank You cards.

I love making HELLO cards.  So many uses for these.

That's it for now.  More to come.  Thanks for taking a peek. Have a nice week.  Oh my, I made a Rhyme in No Tine. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Slam Dunk Game

Sewing all put away.  I had been sewing for over a year, and am pleased to know I have sewn about 49 quilts for the homeless veterans in the cold country.  I cleaned up the craft room, stood aside and admired the scene and then promptly lunged into papers and supplies.Within seconds it appeared as though I had been making cards all along. I design cards now and then, with a creative hand and mind but these are my simply slam dunk styles. I fold the card stocks and pair up with envelopes ahead of time , and sometimes I add a cut of  designer paper and die cuts.  When that is done, making 200 cards is a slam dunk easy peasy process ...  Here are just a few of the cards. Simple simple cards.

I love cards with the punch cut out window and then I can drape over the edges.  Here are three of that style.  

I have a tub of hundreds and hundreds of die cuts that I made.  I sat for about 2 weeks and wandered through my Cricut cartridges, grabbing up cute die cuts to embellish, and of course a goal of using up some of the stacks and stashes of papers.  And there they sat, for a year, waiting.  Here you can see I grabbed up the cute bear die cut and made some Valentine/Love cards.

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a collection of stuffed frogs that a treasured client would give me over many years.  Even after I retired, I would get a cute frog item.  My first quilt that I REALLY labored over was my froggy quilt and I am proud to say I won a First Place Blue Ribbon for at the County Fair.  Goes without saying, I LOVE creating a little frog card now and then.

More to come.  I did mention I slam dunked about 200 cards, didn't I?
Have a nice day. Thanks for your visit. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sewing Finale.

Nancy, my high school friend, shares so much wonderful fabric with me.  You've seen my Hawaiian Quilt that I made with her gift of fabric.  I had so much left I was able to make some purses, totes, placemats, table runners.  Colorful stuff. 
 Here is one of the totes and some pouches to go with it.  This was a gift to al special friend who took me for my first cataract surgery on there 25th of August. She sat patiently for hours, and says she is up for the second eye when I schedule it.  Cathy and I worked together for 12 years, and since my retirement almost 8 years ago, we visit often.  I cherish her.  She loved the little tote/purse.
Now the sewing stuff is all put away for the next sewing siege I embark upon.  I cleaned up the craft room, admired the tidy sight and then hauled out all of the papers, card making supplies and started my slam dunk adventure.  My sweet craft room is back to normal.... littered and stacked and busy with stuff sitting around.... Photos to come.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Doggy Quilt for Three Update

A few days (weeks) ago I posted a photo of the doggy quilt I made for my high school friend Elaine to give to her three precious dogs.  She was thrilled with the quilt, and she tells me it took Pablo about 2 seconds to find his spot on the quilt.  This is just so precious.  

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Riley's Quilt/Halo's Quilt

I made my cat Riley a darling little quilt with fabby Lorelie cat fabric.  When I posted this on my Facebook page, three friends came forth and asked if I could do a quilt for their cherished dogs.  I had enough  Lorelie  fabric to do a larger quilt for my friend Elaine who has three special dogs to share the quilt.  I had enough smaller blocks left to make 3 more little quilts for smaller fur friends,.  The little dog quilt showing below was really patchworked with bits and pieces of Lorelei fabrics.  Cindy's little cutie dog, Halo, loves her new quilt. 

Thanks for taking a peek at my sewing adventures.  You know I LOVE to sew, and I do so every day, and sometimes alllllll day lonnnnnnng.

Cat Birthday Card

My friend Pat Korver makes the best cards everrrr and she loves taking that fabby Lorelie fabric and creating cute cute cards, just like I take that fabby Lorelie fabric and sewing with it...  I posted a card earlier that had a Lorelie gal holding fabric.  (As if that made any connection to me....grin...)   Here is my birthday card from Pat.  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Doggy Quilt For Three

My high school friend Elaine W. has three darling and so so loved doggies named Kiwi, Charlie and Pablo.  This quilt will be a trio-quilt they all will share.  It was sewn using Lorelie's Fabrics that I so love.  Bright and colorful and big enough for three.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quilts and stuff

Another Wedding Pillow made for my niece's daughter and her intended.  

 My high school friend Lavonne has a darling little Yorkie.  I made him two little bitty quilts with Lorelie fabrics..
 Here are Jackson's very own Quilt labels.
 A quilt in blue squares for the Homeless Veteran Project I am honored to donate to.
 Another Veteran Quilt
 One more for the Vets. wild colors and shapes .... but they do not care.
 A little batch of Tissue Cozies.  Love making these.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sewing Totes


I love sewing totes with bits of remnant fabrics or those fabrics that just simply yell out at me "make me into a tote". That bellering held true with the red white and blue fabrics. I bought a little fabric pack at Michaels with the R/W/B fabric choices and what fun it was to whack off 4 inch strips and sew them together in a pretty Independance Day kinda tote to carry. I get a little overwhelmed working on the many quilts so taking a break and sewing a fun project is always a great get-a-way for a while.
Anyway, I uploaded the new totes for a looksee so thanks to any visitors who happenstance by my poor neglected blog.
Have a great week coming up.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunshine Tote

This pretty bright yellow tote with accessory pouches has sweet colorful butterflies all over it...but the brightness calls me to name it Sunshine Tote.  I love the mixture of the fabrics and I had a fun time making it.  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sewing Bash

Red White and Blue Flag Quilt as you go... so easy to sew and assemble.  My daughter in law has a birthday July 4th.  Waddaya think?
 Dresden blocks.... By the time I finished the 4, I decided it was enough so this is a quick put together Quilt as you go quilt.  Pretty colors anyway...
 Another quick sewing project...quilt as you go patchwork blocks.
 I made this for a friend who said she would like a purse in black and white fabrics.  I had the array of fabrics and always the aim to please. She was pleased...  I added some zipper pouches and a tissue cozy as well.

 This is a cutie... I used Lorelei's fabric with her cute cute gals... I gave this purse to another friend.
 I was routing around through some fabric drawers and I found 4 little preprinted panels... so this was a quick Quilt as you go project.  And colorful too, doncha think?
 Quilt as you go... little blocks with pretty rust fabric ...
 Stacks of totes... Fun to make, quick to sew and such a nice fun gift to give.
 This is a vet quilt, quilt as you go.
Thanks for visiting....

Monday, May 25, 2015


Two very special couples were married recently...and I wanted to make a little special handmade gift for them.  Years ago I made a pillow such as this for my cherished brother and the beautiful lady he was marrying...and when they had their 25th wedding anniversary a few years back, I made a second pillow to honor that milestone.  These are ultra-fun to make.... done on my embroidery machine using  fancy frame patterns and then adding the special names and dates. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Little of this, Little of that...

Easter is gone but here are the remanents of this fun holiday.  I was invited to spend Easter day with my high school friend and her family.  I had to make a little sumpin-sumpin so I hit the Cricut machine and whipped up several die cuts to hang.  Here is the banner with cute little chicks and bunnies and a lamb too bootl.  I used the EASTER Cricut cartridge. 

A larger hanging Easter Sign... cute sweet bunny and some flowers.

Batik is one of my fav fabrics.  I've been saving this yard of fabric but finally decided to make something with it.  Here are some zipper pouches and a tissue cozy.  Gotta love batik and the vibrant colors.

I have so much fabric that I love.  I have been making some of these little coasters and a larger pad.  So simple.... there are two bases (inside and back) and to that I add 4 folded 5x5 pieces of fabric to make a multi fabric coaster.  Turn right side out, sew around and there you have it...

Roses Roses.  Quick and easy Rose quilts, and sweetly longarmed by my friend Yvonne.
Off to sew.  If you have visited and left a comment, thank you.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fabrics and Papers

First, paper stuff.... I am always lending my ear to something I can make to share with a person, a company, a worthy cause.  In the below photo, you will see some bookmarks.  These are made for the Pioneers' Cemetary Association.  This area in downtown Phoenix goes back to 1854, and is located in one of the old homes of a prominent pioneer family, the Smurthwaite Family.  Initially I offered up some tags (like the tombstone shown on the bookmark).  However, after some good thought of the matter, a bookmark will be a better memento of a visit to the building and area.

Can I just admit that I am truly addicted to making these fast n' easy Zipper pouches?.... I have a zipper purse that I make totally in my embroidery machine, size 5x7 and a dinky little coin purse 4x4 in size.  Here is a sampling of those creations.
Made at my sewing machine, these little zipper darlings are fast and easy and oh so much fun.  I can use up scraps of fabrics and each one is fun to make.

Ah totes.... Carole is the Tote Queen.  I love making them, and with each change of fabric, it is like making one for the first time.  These particular totes were padded, quilted, and made in the boxed corner process so there is a little more room to shove "stuff" into them.
That wraps up my fun for a few days.  Now onto other sewing.  You all have a nice day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


My high school friend Nancy gives me some beautiful fabrics.  This little stack of creations happened to be cut up triangles.  I sewed them together, then made blocks and once cut, they created placemats, a table runner and even a little pillow.  I knew that I was not going to sit and match all those seams so I call this "jumbles".  Aptly named, donchathink?
It is going to be in the high 80s this week and even a hint of 90 by Friday.  Stand aside, here it comes....Summer in AZ.  We hardly had a winter and while it was warm here, I watched in dismay to see the awful conditions that many states were enduring with epic snow storms.
Thanks for visiting ...have a happy week.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More quilts for the homeless veterans in Prescott.  I love being able to sew up a quilt using snippets and scraps and end up with something that hopefully will keep a warrior warm. 
This quilt is a sort of log cabin design, just sewing strips onto strips as I sew around the center square. 

 This is the strip sewing method and it is amazing how quickly a quilt can be put together.  Sew and sew fold and sew, fold and sew and pretty soon, you have a nice big square quilt top.  Kuddos and many thanks to my friend Yvonne who takes the 3 layers and does the final longarm quilting on each quilt.

 Strips and strips, sew and sew.

 This was a fun quick quilt.  I had large enough scraps to use my Accu-Go and cut squares.

More strips.  Colorful end results. 

Thanks for taking a peek.  About March 11 I will wander into some card making.  Have a great day.