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The “Madness” Returns

The madness has returned.

Little Wallet Making Madness!


I am back to making a massive amount of little wallets inspired by Valori Wells’ pattern (which I modified), just as I discussed in this 2017 post Little Wallet Madness.

Some of you might remember the little wallets being part of my October 2017 and 2018 “Bloganniversary” giveaways. Well it is now October 2019 which means it is my blog’s 6th anniversary.

However, given the major change in my life over the last year, I may or may not do a 6th blog anniversary celebration like I did in the past…we’ll see how I feel later in the month.

It’s not like last year, where for my 5th blog anniversary I posted daily for 30 days and did a series of (what I thought was) awesome giveaways.

Honestly, thoughts of my blog anniversary makes me sad as it makes me think of how Terry the Quilting Husband (TTQH), who passed in December 2018, used to help me do the blog anniversary giveaway drawings along with Sassy the Highly Opinionated Miniature Schnauzer (who passed in December 2017 and used to have her own blog, Schnauzerships) who ensured the integrity of the drawings (see post Announcing the Winners of the tierneycreates Blogโ€™s 4th Anniversary Giveaway).

During previous blog anniversary Octobers, I would share links from favorite previous posts, like a “Best of tierneycreates”, but so many of those posts are loaded with memories of my previous wonderful (darn near perfect) life with TTQH.

But next year is my 7th year of blogging anniversary and my hope is I do a blowout sort of celebration for that one! Time does help ease the pain of loss a little at a time. So bear with me (smile).

Oh but back to little wallets, the original subject of this blog post…

I had a HUGE stash of little wallets after making so many like in this photo from September 2017:


Recently though I got down to only two wallets left:


Oh and if you are new to this blog and are curious what the little wallets look like on the inside, here is a photo:


I have a ridiculous amount of tierneycreates business cards and each little wallet comes with a business card tucked inside.

SIDEBAR: It’s the tierneycreates business card that gave it away when I discovered one of my little wallets in a thrift shop, that obvious someone I had given one to had donated it – see post Found! At the Thrift Shop!. I ended up buying the little wallet for 50 cents from the thrift shop and then regifting it.

So it was time to make another stash of little wallets, so I pulled out a bunch of fat quarters and fabric scraps and got busy designing little wallets:


The images above are just a couple of the combinations I am working on and in a future post I will share the plethora of wallets I made to replenish my little wallet stash!


A quick follow up to the September 27, 2019 post A New Way to Organize My Fabric, I finished refolding my ridiculous fat quarter collection and now have them organized (except for novelty fat quarters) in front of the yardage that I wrapped in the comic boards:


I have to admit sometimes I just walk in the room and smile as this colorful organization makes me happy!

By the way – this is not all the fabric (should I even admit this?) – I do have separate organization for my flannel, canvas, and novelty fabrics that I recently created. Perhaps I will share this in a future post (if I am ready for full disclosure of my ridiculous fabric stash).

Speaking of stuff that makes me happy – two weeks ago my little brother visited me in Denver along with his family. He had a “milestone” birthday and we celebrated by taking him to his first NFL game to see his favorite football team of all time – the Denver Broncos. Here I am below with my brother and my adorable 7 year old nephew who thoroughly enjoyed the game (and danced in the stands during the music breaks!)


Much to the chagrin of my Pacific NW friends, I’ve sort of defected from being a Seattle Seahawks fan to a Denver Broncos fan (though I still root for the Seahawks if they are not playing the Broncos).

29 thoughts on “The “Madness” Returns”

  1. Your wallets are adorable and colorful! Odd you found one you made at the thrift store. The chances of you being there at the right place and time and finding a wallet you made, is like winning the lottery. I hope you play often!

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      1. Yes! That is a great way of looking at it. I always see my books at thrift stores and the feeling is kind of sad. But, to be fair, they were written a long time ago in relation to the cyclical craft world. Still, I know how you felt at the craft store. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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      2. You won’t even have to buy them at the thrift store Tierney. Email me your address and I’ll send some books. I don’t teach any more, so I still have some books to give out. My library will thank you as I keep sneaking a few at a time over to the donations bin. LOL. My e-mail is

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  2. Dear Tierney and Tierney Blog Readers: I was fortunate to be the recipient of one of these cute little wallets. I use it all the time! It’s the perfect size to fit in a small purse AND I’ve kept the business card in the wallet because it makes me smile every time I see it! Tierney, it’s so nice to see you and your fam in Mile High Stadium having mile high fun!!!

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  3. Moving can do that to our fandom. LOL.
    Once I bought a print at an art silent auction. I liked it, but when I moved I no longer had wall space for it. I made sure to donate it to a thrift shop far from where I had bought it.
    I support your skipping giveaways and posts that unnecessarily add grief.

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    1. Thanks so much I appreciate your comments ๐Ÿ™‚
      I do not take it personal anymore as hey – at least they donated it for someone else to enjoy and raise money for the Humane Society Thrift shop instead of tossing it!


  4. Tierney, your little wallets are the bomb! I remember when you found the donated one! My heart aches with you as you move through your grief. I agree with not forcing a celebration. Some day you will feel like it once more!
    -Jean โค

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  5. What productivity , and what pretty wallets. Let the blog anniversary go, it belongs to the past. My 7th was in May this year, and it was months before I even remembered but congratulations anyway.

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  6. Hi Tierney — beautiful picture of your family! Looks like you had fun!

    I too am a recipient of one your beautiful wallets from your 5 year blog anniversary! I keep my business cards in it and always get compliments when I pull it out!!

    Good luck with the new batch of wallets — you’re off to a great startโ™ฅโ™ฅ

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  7. Tierney, thank you for sharing your life in posts. The pic of your little brother and nephew is adorable. Of course, the wallets are adorable too- what else would we expect?
    I’m sorry that this will be an even tougher time of year for you. Sending you healing hugs. ๐Ÿ’Œ

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  8. I just love your little wallets! And making a new batch of them has to give you a sense of satisfaction seeing all these and knowing you used fabric from your stash. But I will bet you can’t tell that any of it is gone. haha! Repeating the blog anniversary giveaway is understandably a reminder of your loss, so don’t feel obligated. Focus on good memories and celebrate some happy places you find yourself in now.
    Speaking of blog anniversaries, I was curious about my own, and was gobsmacked to see that I began in 2007. That’s 12 years ago! But l don’t get credit for being as prolific and faithful to writing as you, so I am still trying to be inspired by your dedication. Your readers seriously enjoy your blog posts!


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