Monday, July 13

Sketchy Bee Journal by Heidi

Last week, an amazing surprise came to my mailbox.  

Heidi, from Red Letters Quilts, made...
a Sketchy Bee Journal for me!
Happy Dance Jamboree!

Heidi's Sketchy Bee Journal & Card

... as well as an adorable bee card!  To say I was bowled over is an understatement!  In fact, when I first beheld the package, my first thought was that Heidi was returning the scraps of vintage white on white fabrics that I had recently sent off to her.  Then I realized, it couldn't be, the package was too heavy for that.  (To see what I'm talking about check out Heidi's "Saving the Fabrics of the World" post and her wonderful Summer Gathering quilt.)

Apparently, Heidi's idea to send a surprise started brewing when I flipped over a beautiful Quilted Cookbook Cover that she made for her Mom.  We two hit it off like kindred spirits!  This all led Heidi to make this wonderful Sketchy Bee Quilted Book Jacket... and to her surprising the socks off me!  

As you can see, the journal is the Bee's Knees, with so many wonderful details!  

Sketchy Bee Journal Inside - Love the Handmade Space Label

Sketchy Bee Journal Outside - Hourglass blocks, a hand embroidered bumblebee on linen,
tape measurer fabric, and matchstick quilting!
Another great thing about Heidi's journal is that it holds a ring bound sketchbook.  I don't have to "save it for good use" because the journal can be replaced repeatedly.  I just love that!  I'm going to use this clever journal to practice Quilty doodling, like Lori Kennedy does at the Inbox Jaunt.  Lori has Doodling Tutorials, that are geared toward helping improve your FMQ creativity.

Thank you Heidi for such an incredible surprise!  You are so talented, so very sweet and I am in awe!  

I started "stalking" Heidi immediately (which is really fun by the way!)  and have plans to make her something that I hope she will love just as much as I love my new Bee Sketchbook!  


Buffy's magnetic needle keeper, keeps you from losing the needle ...
Saving feet and fannies, one set at a time!

Needle Keeper set from Buffy at YumYum Buttons

And now, I'd like to announce Buffy's three winners for her YumYum Buttons Needle Keeper Giveaway!  The winners will get to choose their own set of needle keepers.  I'll be contacting each of you and putting you in touch with Buffy. 

Thank you Buffy for such a fun and generous giveaway!  Your needle keepers are beautifully made and make sweet little gifts for friends... and a fun treat for ourselves too! 

Here are the three winning commenters, picked by the random number generator at random.org:

That would be....
29 Maryse7/8/15, 12:04 PM         
Felicitations for your blog anniversary! You know what they say ... Time flies when you're having fun! The Ric-Rac border is so cute and had to pin this one with other tutorials. Love the Yum Yum Buttons ... I am sure my husband will like them too ...

So here is my joke ... well I've got two:

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Broken Pencil.
Broken Pencil who??
Nevermind, it's pointless.

Oh and what did the quilt say to the bed?
(I've got you covered!)

21 Soma Acharya7/6/15, 3:11 PM
Congratulations, Lara! Your blog is lovely. That is a beautiful mini with wonderful embroidery and a very clever border!! Love the idea of a rick rack border. Thank you for the tutorial. The needle keepers are adorable. I will go visit her etsy shop, thank you for the introduction.


42 Zenia Rene7/11/15, 2:58 PM
A duck walks into a drugstore and says, "Give me a chapstick... and put it on my bill". 
LOL ha ha ha! Happy blog anniversary! Thanks for the chance to win!

Thank you to everyone who shared funny jokes or stories, it added a lot of laughter to our week!  Zenia, my husband cracked up before I could even say the punchline, just with the thought of a duck walking into a drugstore. :)

Thank you to those of you had said such kind things about my Ric-Rac border pattern & tute too!  


I have one more thing to add.  
Most of you know Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting.  Melissa recently had her wonderful book
"Irish Chain Quilts - Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design" published by That Patchwork Place!  I love her book and it added more than one quilt to my bucket list!  A lot of you also had a ball this spring doing the Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along with Melissa.  

Irish Chain Quilts - by Melissa Corry
Well, in case you are not already aware, Melissa holds a giveaway every week.  Wow!   Recently, I entered on a whim was the lucky winner!  I won a copy of "Scraps, Inc.", published by Lucky Spool Media!  This book is has 15 wonderful and scrappy quilt designs for the modern quilter.  The quilts were designed by 15 of our favorite quilting bloggers and is great inspiration!  Thank you Melissa and Lucky Spool Media!    

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Sunday, July 5

Ric-Rac Border Pattern & Tutorial, Plus Three Yum Yum Buttons Giveaways!

I hope you all had a Happy 4th of July weekend!  
(Or a Happy Canada Day!... or a Happy weekend, LOL)

Sunday, the 28th, was the one year blog anniversary for BuzzinBumble.  I can hardly believe the year flew by so quickly. Becoming a quilt blogger has been an amazing experience, but by far the best part has been the friends I've met along the way.  You all have inspired me, encouraged me, touched my heart, and made me laugh more times than I can count! 

10" Mini Quilt with a Ric-Rac Border around a Redwork Coffee Pot

As a way to say "Thank you!" and to celebrate, I'm sharing one of my paper piecing patterns for a Ric-Rac border.  You will find free PDF files for the patterns, templates and the "how to" tutorial at the bottom of this section.

The idea for this pattern came to me when I saw all the great projects that Amy, from (Amy Made That) creates using ric-rac. (That post is only one example, so check her out!)  I thought it would be fun to paper piece a ric-rac border and frame a mini quilt.  So, I purchased a redwork coffee pot flour sack towel on Etsy.  The maker, Nycole, aka Dana’s Big Sister does beautiful work and creates all hand embroidered items.

A cup of tea and thee... 

The patterns below are meant to be printed double sided, on both the front and back of the paper.  Print them out on very thin printer paper or paper meant for paper piecing.  I find that printing on both sides makes paper piecing a whole lot easier, because you can always see the lines. 
To print a pattern, make sure you are set up for portrait setting at actual size.  Print side one.  Then turn your paper so that the same edge goes into the printer first, but so the next printing will be on the other side of the paper.  Print side two, which is simply a mirror image of side one.  All the markings will then be aligned when you hold the pattern up to light and look through the paper. The pattern page for the corners also includes fabric precutting templates.

Here are the PDF files for the patterns and the tutorial.  I hope you like them!


And now for something else really fun!...

YumYum Buttons Needle Keeper Giveaways for Three Lucky Winners! 

If you didn't know before, you'll get the idea now:  I love shopping on Etsy!  

YumYum Buttons' Black Cat Buttons or Push Pins

Sweet Little Hedgehog Needle Keepers 
Bear & Bee Needle Keepers

Aren't these just the most adorable Needle Keepers and buttons?  They are made by Buffy of YumYum Buttons, a crafter I had the very good fortune to meet on Etsy.  When I received my order, I loved them so much that I wrote and asked Buffy if I could purchase another set, but hold off on placing the final order.  I wanted to have a giveaway with them and let the winner choose her or his own design.   Buffy liked that idea and jumped right in, generously offering to giveaway THREE sets of her wonderful needle keepers to three lucky BuzzinBumble readers! 

Would you like to see some more of Buffy's wonderful creations?  Check out her YumYum Buttons Etsy shop!  (You can click on the photos for links too.)  There you will find a treasure trove of utterly delightful covered buttons, craft buttons, push pins, magnets and needle keeper sets.  Buffy has a talent for searching out the greatest fabrics.  She does meticulous cutting in her work, featuring the designs front and center.  The quality and care evident in her craftsmanship show in her attention to detail and the sheer perfection of her final products!  I was so impressed, but on top of that: Buffy is a lot of fun to work with!

Not sure what a needle keeper is?  I'll explain.  It is a set of two fabric covered magnets that hold your needle in a convenient place when you set it aside while hand stitching.  One magnet goes on the front of your work and the other on the back.  They keep you from losing the needle down the cushions or your husband from finding it later with his sock.  They work like this: 
Needle Keeper or Needle Minder

To enter the YumYum Buttons Needle Keeper Set giveaway contest, leave a comment sharing a funny joke.  Please keep it clean, so that way everyone can join in the fun.  (Don't worry if you don't have a joke, just leave a regular comment then.)  Also, if you don't hear from me, check back before the giveaway ends, because I will let you know here if I am unable to reach you. (That is something that happens with no-reply commenters or people with yahoo email addresses.) 

The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 12th, at noon UTC.  I'll let the random number generator choose the THREE YumYum Button Needle Keeper winners and announce them shortly thereafter.

I've been having more difficulty than usual with vertigo from the Meniere's disease.  That would be why you haven't seen me blog hopping recently, but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things this week.  I've dearly missed seeing what everyone is up to.

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Monday, June 22

Sedimentary Lifestyle Quilt - a Start

The layers of color in this quilt flimsy remind me of sedimentary rock, like you see when you look at canyon walls. I love this combination of earth toned fabrics.  This is the first time I have made a jelly roll race quilt.  Aside from the fact that I won't be winning a jelly roll race anytime soon, it was quite fun to try this technique.   

Center section of Sedimentary Lifestyle quilt

...And no, this isn't a Norm Crosby style malapropism and it isn't supposed to read "Sedentary Lifestyle".  I was playing with the words and thought "I must live more of a sedimentary lifestyle, because everything seems to settle to the bottom."   Ba dum tss!

After testing a few border ideas, I finally found one I loved.  See the dark chocolate fabric sitting beside the left edge?  It's Kona cotton espresso and I'm waiting for more to come in so I can do a wide border around the quilt center.  I caught a major sale for that fabric with Freda Mayer of Fabric Closeouts, on Etsy.  She is having a moving sale and her prices can't be beat, plus she shipped it out pronto!  (That is not a sponsored endorsement.) 

Have you ever made a jelly roll race quilt?  I've always wanted to try one and chose the kind where you sew a square between the end and beginning of each new strip of color.  Then you fold that long row of pieced strips in half and sew the first seam.  Wow wee was that first seam loooonnnnnnggg.... 800 inches!    

I started with this Marcus Fabrics Strip It Pack, which I got on Craftsy, another great deal:

Centennial Solids - Earth - by Nancy Rink

By the time I had the piece sewn to where it was 8 strips wide, it filled the whole length of the upstairs hallway and I could get a photo.

Jelly Roll Race Midway

At that point I divided the length in four and did some intentional rearranging on the living room floor.  I don't usually work on the floor because my little helpers get a bit too excited about it.

Fuzzier than normal photo
I've been looking through my cherished Christina Cameli books again and hope to use one of her patterns to FMQ this when it's ready. 


In other news, The Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge is over for this year. 

Sixty-seven people donated 147 quilts for charity this year!  Whoop whoop for everyone!   

Sarah, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, puts a whole lot of thought and preparation into this challenge and makes it so much fun for all the participants!  One of the fun things Sarah tries to do is make sure that there is a prize at the end for everyone.  This is quite a feat!  If you are interested, she is looking for sponsors for next year.  I'll be sponsoring another one of her giveaways for sure! 

One of The Hands2Help yearly sponsors is Emily Bailey, who blogs at Em's Scrap Bag.  She is also the person who heads up the part of the H2H drive for Happy Chemo's charity quilts.  Emily is also known as Aunt Em and has her own wonderful pattern design business.  I was already her fan, so was pretty thrilled when I won four of her patterns!  Thank you Emily!  

Aunt Em's Quilt Patterns


This coming Sunday, June 28th,  will be my One Year Blogiversary!  I can hardly believe it myself.  Be sure to stop by for my next post, because I will be sharing a free pattern of my own, as well as having a really sweet giveaway!

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Friday, June 12

Texas Caviar Recipe (and the Giveaway Winner too!)

Our daughter Kaitlyn was here for a family dinner on Sunday.  She is a really great cook and brought along a dish for her vegetarian sister Alina, who was home for an all too brief visit.  She said it is called Texas Caviar and she served it with tortilla chips. Everyone loved it!  It would even be good for those of you who are on gluten free diets if you use lentil chips or gluten free tortilla chips.   

Here is her recipe and the picture, taken with her iPhone, which turns out a surprisingly great photo:

Texas Caviar - a Vegetarian and Gluten Free Treat
Texas Caviar 


1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 orange pepper
1 jalapeno
1 red onion

Mix in:
1 can of Shoestring Corn
1 can of Pinto Beans
1 can of Black-eyed Peas

Boil in pot:
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
Once cooled, mix the liquid into the veggies and stick in fridge overnight.

Serve with your favorite dippin' chips and enjoy!


We had quite a great turnout for the Kaffe Fassett Log Cabin Quilt Kit giveaway here last week!

That is all because Cynthia of "Quilting is More Fun Than Housework" started a new Orphan Adoption Linky Party for adopting out your languishing orphan projects.  She says that 12 projects changed hands to be given new life, most of which will be used for charities. Isn't that wonderful?  Cyndy is going to hold this party again, so keep an eye on her blog, scout your oldies but goodies, and prepare to join in the fun this Autumn!

I could not be more moved and inspired than I am by all the wonderful commenters who entered the drawing here on BuzzinBumble.  So many generous and caring people shared the charities they quilt for.  It just leaves me in utter awe of the good that they do for others!  I am so pleased to have been able to pass on a project that left me feeling Guilty instead of Quilty.  Now whenever I think about it I will be filled with gladness instead.   
So thank you!  I wish I could send something to every one of you.  

Instead I relied on Mr. Random Generator to pick a winner, a task that would have been impossible otherwise:

The winner is...
Commenter #27, Lauren Deel, whose wonderful website is Charlotte's gRace for a Cure   

These are gorgeous blocks! And the Log Cabin is on my quilting bucket list in short order. :) A few years ago, I started a little charity group doing a quilt auction every spring to benefit brain tumor research. (My daughter has been living with a brain tumor for the past 4.5 years.) I didn't do the auction this spring, but hope to do it again next year. Thanks for the giveaway!

Congratulations Lauren!  I'll be in touch by email.   

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