Posted in Sewing

Pajamas for My 3 Year Old Grandson

My grandson loves construction equipment so when I saw this fabric at Joann Fabric & Crafts, I had to buy it! I had no idea what I’d make out of it but I knew I’d make something….lol

The colors are eye catching and the construction equipment wasn’t too babyish. Wyatt liked the fabric pattern so much that he carried it around on his tricycle! He LOVED it!


Pajamas! That’s what I’ll make him! I decided to purchase a lime green t-shirt and embellish the front with the same fabric I’m using for the PJ bottoms.


Time to get busy sewing…..this should be a quick project 😉 and I’m so excited about my darling grandson seeing them! He’ll love wearing them, I’m very sure of that!imageThanks for stopping in…..Have a most wonderful day doing something that you enjoy. ❤️ ~ Barbara

Posted in My Thoughts, Recipe

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

  • Today would be the perfect day for some cozy comfort food….and a tasty, homemade chicken pot pie is in the making! I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t enjoy eating this creamy delicious recipe 😋

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 cups diced frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 chopped sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, paprika, celery salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 unbaked pie crust

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

  1. In a lrg skillet, combine cubed chicken, frozen vegetables and chicken broth. Boil on medium high heat for about 13-15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat, sauté chopped onions in butter until translucent. Add salt, pepper, paprika, celery salt and flour. Add can of mushroom soup. Stir to combine. Add this mixture to skillet of chicken & vegetables.
  3. Place skillet with chicken/vegetable mixture over medium low heat until it thickens.
  4.  I lined a square Pyrex dish with the uncooked pie dough but a pie dish would also work just as well….
  5. Pour the hot chicken/vegetable sauce mixture onto the bottom pie crust and then cover with top pie crust. Seal the pie crust edges together.
  6. Turn oven temperature down to 425 degrees and place pot pie into over for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the pastry is a nice golden brown and the sauce filling is bubbly.
  7. Remove from oven and let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes before serving.

Out of the oven…..Time to eat! And, let me tell you that this house is smelling wonderfully delicious…..yummmmmm……

I hope l’ve inspired you to create something tasty in your kitchen. If you try out this recipe, I’d love for you to post your thoughts and/or changes you make to this recipe. I love to cook as much as I love to sew and create greeting cards 😀

Have a terrific day full of things that make you smile…Thanks for stopping in. ❤️ ~ Barbara

Posted in Holidays, Patterns, Sewing

Christmas Elf Costume

A real live Christmas elf getting ready to deliver adopted puppies and adult dogs to their new, loving forever homes in the Lowcountry of SC.

Green felt was used to create the main tunic of this costume and used red felt to make the neck collar. I found this pattern online a couple years ago, I can’t recall where I found it but will post the site’s link as soon as I can find that info. I added a strip of white furry fabric onto the sleeves for an extra touch of Christmas cheer.

wp-1464097245658.jpgI chose not to make the hat in this pattern because I already had a super cute elf hat with the elf ears attached….

My daughter used one of her wide black belts at the waist to complete this adorable and super fun Christmas elf costume.

Rachel, my daughter, was the SPCA elf for Dorchester County on Christmas day in 2015 delivering newly adopted puppies to their loving forever homes. It was a wonderful day…a very Merry Christmas full of happiness and smiles……AND lots of wagging tails! 🙂

Thanks for visiting my blog; hope you found a bit of inspiration for your next project. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated. Blessings and love sent your way…. ~ Barbara

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Posted in Quilting, Sewing

Christmas Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

I was looking through a sewing/quilting magazine (Quilters World)  and came across photos of placemats and mug rugs made with log cabin blocks. Very cute ideas that got me thinking… I’m going to make some log cabin blocks that I’ll sew together to make a Christmas quilt that fit nicely on the back of my sofa! It’ll make a nice cozy lap warmer during the holiday season 🙂img_0039

Not quite sure which pattern layout to choose but I’ll post a photo of the lap quilt as soon as I finish it.

Here are just a few of the layouts using 6 of the log cabin blocks (I’ll be using 12 blocks). Would love some input; which layout do you like best? The funky chevron intrigues me. What do you think?……

I probably won’t sew them together until late next week because I’m working on a king sized t-shirt quilt for a friend of mine.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek….Your comments are greatly appreciated.Have a most wonderful blessed day. ❤ Barbara


Posted in Quilting, Special made-to-order

A Vintage Square Inside Square Quilt

A friend of mine asked me if I could make her mother a quilt with lots and lots of flowers on the fabric; and, of course my immediate reply was “Yes” along with a big smile. I love sewing and quilting! It’s my happy place….It’s like therapy for my creative soul 🙂

I knew this lady really liked pinks so you probably can guess that I had a grand ole time at the fabric store choosing these pretty flower filled fabrics.

It’s an easy pattern made up of square-inside-square quilt blocks with the addition of a strip separating each row of quilt blocks. My friend’s mom was thrilled with her surprise from her daughter….and I’m always thrilled to know that one of my quilts makes someone’s heart smile 🙂

Thanks for taking time to stop in for a visit…I appreciate your thoughts and comments. Make it a special day for someone by sharing a smile and a kind word.

Love and blessings to you and your loved ones…. Barbara

Posted in Holidays, Sewing

Dr Seuss Advent Calendar

I found this fabric panel featuring Dr Seuss’s Grinch at People Places & Quilts in Summerville, SC. I purchased a panel and made this advent calendar last Christmas for my friend’s children….and they LOVED it!

The Grinch is stuffed with cotton and travels daily across the numbered pockets. My friend told me that moving the Grinch was the fun highlight of every morning 😀

I just made 2 more of these Dr Seuss Grinch themed advent calendars to sell at a craft fair l’m in next week.

As you can see in the photos, this fun Christmas item is a super nice size!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit with Dr Seuss’s Grinch….Drop in again, I enjoyed your company 😀 There’s a spot below where you can leave a comment letting me know you were here.

Have a blessed, happy and creative day…… ~ Barbara ❤️

Posted in Quilting, Sewing, Special made-to-order

T-Shirt Baby Quilt

A loving mom contacted me and asked if I could make a memory baby quilt. She wanted a special unique gift for the baby she was expecting. Could I use t-shirts, sweatshirts and other cloth items that belonged to her children?….Yes ma’am; I sure can!

Such a fantastic idea for the baby she was expecting! Super special and fabulously unique! A baby’s memory quilt that will be used and enjoyed through all stages of the child’s life.

Thanks bunches for stopping by to see my latest project….I look forward to reading your comments. Other sewing and quilting blogs inspire me to sew and I hope I’ve done the same for you.😀


Blessings and love to you all…..Barbara

I will create a special order quilt for you, if you’d like. Contact me through Facebook private message or through Twitter.


Posted in Quilting, Sewing, Special made-to-order

Cozy Baby Boy Crib Quilt


There’s just something special about making a quilt to give as a shower gift for an expected bundle of joy. There’s no other quilt that’s the same; it’s unique and it’s special.

This cozy little crib quilt was made for a very special little fella…Fire trucks, trains, dump trucks and happy puppies!

Red, white, blue and yellow 🙂 Cozy fun and happiness.

I also gave this baby quilt the special touch of a rag quilt edge around the outside perimeter.


I like to add different textures, fabrics and embellishments to keep the baby’s curiosity peaked as they grow, explore and learn.

Showing the back of the baby crib quilt.

Thanks bunches for stopping by to see my latest project….I look forward to reading your comments. Other sewing and quilting blogs inspire me to sew and I hope I’ve done the same for you. 😀

I will create a special order quilt for you, if you’d like….

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Blessings and love to you all…..Barbara


Posted in Uncategorized

Video tutorial: Storm at sea quilt block – version 1

I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for one of my daughters as a Christmas present but haven’t found a block pattern I liked…..until I found this one. I really really like it. This block is named “Storm at Sea” which suits it so well with the illusion of motion after the quilt top is completed.
Thank you Theresa at TheresaDownUnder …. I love your blog.

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Storm at sea quilt block - video tutorial

This block is deceptively easy to make. The beauty of this block resides in the many quilt layouts you can make by just using different colours for each piece.

How to make a Storm at sea block

Whatch a short video demonstrating how to make this block.

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This block is a perfect block to learn foundation paper piecing.

I know a lot of people feel a bit confused by foundation piecing. I hope this video makes sense to you.

Storm at sea block size

9 1/2 inches.

Download pattern

Note: the paper pattern has one extra small square in a square pattern piece that you don’t  need to use.

Some quilt layouts that can be made with this block

Storm at sea quilt layouts - video tutorial

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Posted in Quilting, Special made-to-order

T-Shirt Quilt Full of Memories

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A few months ago I had a request to make a t-shirt quilt for a young teenaged girl. Her mom supplied me with lots and lots of t-shirts, bandanas, house coats and even an infant receiving blanket from the hospital. 👍😀  With such a nice large collection of special T-shirts and fabric I knew this was going to be a fabulous memory blanket full of random snippets of this young lady’s childhood.

It was truly a joy for me to design, lay out and create this t-shirt quilt. There’s no doubt in my mind that this memory t-shirt quilt will be a cherished possession for decades.

The quilt top front is framed with a medium/dark shade of royal purple which is 1 of the colors for Clemson University. I chose this color since there were a few Clemson tiger shirts; this young lady is a big fan of Clemson.

For the quilt back I chose a nice torque isle, lavender and grey plaid. I don’t use a general template for any of the t-shirt quilts I make; each one is laid out to balance the colors as well as the square/rectangular cuts from each t-shirt.wp-1464097495839.jpgwp-1464096336640.jpg