A Pair of Notion Bags

I made a bag for a friend who shares my love for chocolate lollipop fabrics.

I use my bag to hold my sewing tools and notions in.

She fell in love with it when she saw mine at our quilting retreat this summer, so she requested one for herself.

She sent me a big stack of fabrics, so I thought it would be cool to make this into a trade. She sent me some fabulous dots and basics that I’ve never seen before, so I’m excited to find creative ways to incorporate these fun prints into my stash.

With my busy work schedule these days, it’s been awhile since I’ve done any sewing, so I was pleasantly surprised when this bag took me a little more than an hour to make. Relieved I still remember how to sew!

Getting Caught Up

I’ve been working hard the past week to get caught up. First on the list, I made a set of art cards for week 27 to remember my road trip to a quilting retreat.

I spent a good part of last week picking raspberries from our garden, getting about a pint each day.

I think I have over 2 quarts so far, and there’s probably another quart to be picked.

I made raspberry jam over the weekend, which I haven’t done in ages. I added a handful of strawberries that were getting a little old and mushy. Man, I can’t believe how much jam I have now! Guess I’ll be eating more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or making scones to spread raspberry jam on.

I’m SO happy I finally finished my chocolate lollipop quilt, after piecing it in Spring 2010 for Randi’s quilt-along.

I don’t know why I procrastinated doing free motion quilting on it because I love how it turned out. It measures 48 inches wide by 62 inches tall.

I’m surprised I even managed to finish the binding already, since I have three other quilts waiting for the binding to be handsewn to the back.

So these highlights are represented on my art cards for the week.

I copied the illustration style of Michelle‘s gorgeous strawberry card because I loved the look and because she always inspires me! It felt good do be drawing and painting again, since it’s been over a week that I’ve worked on any art projects. For my other card, I used a scrap piece of fabric and the selvage to record my new favorite quilt accomplishment.

I have so many project ideas I want to work on, but I also want to get caught upon my unfinished projects so I can move on.

Chocolate Lollipop Scrap Inventory

I found a few moments of free time recently, so I decided it would be fun to take inventory of my highly treasured chocolate lollipop scrap stash.

It was so fun to lay them out like this to see what I have in each print. By the way, these are just my scraps! I do have larger pieces in my fabric stash.

Since I am terrible at using scraps from my fabric stash, I dove right in and pieced together some patchwork. I think these might end up being a pencil case for art supplies or maybe a notebook cover.

You know me, I love the chocolate lollipop fabric collection designed by Anna Maria Horner back in 2007! I love the bright colors. I love the whimsical designs. I love the name  – chocolate lollipop. Who wouldn’t want to have a chocolate lollipop? Makes me want to run out to the old fashioned candy store to get one. Right now.

Gorgeous Goodies

A couple weeks ago, I left a comment on my friend Cindy’s blog. She was having a giveaway, but what I was more interested in were the gorgeous photos her husband Mark took. They live in northern California and he took several photos of the stunning valley fog that looked like he was above the clouds.

Cindy and Mark appreciated the fact that I paid more attention to his photos than her freebies. To be honest, I didn’t want any freebies. I love taking pictures, so I wanted them to know how impressed I was with those amazing photos.

To express their appreciation, they sent me a surprise package containing some gorgeous goodies.

Mark makes beautiful fused glass items, including bowls, plates and platters, even jewelry. And they sent me this beautiful bowl! It has a cool basketweave pattern in a warm amber color.

They also sent me this stunning necklace. It’s in colors I love so I will likely be wearing this ALL.THE.TIME!

Oh yeah, I almost forget, Cindy couldn’t resist putting some fabric in the package that she knew I would love. Maybe she thought the fused glass items needed more padding, so a little chocolate lollipop would do the trick.

Thank you so much, Cindy and Mark! I cherish your kindness and generosity. I am so honored you shared your creative talents with me!

I Found Some UFOs

Guess what – I have some UFOs! I forgot that I haven’t finished quilting this pillow yet.

I now have three quilt projects lined up to make.

The first one is Randi’s quilt-along project.

I cut these fabrics into 4-1/2 inch by 7-1/2 inch rectangles a couple months ago to make another quilt but I didn’t like the way it looked, so I put them back in my closet for another inspiration to appear.

Then I saw Randi’s quilt-along project, and decided that was just the right project. The cutting measurements for Randi’s quilt-along project call for 3-1/2 inch by 7-1/2 inch rectangles, so mine will be a little bit bigger. Close enough for me!


I ordered some Kona cotton in Snow, which I cut into the 4-1/2 inch squares to go in between each rectangle. I still love the chocolate lollipop fabrics, so I’m looking forward to working on this project.

The second one is Anina’s 3-by-3 swap I participated in last summer, where we swapped 9-patch blocks for three months. I need to add white sashing to join these blocks, which I think I have about 48 to assemble.

The third one is this Little Gems pattern I bought from Anina, which is a pinwheel block, my latest love. I haven’t made any pinwheel blocks, and I love these fabrics and colors, so this one is going to be fun too.

Little Gems by twiddletails.

I have the fabrics cut for each one of these projects, so I am ready for some piecing.

I love having several quilt projects lined up. Until I can get to these, I continue to keep busy making new products to fill up my shop.


I am excited to share my progress for the week, so please be impressed. I get so easily distracted by lots of creative ideas of things to make, so I’m happy when I finish what I originally set out to do.

First, I finished my red wonky star mini quilt.red wonky start mini Q

I really like making these mini quilts because they are quick and also a great way for me to practice my machine quilting.

Backing for Red Wonky StarI love how these look for the holiday season! Not sure yet where I’ll put these; maybe just hang them at my desk at work, since it’s so drab there.

green-red wonky starsI like these so much that I started another set for a gift for someone.

more xmas wonky starsI made lots of progress on my fall table runner too!

fall table runner ready to be quiltedI pieced it, sandwiched it, and now it’s ready to be quilted. I haven’t decided whether to do a free motion design or random wonky lines. I am even ready with the binding.

binding for fall table runnerMy goal is to finish this table runner on Sunday because today I have to make chili, cornbread, and cookies for our Halloween party tonight. Happy Halloween everyone!

A Wonky Star

I have always wanted to try making a wonky block, but I just couldn’t make time in September to join in the wonky log cabin quilt-along. I’ve also been admiring the cool wonky star blocks I see out on flickr. I think I’m drawn to them because they are so whimsical.

wonky star mini quilt

I made one block with some of my favorite fabrics, quilted it and attached binding for a mini quilt.

Back of wonky star mini quilt

I used this tutorial, which was very easy and quick. I think this might make a fun gift, which can be hung on the wall, used as a hot pad or table decoration. I’m keeping this one!

Candy Quilt

Remember the patchwork I was working on last week?

I finished the piecing and border of my new quilt top with the chocolate lollipop fabrics for the patchwork and quilting solids for the borders!

Candy quilt top

I think it looks like a bowl of candy so I’m calling it my candy quilt.

I couldn’t finish it this weekend because I didn’t have a piece of batting big enough and because I had homework for my design class.  I have the binding ready to attach but it will have to wait until next weekend.

binding for candy quilt

I would like to stipple this quilt, but I still haven’t figured out how to attach the free motion quilting foot onto my machine.  I could also do some kind of grid and use the walking foot, which would be safer since I haven’t tried stippling yet.

candy quilt top

It makes me happy just looking at this piece of patchwork in it’s unfinished stage, so I can’t wait to use it!

My Weather Wish

The weather in Wisconsin often dictates our weekend plans. This weekend we were hoping to go hiking again and to our favorite pub for lunch. But it was overcast and rainy for two days. Know what that meant? I worked non-stop on sewing projects! Here’s my to-do list:

Finish sewing the binding on this crayon roll in Farmers Market fabrics from the October 2008 issue of the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine:

Done.  I think this turned out so cute! Makes me want to go color.

Finish sewing this chocolate lollipop tote using a pattern by Film in Fridge:

Done. Great tutorial, by the way. This one is a little bigger than the other totes I’ve made, but I think I can fill it quite easily. (wink wink)

This project was not on my list, but the fabric was cut and ready to be sewed together, so I also finished making two more pillowcases. I love how these turned out! This project makes me want to lounge in bed longer!

Because I’m only 5’5″, I always have to shorten new pants, so I have these two pairs that need to be shortened before I can wear them for work, which I really hate doing, which is why this one cannot be checked off my list yet (darn it):

Sometimes I secretly wish the weekend will be rainy like this so I can spend it in my sewing room. Got my wish this time!