Saturday, October 26, 2013

Across the Pond - Skinny Pinny

I LOVED this months project for the
 
Incase you need a refresher,
this monthly project is hosted by
and
 
They take turns sharing a project for the month.
 
This month was hosted by Susie and her project was the Skinny Pincushion.
You can find the tutorial by Green Bean Patterns
 
This goes together very quickly
and is SO cute.
 
The first one doesn't work for my machine. 
I keep my extension table on,
so I needed to make mine a bit skinnier to
accommodate the small space.
 
So here's my first one.
 
 

 
I will be giving this one as a gift.
I'm pretty sure I know who will get it.
 
 
I used Amy's measurements to make my second one and it worked perfectly.
 

I like to use crushed walnut shells
to fill my pin cushions.
My sister and I buy a bag of them
from the pet shop and then split it.
(because you get a HUGE bag!)
I love the weight and firmness the crushed shells
give the cushions.
 

 
I also did a little embellishing
 

I love those polka dot buttons!
The lace and button can be found at
the Little Red Cottage on Etsy.
You can find them
 
 
So hurry up and go make yours!
And if you do,
make sure to share in the Flickr group.
:)
 




 


Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's that time again!
The Blogger's Quilt Festival
hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side

 
I chose to enter one of the most favorite quilts I've made.
The pattern is Smitten by Rachel Griffith of psiquilt.
I used fabric I won from Laurie Wisbrun called
 
I knew right when I won the fabric what I wanted to do with it.
I needed to make a warm quilt sewn with a lot of love
to give to my dear friend's son.

 
I totally adore this quilt!
 
 
Her son is now a year old,
and she also just had a beautiful baby girl
(for which I am making another quilt!).
PS...please, Michelle, stop already! 
LOL
 
I think sweet Nick will be happy this winter snuggling in all this quilty love.
 
 
 
For the back I used a high quality, very soft, flannel.
 
 
Since the weather is getting a lot cooler,
I really need to get this sent off so Nick can enjoy it!
 
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by!
I love visitors!
 
Make sure to check out all the other beautiful quilts,
and their stories, during the festival.
Voting will start on November 1st.
I'll make sure to remind you to vote for your most favorite!
 
AmysCreativeSide
 
Enjoy the show!
xoxo
Cindy

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Snow!

I think I chose the perfect day to take off work.
It was a last minute decision
and I am so happy I did!
 
We are having our first snowfall of the season.
 
 
The snowflakes are huge!
 
 
The apple tree we planted 7 years ago, which never, ever had apples,
now has 5!
 
 
(I can't believe my husband never noticed when he was mowing the yard!)
 
I think my snow-topped asters look beautiful!
 
 
 
 
Our gourd bird houses are also enjoying the new weather.
 
 
I think everything looks nice covered in a bit of white.

 



But I think today I will take the lead from Miss Rosemary.
 

I hope you are enjoying your day!
xoxo
Cindy
 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I Love Fall

Today is just sharing
fall around our home.
I love decorating for the seasons/holidays.
Enjoy!
 






















Sunday, October 13, 2013

My First Taste at Pattern Testing

I am so excited to share my first
experience as being a pattern tester.
 
In my own secret way, I feel a little part of Market.
(which is my DREAM to be invited there one day!)
Aria Lane needed their Frames pattern tested quickly
in order to have it ready for Market.
Lucky for me, I got to test the throw size of the 
Frames quilt by Megan Nichols for Aria Lane.
 
I am beyond thrilled with how this turned out.
 
 
This calls for cutting 2-1/2 in strips for the frames,
(and even several 2-1/2 strips for the solid fabric as well)
so a jelly roll would also work perfectly.
Since I was actually testing the pattern,
I wanted to make sure to follow what was written,
so I dug in my stash for the fabrics
and cut all the strips.
 
It also has instructions for a pieced back.
 
 
This is a great pattern for someone who loves to
quilt, but doesn't have a lot of extra time.
(aka...ME!)
 
They even give instructions on how to quilt it,
which I will follow.
 
The end result? This is the perfect pattern for the busy person,
or if you need a quick gift that has a lot of personality.
There are six different sizes for this pattern; king,
queen, twin, throw, crib, and wall.
It's extremely informative,
very easy to follow,
and helps you create a quilt you will love.
 
If you don't want to piece your back,
there is also information included for the yardage needed
for a plain back.

If you're interested, you can purchase the PDF pattern
HERE
 
Thank you, Aria Lane,
for letting me share in your pre-Market fun!
 
Next on my list is the project for the
Across the Pond sewalong.
This month is hosted by Susie of Susie's Sunroom.
You can find this month's project
 
Enjoy!
xoxo
Cindy