Archives for August 2013

Tricks & Treats Bag Tutorial

I designed these “Tricks” and “Treats” bags for Therm O Web and the photographs are being used as part of Therm O Web’s advertising for fall!  I found the ad in this magazine:

I am pretty excited!!!  The tutorial is on the Therm O Web blog.  (Click HERE.)  The tutorial for the appliqué shirts and Halloween skirt will be available soon!  


Taylor Swift Concert!!!

We have been waiting for this concert for 9 months!  We got the tickets for Christmas!!  We decided to make RED tie dye shirts (surprised?).  Then we cut stencils out of vinyl and stenciled the shirts to personalize them.  They turned out cute!
This was really late at night with a houseful of company – like the messy kitchen!!

Of course we had to make a sign.  We do love Taylor’s cat Meredith – she is the cutest!

 Yes, we are cheesy!!

 Finally at the Staples Center!!!  I can’t tell you how excited we were!!!


 The concert was AMAZING!!!  In fact, it’s hard to put it into words.  I have been to a lot of concerts and this was the BEST CONCERT EVER!!!  We were so sad when it was over.


Happy 1st Day of School

Today is our first day of Kindergarten!!  I made the teacher a quilted composition book out of apple fabric.  I love this fabric!  I also made her an apple keychain.

 I wrapped it up with 2 containers of sanitizing wipes.  I hope she likes it!!  I know I would 🙂


Apple Keychain Tutorial

It’s that time of year again…..YIKES!!!  I can’t believe the children are headed back to school.  I am such a summer person!!!  I designed this keychain for Therm O Web.   They are super cute and easy to make – you can give them to your teachers or clip them on your child’s backpack!  Click HERE for the tutorial!


Quilt Story!!

Today my Modern Monster Truck Quilt Tutorial is being featured on Quilt Story!!!  


Baby Taggie Quilt Update

I have received many comments and questions about the pattern for these “Taggie” baby quilts. This is by far one of my favorite baby quilt patterns.   I am happy to say I found a free online version that you can download from Robert Kaufman!!  Click HERE to download the patern.

Animal Taggie Baby Quilt

Owl Taggie Baby Quilt


Long Beach International Quilt Festival

We spent Saturday in Long Beach at the International Quilt Festival!  It was my first time ever going and it was so much fun!!!
There were so many fun quilts to ohhhh and awwwww over!  The highlight of the day was finding the “Beyond the Reef” quilting booth where we met designer Natalie Barnes.  Immediately we fell in love with her tropical inspired fabrics and patterns.  (her blog HERE)
This is my daughter and Natalie.  My daughter is totally into Hawaii & fish (notice the homemade Huma huma shirt?)

 My daughter choose this pattern called huki lau – all different tropical fish appliquéd in hawaiian print fabrics!  Can’t wait to get her started on it!!

 We didn’t want to leave the Beyond the Reef booth!  It felt like we had been on a mini vacation!!

We had a little too much fun!  Now I can’t wait to get sewing!!!

This quilt was so much fun to look at!  So much detail!  I think it is of houses and buildings in Switzerland!

My daughter is determined to make her own version of this quilt:

 This was one of my favorites of the day!  I love 30’s prints!  This quilt was beautifully put together!


Girl’s Camp Re-Cap

I just returned from a week at Girl’s Camp!  It’s the best and I did NOT want to come home.  The girls are amazing!!!  We began the camp with an 8 mile hike.  I gave the girls their lanyards and along the hike we stopped and talked about the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion.  Click HERE for the PDF  of these discussions.  Click HERE to see the pins I made for the lanyards to go along with the characters in the Wizard of Oz.

I had painted 2 bricks yellow – get it?  I had the girls take turns carrying these bricks in their backpacks. At the end of the hike we talked about burdens and how Jesus can lighten our burdens.  It was pretty cool!

 The ruby slipper shirts looked cute on the girls!!

 They are the cutest girls!!

Our skit was a modern-day version of the Wizard of Oz.  We had three girls on the Yellow Brick Road who were off to the Temple.  They sang,
“We’re off to see the temple, 
the wonderful temple of God.  
It really is a holy place where we can feel God’s love. 
 If ever or ever a choice there was, 
the temple of God is the choice because, 
because, because, because, because, because…..
Because we are Children of God!” 

 It was really cute.  Along the path they encountered girls who needed Knowledge, Courage, and a broken heart healed.

 At the end of the skit, they all had on their “Ruby Slippers” they made and they sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow while one of the girls played it on the Ukulele.  It was adorable and it made me cry!!

The tie-dye shirts were also a hit!  They were great because I could spot the girls all over camp!!

So much fun!  Now I have to finish unpacking and do LOTS of laundry!!!


Ruby Slipper Handouts

I found these clear plastic “slippers” in the wedding section at JoAnn Fabrics.  They come 24 in a box for about $12.  I used my 50% off coupon so they were even cheaper!

 They measure 3.5 inches.

 I used Rust-Oleum Gloss Apple Red spray paint to turn them all red.

Mix red glitter into white glue.  Paint it on the slipper and then sprinkle more glitter on the glue.
Once they dried, I gave them a coat of gloss Mod Podge to seal the glitter.  

They look just like real Ruby Slippers!!

I wrapped them in cellophane bags and tied this quote from Glinda the good witch:


Quilted Journals

Today at Girl’s Camp I am giving the girls these journals to go along with my devotional.  We are talking about spiritual experiences and the importance of writing them down.  
I made the journals using my tutorial over at Riley Blake – click HERE for the tutorial.

 I tried to make them bright and fun so 16 year olds would like them.  I think they turned out cute!