February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!


What a great day for a cuppa
and a little sweet treat!

I used pink and gray prints
from Simply Colorful - the original line.


The wavy quilting was really easy and fun
to do, using my walking foot!


I was inspired by the gray ric rac...
so I chose a gray gingham backing,
using April Showers by Bonnie and Camille.

No matter where in the world you are,
 I hope you'll take time to celebrate
and tell your favorite person how much you love them.


And don't forget...
every day is a great day to say "I Love You!"


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February 9, 2016

Sew Mama Sew! A Guest Post and a Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!

How's your week? Busy???
Mine, too...as always.
That's why I want you to hop on over to the
where I've got an article just for you!


I've put together some simple suggestions
for making the most of your creative time.
You'll find inspiration and links to some great tutorials!

To celebrate,
I'm hosting a little February giveaway,
and you're all invited to play along.



The prize:
One winner will receive 3 patterns of their choice,



One comment per person...
please leave a comment about your favorite time-saver,
whether it's from my post or not.


The giveaway will be open until midnight on
Friday, February 19.


I'll draw the name of one lucky winner, who will be notified via email.
Please make sure you provide your email in your comment,
if you are a no-reply blogger.


Good luck...I've gotta run now!
Busy, busy, busy...
going to read my article at Sew Mama Sew!
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February 7, 2016

First Crush Coffee Cups - Mini Quilt

Do you know my sister Susie,
who blogs over at Susie's Sunroom?
She has a February birthday,
so I made a little mini quilt for her present!


I decided to make a mini quilt
that she could display in her kitchen,
on this sweet little quilt stand.



Susie likes coffee,
so I decided to make up 4 coffee mugs
using the Mug block from Quilty Fun,
by Lori Holt.

{Lori Holt calls them Cocoa Cups, and they're just super cute, no matter what is in them.}


Fabric selection for Susie's gift was really easy...
I chose First Crush by Sweetwater for Moda.
I have lots of fabric left from my layer cake
that I've been using for other projects,


I made up four mug blocks in no time...
which one is your favorite?

The first one is bold and dark, like a good cup of coffee!


Next we have a text print...
so cute to remind someone how special they are.


I think this one is my favorite...
it showed that this gift was made with lots of love.


A mug with hearts can't be beat for Valentine's Day,
or any other day of the year.
Our family name is Love, so red hearts are a "yes, please!"
for the Love girls!


 You can see from the photos that I got a lot of practice 
with free motion stippling.
The print designs are very forgiving.


The stitching shows up very clearly, though,
on the solid gray background and backing.
No pressure...




I must say it was a quick, neat finish.


My present was made in record time!
I nearly gave Susie a "heart" attack,
when my package arrived the day before her birthday!

Next time you need a gift for someone special,
think about a mini quilt!



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February 2, 2016

Doxie Love - A New Mug Rug

Hello, Friends!
Are there any dog lovers out there?
Do you especially love dachshunds???
I've got something sweet to share with you!
    

I happen to know of a special long haired doxie named Oscar,
whose mommy had a birthday.
I thought I'd stitch up this little mug rug, just for her, 


I've had this fabric in my stash for a few years.
It came from JoAnn and I found it irresistible.
We had a miniature dachshund in my family,
when I was growing up.

I put the novelty fabric together with a few squares of brown polka dots.


If Oscar got a big haircut and dressed himself up
 in a striped sweater,
he would look just like this!


I love that this mug rug is reversible.
I'm so crazy about polka dots and ric rac.


This mug rug will be ready for a cup of coffee any time.


Add a little treat, and it's a happy day.


WAIT a minute!!!
Those are not the treats I meant!!!

{Ginger must have been "helping" me to photograph today.}




Here we go...this is much better.


It's perfect for Valentine's Day
or any other day of the year.



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January 25, 2016

Hugs and Kisses - A Pillow Set

Here's comes Valentine's Day!
Are you going to be ready?
This year, I'll have lots of fresh and lovely
handmade items,
including this new Hugs and Kisses pillow set.


to create a whole bunch of 4-patch quilt blocks.
Before long, I had designed an X block...


and an O block, using a nice basic black blender for the background.
I like the charcoal gray undertones with the black.


My blocks finished at about 16 1/2",
which is just the right size to make a pair of pillows.

Here are the blocks made into pillow covers,
with zippered backings, to make cleaning easy.


I referred to my very own
I love the way the red Moda Swirl fabric
jazzes them up.
I finished them off with my "eamylove" label.

{Unfortunately, I think my supplier has stopped making labels.}


These pillows look so cozy and inviting on my couch.


I couldn't resist taking some glamour shots
in the morning sunlight.


These pillows are plump and full...just the way I like 'em.


Has anyone else been sewing with First Crush fabrics?
I'd love to see what you're making.


In fact...I'm going to do a little experiment to see
how much stuff I can make from this one lovely
layer cake, plus some coordinating yardage.

{Maybe I'll make some more of these pillows!}


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January 24, 2016

A New Sponsor! Kimberly's Fabric Stash

Hello, Friends!
I hope everyone made it through the
Blizzard of 2016.
So many of us in the USA were affected!
Here at my house we had about 8" of new snow.

I kept busy throughout the storm by sewing,
as I'm sure many others did.

I made (yet) another Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug
using my new pattern.

{For now, I'll give you just a glimpse...more photos in another post to follow.}


I also made this little snowman.
He's cute already, but he needs to be made up
into a finished project.
Some buttons and eyes would do wonders for him.

{Tutorial: by @beelori1 on Instagram #mrSNOWMANtutorial}


Check out the fabrics I've been using!
Sweetwater's new line for Moda.


As I mention often, my maiden name was Love.
That makes me automatically a fan of all things
with hearts, love, romance, hugs and kisses.


That's one reason I love First Crush.


I also love the limited color palette
of red, black, and gray.


I got my First Crush and a couple of coordinating blenders
from my new blog sponsor,
You'll always find her button on my blog,
over on the left-hand sidebar.


Just click the button to go there 
and see what Kimberly's got in her stash today!
where you'll get all kinds of perks,
including 20% off of your first order!



I've got more First Crush projects to share very soon...
be patient...it won't be long.
I'll leave you with a sneak peek for now.

{If you can't wait, follow me on Instagram as @eamylove.}


Be safe and warm, everyone!!!





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