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*whew* I’ve Been FAIRLY Busy!

Our Minnesota State Fair (the best 10 days of summer) starts next week, and I’ve been busy as a bee trying to finish as many projects as humanly possible to enter in Creative Activities.  Yesterday was the last day to bring your entries in, and last night I slept.  Like a baby.

So here are my finishes:

Swoon’s adorable “Brooklyn” handbag.  I quilted the gray Essex linen and paired it with a black pebble vinyl.

Brooklyn front

Swoon “Alice Shopper Tote” bag.  Free pattern at the Swoon Patterns site.  It’s a great pattern to try if you’re interested in purchasing any of the Swoon patterns, as it gives you a feel for her directions.  Plus this is a great bag!

Swoon Strawberry Allice sofa

A little wool framed art, pattern by Becky Delsman, published in the 2012 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.   Can’t wait for fall so I can hang this one up!

Pumpkin crow berries

This is great-nephew Peter’s bee quilt.  (The family’s last name starts with “B”.)  Wanted to do a woven type design with these fabrics, and figured out how easy it is to put together.  This will go in the fair’s Bee & Honey department.

Peter's Bees

Here is an embarassing one…DH Jim’s socks.  This photo is from spring of 2014.  2014!!!  I pulled them out to finish this summer, and all I needed to do was about an inch of the toe and close the toe.  AND I forgot to take a photo of the finished pair, so I have to show DH’s naked toes.  Hope he doesn’t read this…

05-02-2014 365 Jims Sox

I’m working backwards in time, so you perhaps have seen this one already:  the Cane Bay Wrap.  Here it is being blocked.  One of my most favorite things I’ve every made.  Love it so much, I went back to Jenny’s shop (The Twisted Loop in Prior Lake) and bought this fabulous yarn in another color for wrap #2.

Cane Bay Wrap blocked

It took me a while to finish this one this spring, but I ADORE this Swoon “Charlotte City Tote, done up in green glitter vinyl and Tula Pink Bumblebees.  Charlotte is also entered in Bee & Honey, so if you go in the Ag-Hort building, check out the Bee & Honey items…and I always buy some sort of honey or honey products while I’m there.

Swoon Charlotte angled

This is Swoon’s “Dollie Mini Cross-Body” bag.  With its cross-body strap, it would be perfect to carry at the fair.  If it wasn’t IN the fair…

Dollie no handles close

This is the “L is for Lattice” wallhanging I did for my part in our guild’s Alphabet Challenge in 2015.  Yummy batiks in Lemon, Lime, Latte’, Lava, and Licorice.  I know…you’re thinking, “What the “L” is she talking about?”  Twenty-six of our guild members each made a 26″ x 26″ wall quilt.  We drew for letters, and I drew the letter “L”.  A 27th guild member did a wall quilt depicting the letters from A-Z.

Lattice quilt

So there you have it — my nine items I brought to the fair this year.  It’s always more fun when you have some of your items to look for.  Thank you, both of you, who read this all the way to the end!

— Sue


Design-Wall Monday

I completed another one of DesignAndBeMary candle mats this week.  (This exact pattern may not be available yet, but browse through her other tabletop patterns.  They are all wonderful!)

It is made from National Nonwoven’s woolfelt.  (Make sure you wet the woolfelt thoroughly and dry it in the dryer, then press it flat, before using.  It makes the wool more beefy.)

Candle Mat Tan full Candle Mat Tan

I am now working on some Cosmic Coasters by One Wing Wool.  They are layered together, but will be fused, blanket stitched and other decorative stitching added, as well as a bit of beading around the edge:


I just returned from 10 wonderful days in Ireland, so I am posting a few photos a day as I go through the hundreds of pictures I took.

Dunloe Gap 6

Here are some shots of our trip through the Gap of Dunloe.  We rode in traps (small carts) on the narrow roads,  pulled by Irish cob ponies.

Dunloe Gap 3Ireland is such a beautiful and welcoming country, it was a lovely experience.

Linking to Judy L’s Design Wall Monday


Felted Wool + Beads

Equals a fun project!

These pins are made from DesignAndBeMary’s original and beautiful patterns.  Here is the one I started yesterday:

05-17-2014 365 Beading

This project all came about because of a trip to the Minnesota State Button Society Show going on this weekend at the DoubleTree hotel in Bloomington, MN (the old Radisson South).   I surely didn’t know button collecting was such a big deal.  And of course I found a button I wanted.

05-16-2014 365 Bee Button

It is an older button, perhaps off a coat or a heavier garment.  I loved the bee on it.  Mary’s pins have about a 1″ button in the center, so I decided to make myself a flower pin with a bee button center.

Here are a couple of pins I made in February.



02-26-2014 365 Pin orig_edited-1

Please visit Mary’s site and take a look at her wonderful patterns and her blog.  I think you’ll like what you see!