Creative Spaces… Week 5, Day 1

I can’t believe it’s Week 5 already!

This week we share storage tips for thread, buttons and embellishments…

…all the yummy and oh so hard to resist items we bring home, but boy can it get messy and, easily lost! Let me share how I try to keep it under control.

These thread racks are a fantastic way to add color to your sewing space while keeping everyday threads easily accessible, plus, you know at a glance if you are running low on anything. I painted the racks white and hung them on the wall next to my sewing machine; the one on the left holds my piecing, applique, and a few specialty threads, the rack on the right holds all my Aurifil 12wt threads.

The majority of the thread I use for longarm quilting comes in large spools that require a bit more space. I found the plastic boxes at a big-box store and they fit nicely on the metal shelves.The threads are grouped by color, plus a few drawers for variegated, neon, and specialty threads. A couple of drawers hold longarm quilting templates, and of course, there’s the catch-all drawer that’s always a bit messy!

Remember the little cabinet on wheels that stores my Crossover II? These drawers hold most of my hand work threads and for the most part are grouped by type… the top drawer catches the rest of all the yummy finds!

I love machine embroidery and have been collecting these threads for a very long time, but I’m running out of bins! This shelf sits under my table and it is also on wheels.These plastic bins are made to hold mid size spools and are grouped by color. 

Embellishments! Yikes, this stuff can get crazy, especially the ric-rac! This shelf holds photo boxes I’ve collected over the years and are a perfect way to “hide” the madness, haha! The old flower vases are a fun way to store bag-hardware and other little odd items.

The photo boxes are labeled and filled with ribbon, zippers, velcro, ric-rac trim, elastic, Yo-Yos, etc. The photo boxes come with dividers and are great for separating things.

Buttons! Love my buttons! They can add so much detail to a project and well, they’re just fun objects!! This old CD shelf… remember those? got a few coats of white paint and is the perfect width to hold a variety of glass jars.

Just love all the color! The IKEA jars hold a rainbow of buttons… I need a few more, just wish we had an IKEA in Louisiana!And these little jelly mason jars store hand dyed buttons.

How do you store your buttons, thread and embellishments?

And then, there is batting… oh goodness, let’s not go there just yet!

And talking about batting, have you tried Bosal’s products yet? If not, you may want to enter this giveaway.

Bosal would like to give several of their wonderful products to two readers of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop! Enter below for a chance!

A winner will be chosen on August 12. Contest open to all, International winners pay shipping.


Spring Market 2016

Well, I’m a bit late telling you about Spring Market, but better late than never, right!

My new fabric collection for Benartex’s Contempo is called Kitchen Love and is all about the heart of the home, the kitchen, inspired by vintage appliances and delicious confections. You’ll find little aprons, delicious words, tea cups and tea pots, mixers, bowls, sweet cupcakes, cherries… in vibrant teals, aquas, greens, a touch of orange and pink, and a black that make for an awesome background print in one of the quilts. There’s even a fun and quick apron panel great for Christmas gifts this year! I created several applique patterns for this collection: Kitchen Love, the quilt in the center of the image above, is a “sweet” quilt with delicious treats, a vintage mixer, scale and clock, cherries and cupcakes, and is embellished with a small amount of hand embroidery and tiny buttons made to coordinate with the fabric. The quilt to the left is one of the quilts in the “Live Simply” pattern pack and includes the “Eat” wall hanging below and four placemats; the wall sign “Home”, the tea pots and tea cups runner, and the little aprons quilt below are part of the “Tea Time” pattern pack. All patterns are now available in my shop.

These are a few samples for my Kitchen Love Embroidery collection, digitized by OESD; projects will be available at your local BERNINA dealer this summer (I’ll have more info soon).

This is the free pattern I created for Kitchen Love, available this summer.

Kitchen Love will ship to your local quilt shop this August/September.

Stay tuned for a Kitchen Love Giveaway next week!

I’m back…

Hello there, I’ve been gone for a long time
and have been missing ya’ll so much!
2014 was an incredible, but crazy, busy year for me…
So many awesome things happened
and I want to share some of the fun things
I worked on over the next few days…
It all started with Celebrate the Seasons with C&T
 The book includes patterns for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter,
all with full size layouts & reversed templates!
I had a great time working on each of these projects,
and if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be
Thankful… or maybe Merry & Bright?…
Humm, I don’t know…
the little chicks in Happy Easter turned out so sweet, plus …
well, then there’s the map, love maps and travel! … lol…
Okay, how can a mom have a favorite child, right?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!




Me, me, me…

Today is all about Me
and these talented ladies…
for this fun, fun blog hop!
I’ve had such a great time everyday seeing all
of the humorous and very creative ladies!
A great big thanks to Amy Bradley for providing
the fantastic appliqué pattern for this hop…
Well, appliqué is my favorite technique,
but I do love my little markers and stamps,
and just had to pull out a few of these little tools
for my girl..
I drew the design! yeah, no appliqué, can you believe it?
as I was saying, I drew with pencil and added a little stamping 
with a gray ink,
then outlined everything with a Uni-Pen…
Next, I added color with my Fabrico Pens….
I just love these pens Ü
(… need a few more!)
 and quilting….
then embellished my crown with a few Swarovski Crystals,
added Magic Transparent Perfect Pearl Pen to the lips,
glasses, cupcake stand, and cherries… needed a little sparkle!
 and Maggie’s eye got a little shine too…
here she is as sweet as ever Ü
I had so much fun working on this little project;
the little quilt looked so bland when I first drew it…
hubby just looked at it… and wondered… he he! he loves it!
I have to confess, I had no idea how it would turn out
…it was the last thing I colored in!
all those little squares, so I had to cheat a little
with all the little dots and squares…
I really like how it looks Ü 
This is the back of…
yeah, I forgot to tell you…
it’s a composition book cover,
and “It’s all about “ME” …
…and some of my favorite things!
Oh my word, I had such an awesome time
working on it, I just had to make myself
stop! or it would have been a quilt… ha ha!
I’m so happy to have you over today
and hope I’ve inspired you to try something new!

It’s all Red White & Blue

And today I’m so happy to be part of the
Red White & Blue Blog Hop
hosted by Jane over at Jane’s Fabrics

Jane, thanks for hosting this fabulous Hop!
and thank you Madame Samm for the awesome cheers
at Sew We Quilt!
This color combination was a bit of a challenge for me…
I loved working with the reds and whites,
but the dark blues,
well, they were a bit harder!!!
…. and guess what, I really had a great time!
I actually came up with seven blocks,
but ran out of time…
…so here’s we go…
This is the first block I made – the background is paper pieced
and the eagle is a raw-edge applique
Next, I paper pieced this little airplane
and just had to add the little flag button
to the wing  *Ü*
While playing with ideas,
all I could think about was pinwheels,
so this was my first attempt…
 …then I got a little more creative
and decided my pinwheels needed to be 3-D
Only challenge here was hand stitching the fireworks with metallic thread,
but I think it was worth the trouble. 
This one turned out to be my favorite of all!
Would you like to make the little wagon with the pinwheels block?
I made the pattern and a little fabric kit to give to one of you…
all you have to do is leave me a comment
telling me what your favorite dessert is!
Enter by Sunday, July 15
I’ll announce a winner on the 16
Thanks for visiting!
Check out these wonderful blogs in today’s hop!
Happy hopping,