Monday, April 29, 2013

new winner!


welp, Saturday came and went and no word from Ms Bookworm. no worries! I have drawn another winner!!

congrats to Vesuviusmama!! Please email me your snail mail addy at
I will pop your prize in the mail later this week as soon as I get your addy!

Ms Bookworm, if and when I hear from you I will send you a consolation prize too!

mean while....back at the bat cave....I been busy with a recycling and re purposing project.

I been buying colorful CHEAP vinyl bags from the department stores. this one was only 99cents!
there is 1/2 yard of oilcloth!! that stuff is expensive!! to order online the same amount would be $6.
took the bag apart, saved the handles to make key fobs and wrist let handles. 

coupon holders! loyalty card/gift card holders!
I took the measurements off of a business size envelope and  sub cut the bag into strips and re cut into rectangles. created a template for the pointy top. carefully sliced a opening near the top to tuck in the pointy top for security. for the loyalty card holder I found a really good template online. if yall would like me to do a tutorial on these, holla and I will.

Keep On Stitich'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Thursday, April 25, 2013

we have a winner!!!


we have a winner! I got BMB to pull a name right before we left to go car hunting. He was late and we were in a hurry so I didn't get a picture of him pulling a name. drum roll please......the winner is.....BOOKWORM!!!  please send me your snail mail addy with in 48 hrs.

If I don't hear from you by Saturday night, I will draw another name. Congrats!

got my new to me car today. its a 2006 Honda Civic!  fully loaded including a moon roof! I have to retrain myself to use a automatic shift again. I have been driving a 5 speed on the floor for so long.......

Again, Congrats to BOOKWORM as the winner and I look forward to your email.....btw....its  please put 'I am a winner' in the header so I don't delete ya!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

giveaway closed! winner announced tomarrow!


just a quick note, giveaway is closed and I will be annoucing  the winner tomorrow. all comments have been printed out, cut into strips and placed into a basket. I will get Beloved Monkey Boy to pull the winner right  before we go car shopping for me. the clutch in the ol' rez truck has blown up and its too costly to to have a car note again (UGH). good luck to all who have entered! thank you for all the wonderful compliments and support!

Keep On Stitich'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Saturday, April 20, 2013

another purse tutorial!


I guess by now yall have figured out that I am a purse whore. that's right I said it.....a purse whore! most women love and adore shoes, not me...PURSES are my thing! don't like buying them ready made, I like designing, creating and wearing them. once again, Pinerest came thru with another freebie pattern for a cute ass little wrist let! you can find the original pattern/tutorial right here:

its so stinkin' adorable and easy you will want to make bunches of them! most excellent instruction and lots of pictures. found the blog last night and today I made a couple. of course this dingbat likes to put her own twist on it! I even incorporated some recycle and re purposing into it (cheeseyassgrin).

you will need the following supplies.

~2 fat quarters (this will make 2 purses using a 10.5 in template or one 12.5 in template and enough left over to make a matching coin keeper).
~a piece of scrap batting the same size as the FQ
~one zipper. the size depends on your template.
~one piece, 1/2 in to 3/4 in wide, 18 in long of heavy duty gross grain or belt webbing. sub cut into one piece 5 inch and one piece 13 inches.
~matching thread
~large bore needle 16 or 18
~zipper foot, optional

take your FQs and batting, layer and machine quilt any which way you want. I did a all over large meander using off white cotton thread. it worked out well. I then took a plastic paper plate holder that measured 10.5 across as my template and traced 2 circles to make 2 samples.

find the center and split in half


insert zipper like you normally would. I wanted to show you the big difference between using a reg foot and zipper foot. the circle on the left was done with a reg sewing machine foot. the one on the right was done with a zipper foot. IMHO there is a huge difference. when you want to top stitch your zipper down you need that extra little bit to be able to stitch down completely. if you click on the picture you can see details.

take the short piece of handle strap, center it over the zipper on one side, pin and stitch down. repeat for the larger piece of strap.  I used a piece of nylon handle strap from one of those inexpensive shopping bag that I bought with a recycling project in mind when I saw them. that will be another blog post! open zipper 1/2 way, carefully fold in half, aligning straps and stitch using 3/8 of an inch seam allowance. zig zag edge to give it a polish finished and prevent unravelling. carefully turn inside out and zip it up!

thread large loop thru small loop and there ya have it.....the fortune cookie purse! it is kinda small but I think any pre teen or little girl would like this. I would recommend using a 12.5 template or large template. this would make it slightly bigger for an adult. still have those left over jean legs from the pocket purse? guess what else you can do with them? go ahead guess! (giggle)

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Friday, April 12, 2013

Giveaway extended to April 24th!


Just a quick note to let ya know that the giveaway deadline has been extended to April 24th (my 1/2 birthday). Found a couple of other things to stuff in the pouch!  Be sure to make a comment on this post to be entered !  I need an email addy so I can contact you! Please tell a friend!~

Been working on a new baby quilt pattern. A long time ago I was a member of  little quilting group . So long I forgot the name of our little group. It has since disbanded and we have gone on our little quilty way. One of the exchanges we did was to fill a little metal lunch box with some our favorite quilting things. We drew names like a secret pal and gave the box to that person. Mine was filled with these amazing little 1.5 by 3 inch rectangles in glorious spring pastel colors. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I knew if I waited long enough they would tell me. Well, after so many years they finally talked to me and no I was not on any recreational drugs.........

 French braid baby quilt! After doing a lot of math, I came up with how many columns and how long to make them.

   lots of soft pinks, yellows, lavenders, greens, blues and purples
I decided I needed 6 columns of braids mixed with 5 columns of a tone on tone print. 6 braided strips are done, just waiting on the material I have ordered to work on it some more. I thinking this will be a fabulous quilt when I get it done. I have a possible Gran Niece coming in Oct. This will be perfect for her. If it is a boy, I got something else in mind.

until next time

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz