Archive for October 2016

The Mature Wonder Woman Costume

It’s Halloween and I don’t think I have dressed up in 4 decades. As a kid we had makeshift costumes so I made my girls some pretty darn good costumes. The fun continues with my grandchildren but this year, there was a twist. Zara looked at a package we had on the table and announced... Read more »

Halloween atmosphere can be fatal to some - please call if it makes you think about suicide

Halloween is a time of year for decorating, parades, candy and costumes. It can also involve Vampires, cobwebs and fake blood. In addition, there are decorations which take things a step further with created corpses in trees, fake graveyards and tombstones. All of these elements are combined in Haunted Houses which scare some and delight... Read more »

The Cubs being in the World Series is balm to the soul

My family in the Chicago area is all Cub fans and I am talking sisters, daughters, son in laws, nephews and offspring. The Cubs being in the World Series is balm to the soul of many of us but none more than my husband. Here is why this team and its success means so much... Read more »

Blog post number 1000

This is blog post number 1000 for Quilting Sewing Creating. One thousand times I have sat down at my computer and written a post. 615,521 people from 213 countries have visited my blog and racked up 1,076,829 pages views since September 23, 2012. Day by day, thought by thought and 4 years later I have... Read more »

DIY Shimmer Costume finished with some sewing and some purchases

I made a Shimmer costume for my granddaughter from the Shimmer and Shine cartoon. Don’t feel bad, if I didn’t have a 3 year old granddaughter I would have never heard of it either. I wrote about getting the patterns here and finishing the vest in this post. In my opinion, the vest is the... Read more »

9 giveaways you were raised by a quilter

I raised my girls with certain goals in mind. I only wanted straight A’s, immaculate rooms, impeccable behavior and the ability to enjoy a cup of tea with their Mother. I succeeded wildly with the tea drinking and even went on to include coffee. What can I say, I’m an overachiever. Now that we are all... Read more »

Be Creative Challenge quilts from the Expo show in Schaumburg

I liked reading about the rules and how the challenge was organized. I could tell which fabrics were in common and which were new as I looked at the quilts. Here are my favorite finalists.
I want to share with you the Be Creative Challenge quilts from the Expo show in Schaumburg. I really enjoyed them and I think you will also. I did not photograph all of them, just my favorites. There are only 7 quilts in the gallery so it shouldn’t take too long to flip through. The winning quilt... Read more »

I am ashamed to admit I went to a quilt show and bought nothing

OK, true confession time. I am ashamed to admit I went to a quilt show and bought nothing. I can’t believe it either. I will post later in the week about the show itself; right now I am trying to figure out if I have lost all my quilting cred. When I first entered the... Read more »

How to explain quilting to a baseball fan

My husband and I are both baseball fans only he is more than a fan. He is a FANatic. When I first met him we had baseball, among other things, in common. At the beginning, quilting was not something he understood nor did we have it in common. Over the 16 years of our marriage... Read more »

DIY How to make your own Shimmer Costume Step One

You’ve probably been wondering what ever happened to the Shimmer, of Shimmer and Shine fame, costume. I wrote about finding the patterns, etc. in this post. I was super early about gathering the supplies and then I let it marinate. It’s the middle of October so I am working on it now. I am going... Read more »
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