Scrap Happy Comfy Cocoa Quilt

A while back, I gathered and cut fabric scraps into usable squares and rectangles. My goal is to start using up these scraps. I’ve started on a “scrap happy” TV-binge-worthy, comfy, cold night for cocoa scrap quilt using 5″ square scraps. I haven’t gotten very far; but am enjoying working with the fabric and color choices.

I’ve got to get crack-a-lackin’ if I want to use it this winter, LOL! Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have created.

Have a good week! — Joanne

The Best Kind of Holiday

One of my favorite parts about Christmas is how my family shares their time and talents with each other. Whether it is sewing, cooking, painting, pottery… it is and will always be treasured. Whatever holiday you celebrate; I hope it was a wonderful time spent with family and friends.

Happy 2020! — Joanne

Scrap Happy Shoe Sacks

How do you pack shoes when traveling? Not wanting to soil the clothing in my suitcase, I typically reuse plastic grocery bags.  Conscientious reuse of the ubiquitous plastic bag. On my last get-away adventure, a friend tsk-tsked! and gifted me with handmade shoe sacks. Love them! So much that I made a few to gift this Christmas. 

I folded 15 x 15 inch (38 cm) square scraps in half, turned under a top casing, sewed down the side and across the bottom. Easy peasy.

Voilà! Easy to sew, very simple, yet a handy gift. Hope my friends like them. 🙂

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything to create a new item. It is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Check out some of the creations made this month:

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Have a good week! — Joanne

Challenge Quilt Swap – Meh

The challenge was to sew nine identical 12″ blocks from one yard of the challenge fabric. Quilters were allowed to use any design and any coordinating fabrics to create the blocks. Each participant would keep one and give away eight blocks, resulting in a quilt made of nine different blocks. The resulting quilt tops were displayed at our guild’s annual retreat.


While I appreciate the work and thought process behind this challenge, I wasn’t overly excited by the product – mine included. Besides uninterrupted sewing bliss that this retreat afforded us; there were plenty of coolers with libations, snacks, meals, banter, and my favorite: door prizes! Why is it so exciting to win a prize? I received a fat quarter bundle and I don’t even want to open the packet; let alone cut into it! 🙂

Wasn’t sure I wanted to pay the retreat fee, but I am glad I did. I learned new techniques and got to play with the newest gizmos. And the quilts! So many to share, but here are just a few of my favorites. 

(clockwise) a very detailed Village, Alison Glass pattern, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab, Tula Pink Sugar Skull

Well, It’s back to reality. Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy: Mini Pouch

This is the perfect project to use up scraps. The result is a cute little box zipper pouch. The Little Clover Pouch pattern calls for a 10″ square each of exterior and lining fabric and fusible fleece. This pattern is a free download and “perfect for a beginner!” (Hmm. Some kind of warning label?)

Looked like an easy, fun, quick, functional project. . . Then, why?!? have I attempted to sew three pouches, with each descendant promising to correct my mistakes? Don’t worry. I haven’t thrown in the towel. Hopefully, the fourth endeavor will yield desired results.

My fair attempts:

#1 Forgot the lining fabric and ribbon tab (my favorite)

#2 Remembered. Buuut, placed the ribbon tab too low

#3 Placed ribbon tab too high

The ribbon tab should meet at the contrasting fabric/zipper seam middle. *sigh* Maybe I’ll skip the ribbon tab on the fourth go ’round. 😉 I still like this scrap buster project. I plan to use one as a travel pouch for small plastic sewing clips. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun

Have a good week! — Joanne

Whatever Happened to August?

Structured plans were made for Summer Break: tidy the house, plant the yard, plan for the new school year. I had the whole summer to accomplish all of my goals. Well. Here it is August. Time to go back to work/school. I never made a dent.

In fairness; back to school use to commence after Labor Day. What ever happened to August? *sigh* Oh, well. Goals un-met. It was difficult. We were just able to squeeze in beach days, camping glamping, lake life, . . . 🙂

sand between the toes
lake life
dining out

It was a very good and much needed Summer Break with family. I don’t mind a bit of a scramble getting ready for the first week of school. Here’s to planning for next June!

Have a good week! — Joanne