Just Had to See …

Beginning Kaori's Quilt

My current quilt project reached a stopping point while I waited for some fabric to be shipped, so I got a jump start on the next quilt.  It’ll be mostly Honey Honey fabrics with some scrappy favorites thrown in.  So far — LOVE!


A Quick Way to Check Color Value – The Lack of Color


I’m starting on a new quilt that will rely heavily on color value and wanted to sort my stack of fabrics into dark, medium and light piles.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have it quite right when looking at the colors.  The hues and color saturation can fool the eye, so to double check, I take a photo.  In this case, a horribly grainy phone pic in the dim pre-dawn light.  (Ugh, sorry.)


And yes, Diego is still a “helpful” assistant.

Then I used a phone app to remove the color from the photo, which makes the value easier to see.


With this view, I grabbed the fourth from the left in the medium section and moved it to the lights.  The one to the very far right might have gone better in the mediums, but I left it.

Now to start cutting!


How to Make Your Printer Work on Fabric


Organizer Covers

Did you know that if you iron a piece of fabric to the waxy side of freezer paper, then cut it to regular paper size (8.5″x11″), you can put it through your computer printer?  Well, it worked for me with my Kodak printer anyway, although I did learn to keep my hands on the fabric to steady it as it feeds through after my first attempt jammed inside.  The result is a little grungy looking, as you can see little stripes and smears of ink here and there.  As that’s kind of what I was going for, I’m pretty happy with the look.

These are a couple more of the organizer wallets from my last post.  They are addictive little things, and I’ve found that I enjoy them even more if I get a little creative with the covers.  Having an easy way to incorporate writing makes me that much happier with them.

Being able to print on fabric opens up a whole new world of crafting ideas!  Think about how you can personalize gifts with a favorite quote, scripture or even a private joke, so the recipient will know the gift was made just for them.  If you are working on a handmade Christmas this year, I hope this helps!

Fabric Marble Maze

Marble Maze and Tag Blanket

My sister in law asked me to make a tag blanket for a friend who’s having a baby, and while I was at it I also stitched up a marble maze for the new Mom.  This isn’t something I’d give a baby (it does have a marble in it), but it’s something Mom might want to keep in her purse later on when her toddler needs a little quiet time in church or the grocery store.

It’s just two pieces of fabric sewn together, with an opening left for turning and a ribbon stitched in.  (I cut my pieces about 6″x 9″ and triple stitched around the edges, so it would be extra strong.)  Then I stitched lines about 1.25″ apart, stopping at least 1/25″ away from the opposite side to give the marble room to move.  Alternate the starting sides for the lines and it makes a nice, simple maze.

Sewn Marble Maze

Slip the marble in the opening and sew that end up, then slide the marble through the maze.  It’s so soothing, even the adults I’ve handed it to love to play with it.

Sewn Marble Maze

When it’s rolled up and tied with the ribbon, it takes up very little room in a purse and makes a nice alternative to a “quiet book”.  And it only takes about five minutes to make!

Dr. Who Fabrics



I received my first ever order from Spoonflower, a site that lets you create and print your own fabric designs, or buy those made by others.  When I saw these, I knew I had to have them!


Dr. Who Fabric

Maybe you have to be a Dr. Who fan to understand.

So, now that I have them, what the heck do I do with them?