Saturday, August 1, 2015

July in review

Here’s what I finished making in July:



Coffee ahhhh table topper

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Women of the bible mini quilt

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Published quilt (finished last year)

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Owl and matching mini pillow

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using the OWL GO! die as well

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Hello kitty outfit for Sonja

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Skirt for me!

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Things in red are projects I’ve worked on this week

items in red, I worked on recently

#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging –working on the baby giraffe now

#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- ready to quilt

#3 (2012) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show –DONE Feb 2015!

#4 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#5 (2013)- roman holiday kit 

#6 (April 2013) – blue/ yellow kaleidoscope blocks, have 5 done.

#7 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done, can’t remember if I gave it away

#8 (Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks done

#9 (Jan 2014) Quilted Jacket wonky logs – DONE!

#10 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –DONE! July 2015

#11 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- DONE! Jan 2015

#12 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks

#13 (?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#14 (June 2014) Swoon block swap – all 16 done and mailed out to everybody quilted top just needs binding

#15(June 2014) Pine Tree BOMs-DONE Jan 2015!

#16 (September) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW

#17 (December) Grand illusion mystery QAL –top done,DONE! Jan 2015

#18 (December) purple and red Island batiks sock hop- DONE! Jan 2015

#19 (January 2015) Covering America-page block 35 of 50 done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- top done, ready to quilt

#21 (January) Island batik market quilt- DONE! Jan 2015

#22 GO BIG project- DONE for blog hop Jan 2015

#23 BOXED IN- DONE Jan 2015

#24 (January 2015) Be attitudes BOM –working on block 5 and 6

#25 (Feb 2015) Secret bird project- DONE

#26(Feb 2015) Mini tumbler GO quilt- DONE

#27 (Feb 2015) Scrappy blue QST quilt- DONE

#28 (Feb 2015) Scrappy Drunkard’s quilts-DONE! July 2015

#29 (Feb 2015) Birdie FPP pillow- DONE!

#30 (Feb 2015) Apples FPP- top done

#31 (Oct 2014-April 2015) Round robin- DONE!

#32 (Feb 2015) Funky sundress Sonja- DONE!

#33 (Feb 2015) owl felt pincushions- 4 done

#34 (Feb 2015) turtle felt pincushion – 2 done

#35 (March 2015) My little pony quilt- top done

#36 (April 2015) My little pony dress 3T- DONE April

#37 (April 2015) Bird pincushion- done

#38 (March 2015) Apple bunch test quilt – DONE

#39 (March 2015) Birds in trees pillow- DONE

#40 (March 2015) Little Gems blog hop quilt- DONE

#41 (April 2015) GO Project for April-bowties- top done

#42 (May 2015) Hello Kitty outfit for Sonja- DONE July 2015

#43 (May 2015) snail trail quilt- DONE 5/27

#44 (May 2015) GO June project Sunbonnet Sue- DONE

#45 (May 2015) Jelly roll quilt- top done

#46 (June 2015) Blue and white Peasant girl dress – DONE

#47 (June 2015) Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt- DONE!

#48 (June 2015) 2 BOMs for Pine tree and their blocks- testing blocks now

#49 (started 2014?) women of the bible mini quilt- DONE July 2015!

#50 (July 2015) Owl pillow- DONE!

#51 (July 2015) Paris skirt for me- DONE!


D&D Dolls- 8 done

D&D owls- lots done

D&D mice- 5 done

D&D lambs – 4 done

eyeglass cases- lots done

Owl Hipster purse – 3 done

Ornaments – 2 done

Friday, July 31, 2015

Covering America – wk 31 New Mexico

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This week’s block is New Mexico

here’s my block

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and some information about “the land of enchantment”

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Entered Union (rank): Jan. 6, 1912 (47)

Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.

The world's first Atomic Bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Testing Range near Alamogordo. North of the impact point a small placard marks the area known as Trinity Site. The bomb was designed and manufactured in Los Alamos.

Hatch is known as the "Green Chile capital of the world".

New Mexico is one of the four corner states. Bordering at the same point with Colorado, Utah and Arizona.

The state of New Mexico shares an international border with the country of Mexico.

The leaves of the Yucca, New Mexico's state flower, can be used to make rope, baskets and sandals.

The Navajo, the Nation's largest Native American Group, have a reservation that covers 14 million Acres.

To a certain degree New Mexico's Indian Reservations function as states within a state where tribal law may supersede state law.

The Palace of Governors in Santa Fe is the oldest Government Building in the United States.

1 out of 4 workers in New Mexico work directly for the Federal Government. State and local governments are also major employers.

After WWII Los Alamos and Albuquerque had many new laboratories. Hundreds of highly educated Scientists and Engineers moved in the state. New Mexico soon had a higher percentage of people with Ph.D.s than any other state.

Since New Mexico's climate is so dry 3/4 of the roads are left unpaved. The roads don't wash away.

The town of Deming is known for its annual duck races.

Tens of thousands of bats live in the Carlsbad Caverns. The largest chamber of Carlsbad Caverns is more than 10 football fields long and about 22 stories high.

On the same desert grounds where today's space age missiles are tested, ten-thousand-year-old arrowheads have been found. New Mexican history has ranged from arrows to atoms and has embraced Indian, Spanish and Anglo cultures. Few states can claim such a distinctive past.

“Smokey Bear,” a cub orphaned by fire in 1950, buried in Smokey Bear Historical State Park in 1976

(the site where I found fun facts, didn’t have a link to anything)


If you made the block, link up below and comment that you did

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guest blogger at accuquilt

I’m a guest blogger over at accuquilt here

If you didn’t see the owl pincushion already, have a look how I made it :)

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and I just signed up for a twitter account here


still have to figure out how it all works :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A new skirt- Merci!

Remember my post about new fabrics recently?

I chose the Eiffel tower fabric to make a tiered skirt for myself! (As I only have one pair of maternity shorts and 2 dresses I can fit)

I matched it with a navy blue print I had – even though the Eiffel tower is black and white, but I have lots of shirts in blue and I love to wear blue, so….

I measured my waist and then chose from that to have two WOFs for the top tier, then 3 for the 2nd one, 4 for the 3rd and 5 for the last one. I also measured the length I wanted and divided by 4 plus seam allowances.

I didn’t add any extra height to the top tier even though I used a 1” elastic in the waist, but figured it would be okay and I’d cover it with a shirt anyway, so you wouldn’t notice a difference in the tier anyways.

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here’s a side view at 22wks :)

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As you can tell it’s VERY flared, but I kind of like it.

Super easy to make and took one afternoon to make.

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so VOILA! easy peasy :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The pincushion swap is well under way again.
Here’s some things I’ve been working on lately
(This cat pincushion and owl I made last month)
The cat is from quiltartdesigns’s bitty blocks
I’ve shown the owl before, this one was the first one I made- got the pattern from and etsy shop.
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This month I made a pretty regular pincushion, I traced a design from an embroidery book I have and embroidered it on our vacation, added some fabric marker high lights and turned it into a small pillow, which I stuffed with fiber fill.
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Since I used Island Batik’s for it, I also added the matching owl pincushion I made recently :)
Hope she likes it!
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If you want to see more pincushions click the pincushion swap tab above :)
Lots of fun ones!!

also don’t forget the Favorite things blog hop is underway
Island Batik Button completed
The blog hop has started!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Did you know I have a quilt in Island Batik’s catalog?

Did you know I have a quilt in Island Batik’s catalog here?

It’s called Whirly Gig and is made with the Countryside collection.

A super easy pattern made from 6 fabrics with 3 each in light, medium and dark.

and I have it listed on etsy here

Cover front whirly gig new new 

whirly gig 2c

Friday, July 24, 2015

covering America - block 30 New Jersey

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This week’s block is New Jersey
(I changed the way it was constructed a bit to get the same result) –love this stripe on there!
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Here’s some facts about the Garden state
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  • Admission to Statehood:
    December 18, 1787 (3rd State)
    New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.
    New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S. with about 90% of the people living in an urban area.
    New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
    State motto is liberty and prosperity.
    North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark then any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.
    New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S.
    New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.
    North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.
    New Jersey is a leading industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.
    New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth
    The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
    New Jersey is home to the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.
    Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game monopoly
    Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.
    New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world.
    New Jersey is the only state in the nation which offers child abuse prevention workshops to every public school.
    The first baseball game was played in Hoboken. (Ahhhh- Hoboken- CAKE BOSS!)
    New Jersey has 108 toxic waste dumps. Which is the most in any one state in the nation.
    The world's first drive-in movie theater, built in 1933 near Camden
    Union City, New Jersey is largely operated by Cubans. There are actually more Cubans in this state than there are in Havana, Cuba!
    The cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the country. Make sure to count your pennies before deciding to move in.
    The Statue of Liberty is "located" in New Jersey. This state is also home to Ellis Island, but interestingly both islands remain New York territory despite their location on the New Jersey side of the state line.
    New Jersey produces more blueberries than any other state. Consider it the blueberry queen!

    and some silly facts
    Do not get caught armed with a gas pump. It is illegal to pump your own gas in this state. (I remember driving thru NJ and having people gas up for you)
    If you pass a policeman in the store, make sure to put on your brightest smile. You could be arrested for giving them a frown.
    Streets are also protected from pickles that have gone sour. Trenton, New Jersey has a law on the books forbidding the discard of rotten pickles in the street.
    Treat your soup with great care while passing through New Jersey. If you slurp, you will be breaking the law.
    If murder is on your mind in New Jersey, make sure to strip off your bulletproof vest. It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while killing someone in this state.

    If you’ve made this block, link up below
  • Our Favorite Things Blog hop

    Island Batik Button completed

    It’s my day to show my Studio/ craft room and my favorite things about it….

    What is it anyways? Studio or craft room?? I used to call it craft room and probably still do, to me a studio is more artsy….

    Anyways, I vacuumed and took lots of pictures!

    Here’s one right when you enter my room (which is over the garage)

    with my design wall on the left.

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    looking to the right

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    In the middle of the room but still looking right

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    Then looking left

    The easel is for Sonja and there’s a door that lead to my OLD craft room that’s sort of clean now but also just a dumping ground for things :)

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    Now to some details/ favorite things about my room.

    I don’t have an ironing “board” I have an ironing table! a lady at our church moved to India a few years ago and gave me this top to her ironing board, which she used to iron her Saris with, it’s DEEP, so perfect for a FQ and a whole width of fabric lays flat on there too with room to spare!! Another part of the “table” I love is that it’s shelves, we’ve had these wire shelves for a while and I LOVE them, this is half the height of one.

    On the shelf I have my printer and snap lid bins from walmart for my current projects.

    On the right I have a pile of Island Batik batiks that is a reminder to myself to use them once a month- since I’m an ambassador for them :)


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    Right above the ironing area I have two black floating shelves FILLED with pincushions from swaps I’ve hosted for a few years, there’s some in there that I made too, and the little empty spot on the left is for my camera.

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    Next to the iron, I have a “wet bar” with a mini fridge, the only thing we keep in there is extra milk and juice bottles AND my temporary quilting glue sticks….

    On the counter I have my GO BIG! (another thing I LOVE) and I must say, this counter is my “trouble” area, it always gets messy with random things, but I try to keep it clear for the GO cutter as it takes up more room when it’s opened up and in use :)

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    On the wall I have this thread rack and our totally AWESOME PRETTY router, with Oh so PRETTY cables- NOT!! but we’ve found that it has to be up high for better reception in the other rooms, so this is where is has to go, SIGH, can’t have it all huh? LOL

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    Next to the sink is another favorite! my Embroidery machine!!

    Brother PR 620 and then all the hoops and stabilizers etc that’s needed for it, usually the space right in front of it is neater too, but I have some fabrics there to remind me to make SOMETHING with them on the machine :)

    There’s a bin of embroidery threads behind there, that you can barely see.

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    Then in the middle of the room is my SEWING table (another favorite!) a bargain Ethan Allen table off of craigslist!

    I always have my machine and mat and rulers out and whatever project I’m working on, here I have a leader and ender project in a wooden tray.

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    And here’s my main SPOT! my laptop and my sewing machine- a Janome Memory craft 4900- another craigslist buy!

    another favorite item is this utensil organizer for my scissors and tools, I think it’s from pampered chef!

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    Across from my table I have two tall wire racks with fabrics stacked and sorted my color, then on the very top I have bins of completed things for craft shows/gifts etc.

    My stacks are




    (then I have my bobbin winder and bobbin organizers for my long arm)

    At the bottom I have




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    More fabrics:





    Dark Blue

    Light Blue

    Dark Green

    Light Green

    Now on the WAY bottom of the shelves there’s just a big mess of misc things and toys for Sonja :)

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    In the corner I have a thread rack on the wall with Signature spools for the long arm (another favorite)

    and that’s NALLE sitting there, he’s a teddy bear my mom got when she was about 1 year old and I got it as a kid and he’s been thru some abuse from both of us, so he’s sitting up high now out of reach :)

    Oh, and did you notice my small box of fiber fill there too??

    and there’s a pretzel bin with left over strips of binding, that I’ll eventually find a use for.

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    and I can’t forget my long arm : Voyager 17 on a summit frame by hinterberg!

    and my newest published quilt is on the wall between the windows.

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    Now on the back left of the room I have two more shelves (facing the other wall)

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    On top I have stacked quilts,

    then a shelf of magazine organizers for all my quilting magazines.

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    Below that I have a Ruler holder hubby made for my odd templates and rulers, a tray of felt, a small box with elastic and misc things, a plastic drawer for paper piecing things and a rod hanging with ribbons on the back.

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    Below that I have a shelf for all my GO dies! (Love those too)

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    On the right I have quilt tops hanging ready to quilt and interfacing plus heat n bond, and then a big roll of warm and natural batting in the corner.

    On the middle shelf I have some quilting books and baskets sorted with patterns, one for kid patterns, adults and misc like bags and rugs or pincushions.

    If you look back at one of the top pics of this area, you’ll also see a dry erase board, that’s keeping track of my personal quilt tops that are ready to quilt or need backings/ batting/ binding etc.

    The clipboard is for customers to fill out.

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    The whole bottom shelf on both sides have another one of my FAVORITE things, these 6 boxes that I have my scrap fabrics in.

    I JUST printed out labels to stick on there (we’ll see how long they last)

    I have each bin split into fours, don’t tell the Post office, but I used some shipping boxes that I cut to size and cut opposing slits in the middle to make dividers and then sorted all my scraps

    Here’s how I have THESE sorted

    White on White, White Print, Black on White, Beige

    Light Yellow, Yellow, Orange, Red

    Burgundy, Pink, Light Purple, Dark Purple

    Light Green, Green, Dark Green, Hunter Green

    Light Blue, Blue, Dark Blue, Turquoise

    Light Brown, Dark Brown, Grey, Black

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    Here you can see my RED is almost overflowing so time to get out my GO cutter and come up with something!

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    I think that’s it.

    My whole room is MY FAVORITE in the whole house and there’s so many little things I love about it too :)


    Want to come sew/quilt with me? I have plenty of room!!

    (my friend Laura often comes and sometimes borrows my machine or brings her own and we sew most of the day)


    In case you’ve missed any of the previous days have a look here