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Eat, Grow, Sew; You're Featured!

Hello Friends! Did you have a wonderful weekend? I hope the sun was shinning just a little bit for you....or at least no rain showers like here in Portland. Rain comes in all kinds here and we've got a term for just about all of it, misting, light rain, scattered showers, sprinkling, down pour and plain old rain. The only good thing about it is I don't feel so guilty sewing and crafting away in the basement! Which is what I have been doing finishing up a custom order baby quilt among many other little projects...and I haven't even started on Baby J's gnome Halloween costume...I best get crackin on that one!

But enough about me...what about you! Yes, you! Here are some great finds and inspiration submitted by you to the lovely month long link party Eat, Grow, Sew!

Teje from Nero's Post and Patch made a cute bag using fabrics from Ikea....I see the Ikea fabric popping up all over. I went to my local store and spotted some really interesting designs that have the perfect weight for bags. I really like Teje's design on this one with the straps through the bands...very clever.
Shoulder Bag

Happy in Red comes to us from Holland in the prettiest city ever! She is making lovely things there and I had to share both of her creations with you because they are so inspiring!  More bag action, aren't the polka dot's cute! And who doesn't love some granny squares in rainbow colors?

Kimberly at The Brown Eyes Have It made a cute little girl dress into a really cute little girl top. Kimberly shares the tutorial link and how she did it. Kids grow so fast - this is a great way to get a extra life out of those too small dresses. 

Anne Marie always has great crochet tutorials and this one is so apple tree that doubles as a baby rattle! She has a pattern available in her Etsy shop.

Thanks everyone for linking up! Grab a feature button if you like! See you all soon!
Eat, Grow, Sew at Blue Bird


Friday Photo Inspiration: Windmills

1. More Windmills, 2. Windmill , 3. Windmill Australia, 4. Windmills in Schermerhorn
Windmills like quilts each have their own design and style. Some are traditional, others very modern; all of them functional.

Have a lovely wonderful weekend. I'm finishing up that pinwheel quilt and waiting for a GO! Baby I won to arrive in the mail!!! Can't wait to get cracking on it!


You've got to try pillow shams!

They are incredibly easy, wicked functional and super cute! My Grandma-in-Law asked for a set of pillow shams to go on her bed to match the quilt I made for her this summer. Luckily I had 6 blocks on hand from the flying geese mishap. There were too many; even including the back piecing I did on it (whoops!)!!!! (that needed a few extra exclamations) But in true blue-bird style I turned a 'mistake' into an opportunity and sewed them into pillow shams GIL likes!

GIL's pillow shams posing on our bed
Gratuitous pic's of GIL's quilt :)

Look! She really needs those pillow shams! 
I used a great tutorial from Prudent Baby as a starting point. I need to re-size them for my pillows, but GIL's fit just fine.
So really -- you're bed probably needs some pillow shams to match that quilt too!


Guest Posting at Sew Happy Geek Today!

Hello there! I'm over at one of my favorite blogs today; Sew Happy Geek doing a little guest spot action with a bento quilt. Here's a sneaky peaky of it...go get the full scoop and find out how you can make your own!


Wordless WIP Wednesday

Now off to see what they rest of the WIP crew is up to over at Freshly Pieced, see you there!WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Eat, Grow, Sew; You're Featured!

Welcome to October Eat, Grow, Sew! Already there are lots of great projects happening..let's check them out!

Saved By Love Creations shared a cool idea for old magazines, a perfect project for these upcoming cold winter days and nights indoors.
BigBowl5 300x300 Recycled Magazine Page Bowl

Mary at Sweetwater Style did a couple of fall re-do's to her kitchen computer area during Sunday's football game. Do you sneak in craft time during sports too? I know I do! I really like this message board turned pocket organizer.

AnneMarie has another cute little crochet pattern to show you. Who doesn't need a bowl full of daises? Wouldn't they be cute in a garland...
Khadija's Creative Mind is at is again making henna design inspired lanterns. I just love her intricate and pretty!

Pam at Threading My Way linked up some great projects..this one uses old clothes to make a purse. You know I love the up-cycle and this is such a good idea -- I want to try it. 

I had to add in some quilting to the mix! Heather at Crafting... made a really cute summer sampler quilt & she's in the middle of the Swoon quilt. Love them both!

Thanks ladies for linking up! Grab a button if you've been featured and keep adding your creations to the party! 
Eat, Grow, Sew at Blue Bird


Friday Photo Inspiration: The Great Pumpkin

1. happy scrappy 2, 2. pumpkin berry wreath, 3. Pumpkins, ariel view, 4. Autumn Quilt, 5. Pumpkins ....Doing the Martha Stewart Thing, 6. Pumpkin Patch Fall, 7. martha-stewart-celestial-pumpkin, 8. Fabric Pumpkins, 9. where is my pumpkin? =}, 10. Great Pumpkin Patch, 11. Fall Quilt, 12. pumpkins, 13. Pumpkin Coasters
Isn't Fall grand? I am in love with the colors, the wind and yes - even the rain. Today we take a family outing to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie's Island. I'll be thinking of these pictures as we choose just the right pumpkin for our front porch.

I've been a very busy crafter lately, but not a busy blogger. Funny how the two have a hard time coinciding, eh. I have every intention of getting back to it, and I have lots to show you. This internet has so many wonderful tutorials and craft blogs and I've been scouring them all! Can't wait to share what I've learned but until then there are crayons to contend with, pinwheels to stitch and modern blocks to try!

Until then have a wonderful fall day.

The Best Banana Bread Ever.

I know that's a bold statement to make but it's true. This recipe comes from my Grandma's box and is written on an old index card in cursive (does anyone use cursive anymore?) And it really, really is the best ever because it's so simple.

Banana Bread - oven at 350 degrees
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas in pieces
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup nuts (optional)

cream butter and sugar, add eggs. Beat well and then add bananas and mix. Add 1 cup flour, soda, salt, mix well, add 1 cup flour and nuts and mix just until the flour disappears. Don't over mix at the last mix - this is key to a light a fluffy loaf.
Pour into a greased/floured loaf pan; into the oven and set timer for 45 minutes. 
Let cool and remove from pan. 
Enjoy with a little butter melted on top and a side of pear or apple. 

Baby J could hardly wait for the next bite ;)
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