"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, November 15, 2021

Scrap-Happy November 2021

 Scrappy sewing happened this past month on several projects. 

First up was using up 12 FQ's (they count as scraps in my stash because I rarely use them) that had been in my mom's stash for the backing of the memory quilt that I'm making my dad for Christmas.  

These were cut into 16" squares so there will be more from the scraps coming at a future date.

I've been working on a custom order of cardholders for cards that are approximately 2" by 3" in size.   The cards are for a Bible verse memory class and come in 5 sets of 12 verses.   I was asked to make little cases that would hold a set of the verses....and there are 25 people or so taking the class.  I used 5 different remnant of cotton upholstery fabric to make the holders.   Letters were embroidered on them so the ones who bought them would know what set was in which one.
3 of the 5 sets of holders here.
And finally, a little zippered tote bag for the gal who is leading the Bible Study that the cardholders were made for.   She wanted something that would hold her books and her set of the cardholders.  

Bag was made from one of the plaid scraps leftover, and the final 4" WOF piece of the grey that I had used as lining for the plaid cardholders.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Scrap-Happy October 2021

The house has been sold, and 99% of of what I own is now in storage which leaves me with not a lot of things to sew on till I can find a job and get a place to live on my own again.
I did however find a bit of room to bring the scraps of shirts that had been used to make memory bears back in 2019.   I'm planning to take and use these to make 4 memory quilts from them.   Here is the first one of them.

Not the greatest of pictures for some reason.   Quilt is made from 6" squares of plaid shirts, and alternate string-pieced WOW's and COC's.

The shirtings even have the sleeve plackets and buttons on several of the blocks.


1. One job interview has been had, and another is scheduled for the morning of the 15th.

2. For friends who allow me to stay with them while I job hunt and work to help my dad out here in Phoenix. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy September 2021

This month has been hectic with trying to get ready for putting my stuff into storage and getting ready to relocate, at least temporarily at this point.  As a result there wasn't a lot of scrappy sewing this month.    

did manage to get these 4 bowl cozies made up for an order.  The star wars cozies were made from the leftover fabric from a commissioned star wars quilt.   the kitty ones were made from fabrics left over from the zillion face masks I made last year.

Check out what everyone else has been working on this past month - 

Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Moira (me!), SandraChris, Alys, Kerry, Claire93, Jean, Jon, Hayley, DawnGwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, NoreenBear, Carol, Edi, Preeti, Jule (NEW)

1. Both storage containers fit on my driveway with room for me to still park there.  

2. For the friends who have said they'll help me get the containers loaded and ready for storage.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy August 2021

Life hasn't been dull around my place this month with the house first going on the market and then selling in a weeks time.    It closes on the 19th (with a month leaseback) so packing is well underway for me at this point.   And I'm still working on commissioned stuff as well.  

But I did manage to find a little time to do some work with scraps.    

First thing up was getting my wall-hanging for the 2021 Art Quilt challenge finished up.    All fabrics were either from scraps or remnants except for the background fabric of the quilt front.  

Backing and binding were made from more remnants.
And my month was finished out by making these blocks from the remnants of sweatshirts that i'd cut blocks out of for my moms memory quilt that will be my dad's Christmas gift this year.   These blocks were topped by pieces that I'd either made or that she had made/saved.  

These are now put up with the rest of the blocks (12 all total) for me to work on at a later date.

Be sure to check out what everyone else has been doing this month.


1. The house sold in only 6 days and above asking price.

2. That I've been able to make a good start in getting things packed up and ready to go into storage.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Starting Christmas Gifts Early -- 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

 This year is very topsy-turvy to say the least for me.   7+ months of unemployment, selling the house so that I don't lose it (and having no idea of where I'll end up at this point), trying to find a new job.....and so on.   I know I'm not alone in going thru things like this, there are many who are going thru this and far worse.  

Christmas isn't that far off so I'm starting to work on simple Christmas gifts that can be packed and easily carried with me if most of my things end up in storage for an extended length of time.    And because the budget is tight this year, I'm working making all the gifts that I can.

Bowl cozies and potholders are the first things I'm currently working on.   

The basic bowl cozies take 2 - 10" squares of fabric and I use 2 - 9.5" squares of the wrap-n-zap batting per cozy that I make.     These will fit up to a 6" diameter bowl.   

If you've never made one before, here is a good Bowl Cozy Tutorial to show you how to make them.  One thing you want to remember as you choose fabric for cozies, make sure there is no metallic paint on them especially if they will be used in the microwave.

For more interesting cozies, orphan blocks can be used to liven up your cozies.  A 10 inch finished block makes a perfect sized cozy.     If you've got 12" finished blocks that you'd like to use, then cut the batting at 11.5" and make like you would using 10" squares.   This size will allow you to use them with bowls from 8" to maybe 9" in diameter.
let your imagination loose if you decide to make bowl cozies for gifts!

And don't forget to check out the remaining bloggers in the hop as they post about Christmas in July.

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

1. For this being a seller's market right now in real estate, hopefully that will make it easier for me to get my house sold quickly and for a good price.  

2.  For being able to get through the commissioned items that are in the queue at the present time.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy July 2021

Lots of scrappy work going on around my house as I try to get things ready to get the house ready to go on the market this week.  (Photos coming on Friday, and going live either Saturday or Sunday.)

First there were three filled gallon sized zippered bags of scraps that went to a friend.   They will ultimately end up give to her mom who has dementia and loves to look at lots of fabrics.
Next up was taking a 2 gallon bag of black solid scraps, many of which I've had bagged up for years since I last made scrub tops.   

There were 10" squares already in the scraps and a few larger pieces that I left as is.   Then I trimmed the rest down to 5", 4.5", 3.5" and 2.5" squares, and a couple 2.5" wide strips.   
Next up was using pieces of fabric left over from prior orders of bowl cozies for another commissioned order.   2 more bowl cozies, and then 3 sets of 2 potholders.   Remnants were used for the reverse sides of all pieces.
The next project was another commissioned item - a zippered pouch for a good friend.  This was made with strips of fabric that had been leftover from a couple of the blocks I made in last years row by row quilt.  A scrap piece of black was added to the bottom of the pouch for the bottom.  Lining and batting used in it were also scraps.  
The pouch was made with a boxed bottom to it.
Two bowl cozies were made for another commission from orphan blocks made from the scraps from a long ago project.  Fabric on the reverse side side was from a remnant in the stash.
This commission was to personalize two towels for high school kids of a friend from church.  The fabrics were from remnants.   Names were cross-stitched on scrap pieces of aida cloth and the threads used were threads leftover from years worth of kits worked on over the years.  

1. The house is looking a lot neater as I clean, toss, and pack things up.

2. For the blessings of friendship