In A Pickle With Earl and Opal

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Panel

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Panel

Who doesn’t look forward to the Sunday funnies with Earl and Opal? Starts our week off with a good, hearty, laugh. My Hubs likens himself to the “long suffering” Earl!

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Pickles

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Pickles

Timeless Treasures Pickles Cartoon Material Girl Comic Strip

Timeless Treasures Pickles Cartoon Material Girl Comic Strip

Laura from SewVeryEasy blog's panel quilt

Laura from SewVeryEasy blog’s panel quilt

At the Timeless Treasures site, is a fabulous quilt by Laura of SewVeryEasy blog, with a How to use Fabric Panels to Make Quilts link to YouTube. I am in love with her use of selvedges in the border. Super clever. The video tutorial show how.

QThanks for stopping by. Now go have a crafty day!

These Elephants Are Not Afraid Of A Mouse

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Emily’s mouse on it’s new pad.

Daughter Emily loves elephants. When she was two, her paternal grandma gave to her a pink, long-sleeved, t-shirt with an appliqué of an elephant on it AND a big appliqué letter E! What’s not to love? Wonder why she loves both pink and elephants? When she became pregnant two years ago, before the sonogram let us know that Little Man (LM) was growing, I bought two yards of this Timeless Treasures Funky Elephant (Mod-C8127) fabric. I was getting ready for a new granddaughter. OK, wishful thinking on my part? I love LM to pieces and could not be more delighted with him, but I did still have two yards of “girly” elephant fabric. What to do? Em has her degree in Finance and, smart woman that she is, has developed a business which allows her to work from the comfort of her home most of the time. Items for her office, the perfect use for the fabric. Surrounded by both pink and elephants, happy world! A search on Pinterest lead me to the Fabric Mouse Pad Tutorial which was found on Gen X Quilters. It is advertised as a 10 Minute project which is right on. That is as long as you don’t have to stop to take pictures of each step, which I actually forgot to do a few times.

Mousepad materials

Mousepad materials


  • 9″ x 7 1/2″ piece of fabric
  • 9″ x 7 1/2″ piece of Heat n’ Bond (you need “glue” on both sides of the bonding material)
  • 9″ x 7 1/2″ piece of thin cork – I bought a 18″ x 24″ roll at Joann’s which yields 8 mousepads.
  • Leather sewing needle for sewing machine.


1. Cut out the fabric, Heat n’ Bond, and cork.

2. Using the directions on Heat n’ Bond, fuse the Heat n’ Bond onto the wrong side of the fabric. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step.)

3. Pull the paper off of the backside of the Heat n’ Bond, place the fabric-Heat n’ Bond piece on top of the cork. Follow the directions on the Heat n’ Bond to fuse it to the cork. This is what the three layers fused together looks like:

Iron on

Iron on

4. Using a rotary cutter, trim up all sides cutting away extra cork and/or fabric overhanging the sides. I have a beat-up, large blade I used.

5. Using a round object for a template, trace a rounded edge on each corner. Use a scissors to cut along the traced lines to get a nicely, rounded edge. Bad blogger, I forgot to take a picture.

6. Using the leather needle, sew an edging about 1/8th inch around the entire mousepad. I did not want to chance breaking a thin needle, so I used a leather needle.

7. Done! Sit back and admire your cleverness.

QHappy Tutorial Thursday, thanks for stopping by. Have a fun, crafty day.

“You Knew I Was a Material Girl When You Married Me”

Q – This fabulous bird-heart-pattern fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics was on display in Heirloom Quilts & Fabric, Poulsbo, WA.  One of the quilt shops Curls and I visited during our Northwest trip.  I love this quilt shop and visit it every time I’m in the Tacoma area.  I’m a compulsive fiber collector!  I don’t have any idea what I want to use this fabric for, I just love birds and hearts so obviously I had to buy some.  Wonderful ideas abounded.

Aren’t these the cutest high top shoes for baby?  The pattern is from Curby’s Closet, who has the most adorable patterns for baby attire. I just love them.  I have a 5 month old grandson who these would look so darling on.  Only problem, my daughter and son-in-law were thoughtless enough to moved to Hawaii in January, taking all four of my precious grandchildren with them.  These shoes wouldn’t be worn.  Baby Luke spends most of his days in just diapers.  Sigh….

Curls got an idea for the best boy’s shirt, all made from fat quarters.  Each part of the front was a different fat quarter pattern, as the sleeves, and the back.  She collected fat quarters at the different quilt stores we visited.  She had three grandsons so she had a ball collecting fabrics.  One of the shirts will be done in a car theme.  Fun fabrics.  She promised to share the shirts when completed.

One of the most beautiful and friendliest quilt shops we visited was the Wild Rose Quilt Shop & Retreat in Orting, WA.  We wish we lived closer so we could attend a retreat.  On display was a model for the Bucket Bag pattern by Kram’s Kreations.  Really quite wonderful.  Unfortunately, they were out of the interesting fabric that was on the display model.  We love bags!!  Always on the look out for new patterns.  I mean really, can a gal have too many bags?  Barbara found a lot of fat quarters for the shirts.  It was quite fun digging through all of the fat quarters looking for the perfect ones.

Sister Lindsay is a whiz at making pillowcases.  So, when we got over to Missoula to visit mom and her, a trip to Vicki’s Quilts Down Under was in order.  They have TONS of fabric.  The most humorous was a Pickles comic strip print by Timeless Treasures.  Opal is holding an armful of bolts of fabric and says to Earl, “You knew I was a material girl when you married me.”  And, why didn’t I buy some????  I purchased the above fabric and following Lindsay’s instructions, made the pillowcase (the case is folded to fit into the picture).  This is the amount of fabric to purchase for a standard sized pillow:

Main color = 27″
Contrast = 1/4 yard
Trim = 2″

This APQ site has the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge – Free Patterns. You can find instructions on sewing a wide-variety of pillowcases.

Curls – Yes Q and I had a great time going to all the cool stores. Here are a few of the fabrics I bought to make pillowcases from:

This is one is for my youngest grandchild, he is 2 and the only one who I haven’t made a pillowcase for. This next picture is of the fabric I have chosen for my 4 year old grandson. He is crazy about monster trucks. I still have to get the coordinating fabrics to go with it. This will happen on our next adventure!

This last picture is of fabric I chose to make another pillowcase for myself. I got the fabric from Bear Paws, our last stop.  They are all I use. I just love them.

The other fabrics I bought were for shirts to make for my grandsons. I have a sketch of the idea in my notebook and at a later time, when they are finished, I shall share them with all.

Q -The last quilt store that we had a hard time leaving was Bear Paw Quilting and Bernina in Coeur d’Alene.  Huge store with a lot of ideas, fabrics, books, etc.  Have you ever noticed that if there are too many choices you end up with nothing?  Barb bought some great fabric for different projects, she was on a mission to find iris fabrics.  Mom and Barb’s favorite flower is the Iris. I loved all of the batiks.  Sister Terri made the most beautiful batik quilt.  She shared the pattern with me, I just have not made one.  I have to admit, I love to piece the tops, but HATE to do the quilting, binding, etc.

Can’t remember which shop I saw an idea for a great bag made out of jelly rolls.  They used an antique handkerchief for the outside pocket.  Such amazing ideas.

PS – Forgot to mention these yesterday:

FREE – A Rainbow for My Hands by The BeadKnitter (on display at Yellow House Yarns).  Fingerless gloves using a beautiful Entrelac pattern.  At the store they used Mini Mochi yarn.

Costs – Kaleidoscope Mittens by Little Nutmeg Productionsfrom kid’s sizes to adults.  Can’t remember in which shop these were on display.  Really quite cute.  Too bad (yeah right) the weather here in San Diego isn’t really mitten/glove weather.  One set of gloves/mittens lasts for years!!!

Right now rain is pouring down; it’s cold!  Earlier it was so windy with hail falling that I thought we’d blow away.  Yeah, I’d better rethink the gloves/mittens.  How did it go from the 80’s on Sunday to this today?  Hum.