Block #2 and another Give Away!!         SEW SWEET SIMPLICITY BLOG HOP!

Here is the photo of my “Sew Sweet Simplicity” Block #2.  I love these little flowers.  I’m not loving my little aqua flower on my block.  I may do it over again.  The petals just aren’t rounded enough.  My mind was on other things when I did this particular block and I wasn’t focusing enough on my work.  :(  I’m duly ashamed.

I thought I’d show you my favorite applique notions.  The bobbins of thread are from Superior Threads and I love these!  They are so handy to carry around for hand applique.  You generally don’t use a lot of thread to applique with so why buy tons of different colors of large spools when you only need a little bit of lots of different colors.

Then there’s my marking tools – the Water Erasable Marker and a white chalk pencil.  A small scissor, the needle threader (a life savor for me!), and finally – the perfect tiny applique pins by Clover.



I hope you all are having a wonderful time making the blocks!  There’s still time to join Jacquelynne Steve’s “Sew Sweet Simplicity” block series!

And here’s the Giveaway For November!  Leave me a comment on how you chose your fabric colors!  Please make sure you leave your email so that Jacquelynne can contact you with the winning PDF files if you win!


These two tree patterns are just perfect for the quilt lover!  What a great Christmas gift – to give as a kit, or already sewn and quilted!  The patterns were designed by Cindi Edgerton from A Very Special Collection.

“Tall Trim The Tree” –  This tree could be just the right size for smaller homes. Roll it up for easy storage. To decorate, hang ornaments on 25 buttons that embellish the quilt. Finished size is 26-3/4in x 76-3/4in. includes tissue paper foundations to make two trees. Great to use for a Christmas Holiday project.  Use the Holiday and Mini Quilt Collection foundation pieced pattern to make the ornaments!  How about hanging this one on the front door?

“A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree” – This smaller version of our popular Tall Trim the Tree is perfect for smaller spaces. Or perhaps for an office or child’s room. Decorate with buttons to hang a few of your favorite ornaments. 17in x 41in. Includes tissue paper foundations to make two trees.  Use Cindi’s “Lynn’s Pins” foundation pieced pattern to make the 2″ ornaments!  This ornament package makes 45 pins or ornaments.

Now – why not make the “Shorter Tall Tree” for bedroom doors with the small ornaments in lots of different seasonal prints and colors!  Keep the tree up all year around and decorate it for spring, summer, in patriotic colors, pinks and reds, and fall colors.

Add ornaments every day and use it as an Advent Calendar!


Block of the Month

Both of the Free Mystery Block of the Month patterns, and finishing instructions, are now available for download.

Again, we are very sorry for the inconvenience of having them post late.  We’ve been looking for a different blog host and new blog program.  Thanks for your patience!


I am so sorry to those who have tried to subscribe to my blog recently and have not been able to.  I upgraded my iPad IOS feature and it messed my pages up royally.  My husband has been trying to fix my pages, and so has our son.  If it’s not one thing – it’s Continue reading →

The time has come! Yay! I’m so excited for all of us!  The first block of the “Sew Sweet Simplicity” Blog Hop is now available on Jacquelynne Steve’s – The Art of Home website – www,  If you haven’t already downloaded the material supply list you can still do that.


Haven’t already signed up?  There’s still time!

Here is my Block #1 – it was so much fun to make!  I almost forgot the poor dragonfly’s antennae before I shot my photo – geesh!  I’m doing hand applique which is my favorite evening TV time hand work.


I love my fabric choice which is totally not me.  I’m a folkart, vintage type fabric collector.  But when I saw this line of fabric it really made my eyes light up and I grinned from ear to ear!  It’s called “Dynasty” from Timeless Treasures.  Pretty, eh?

I’ve had my blocks done for a while now, and can’t wait to assemble the whole quilt!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more photos and drawings!



Martin Morgan!  Winner of the “Sew Sweet Simplicity” gift drawing – please use the Contact Me tab at the top of this front page to leave me your email address.  Congratulations!


October 24, 2014

I’ve started really narrowing down my searches on Pinterest for quilting items I’m interested in.  Do you do “Pinterest”?  If not – you may want to consider just getting into it and playing around.  Why?  Well, to be honest, at first I couldn’t figure out what Pinterest was all about and what it would do for me.  I know I should be interested in it more for my business – spreading the word of my blog, getting my patterns out there, and so on.  But I find that there are loads of free quilt patterns available to download on Pinterest.  Also lots of free quilt block ideas, and free quilting stencil designs you can download.

There are a lot of quilting designers that share one or two of their patterns for free so that you’ll peruse their blogs or websites.  It is a LOT of fun checking all the sites out – be warned – you’ll be swept up for hours if you let yourself!  Just play around on Pinterest.  Click on the “PINTEREST” button at the right of this front page to get to my Pinterest page and my different fun categories.  That’ll sure get you started!


New Notions!

It’s Houston Quilt Market this weekend!  That means there is going to be a lot of new quilting notions, patterns, books, and fabric coming onto the scene over the next couple of months.  I always love seeing what the next newest “must have” notion will be, and what the upcoming pattern fads will be coming down the line.  I discovered these new notions!

The “Ladybug Essentials Sewing Caddy” by Smartneedle is a cool idea!  There is a suction cup on the back to attach it to your sewing machine.  The bug holds your scissors, then up to six sewing bobbins, and the front is pincushion!  Cute!   The three piece scissor set isn’t new, but I think it’d be so cute to have this set all together at your sewing space.  The set is from Madeira and there is a 4″ scissor, tweezer, and a thread cutter.


How about a “Wrist Cushion for Wonder Clips”?  What a neat idea!  And the Wonder Clips from Clover come in new colors too.


Judy Niemeyer’s newest line of fabric “The Reclaimed West” by Timeless Treasures is due out the middle of November.  It’s beautiful, and subtle, which impresses me.  I’m showing just a couple of the prints here.  I love that the line of fabric isn’t the typical western cowboy and bandana look with bright prints.  There is so much that one can do with these prints.


Today I found the line of patterns also called “The Reclaimed West” by Judy Niemeyer with Clothworx.  “Cattails in the Meadow” is a special release.  Below is also “Country Picnic”.  There are nine beautiful patterns in the collection.


October BOM

Finally! Right?  Both of October’s Free BOM blocks are now available for download!  Yay!  November will be the finishing instructions.  Again – thank you for your patience! Barb