About my header

My shed is my header by my son Darrell, He painted the Robin for me and said that it reminded him of me. Because Robins use other birds nest and if there is an egg in it, they will take care of it just like its their own. He said thats what I do, I have always taken care of others in need of a home when I come across someone in need. Isnt that Sweet, I had told him I wanted a bird and this is the one he chose. Robins have solid blue eggs which are the symbols for him and his brothers and the speckled egg are the others I have taken into my home. It was very touching to me because he researched his piece, He is a true artist and has lots of great jobs. my neighbor had hers done to

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome to Around the World Blog Hop

Mara from secretlystitching invited 3  People to join the hop from last week to write this week August 25  ME.. Shirley here at SS,  Then Nesta of Ella and Nesta's Little Room.  And 3rd Around the World Blog Hopper is Deborah of Sunshine Through the Rain, she lives in Indonesia. 

 SimpleSew, (me) has invited Sharon from ColorGirlquilts. She is bright and very Good. She also sells patterns. Kathy from KATYQUILTS AND Amy from Aquiltingsheep, each one of these Artist are differnt in their genre and what they give to the quilting and craft community. I am also meeting them, but have followed them for some time. Next week they will answer some questions, Which will be September 1st and they will tag 3 people. I will answer my question and bomb you with some photos in case you want to skip my writing, Mara teases me I write the way I talk. She will proof this and I will fix what you cant understand. :)

What a great way to make friends. 1. What am I working on?A million things.. I have 2 new more grandkids on the way. I can work on anything anywhere in my house, I encourage creativity in my home and my neighbors frequently ask for my advice from parties, to decorating and they often hand down things to me to refurbish, Love it. I have a great Quilting Room my sons made for me..  

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? I see this word frequently and I don't think it applies to anywhere in my life:  I like to make it my own and recycle, I sew seasonally and emotionally. If someone needs something,  I like to make it,  and that usually means making it their style. For example a baby nursery item, something that has to be used everyday, I don't like to make things like mini's I to like sew for a purpose.  

3. Why do I write/create what I do?I create out of purpose, emotional it expresses my soul, I feel like I am giving my family and friends a part of me. I have cross stitched all my life. I was taught by my family to work and make it work. My grandparents built their own original home. My mom was always doing repurposing items and changing her life, now she is a chef and makes gorgeous cards, After I accomplish quilting, I want to move to mix media. I write only because it creates some friendships and hopefully later on in life one of my grandkids will read this and know that I created what I did for their hearts .  One night I was really sick and on the internet looking for something to do. I came across MaureenCracknells blog, she had just started blogging. I was in alot of pain and just diagnosed with RA and AS, I commented on her blog and she answered me right back at like 1 am. we conversed for a bit and she told me this was therapeutic, and it is. I have actually made some great friends and this way I can function the way my body does. I love Instant Gram now.  I work in 2 groups. 

Now I will hit ya with some pics, some will have a caption some I think you will know.

I work in 2 swaps. 
Scrappy Trip Along, 

And Hexie group I love

Working on Toddler Pillows for Toddler Beds

Photo: Trenton 2 Grandma made me a a quilted big boy pillowcase

 teaching Dexter and LA to take pics of peoples Faces.
 Hat I made and still need to write my first pattern 

my newest ANGEL,  I did the photos..

 Made from lined table cloth for painting party
 This is why I need a quilt, this a Snuggy Now.
 This is what I am replacing it with
 My fabic horder with me, she loves fabrucs ( she says) I am working with the Dr. Seuss for preschool nap pads

She is 3...

 My son working on some graphics for the  book my husband and I are working on for xmas presents for the grandbabies.

My house is a craft room, my husband suggested we buy the neighbors house to expand. 
Nice chatting, I hope you chat back and visit all the other bloggers as well, I know I will. I want to make some more friends. 

Friday, August 8, 2014


Secretly Stitching: Win an Iron and WIP: My Friend Mara in Greece is asking for a Vote ! you could win an iron from Singer you can  VOTE for her everyday !

Here is her adorable project..

You can Vote everyday and Singer is offering this for a win for voting. 


if you make a block, tell HER and I will come vote everyday for you too, they are Giving Away 3 Singer 8500Q Modern Quilter quilting and sewing machines Retail Value $899.99! - See more at: SECRETLYSTITCHING

Did you see my friend at Sewbittersweetdesigns just won a nice, really nice new machine. Look at this really cute smile. If anyone deserved it she did for what she offers us bloggers. 
Janome 15000 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anyone want to join a swap for Cotton and Steel???????????

Sew at Home Mummy: Cotton+Steel Fat Eighths and Charm Square Swaps: R...: Hi all! Welcome to the second round sign-ups of the Cotton+Steel swaps  at Sew at Home Mummy! For the second round of the  swap ...

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Hop over to Erin's blog and join the fun.. you have 48 hours... 
8/7/2014 update
Hi all,
We don't have a full group for the charm swap. I need 4 more spots filled - are any of you interested in signing up for a second spot? It would require purchasing 2 yards instead of just one, and you'd receive 84 charms back instead of 42.

Anyone interested?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Briar Rose Challenge WINNERS!

Briar Rose Challenge WINNERS!

 People's Choice winner of the Briar Rose Challenge is.... Shirley! Shirley's adorable Strawberry Fields Hat was picked the favorite - commenters loved how fun and summer-ey it is and noted that it is perfect for the fabric collection. 

I won from Quilt Sandwich Fabric's, Thank you blogging friends and family for voting for the childs Hat.. I will make a tutorial for this pattern for sure. 

Congrats to Jenelle too
The other winner is Jenelle Clark who blogs here! Jenelle made this gorgeous little sewing and embroidery kit - I love all the detail she put into it!Jenelle says she started with a pattern from Lots of Pink Here,
Doing Cross stitching as I do, this would be a great handy pouch to own.. I love it. 

Quilt Sandwich Fabrics

Thank you Quilt Sandwich Fabrics

I bought this Fabric and couldn't decide on when it would be used, I saw lots of projects out there but there is a time for a purpose and this is a great garden bonnet for a little one to keep the sun out. Carolina is a month old here..

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Briar Rose  by Heather Ross, My Strawberry Fields childs Hat

This is my own design and if there is interest I will write a tutorial. I covered the button to capture the cute strawberry.  Its reversible.  Quiltsandwich put out a challenge for this fun Briar Rose Fabric and I love challenge's. Now its Voting time, so Hop over and look at the cute projects and leave a comment on your favorite. 

She and Her Sister have been my inspiration for these Hats.

TOP VIEW, my model is still to small to wear it, but soon she will be sporting a hat. 

SIDE VIEW,I have made this hat before with a wider brim.

QUILT SANDWICH LINK FOR VOTINGThe deadline to comment is Tuesday, July 15 at midnight PST. 

SimpleSew Says Thank you 
Lets be Social


Linking up with some blogging friends

Anything Goes Monday

Friday, July 4, 2014


My Goal for June was to complete  Jeni Bakerincolororder Modern Plus Quilt. With the Help of Family, We Came together for each other during a time of need, and it worked out beautifully.

We used Lark By Amy Butler and added a Few other fabrics as we designed it. I will let most of the Pictures Show the Work. 

This is Smokey, I am not a Cat Person, but he is my Aunts Cat and he is sweet and as our animals do they Help and love unconditional. 

This is my Aunt Lela, we have so much fun and share so much love working together, she Quilted it using stitching in the Ditch. 

My Cousin Shelby whom we are teaching made the tag for it, first time FMQ. 

She also made these applique girls, they are the 2 cousins. The quilt was for Amy and they are also bestfriends. I showed Shelby How to make these using Belivemagic by Carrie Payne process and the girls loved it so they taught Amy. Carrie is an artist that blogs and is published in Stampington and Sew. She will love this.

You can feel the texture Here.. on the back



The entire Quilt finished at about 56 x 64 I had and emergency and had to leave as I said we All had a Crisis going on and we came together as a Family and Made a Quilt and Learned something. 

These are the pics the girls sent me, want work for Blogging but I loved they took the time so I am sharing this. 

This has turned into a total love story and a personal one, not sharing details, but this Quilt is what a Quilt is made of. 
I love you Girls and Aunt Lela, something we will always treasure. xoxo 

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