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Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Most Gorgeous Thing

A shout-out to my most favorite designer in the world - Jenny of Elefantz.

More than a friend, she's the sister of my heart.  And talented beyond belief!!  This is her new BOM, Phyllis May's Kitchen, the most amazing memory book - or you could turn it into a quilt!  Filled with stitches, applique and lace-trimmed pockets for holding treasures.  

Go read about it and drool over the pages - simply the most scrumptious stitching I've ever seen.  She's taking sign-ups until midnight June 9th, so don't miss out!  I can't wait to get started on this one!!!!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Striped Binding And Wildlife

I was doing some striped binding, tearing my hair out, and thought I would share how I finally got my stripes to line up.  I've done stripes before, but it's been so long I had to figure it out all over here we go.

First, I fold over the corner of the part I'm putting on top, like so....

and press it!  I need to be able to see that crease.

Then I use a glue stick on the folded over part.

I lay it on top of the strip I'm adding it to, making sure it's oriented properly, and finger press to make sure the glue holds, lining up the stripes.

Close enough for a cookie.  BRB.

I then open the fold, pin, and stitch on the crease.

I open it out and make sure things are lined up, then trim and proceed to finish making binding!

I know I've done this with stripes on the diagonal, but I can't for the life of me remember how.  I think it was easier, but this is done now and I'm happy.

The binding is for this....

A new pattern called Daisy Chain.  Should be done this week, it's already quilted, yay!  For the very first time, I've done big stitch quilting, and I really love it.  Far from perfect, but that's ok.

In other news, I got to see a fawn being born last week.

It wasn't terribly light out yet.  So cute!  Apparently our coyote from last year moved on, there are bunnies everywhere, groundhogs, and a brain-dead squirrel - he laid up here for hours - 

Mum had a good report from the doctor, we celebrated my brother's birthday, and my frantic need to spring clean has passed.  If we have dishes to eat on and clean underpants we're good.  I'd just rather sew!

Take care, my sweet friends....


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Newsy Post

Hi everyone!  I'm still on my sabbatical - but taking lots of breaks, lol - even stitching breaks!

I had way too much fun with this one.  I have no idea how I managed to make things line up.  Plus - 

Thy word is truth.  A free pattern on my facebook group - although I know some of you don't do facebook, so just email me if you want it.  allieoopsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com.  

I also have a head cold, so have been taking it easy.  Yesterday was spent on the couch, huddled under a quilt with kleenex and two books.  Much better today!

Matter of fact, I went shopping today.  I need clothing badly.  After much frustration, I got home and WALKED to the grocery store to get a cucumber to snack on tonight....these rolls around my middle have got to go.  There's just no hiding them with summer clothes.  If the weather cooperates, I'll walk up there daily to get a healthy snack.  We'll see how long that lasts....

But hey.  Now for the big news.  I have a new button on my sidebar for something special.

Jacquelynne Steves is having another gorgeous FREE BOM, and this time I get to be a featured blogger participating!  I can tell you this is a gorgeous quilt.  No sneak peeks, sorry....but you'll want to sign up!  Lots of  give-aways as well!

So - I'll give you the link to sign-up - you MUST sign up, but it's free, and the first Monday of every month you'll get the pattern delivered to your inbox!  There will be great give-aways every month!  It will run from August through December, 2019, and the giant grand prize giveaway will be in January.  

You can choose applique, embroidery, or just piecing - whichever floats your boat.  She's doing this in two colorways, Desert and Cottage [they're gorgeous], and she'll have kits available if you'd like, although that's not required!  And accessories as well!

I hope you join us in the fun - I can't wait til August, lol!  You can sign up already, just click here - 

And just to whet your appetite, another pic....

I hope you'll join in on the fun, and maybe win something lovely as well!!!

Ok, off to snack on my cuke - see you soon!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


You know, when we first moved in here, I had no plan.  This house has SO much storage - I just didn't know what to do with it all.  So I pretty much threw everything in wherever it would fit, knowing there'd still be so much space I could still find everything(*snort*), and that I would have plenty of time to sort it all out.

Fast forward 3 years.  Yep, it's all still there where I threw it.  Funny how that works.....sigh.  Every spring I think I'll get on it, but so far, I haven't.  This year, since I'm no longer working or even making patterns, I'm on a mission.

My main motivations is....spiders.  There are two huge trees right next to the house, a balcony under them where they breed, and none of the doors and windows fit properly.  You would not believe what gets in here.  The best way to keep them from breeding IN the house is to clear out all the clutter, and make it easy to keep clean.  

Today, I started with the most important room in the house, the sewing room. 

Every drawer, every cupboard.  This box above is all of my patterns that I've purchased over the years.  And it does go back years - there are many more that are on my computer!!!!

I went through all of my books from all their scattered locations - and after removing all the patterns from my book cupboard, all the books fit!!

There's even room for more.  I won't show you the top of the cupboard, that holds all of my own patterns, and they are an unholy mess.  I'm saving that for a rainy day.

I went through all the drawers in my dresser, found two plastic shoeboxes that now hold office supplies and trims.  Everything in order, how I love it.  Maybe now I can find things!  I still have to clean out the china cabinet, clean out the bookshelves and sort through fabric, but wow I feel so much better.

Oh, and look what I found - 

We used to have a book called The Taxi That Hurried, when the boys were small, and I drew the taxi and made a pillow for my boys.  Apparently I also traced their handprints - those are from 1997, when my oldest was 5 and youngest 3.  What a treasure.

So - being that I'm on a mission, you won't hear from me much for the next little bit.  I intend to clear out the entire house.  The enormous linen closet upstairs has boxes with who knows what in them, hopefully no spiders.

I'll leave you with a picture my son took of me, with his special headgear for working on pens - we were cracking up at how it made our eyes look, and had to take pics!!!!

Gee grandma what big eyes you have....and that hair won't win any awards either.....

See you later, allie-gator!

Friday, April 5, 2019


I just never know who I'm going to see outside my sewing room window - I almost had heart failure earlier when I caught something large moving out of the corner of my eye, turned around and there were four deer looking at me.

We've had so much rain lately that we joke about waterfront property without the high taxes.

The neighbors (non-verbal) don't seem to mind.  Although this guy finally got annoyed with me taking so many pictures and turned his back.

He finally waddled off with the Mrs. to hunt in the neighbor's lake.  It's just so odd to have them paddling around your lawn.

I've been sewing a bit.  This morning I worked on a secret project, and confirmed my suspicion that I will never make a full-size pieced quilt.  Ever.  Then I turned to a rather organically growing project....

This one is pure play.  I drew the design pieces, stitched them down, and am adding things as they come to me.  No planning involved - I love working this way.  This may become a table runner for my foyer, we'll see.  I'm using fusible web and straight line stitching around the pieces.  

I'm still searching for work, checking the job sites every day, and still getting calls for all kinds of things I can't do - such as truck driving - I can drive a semi, but I'm not licensed for it.  In the meantime, I play with fabric, and sometimes mum.

I hope all is going well with you, I'm getting around to blogs more often now and that's a good thing.  Love seeing what you all are up to.  Enjoy your weekend!

See you soon - 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Block 9 Grow in Grace

I can't believe it, but here is our very last block in the Grow in Grace project!

Be forgiven - you know, looking back over my life, I find it so difficult sometimes to understand how God could forgive me, and yet He did, and He does.

I've also completed the finishing instructions.

A very simple quilt - cuz simple is what I do - you know me and piecing, lol.  But I am very pleased with the final result!  Now to get it quilted and bound.

As always, email me at allieoopsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com if you're not on facebook, and I will email you the designs.

I took mum out yesterday, and she didn't get me in trouble once.  It was amazing.

I'm going to celebrate a big birthday in a couple of days - and a few days ago I got a very special surprise in the mail.

Our own darling Jenny sent me the most gorgeous needlebook ever in the history of needleboooks.

As you can see, it's already in use!  I was gobsmacked at her teeny tiny stitches....

That little birdie is smaller than a penny!  Jenny, thank you for this beautiful treasure, it will be by my side with every stitch I take, to remind me of my sister in Christ across the miles.  Jenny celebrated the same big birthday last month....otherwise I would swear we were separated at birth.

Well, I guess I should go work on a new project, it's very strange to not have something new to upload every week!  I'm not lacking for ideas, I think I'll try to translate some of them into cloth...

See you soon!


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