Friday, November 8, 2013

Full Size Quilt- Sampler with Applique

This wonderful Full Size quilt has been a pleasure to work on! The warm colors of fall emanate from this quilt with the gentleness of yesteryear.

I used only High Quality designer cotton fabrics by Maywood Studio. The backing is one whole piece so there are no extra lines on the back. 

The batting is Warm and White 100% cotton.

It is longarm machine quilted.

The binding was attached to the top side by machine and wrapped around to the back and stitched in place by hand using coordinating thread.

I started it a year ago when I joined a Saturday quilt group. Because I am one who likes to draw outside the lines, I made a few changes to make it my own.

You can machine wash this quilt in cold water with like colors and tumble dry.

Crafted in a smoke free, clean home. Stored in a dark cool room to protect the integrity of the materials.

Made and Ready to ship!

*This is a one of a kind quilt and will not be reproduced

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Back To School DIY Eternity Scarf / Necklace

In the back left hand corner you can see me... with the "necklace" to match my Maxi Skirt.

I'll have the link at the bottom of this post for you to find the DIY pattern for this fun and easy, adjustable Maxi Skirt.


1/4  yard- Riley Blake Navy Gray Jersey Knit 57"

  • I used the leftovers from when I made my skirt

1/4" Dowel
Standard sewing supplies

Start by cutting 2 strips of fabric that measure about 2" X Width of the Fabric

  • If using scraps you will want the end measurement to equal about 104"
  • If you would like your scarf/necklace to be more chunky, cut the strips wider than 2"

Sew the strips together to make one long strip

Fold the strip in half lengthwise with RIGHT sides together. Sew along the long side of the strip using a Stretch or Zig Zag stitch. Sew to close ONE end of the necklace.

Turn the tube Right Side out by pushing the dowel into the sewn end of the tube.

Continue pushing until the whole tube is RIGHT side out.

Take the unfinished end of the necklace and tuck the unfinished end into the necklace about 1/2".

 Tuck the unfinished end into a folded end and sew across to secure.

Wrap the necklace three times and put it on!

See the instructions for the matching Maxi Skirt HERE

Please leave a comment and let me know how it worked for you, Have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's almost here!

My next Riley Blake Designs Tutorial is almost here!

A Back to School Maxi Skirt that's adjustable to fit the whole gang will publish Friday morning August 2, 2013. I'll post the link as soon as I can.

Also watch for the matching necklace/eternity scarf. I plan to have that posted on this page by Friday as well.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY Request

I am having a bloggers block. You know when you can't wait to put something up for everyone to see... yet you can't decide what to do.

My Riley Blake Tutorials are all set to go but I would love to show something here.

Any requests? I am a quilter by nature so something to do with fabric would be nice, but I love a good challenge. All requests will be considered, not all will be made :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tutorial Announcements

I am excited to announce that I have five Tutorials slated for Riley Blake DIY Tutorials.


June 28th: Pillowcase dress using the "Simply Sweet" fabric line from Riley Blake. This line of fabric will be released in June

August 2nd: Circle Skirt using the Riley Blake Kit fabrics. I can hardly wait to get my hands on these :)

September 20th: Finger Puppets with "Too Cute To Spook"
November 18th: Christmas Gift bags Using "A Merry Little Christmas

Last but not least

December 30th: Reusable Grocery Bags using Riley Blake Laminate Chevrons

You can see previous posts by clicking the Riley Blake instructors button on the right hand side bar and searching: mamajamaquilts

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY Baby Bedding

I as so excited! Today my newest tutorial was posted. I am enjoying sharing my designs with you! I feel like I have a chance to inspire those who are looking for new ideas to brighten their lives and the lives of the ones they love.

This set of tutorials was for a baby quilt and matching pillow.

I hope you will  enjoy this project as much as I did!

DIY Kit is available at my ETSY shop: 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spring is Finally Here!!

This morning I was out taking pictures for my shop and ended up next to the lilac bush. This year is it's best year to date. It has a bumper crop of blooms. All of them full and healthy looking.

I only wish I could upload the smell! Have a great day!

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Best Baby Shower Gift!

I don't know about you but it's baby shower season around here. In my neighborhood there are at least 4 baby showers in the next couple of months.I have been trying for years to find the best gift. I have finally figured it out. I have been giving it at parties for the last 2 years and have found that it's a hit.

I use these Extreme Receiving blankets. They are double layered, big and super soft.  I like to give diapers and wipes, maybe because I’m getting practical in my age.

First, lay out the blanket and set the diapers and wipes in the middle.

Pull up the four corners, bundle the top edges of the blanket and tie with a cute ribbon. Add a card and you’re ready to run out the door.

I hope this gives you a good idea for your next baby shower.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easter Eggs?

I am so excited about my Etsy shop. It's really taking off. I have been surprised by the feed back I have been getting from customers. One of them, Susan, was so kind as to send me a photo showing me how she was using the Riley Blake Chevron Charm pack.


Who would have thought Easter Eggs? Such a cute idea. Another woman is planning to make a dress with a fat quarter pack.

I get so focused on quilting I forget to go outside the box. I see all the creative ideas friends are having with applique.

I hope this will spark your imagination and get you going on your next fun project.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Friendship in the Most Unlikely Places

     1. Not likely; improbable.
     2. Not promising; likely to fail

Friendship must be an important topic for me. As this is my second post on the subject.

As I was falling asleep last night I was reflecting on the friendships that I have had in my life. Without disclosing my age... we'll just say it's been awhile. 

I started to think about how I have come across some of my best friendships. I even started to think about some of the relationships I missed out on because I had a first impression of an "Unlikely" friend.

About three and a half years ago there was a lady in my war, part of my church congregation, who I thought was a little prickly. Both her and I were giving talks in our sacrament meeting, our Sunday service, when we were both done  and everyone was excused to move to the next session, I leaned to her and said, "You did a good job." Her reply was, "Thanks, yours was short."

Maybe six months later I was invited to join a walking group that included this women. Time passed and the two of us were the only people left in the walking group. We were both committed to walking and just kept going. My health was benefited. However, emotionally and spiritually I grew more in those early morning walks than I ever had. We were able to talk about life and how it associated with our faith. We could talk about scripture and the meaning of everyday decisions. One of my best, most fulfilling friendships started in a most unlikely way.

Now I find that I have friends in all shapes and sizes. I am grateful that I was given the blessing to have an open mind to look past the first impression and focus on the inside.

I like comparing people to candy bars. Maybe because I love candy and people. When I meet people and see on the outside they are all crunchy and hard I can't help but laugh. When I have looked passed the crunch to see a creamy, chewy, nugget center there have been many people that really want to be cared about, they just don't know how.

I also remember a tall, redheaded girl in high school. Looking back on our relationship I realize now that I missed out on a good friend. She had integrity, kindness and a cheery disposition. In retrospect I didn't put the time and energy into that possible friendship. A friendship that I'll never know what I could have put into it or gotten out of it.

What's the moral of my ramble? Keep an open heart and realize that the pricklies people put out are not  always meant to harm, just self defense. You never know when you may have a Positive relationship in an Unlikely place.

Have a wonderful day!!