Sunday, July 21, 2019

Introducing The Applique Club

If you've been following me for awhile, you'll know all about the Craftsy/Bluprint debacle, and how I had to quit selling patterns due to not finding a shop I was comfortable with.  I still haven't....but months ago, the Lord gave me an idea, and I've been steadily working towards a new goal; and now it's time to share it with you.

A monthly subscription club, with two patterns plus a Calendar Bird Block of the Month, beginning August 1, 2019.

I've added a new page, up just below my header, that explains everything - but I'll tell you here too.  Every month, in your email inbox, you'll get two patterns for either a wall-hanging, table topper, table runner, etc.;  all will be small and all will be suitable for pre-cuts or scraps.  There will be Christian patterns, holiday or seasonal patterns, for keeping or gift-giving.  All will use fusible web for a quick finish, and I'll be doing most of them with machine applique simply because it's faster - no reason you can't hand applique!

The cost each month is $5.95 USD.  That's a darn good bargain!  All you have to do is subscribe, paypal automatically bills your credit card or paypal account each month, and your patterns are delivered right to your email inbox.  You can stay in your jammies for the whole process.  (My kind of shopping....)

As a thank you for subscribing, I'll email you this lovely joining gift within 24 hours of your subscription.

That picture shows it on my coffee table in the living room - really adds a necessary touch of color to that room!

You can join anytime - the cut-off each month for joining, to get the following month's patterns, is midnight of the last day of the month.  The patterns will be mailed on the first day of each month, my time - I'm in the Eastern time zone in the US.

So, if you'd like to get 2 new patterns plus the BOM each month, click here:

Scroll down to the subscribe button which will take you to paypal, and sign up!  I hope to see you there!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How About A Give-Away?

Have you signed up for Jacquelynne Steves' new BOM yet?

It's super cute!  I'm one of the participating bloggers, and will have posts showing my process during the whole fun!

AND - Jacquelynne is having a give-away today!

The value of this package is over $80!!  

Click here > Jacquelynne Steves and go enter!!!  She has really awesome sponsors for this BOM, there will be lots of give-aways throughout the whole thing - but don't take my word for it, go read it, lol!  I can't wait!

I've been super busy lately, working on something that will come to fruition shortly - hopefully by the end of the week.  Wait, that's only two more days!!  Yikes!  It has tested my faith, my abilities, my patience, and my sanity - but our God is faithful, and He has taught me so much through the whole process.  I can truly say that:

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10) "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  {10} Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

Now go enter that give-away - I'll see you soon!!!


Thursday, June 27, 2019


Hi everyone, I haven't been online much in the last week or so - on June 17th, I lost my best friend suddenly.  She had a heart attack while on vacation in Tennessee, and never recovered.

Taken on a fabric acquisition trip

I miss her more than I can say.  We've talked almost every day for the last 16-17 years - she was family to me.  Please pray for her kids.

Needless to say, there's been no sewing going on.  I've been trying to help the kids clean out her house so they can sell it.  Her kids are amazing - I couldn't be prouder of them if they were my own.

See you soon.

I'm so sorry, I've had to start moderating comments due to spam.

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!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Block 8 Grow in Grace

A few hours early this week, as I have a job interview in the morning - here's block 8 of Grow in Grace!

I love this one - I have a very soft spot in my heart for dandelions, first flower my son ever gave me.  Only one more week to go, can you believe it? I still need to write the finishing instructions.

Mom got me again.  We went to the drugstore to pick up her eye drops, which we had to wait for.  While waiting, mum said, "you could go to school to be a pharmacist, you know".  Thinking only that they're on their feet for 12 hours shifts, I replied, "why would I do that???"  She answered, "don't you like to do drugs?"  At which point she saw my face, and we both doubled over laughing.

The entire pharmacy staff came over to see why we were crying, and I told them what she said.  They looked at me like YOU DO DRUGS?  So I had to explain that I used to be a pharmacy tech....I don't think they believed me.  Now there's a whole store that thinks I'm a druggie.

Gotta love her!

We seem to have a new pet.

A cute little kitty that freely roams our backyard, and I believe is living in the lean-to behind our shed.  I've been putting out bowls of tuna and trying to get a good picture, but it seems feral.  I was hoping to snap a good shot and take it around to the neighbors to see if it belonged to anyone.  It seems to like our house, but not us!

That's all the news in Allieville, remember if you're not on facebook, please email me at allieoopsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com with which block you'd like.  I may not see your comment here, google is still playing up with notifications.

See you soon!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Block 7 Grow in Grace

Good morning, everyone, Block 7 of Grow in Grace is ready!

In the facebook files, or email me at allieoopsdesigns(at)gmail(dot)com with the block number that you'd like.

Here's a pic of the finished quilt top.

I really love it!  I don't have a large enough piece of batting to quilt it right now, so it's in the pile of tops.

We had a taste of things to come yesterday, it was 62F and rainy.  I got mom out of the house, over to visit her best friend, it was lovely.  I also took a short video of the deer, they came back - we hadn't seen them hardly at all over the winter, they must have greener pastures somewhere.  With all the rain, there are lakes in the backyards, and the deer were having great fun!  One of them was herding ducks - nose down, walking them over to the other end of the lake.  They were noisily protesting.  Wish I'd gotten a video of that!

Have a lovely weekend, my friends....

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mum Update

Thank you all for the prayers - Mum is doing very well, there was no blockage so she didn't have to get stents put it.  The Dr. said the heart spasms should be able to be controlled by medication, and they have the perfect one for that.  They'll monitor her closely and only time will tell if she needs a pacemaker/defibrillator - she already has a pacemaker, which is how they found this.

She's recuperating at home and loving all the attention.  She couldn't use her arm where they went into the artery for a few days, so she's being waited on hand and foot.  And we are happy to do it!!!

Thanks again for all the prayers!!!!


(Psalms 73:26) "My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Block 6 Grow in Grace

I'm uploading block 6 early this week, mum goes for her heart cath in the morning - this week is "be fruitful" and it's my favorite!!!

I had finished up the stitching part of the blocks yesterday, and today started trying to figure out how I wanted to put them together.

I had to trim them all down to 8 inches, as they had frayed so badly and gotten all wavy from the embroidery.

Normally I like to pink the edges when I do embroidery to prevent fraying but this time I plain forgot.

As always, email me if you're not on facebook and I will email you the pattern.  If you don't get an answer from me right away, it's because I'm at the hospital, and just can't.  I have no idea if they'll keep her overnight or what.  I guess it depends on what they find.


Friday, March 1, 2019

Block 5 Grow in Grace

I cannot believe it's Friday already....not sure where this week went!  But it is, and block 5 is in the facebook files, as always, email me with your block number request.

This week is "Be holy".

Short post this week due to time constraints - I have a job interview this morning, yippee!  And my son is taking me to see the Rhythm of the Dance tonight.  My Irish toes are already tapping.

Mum is getting her heart catheter next Friday.  She talked to her doctor and they will try to mitigate the effects of the iodine.  She's feeling much better about getting it done now.  But prayers would be much appreciated.

Off to clean up - hope my interview pants still fit - 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Block 4 Grow in Grace

Block 4 of Grow in Grace is in the facebook files - 

As always, if you're not on facebook, email me at allieoopsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know which blocks you want.  Some comments are not coming through to my email, thanks google.  Sigh.  I'm so sorry if I've missed your comment.

I have to show you how Jan is putting her blocks together - 

I love it!!  And I'm a wee bit jealous of how organized she is in her sewing room.  Well, maybe a lot jealous.

As most of you know, Jenny of Elefantz is doing a book study of Gentle Domesticity.  Her latest book post is about color.  I really embraced this concept, lol.  For two and a half years, my grandmother's chair has been sitting in my bedroom with no cushions.  It used to have memory foam cushions, but when we moved into this house, the owners had left us a bumper crop of fleas from their cats, so I threw them out as I was doing battle.  So for all this time, it's been holding laundry instead of me.

I missed that chair.  I slept in that chair when I was a child - it reclines.  It's older than I am, my mom bought it for my grandparent's when she was in high school.  I wanted it back in my sewing room.  So, with part of my very last paycheck,  I went to the store and bought some outdoor patio furniture cushions, they were the perfect size!

I looked at the colors they had, grey, brown, tan and turquoise.  I reached for the turquoise, then hesitated - would it look stupid?  Too bright?  I picked up the brown and went to the cashier.

I got halfway there, and stopped cold.  The thought came into my mind of Jenny's blue couch, and how much I loved seeing it in her pictures.  Then I thought, "life is short, live it in color".  I went back for the turquoise.

In my sewing room, I have bright yellow chrome and vinyl kitchen chairs, that go with my chrome dining table that I sew on.  The bright yellow chairs with the turquoise cushions makes my heart sing!!!  It's like walking into blue skies and sunshine.  My sewing room needs color - it energizes me, makes me feel more creative.  I'm so glad I went back and switched cushions.

And now I have some unsettling news - about mom.  I took her to the heart doctor yesterday.  She's somehow developed ventricular tachycardia, which is a rapid heartbeat on the bottom of the heart.  They put her on new meds for it.  I'm taking her for an echocardiogram on Tuesday, and they want her to have a heart catheter with dye.  She's allergic to the dye.  She got very sick the last time she had this done, before her major heart surgery, and doesn't want to do it.  This is probably caused by a blockage in the lower part of the heart, and the only way to see it is with the heart cath.  If they see a blockage, they can go right in and put in stents.  If there's no blockage, they'll put in a pacemaker/defibrillator.

I talked to my aunt, the nurse, about this.  First you get ventricular tachycardia, then ventricular fibrillation, then cardiac arrest.  So we're trying to talk her into getting it done.  She just turned 81, and is rather tired of all the poking and prodding, and of course ultimately it's her decision - but we don't want to lose her.  I would like to ask you all to pray for her, she's been through so much, and this is hard news.  She doesn't have a whole lot of time to decide, apparently.  They want to do it as soon as possible.

Thank you my friends.  Count your blessings today.



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