Fabric Christmas Crackers

My family loves pulling crackers at Christmas time. In recent years I have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with them, though, as they are filled with ridiculous plastic disposable “toys” that everybody hates, and just fill up the garbage bin. This year I made a special effort to replace the junk disposable crackersContinue reading “Fabric Christmas Crackers”

Spring Bees Baby Quilt

This baby quilt was made for a new niece way back in March. March! I am still a little puzzled about why I have not blogged about this yet, because it is super gorgeous: Right? I originally pieced this in Springtime last year (about this time of year, in fact!), using a simple half-square triangleContinue reading “Spring Bees Baby Quilt”

Home-made Pressing Starch from Rice

I’ve recently discovered how wonderful it is to cut and work with fabrics that have been starched. It took a long time for me to get on board with this idea. I figured the hassle of finding starch, and then preparing the fabric, would stretch out the cutting stage of the project, and this is where IContinue reading “Home-made Pressing Starch from Rice”

Moving a raised garden bed

Springtime is a busy time — when we are paying attention to our garden! This year we’ve moved some garden beds around, so we’re redesigning our vegetable rotation, and what goes where. For example, we’ve moved the strawberries from their old too-shady location, to inside the netted orchard: More dramatically, we disassembled the raspberry bedContinue reading “Moving a raised garden bed”

Quilted cushions experiments

I mentioned that it was birthday season, right? This year I happened to be in a “quilting mood” as the September birthdays approached, so I got my mojo on and made some cushions! Each pillow is an experiment with a new (for me) technique. Last January I watched a fantastic Craftsy class in Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) withContinue reading “Quilted cushions experiments”

Feeling crafty — made an iPad stand!

Hello all! It’s birthday season again, which means my mind turns inevitably to creating gifts for people, and counting out the days that I can feasibly make something. Well, hey, an iPad stand turns out to be a fantastic gift idea! I made this little beauty in about an hour, using this tutorial. I usedContinue reading “Feeling crafty — made an iPad stand!”