Monday, November 30, 2009

I LOVE this newly discovered tee shirt co. called Wild Olive Tees.
Their designs are so beautiful, put one on your Christmas list!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Teaching Good Things

Most of you know that I homeschool- and one of my favorite homeschooling blog sites is TEACHING GOOD THINGS. I saw this post on "What Quilting can Teach You." It is so sweet to see moms and daughters working together on quilting, and they produced a DVD about how to quilt that looks very popular!


p.s. I just found out she has a quilting blog, too! For the Love of Quilting

Sunday, November 15, 2009

cutter quilt

I have been working on a cutter quilt of DoriAnn's so I can make her a table runner for Christmas. It is a watercolor quilt with an Irish chain in it
All but two of the medallions are pretty trashed, but it's the ends I need!
I measure extra for mistakes.
When cutting, I left "tails" so I can pick the binding loose and use it to make a smooth transition to the new binding.

The batting is so thin, I was able to just sew the right sides together and iron it down well so I could top stitch it. The sashing it not even, but I am going to applique some flowers on it so it will not show.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Someday- I will have the quilt studio of my dreams, with is fabulous table in it. Love, Moorea

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I was out swinging Jacob on the tree swing this chilly afternoon.
The sky was so blue and tree is the most lovely shades of oranges
and reds that I was compelled to take a picture. As I was snapping
different aspects of the tree/sky combo I was reminded of this this:

One of the most beautiful pieces of fabric I have ever seen. The selvage cut off who made it, leaving only "CS COLLECTION 2004" on it. I wish I had purchased more if it, instead I only own a fat quarter. I would make a dress out if it, if I did not run the chance of looking like Ms. Frizzle. I'd make it long and sweeping, with the "puffed sleeves" Anne with an 'e' dreampt of.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Long Lost Friend

Meet my long lost friend Pippilotta Delicatessa Comestibles Windowshade Curlymint Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking. Whew, what a mouthful! I have been searching
for her pattern for years! I have been to just about every cloth
doll site on the internet. I am not kidding when I say I have spent
countless hours looking through google searches. Problem is, I never
knew that it was a Pippi pattern. Since my Mom made it over 30
years ago, she had forgotten! I finally gave-up last year. But I
knew in my heart that we would not be separated forever...

My Mom made this doll for me in the mid 1970's- Her name was
Cathy. She was well loved.

This was Cathy's companion. (Can't remember her name.)

Last week I snuck into Eco Thrift after a long day... I was searching
through the toys and there she was looking-up at me! Imagine MY
surprise when I recognized the shape, clothes, sweet embroidered
face and braided hair. "Why someone was creative enough to make
her into Pippi Longstocking!" Almost immediately the light bulb
went on "Oh- She was originally a Pippi pattern!" WOW! I bought
her for $2- and rushed home to search the net...

The second search hit was for this pattern @ Your Pattern Shop of
vintage patterns. Oh JOY! My Mom was so happy and bought the
pattern for me for my birthday! The pattern came in the mail
today! We cannot wait to get together and make her.

Pippi is very high sprited. She has played football with the
Little Boys and has been keeping me company in the craft room-
she loves country music,too!

You can visit Pippi here at Astrid Lindgren's World in Sweden.

Love, Moorea

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Journal Cover Tutorial

You have to see this post of a Journal Cover tutorial over
at Exuberant Color Blog.
It is a treat to look through all
18 posts of the journals she has made- she is not kidding about
loving color! Check for Journals under the LABELS on her sidebar.

I think I am going to make a Bible cover with it-
It may or may not turn out. Bible covers are pretty flimsy.

I am home from church with a sick 4 year old. I think he
will be good as new tomorrow, but I'm missing the monthly
church B-B-Q and the much needed fellowship that comes with it.
It is well with my soul.

Love, Moorea