Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flip Flop Quilt

Can you see the beach towel on the sand with the sun shining on the yellow sand?
I absolutely love this quilt. The quilt was made to honor four siblings: my mom Suzie, her brother my Uncle Kelly, her two sisters my Aunt Grier and my Aunt Beth. It is a perfect addition at the family's beach house for all to enjoy!

These are made to represent my mom Suzie's flip flops

These are Beth's flip flops

Grier's flip flops

Uncle Kelly's flip flops - he is an avid golfer so I had to put his name on a golf ball!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

AQS Quilt Show and Contest - Paducah KY

I am so excited!!  I am planning on attending my first quilt show in Paducah next year April 21-24 ~ 2010.  My husband and I planning to go but I will be attending by myself.  We looked for hotels nearby but everyone of them were already booked.  He researched the area and picked a lovely marina to stay in Grand Rivers about 30 minutes away:  Lighthouse Landing!  We are renting a condo on the river.  I would love to know if anyone else will be attending!  Maybe we could hook up there and meet.  Leave a comment if you plan on attending.  Would love any valuable info you could share about the event.  Is anyone going to enter a quilt in the contests?  Thanks, Stephanie  SEE YOU IN PADUCAH!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tissue Box Cover

Take a look at this wonderful tissue box cover my mom made for me! It is adorable. She surprised me by using some left over yo-yos from a quilt I am working on. She made the yo-yos into flowers. How cute is this? She used a sturdy linen for the base and then embellished the outside with ribbon and fabric. She machine quilted the stems and leafs and secured the flower in place from behind. She took apart the tissue box to make a template and cut the template 1/2 " larger than the box. The top was made separately by sewing the circle first then turning it like a pillow and then hand stitched the top to the outside four sides! Simple. Take a look at the finished design.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Hydrangea Flowers

My favorite flowers are hydrangeas! These are from my garden. Does anyone have any quilting patterns that they love with hydrangeas as the main theme? Please share if you do!
Would love your hydrangea quilting ideas!
THANKS~ Stephanie

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ebay Feedsack Finds - Quilt tops

I enjoy collecting quilt tops from ebay, especially ones made of feedsacks. They are usually not well made, thus never finished. If you are lucky to find one sewn correctly, then it is a gold mind find! Here is one I bought for $15 from ebay. It was very poorly constructed. The only way to save this antique quilt top was to take it apart, re-cut the peices and reconstruct it. This quilt top like many other ones I have found had to be redesigned to allow for damaged and imperfect peices.

Here is one of my recent finds. This one came a mess! It was sewn crocked, had many holes, stains and tears. I took apart all the seems and kept the blocks each in it's zip lock bag to try to stay organized and keep the blocks together. 
The original quilt top
Stay organized so you don't get confused when taking the seams apart.

This is a close up of my finished quilt.  I used antique solid white feed sacks as the borders and the quilt back to keep with the antique theme.  I used almost every leftover peice not in the quilt top as I took apart as you can see in the binding. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Quilting Gallery "Nature's Best" Contest Entry

Hi everyone!  I am enjoying being a new blogger and I decided to enter my first contest. The theme is Nature.  I made this quilt to honor my favorite season Fall!  I entered this quilt in the small quilts and projects contest.

Deadline is coming up so hurry and enter yours! 

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dorm room quilt

My middle son Paul just went off to college last month.  He is a Freshman at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore.  He gets his creativity from me!  He is an amazing photographer and received a Presidential Scholarship to attend.  He wanted a quilt with a brown and green theme.  Here is the quilt I made for him.  Of course, I couldn't resist making a matching pillow.   The pattern was easy.  It is a border around every other square.  The big squares are cut 9.5" x 9.5", the inside squares are cut 7.5" x 7.5" and the brown border that goes around all four sides of the smaller squares were cut as a 1.5" strip.  This quilt is laptop size and when completed turned out to be 36 squares (6 squares wide x 6 squares length) = 54" square....Don't forget to make a few more squares for a throw pillow!

My son Paul
Bachelors of Fine Arts
MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pretty lanyards

As a nurse, I use lanyards to hold my ID around my neck.  My mom has been busy making lanyards and I have been busy selling them at work!  They are a big hit!  Here is picture of some of them.  We are selling these for $5 each.

Made by Suzanne Lindsay - my mom!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

National Neonatal Nurses Day

September 15th was National Neonatal Nurses Day and our Nurse Managers celebrated by honoring us for the great things we do.  Johns Hopkins is a very large NICU, we have 45 babies and staff our unit with 140 nurses.  Of those 140 nurses, there were 11 categories that one could get nominated for!  Here were the categories:  Best Nurse Whisperer, Best Bed Maker, Best Primary Nurse, Best night in and night out, Best day in and day out, Best documenter, Best policy and protocol brain, Best bath giver, Best Charge Nurse, Best IV in a pinch,  Best Early Arriver.  Here is the gifts we received for our nomination.  What a great idea!  Credit goes out to Mike (our assistant nurse manager) and his Mom and Sue (our nurse manager).  These coffee holders were a big hit!  They used the new BERNINA to do the fancy embroidery!  This is one of those gifts I will keep a long time.  Check out the pics, it seems they used two pieces of a foam, one on the front and one on the back.  This way they would lay flat when not in use.  Very cool!  BTW,   I was nomimated for Best IV in a pinch, Best night in and night out and Best Documenter.  Thanks NICU Friends!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Home Sweet Home by Barb Adams and Alma Allen

This is my quilt based on one of my favorite books from Blackbird Designs. This quilt top involved a new skill for me. Most of my previous tops have been all machine pieced. I choose this design because of the amount of applique that was involved. I had appliqued before but not to this extent so this was a challenge for me. I enjoyed all the hand work that was involved. I have learned that applique is fun and produces great results. There are 9 squares in this quilt which produce a beautiful wall sized hanging. I started this quilt in August of 2007 as you can see by one of the squares which is dated. Many projects interrupted it's completion (moving, college searching with my kids, work, etc) but I am finally at the quilting stage.

Home Sweet Home by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.  This book includes all the patterns you need and great pictures to go along with it.   They include the fabric information if you want to try to make it just like the one in the book.  I did both, used some of their fabric and some of my stash to create my look.  I enjoyed learning how to make the thin stems using a bias tape maker.  Another new skill I had not used before.  Thanks Barb and Alma for my wonderful quilt!   


Thursday, September 17, 2009


Hubby Kevin and me
It's about time to show how much I love quilting!  My mom taught me everything I needed to get started with sewing when I was a child, but quilting is my true love.  I enjoy making wall hanging quilts more than anything else.  The few larger quilts I have made are mostly for my kids or myself.  I started sewing in elementary school.  Mom taught me to sew my own clothes.  I remember joining a 4H Club and entering a baby quilt in the county's yearly fair.  That was when I won my first blue ribbon!  Quilting has been a passion ever since.  Over the years I have preferred to hand quilt and hand applique quilts.  I will share with you some of my past quilts along with ones I am currently working on.  I hope to use my blog to document all the hard work, both the successes and the failures!  I may even start selling them if I get enough interest! 

My mom
My mom was my quilting instructor!  She taught me everything she knew about sewing.  Thanks to her, I have a love of sewing.  I lost my mommy summer of 2011 and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her or use something of hers when I sew!  

Updated March 2013:
About me...I have been married to my second husband for 9 years to a wonderful man named Kevin while being a mother to three boys (Jimmy, Paul and Matthew) and a step daughter (Sarah). I have been a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Johns Hopkins Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center for 25 years.  I absolutely love my job!  I am one the luckiest people to love my job...working with little and sickest babies all the time is something I always wanted to do.  To be a nurse at Johns Hopkins, one of the BEST hospitals in the U.S., is an honor.

Me and my boys Thanksgiving 2012


This is our oldest son Jimmy.  He is a student at WVU studying Mechanical Engineering.  He is a junior.  He is all about cars.  He has some of my talent with crafts, take a look at his headliner of his VW GTI that he reupholstered himself:

Jimmy's headliner

Sarah baking

Above is our daughter Sarah (my step daughter), recently graduated from William Peace College in NC with a degree in Forensic Anthropology.   She loves to bake! 

Sarah and her Dad, my hubby Kevin
Is she a clone or what?  


This is my middle son Paul.  He is a Senior at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) graduating May 2013.  He is going to be receiving his Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography and Film.  He wants to be a Photo Journalist.   Take a look at how talented he is his portfolio!  He gets his talent from me as well!  haha


This is our youngest son Matthew.  He is a Senior in High School.  He is still undecided of what he wants to be when he grows up but I am hard at work at trying to convince him to be a Registered Nurse!  He currently works at Wegman's Grocery Store while waiting to attend college in the Fall.  

 These are the important women in  my life!
My sister, Aunts and cousins

Thanks for checking me out!


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