Monday, April 6, 2015

April Lovely Year of Finishes

So I missed the sign ups for the March Lovely Year of finishes.
I had to make sure not to miss April!

One of my sewing goals for 2015 was to better myself in free motion quilting.
With that said, this month I am going to quilt this beauty and not use straight line quilting.
(straight line quilting is my 'go to')

This quilt was put together last spring and has been sitting in my UFO pile.
(along with a few other quilt tops)

It was put together using the Jelly Roll Race by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
You can find it HERE

You can put together this top in about 45 minutes,
so if you need something fast, this is for you!  Not only is it fun to put together,
but you don't know how it's going to turn out until you're done.
So if you're a planner, and want to be a rebel & throw caution to the wind,
grab your jelly roll and get started!

On another note, have you seen Lori Holt's new book, Farm Girl Vintage?

Lori is from Bee in my Bonnet and I have been a huge fan of hers for some time now.

I preordered my book, so when it came, I also received this free pattern, Canning Season.
For a country girl like myself, this is all right up my alley!

Here's a little close up of each block in the book.  I can't wait to get started!
Lori will also be doing a sew along as well.  Make sure to check out the details on her blog

This past Christmas I had made little zipper pouches for my brother and two nieces.
Well, I left my sister-in-law out of the mix.  It was one of those last minute 'quick' gifts, because I had to have something to put the gift cards in.  I didn't have a gift card for her, and I was only focused
on what I needed to do right at that moment.  
You know how it goes.

So I thought for Easter, I would find out what her favorite treat is and make her a drawstring pouch using this lovely material from my stash.

Using Kate Spain's Cuzco added with a beautiful aqua color from Bonnie & Camille (and I'm sorry I don't know which line!) you can't go wrong!

I used the 'cute as a button' twill for the drawstring, which I purchased from The Little Red Cottage
on Etsy.  You can find that HERE.

So....on to my 'out of comfort zone' quilting!
I wish you all a creative and sunny day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes

I am finished.

My February finish for the group A Lovely Year of Finishes on Flickr.
I actually had all the pieces cut out quite a while ago as I mentioned in my earlier post.
I tried to make it for a couple different swaps, but the fabric choices weren't my partners 'thing',
which is absolutely fine.  This worked out great for me, because I dearly love it!

My scrap baskets in the background were gifted to me by Jackie (aka chloeandme on Flickr and IG) 
I've been such a fan of her work for quite some time now.  Not only is her work beautiful, so is her soul.  

Speaking of gifts, I received a very generous one from the lovely
I can't honestly remember who started following who first, 
but I do know Melissa was the very first blogger I became
'friends' with.  We've never met in real life,
but I feel as though we have.
She has been such an inspiration to me and has helped me grow
tremendously in the sewing world.  Because of Melissa,
I can now sew a little more freely, without solely relying on a pattern.
I can seriously go on and on about Melissa, but all you have to do
is check her blog out HERE and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.

In the meantime, you can enjoy my gift with me.
Look at all this loveliness of Tanya Whelan's Lulu Roses!

That with the buttons and hexies make for a great beginning of something beautiful, don't you think?

Another item I worked on was a small pillow using Heather Ross fabric and linen.

I love doing free motion thread art.

I also made an Open Wide pouch by Noodlehead using fabric by Anna Maria Horner and quilters linen.

I used a decorative stitch on the front of the pouch for a little extra 'love'.

And last, but not least, this little Penny Pincher Coin Purse found in the freebie section of Melissa's blog.

As you can see, I really am a little crazy over that thread art.  :)

I hope you have had lots of fun creativity taking place in your life!
Here's to next time!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 Lovely Year of Finishes

I'm baaaaaack!!

And I'm ready to get my 'sew on' for 2015!

This past year has been totally insane, 
but I'm finding my groove in my 
"new normal".

To start off, I'm linking up with 
A Lovely Year of Finishes.
You can find information on how to join
at either Sew Bitter Sweet Designs or

My project to finish in February
is in this little basket

It's been in storage for a little over a year.
(and by 'storage', I mean in a big ol pile of UFO's)
I thought this would be a good project to start my 2015 finishes.

It's a great basket and I can't believe I haven't finished it.
What the?? 

I even have the majority of the pattern cut out!

Just so you know I haven't been a total slacker.
Here are a couple things I've recently made.

and a free pattern for an embroidery hoop wall pocket

This is THE best grocery bag EVER!
I'm actually giving this bag away on Instagram.
You can find me there under cindys0707.
The giveaway is open until February 8th, 8:00 PM CST.
Are you still reading this blog post?
Go enter the giveaway!

I'll stop for now.  
I'm still in 'shock and awe'
returning to the blog world.
I may need a glass of wine to get over it.

Y'all come back know,
ya hear!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Aeroplane Bag

Hey World!
I hope this post finds you all healthy and happy.
I have been sewing up a storm these past couple months.
Now that my big swap projects are complete,
I will have more time to devote to this little blog of mine.

I WAY over committed in the world of swaps.
(please don't take that the wrong way...'s all legit and very legal)

I am very proud to say that all projects were completed
and shipped on time.  My track record has not been broken.

I'll fill you in on the other items I've made 
(and I cannot WAIT to show you what I've received),
but today I'll start with the Aeroplane bag I made for my partner 
in the Sew Sew Modern 5 group.  The pattern is by Sara Lawson.
It's a great pattern, but I still can't say that I love zippers.

I also made a matching drawstring pouch.  You can find the tutorial for this 

For the pouch I fussy cut 40 2-1/2" squares.
I also fussy cut 2-1/2" squares for the bag, but lost count!
If you do make the bag, and want to use the fussy cut squares,
keep in mind you'll loose some at the top of the bag due to cutting the pattern template.
so put your 'boring' ones on the top sides.

Also keep in mind where your straps will end up.
I had put of out of print Heather Ross fabric in this bag.
Well, the poor little thing can't even be seen because of the strap.

So, if using 2-1/2" squares, again, keep your more 'boring' fabrics 4 squares in from the sides and 4 squares up from the bottom where your straps will go.  I would suggest using your pops of color here and not a fussy cut.

There are two sizes the bag can be made in.
This suggestions I'm giving are for the large size.

I should have made a test bag first, but as I mentioned above,
I over committed on swaps, so time was not my friend.

The large zipper did give me some grief.  Just go slow and watch your top stitching
so the fabric doesn't interfere with the zipper pull.

Other than that, this is really a great pattern.  I was joking on IG that I 
probably won't be making another one.
But I have some cute nieces that I think will enjoy these bags for Christmas.
More to come on that story!

The cute twill placed on the linen can be found 
I heard about it from my friend Amy over at 

How about a look at the lining
(kind of sounds like...."Hey...check out my panties" when I say that)

Both sides of the lining have the zipper pockets.

Here's a closer look at both sides of the drawstring pouch

Looking forward to sharing more with you in the next few days!

today is a good day for a good day.

to all!!

Monday, May 12, 2014


Hey there!

In case you haven't realized by now,
I'm addicted to swaps.

Majorly addicted.

I'm really not ready to admit it yet,
but superficially, 
I'm stating this fact.

There's just something to say about happy mail.
It makes me jump up and down when I get happy mail
(please don't try and visualize me jumping up and down)

I'm currently in three swaps, 
but the one I'm sharing today is a year long one,
which involves sending out these cute little paper pieced envelopes
to whomever's month it is.

The blocks are from the book Patchwork Please
by Ayumi Takahashi.
If you try this at home,
they are addicting
and I will not be held responsible
for whatever happens.
(just had to put that out there)

I'm sharing some photos of the blocks I've made so far this year
(minus a couple because I've run out of time trying to find them on my camera).

Each block is made according the likes of the person receiving.
Some of the photos are a bit poor in quality,
so I do apologize!  Apparently I didn't double check myself,
and they have long since been shipped to their new owners.

With each block we are to also send a little 'postage stamp'.
You can find the instructions from Nana Company 

And I had to save the best for last.
If I were to make a block for myself,
this would be it.

All blocks were sewn with Aurifil thread.
This is the only thread I use.
Yes, I have become a thread snob.

I hope you all have a fantastic day!
Happy Monday!


Monday, May 5, 2014

A Cindy Original


A friend of mine asked me if 
I would make a bag for her niece,
who will be having a new little one soon.


As my blogger friend, Melissa, tells me,
"Let the fabric speak to you".
So I looked in my stash and found this little cutie.

As I was 'listening',
the bunting and the hedge hogs were just begging to be brought into the bag.

I fussy cut the hedge hogs and had just enough of this twill left
to create this little addition on to the bag.
The twill came from The Little Red Cottage.
I had to order more since that was my last little bit.
Now isn't that a shame?

I also brought in some extra detail.
I thread painted the flower and actually painted the stem and leaves.

And what is a bag without some pockets and a place to put your keys?
(I think my sister needs this...she is CONSTANTLY misplacing her keys!)

Finally, I made my own little label to mark the bag with.

From what I hear the bag was a success, which makes me incredibly happy.
What projects have you been working on?


Friday, April 25, 2014

Simple & Sweet Scrappy Swap

A quick little post on what I'm currently working on in the sewing world.

making things for our secret partners.

This round we are making fabric baskets
from a tutorial offered by Birch Fabrics.
You can find the tutorial
We will fill them with goodies such as thread,
ribbons, scissors, seam rippers,
fancy lace, twill, charm packs, 
or whatever little goodies your partner
has made specific reference to.

I am creating my basket using the Economy Block
that I've been seeing all over Flickr and Instagram
(btw...if you are on Instagram, you can follow me under cindys0707).

This block is CRAZY fun to do.
It's just as much fun picking out the fabric as it is to make.

The 5" block pattern is free on Craftsy.
for sharing this!

Right now I have the front and back panels just about finished.
I'm still deciding on quilting or may some embroidery.  I'm not quite sure yet,
so I'm letting this sit a while until I can 'feel' what to do with it.

The fussy cut fabric is by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake. 
The band at the top and the red in the block is Ruby by Bonnie & Camille.
The flowers are from the Penny Lane line for Riley Blake and the outer fabric is
from Henry Glass Fabrics.

I am really excited to finish this and am hoping my secret partner will love it.

I'll share the finished project in my next post 
along with the drawstring bag I made (and the one I received!) from the last
4S round.

I hope you all find some time to be creative in your day!
Happy Friday!
Woot Woot!