Archive for July, 2014

July 28th, 2014

Gypsy Wife Blocks +

by Julie Hirt

I’m having a great summer, are you?  The only drawback to spending so much time outdoors is not sewing as much.  I’ve been sewing in spurts and on Saturday I got caught up on my Gypsy Wife blocks.


Gyspy Wife June

I really like how the Crazy Anne (left, bottom corner) turned out even if my points are terrible.


Gypsy Wife July

My original goal was to ONLY use scraps and try not to repeat too many patterns.  I finally had to cut into my stash, but I like that I’m still using up a lot of scraps.  Now August is only a few days away and I will *not* let myself fall behind again!


This summer also ended another round of the Scrappy Trip Bee. I received some awesome blocks but unfortunately haven’t taken a picture yet.


Sign ups for the next round begin August 1st!  Check back here for details.


Amanda at the What the Bobbin has an ongoing swap of Fussy Cut blocks. <3  Here is my take on the ‘text’ theme. I didn’t realize how few text fabrics I actually have. I have quite a few small text prints, but I thought that may be kinda boring for the centers.

Fussy Cut Swap


And… check this out!

zeppelin potholder

Teresa Down Under made a super cute potholder tutorial. I LOVE this version using my free Zeppelin paper piecing pattern.


Here is one of the reasons why my summer lacks sewing. We spend a lot of time at Lake of the Ozarks and the weather has been terrific this summer. I love spending time outdoors, especially if I’m near a body of water.



Be sure to check back in – I’ll be hosting an Aurifil giveaway soon!




July 2nd, 2014

The Giving Bunny & Vacation Pics

by Julie Hirt

It’s been a while since I’ve posted!  I’ve been enjoying my summer and we just got back from vacation.  I wanted to share a cool project I just heard about, even though it’s been around for a while.

The Giving Bunny Project:

The Giving Bunny Project

It’s hosted through Urban Threads.  You make a little fleece bunny (pattern is in the link), attach a card stock name tag (printable is also in the link), then spread them around for people to find.   It’s a fun way to brighten someone’s day.  You can also add your bunnies to the shared Google map.

I had every intention of hiding these little guys along our road trip to Florida.  After putting them in the glove box I kind of forgot until we were almost heading back. I was able to hide Patches in a newspaper stand in front of a Dock & Dive shop in Port St Joe.  I still have Nellie & Bing.

These bunnies only take a few minutes to make and they are really cute.  You can personalize them and don’t forget the pom-pon tail!


Ready for an overload of vacation pics?  This is the first year we’ve taken the dogs on vacation. We were driving and going to a dog friendly beach, so we figured why not.  Penny, our not-so-friendly chihuahua, was left at home with her uncle.


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We went to Cape San Blas, Florida and it was Bojangles & Huey’s first time on a beach.

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Bojangles LOVED running down the boardwalk from the house and onto the sand.

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The beach was nice because there are no hotels, just rentals homes and an uncrowded beach.

Everyone left their tents and chairs on the beach overnight. It was nice not having to pack it all up every day.

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I didn’t get any pictures, but there was a large pod of dolphins that swam down the shore several times a day. They were only like 30 feet out and it was really fun.  One day they were jumping all over the place, it was like they were performing.

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We were lucky and every day was warm with sunny skies.

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We went fishing with Captain Charles  in Apalachicola Bay and it was awesome!  We caught dozens of trout, lots of catfish, a dozen or so baby sharks and even a baby stingray.  We took a few of the trout with us and grilled them that night for dinner.

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Here is Tori with one of her sharks.

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We did a sunset sail with Captain Gena at Windward Sailing Charters.  Highly recommend them!

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Quick story about Bojangles:

He LOVED racing down the boardwalk to the beach. On the second to last day there he ripped his little toenail and we had to drive an hour and a half to Panama City to a 24 hour vet. It was bleeding and you can see it was just kind of hanging there.  They ended up removing his toenail and bandaged him up.  Luckily he didn’t seem bothered by any of it or I would have been a total mess!  We’ve removed the bandage now that we are home and all is well.

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We really did have a great time and will go back to the same area again. There isn’t any nightlife and very few restaurants – I think it’s a great place for families and couples that want something low key.

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Hope you’re having a great summer. I have quite a few sewing projects I really need to catch up on!



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