My Caribbean Carnivale Bright Quilt Top

All the bright and crazy colors of the Caribbean combined in a single easy quilt for beginners. Don't like it bright? You can make this from any 6 inch strips.

I love living here in the Caribbean.  The sunshine, the relaxed lifestyle, no income taxes and of course the color. Bright color everywhere.  From the ocean and beaches, to the homes, the beach bars, the tourist attractions, (the tourists themselves!) and the wonderful bright and colorful nature of our islands. … Continue reading

Christmas Baking – December Mug Rug of the Month

OOh this is so 'sweet'. A Christmas baking gingerbread mug rug pattern. I love how the details and icing are created.

There is still time to throw together some quick and easy gifts, and this is a perfect gift to give along with a matching mug and some snacks, or even alone. What a perfect teacher, pastor, or hostess gift. With my December mug rug pattern of the month, I though it would be fun to … Continue reading

Scrappy Christmas Table Mats

Scrappy Christmas Table Mat tutorial. That tree is made up of all the tiniest pieces - how its done is genius!

Dare I confess to having never made a table mat in my life? First time for everything!! Especially if it involves using fabric scraps:) It’s surprisingly easy – have a go:) For one mat you will need: Base fabric Batting Scraps of fabric in greens, shimmery see through fabric, and … Continue reading

How to Make An Appliqué

Applique 101. Easy to follow step by step in lots of details about all aspects of how to make an applique decoration.

Appliqués are shapes or letters with an adhesive on the backside so that they can be applied, using an iron, to everything from clothing, (think adorable initials on Children’s coats, for example) to pillows, to tablecloths. Making your own appliqués is a great, simple, project to do with children and … Continue reading

Christmas stockings patterns, simple and super!

The best free patterns for all sorts, shapes and sizes of Christmas Stockings

I thought Christmas stockings were simple red felt things to hang over the fire. Turns out I was wrong. As usual I was astounded by the creative ways you have been jazzing up your stockings. You really have to scroll through these pictures, just to appreciate the sheer genius, and … Continue reading

Stitch ‘n Swap – a Review

Book review for Stitch and Swap. Book filled with small sewing projects in all sorts of topics for things that you can make as gifts or to sew and swap with others. Details on how to run a sewing swap also included.

This week I had the chance to peruse a review copy of this fun book Stitch ‘n Swap!  The book is full of practical tips for organizing a swap, everything from choosing a theme and putting together a group to setting guidelines and dealing with dropouts. Sew, Give, and Receive. These are the basic … Continue reading

Easy snowflake coasters to sew

Quick and easy snowflake coasters to sew in either fabric or no-sew in felt too. Fun kids activity or ideal hostess gifts too.

We can’t deny it, the holiday season is soon upon us. I’m not planning to sew a lot of Christmassy or winter themed items this year. It’s just not that wintery here in Cayman! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to dot around a few subtle Christmas items around the … Continue reading

November Mug Rug Tutorial – Autumn Harvest

Sew this Autumn Harvest mug rug pattern. Nice for Thanksgiving tables too.

When I think of November, I think of harvest time, pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other vegetables surrounded by leaves and acorns. When I designed the November mug rug, I had all these images floating around in my head. For this harvest mug rug, I chose to use a straight stitch with black thread. … Continue reading