Posts by Sheila

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Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts for Keeping You Warm From Your Head to Your Toes

Suede slippers, winter warmers, and twisty twirly scar

It seems like lots of people in the blog-iverse are sharing their holiday gift guides right now, and I figured we should too. I personally love getting, and giving handmade gifts. However, as we all know, this is a busy time of year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours on end to devote to making handmade gifts for everyone on my list. So I’m sharing three of my patterns that make great, quick gifts. Any of these projects can be finished in about four hours from start to finish. With the weather getting colder, don’t forget to make a gift for yourself too! Let’s get started!...

An Attitude of Gratitude

It’s no secret that I love to travel. I think I got the bug from my father. Most of my siblings seem to have been infected as well. My first international trip was to Europe when I was in High School. We went to visit my sister and her family while her husband was stationed there. I have always been grateful for the opportunity to travel and see the world. But the more I travel, the more I realize I have so much to be grateful for. I am so very blessed to live in this time and in this place. We are very good at noticing the unusual or...

Jelly Bean Bag Pattern

We introduced Kayla’s Jelly Bean Pillow pattern at the Sewing and Stitchery expo in Puyallup, WA. It has since become one of my absolute favorite patterns. It is also makes a really fun class. I just taught it at the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, OR and I hear the class filled up three days after the schedule went live. If you’d like me to teach a class in your area, let me know. My friend Leona came to help me set up and run the booth at Spring Market in St. Louis. Ever since that day I believe she has been thinking of ways to build on the pattern....

Trick or Treat Tote

As you may have noticed, our goal of adding a new post every Friday has quickly fallen apart. We’re not giving up though! We’ll try again next Friday. Anyway, back to the real reason you’re here. We’re still in Halloween prep mode around here and I decided to make Trick or Treat bags for my granddaughters this year. When my girls were young I sewed a bunch of their costumes. I like to think we all loved it! One year I made ‘bridal dresses’ for both of my girls. The puffiness of those sleeves would have given Princess Di a run for her money. Another year, Kira was Little Bo...

Halloween Placemats

Halloween Placemats

Pat and I moved a lot in the early years of our marriage. One of those moves took us to Colorado where our second daughter (Kayla) was born. However, the real highlight of our time in colorful Colorado was the purchase of our solid oak dining table. This wasn’t just any table though, it starts out as a fairly typical table, but once you put in all the leaves (which conveniently store inside the table itself) it can comfortably seat at least 10 people. Up to this point we had been using a circular metal patio tables given to us by my parents, straight out of their backyard. We were...

Unicorn Baby Blanket

unicorn blanket and Canada fun

It is so hard to believe that summer is almost over and that fall will be here soon. We had such a fun summer! Especially our family reunion in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Over sixty five of us spent a week together in ‘Paradise’. Our home base was the Island Lake Christian Retreat Center, just outside of Fernie, British Columbia, a place I would highly recommend! The best part was: my husband and I got to take our three granddaughters on a road trip with our new trailer through the National Parks of Canada the week prior to the reunion. There was one family that was not able to attend...

Be the GOOD!

Some time last year the Relief Society (women’s group) at our church hosted a Women’s conference with the theme of Be the Good. They had cute little posters around the room where “Be the Good” stood out within the words “Believe there is good in the world.” The keynote speaker was Alissa Parker, a mom whose daughter, Emille, went to Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed by the gunman who entered the school. The entire audience was spellbound and in tears as we listened to her story. I cannot even imagine how incredibly awful that would have been. Somehow she has overcome the tragedy and once again found the good...

Winter Warmers

Sheila using the hat she designed and created

As I travel around the United States for my ‘real job’ with Hewlett-Packard OR just for fun when I visit my kids or my adorable grandkids OR when I am just exploring new places – I am always on the lookout for ideas we could use for new patterns. I found some really soft, super warm and fuzzy hats, scarves and wrist warmers – they were priced at $40 to $50 for each piece – so I thought – why not try to make my own? They were a bit tricky to figure out – and very difficult to describe in words – but I tried – you will find...

Snowman Placemat

We have yet another free pattern! This one is for an adorable winter placemat with a cute little snowman applique. The steps are super easy to follow and it uses our simple sew and flip method of construction. The best part? Once you know the method you can use any fabric and change out the applique so you have a placemat for any occasion. Free Winter Snowman Placemat Pattern The pattern is set up in our traditional downloadable style that is specifically designed to print out nicely on your home printer. If you would like to download the free pattern (with the pattern pieces for the applique) just click here: download snowman...

Salty Starfish Tutorial

Yep, we’re pretty bad about keeping this blog up to date. But as Quilt Market in Houston Texas rolls around yet again so does another free pattern! Two of our new quilts are focused on the ocean: Pirate Posse and Mermaid Marina. We decided that it would be fun to give away a free pattern to go along with these two new quilts: You can find the patterns for Mermaid Marina & Pirate Posse both in downloadable and printed versions, as well as kits in our shop. These quilts use our “sew and flip” and “quilt as you go” methods; which makes these quilts go together surprising quickly.  You build one...