Wednesday, September 24, 2014


It has arrived.....

The days are shorter, the temps are cooler, the leaves are starting to turn, and the garden is just about done.....a few fall flowers.....  I've been canning relish, jam and salsa......  We are already into the third week of online school.......and I've been working on a few items for my Very Cherry Swap partner.   I don't know if she follows me here so I can't show too much, but once she gets it I'll share more.    

Oh, and I had some happy mail today,,,,,

Sew excited to dig in and start a on few projects from these books!!!  
 Shorter days = more time for sewing/quilting,  I think I can live with that!!

How is your fall shaping up?

 Until next time
Happy Fall Stitching

xx's   Kim

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Flowering Snowball Quilt

I got her done!!  Well except for putting it in the wash/dryer for the cozy crinkley effect.....

Even though this was a smaller quilt, only 50" x 50", I was down to the wire getting it finished,,,,I was stitching the binding on at mid-night last night!!   Since my daughter Sami claimed this quilt, ( you can read about the WIP here,)  she chose the fabric for the binding.  I didn't think it matched very well, but that's what she wanted sooo,,,,,,it's on and she is very happy with it.  I'm learning  that as long as a quilt (or any hand-crafted item for that matter) makes your Heart Smile it's good, even if it's not perfect!!  

I loved making this quilt, and seeing so many different ones in the sew-along is inspiring!!  I definitely  will be making another Flowering Snowball quilt,,,for me!  Mary is having a wrap-up of the sew-along over on her blog, if you get a chance you really must go have a peek all the wonderfully different Flowering Snowball quilts that were made.

Happy Quilty Weekend

xx's  Kim

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednessday

Mary of Molly Flanders Makerie had a Flowering Snowball quilt-along.  Soooo in between the swaps, and the gardening, and summer activities I've been poking away at this....

It's quite a fun block, and the curves weren't a problem at all.

As soon as my daughter saw it, she claimed it!!  Since it will be used as a cuddle blanket for the couch I kept it smaller. 
50" x 50"

I'm using two different color thread for the hand quilting,,,

I'm happy with it so far and she Loves it.

I'm more than half done with the quilting,,,at this point I really get excited about putting the binding on - it's my fave part!!  Which is a good thing because the 24th of August is the show off day for the Flowering Snowball quilt-along.  With any luck I'll get this baby done!!

If you want to have a go at this quilt head on over to Mary's blog.  She has the templates and will walk you through the process, or just pop over to see all her lovely makes!!

Hope you are having a guilty-kinda week
Until next time

xx's  Kim

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Strawberry Swap

This was another IG swap,,,hosted by @frampuna.  Obviously the theme was everything and anything 'Strawberry'!!  How fun is that?

This is what I put in the mail yesterday...

My partner said she likes Hello Kitty...

I just couldn't resist making one of these cuties!!

And a Strawberry Pincushion of course,,,,

My second go at paper piecing...Strawberries for a Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented

I love this bag, hopefully I will get one made for me LOL!!

And this is what I received from the Brandi @peaceofmequilts!!

Everything Strawberry!!  The hand soap is at my kitchen sink, the candle in my sewing area, the note pad next to my computer, and the candies are GONE!!! hehe

And not one but TWO awesome mini quilts!!!

Isn't the background fabric on this wonderful?  I LOVE it.  They will be a cute addition to my Wall of Mini's!!  I promise, when I get them all up I'll take a picture and post it so you can see them.
Thank you Brandi, nice to meet you and I'm enjoying everything so very much!

Until next time
Happy Stitching

xx's  Kim

If you are on IG, let me know so I can follow, you can follow me @babesandbrides

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Summer of Swaps

With our winter being so long and cold last year, I was totally ready for summer!  Warmer weather, longer days and gardening, I joined in on a few swaps.  They sounded like too much fun to pass up on, and always a great way to make new online sewing friends!

The first one, a Mini Quilt Swap was hosted by the very talented and creative Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo.  This was my first swap with what I call The Big Girls!, you know, the well known, very inspiring quilters/crafters of the blogging world!  (Well in my mind that's how I see it, lol)  This turned out to be just an amazing swap, there were over 600 entrants, (What was she thinking!?)  So many ladies, so much fun, inspiration and a good time was had by all.  My partner was Marlena.  She liked bright colors and stars.  After much debating I ended up making this...

The Star was my first time paper piecing, and I chose a gray background to make the brights 'pop'!

Added my signature... hand embroidery and quilting.

Last minute quilt label.

She is a giraffe lover, so I made this for an added gifty.

Charlene of The Cotton Farm, also Kristi's Mom,  sent me this wonderful package.

She totally got it, aqua, gnomes- eeek so cute!!

She also sent the pattern along, and challenged me to making it!  So I totally have to at least try,,, maybe this winter Charlene!

Charlene runs a long arm quilting and custom embroidery business, so she add some wonderful embroidery to this cute little sewing book!!  Isn't it just wonderful!!  I love the button too.

 And all the goodies inside...I felt I was a very luck lady!!

This was an awesome swap,,, met new people, tried new techniques, and received "happy mail", and I had a blast doing it.  

Hope your week is going well
Until next time

xx's  Kim

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Union Jack Quilt

I met Miss Paula in Stitches, I believe, on IG....Any how through a little give away of hers I received two lovely little pieces of her embroidery handiwork. 

This one is just perfect for me!!  I Love it.

This is just awesome,,,,maybe some fall decorating is in my future!

This little card she sent along, my daughter and I collect Pooh, so this will go into our collection of "Pooh Stuff"!
Thank you very much Miss Paula!

I wanted to make something for her in return,,she doesn't quilt so I decided on something "quilted",,,,and knowing she loves all things British, I made her a Union Jack quilt for her "Britain Room" (She actually has a room just for all her British trinkets)!!!

I made it a little "Shabby", well because that's just my way!!

As you can see, this was after the snow melted but before spring really sprung...

I hand quilted it,,,

Rolled and ready to ship.

I used a couple of different patterns/tutorials I found around the web.   I found it trickier than I thought it would be, but I got it done and sent 3 months after I started,, yikes!!  But in the end Miss Paula was very happy with it,,,,,and that's what counts, right?!!!

Hope your week is going well,
Until next time,

xx' Kim

P.S.  I couldn't get pictures to sync or upload so it took a bit longer to get back here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Days

Hi peeps,,,,I'm still here! Well kinda... With the warmer days of summer I'm busy outside, lazy at posting here!   I am posting on Instagram, it's easier during the busy summer time.

 You can click on the "Follow Me On Instagram" over there 
<----- on the left of my page if you like. 

 I hope to clean out the cob webs and dust this place off soon, so I can get you caught up with what I've been doing lately.  Hope you are have a wonderful summer!

                          See You Soon

xx's  Kim 

Just a little Sneaky Peek !

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2014

Since 'Spring' has been keeping me busy outside-(more on that in another post)  I just realized it's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!!!  Today is the last day to enter this wonderful festival of quilts and I'm excited not only to enter but to see all the beautiful, creative, cuddly quilts out there in blogland.  So much inspiration in one spot!!  Thank you Amy of Amy's Creative Side for hosting the Quilt Festival.

If you are stopping by from the Quilt Festival, a big WELCOME,  I'm Kim, and I love sewing.  I only started quilting a few years ago, but it has become my new obsession.  I love hand quilting,,,it is my sanity!!

This is my 'Oh Sew Blue' quilt.....

I chose to make a strip quilt for  my first time 'Treadle-ing',
to de-stash some of my vintage blue fabrics....

Nothing purdier than a quilt on the line....

And I just so happen to love 'blues'....

The back is a repurposed flannel sheet...with Blue Roses!....

A little raspberry color for the binding ......

I was eager to try Kantha quilting.....

I used bedspread weight cotton for the thread...

I think the longer stitches make for a unique look and feel....I'm loving this quilt!!!

She will be perfect for picnics and make a cozy travel blanket !!!

Fun Facts

size: 58 1/2" x 60"
fabric: various older  
blues from my stash
strip size:  2 1/2"  
Started: January 2014
Finished: March 2014

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my

"OH SEW BLUE"  quilt !

Do pop over to Amy's Creative Side for all the information on the Quilt Festival. Take a look at  all the wonderful
quilts and if you would  like place your vote for your favorite!!!

Have a super weekend everyone....

xxx's Kim

Linking up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival