Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Humble Step Forward

Well, when I decided to go ahead and open a little shop, I didn't count on one thing in particular...

and that is that putting the things you make up for sale makes you feel almost...


I miss summer!

Destashing is not as intimidating!!
All these things are now listed at The Dropped Bobbin.
Hope you are all warm and well.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

In with the New!!!

Happy New Year!!
I (finally) just opened my own very own Etsy shop, The Dropped Bobbin.  So far I have listed the few patterns that I had previously posted on instagram.   Right now it is a plain little corner of the web, but I am hoping to grow!  Soon I will be listing some baby quilts, and a crocheted afghan.  Also thinking of listing some vintage milk glass at some point in the future.  But for now, here is a small sample of what you will find:

Also, joining Leasa in Sew My Stash 2015.  Going to operate on a use it or lose it basis this year!!
Hope you all take a minute to check out my shop now and then as I add to the store!



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with the Old

Destash-ing some patterns over on Instagram.  Hoping to clear out a little elbow room and be more clutter free in the new year.  

Praying you all have fun, and stay safe tonight!



Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Teen Son's Quilt

So I finished this quilt way back in September.  It immediately vanished into the depths of the lair.  Today he had somewhere to be, and I offered to wash his sheets and quilts.  He isn't my first teen, and I have learned to be sly!
The quilt is about 72" by 96".  Plenty to wrap like a burrito in....which is what he does.  I have the block pattern pinned somewhere on my quilting Pinterest board.

It was a windy fall day to be trying to photograph a quilt!  I straight lined quilted to make a cuddly quilt.  I love how it drapes.  The bright orange binding finished it up nicely. 

Used up a lot of leftover fabric on the back.  Fabrics with a sport theme just linger in the scrap bin; better to use them now.  My boy likes them better than I do anyway.

I had four blocks that had been test blocks.  Love them, but didn't really need a whole quilt of them.  Before Treasure and I left for our trip to Houston, I practiced some FMQ on them with Violet my Singer 201.  I am rusty!!

Long story short, Treasure's business trip to Houston just happened to coincide with Houston's International Quilt Festival!  I had been wanting to try out a Juki, and I got the opportunity.

Treasure likes a good deal, so we took advantage of the show special! 

Last night I practiced using the knee lift and the thread cutter.  Love!!  I finished up these two pouches zippy-quick.  The Juki handled the zippers like butter.
Hoping to try out some FMQ today!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Crazy As Ever

Well, on my last real post I was working on this quilt.  It has been finished for a long time.  This twin size double hour glass quilt made with moda Hunky Dory was a love gift for a VIP.  I used a jelly roll and some kona solids for the top.  I also ended up finding a good deal on one of my favorite prints in the line, so about three quarters of the backing is that.  The other backing piece is a print of a girl's I can't show the back.  The simple straight line quilting makes for a drape-y, cuddle-y quilt!

I chose one of the brighter Hunky Dory prints for the binding.  

As for the social media silence...well, lets say when I think about all that has taken place in my life the last year...I feel like that quilt roll!!  It has been good to take a break and focus on simplifying life around me.

The flip side is that when I try to remember what I have sewn, I can't remember much.  In truth, I have sewn much less.  My family needed me.  For now, I am going to try to post more often.  Instagram is easier, so if you are curious about the craziness that goes on'll be more likely to find me there.

I have thrown caution to the wind and tried my hand at a quilt for a teen age boy.  Yikes.  Florals and bright cheerful colors are my thing.  There is no purple to be seen.

All that fuzz is batting from quilt wrestling...honest!

This is to be quilted with drape-y, cuddle-y straight line quilting as well.  I have only about a quarter of the gray boxes done, and little sewing time in sight.  Most of that is my own fault...I have been sneaking in projects on the side.  I am trying to open up an Etsy shop for  some smallish quilts that I have made and some crafty items I want to de-stash.  Later I hope to add some hand crochet goodies.

I'll get that going just as soon as I wrap my noggin around how to predict postage!  (Thanks for the tips Amy!)  If you have an Etsy store and the time, I would love any practical advice you could share!!



Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Well, it has been a whirlwind summer for me, with 4-H and several new endeavors for my family.  Trying to get our house fixed up to sell, or live in...whichever The Lord shows us is best has been very time consuming as well.  Today, the house is mostly clean, laundry is running, and I am hoping for some quality, quilty time with this quilt.  (Just as soon as I quit drinking coffee and actually get showered.)
Really, it is mostly done.  Still waiting on the binding fabric to arrive, so I might just have time to cut into this fabric.

I purchased the FMF while on vacation this year.  Just got the stripe this week...the last on the bolt...thanks be. 

I am planning on making this pocket bag from the book "Romantic Home Sewing:  Cottage-Style Projects to Stitch for the Home" by Christina Strutt.  It should be a quick sew, and hopefully the perfect cross-body bag to haul my iPad and handwork to soccer this fall.
Linking up to Show and Tell Tuesday
Fabric Tuesday
And WIP Wednesday
You can visit the many other wonderful projects by clicking on the cute buttons on the side bar.
On a more personal note.  my family has been looking for a house with more elbow room in our area for almost 4 years now.  We believe we are seeking God's will in this, but He hasn't provided the house yet.  We go to look at two houses this evening if you could be praying for us.