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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Progress on a Rag Quilt ~ May 2014

Hello everyone!  My current project has been a rag quilt made with 100% cotton from my local quilt shops (LQS).  Most of you know that I always am wanting to learn new techniques and challenge myself.  This may not be the most challenging of my projects, compared to the quilt that has over 1300 triangles in it that I am still working on but it does qualify as a technique I haven't done before.  The reason I decided to make one of these is I have a friend that may want 3 rag quilts for her adorable grand-babies and I wanted to make one of my own prior to making hers so I would know ahead of time what are some things I should look out for.  She wants them to be really snugly and cozy so we were most likely using flannels.  This rag quilt still needs to be hemmed around all four sides and then snipped on the seams so when I wash it, it will be able to bloom and give off the cozy rag quilt look many love.  Let me know what you think  in the comments section below.  =)

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Baby Quilt for Hannah Addyson =) Applique & Picture Piecing - January 2014

I designed this baby quilt on my own and it was delivered to California in March.  Little Hannah, my niece was born in December and her mother rescues horses, so that was my idea behind including a picture piecing method of a horse head in the center of it and then personalized it with her first and unique middle name appliqued on it. I made it really big so she will hopefully still be using it when she goes off to college one day.  I did not do the free motion quilting myself on this baby quilt, I think it turned out fantastic, I will find out if she has a website I can share right here on my blog as well.  Let me know what you think, leave me a comment please =)

The back was a super soft cuddly minky!
Isn't she a cutie pie?!  =)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inspirational Quote of the Day ~ Be Yourself ~ April 10, 2014

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Laozi, Tao Te Ching (Found on a great quote site called Good Reads.

I took this picture this 
morning, one of the 
new baby 
bunnies in the
 yard, decided to prune a 
few of my tulip tops. (It will 
still be beautiful!) 4-10-14
One day later, it has bloomed 
and still a beauty!  4-11-14

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quote of the Day ~ Happiness ~ 02-22-2014

Real happiness is more than an absence of unhappiness. So what we need to recognise is that real and meaningful happiness (albeit realistic happiness) is a combination of positive emotions AND minimal (but not a complete absence of) negative emotions.  By: Dr. Happy. =D

Monday, February 17, 2014

My New Juki Sewing Machine!

"Sew" I received this new sewing machine made by Juki for a Christmas, birthday and Valentine's present.  I am in love and very blessed to have it.  Okay, I need to stop referring to by saying "It".  She had a name that was Japanese and I know it started with an A, but don't tell her, I forgot it.  So I think I have figured out another name for her and maybe this is semi lame but since "HZL-F600"  is the model and it looks like Hazel to me, that will be her new name.  My friend Stephanie suggested giving her a name and was on the phone with me when I first did, but she also forgot it...hahaha!  I have friends that name their cars and motorcycles so maybe it isn't so strange to name my sewing machine as well.  What about you, do you name your sewing machines / long arm machines or Sergers?  Leave me a note and share with me what you call yours.  =)

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

2014 February ~ Beach Bag / Pool Bag FREE Pattern

So, I made my first grocery / gym / pool bag from this great free pattern I found.  So now, I have made another one that is much larger for my Amish neighbor.  This one can actually fit my 9 1/2 year old into it...hahaha!  Her favorite color is purple but it couldn't have any bold fabrics, so I went with purple and just made some cute stitching in black thread of hearts and flowers on the handles and around the top.  I also made this bag a bit larger then the original pattern calls for and added a pocket on the inside and the outside.  Let me know what you think.    Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 2014 ~ Spruced Up a Normal Pair of Jeans with Variegated Purple Thread

So I bought a new pair of jeans yesterday, they fit great even in my short leg department (hahaha).  But they were just missing something.  So I used my favorite type of thread, the variegated type and it also just happened to be my favorite color of purple and chose a cute stitch off of my new Juki that looked liked flowers and stitched it down the outside of each leg. 

I even had someone in my church this morning approach me to say how cute it was.  It was really easy to do and made a boring pair of jeans a bit more exciting!

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy