Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 list update again

Here’s my weekly update of my 2014 list

If it’s in RED then I worked on it recently

If it’s crossed out, then it’s completely done

There should be links on most of them too to previous posts


#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 –working on appliqued border

#4 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#5 (2013)- roman holiday kit 

#6 (Jan 2013) Ahhhh quilt, DONE! (secret)  Mailed to Tonya

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

#8 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done

#9 (Oct 2013) Scrappy Chain quilt QAL – DONE!

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

#11(Dec 2013) Hexie Go! baby boy quilt- DONE!

#12 (Dec 2013)Valentine’s GO project-  DONE

#13 (Dec 2013)prayer garden- DONE

#14 (Nov 2013) Celtic Solstice DONE!

#15 (July 2013) Persian star FPP block swap- Half way quilted- a hole in it

#16 (Jan 2014) – Blue girl Dress DONE

#17 (Jan 2014) – McCall’s Rainbow baskets- DONE!

#18 (Jan 2014) McCall’s batiks – ladybugs –DONE!

#19 (Jan 2014) Quilted Jacket wonky logs – sewing pieces together

#20 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –still sewing

#21 (Jan 2014) “knit” quilt for McCall’s – DONE!

#22 (Jan 2014) Apple core quilt- DONE!

#23 (Jan 2014) solids scraps bow ties- DONE!

#24 (Feb 2014) Stuffed owl DONE!

#25 (Feb 2014) Gym Bag DONE

#26 (Feb 2014) – FQ Afternoon wedge quilt- DONE

#27 (2014) Pin Cushion swaps –lots done last week- need to mail September’s

#28 (March 2014) Embroidery frames here- DONE!

#29 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- TOP DONE

#30 (?) Faith pillow – DONE!

#31 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks

#32 (March 2014) Shirt and Girl dress- Girl dress DONE

#33 (March 2014) Scrappy Triangles- DONE

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

#35 (March 2014) Batik Stained glass pattern-DONE!

#36 (March 2014) Mystery Ahhhh- DONE

#37 (March 2014) C.T. Mystery Quilt – top done

#38 (March 2014) –scrappy hexie- McCall’s-webinar DONE

#39 (April 2014) 2 Girl Easter Dresses- DONE

#40 (April 2014) Batik signature quilt – DONE

#41 (May 2014) Stuffed mouse- DONE!

#42 (May) Flowering snowball GO! Quilt –DONE

#43 (June 2014) Swoon block swap – all 16 done and mailed out to everybody

#44 (June 2014) large bag “coffee”- DONE

#45(June 2014) Pine Tree BOMs- testing blocks

#46(June) Cupcake pillow DONE

#47 (June) Red and white quilt- DONE

#47 (July) Go! kite die quilt – DONE

#48 (August) feather pillow- DONE

#49(August) Island batiks – let’s dance – DONE

#50(August) purple dress and mouse for friend – DONE

#51 (August) Go! log cabin quilt- DONE

#52 (August) Purple Hexagons EPP- working on them

#53 (September) Blue Island batik – DONE!

#54 (September) purple island batik- DONE!

#55 (September) Kaleidoscope table runner – DONE

#56 (September) owl and kitty eyeglass cases- lots done

#57 (September) embroidered scarf- 1 done

#58 (September) small tumbler quilt- made into kit- may also make it

Friday, September 19, 2014

Biscornu pincushions tutorial

Ever heard of Biscornu pincushions before?
“a small, 8 sided ornamental pincushion”

I didn’t until I got this email from Designs by Sick
and it was for a bundle of files for these biscornu pincushions.
I had seen one or two done before but after googling how to do it, I jumped on it and bought the files!
This is my favorite!
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So here’s how I did it all on the sewing machine
(of course embroidering the squares on the embroidery machine first.
After TOP and bottom is embroidered, I cut out 1/4” from the outer edge
These are 4 1/2”
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Then I marked the middle point on the front of ONE piece on all 4 sides and the same on the back of the other piece
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For machine sewing, I cut a tiny slit on that mark on both pieces so they are easy to turn.
Now here’s the “tricky” part, you are really sewing them together with one on top of the other but the top piece turned 45 degrees.
So the corner of the top should line up with the line mark on the middle of the bottom piece!
Pin to the next corner, then because I cut a small slit, it’s easy to turn around the corner and keep pinning to the next corner
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Pin 7 out of 8 sides, so there’s an opening for stuffing!
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Now carefully sew 1/4” all the way around
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and turn inside out
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Now I stuff my pin cushions with crushed walnut shells, look on amazon for lizard bedding! a whole big bag is less than $10 I think, so that will be enough for a lifetime of pin cushions! (well maybe NOT for me HA HA)
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After stuffing it, I threaded a sewing needle and whip stitched it closed
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Here’s the pin cushion all closed.
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Now it’s time to pick a button for the middle, that’s what makes it REALLY special and into more of an 8 pointed shape.
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I started by double threading a long needle and double knotting the end and added the knot to the TOP so the button hides the knot!
Then went thru to the other end, being careful to end up in the middle and back and forth a few times (at least two times)
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The second time I went thru the back I left a loop there, so when I sewed thru the button holes again and back down, I would wind the needle on the loop twice or three times and pull it tight!
Maybe even knot it one more time and sew thru the pin cushion to the front again but ending up somewhere next to the button, then cut the thread close to the pin cushion and the little piece of thread is hidden inside the pin cushion!
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VOILA! here it is.
probably my 2nd favorite design.
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#3 (also 3rd favorite I think)
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and #4 (here I did it all in 1 color instead of 4 colors as the file suggested)
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Lastly was this pink flower, the bottom I used for the top and visa versa, as the large button would cover it up anyways.
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and all 5 together!
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and a biscornu tower!!
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Now I have two pin cushions to send out for my pincushion swap in September and October.
Carol, do you like any of these? which one do you want?
and Karyn for October, do you like any of these?
Or you two can make a special request!??
and if you both like the same one, I’ll just make another one Smile

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mystery Batik Quilt Along Week 1

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Today is the kick off for the Island batik mystery quilt along.

Hop on over to Island batik’s blog and see the fabric requirements.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last of the 7 wishes ahhhs

I finished the last of the ahhhhs for the 7 wishes block swap
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Once everyone send me their ahhhhs I will redistribute them and send them back and everyone sews them together like this with a setting diamond shapes so it will be a large hexagon table topper.
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You can buy the 7 wishes “kit” here
You get the cardstock pieces and then make your own version in whatever fabrics you want.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday- New York and Edit arc tool


This week’s tutorial is both about a tool you may not have used much and also featuring a special block Smile

The New York Beauty block!

If you search under blocks for “new york” you’ll get these 5.


Add them to sketchbook and edit #1


Now if you wanted to maybe add some more “stuff” to the outer ring, click the outer ring line with the SHAPE tool and RIGHT click and click EDIT


You’ll see the edit arc box


the HALF AND THIRDS will add points at the half way point or thirds, or you can click half numerous times and it add half and half of that and half of that etc.

If you click partition and leave it at 5, it breaks it into 5 sections, so 4 points and the beginning and ending lines


stagger, will move it in half a width and then add 5 points


I like the 5 partition

Then draw some lines from the points of the triangles to these points.


You can also play with the inner line



Let’s color it and see what it would look like.

I used stonehenge from the 03-2014 fabric download on EQ’s website


Let’s see what it will look like in a quilt


here I made the layout 4 x 4 and changed the colors around on every other block


and with a border and NO block outlines



Have you tried the ARC edit tool or even made a NY beauty quilt or just designed one in EQ?

If you have, link up below