Monthly Archives: July 2014

What I’ve been up to this week

A little while back I saw a tutorial (M*QC) for a purse made with the dresden plate ruler.  I have the ruler because I want to make a dresden plate quilt — haven’t gotten to it yet.  So, I thought, why not use the ruler to make something a bit smaller.   I made these two purses and they weren’t hard to do at all.  The original tutorial did not incorporate any kind of closure at all so I just added a tab with some velcro to close it.  I think I would like to put magnetic closures in but since I didn’t have any on hand, I went with the velcro.

Here they are:

Dresden Purse made with Downton Abbey fabric (Lydia)

Dresden Purse made with Downton Abbey fabric (Lydia)

 and a black and grey version: Black & Grey Dresden Purse

Maybe now that I’ve used the ruler, I’ll get to the quilt.  I know what colors I want and I have been collecting fabric for it for a couple of years now.   It’s on my ever-increasing list of “Things I Want to Make”.  

Have a Happy Friday everyone.





red, white and blue star mug rug  I hope everyone had a good 4th of July weekend.  We did and I even had time to make a quick patriotic star mug rug (it is big enough to also use as a candlemat or even a small hot pad).  It was quick and easy.  It was a tutorial by Jenny of the M*QC.  I think I will be making some of these in Christmas fabrics and also in whites because it will look like a snowflake.  Stay tuned — I’ll post them when I do them too. We spent lots of time outdoors this weekend even with the rain on Friday.  Our veggie garden is looking good:  tomatoes  Tomatoes   broccoli  Broccoli cucumber  Cucumbers  &  zucchini  Zucchini The broccoli and cucumber will be on our plates this week. peppers  And maybe the banana peppers will be ready soon too. Our flowers are doing well  too with the exception of two of our butterfly plants.  We had 3 of them.  We put two in the ground and one in a large pot.  Well the one in the pot — which was the runt of the original three and I wasn’t sure it was going to do well — it took off like crazy but the other two started looking pretty poorly.  We went and got a couple of large pots and some potting soil, transplanted them into the pots and moved them to a new location and they are starting to perk up.  Keeping our fingers crossed. Have a good week everyone — go outside and play in your garden if you have one. Ginny