Sunday, May 31, 2009


God is so good. That is a total understatement and one we will not know until we are with Him.

For those of you who don't know by now. I work for my local quilt store. It's A Stitch ( I am the re-buyer...I get paid to spend their $. WHOO HOO!

Anyway, needing to make a few more dollars in my Etsy shop ( and my Art Fire store ( I asked if it would be a conflict of interest if I sold fabric. Promised her I would not carry anything the store carries. She said "YES". Judy and her husband, John, gave me their blessing.

They are really two very awesome people (not just because of this). They really are. They have 2 daughters. One of which is a two time cancer survivor. Kim is a young woman who has surmounted tremendous odds and God has been very good to her and her parents.

So, now I'm off to my sewing room to get ready for the transformation! Next Saturday my DH and I are off to the local wholesaler and I'll start buying fabric to put in my online stores! This is so exciting!

I'll run take pics of the before and post them. THEN after I buy my first few bolts I'll be off to post those and hopefully sell....sell....sell......!

See y'all in a bit.

In and Because of HIM,


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sewing Room

Here is a picture of the apron I made this morning! The fabric I chose, the pocket being sewn on and the finished project. Pretty wouldn't you agree?

Thought I'd post a couple pictures of my sewing room. Actually it was our garage at one point. BUT, has been taken over thanks to my DH! He gladly gave up all his domain for my sewing.

He wanted to put carpeting down but I protested and won~ after all I would be the one to have to vacuum and we all know what dropped pins, etc. do to vacuum cleaners. It was as good of an excuse as any right?

Maybe I'll post more photos. Like those of my bookshelves, ironing surface, computer area, and all my sewing stash! Well...maybe not ALL that would be a little...should I say overwhelming?

In and Because of HIM,

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pink and Green BLOG COLORS

Be the 5th person to post in this blog and win this apron!

Hi everyone. Thank you for visiting my blog and Handmade With Love Art Fire store.
Here are just a couple more things that are pink and green in my store.

I would like to THANK everyone who has participated in the SEW WHAT blog tour...either by posting your shops or by visiting each day. We have had sew much fun with this.

A BIG THANK YOU goes to Karen Gass our BLOG QUEEN...she has worked very hard putting this together for us. SOOOOOOOOOO give her a big "5 thumbs up"! Way to go Karen...way to go.

Thanks again for supporting your SEW WHAT guild!


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Apron Pattern

Working hard on a new project.

Hope to have it completed and ready for PDF publishing soon.
I think everyone will like it. The pattern will be simple and easy; instructions will be easy to follow and it won't use much yardage!

Speaking of yardage...I will be putting all fabric in my Etsy and Art Fire shops on sale this week.

Check out will be very simple....Decide what you want...make your purchase...difference in price will be refunded same day as purchase if using PayPal option.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Visit Indiepublic


Sew loving the SEW WHAT BLOG Tour!
AWESOME blogs!
You really need to check it out.
Click HERE to start your tour.
Don't forget to scroll down and check out the shops that have been featured in the last few days.
Then continue to check back for the next 2 weeks to see new blogs.

In and Because of HIM,

Sunday, May 17, 2009

MAY Flowers

Wanted to share some of the beautiful MAY flowers found at our local community college. Lone Star College...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My finished project from SEW WHAT Guild

I have promised for a very long time to publish the photo from my Fat Quarter exchange on SEW WHAT.

My exchange partner was Karen Gass.

Here is the before.....................................................and the after!

The planning was a community effort by my co-workers at It's A Stitch (my REAL job).

The implementing was challenging. However, I arose to the occasion and after snipping cutting and otherwise re-arranging the piece a million times...the decision was made to make QUILT DIVA just what she is...quirky and not so "put together" as it were.

Hope you enjoy her as much as I did in making the piece.

After our SEW WHAT BLOG TOUR we need to set that up...I'll do the planning and co-coordinating this time. ) D

Thanks Karen! This was SEW much fun.



Friday, May 15, 2009

PINK AND colors

Sew What Blog Tour colors....YEA! Go...PINK and GREEN!

Happy Blog Days

Today is the beginning of our SEW WHAT blog tour...

Don't forget to go to and check it out. What a venue for selling Handmade! If you're a SEW WHAT blogger let us know what you think once you've made the tour!

Looking forward to seeing all the SEW WHAT BLOGS!

In and Because of HIM,

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ruby Magazine


An online magazine for the Work At Home Mom.
Keep an eye out for the first online edition.

In and Because of HIM,


I pray this day will be BLESSED for everyone of my "CRAFTY FRIENDS"!

It will be a great day at the Peterman household. First church, my grandchildren, Hannah, Courtney and Jake are coming home with us afterward; then my mother will be over for lunch. Angi, our oldest, and her hubby, Jason will come after the last service. I am so excited...this is going to be a very blessed day at our home.

Hope your day, wherever you are, wherever you go...

In and Because of HIM,

Friday, May 8, 2009

Quilting Trivia

brought to you by SEW YOU WANT TO BE A QUILTER

Here is how the game will go...
I'll ask a series of questions.
You'll have an opportunity to answer before you see the answers.
To see the answers just scroll down to the bottom of the screen.

OK here we go.
***In a "carding machine" what are the "cards"?
***Victorian Crazy Quilts would often incorporate a spider web, why was that?
***Who is the author of "Rotary Roundup?"
***How would slaves supposedly create maps on quilts?
***Where is a thimble normally worn?
***What is the seam allowance for "Raw Edge" applique?

***Wooden paddles with wire needles on the inside surface to remove seeds and trash from cotton.
***It was thought to be good luck.
***Judy Hopkins and Nancy J. Martin.
***Using stitching and knots to designate areas and topography.
***On the middle finger of the dominate hand, though some still wear them on the thumb.
***0 (zero), patterns are cut to their final size

Hope your enjoyed this little trivia.

In and Because of HIM,

Saturday, May 2, 2009


“OK, you say….I've got the project…I’ve chosen my fabrics… NOW what about thread?”
Matching colors to fabric that’s simple enough. But which thread is right for the project?

ALL PURPOSE (cotton-covered polyester core) - this thread is not what it seems. While it proclaims to be all purpose it is not suitable for every project. It is most commonly used because it is polyester and is strong, and stretches. The cotton is smooth and therefore sews easier. This thread can be used on natural or synthetic fabrics as well as knits and wovens. It is generally good for either hand stitching or machine sewing.

UPHOLSTERY, BUTTON OR CRAFT - if you’re projects are of the heavy duty type then you’ll need these threads. They are the heaviest and strongest and have a special glazed finish that stops abrasion tangling. Need to tuft buttons on a cushion? Finish an upholstery project, attach trim or braid to rugs? Then this is the thread for you!

RAYON - Does your project call for rayon? Well, if you’re doing decorative or machine-embroidery then this thread is a very good option. Rayon has a shiny texture that causes it to look like silk. Rayon comes in a variety of colors: solids as well as variegated. Read the manufactures directions for special care of the threads and you will need to use a 40 or 30 weight in the needle. However, you will need to use a finer weight in the bobbin when machine embroidering or for other decorative effects.

SILK - This is the strongest and the most brilliant. However, they are among the more expensive because it is made from long, continuous fibers that has vibrant sheen. It stretches and so is a good choice for garment construction and tailoring. Use 50-weight for all-purpose machine sewing and 100 weight for applique’ and heirloom sewing. If you want to use silk for top stitching, quilting, or embroidery then you’ll want to use 30-weight silk.

METALLIC - Your choices here are just about unlimited. This thread glistens and is used (for the most part) in decorative stitching. And because it comes in so many colors (solids and variegated) it makes a good choice for satin stitches or machine quilting. When used in overlock (sergers) sewing it can be used in the loopers and for normal sewing machines this thread can be used in the needles. . Metallic threads shred, splinter and ravel so it is a good choice for bobbin work as it doesn’t have to pass through the needle.

100% COTTON - At one time this thread was the only thread available for the home-sewing project. With the improvement in durability and versatility of other threads it has wained in popularity. Best results are achieved with this thread when hand or machine sewing cotton and linen fabrics. 100% cotton mercerized thread is smooth, light, and colorfast. It does have a slight stretch but it ideal for quilting on cotton fabrics.

Sources: Labels from end caps of thread spools
Simply Creative Sewing Magazine 2003 Issue