Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ballet Slippers Tutorial

A while back I came across a pattern for some slippers to make as Christmas gifts for my girls. Time passed and I could not find the blog where the tutorial was posted. So I searched and found a tutorial from Shabby Raggy Roses and her tutorial is simple to follow. I just loved her post.
Here is what I came up with Janelle's tutorial.
Ballet Slippers from Shabby Raggy Roses
I have four girls and four grand-daughters to make these beauties for holiday gifts.
I just love them! I may make a pair for myself.
If you are interested in a pair for yourself click here and visit Shabby Raggy Roses.
I know I have other unfinished projects, but I really needed a break and wanted some fun for a change.
I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back soon.
Have a wonderful evening,
Judith, Texas

Monday, August 27, 2012

Catching up and a Birthday!

I am back posting after a busy weekend! Last week I was on the road three times and happy that my DH and I had a day off for lunch, rita's and a movie (the Expendables)! He went fishing all night at that and still celebrated my Birthday with me today. What a sweetie! We had fun today. Very rare.....
Zakka Along Week 22 :: Pleated Coin Purse
Joanna from Shape Moth is posting today. You will be pleased with her two coin purse and details and please make sure to go to LR Stitch for corrections if you have not made yours yet.
 There is still time to view all the posting if you missed any.
Here is a photo of my Pleated Coin Purse.
I made my pattern to fit a smaller frame which I had on-hand.

Simple to put together and I made my coin purse to match my Boxi-Hexi Pouch.
 Kelly of kelbysews blog has a tutorial and pattern for her Boxi-Hexi Pouch from the Festival of Hexagons.
Here is my version of Kelly's Boxi-Hexi Pouch.

Check out this link for information on the Festival of Hexagons. The blog has ended, but a linky party is going on right now.
Remember the two children's quilt I finished last week. Here are photos with the birthday boys showing their quilts.
Antonio's Race Car Quilt @ 2nd Birthday

Josiah's Spiderman Quilt @ 5th Birthday
You can bet that they are snuggle up with their new big boys quilts!
Also, look what came in the mail today!
Christmas in July Charm Swap
I received my Christmas in July Charm's in the mail today. Manda from Manda Made Quilts hosted the charm swap. So many beautiful charms and I know just the pattern to sew. Check out all the photos on Flickr of all the different charms.
That is all for one day and I am going to take the rest of the evening off to just enjoy my Birthday!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening,
Judith, Texas

Friday, August 24, 2012

On the road again!

Heading out this weekend again, to visit the kiddos before they all head back to school. Of course they all live out of town and do not get to see them. The kids are all busy and working hard to make a living. Thank god for that! One does not work during the summer and makes it hard to support four kids on her own. Lucky her that she got a raise back to work.
I got lucky with the kids and the grandchildren are wonderful!
I was in a hurry to finish up some quilts for my grandsons.
They both have birthdays this week. Yesterday and today.
Happy Birthday Kiddos!
Antonio's Quilt 42"W x 45"L

Josiah's Spiderman Quilt 57 1/2" W x  51 1/2"L
Sorry for the photos!
But next time I will post better pictures.
They are some blog hops going on. Click below to follow the fun:

Aug 6 Katie at There & Back
Aug 7 Rachael at imagine gnats
Aug 8 Jennie at Clover & Violet
Aug 9 Courtney at
mon petit lyons
Aug 10 Sara at Sew Sweetness

Aug 13 Bianca at Sweet Diesel Designs
Aug 14 Chelsea at Pins & Bobbins
Aug 15 Rebecca at Sew Festive Handmade
Aug 16 Diane at from blank pages
Aug 17 Allegory at {sew} Allegorical

Aug 20 Kim at My Go-Go Life
Aug 22 Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts
Aug 23 Jenelle at Echinops & Aster
Aug 24 Katie at There & Back
Practically Paper Pieced Blog Hop  
The list of bloggers is here:
1 Kristy from Quiet Play

2 Kate from Kate Quilts

3 Diane from From Blank Pages

4 Lara from LuellaBella

5 Sunday – Day off

6 Charise from Charise Creates

7 Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

8 Kiera from Kizzie’s Korner

9 Marieka from Bespoke Bites

10 Sally from Sally Bally Creations

11 Jane from QuiltJane

12 Sunday – Day off

13 Taryn from Pixels To Patchwork

14 Jane from Where Jane Creates

15 Laura from Quokka Quilts

16 Emily from Emily the Enabler

17 McKenna from Textile Diva

18 Sat Lauren from Renrad Craft Studio

19 Sunday – Day off

20 Fiona from Finding Fifth

21 Beth from Plum and June

22 Megan from Jaffa quilts

23 Juliet from Tartan Kiwi

24 Katy from The Littlest Thistle

25 Sat Tracey from the Peony Teacup

26 Sunday – Day off

28 Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

29-31 Linky party to share projects - blog hoppers and readers all welcome
Bowls with Borders
August 24th
Have a wonderful weekend and hope to be back here on Monday.
Judith, Texas

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blue and Yellow Hexagon

I have been away too long. We just got home about an hour ago. DH business trip and he was not doing so great last week. I was spoiling grandchildren over the weekend and had to make a trip back home on Sunday and then back up to Houston incase DH felt ill again. It was a long weekend and I pretty much do not want to go anywhere, but I did drop my PFAFF off and was called that it was ready to be picked up. I will be heading into town tomorrow to pick up my sweet PFAFF. I do need to finish off two quilts for my grandsons, but I do not believe that will happen before Saturday. It's the birthday boys this week (Thursday and Friday). A real busy month for me. Happy when September gets here.

Enough....I wanted to show how far along I have been working on my Blue and Yellow Hexagon Quilt that I have been working on for a year.

I need three more corners before I will have the top finish. This will be a happy day for me when it is all done.

I wanted to share with you a blog from The Quilt and Needle a tutorial call Tuna Can Hexagon Flowers. If you are new to hexagons, you may want to hop on over the Quilt and Needle.  A great tutorial. I wished I had thought of it. But happy a fellow group member told us about this tutorial.  You do not even need to use batting if you prefer.

Also, did you know that the Festivals of Hexagons is going on? I am doing some catching up. Check it out: giveaways and prizes. Click here for more information and the list of Tutorials below:
Monday, Aug. 13 Ali from a²(w)
Tuesday, Aug. 14 Amanda from A Crafty Fox (you are here!)
Wednesday, Aug. 15 Kelly from Kelbysews
Thursday, Aug. 16 Terri from Sew Fantastic
Friday, Aug. 17 Jeni from In Color Order

Monday, Aug. 20 Lindsey from LRStitched
Tuesday, Aug. 21 Kati from From The Blue Chair
Wednesday, Aug. 22 Michelle from Super Orange Sewing (formerly I Like Orange, Too)
Thursday, Aug. 23 Sara from Sew Sweetness
Friday, Aug. 24 Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Saturday, Aug. 25 Recap
Aug. 27 – Sept. 2 Link Party
Sept. 3 – Sept. 5 Voting
Friday, Sept. 7 Winners announced

Hope your week is going well and I will try to keep up with my post this week.

Have a wonderful evening,

Judith, Texas

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blue and Yellow Hexagon

It is 1:09 AM here in Texas and a warm 80 degrees.
Not as cool as I want it to be.

Today, I took my PFAFF in for it's annual service. So today I am working on a project that I started last year. I have ripped it apart about eight times and I just gave into it.

All hand pieced.

This is what I came up with and have a few pieces left of the yellow. It only took a year.
Sorry, it is not a good photo.

I will be on happy lady when the top is all done.

It is time to get some ZZZZZZZZz's.

Have a good nite,

Judith, Texas

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Tuesday here in sunny Texas!

Good afternoon from sunny south Texas!

It is a hot one today, but I made that long drive into town after lunch to pick up just one item. Yeah, Right! I know better, but I saw a sale for half price and went with it. I will be at the Monday meetings for Quilt Spender's if there is one. LOL!
Anyway, I picked up some bobbins for my Featherweight and the bobbin case came in the mail yesterday. I totally forgot to order bobbins.
I found this sweet beauty at a antique mall.  I was on my way out until this beauty caught my eye. It is not a very good picture but trust me, she is sweet.

It wasn't until I got home and realized that it did not have a bobbin case nor, did not come with anything else. She was sitting on a bookcase.  I hear that bobbin cases are a big item among thieves. This is how I purchased the Featherweight and it did run. The sales man did not know much about it or so he claims, but I am happy. Live and learn.  It needs cleaning and some much needed TLC,  and yes, it has a new home. I have been wanting one for a very long time since I can remember.


I finally finished the top to Spiderman.

Here it is hanging on my design board.

I made 24 blocks @ 6 1/2" square for the top, bottom and side borders. I added a 3" x 6 1/2" sash between the blocks for the top and bottom. My math was off and I used the 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" sash to the ends to make it fit. The side blocks, I used 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" sash and used two 3" x 6 1/2" sash to make it fit also. But it works and he will never know the difference. Just that it is Spiderman on a quilt and he will be sleeping with it all snuggled. I am happy that the top is finish and for the backing, I purchased some red fabric at Handcock and will be pieced to make it all fit with several other fabrics. I wanted to add another border before I quilt it and add the binding, but I am not that comfortable with big quilts.

Something about grandchildren growing.

Anyway, again I have my evening all booked up.

Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.

Thank you for stopping by,

Judith, Texas

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Spiderman Quilt

Hello and it is Saturday. A day I usually clean my home early so I can enjoy the rest of the day, but I have been ill this last week and hope to feel better soon. It is no picnic.

This week I patricipated in Think Christmas, which is Day 6 and tomorrow is the final day. So many beautiful projects to see. Please do not miss out.

Here is today's schedule:


I have been working on my grandson's Siderman Quilt for his upcoming 5th Birthday. I happen to find the fabric by mistake and snatched up a yard.
This is a look of what I done so far on my design board.

Spiderman Quilt for Josiah

Now to figure out what size to add between the blocks so I can finish off the top. My backing will have to be piece to fit the top. I do not like making big quilts at all, but my grandchildren are precious to me and they love all the quilts I make for them and with such care. I am hoping to finish this week and have it in the mail soon. I am so way behind (two quilts to finish and one to start) where is the time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith, Texas

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Apple Brown Betty

I finally finished Apple Brown Betty yesterday.

Sorry this is not a very good photo of my finished beauty. It was very windy outside and the photos taken inside did not turned out that great.

This was a Quilt-Along Cheri @ Quilts by Cheri was hosting earlier in March on her blog. My finished quilt is 12 3/4" x 13 1/2".  I am happy it is all done and I'm making a sweet doll pillow and pillow case to go with it.

If you have been wanting to sew a alphabet quilt, she is hosting a quilt-along and my grandson has already put in his order for one.


Kathleen Tracy has a great tutorial on her blog for a Sweet Doll Pillow and Pillow case. Also, for this month's small quilt challenge she has picked from her book Remembering Adelia, small Charming Coins quilt on page 49.  This is a great project to used up some of those scraps sitting around.


Another day of Think Christmas and I survived my day yesterday. Here is a list of today's participants. Stop by and visit.  I have saved a few patterns to make as gifts.


 Today at the Calhoun County Guild meeting, I presented my show and tell for the very first time. I was a bit nervous and not in my comfort zone.  I showed my Red, White and Blue Dresden Block and table runner. Also, my Chaty Cat and Paper Piece Tree block from yesterday's Think Christmas Blog Hop. The ladies are wonderful and so supportive.

Thank you ladies!

Okay, I am closing now, my blog has been acting up and I'm calling it a day.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today and have a wonderful evening. I have been one busy bee and in need of a long vacation, but I can dream!
Until next time,

Judith, Texas