Category Archives: Crafting

On The First Night of Hanukkah



You can’t go wrong with crayon rolls.

Did I ever show you the little stack of fat quarters I got at Denyse Schmidt’s studio in October?

Clearly they needed to be cut.


There—that’s better.

What do you make for the ‘tween boy in your life? Interests: music, computers, girls, music, cooking, girls and computers.


I thought cooking was my safest bet.

Tropical Dreams and Sewing Machines

When the weather outside is frightful and there’s no chance of a tropical vacation anytime soon, what’s a girl to do? (Well, yes, a pina-colada might have worked also.)

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies.


Do I need to say more?

I will tell you in the spirit of full disclosure that the recipe is from this book:

—further proof that I’m not entirely against the Martha. (Although I do feel confident in my guess that she has never actually made these cookies.)

Very delicious and just enough coconut to take me away from the slushy icy mess that is my life today.

I also found my way back to the sewing machine (Yes Virginia, she really does have a sewing machine under that mess) and finished the last block for a gender-neutral baby quilt that’s been in the works for a while. Good thing I started early.


If it weren’t for the holidays I think this quilt might actually have a prayer of arriving at it’s appointed destination on time.

I may have backed down just a bit from my promise to let myself off the hook from making all of my gifts this year. While I’m certainly not making all of them, I have found the drive to crank out a few.


These coffee cup cozies have become a go-to for my small gift giving needs. We like to present them wrapped around a coffee cup with a gift card inside. (Thanks, as always, to Erin for the pattern.)

And for those of you who asked, I have a little Hanukkah post lined up—stay tuned.

Excuses and a Quilt-a-long

A few

small projects

have gotten in the way of the tutorial I promised.


But I’m on it now.

So how about if we do it like this: I’ll post stages of the process of making the Roundabout Quilt and you can follow along (quilt-along if you prefer) or wait until it’s all finished and I’ll put it together in one handy PDF. This is a great pattern for curve-piecing-newbies and I think it’s fun for more experienced quilters as well. The finished quilt will be a perfect napping size of approximately 52″x72″.

If you feel like quilting along feel free to grab a button,

spread the word (the more the merrier after all) and come back Friday afternoon for the fabric and cutting requirements. There just may be a giveaway at the end of the rainbow!

*Coffee cozy pattern is courtesy of House on Hill Road and quilt-holding courtesy of Jake.