Monthly Archives: May 2015

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May 28th 2015

I am so happy to finally announce that my shopping cart is up and running. Three of my patterns are available for PDF download and not a moment too soon, since a couple of them are perfect for summer!

First up is Watercolor Sea Horses

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I used the fabric Giggles from Me and My Sister Designs but it works just as well with anything from your stash like Cindy did below.

Cindy's Sea Horses (2)

And this one from Susie’s Sunroom I love her “sea weed” style quilting!

Susie's Sea horse

Another Summer sensation is Just Keep on Swimming. Each block is 10″ x 10″ and it went together assembly line style in a flash! Naturally I thought Daysail from Bonnie and Camille would be perfect for a baby boy! Quilt size 36″ x 46″.

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There is the Mister on location helping with pictures (love him so much for doing that for me) but those were a NO! For starters taking quilt pictures is difficult, and taking them on a windy beach even harder! Plus the beach on vacation is much nicer than this one.

Mr with fish on the beach

But not to worry, this pattern also comes with 3 size options! Below is a throw size 56″ x 66″ made with Here Fishy Fishy by Heather Mudler Peterson for Henry Glass & Co.

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Lastly but surely a great finish for any Christmas in July blog hop is Peppermints.

peppermints on the beach

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I absolutely love how Susie’s (Susie’s Sunroom) turned out. She’ll tell you herself how my mouth waters when I look at hers. It’s all full of cocoa, caramel and cherry liquor, there is even some red velvety goodness wrapped in Kahlua in there, can you taste it?

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My new Insta friend Debbie  also tested the pattern and made this one. Gorgeous too right?

Debbie's quilt

Just click on  “MY SHOP” on the beach, in the upper right margin and it will take you there. Use the code “FINALLY” and get 10% off! Happy Summer!

Trick or Treat Banners

May 7th 2015

Funny story: I was reminded about this post, seeing all the hoopla on Instagram about a Halloween Swap, and I couldn’t find it. As it turns out, I never hit publish! So here it is.  #TBT

Originally, one of my first “start to finish” quilts was a Halloween banner for my friend Amy – Hi! I hadn’t learned how to bind yet and Summercrafter hadn’t been born. The fabric collection I used for hers was Spooktacular by Sanae for Moda. I used a whole charm pack (42 pieces) and some FQs for cat and Frank and backing of course.

Halloween quilt, Halloween decor

Halloween banner 2010

Here I am, sewing on vacation in 2010, making it for her while practicing everything I had learned about quilting up until that point.

summercrafter in action

Elaine the Summercrafter: quilting on vacation

Last year, I was tickled when Miriam called me and asked me to make her one “just like that” referring to the one I had made for Amy. Here is the newer version I made with much more confidence and quilting experience. For this one, I used 2 Charm packs (each had 21 pieces) of Halloween Parade by Doodle Bug Design Inc for Riley Blake Designs (It seems I like everything they put out!)

Halloween decor, Halloween quilt

Halloween banner 2014

Here are close ups of the appliques. First the kitty. I blanket stitched around each figure. Whiskers are free motioned as well as background which is stippled. (Did you see the spider on his nose?)


I made template letters with the Cricut and used fusible to trace the letters BACKWARDS, and did a tiny blanket stitch around each letter. Did the smallest blanket stitch around these too. Everything was done with the sewing machine except the buttons.


Frank is always fun. I used Rick Rack for the top of his hair and a machine embroidery stitch for his scar, that’s my favorite part.


With the leftover squares, I made her this little mat for her candy dish.


It was so much fun to make it for her for ten minutes a day. She got it just in time for October!