Friday, March 28, 2014


This is another beautiful Japanese-inspired quilting book by Yoko Saito.
With my love of hand stitching, I was eager to read and learn from this 
 book.  There are 78 motifs, or blocks, and 10 different
style bags/totes patterns included with this book.

After Yoko's introduction, the very first pages explain in detail how
to use this book.  There are both written instructions and pictures
to guide you through her process of creating a pieced block.

Have a peek of a few of the bags....

Done up in pastels I think this would be cute for Easter.

I absolutely love this one,,, just imagine all the 'goodies'
you could pack and tote around with the
Tailgate Tote!!

I chose this one for my first project.  I thought the little
wonky type squares were cute and I can always 
use a little zipper pouch .

As you can see, each page has a different pattern with
a photo, a graphed pattern and numbered 
construction steps.  Most of the blocks finish at 3 1/2"
square, but since they are on a graph they can easily be 
sized up if you so choose.

I chose to be over cautious at attempting my first block,
tracing, cutting and laying out all those
little pieces.

And numbering them in the order they are to be sewn together..

Ta-Daaah...One quarter of the  first block!!  It's a 
little more crooked than it's supposed to be I think,,
but I'm enjoying the process!!

As you can see it is very tiny!  I still have to make three more
to complete this block but I love it.  I will show you my progress on
the blocks and the pouch as I complete them.  

In conclusion, I really like this book.  I had heard of Yoko Saito,
but haven't tried any of her books before.   It has clear, concise directions 
with lots of pictures, 78 blocks/motifs
to pick from to create, and ten purse patterns(full size pattern insert)
 to make from those blocks.
And as you can see, using your fave fabric colors will make these items
uniquely yours.   This book is published by F+W Media.  You can 
purchase a copy here.  (pssst it's on sale!)

Happy Friday to You
Have a Wonderful Stitchy Weekend!!

xx's  Kim

I received a copy of this book from F+W Media for the purpose of a review;  All thoughts and comments are of my own accord.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

She's Finished !!

 I'm so excited my Oh Sew Blue quilt is done.....except for the label....note to self - I can't forget to make the label!

The last stitch - ahhhh!  

Found this raspberry solid in my stash, I can't even remember why I
bought it, but I think it works perfect for the binding....

It coordinates with the colors on the front.....

And keeps that warm and cozy feeling of the flannel 
on the back.

It snow AGAIN last night, and we have 'real feel' temps of -6F

I think she looks pretty against the white snow though...

Footprints and all....

I love my boots....but I'm definitely tired of putting them on!! 

She is almost square - 58 1/2" x 60 1/2"

She will be perfect for a picnic quilt or a travel quilt in
our motorhome.

And of course Sam couldn't wait to snuggle with it ..
yep, that's the BEST part,
The Snuggleing!!

Do you have a favorite quilt to snuggle with?  
I'd love to hear about it...

Until next time...
Have fun stitching (and snuggling)

xx's   Kim

Inspiration for this quilt came from Clare of Selfsewn.  I first posted about it here

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Quilting Fairies....

Winter has me in it's grip....So I keep trying to remember....

Every night I sit down to quilt away on my  'Oh So Blue'  quilt thinking,,,tonight is the night I will finish quilting it.  

Not only have the Quilting Fairies NOT finished my quilting...

See these last seven rows to be quilted???

Well I think those quilting fairies are adding rows to my quilt when I'm not 
looking,,,, it's taking me forever to get to the end!!!

When I do finally get done quilting this blanket, I'm thinking of using this 
raspberry color for the binding??
 (remember I'm de-stashing so trying to us something
I already have)  I love putting on the binding - maybe that is why I'm sooo

I'm still loving this blanket, using the bigger thread for quilting with longer
Kantha technique stitches has been a new experience, but one I'm very 
happy with.

Wishing you Spring Thoughts
Sunshine Stitches

xx's Kim

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


A new favorite........Red , Gray and Pink of course!

I received a gorgeous little zipper pouch in a swap I joined back in January.  It is just so perfect for me, a little shabby (she added a little doily)  and a lotta chic!!  Thank you Elise!!  Immediately my new fave colors became red, gray and pink .  On my next trip to the fabric store (with coupon in hand)  I chose a few prints with those colors in mind.  Added to a few I already had, I think I have a nice little collection - now to decide what to make.  I have a few way too many ideas but you'll be the first to know when I decide-yay!!!  I had previously made this little clutch with some gray velvet I found thrifting.  It has quite a few pockets and a zippy pouch to carry necessities - I think I will add a little wristlet strap and it will be good for those quick trips to the store or for toting along on bike rides - If Spring ever gets here!!! 

Until next time...
Have fun stitching.

xx's  Kim

Friday, March 7, 2014


Where did the week go!!

Oh Baby it's cold ..

Morning ritual....

Furry Friends.....

Oh so good, yet soooo naughty at times......

A little set mailed out for a little cutie.....

More Blues de-stash.....A large block Chevron in the works

Green and brown de-stash......a strippy stripe in the works

A start on something for Easter.....

Cold mornings, time with my dawgies, de-stashing, waiting for spring....that's where my
 week went!!  

Have a wonderful weekend sweet peeps
Stitch up some fun!

xx's   Kim