Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Jelly Roll Rug and Beach Bag

If you’re like me, you save every scrap of fabric and strip of leftover batting. Recently I cleaned Johnnie’s room (my long-arm), and came up with a mountain of batting scraps. Most of the scraps are pretty good size and I can’t toss them. Well, I’ve found the perfect way to use up all that extra batting. A huge portion got cut into 2 1/2 inch strips and made their way into becoming a rug and a beach bag. To be honest, several rugs and beach bags!



Do I need a reason to buy more fabric?

I ran across this fabric and it jumped off the shelf into my cart…no really! The more I look at it, the more I like it. I’m thinking it kind of lends itself to a masculine feel…not that I can pull that off, but I try.


I thought about what to make for awhile and when in doubt make another tote bag. But the thing is I’m actually going to use this one. Most of the bags I make get donated or given away. This one stays put! Made it last night and it made its debut today. I even put in a pocket for the cell phone that I am constantly losing.

The designer is Tim Holtz. I found his website and I love all his fabrics. More projects to come from this incredible line of fabric.


Quilt Market



Although I was unable to make it to Pittsburgh, because of prior commitments, part of me was there. My friend Frances Newcombe was able to introduce ‘Cherie’ to the quilting World. Her booth looked amazing and I’m so proud of all her hard work and the beautiful fabrics she has designed. I’m making a commitment to go to Fall Market this October. Everyone looked like they were having an incredible time and I’m dying to be a part of the fun next time.


Surviving the Heat


It’s been miserably hot (at least for me) here in Southern California.  I’m not too sure about everyone else but when it gets hot, all my creative juices seem to evaporate.  There’s plenty to be done but currently the will is lacking.  I did manage to get a couple of tote bag samples made for an upcoming class.  I started out making a bag from a tutorial I found online and before the bag was even constructed I was already making some changes to the pattern.  I’ve had this cute comic book fabric for a while now and was waiting for the appropriate project to incorporate it into.  The fabric works well with this tote and I’m pleased with the outcome.  However, being able to take a picture of the bag with the crazy winds we’ve had this week has been a real challenge.  I would love some feedback…let me know what you think.

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Shall We Tangle


This Zentangle thing is too addictive. Since I can’t sit still and always have the need to feel productive, why not Zentangle? I posted earlier my first ‘tangle’ and several more have followed. Now what to do with these little works of art. When in doubt, make a tote bag. I kept it simple with solid grid lines and chose black as the background color to showcase my designs. I really like how it turned out. Can we ever have too many bags?


Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Monthly Challenge

Each month the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has a challenge for guild members. Most of the time it’s a block challenge and sometimes we have the choice to make something different. Our challenge for February was to design something inspired by packaging or advertising. I found the coolest box of tissues with a graphic I loved. Since most months we make blocks I decided to go with a tote. If you know me, I’m always dragging a couple of tote bags with me wherever I go. Here’s my tissue box inspired bag. I donated it to the raffle last night after our show-n-tell. I think it has a great new home.