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Gypsy Girl for My Gypsy Girl

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Gypsy Girl for My Gypsy Girl

I finally finished binding this quilt. I bought the fabric last year, or maybe the year before? I pieced it this March and now it’s finally bound! My daughter chose the fabric, the pattern (which she found in A Baker’s Dozen: ¬†13 quilts from jelly rolls, layer cakes, and more), and placed each piece; and I sewed it all together.

Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury Fabric

The fabric is Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury. It literally made my heart ache with it’s beauty–and, also, I regret not purchasing more fabric. I would love to cover my couches and dining room chairs with this fabric. Maybe even make some drapery, or sundresses in every print. Ha!

I woke my daughter up and chased her into the yard with her new quilt, so I could get a photo before we had to run off to vacation Bible school. We were both in our jammies, and while taking the picture we heard our neighbor’s car start up. My girl is a new teenager, and the thought of being seen outside in her jammies by the boys next door drove her to wrap herself in the quilt. I hurriedly snapped the photo and we both darted safely into the house unseen.

IMG_1035What shall I do with myself now? I’m sure I’ll find something! Have a wonderful week!

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A Relaxing Sunday View

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A Relaxing Sunday View

This is my view from my seat today. I’m in my craft room. I scrapbook, sew, and teach my daughter here. Today, I’m learning more about gardening through You Tube. Just thought I’d share a picture of a few things I learned to do from the Internet. I am learning to quilt. I have eight quilts under my belt and I was still having trouble matching seams. I found a tutorial from Moda Bakeshop which resulted in the quilt top you see.

I painted chevrons on my wall with paints leftover from the other rooms in my house. I saw a tutorial on painting chevrons on Pinterest. There was too much measuring and math in it, so I just eyeballed it and used painter’s tape. It only took a few hours and it was so much fun to do.

The artwork is made up of hundreds of butterflies I punched from paper. I saw it pinned on Pinterest, but I think the original came from Etsy. I hope you’re enjoying your day and learning something new!IMG_1819.JPG

A Thing of Beauty

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I’ve had a very busy two weeks. So much so that I haven’t kept up with the housework, yard work, or gardening. I have been feeling generally harassed by life. Today, even though the bathrooms need a good scrubbing and the woods are threatening to retake my yard, I decided to make something.

I am a new quilter. I have two quilts and one table runner under my belt. My daughter needs a bag to tote her stuff to and from ballet, so I decided on this little project. I found the directions on You Tube by a woman named Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Her tutorial made everything so easy. I’ve made a few other bags and have always struggled with comprehending the instructions. I suspect they have Chinese nationals writing all instructions that come with sewing patterns. I think it’s another little way they’ve found to mess with us (ha, call me a conspiracy theorist). This tutorial was pattern free (hooray!) and used up some of my scraps. It took me about four hours and the results amazed me.

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. ~ Keats

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