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Organizing Paper

In the spirit of decluttering and organization in January, I have stopped everything (but the day job) to clean up my catch-all basket of shame.

Organizing Paper

Well…alright…there was more than one catch-all basket of patterns and ideas and such (I even found the crepe recipe that my son-in-law gave me who knows how long ago! How did that get in there?).

It all started when I realized that I couldn’t find what I was looking for.

Isn’t that how it always starts?

Organizing Paper

Organizing this stuff is hazardous!  I could get sooooo easily side-tracked!

I want to begin something new.

More than one something.

Gotta stay focused!

For fun; here is a photo of one of my poinsettias blooming.  I have two that are several years old.


And, yes…I am so proud that in spite of myself, and living in a northern clime, that these two plants are still doing so well.

Stay Safe!

Quilt On!

Organizing the Blog and the Candace Project

I have not posted in a while, so thought that perhaps I should check in.  

I have been slowly working my way through organizing the blog, and I am not finished yet.  It is taking some time, since I started blogging in 2011, and I don’t have hour after hour to devote to this task.  At least, not hour after hour all in one sitting, since I apparently do have hour after hour to get this done.

My blog is essentially a journal for me, and it has become difficult to find relevant posts when I want to reference, or reminisce a particular past post.

I have deleted a few posts.I have added new tabs to the header, and I have links to relevant posts listed under those tabs.  I don’t know about you, but I think this will work better for me.

And that may be all that matters.

The bow tie leader/ender basket slowly fills:

Bow Ties

The bow ties are pinned in groups of ten, so they will be easy to count when I decide that I have enough for whatever size quilt that I haven’t made a decision upon yet.

I have begun a new project.  There will be no deadline; no rush on this one.  It may take a very long time.

The enlarged photo is a posterized version of my niece, Candace:


I haven’t done an ‘art quilt’ in a long time, and this one has been on my heart for several years. 

Candace was visiting and wanted to learn to bake a pie.  She was thrilled with her first made-from-scratch cherry pie.  A happy memory, and a good one to replicate in an ‘art quilt’!

Fabric Trays and Kallie

Hubby and I adopted a 2 year old rescue cat named Kallie.  


She is a super sweet and playful kitty.  She loves her toys, and she is getting quite a collection.

I decided to corral those toys into a simple little fabric tray.  The tray is small; Kallie can easily get the toy that she wants.

Fabric Tray

And no, she doesn’t put her toys away.  That’s what her owner is for.

The fabric trays are very easy and quick to make, so I made one for my toys, too.

Fabric Tray

If you would like to make fabric trays for yourself, or perhaps a gift for someone (fill it with dark chocolate and I’ll gladly take it off your hands), click here.  The link takes you to my Pinterest where I have pinned a few tutorial variations.

Fabric Tray

You can easily change the size to fit what you want a tray for. 

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

I have been wanting to organize my sewing machine needles for quite some time.

When I saw RipStitcher’s pattern at Craftsy, I knew the time had come!

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

I also received a bonus pattern for the cute little Dumpling Dish.

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

The Bionic Needle Case is an easy project and I made one for a gift, as well as one for myself.  I did add a Velcro closure to mine.

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

The Dumpling Dish was a bit of a challenge for me.  However, it is worth it!  I love how it opens up into a round shape. 

I have Clover Wonder Clips in mine, but it could hold any number of small items.

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

These are cute and useful little items to any sewing studio, and make great gifts!

Collector’s Pins

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.” -Walter Benjamin

Not that I think my memories, that inspired my pin collection, are chaotic.  But the pin stash, all jumbled and tumbled, in a drawer, certainly was chaotic.

So I bought a few six inch artist canvases and created some display boards.

Now I have art! 

Collector's Pins

Two boards display pins from quilt shows that I participated in, or visited.

Collector's Pins

Two more boards display pins of places where I have worked, places that I have visited, or places that my daughter has visited and sent pins to me.

Two boards were not enough for these, but the other pins are pinned on hats.  Now they are all nicely displayed together, but I didn’t take a photo of them.  They are hanging on my bedroom wall.

Collector's Pins

If you look closely at the pins, you’ll see that I haven’t attended a quilt show since 2013 (Thank goodness for the internet!). 

Collector's Pins

I simply layered a piece of batting, and stretched a piece of fabric, over the canvas.  I considered using a print fabric, but thought it would be too distracting for the pins.  I used a staple gun to secure it to the back.  Easy peasy!

Add a colored accent with a little hot glue and ribbon.

Collector's Pins

The quilting and quilt show pins are displayed in my happy space…the sewing studio!

Now if I could just figure out a way to display the show ribbons, instead of having them crammed in a hat box!