Fabric Shopping

I have been spending a fair amount of time lately looking for local wholesale resources for my fabric.  I purchase full bolts of the fabrics that I use large amounts of . These are a few bolts of ticking, toweling and a red dotted cotton that I love with the ticking!


Yesterday I spent the day down in Portland, Oregon.  I have been picking up my toweling fabric and some of my ticking from Fabric Depot.  I love their store, and I thought that I would share some pictures with you.


Yes, they are large!


I have been coming down here for awhile and I love just browsing the latest lines of fabrics out.


This store is a quilters dream!  Although they have tons of other craft items, patterns, home decor, a wonderful yarn section, etc.


I just snapped a few pictures of the lovely selection of cottons!  And they were having a sale of 30% off of everything this week. They also do mail order, just a FYI!


I try to refrain (which is not easy!), and stick to the wholesale department.  You can pick up whole bolts of fabric, provided that they have it in stock, for 40% off of the regular cost.  They also are very happy to special order for you!

The bolts of ticking I picked up at another wholesaler that I found, E. E. Schenck Company.  I’ll share pictures of them, and the wonderful warehouse they have, (and all of the fabric and goodies available) in another post. I spent about 2 hours just soaking it all in!

If you’re ever in Portland, Oregon, you have to make a stop at Fabric Depot!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Frosty Sunrise

My how time goes by!  It’s already past the middle of January of a new year!  I just took the picture in my header this morning.  The orange was so intense when I first spotted it, but just the few minutes it took me, to first check for new e-mail, and answer questions regarding shop listings, etc, it changed completely.  But I thought it was still worth taking.  Only 27 degrees, a hard frost, and the sun rising.  It’s going to be a good day!

I have been sewing and sewing, mostly to restock the shop.  But I do have pictures that I would like to share with you, from my completed, yes you read that right, completed projects from the end of 2012.

Colin's quilt

Here is the quilt that I finished for our new grandson, Colin.  He was born in November, a sweet little guy…

Colin - Newborn

I took some of the extra fabric and made him some matching washcloths..


And then I made him a matching fabric basket with his name on it.


I purchased an embroidery machine in November so that I can do projects like this one, and some monogramming on items in the shop, more on that later.


And this was the quilt label that I machine stitched for the back of the quilt.

We also had another grandson in August, my son’s….

Zane - Newborn

Ducky Hamper

I picked up this old wicker hamper, which was somewhat beat up and all white, and painted it for baby Zane.  I thought that the ducky should be blue to match his room, and I made a new liner for it. I also made a fabric basket and covered memory board with the blue checked fabric, but gave it away before I took some pictures!

Like most people, I look to the new year to make resolutions, or promises if you will, of what I would like to accomplish or do differently this year.  I’ve decided to keep it simple this year, since I know how things change as time goes on.  One promise that I made myself was to finish the projects that I have started, and I have some that have been around for a long, long time, before I start new ones.  And I have tons of new ones that I would like to do.  So I am doing just that.

Lap Quilt

I don’t know if anyone remembers this lap quilt, but it has been setting in the closet folded up and waiting to be completed.  I actually had it all machine quilted and ready for the binding.  Then I noticed that all of the quilting needed to be removed.  The tension on my machine, don’t know how I missed it, but it was off.  And the stitching on the back looked terrible.  So I have started removing it.  I am about half way done.  This will be my first project to get completed. And I have someone in mind that I will be giving it to.

Then on to this one……

Orange Sherbert Quilt top

This is my Orange Sherbert Quilt.  I only did the top, then never assembled the quilt.  It is a crib size quilt, so I guess you know where I may be going with this one?

I have other projects, but lets just get these couple done first, ha, ha!

What projects are you tackling this year?  Please share with me! Maybe we can support each other and get them done!

Enjoy your day!


Quilting Again….

I’ve started another project, and yes, I will finish this one!  We are expecting another new grandson in a few weeks, and I decided that he really needs a new quilt to welcome him! Nothing like (me) starting at the last-minute!









It all started with this fabric.  The baby’s bedding is going to be from this fabric line by Michael Miller.  I loved these colors and this pattern.  So I ordered a piece of each fabric in the line, that was available at fabric.com.  There were 14 different prints, the line is called ‘Backyard Baby’, and it is so adorable!

















So these two pictures show the fabric all washed, pressed and ready to cut.

I chose a pattern from this book, ‘sweetwater’s Simple Home’.








If you haven’t seen this book yet, I’ll be talking about it in another post soon!

I chose this pattern….








I thought it looked pretty cute, and that these fabrics would work well in it.  The pattern actually calls for 10″ pre cuts (layer cakes), of 40 different fabrics.  So I just cut 40 – 10″ squares to use. Deciding how to lay out the fabrics will probably take me awhile, since I have duplicates of the fabrics.  Decisions, decisions!








So this is where I am now.  I’ll be starting to do additional cutting and assembling tonight.  I’ll let you know how it goes! This looks fun!





Crafty Idea: Christmas Towels

I know that it is a little early, but I thought that I would get a start on doing a few small projects so that I  have a nice little handmade gift on hand for those unexpected guests  or people who I would like to give a little something to during the Christmas holiday season. And face it, there is never enough time during the holidays to do everything that we would like.

Today I decided to make some Christmas towels.  They are so handy to use to line a basket with food gifts, or as a little extra for a teacher or neighbor with their favorite cookies.  And you can whip up a few in no time.

The supplies that you need are as follows:

  • bar towels – I had white ones and red ones.  Any small towels will work.  Note:  wash and dry towels before embellishing them.
  • Jelly roll strips (you can also use yardage that you cut yourself, fat quarters, whatever you have on hand.) The set that I used was Moda, Ready Set Snow by Me & My Sister Designs
  • scrap pieces of rick rack and ribbon

For the white, blue and apple green towels I did two different things.  The first towel I took one of the jelly roll strips and ran a basting stitch down the middle.  I then gathered the ruffle to the width of the towel.  I folded the ends under, so the edges would have a finished look.  I then place a piece of apple green rick rack down the center, and stitched both to the towel.  I then removed the basting stitch.  Note:  when adding any ribbon, rick rack or any other trim, make sure you fold the ends under with the ruffle so that the ends don’t ravel.

The second towel, I just took a jelly roll strip and cut it to the width of the towel, plus 1/2″ so that I could fold the edges in 1/4″.  I then sewed down each side edge.  Next I pinned the ribbon along the top edge of the fabric, making sure that the ribbon ends were folded under, and stitched it on, making sure that I stitched both edges down, covering the raw edges of the fabric. Repeat the same process on the lower edge of the fabric.

Next I made these two red towels.  These were both made the same way.  I took one strip of the jelly roll fabric for each one.  I folded them in half, along the width, so that they measured 1 1/4″ deep (and there was a folded edge on the bottom).  I then gathered each piece into a ruffle (you can do this with a ruffle attachment or by hand.) I machine sewed them onto the bottom edge of the towel, making sure that I folded the ends of the ruffled fabric under on each end.  I then attached a piece of ribbon, by sewing along the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, covering the top raw edge of the ruffle.

That’s it!  An easy way to start getting ready for the holidays.  You might make some for yourself as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Closing Shop and Moving On

Well, it is not without a bit of sadness that it is time for me to close my ribbon shop, Creative Trims. This wasn’t an easy decision for me, but something had to give.  There just is not enough time in a day for me to do everything I would like.

As much as I enjoy selling ribbon and all of the other trims in my shop, I don’t have the time to do some other things I would like to do.  I have some Craftsy classes that I have signed up for to learn some new quilting techniques, and a knitting class. I have been wanting to learn to knit as long as I can remember.  And I would love to be able to expand my other shop, The Stitchin’ Chicken. I have so many ideas that I would like to pursue. So after weighing everything, I am letting my trim shop go.
What does this mean for you, my customers?  Some great deals on some wonderful ribbon and trims! I am starting to list some whole spool deals on 3/8″ and 5/8″ dotted grosgrain, one of my best sellers!  Right now is a great time to stock up to do your projects for the upcoming holidays, and stock your handmade items in your shops.  I am offering the 25 yard spools for 1/2 the price of the yardage.  That makes the 3/8″ ribbon $4.50 a spool, and the 5/8″ ribbon $7 a spool.
Each week I will be adding more deals on ribbon spools for 1/2 the price of the yardage listings.  I will be posting the deal of the week on my Creative Trims Facebook page, so make sure you keep an eye out, or ‘like’ my page to see my deals. If you don’t see a whole spool listed for a color that I carry in yardage, contact me through my shop, and I’ll check to see if I have any in stock.  I may miss a listing along the way.
I plan on having the shop closed by the end of the year, so stop by soon to get the best selection of what you are looking for!
Thank you so much for being so great to work with.  And I look forward to seeing you at the shop!

Crafty Project: Covered Buttons

I love doing covered buttons.  They allow you to add a unique touch to your projects, and are so easy to do!

I thought it would be fun to make a few for some fall and winter crafts.  The buttons come in a wide variety of sizes and are generally sold as a kit, which means that you receive everything that you need, except the material.

You generally receive two types of backs, one with a shank to use as a button, and a plain back so that you can use them to make jewelry or other accessories.

I gathered up a couple of different Halloween fabrics that I thought would make cute buttons to use on tote bags. First I place the clear plastic template (they didn’t use to have this template, you had to cut out a piece of cardboard, great improvement!) over a part of the printed fabric that I wanted to show on the button.

I drew around the template, then cut it out.

Place the fabric, right side down, into the soft plastic cup.  Center your piece of fabric so it lays evenly inside.

Then place the rounded side of the button front inside.  Finger press the fabric edges into the center of the button front.

It should look like this orange one.  Then place the back that you have selected on the top.  Make sure that all of the edges of the fabric are tucked underneath.

Press down.  You can use the tool that they provide (the round blue item), but I found on these large buttons, that I didn’t need it.

Here it is!  So cute!  So I did more….

You can take all of your scraps now, and make all types of buttons or jewelry, or magnets.  Whatever your imagination can dream up!  And this is a great idea for kids!

Take care,

Sewing Tip: Pressing (Sleeve) Boards and Hams

OK, the title here sounds way too serious!!!  Or maybe you are saying, what does ham have to do with sewing?  Ha, ha!  But I’ll tell you, I cannot live without my pressing board and ham. You don’t need to sew clothes to get some great use from these two items. I use one or the other almost every time that I sew.

This is my pressing board.  It has two sides, one with a wider and more rounded back-end, and a narrower and more pointed end….

And you just flip it over, and the other side also has a wide end, but it is shorter and narrower than the wide one on the other side, and the more narrow end is a bit more rounded and wider, than the narrow end on the other side. You can see this in the following pictures.

This board works great when you are trying to press seams, especially when the material is something like a fabric basket, or a sleeve, or anything that doesn’t fit well on the end of your ironing board.  Or if you are trying to get into a corner to press it, this works great!  And it folds up flat for storage, so it’s easy to keep it close by, without it getting in the way. Just flip the little lever in the middle.

I don’t use my pressing ham as often as I do the board, but it is still great for smoothing out rounded items.

This wonderful item, shaped like a giant egg, is made from two different fabrics.  The plaid side is wool, and the white side is cotton.

You use the wool side for synthetic blend fabrics and wool, any fabric that requires low to medium temperatures.  The cotton side is for cotton, linen and other fabrics that require medium to high temperatures.  Again, the ends are two different widths so they work great for different sizes of areas.

I have found that having these two pressing aids available has helped me get through a project more times than I can remember.  I hope that you find them useful as well.

Thanks for coming by!

UPDATE:  My apologies to any of you that may have gone looking for a ‘pressing board’ at your fabric stores, or online.  The board is actually called a ‘sleeve board’, and I have been using it so long, I totally named it something else, in my mind.  I hope that this hasn’t caused you a lot of difficulty and time.  Thanks so much!