A new table runner tutorial

Hi everyone! Guess who I’m hanging out with today? 
(Well, not in real life – I wish! – but in blogland)   
I’m sharing an easy tutorial for a quilted table runner.  
It’s so quick and easy, you can make it in an afternoon.

In other fun things at our house, this is what I discovered on the kitchen table yesterday after I got off the phone with my neighbor. Some nice new Sharpie art work!  Fortunately I had some miracle product that got most of it out.  I totally held my cool, but all threats of discipline were only met with mischevious giggles. Until. . . I put the Webkinz Gecko (stuffed animal) in time out for a couple of days. Then I witnessed great anguish and lamentation.

(Is it mean that I took a picture?)

Post Edit: A couple people asked about the miracle cleaner: Sol-u-mel made by Melaluca. (A neighbor was a distributor.  Took that stuff right out.)  I fully endorse Mr. Clean Magic Erasers as well.  They work wonders getting out crayon too!

Something Green

This past week was my sister’s birthday too. (March is kind of a busy birthday month around here.)  This is my sister closest in age to me. She would prefer to remain anonymous, so I won’t mention any names, pseudonyms, or favorite NBA teams that might give her away.

Here we are on a family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming
When we were little we shared a room, wore matching clothes, played with our ‘babies’, and roamed the neighborhood playing ‘pioneers’ and ‘Little House on the Prairie’ together.
I always associate my sister with the color green.  Part of the reason is that she is the only one in our family with green eyes. Green was also her favorite color. When we were little we each had a cup we used every meal time. Mine was yellow, her’s was green.  My favorite drink was milk and her’s was 7UP because it was green. (Or at least that’s what we thought because it was always in the green bottle or the green cup.)
So for her birthday this year, I made her a green bag.  
I used the pattern from The Wasp Bag tutorial.
the wasp bag
I made a couple of changes, but I love the shape of this bag. It’s been on my “to try” list for a long time. It’s also listed on the DIY Baglover page.
DIY Bag Lover

Have you ever been to this site? It’s basically the motherload of free tutorials for dozens of different bags. Wow.  There are many I want to try.

So thanks J for having a birthday so I could finally try this one! :)

An Extra-Special Vintage Quilt (for an extra-special boy)

Today I want to share one of my very favorite vintage quilts in my possession, in honor of a very special boy. Thirty-something years ago today, quite-possibly the cutest baby boy ever, was born.
See? I told you.
This boy has a really sweet mom too.
And when he got a little older, she made him this quilt.
 As I pulled out this quilt to take pictures, I fell in love all over again.
I love the colors, the fabrics, and the happy little appliqued blocks.
I think the hamburger and hot dog are my favorite.
This quilt is a treasure to me.  When my girls were really little I used to let them play on the quilt and point to the letters, numbers and pictures. I don’t want to let my boys touch it with a 10-foot pole (because I fear the damage they could do), but I guess I should let them at least look at it and tell them about it
I love the little boy with the big blue eyes in the bottom corner.
I also love that boy with big blue eyes now that he’s grown up.
Happy Birthday to my sweetheart!
(Who is still as cute now as he was back then. I know. I’m so lucky.)

Fun in the Post

I’ve had some happy post (mail) recently.
Some expected, some unexpected.
First, I finally got my hands on a Kona color card thanks to Jackie. She has more available and a big selection of Kona fabric.  After buying a pile of Kona, I decided I wanted to be able to match colors. Wow, all that color is so inspiring.  And pretty.
Speaking of pretty, a new issue of Cath Kidston arrived.
Make’s one so excited for Spring.
You can totally get your hands on one of these too (for free) if you go here!
This one was a surprise! My very own pair of Vancouver Olympic mittens! AAHHHH! These were sent by my Vancouver blog-pen-pal, Barb. We first exchanged communication about Mr. Roboto last summer. With the Olympics last month, we chatted more.  She observed my Olympic fanaticism excitement and was so generous.  Many, many thanks again, Barb!
And finally, another fun little surprise from a new friend, Sarah, in the UK.  Whose blog motto is: “A little bit of clutter goes a long way.” lol.  Oh how I relate! She sent, a wonderful shopping bag (I am gathering quite a collection of smart shopping bags from the UK – I am going to be the object of massive jealousy at my local Walmart), a little Union Jack and a package of Jelly Babies, which are long gone.  Thank you British friends for taking pity on my Jelly Babies cravings.  My dentist thanks you too.

March Bee Blocks

March Bee Blocks.
These ones are for Angela. Wow, such fun fabric to play with. (I love seeing what other people pull together.  These fabrics were a fabulous combination of colors and design.)
Angela is an amazing quilter. Also a very generous one.
She has made a bunch of quilts for good causes recently.  
If you haven’t met her before, you can visit her blog here.

These blocks are for a charity quilt Rebekah is putting together for Children’s Village in Detroit.  It was a great project to work on.  I’ve always wanted to try this Maverick Star (link to tutorial).  I was only planning on making 3 blocks, but had so much fun, I couldn’t stop.

I really need to do more charitable sewing. I know it would bless my life. I’m so impressed by all the women I’ve observed doing and making handmade goods for others in need. Sometimes, okay often, I’ve felt guilty that I’m not doing more to ‘save the world.’ (I’m probably not the only woman who feels this way.)  I have to step back and remind myself that “feeding the hungry and clothing the naked” applies to my own children as well – because they are often both hungry and naked.

Still, it is absolutely inspiring what good in the world can be done by the “small and simple” efforts of women everywhere giving a little something extra. Here’s to more of it!

It’s National Quilt Day

 1. Tokyo International Quilt Festival, 2. Munki Munki Quilt top finished, 3. sunny tied quilt, 4. bento box, 5. tiny ticker tape, 6. Georgia’s Quilt, 7. Half Hexagon Quilt, 8. Scrappy log cabin quilt: Front, 9. vintage inspired quilt, 10. This End Up quilt, 11. a neapolitan zig zag baby quilt, 12. Halloween Quilt, 13. double hourglass~ the quilt top!, 14. The Color Block Quilt, 15. scrap-quilt, 16. Ticker Tape Quilt, 17. merry minnie muu doll quilt, 18. Ben’s Quilt Top, 19. Quilt for the crib, 20. Plain Spoken Quilt, 21. Colour Wheel Quilt, 22. Hexagon Baby Quilt, 23. Spotted Quilt Top, 24. ava coin quilt, 25. Birds & Blooms baby quilt

Happy National Quilt Day!
(No, I did not make up this holiday.)
I am off to pay this holiday the respect it is due.