Improve Your Coloring by Using Pastels

I had so much fun on my coloring retreat with my daughter.  We like to get together once a year just to create.  Sometimes we sew sometimes we make things for the children.

This year she wanted to make file folder activities that she could take to church or use for quiet time at home.  I was so glad:). We used a book that I made file folders for her when she was young!  

Here was our material list:

  • A Finch Family Fun Games file folder book. You can buy these on Amazon.
  • Pastels 
  • Colored Markers
  • Colored card stock 
  • Spray glue
  • Scissors
  • Sticky back magnet roll
  • Facial tissue and ear swabs
  • Large eraser
  • Laminator and laminate
  • File folders 
  • Letter envelopes
  • Clear packing tape

That is a big list! We already had most of these items.  I bought the new box of pastels.  They were at Hobby Lobby on sale..  yea!!  Pretty!


Have you ever colored with pastels?  They are so easy and fun!  Once you color with them, there is no going back to any other way!

Here was my first page:

Really,  I just laid down my color, not even to the edges and the just blended the chalk with a tissue or swab.   I then added shading and highlights the same way:)


Here it is again, I laid down the color, took a tissue and blended it to the edges.


Wow!  Look how neat that looks:)!   Another cool thing about coloring with pastels is that they are erasable.  So if you go too far out of the lines, no problem. Just erase and you are good as new.  How cool is that?!

Adding outlining with marker is the next step. 

While it looks nice here,  the shading and colors are so pretty:)


It looks brighter and more vibrant here.  But be warned, marker is NOT erasable! Lol:). Oh well, a little patch job and a 3year old will never know.  There is going to be a magnet there anyway. It’s all good:). 


It was messy, fun work.  We enjoyed the days just  coloring, cutting, visiting, and helping my grandson color and cut as well.  I even took quite a few breaks and snuggled with my new grand baby:). It doesn’t get better than that!

The next step was laminating the pieces and adding the magnets.  Here is a close up of the magnets:


Magnets help keep the pieces from moving and getting lost while little hands play and squirm:). 


I added the title to the folder and taped an envelope to the back to hold the pieces.  FINISHED!


Isn’t it so cute? My grandson grabbed it and started matching the shapes, saying the colors, and pretended to eat the vegetables right way:). It was so SWEET!


We had such a fun time on our coloring retreat:). Using pastels definitely amps up the coloring.  We loved it!!  I hope you give it a try sometime. You will be so glad you did!

Thank you for dropping by!

Polo T-Shirt Quilt

Good Afternoon!  It is my #1 son’s birthday today:). Happy Birthday!!  A few months ago, as I was cleaning out his room making space for my quilting machine, I came across his old counselor shirts from working at our church’s youth camp. He had quite a bright collection of them.:)

I knew immediately that these could not be thrown out or given away.  It was T-shirt Quilt time to be sure:)!


I fussy cut around the embroidery by placing a small cutting mat inside of the shirt and rotary cutting around it.  I used my Quilt in a Day 4.5″ fussy cut ruler.  A fussy cut ruler makes the cutting easy! 

I cut the logo, saved the buttons, cut the inside logo, and cut the shirt.  The shirt I cut into strips to use as the logs for the square.   

Now, the problem with T-shirt quilts is that the fabric is very stretchy so it needs to be stabilized.  This part takes time and a lot of iron on interfacing.  If you decide to make a t-shirt quilt, please please don’t forget this step.  You will be sorry if you do.  You will have a wonky quilt in the end.

  • I find it easy to lay my interfacing with the sticky side up on my ironing board and then lay my pieces right side up on top of it.
  • Place a paper towel over all of the piece and iron away.
  • Peel the paper towel off 
  • Magic! All of my pieces are stabilized!

To make things even stronger, I cut some old, scratchy fabric that I save just for backing stabilizer into 14.5″ squares.   I wish I would have cut them into 16″ squares because no mater how straight and centered I get the center square, in the end they seem to be a bit off and hang off the end.   So next time I will remember to cut my square bigger and trim down in the end.

  • I pressed the center mark of my fabric, 
  • Put some glue in the center
  • Placed the center square on top.

As you can see in the photo, I went around the embroidery square with a 1″ black strip to add an accent to it.   I used a knit here, but wish I would have used a quilting cotton.   Live and learn, right?


I stitched and flipped my log strips around my center square.  Every now and then I added another 1″ black round to give an added dimension and a bit of wonkiness to this fun, active quilt. I moved this round to different places on the different squares.


I always love the squaring up part of a stitch and flip stabilized block.  Pretty!!

I sashed the blocks with black and a colored corner stone.  

I love all of the bright colors!  I even stitched the buttons on!  

He had 12 shirts, so there are twelve sets of buttons.  Yep, it must be love because I had sewed 36 buttons on a quilt in the Arizona summer!  


It was worth it though.  I really like how they look, how they add another dimension to the quilt, and how I used every part of the shirts..  These are some really cute buttons!


I used the inside logo as an accent on the back.  How cute is that?!


I really like how this quilt turned out.  And while my son does not NEED another quilt,  I know he is going to love it:)❤️.   

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in my creative journeys. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day:)!

Almost Gone – Long Time Gone Quilt

It was so exciting to see this quilt come together today:)!   It was sewn together in six sections.  And it’s a good thing because the blocks are all different sizes.  It was kind of like sewing a puzzle together in sections!

Section 1-

Section 2-

Section 3-

Section 4-

Section 5-

Section 6-

Isn’t that crazy?!  I love sewing different sized blocks together.  It adds so much dimension to the quilt.  I think that is why I like all of Jen Kingwell’s patterns in the first place:)

And here it is all sewn together–



Yea!!!!  Next I added the border–


Not so yea:(   It is funny what a picture will tell you about your color placements. The black has got to go.  Here is another-


Yep, it’s coming out!  But not today because I am heading over to my daughter’s for a fun file folder coloring retreat.  I will definitely post about the fun:)!

Until then, have a super SWEET day!!


P.S.–  if any of you are interested in making this quilt, it is from a pattern booklet I bought online called Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. 😊

Fantastic Bake Along -Quiche!

This has been an Egg-straordinary bake along!  Emma from Emma Crafts Design was this month’s star baker and asked us to make her husbands favorite Quiche.  

I must admit that I have never made Quiche before.  I have eaten it at restaurants, but for some reason I have never given it a try.  I can’t believe I have waited so long.  It was DELICIOUS!!

I started with the crust.  Emma rolls hers out on parchment paper, but I am very accustomed to rolling my dough out on a tea towel that I use only for this purpose.


I roll out my dough and then use the tea towel to help me roll the dough up and over the rolling pin.  Then I can easily transfer the dough to my pie plate.


I cooked my bacon and chopped it fine.  I layered the entire shell with the bacon and then poured in my egg, cheese and milk mixture.  I had a large pan so I doubled the recipe.


I used pepper jack cheese.  Yum yum!  It had just the right amount of spice for my Arizona family:)


I mean really, look at how beautiful it turned out!  It was ALMOST too prettyto eat!  But we did eat it:)


I added some chopped spinach to the top and asked myself why I didn’t add it to the eggs?  Next time I will!  I even think some sautéed mushrooms and fresh tomatoes would taste divine as well.

Thank you, thank you for such a delicious recipe and Bake Along Emma!!   

If any of you are interested in making your own delicious Quiche, you can get the recipe  here.  Why don’t you link up and join us?

I am so excited to see how the other bakers fared with their Quiche adventures. Here are the links:

I am off to check them out!  SWEET!

Scrap Happy Bag

Hello!  It is that Scrap-Happy time of the month again:)!  I always love linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia and seeing what fun creations everyone is making from their scraps:)

I helped my daughter in law make a beautiful quilt for her new baby boy.  She cut, sewed, and then cut and sewed again.  It turned out wonderfully!After it was all sewn together, there were quite a few beautiful fabric strips leftover.

I can’t throw lovely fabric away, so I decided to gather them up and make a matching bag for her.


I have had this bag pattern in my file for years.  Now seemed like the perfect time to use it:)


I sewed the scraps into strips and then quilted them to a backing.


Looking good so far!   I followed the pattern to construct the bag and then came to the grommet section.  I used Dritz curtain grommets that I bought at Walmart but you can get them on Amazon as well. 

  • There was a template to mark the fabric.  
  • I traced the circle
  • Pinned my fabric together to keep it from shifting as I cut
  • I took a DEEP breath and cut this large hole into my bag.  Eeeeek!!  That was scary!!
  • I snapped the grommet in place. 

Woo hoo!  They look GREAT!!  Some of the grommets were easier to snap together than others.  There is a lot of fabric in there!  But they all came together:)The bag turned out so cute!!  I really love the large grommets.  


I even used scraps to make an inside pocket to hold bottles or a phone.


Here is the matching set.  SWEET!!  They look so good together:). I probably need to make another one for me!

I hope you have a Scrap Happy Day!

 Fantastic Bake Along – Quiche!

It’s that yum, yum, yummy time of the month again.  It’s  Fantastic Bake Along Time:)   Yea!!  This month’s star baker is Emma over @ Emma Crafts Design.  

This month’s recipe is Emma’s delicious quiche.  She says it is her husband’s favorite.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  I can’t wait to give it a try!

Emma’s picture of the quiche looks so yummy!

Here is the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

You will need for the pastry:

  • 75 g butter (you can also use margarine)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g water (50 mL)
  • salt for seasoning

For those of us using cup measurements, you can convert measurements on Google or a close approximate conversion is– 50ml = 1/4c

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a quiche tin (I roll my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and use it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean!). Trim your pastry and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:
150-200 g of bacon bits

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of thickened cream
  • 50 g of milk (50 mL)
  • block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Be sure to head over to Emma’s blog for more great pictures and helpful hints:


Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs:

I am so excited to taste this SWEET quiche!  I hope you will join along:)

Long Time Gone Quilt — Almost Done!!

Good Monday morning!  I am back from a few days at the cabin for a family reunion.  It was so nice to spend time with family in the cooler weather of Northern Arizona:)

Now that I am back, I have had time to finish the checkerboard blocks for my Long Time Gone Quilt. They were so quick and fun to make!   I loved using my leftover scraps to whip them out:)

I listened to a book as I sewed and chain pieced away:).  It is kind of therapeutic to sew and listen to a book.  It is one of life’s greatest pleasures!


My handy Cutting Gizmo made light work of cutting apart the chains. 


Ah, the beauty of a finished section:)!


I stacked all of my finished blocks together and just looked at them with a happy smile on my face:) :). I just love neatly stacked quilting blocks, don’t you?


And here they are laid out in no particular order.  They are ready to be sewn together this week.  I can’t believe it!  This quilt is almost done.  It is soon to be Long Time Gone….

This quilt is made from the Long Time Gone Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell.  I am using a mix of Cotton and Steele fabrics and fabrics from my stash.  Sewing along with the Gnome Angel sew along has kept me on a schedule that has really helped.

I hope your day is a SWEET one filled with people you love and time for a creative adventure or two!