I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2 Weeks...

of kitchen towels!
I had a blast working on these colorful and useful towels on my retreat.
13 are shown here and 5 more were given away to friends. I found strawberry, cherry, retro kitchen, camping and chicken fabrics. Do you see the first one in the second row? I got that fabric at an ugly fabric swap. I immediately thought of Dunkin Donuts. The motifs look like doughnuts and it is their signature orange/magenta colors.
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I embroidered one with chickens, but mainly they are plain for hand-drying. I love having a stash of these, since we use them every day! My favorite is the black/white chicken print with the black towel. That fabric is from the Urban Zoologie line.  The strawberries and camping fabrics are from a destash group.
I have several yards of the mixed fruits on black. It was a giveaway at my Quilt Guild. I love that one! I seems to pick up retro kitchen fabrics whenever I see them. 
 I'm still working on 2 big quilts from the retreat. I'll share the other one next time.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Linny's Pinafore Pattern on SALE!

Linny's Pinafore Pattern is on SALE this week!! It is school vacation week here, which means only 6 weeks till SUMMER!! Get it on Etsy for only $6 this week (ends Friday 4/29)
Promo Code: SPRING

This is a sweet summer pinafore! I made it of aqua seersucker with lime rick rack, ties, and pocket.

The pocket has an embroidered seahorse and is also trimmed with lime rick rack.

This pattern is very versatile. Make it simple or loaded with ruffles and lace!

See lots of examples on my Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mommysapron/patterns-embroideries-by-mommys-apron-strings/

Thursday, April 21, 2016

55 Hours...

21 Friends...
3 Quilts...
15 Kitchen Towels...
3 Days...
12,000 Calories...

That is a quilting retreat for you! I spent last weekend at an inn having an excellent time sewing, eating, and a little bit of sleeping! I had so much fun chatting while we sewed. This was a new location for my Guild and it had a large room with lots of space and light! The meals were included and were fabulous. We would sew between meals and you never felt hungry before it was time to go to the dining room again!

This is one of the quilt tops I worked on. I had started these blocks last Fall, but they sat unfinished. I competed all 100 8" blocks and they are sewn together in rows. Here they are just laid out, but you can see the diamond illusion of the blocks. The light/dark pattern is what causes this effect! I am hoping this will be King size with borders.

I also made this mini quilt. My Guild is doing an Alphabet Challenge and I got letter D. I decided to do a Dress and the D is Dotted. Isn't it Darling? We had to bind with black, so I added the magenta rick rack to set it off. I can't share the whole alphabet yet- but maybe later!

Here's the place we stayed and sewed!

This is a waterfall I saw on the way home!

My computer has been freezing, so I haven't been able to post. Hope to be back soon!!!