Friday Fun – 16 Gifts for Christmas

What do you give your …

Today I was asked what I give to my postman.

I have to stop and think about all the gifts I have made over the past few years for Christmas presents. So here are a few of them.

I hope this list helps you with your last minute gifts.

Aprons are great gifts for a young couple or someone you know who loves to cook. Maybe you will recieve a cookie plate in return!
I made this apron extra special with embroidery and rick-rack at the waist band.
I was able to create unique aprons for each person on my list, based on their personalities.
Pillow are great gifts, and who could not use one for their special chair?  I added hand stitching which shows my love for the person recieving this gift.
Now this one-of-a-kind overnight bag is for a very special someone. The sashiko embroidery was all hand stitched.
This repurposed mat was made for my daughter’s 5th grade reading corner.
Reading made fun when sitting on this mat made from pockets.
My boys both have quilts I’ve made from repurposed denim. Quilts are great gifts for the man in your life.
This quilt is stitched and embroidered on top.
Pillows anyone?
Coasters are great gifts for everyone.
I used this special frabric from Africa.
Denim is the back frabrc.
And what about your little friends? They also like sashiko patches added to a pair of pants.
This handbag is perfect for a young girl.
I made this pillow and gave it to my mother’s best friend for Christmas.
Have a friend give you their jeans, and you add hand-stitched embellishment to them.
This bag went to a very special friend.
I turned flying geese into a top, just for my daughter.
By adding fabric behind the holes in these jeans you get designer style.


Clothing is something fun to make and give.
This dress is wanted by many of my friends… so, who gets it?
Give the gift of a quilting calss or sewing class with supplies.

Handmade gifts are the best way to show your love. No one else can make it but you!

Tuesday Tip – Wear Your Art


Here I am at Quilt Market 2016 wearing a pieced denim top and skirt of my own design!

When you go to a convention but you don’t have a booth, the best way to show your handiwork is to carry it right on your back.

And here is my hand-stitched, hand-dyed kimono.


I’m not the only one wearing my own textile creations. These lovely ladies have on brightly colored tunics made from the latest fabrics.

Check out some of the other wearable art that I got to see in Houston.





Friday Fun – The Faces of Quilt Market

I’ve been home from Houston for weeks now, but I’m still thinking about all the lovely quilters, teachers, and designers I saw there. My new friend Ebony Love spoke into me many works of wisdom. Thank you Ebony.


img_7350Here I am in my hand-stitched kimono with my new friends.

Here is a picture with Cheryl Sieboda what a great person to know!
Here I am pictured with Kaffefasset. Free Spirit Fabrics
I just got a tattoo with Alison Glass.
New friend and Old friend we all had fun at the conference and market. Melissa Averinos see you soon.
Here are the two ladies who wrote “Tunic Bible”
Me and my instructor for reverse applique.


We all worked the Misty Fuse booth.



I  miss you all!

Hope to see you again next time!


Tuesday Tip – Get Published

Have you seen the Autumn 2016 issue of Haute Handbags Magazine?

I have a 6-page article featuring me and my original denim purses! How did I get my work showcased in a national publication? Read on: it’s easier than you think!


Haute Handbags is published by Stampington & Company, a publisher of dozens of great art and craft magazines. They are always looking for new content. Check out their website and choose the right magazine for your craft.

Look at their submission guidelines to see what they are looking for. The website takes you right through the process.

Make sure to take good pictures of your work. It’s all about making a great first impression!

Good luck! Hope to see you in print!



What You Can Do with Your Old Denim

It happens to everyone, eventually. Your children and family members have, patched them, maybe even cut them off.  It’s time to kiss your beloved blue jeans goodbye. Before you kick them to the plastic bin on the curb,  I have a few creative options to show you.