Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bjorn’s birthday and giveaway and winner

 

My oldest is 12 today!

Happy birthday buddy!

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Can’t believe he’s almost a teenager!

He’s such a nice “young” man and caring and a great big brother to his two sisters.

Like last week, Island batik is sponsoring a giveaway.

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This time it’s a boyish bundle!

1yd of each.

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US only.

Comment below about one “tip” about raising teenage boys –if you have/had any or maybe had a brother growing up, or a funny story.

Make sure your blogger profile is on, so I can reply back Smile

 

And it’s also time to pick a winner of the girly bundle from last week’s post.

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I had 93 comments

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and random.org picked # 48

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which is Debbie!

I was very happy to read SO many comments about their favorite birthday involved the birth of a child Smile

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an email has been sent!

Did I show you pics on Sonja’s cake??

recognize the dress?

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I made these dresses in April for the girls so got the idea to make the cake match.

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We ended up bringing the cake to bible study Saturday and sang happy birthday and ate the cake there Smile

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Now it’s time to think of a minecraft cake to make! hmmm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Giveaway winner

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Lots of people commented on my post about being in McCall’s and I have a magazine to give away.

I had 25 comments

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random.org picked #13

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That’s Melody (Hey I think she won here before?)

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I can’t access her blogger acct to send an email!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday- Ladybug block

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I thought I would show you the ladybug block from my recent quilt in McCall’s Quick Quilt Magazine.

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Now I have to go in reverse to show you but it’s okay Smile

First start a new block.

Blocks/ New block/ easy draw + patch draw

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Then click the applique tab at the bottom and work there

Start by creating a circle (oval)

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Draw another circle and overlap them

(I can’t remember if I created the bug to be perfectly straight and then turned it after it was all done, it really doesn’t matter much)

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For the wings it’s a “bit” tricky.

First draw a circle like before but make it a bit bigger than the body.

(I’m showing on a blank block)

Then click the shape tool and click the circle

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click the point of the circle that shows these lines

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and click CONVERT CURVE TO LINE

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and VOILA! half a circle!

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Now rotate it until it’s how you like it.

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then copy and paste it

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and flip the other wing and rotate and move into place

Now add the dots and eyes on the ladybug

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and color it!

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When I made the quilt for Mccall’s I just printed the BLOCK and not the templates

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I knew I wanted to make the body and head into the same shape and make it skinnier, so I just traced it onto my heat n bond like that.

Call me lazy Winking smile

I could have gone back and modified the body shape, but I didn’t…

and I got the idea for counting ladybugs as I was cutting out the dots, so I just cut some in half and laid them out in number order!

Want to try some ladybugs?

I have another copy of the magazine to give away if you link up with either a blog post or a link to a photo of your EQ ladybugs!?

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comment below that you linked up!

I’ll pick a winner next Tuesday (US only unless you want to help with shipping cost)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Another round of the Pin cushion swap

At the end of the week I received a squishy package in the mail from ENGLAND!

It was from Sharon – my pin cushion swap “partner” for August.

she went ABOVE AND BEYOND!

(I know she said it’s because I’m the swap hostess, but still)

I opened up the envelope and there was all this!

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Here’s some close ups!

I LOVE this little owl

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And the “actual” Pin cushion for the swap- cathedral window with a button.

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Then this FANCY needle case with hand embroidery on it- another owl of course!

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Lovely details inside and out, even the back had a small bee! how cute!

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Then this scissor case with my initial on it, and the fabric is this soft sateen looking fabric, again with lovely embroidery.

And a scissor FOB- had to look up that term, I had heard it before but thought it was an abbreviation, but No! fob is the whole word.

 

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noun

: a short chain attached especially to a pocket watch

: a small object that is a decoration on a watch chain or a key ring

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and lastly two FQs to make something for Sonja or for her to play with Smile

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THANKS so much Sharon! I’m beyond thrilled and in awe that you did this and especially being sick ;( – say a prayer for her……

 

Anyways, It’s at the end of this round of the pin cushion swap.

Who wants to join September/October?

The rules are simple.

You have to make ONE pin cushion per month and send it to your assigned person by the end of that month.

(and email me a picture so I can put it up on my page)

You CAN put in a few extra goodies, but that’s up to you, it’s certainly NOT required and NOTHING like all of this, that I got this month.

Let me know who wants to join and I’ll email you a little questionnaire about you and your address etc.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Accuquilt Go! challenge–Feathers

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This month’s challenge is FEATHERS!

I bought this die a long time ago on sale I think and then never really used it.

Since I’m doing the BOB blog hop with accuquilt this month, I was also looking for something quick and easy to show this time.

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I looked at the pillow inserts I had and picked this 16” pillow.

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I wanted a pillow to match the kids’ couch, so I had scraps of this light green and solid white left over.

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I cut out 3 1/2” strips of white fabric and Heat n Bond and ironed them together.

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it was okay if I had “seams” showing

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then laid out 3 layers on the Go! die

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and cut out a bunch! (plus one small circle)

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Then I cut out a square of the light green fabric ( I did the mistake of cutting 16” instead of 16 1/2” but I knew that with a pillow, you can stuff it in there and it will be okay)

I marked the center and diagonally with a washable marker

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then laid out the pieces how I wanted it

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the outer feathers I wanted to be precise and measure!

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then fused them down after removing the paper backing.

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I had a scrap left over so I could play with the stitching

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Then I used a darning foot and a straight stitch and went close to the edge all the way around TWICE!

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Then I did the whole pillow top too!

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I made overlapping sleeves on the back and did a straight stitch over the folded edges (I made the pieces TOO big here, but didn’t want to redo them, it just took a bit of pushing to get the pillow into it)

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I laid the other piece on top facing the opposite way and stitched all the way around. and the edges are zig zagged

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Here’s the pillow all done!

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Now I was curious how it would hold up in the wash, so I took the cover off and threw it in the wash Smile

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I kind of like the tips sticking up, I think it will be better after a few washings.

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Have you tried the feathers die?

If you have, link up!