Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice

Hello dear friends! Before we say goodbye to 2017, I wanted to do a little post on my latest project. 
Making table runners like the one below! At first, you'd think it's a complex piece. Right? Not at all! This was one of the quickest 'sews' I've ever done and I'm so excited about it, I just had to share!

The best thing to use are fat quarters for this projects.

You will need to cut 12 - 3 inch squares of fabric choice #1, 
and 12 - 3 inch squares of  fabric choice #2

Cut 12 - 3 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles of fabric choice #3
Cut 12 - 3 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles of fabric choice #4

Draw a diagonal on your 24 three inch squares. Line them up on one side of your rectangle fabric and stitch on the drawn line.

When it comes to cutting, trim a quarter inch from the stitched line, like the picture below.

Press your seams open.

Ooh la la! Love pressed seams!

When you lay your block out like below, it will appear that your seams will not match. After you stitch 2 rectangles together at a time, I promise they will. The 1/4 inch seam is where the compensation takes place. 

See! I told you!

Once your block is stitched, take a coordinating fabric, pulling from your 4 fabric choices and cut 6 - 8 inch squares.

Next, cut them on the diagonal. This will become your four corners, or in the picture below, the cream fabric.

In between your blocks, you can use strips to separate. I think a 3 1/2 inch width is a good size. However, you can make them as wide as 5-6 inches if you prefer. Either way, they will need to be cut the length of 14 1/2 inches, the finished block length. 

Once, your blocks and strips are set and sewn, cut an 11 inch block on the diagonal as well. These become the pointy ends of your table runner. That's it!

Could you believe how quick and simple this is?!?!

I love it, and because of that, I can't stop sewing these blocks!

Last but not least, I'd like to wish everyone a truly very Merry Christmas!
May you celebrate with your loved ones in good health and happiness!

See you all next year!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Aprons, Aprons, Aprons

OH how excited and happy I am that I've been able to enjoy some sewing time! My schedule is slowly returning back to normal which means all of those ideas and works in progress are coming together. The pieces of fabric that have been measured, cut, and ironed were finally stitched to make some really adorable aprons. Ones that I've been longing to complete. Here's a look at some finished products!

Now.... part of me is debating, very seriously, should I start creating patterns for these aprons? Many people are unaware, but I've never used patterns for ANY of my aprons. Always creating from the mind and just having fun, cutting away, there is no "template".  It would be such a delightful thing to have other people share in the constructive process just like I have. What do all of you think? Patterns yeah or neh?

Happy Stitching till next time friends!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Every time I come back to this little space on the Internet, I can't seem to grasp how much has passed since my last visit. Oddly enough, I didn't even get a chance to write a post for September.... & it was such a beautiful month for us!  But here we are at the end October and only weeks away from Thanksgiving!

Even though there is a plethora of things I want to catch up on, I'll try to stick to the basics! My latest project, drum roll please........... my take on a Halloween quilt!

Now I'm figuring that most of you might not even think it's "halloweeny" but I sure do! I see these  colors and for some reason, candy wrappers pop into mind. It's not very large measuring only 40 x 52 inches.

All you need is 2 solid color fabrics and 5 pattern fabrics.

The half square triangles measure 3 inches in size. 

Make 48 half square triangles (hst's) of each patterned fabric with your solid color. 

The purple and white hst's in between the black rectangles were just extras I used to break up the design. There are 20 of these. A complimentary solid colored square would look pretty too! 

The center patterned fabric is a 5 1/2 inch square. Together, they make a finished 10 1/2 inch block. The black rectangles were cut to 3 x 10 1/2 inches for size.  You will need 31 of them.

I'm absolutely thrilled with this one and I think you will be too! Think of the possibilities. Pastels, florals, blue tone quilts...... I can go on and on!


Now, can I get a second drum roll? ............ Capricorn is complete! Taking this lovely pic to get framed later today. The cutest thing was watching my little peanut flip and say "when can you hang it in my room?" 
 I can't seem to get enough of these colors. 
Satsuma Street on Etsy is the place to find this pattern!


Now, time for some sneak peeks! 

Currently inspired by birthday fabric, I knew these fabrics would make the cutest party aprons!

And who doesn't love gnomes???

You can see I'm trying to play catch up with ideas!

On a different note, the end of the year is looking rather busy. With my nursing job taking over more into the 'teacher' role, I'll be preoccupied with a late year class and all the fun "paper stuff" it entitles. So, if you don't hear from me in awhile, I can only hope that when you do, I'll have more projects and ideas to talk about. 

Till next time friends, stay on the happy trails and avoid unnecessary terrain!

Sunday, August 20, 2017


There is a steady, non-avoidable change in the air. The grasses are turning straw green, despite all the rain. Leaves are looking tired from the wind beating on them. And the fruits. They are all about to ripen or have already done so. I love this time of year. Fall is slowly making it's way and even though the girls are heading back to school this week, part of me is excited about the different type of calm that will be arriving. 

Pleasant surprises are continually popping up in the gardens around the house. For example, we had no idea that the lovely succulent we purchased blooms! Look at the gorgeous coral flower!

And.... I assumed I had finally met my batch of bad seeds when I thought I planted cucumbers and wasn't seeing any fruits of my labor.... Then, one day this little guy appeared. 

The next couple of days, I found this acorn squash.

Now, I'm pretty good at labeling all my seeds but I can't understand why one looks like a green pumpkin and the other a squash. Only time will tell. So much for telling my mother it's been a bad summer for cucumbers on our end!

We are just waiting for these to ripen!!


My lovely Moonlight Treaters is complete and framed:) I wanted to share why the cross stitch picture I found on Etsy meant the world when I saw it. 

It completely reminded me of my little witch years ago! All the way down to the skirt!


Here's a tiny sneak peak of a project I just started for the Capricorn in the family! I can't wait to share the finished product. Simply in aww of that color palate. 

And of course we don't stop sewing with our machines! This number was created, literally in a few hours one afternoon, when I was yearning for a second of sewing time. 
Hence, we ate pizza that night and accumulated a new quilt.


And I had to throw in this close-up of the Ironweed that grows along our driveway.
That color is mesmerizing.

Here's to the the paths we pave on our own.

Happy trails till next time friends!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inspiring July

The summer has been treating us well and I hope the same goes for all of you!
We enjoyed a beautiful vacation in Destin, Florida! And what a great feeling it was to watch my girls use one of the strip quilts as a beach blanket:)

The colors of those gulf blues and greens inspired me to dive right into purchasing Amy Butler's Soulmate collection. You can check out more right here! I'm still debating on what to make. Another quilt.... an oversized shoulder bag..... There's too many things I can picture with this stunning and vibrant fabric!

Our garden is producing at a steady pace. I should say, except for the zucchini. The rains came and the zucchini... grew and grew and grew. But that's okay! 
You can find this delicious zucchini bread recipe on Your Cup of Cake. It seems to be the go to recipe of the summer!
The family can't seem to get enough!

And our peach tree has finally taken off after years..... 
I didn't take any measures to protect the fruits from bugs. I never do. Between the girls, chickens, dog, and cats, I never felt like it was necessary. And I don't believe an organic bug repellent exists for fruit trees. So please inform me if it does. These colorful peaches have holes, pits, and spots in more than one place.
Does that matter?
Not when you cut those gorgeous peaches up and make some syrup!

This lovely jar has already been opened to sweeten some tea! I can't wait to use it on some  homemade waffles as well! Yum!

Cut up 3 cups of chopped peaches
Add 1/2 a cup of water
and 2 cups of sugar
Pop in a vanilla bean for added flavor.
Cook on steady heat, stove top, until the fruits begin to get slightly opaque.
That means your syrup is done!

May your summer be filled with all the sweet things!
Happy Trails!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Just like that....

Hello dear friends!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it's a beautiful Sunday morning.

I hope you are enjoying the soon to be summer season. I know we are! The girls are getting bigger & everything is becoming more "go, go, go". "Play dates" have become "hangouts" and just like that, my hubby and I realize how fast time is passing.

On the gardening front....

We've planted simplistically this year. That's the fancy word for "I didn't go crazy with veggies". To be exact, I only got a couple tomatoes, a couple peppers, zucchini, beans and salad. It may sound like a lot but the pics should speak for themselves. The best feeling ~ most were started from seeds!

As for crafting...... Oh how I wish there were more hours in the day. I finally quilted this little triangle top and I can't stop smiling over the way it came out. Let me also mention, how nervous I was sticking it in the washing machine.... A held breath and a delicate hand wash cycle later... I felt it was finally REALLY complete :)  It's almost as if the washing gave it an extra "Umph".

A little note to remember ~ For the double fold binding, the fabric was cut 4.25 inches wide.  It seems to be the perfect width finished!!!

Of course random fabric is getting cut up and I'm playing around with blocks...

Then on a random splurge due to the lovely instagram pics I follow, I've decided to head back to cross stitching for the late summer porch nights! Check it out!

Working on this little picture is such a great feeling! Maybe because it reminds me so much of my girls dressing up as witches for Halloween.

Happy Trails to warmer nights!