Now onto the 3rd Round, I’M IN!!!

Wow!  And another round of the Sewing Bee contest results are in and I’M STILL IN!!!

Now there are 25 contestants left!  Yikes!

So that means, just to re-cap, there were 343 entrants to the competition.  Out of those 343, 140 finished and created an entry for the first round.  Out of 140 only 56 people moved on to round #2!  And now in the 3rd round only 25!winter street dress

So here’s the scoop on the next challenge:

Everyone is going to be making THE SAME PATTERN.  The pattern that was selected was a Exclusive design called the Winter Street Dress…you can look at the review or buy it HERE.

The rules are simple: Make a Dress using TWO KNIT fabrics. BOTH fabrics should be knits(printed or solid colors). There is no limit on how much or how little of the 2nd fabric you use, as long as its visible and enhances the garment. The dress should be wearable in public (no lingerie please) and be for an adult. Stash or new fabrics may be used.

The PatternReview Winter Street Dress. You are free to modify this pattern in any way you want. In fact its highly recommended that you put your own spin on it.

Please note that we need at least three photos for this round. At least one photo on a live model is REQUIRED.

1. Both Fabrics should be knits. Stretch wovens are not allowed.
2. Garment should be for an adult and should be wearable in public (no lingerie or lounge wear please) 3. Three photos are required. AT-LEAST ONE PHOTO MUST BE ON A LIVE MODEL.
4. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST November 25th, 2014.
5. Links to blogs are NOT allowed. Additional photos hosted on Flickr or similar websites ARE allowed.

Once again I am gathering my thoughts and ideas to come up with something fun!

Wish me luck AGAIN friends!



PatternReview Surprise Sewing Bee Round #2! Finished!

Yay!  I’m finally finished with this project!

My entry for the 2nd round of the Surprise Sewing Bee over at is all finished and up on the site!


Sorry that I haven’t really posted anything this week on this but I’ve been slaaaaving away at the machine…

To read the review of this jacket go here.

or if you want to just jump right to the fun photo shoot…skip on over here!

I’m now going to go sleep for a couple of days and wait for the results on Wednesday!

Talk to you all later and Happy Sewing!


Surprise Sewing Bee Round 1 Entry!

I’m biting my fingers!  I’ve never entered a contest on before UNTIL NOW!!!

The first challenge is an A-Line skirt.

Here is my entry: DSCF9569

This pattern is from Burda Magazine.  I pulled out my archives and found this one in the October 1997 edition!  Yikes!  It is classic though!

Entries are due TODAY and I’m happy to report that I finished my entry yesterday and can now breathe until Sunday when the eliminations are announced.

Wish me luck friends!

To see all the entries go HERE!


I ENTERED the Surprise Sewing Bee Contest!

I just looked at my in-box and I saw this awesome contest happening over at!


The Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee

So how fun is THIS going to be?

I’ve never been much of a contest enter-er but this one I couldn’t pass up!

Wish me luck friends!!!

Happy Sewing!


Another Home Improvement Post – Family Room Near Completion!


We brought in the carpet that’s been in the garage and unrolled it.  It will take a few days for it to relax and remain flat.

Jim finished the painting of the trim and hung the door to the basement yesterday!  For our cat Chloe Jim installed a cat door and I spent the morning teaching her how to use it…DSCF9343-002

The door closes automatically after a few swings back and forth.DSCF9345-001

Here’s another angle of the room…DSCF9348-001

Now the next project begins (we still have a few before we’ll call this room finished).  This next project is to make a tv hutch.  Instead of buying something new I wanted to re-purpose an old IKEA modular system we’ve been using in the kitchen.  I’ve shown this thing before but we’ve been parting it out lately so here’s another grab…DSCF9355-001

It has served it’s purpose so we are scavenging off of it for new uses!  My thought was to take three cabinets and screw them together for the tv hutch…DSCF9351-001

They are now in the workshop getting fitted with a base.DSCF9352-001

Everything we’ll use for this project will be re-cycled, up cycled or re-purposed!  Even the paint I plan to use will be something we’ve had in the basement for a long time (back in the days before little samplers we had to buy quarts, remember that?)!

Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend everyone and get out and enjoy the fall colors!  They won’t last long!  DSCF9340-003

Happy Home Improvement!


A Day at the Quilt Show!

I spent the day running errands, working on this new business venture I’ve slipped out in my last post and taking a trip to the Dupage County Fairgrounds for the Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild Show!

I’m almost official!  I have just one last step before I can flip the switch and make the big announcement!  As a side note, I’m just amazed at the amount of bureaucratic and paperwork stacks I’ve had to work my way through in order to start this business. My mind is nearly mush trying to keep it all sorted out!

So off I went to the Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild show to just absorb some inspiration and fun!  I’m uploading these photos all at once.  I tried to capture the quiltmaker’s information with each photo.


Taking Product Photos

Hi Friends, Followers and Family!

I’m not quite ready to make the big announcement yet, but if you’ve noticed my postings have been very infrequent there’s been a reason.  I have been secretly hiding from you my adventure of starting a new business!

When the timing is right and all the legal paperwork finally comes in I’ll be ready to make the arrangements for the Grand Opening affair and tell you all about it but for now I’ve been working on the back end, product photography and inventory!

Some out-takes from a recent session…first these lovely fat quarters in earth tones perfect for our changing season…DSCF9402

…and this collection of browns and tans, more fall inspiration…DSCF9491

Oh!  Did I inadvertently give it away?

Stay tuned everyone!  This is an amazing adventure!

Happy Quilting, Happy Sewing!


On The Home Improvement Front – We Have a Floor!

We have been (mostly Jim…I just help lay out the boards and cut an end every now and then) working hard to get the floor finished in the family room. DSCF9294-001

This room took 3 days to complete.  First, Jim had to work the transition from the Kitchen into the room.  There were a lot of small cuts.DSCF9298-001

Then once we were in a straight away it went relatively quickly…DSCF9303-001

…one board after another…DSCF9300-001

…until…TA DAH!


Birds are singing and the heavens have opened up!  Laaaaaaaa!


Jim spent Monday finishing the last row by hand and last night we went to Home Depot to pick out the trim for the walls.

Happy Home Improvement Everyone!


An Almost Design Wall Wednesday

This is as far as I’ve taken it this week…DSCF9337

The inner border is on and the 2nd border is still in the works.  Turns out these quarter square triangles take a bit of effort to get the points perfect.  DSCF9306

I’ve had to re-sew about a half dozen and use a template to line up the matching points.  So far I’m okay with the long sides being perfectly aligned however the top and bottom I’m going to need to ease in some of the top in order for the border to fit.  I’m working on the top and bottom sections at the same time, you can see those at the top of the photo below…DSCF9336

If all goes well with this 2nd border I’ll be onto the last border and have already decided on a quilting pattern for this!  So exciting!

On the home improvement front this week…PAINT!  The family room is painted!DSCF9340

The color is called ‘Stoney Path’ and sorta looks like chocolate milk although that wasn’t really what I was going for.  I picked out a paint color that I thought would work with the floor, the rug and the chairs that will be in this room — as well as not clashing with the rest of the house! Easier said then done!

Don’t look too close at the walls.  They were a real pain and we did our best to get the drywall right but once the first layer of paint went on we could tell we should have done an allover skim coat.  I will tell you though, I had no idea what an allover skim coat was until this project!  C’est la vie!  We have to rimind ourselves that this house is 50 years old so it has some character to it and will not look like a new house.

It will look great once everything is finished.  I can’t wait.  Because once this is done it will be time to work on the KITCHEN!  I have waited 18 years for a new kitchen and it will finally happen!  Just the thought of not having a drawer fall out or getting a pantry cabinet is giving me chills!

Whoo Hoo!

Hey!  And what’s up with this cold snap we are having in the Midwest?  I am so not ready for Fall!

~Happy Quilting, Happy Home Improvement projects everyone!


Big Day Yesterday

A fairly infrequent occurrence in my lovely part of the country are bursts of very intense storms.DSCF9071

This happened on Friday afternoon.  In about 20 minutes the winds whipped up so severe that whole trees toppled over and large limbs fell.  DSCF9074-001

I was driving home when the storm hit and I pulled over in a sheltered area AWAY from tree limbs.  I’ve learned over the years that is the best thing to do!

It wasn’t until I was about a mile or two from home did I realize that my neighborhood got hit pretty bad.  Fortunately, no one was injured and most of the damage is superficial.  The neighbors got together to help clean up…DSCF9090-001

And the Village arrived to start the removal process of the large Maple…DSCF9104-001

This morning I was a bit sore from all the tree removal lifting…sooooo out of shape I am!

I started the work on the boder…


And Jim started the painting of the family room.  Our big home improvement project continues…DSCF9329

More later.  I’ve got to run a few errands and attend a meeting today…

Till then, have a great weekend!