Saturday, August 10, 2013

After an extended break, a new focus

Strawberry Stitches has just been hanging out.  Life got in the way. 
With three girls, and me needing to go back to work a lot earlier than I would have liked, my crafting took a side seat, and so did the blogging.  Last summer we took a leap of faith:  sold the townhome that all five of us called home since 2004, and moved about a half mile away to a little ranch home with a lot of work to do. 
We had a lot of set backs that first year, so the home improvement part barely moved past replacing the roof. 
I finally feel ready to start up blogging again.  Trust me, it might be slow at first (my sewing room is just a bit cluttered now!) but you can join us as we raise our 3 girls, fix up our house on a barely-there budget, and tackle clutter, menu planning, and budgeting.  I also am going to try to find time for quilting in the mix.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Guess What?

I got mentioned in a real quilting magazine.  My Scrappy Reusable Produce Bag tutorial (click on the tutorial tab at the top!) inspired Lisa's produce bag here.  It was kind of her and the magazine to give me credit for my original design.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Giveaway over at A Turtle's Life for Me!

I'll be honest.  I haven't done a giveaway in a loooooong time.  But this was so stinking cute, that I gave it a shot, and figured that I would share it with you all. 

Click over to A Turtle's Life for Me to see this awesome giveaway, and stay to check out the rest of Natalie's great projects!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Check me out at "A Turtle's Life for Me"!

Ok, it has been a week of duh moments, including me feeling all smug that I scheduled a post for today, to realize I scheduled it for tomorrow! 

I just wanted to send you over to visit Natalie at because she is featuring my Crayon Roll Up!

Natalie is one of those moms that make you wonder "HOW does she do it??"  She rocks at crafting, she has inspired me to do freezer meals from her awesome posts, and does kid parties like no other.  Really...check out her carnival party...I'm so jealous!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Quilt a long still on....

but my post is delayed a lit. 
You see, we are having some flooding.  More water than I saw with my own eyes at once flooding.  Kids not able to get home from school on buses flooding.  Restaurants we love and animals at the zoo in HersheyPark underwater type of flooding.
So...just spending time babysitting our sump pump while my husband is out helping friends clean up their destroyed basement.  I plan to get it posted real soon!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Memory Quilt-A-Long?

The hint from my first post is about my next project....a baby clothes memory quilt!  I have three girls and plenty of clothes, though I'm sure I won't need them all.  (Or I may end up making one for my husband and I to cling to after our girls leave us someday, and one for each of them...)

I'll break it into steps that you can do as you have time.  Maybe you have enough now to do one?  Maybe you want to work on it as a project each season as you clear out your closet?  Look through the boxes and start thinking which pieces you might want to include.

If you already handed down your baby clothes, you might have that stash of t-shirts from college, a stack of shirts from all the activities your child was in that could be made into a quilt of memories for them to snuggle in as they prepare for finals in a few short months!

I'll step you through the process of stablilizing your knit fabrics so you will get nice, crisp seams, give you pointers for design, and help you finish up the project.  You can make it as simple (large squares cut from T-shirts) or as complicated (many small intricate pieces) as you want.  I will also share a way to stretch the use of your scraps so you don't waste any of your precious memories!

HOMEWORK:  Gather 30-50 pieces of clothing depending on size.  Group into "must use" and "would like to use" piles so you won't get to the end realizing that you were missing the essential outfit!  Try to consciously include some darks and lights for contrast.  Take pictures of the outfits in their whole form...(I'll explain more later, but even if you don't use them, you don't want to wish that you did it before the wrath of the sewing room scissors!)

Please comment if you would like to participate!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meet Maggie...

Maggie is my sweet little girl. She is also known as "Maggie in the Middle" or "Marge in Charge" depending on her mood. 

Maggie's sense of style

Usually the oldest child always goes first, but Maggie's sense of humor prompted me to introduce her to you today.  This is the big year.  The year of preschool, and beginning to really enter the world as her own little person.

Maybe because she is in the middle of a sister who is seven, and one who is nearly one, but she seems to have her Dad's sense of humor paired with her Mom's looks.  We went out to a restaurant that we like tonight because it is closing next week.

Maggie:  I want more applesauce!

Mommy:  Do you want to try again with manners?

Maggie:  My manners ran out of batteries!  Hehe..hehe...hehe...

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