Friday, December 30, 2016

Old School Sewing Tool & Linky!

Do you ever come accross something and wonder what the heck it is!?

My husband found this tool at a thrift store years ago and didn't know exactly what it's purpose was. For $1 he decided to buy it and see.

Fast forward several years and he came accross it again in some old stuff.
This time he had Google handy and found out that they are Wooden Seam Rollers.
That is great because as we were talking about it beforehand, I could only think that they would be useful to flatten seams and nest them nicely. Bonus!
I am working on This Baby Quilt and taking time to get my seams right, so I will give this bad boy a go!

Do you have any Whacky, Nifty, Sweet or Fun sewing tools, notions or decor!?
The world would LOVE to see it, why not link up and share!?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Best of 2016!

Wow!! I can't believe 2016 is already coming to a close!

I guess what your parents say while you are young is true.. "You want to grow up so fast, just wait until you have kids and it will fly right by"!
I will tell you.. Once I had kids, my years started flying by so fast it is amazing that there are actually 8,760 hours in a year! Was I sleeping through most of it or what!? ..I DO really like sleep, so it is possible.. ha

I seen A great post over at Meadow Mist Designs with Cheryl, Best of 2016 linky party, Yay! I love linkys!

I just HAD to put this post together and join in on the fun!

So, I had to decide how to Choose my "top 5"! I am torn but I guess it works out that MY fav's also seemed to be YOUR Fav's, too! That makes it a lot easier, whew!

This HAS to be #1- Batiks Quilt Top
https://amyscrapspot.blogspot.com/2016/10/batiks-quilt-top-almost-assembled.html














 I had to leave some favorites out.. Let's face it, top 15-20 posts would take all night to read! So I will refrain from extending my favorites..lol
 I do really love the projects that I made above.
 NEVER in a million years would I have thought I would be here, blogging to you all about my sewing...talents?!? haha
But here I am.. and enjoying the LIFE right out of it!

I hoped you enjoyed seeing my favorite posts from 2016.
I can't tell you enough how I appreciate each and every one of you for taking your precious time to join me on my blog.

Here is to a FANTABULOUS 2017!!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Feeling Spent...

💖Hey friends!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday filled with happiness, love and quality time with family and friends!

I thought todays' title was pretty much a dead ringer.. haha.. Who isn't feeling spent after Christmas - and Christmas Crafts?! (I just love puns, lol)

I took a little break from sewing. After rushing to get Christmas gifts done I thought a vacay was in order. Plus preparing for the holidays was a bit extra intensive.. Since we were painting our dining room - and finished it, literally an hour before people got to our home! eeek! ;)

I really enjoyed the time off of work! It always goes way too fast but it feels so nice when your right in the middle of that long weekend.. haha

My awesome step sister gave me a Design wall for Christmas,
I am totally geeked! =D


I was also super excited when I opened a gift from my husband to discover that it was the EQ7 that I have been DYING for!

I waited an appropriate amount of time before I ripped open the box and grabbed my laptop to install it! ...then I was abruptly stopped in my tracks..
I have to call the customer service number to get it installed =(

I emailed them (on Christmas Day...) and of course they were closed for the holiday, which I assumed.. But, you know, you just want to get it in their email box asap so MAYBE it could be an easy fix and can be taken care of like magic! lol...yeah..
But - Hey, they are awesome and emailed me this morning, Thanks Guys!!

Of course, something within my laptop is keeping it from installing.
Don't you hate when your electronics sabotage you?!

All I can do is HOPE that I can figure out how to stop all of my blockers and junk so it will let the program install.. Did I mention that I have been waiting for this for, like, Ever!? ugh!
Instant gratification is the BEST..and this is definatily NOT.. lol

Anyway, I will be messing with it until it is up and running. I have BIG plans for this baby and it is instrumental in my New Years ReSEWlution plans!

I plan to be back behind my favorite table within the next couple of days, just wait until you see what I have in mind! =D


I thought it might be fun to Add a link up for Christmas Gift Fun! Did you get or give something that you LOVE!? Hand made or otherwise, Let's see it!
You can link up as many as you would like.
There won't be a giveaway at this time, I just thought this would be a fun way to connect! =)

Have a very Blessed New Year and take good care!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We Have A Winner!

Hi everyone!

I want to thank everyone who entered my December giveaway! Especially those who took the time to link up! I really enjoy looking at all of your awesome projects! 

I'm super happy to announce the winner....Moneik Quilts! 

I've already sent an email, you have until Monday to respond, it is Christmas, after all. =)

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday!
God Bless!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

InterActive ScrapChat on Disqus!

InterActive ScrapChat is officially up and running!
This Post gives the details, if you missed it before. :)

I am really excited to be able to connect with everyone!
Being able to comment and post pictures with your comments makes Disqus a super cool community!

It could also add a lot of fun ideas to my giveaways!

Check out todays' post!

My Disqus profile Here may help, as well. :)

I hope you will give it a shot and stop by!

I would love to see your Christmas (or any!) projects!!

Have a wonderful holiday!!

Don't miss my giveaway! Ends Wednesday 12/21!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Sewing Done!

Merry almost Christmas Everyone!

I was really glad to finish up my Christmas sewing this past weekend, whew!
I prefer to have things done a bit eariler than that but as long as they are done, I am all good! =)

If you seen my previous couple of posts you have already gotten to see the progress but here are those links
1st Post about Wallets 2nd Post about Wallets

I really like the way these turned out! But there is ALWAYS room for improvement!
I even have a couple of orders for them from adult friends! ha! Sweet!
So in the (near- I hope) future I will be posting about "up-sizing" this cute little wallet! =D

 Above is the front of the wallets. That "Oly Fun" craft material is water resistant and I thought that would be a good idea for the outside.
I used the gaming fabric on the center of the bill fold, as well, even on the big boys wallets and I think that makes them look pretty neat!

The ones with the black background go to the older boys (12 & 11) and the more colorful gaming background go to the younger boys (8 & 9). I already know the 11 & 9 year olds' love them (and the cash that I put inside, haha) but I will find out if the 12 & 8 (my boys) like them on Christmas Eve.
- Is that Seriously only like 5 days away!?

As usual, I jumped in head first with a project that I have never done before and I really love it! I created my own pattern for these little guys and will be improving on that so I can post it for you all to try out!

I don't know if I'll have time to post before Christmas, finishing up those last minute details is always the tricky part! Aside from the usual chaos, we are hosting Christmas Eve dinner with both of our parents and some siblings :)
Im really excited!
Im making sausage bread for an appetizer, and lasagne with plain & cheese garlic bread! Yum! 

I wish you all the Best holiday & God Bless!
 
I am linking up with FreeMotion by the River & Patty from Elm Street Quilts!

Don't forget about my giveaway, it ends Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

GiveAway Going On!

I hope you have all seen that my December Giveaway is going on still!


I am leaving it open until next Wednesday, December 14.

The Original Giveaway post is here!

There are several ways to enter, including a linky party if you are so inclined, and please do! It's so much fun seeing what everyone is working on! ( Besides- you get 2 entries if you link up).
Please include your name in the link so I can make sure everyone is getting their entries!
Some of them are just returning to my link-up page.. :(

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Giveaway, JUST in time for Christmas!

😁😁It's that time again, friends!

My favorite time of the month- Giveaway time!!
Just in time to win a little something for yourself, for Christmas, too!
What better gift for you than winning this sweet giveaway?!

Have you had a chance to check out Green Fairy Quilts?
I have purchased fabric from them a few times and they are just wonderful!

They have great sales (that I can never resist) and super awesome cheap shipping - $1.95 within the US! I mean, I just Can't say no..

They have so many fabrics, tools, books and notions you could be on their web site all day picking out everything that you 'Must Have'!
There have consistant 'buy 1 get 1 free' options and a 'Deal of the Day', too! 

Well..
Are you ready for this?!

THIS month- Green Fairy Quilts is sponsoring my Giveaway! Yay!!

You know what they are offering??

A newly released Baltimore Blues Jelly Roll by Moda! WOAH!
http://greenfairyquilts.com/catalog.php?item=7090
http://greenfairyquilts.com/catalog.php?item=7090
 

The customer service is top notch and so very nice, too, TOTAL Bonus!
Shout out to my buddy, Clint- you rock! =)


By the way, Judy and Clint are the cutest couple- If you read their 'About Us' it is so super sweet! Knowing what I do now, about them, makes me so much happier that I LOVE to buy from them! ha! Supporting small businesses is awesome! but seriously, holy cow- rock on, you guys, Wow!

If your looking for something super sweet to do with this jelly- take a look at one of Judy's first published quilts, I love it!

Want to know what my favorite new item is? It HAS to be these adorable antique look sewing sets
http://greenfairyquilts.com/catalog.php?item=5442

I will have to add them to my list of 'Must Haves'!

Let us get to the Good's, shall we!?

*To Enter*

1 entry- Follow me (I love Bloglovin!) and comment how you follow.
1 entry- Sign up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter! and comment that you have signed up.
2 entries- Join the Linky Party below!

This time, I am going to give a full 2 weeks before I draw a winner!
So the Giveaway ends on Dec 21st. at 10:00am 


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sewn Christmas Gift- Wallet

Hello!

I hope this new week finds you all doing very well and happily preparing for Christmas- Which is only a few short weeks away now, eek!
I posted here that I was making my boys wallets for Christmas. =D
Which I have never made before. *Here's to jumping in with both feet- again!* haha

On Saturday I was able to finish 1 wallet and get mostly through the 2nd wallet.
-Then I was forced to quit-haha.. Hubby and I are FINALLY painting our kitchen and dining room, so I was needed elsewhere. Don't you hate that. lol

Of course, these wallets were a last minute idea that I had, big surprise, right! ha
It happened to be Black Friday when I decided I NEEDED to go and get fabric. Joann's had a pretty good sale going and I found fabric that I thought my boys would like (They are all about gaming these days).
As I was wandering about the store, I mean, I Had to check for other sales, right!?
I came across a craft fabric (pictured below) that is water repellent. I decided to pick some up and see if I could use it on the outside of the wallets. :)

Oly Fun- it is also no fray - bonus! 
 I wanted to use primarily black because my oldest is highly color conscious. Heaven forbid something draw attention to him! lol
 Even if the outside is (all) black, I added that cool fabric to the inside for a fun pop.
On the inside pockets and the inside of the bill holder, I used the Gaming fabric. Then I used the meander stitch that comes built in on my sewing machine.
Also, It's impossible to see but there is a black pocket right behind the gaming print pockets.
I still have 1 wallet to finish and it will be a little different than this one.
Mainly, my little guy isn't afraid of color so his will have more of that fun fabric. =D

Yet another project that isn't perfect- but for all of it's flaws, I still think it turned out pretty cute. We are our own worst critic, right?
So I am hoping I am just being super critical and that my boys will not even notice those little special features. lol

What do you think?! - I'm not sure.. but they aren't a tangled mess, so I am calling it a sucess! haha

I'm linking up with Busy Hands Quilts!

What's on your Christmas Making 'To-Do' list!?

P.s. The giveaway starts 12/7 and it is posted- Here!

Friday, December 2, 2016

InterActive ScrapChat is Ready!

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-interactivescrapchatwamyscrapspot/christmas_is_almost_here/


As you might know, I have been working on this InterActive ScrapChat idea for a few months now.
Unfortunatily the idea spun around in my head for a couple of months before an idea struck and I was left wondering WHY it took me so long to realize it..DUH!

There is a webside called Disqus. I ran into it during my research and began a "channel". At that time, I wasn't sure what to do from there. Today, I realized that I could update some settings and allow guests to not only leave comments but also post pictures!
That is EXactly what I was looking for!! 

I have started discussion called "Christmas is almost here!" so we could all connect and share the fun things that we are working on for our loved ones.. and ourselves!

I've already posted the wallet that I am working on and now it's Your turn!
I'm so grateful to everyone that left comments on my ScrapChat tab (on this blog). I will be looking into the possibility of adding those to the "channel". I think it is awesome to get to know each other and these little facts help us all connect!

So come on! Click This Link! and add to our conversation, we'd love to have you!

The URL for your convenience is https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-interactivescrapchatwamyscrapspot/christmas_is_almost_here/

I can't wait to hear about what's on your crafting table!

I have a giveaway going on until December 21!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cool Christmas Sewing for my Boys!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

This week seems to be crawling by.. I'm sure that's because I am dying to get to work at my sewing table! - I decided that I am making my boys wallets for Christmas and bought fabric that day to accomplish that- last weekend.. :( 
 I am past ready to jump in!

So, I am sucking it up and doing a lot of thinking about my current list of 'To-Do's. Some good ideas can come to you as you think through the details of each project. Sometimes switching things just to change them right back. haha.. but that is the way of it, isn't it? Just like a quilt of blocks that you switch around a thousand times only to realize the first was the best.

I have never really done much "planning" when it comes to my projects.
I pretty much get an idea in my head and go buy fabric. =D -some people might prefer to have a pattern in mind first, but that's just not how I 'roll'..lol
Then I turn the project around 16,000 times in my head and try to think through all of those "little things". Sometimes I have to do a little research and look at similar things so I can wrap my head around it better.

I've mentioned before that I prefer to create my own patterns. It can get so tricky getting every single measurement correct or placing things JUST the way {someone else} did.. Instead, I plan it out my way and place {tweak} and play with it until it's at it's best. So far that has been working for me.
I think I actually create things that I never would have if I hadn't jumped in and opened my mouth before thinking through my brilliant idea.
I'll consider that a big win for my process, I guess! =)

All of that to say.... I actually drew up a "blue print" the other night of my newest big idea! haha

OK.. This is my first draft and doesn't really look great, but it has already done it's job, as far as I am concerned! It took the vague idea that I had in my head and helped me make it concrete. I now have a very clear idea of exactly what I am looking for and how I want to achieve it. If it goes down the way it's supposed to, that is..  For THAT we will have to wait and see..

I've mentioned before that my boys are 12 & 8. My 12 year old likes to keep things low-key, so I want to make his wallet low-key (ish).. Otherwise, who knows if he would even use it! and that's not cool. haha
My 8 year olds' though, should be a little bit more "fun".
I really can't wait to get to work on them. Tomorrow.. ugh..

I hope you enjoyed the look into my creative process!

I am making these my December OMG and linking up with Elm Street Quilts!
- on a side note - I love linking up with everyone for the OMG and I totally forget that there is a giveaway at the end, until today! I won a November prize! What a great reminder of the OTHER reason I love the OMG! Thanks so much Patty @ Elm Street Quilts!

Do you draw out plans for your projects?

Have a fantastic weekend and God Bless!!