I haven’t taken the time in awhile to share things that I’ve come across that I think you may be interested in.  Here are some recent finds.

This is a super cute bag!  The appliqued clothes on a line make me yearn for warmer weather.  You can find out how to make this from Nadra at Ellis and Higgs here.


Here’s the block of the month from Aurifil for March.  This one was designed by Emily Herrick at Crazy Old Ladies Quilts.  You can find all the info about it here.  Make the block and upload it to Aurifil’s Flickr group in March for a chance to win a 12 large spool set of their thread.  I’m hoping to find the time to make this one, as I didn’t get a chance to do the February block.

Do you own a serger or are thinking about buying one?  Palak at Make it Handmade has a helpful series of serger posts here.  Lucky for me she has a Brother 1034D serger just like I do.  However, her tips can easily be applied to other serger brands and models.  I bought mine at the end of December 2012 right before my mom died and it sat most of last year (that terrible year for me) before I finally took it out of the box.  But it still hasn’t been put to work much.  This week I uncovered it again and used it on the two pairs of flannel jammie pants I’m making.  Palak’s detailed information was extremely helpful in getting my serger adjusted properly.  I love the nice cleanly finished edge it gives seams.  I’m very happy with this particular serger and look forward to exploring what all I can do with it.  If you’re in the market for one, consider this model.  You can find it for just under $200 with free shipping from Amazon and Walmart.

User turkeyfeathers on Flickr has a complete set of embroidery patterns of state flowers, as well as stitched examples.  Here’s Missouri’s state flower.  The images are provided for making an embroidered state flower quilt but it’s also just an excellent resource for different types of flowers to embroider.  You can find the Flickr set here.

Cloud 9 Fabrics has a tutorial for making contoured burp cloths here.  I think these would be great to make as part of a shower gift.  How I do like a handmade item with a purpose.  Something functional that would get a lot of use.  Truly worth your effort and will be much appreciated.

I need to get off this computer and get busy on what needs to be done today.  I have something I have to make for my scheduled stop on a blog hop this Wednesday.  (I do not deny being a procrastinator.)  I have a little bit of wood plank sanding to finish on part of one of our living room walls and then I can started painting that section.  Plus, those two pairs of jammie pants need to be finished up.  Off I go!

3 comments on “This and That”

  1. Love the laundry bag and embroidered state flowers…thanks for showing us. (Also, there’s no Target here, but I got my dad run to pick me up some of those cute mason jar lids you showed us last week!)

  2. I got totally absorbed in time looking at all the state flower blocks – so fun! And Also the tutorial on the burp clothes – a young mom can’t have too many of those. Great gift!

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