Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Quilted Tote

I just finished and listed my newest tote. It is a pink ribbon hope breast cancer quilted tote.

It's a great bag for daily use as a purse, tote, diaper bag, craft bag and more.

It is also available for sale in my new Bonanzle shop.

Oh Baby!

Check out my handpicked baby items that are for sale on Bonanzle. I tried hard to pick items that are all handcrafted.

Oh Baby!

I love supporting the handcrafting community, those are my "peeps". :-)

Bonanzle Booth Reopening

I decided to start adding things to my Bonanzle booth for sale. Come back soon to see more wonderfully handcrafted items and supplies.

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Fabric has Arrived

New fabric has arrived and I'm so excited! It's a lovely blend of classic blacks and whites. Just toss in a little red or yellow and you've got a hot little bundle.

I am offering yardage, charms and jelly rolls in these prints. Just visit RagamuffinFabrics for more details.

Please contact me with any questions, I'm happy to help.

Wonderful Birthday Bash on Saturday.

My friend, Cindy, had a 50th birthday bash on Saturday. It was wonderful. She had a childhood friend from PA and another long time friend from FL fly in for the weekend as well.

It was a girls only party and was lots of fun. We had food, food and more food. No time for diets when there is cake to be eaten! :-D

We have the birthday girl sitting up front, of course. From left to right is Pat, me, Wendy (PA), Cindy (FL), Robin (Pat's daughter). Cindy's niece, Rebecca, was holding the camera at the time.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Quilted Pink Green Camo Frog Tote/Diaper Bag

Ok, I finished a bag that I started over a month ago. It's a nice large bag for carrying all your little one needs for a trip to daycare, grandma's house, picnic at the park and more.

Click here to see my Etsy listing.

I have more of this fabric available to make a matching car seat rag quilt or infant rag or traditional quilt. What a cute set for new baby!

Butterfly Charm Knitting/Crochet Bag

Ok, here is my pink & brown fabric surprise. I made a knitting bag with lots of pockets. It's a gift for a dear friend and I know she'll just love it.

One side of interior pockets has several different width pockets for knitting needles, circular needles, crochet hooks, etc. The other set of pockets is larger for all of your other knitting/crochet gadgets.

I plan to make more so stay tuned for more to come & hey, I might even put them in my Etsy shop. :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Clearance Section on Etsy Shop

I need to clear out some inventory to make room for new items. My need for space is a huge savings for you! Most items are 50% off original list price.

All items are handcrafted by me and stored in a smoke-free studio.

Check out my clearance items; it's never too early to start shopping for Christmas!


Check out my fabric shop too at RagamuffinFabrics
Get FREE U.S. shipping on all purchases over $20!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Newest WIP

I just pulled fabrics out of the sewing room (after over an hour of just looking & digging). I decided on a batch of pinks and browns I have been gazing at for awhile now.

I can't tell you what it's going to be just yet but stay tuned for my finished project either tonight or tomorrow.

Off I go to cut & sew. :-)

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Strip Twist Quilt - Assembled

I finally have my strip twist quilt-as-you-go quilt assembled. All I have now is the outer binding and it's complete. YAY!

I had lots of fun making this quilt and plan to make more or similar quilts soon. Each of my boys has requested a similar style; including my hubby. :-)

Thanks to everyone who has supported me throughout this project and to all my blogging pals who have left such wonderful comments.




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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Strip Twist Quilt Update

I am finally attaching the blocks together today. I have row 1 assembled and ready to move on but just had to share some "in process" pics.

I did this as a quilt-as-you-go project so I am using a binding strip the same color as the "twist" that joins the blocks together in hopes it doesn't take away from the twist at all.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Operation Showers of Appreciation Charity Request

I was approached several months ago to participate in donating items to Operation Showers of Appreciation.

OSOA is "A volunteer based organization that assists active duty and active duty reserve military and their families expecting babies. OSOA honors these families for the many sacrifices they have made in a unique way by providing baby items and hosting large scale baby showers in their honor."

I have two different items I'd like to contribute but need your help. I'd like to send some items for the new babies along with some items for the new mothers as well. Don't all new mothers deserve a little something too?

For baby, I am collecting yardage and/or 6" flannel squares in solids and baby prints for newborn rag quilts & receiving blankets. Each quilt requires approximately 1.5 yards of flannel.

For mothers, I am collecting 100% cotton yarn for handcrafted "spa" items for a little much needed pampering. If there are any crocheters or knitters who are willing to help make these items and send them to me for the care packages, I would really appreciate it.

Everyone who donates will be mentioned for their contributions. Thanks so much for your generosity in assisting our troops; let's help their support group, their families here on the home front waiting for them to come home safely.

Please contact me directly at ragamuffinquilts@yahoo.com for more information or questions. Mention OSOA in the title, I might miss you if it hits my spam folder.

Crochet 101: Left Hand Half Double Crochet

Now let's learn how to Left Hand Half Double Crochet with Teresa.

Here is a link to a very helpful video teaching you how to do a half double crochet stitch....left handed.


Crochet Abbreviations (we'll add more as we go along w/ these tutorials)

Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Crochet 101: Left Hand Single Crochet

Here is the next step in learning to crochet for all you lefties out there.

Once you figure out how to chain your foundation you can then try a single crochet.

I hope you find these videos helpful. I can't take credit for these videos, all credit goes to Teresa (tjw1963). I found them while searching instructions for my little leftie at home.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Crochet 101 - Left Hand Crochet Chain

Crochet 101 - Left Hand Crochet Chain

Having a left-handed child and not being a full lefty myself, I've been searching for left handed instruction for crochet.

To access this video instruction, simply click on the "Crochet 101 - Left Hand Crochet Chain" hyperlink above.

I decided to share these findings with you. It's very frustrating for my child to learn but I'm hoping these lessons I find will help him as well as others.

Stay tuned for more links to come.


We had a great day at Falls Park in downtown Greenville today. It was a small group but we had fun all the same. I took the boys with me and FiberDeviant was so kind and patient to teach my oldest how to loom knit. He didn't get to finish but he did learn something new today that he thought was very cool.

Below are just a few of the pics we snapped while there. There were lots of folks enjoying our beautiful weather and some even brought their dogs. Greenville is a very dog friendly town.

The boys saw all sorts of critters too; lizard, chipmunk, caterpillar, funky bugs and more.

Click on the collage pic below to enlarge if you want to see it better.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Moda Bistro Reversible Cloth Coasters

This set of coasters are perfect for your mug or glass of mocha, latte, hot chocolate, tea and more.

These are made with high quality 100% cotton fabric from Moda's Bistro Collection and measure approximately 4.5" square.

Each coaster is lined with 2 layers of cotton flannel for extra absorbency.

They are available for sale in my Etsy shop, simply click here.


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Kiddie Cloth Coasters

This cute set of coasters with happy, sunny faces are great for your kiddies or if you are a kid at heart yourself.

This is a mix-n-match set, perfect for you and/or your guests to remember just which glass belongs to them with the color coaster they are using.

These are made with high quality 100% cotton fabric from Felicity Miller's Astro Collection.

Each coaster is lined with 2 layers of cotton flannel for extra absorbency and each has a decorative edge for even more fun.

These coasters are available for sale in my Etsy shop, simply click here.

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Happy Birthday, Steven!

Hard to believe 10 years ago today we had our first child. Although he had a rough beginning, he has grown into a happy, healthy "young man". He is very excited to celebrate his big day on Saturday with a few friends.

Love you, Steven!

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

UF Gator Coasters

Just made a set of UF cloth coasters - GO GATORS!

Great gift for Father's Day or any day of the year. Get your orange and blue today in my Etsy shop.

Mention this blog at checkout and I'll give you FREE U.S. shipping. :-)
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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Reversible Cloth Coasters

I finally managed to sew a little something today. Here is a set of reversible cloth coasters available for sale in my Etsy shop.

I have plans to make lots more including some college themed coasters, great for Father's Day just around the corner.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Strawberry Vanilla Rose

Here is another pretty little rose from my new rose bushes. We are so excited that they are liking their new home. They are still very small bushes but all the rain we are having is just making them thrive. I checked today and one bush has 4 buds on it today. YAY!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dinosaur Rag Quilt

Cute yet "scary" dinosaur rag quilt for toddler or baby. I like the flannel/cotton mixture of prints on this quilt.

I have it listed in my Etsy shop for sale if you are interested. Mention this blog and get a 20% discount of the listed price. Send me an Etsy convo so I can adjust the sale price for you.

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My Little Jock

School had awards night last night at school. Our youngest received most improved for p.e. He received the same award at his old school last year. We're guessing he is our future jock in the making.

Our oldest is our future artist and/or musician. He hasn't decided yet. Of course that's just a backup to his marine biology dream.

Next year "our" goal is for honor roll ALL four semesters, not just 1 or 2.

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