February 3, 2018

Hurry, Valentine!

Hello, Friends!
Here we are, just a few days away from Valentine's Day. 
Are you ready?

If you need an idea for a quick gift or two...
think about using my

It's available for instant download,
so you can get started stitching 
Find it on Craftsy or on Etsy, in my shop called eamylove.

If your sewing time is limited, just take a shortcut!
Leave out the quilting,
and just let the pretty fabrics steal your heart away.

My mug rug uses some Scandi II fabrics by Makower.
This Nordic print is a wee bit Christmas-y, but it works
for me, to brighten up any winter day.

I can always flip it over to show the snow-covered trees.

{All of the mug rugs made from my
 Be My Valentine mug rug PDF pattern are reversible.}

I'll be back soon to share a few more versions of my mug rug.
You can search my blog for more pretty samples,
with the "valentine" tag, if you just can't wait.

This pattern is so versatile...
I'll never run out of ideas for new valentine mug rugs.
Why not see what YOU can make?

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December 31, 2017

Happy New Year - 2018

Hello, Friends!
It's time to send out a post to wish everyone
a very Happy New Year, from my family to yours!

I'm not a big fan of resolutions, but I do plan
to pay more attention to my blog in 2018.
I've got some completed projects to share,
and lots of new ideas as well.

Here's a sneak peek at one of my recent custom makes.

And here is a preview of some pillows
I'll be adding to my Etsy shop soon.

We've had some changes going on at our little house...
we're doing a lot of renovations
and watching a lot of HGTV for inspiration.
The best part is that
my husband has discovered his inner woodworker!

Check out this new Coffee Station that he created for me.

There will be seasonal updates,
so watch for those throughout the year.
I've already winterized the tabletop with a snazzy
new red buffalo check table runner.
I used Hometown Christmas fabric from Sweetwater for Moda.

The kind folks at CSI Wall Panels sent me a pair of sparkling
pinecone topiaries. 
I used them this fall, and on into Christmastime.

They will look great all winter long, as a pretty accent in our home.

I love the glittery sparkle on the pinecones,
enhanced by the silvery base.

I have been having so much fun using the little dishes and mugs
I've collected over the years.

I'll be showing more glimpses of our home, 
in little closeups, along with my usual sewn projects.
I'm truly looking forward to staying in touch in the new year.
Wishing everyone health, prosperity and happiness!

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August 8, 2017

Coney Island Pillow

Hello, Friends!
If you're like me, you don't have a lot of free time
for sewing, especially in the summertime.
Pillows are a great project,
because they're both practical and pretty...
a smart way to use precious time!

I made this particular pillow with a mini charm pack
of Coney Island, by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.

The colors and prints capture summer's
carefree moments perfectly.

When it came time to choose the backing,
this apple green solid caught my eye.

This little pillow measures about 14" x 14".
It's not too big...just nice for cushioning a wicker chair.

I love the way this pudgy pillow fills out the form.
It's pleasingly plump!!!

Don't you love mini charms?
I love searching for matching prints
in various colorways, when I use a charm pack
or a mini charm pack.

If you have a favorite way to spend your
summer sewing hours,
feel free to comment!

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July 14, 2017

Open Wide Zippered Pouch - Turquoise and Lime

Sometimes you need a really sweet gift
for a really great friend.
Lately my go-to gift is a nice fresh zippered pouch.

I love using the awesome free tutorial for the
Open Wide Zippered Pouch, from Noodlehead.
You can find the tutorial here.

Just recently I made a red, white and blue version,

For this latest version, I chose a favorite color palette
that I really love...turquoise and lime.
The fabrics are Good Neighbors by Crazy Mom Quilts
for Connecting Threads.


I love these tiny turquoise dots for the interior.

That lime green zipper is such a show-off.

The little tab is a great finishing feature.
This pouch design is really perfect from A to Z.

I think this bag will be fun for summer getaways.
It's a great size for makeup or other essentials.
I used the "Medium" size from the tutorial.

If you're not yet convinced to try this fun tutorial,
you should check out some of my other versions...

and here...

Or come back someday soon...I'm sure I'll be making more of these! 

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July 2, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Here in the USA, we're having a celebration...
happy 4th of July!

I made a sweet new Stars and Stripes table runnner.
at A Bright Corner.

Photo and reference to free pattern used with permission from A Bright Corner blog

Here's how mine turned out.

I used a couple of different fabric collections
from my stash...the stars and the stripes came
from a fabric line called Simply Sweet from Henry Glass.
For the star background, the border and binding,
I used Smooth Sailing from Connecting Threads.
They gave my runner a nautical flair.

The border wasn't included in the tutorial,
but I liked the way it added a few more inches
of width and length to the runner.

I used wavy quilting lines, randomly spaced.
Don't you think wavy lines are perfect for flag designs?

I think the striped binding is my favorite detail.

This runner is even reversible!

The beachy print is fun for the back deck at our house,
near the swimming pool.

If you're looking for a fun and easy project,
with just the right mix of applique and patchwork,

Enjoy your summer, friends!

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