January 29, 2013

Snippit Bag and Wallet

Well, today has been quite productive. Aside from an interview this afternoon, I have finished my Snippit Bag and made a wallet.
I purchased this Snippit Bag kit in Galena a few years ago (ok, many years ago) while on an outing with my mother-in-law. She made hers up straight away - I did not. I came across the kit while organizing/cleaning and thought, "Why not, I'm embroidering and have snips of scrap Everywhere!"
When I get my hand on some sand the small bag on the table will be filled (acting as a counter-weight for the bag) and function as a needle cushion. The bag portion is to keep my scraps and strings out of my couch, off the floor, and off the table!      Brilliant!
 I found this beautiful Horse fabric at  Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop in Orangeville, IL last week - I just had to make something. . or a few things. This little wallet is perfect. (I'm working on a purse to match)
The piecing was super easy, quick and fun.

On my next one I will discover a better way to deal with the outside edges. I may use quilt binding but I fear the edges would turn out too bulky. Trial and Error - that is the name of the game.

January 28, 2013

Hibernating in Good Spirits: Laptop Cover ScrapQuilt

Here it is, almost the end of January 2013, and I'm hibernating along with the horses.
In the grand scheme of things I am holding out for a wonderful career opportunity to make things better for others in this crazy world of ours.

In the meantime, I quilt, cross stitch, and embroider!

This is my hard-cover, zip-up, table-like cover.  FINISHED!!!
I researched how to make a laptop book-like cover and found instructions to be a bit confusing. So, I measured my laptop and jumped right in. It turned out to be 'making-it-up' as I go kind-of project. These, I have found, are the best!
I began with muslin and scrap quilting, hardboard, and a prayer - this is what developed.

I would have added more embroidery but, my fingers hurt and I have plans for other projects! :) Onward and Upward!

January 3, 2013

Saying Farewell to 2012

Well, It has been quite some time since I had a few moments to post. . . so here it goes:
2012 Was a GOOD year!

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree this past December.
My eldest daughter is doing well in the south.
My eldest son is doing great at Northwestern University (he's just finishing up his 2nd year).
My youngest son has graduated from tech school in the United States Air Force and has just received his first station - he will be leaving for England within the month.
My husband continues to be the glue and support for all in the family.

Our horses are doing great, unfortunately they are hibernating at the moment awaiting warmer weather so we can play.

The dogs are healthy and doing well. They have taken to the barn life quite well.

2012 will remain an important year for many of us - but now, we must Carry On and Make 2013 even BETTER!!!!!!