Friday, August 28, 2015

covering America wk 35 Ohio

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This week’s block is Ohio

(no surprise that it’s the Ohio Star block)

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here’s some info about the Buckeye state

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Entered Union (rank): March 1, 1803 (17)

The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.

Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914

James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.

Akron was the first city to use police cars.

Akron is the rubber capital of the world.

Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.

The popular television sit-com, "The Drew Cary Show" is set in Cleveland.

The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.

Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.

50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus.

Dresden is the home of the world's largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA.

Fostoria is the only city to be situated in three counties (Seneca, Hancock & Wood).

John Lambert of Ohio City made America's first automobile in 1891.

Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.

W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum in 1869.

instead of fun facts I found this:

You know you are from Ohio when:

You don't think of Florida first when someone mentions Miami.

You've heard of 3.2% beer.

  • Schools close for the state basketball tournament. Deer season, too.
  • You're proud of your state fair, but would rather go to Cedar Point.
  • You know all the 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction.

    You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candy ones.

    "Toward the lake" means "north" and "toward the river" means "south."

    You know if other Ohioians are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.

    You measure distance in minutes.

  • .Down south to you means Kentucky.
  • Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
  • Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

    You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

    Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

    You think that deer season is a national holiday.


    Link up below if you made this block

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015

    fabrics and EPP

    Uhh, ahhh, there’s nothing like getting new fabrics!

    I got a shipment from connecting threads, a FQ bundle of their newest collection “cottage chic”

    I already have a plan for them- another pattern I wrote a while ago, where I need to make a sample and then have my testers “test” it as well.

    The bottom fabric is a Christmas fabric for something else


    I’ve also been doing some English Paper piecing that Tonya from hillbillquiltshop sent me

    These first 7 ones are TINY.


    then there’s some big “flowers” but the small ones don’t go inside, just wait and see



    Also Sonja’s new kitchen has been moved, it was on the left of my table before and my table was moved to the right, but then I wasn’t under the ceiling light and was sort of sitting in the dark, not really, as I have LOTS of ceiling lights, but she seems to always want to play on MY side of the table of the floor, so we figured this would work better, but it’s kind of close against the long arm now, but I’ll try to work with it for a few weeks, otherwise another option is to move my table out from the wall and still have it centered and maybe have the kitchen next to to facing the same direction as my machine and computer but between the table and wall, we’ll see…


    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    nursing pads for Lena’s mommy

    almost 2 weeks ago our church got some happy and sad news.

    Our pastor has 3 grown men, and just had their first grand daughter (first girl in the family in a long time)

    They already had a grand son, who’s about Sonja’s age, and up until a month ago, they all attended our church in Chapel Hill, NC, then they moved because of a job, while Cassie was 8m pregnant with their daughter.

    She gave birth about 2 weeks ago to Lena a very happy day.

    But the next day, came the sad news, with her low birth weight ( a bit over 5lbs) she was diagnosed with Down syndrome and with that often babies have heart problems, which was the case with Lena as well. So she needs open heart surgery when she’s 12 lbs. She’s now in NICU to help with feeding etc.

    Our pastor did a sermon about it here

    Just pray for this family, Lena is a gift from God and is precious, but it was a shock to the family and must be hard and stressful.


    Cassie, emailed me about making her some nursing pads, like I did for her when her son was born, so of course I made some.

    I also cut out a few funky flowers to put in the incubator with mommy’s scent on it, it’s supposed to help the baby.

    I used my GO! cutter and the circle die and used the tutorial I’ve shown before here.


    Here’s the stack with pins ready to be zi zagged


    and all done!


    If you are on facebook and would like to support Lena’s family and pray for them, join her page here

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Bee DNA quilt is done

    I actually finished quilting this BEFORE I did the HUGE customer quilt, and this one was easy!


    I just quilted a large all over meandering in black thread.


    Now could I give this as a baby boy quilt or is that a NO NO to give a baby quilt with black in it??

    Here’s Sonja inspecting it after a shower (and un-brushed hair LOL)


    Now I try to not stand too much each day, and I try to have my feet up in the afternoon and evenings :)

    Here we’re hanging out in hubby’s office/ man cave!

    not a really attractive picture :P


    Have a look at today’s post with the country blog hop


    8/17 – Island Batik
    8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
    8/19 – Kauffman Designs
    8/20 – Adele Mogavero
    8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
    8/22 – Pamela Quilts
    8/23 – Freemotion by the River
    8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
    8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
    8/26 – For Quilts Sake
    8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
    8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
    8/29 – Tamarinis
    8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
    8/31 – Beaquilter
    9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
    9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
    9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
    9/4 – Made In Scraps
    9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Long arm quilting 30s quilt

    I’m finally DONE quilting this quilt for a customer.

    It took me a few weeks, she wasn’t in a hurry and I didn’t have a line of quilts

    so I took my time and rested off my feet when I could :)

    PLUS this thing is HUGE!! 80 x 100 or something like that.


    On the center of the quilt I quilted curves from corner to corner, I to love how it looks like circles but it’s all straight lines in the piecing.


    On the borders I did circles/bubbles on the inner border and meandering on the outer border around the appliqué.


    Now the backing I had to send back one because it was too little and not pieced right, this time it was still a squeaker, but I did the best I could and stayed within the purple and I think it JUST fit all the way around….


    Hopefully she’ll like it :)

    BTW it’s the first day of school here!!


    and keep hopping on the summer blog hop

    8/16 of KISSed Quilts!

    8/17 – Island Batik
    8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
    8/19 – Kauffman Designs
    8/20 – Adele Mogavero
    8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
    8/22 – Pamela Quilts
    8/23 – Freemotion by the River
    8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
    8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
    8/26 – For Quilts Sake
    8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
    8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
    8/29 – Tamarinis
    8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
    8/31 – Beaquilter
    9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
    9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
    9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
    9/4 – Made In Scraps
    9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Party #2

    Friday, our son Bjorn turned 13!!

    (sigh, can’t believe I have a teenager now)

    Daddy made French toast in the morning and we put a candle in one piece for him and sang happy birthday, because we were going somewhere special later!


    we went to Frankie’s Fun park in Durham with a friend from school/church


    The kids got to ride fun things.

    This one was a tower that DROPS you, scary….but I remember it being fun.


    The best part of it, are these Go carts, even Sonja got to go with daddy.



    After that the kids did bumper boats


    and got a TAD wet!!


    So afterwards we did a round of miniature golf to dry off- but it was HOT!


    Then we went to a local pizza place that’s my husband’s favorite, thin crust NY style pizzas!

    (it was all near his work, so he’s had their pizzas before)


    The kids had a blast.

    A fun and tiring day :)

    Happy birthday Buddy Bear!

    (Bjørn means bear in Danish btw)

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    2015 project list

    It’s been a while since I posted my list…

    Here’s an update on my 2015 list

    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 – no idea where these blocks are?

    #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 – DONE! August 2015

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

    #16 (September) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW , might just turn row 1 into a table topper?

    #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 –TOP DONE! (9 blocks)

    #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- BEE DNA 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- 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!

    #52 (August 2015) Island Batik summer quilt- DONE!

    #53 (August 2015) Tumbler Christmas GO! quilt, half of the blocks are done

    #54 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- working on September


    D&D Dolls- 10 done

    D&D owls- lots done

    D&D mice-6 done

    D&D lambs – 4 done

    eyeglass cases- lots done

    Owl Hipster purse – 4 done

    Styrofoam ornaments – 2 done

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    covering America wk 34 North Dakota

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    This week’s block is North Dakota

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    here’s some info about it

    Nickname: Sioux State; Flickertail State; Peace Garden State; Rough Rider State

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    Entered Union (rank): Nov. 2, 1889 (39) another place said #40, maybe two did it on the same date??

    The town of Rugby is the geographical center of North America. A rock obelisk about 15 feet tall, flanked by poles flying the United States and Canadian flags marks the location.

    North Dakota passed a bill in 1987 making English the official state language.

    An attempt to drop the word North from the state name was defeated by the 1947 Legislative Assembly. Again in 1989 the Legislature rejected two resolutions intended to rename the state Dakota.

    When Dakota Territory was created in 1861 it was named for the Dakota Indian tribe. Dakota is a Sioux word meaning friends or allies.

    The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba on the north, Minnesota on the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana as its western neighbor border North Dakota.

    The Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson houses twelve full scale dinosaurs, thousands of rock, mineral and fossil specimens and a complete real Triceratops and Edmontosaurus.

    The North Dakota State University research experiment station in Hettinger is the largest state owned sheep research center in the United States

    The World's Largest Buffalo monument is located at Frontier Village in Jamestown. The structure is 26 feet high, 46 feet long, and weighs 60 ton.

    North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

    Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo is the home of North Dakota's oldest PRCA rodeo.

    The world famous Paul Broste Rock Museum in Parshall is built of natural granite quarried from the area. The entire structure was constructed with volunteer labor and opened for business in 1965. Paul called it his Acropolis on a hill.

    New Leipzig is known as The Small, Friendly German Town on the Dakota Prairie and hosts an annual Oktoberfest.

    Only one word is needed to describe Lake Sakakawea country - big. From the massive two-mile long Garrison Dam near Riverdale to the end of Lake Sakakawea near Williston, Lake Sakakawea is nearly 200 miles long with a shoreline of countless bays and inlets that cover 1,600 miles.

    The American elm (Ulmus americana) is the official state tree and is commonly found across North Dakota. The American elm often reaches 120 feet or taller.

    In 1982 Rutland hosted what was considered the grand daddy of all celebrations when the town went into the "Guinness Book of World Records" with the cooking and eating of the World's Largest Hamburger. That year, between 8 and 10 thousand people came to sample the tasty 3591 pound burger.

    The Lewis and Clark expedition encountered their first grizzly (brown) bears in North Dakota.

    The piles of rock on White Butte, North Dakota's highest point, are known of as rock johnnies or sheepherder's monuments and according to legend were piled there by sheepherders as a way to pass the time while they tended their flocks.

    The official state flower is the wild prairie rose. The flower sports five bright pink petals with a tight cluster of yellow stamens in the center. The state rose grows along roadsides, in pastures and in native meadows.

    Only the Best Come North is the motto of the Minot Air Force Base located a few miles outside Minot's city limits. The military community draws personnel from all over the world.

    again no fun facts :(

    If you made the block, link up below

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Be attitudes QAL Be forgiving

     be attitutes 2015

    This month’s block is BE forgiving.

    Here’s my funky version of the block.


    There’s not a big contrast between the dog and the background, but it’s still fun.


    I’ve decided to just make ONE more block (as my fabrics are running short and I didn’t want the bunny, nor the santa)

    so 9 blocks are good :)

    If you’ve made the block, link up below



    The summer in the country blog hop has started too, hop around and have a look.

    8/17 – Island Batik
    8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
    8/19 – Kauffman Designs
    8/20 – Adele Mogavero
    8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
    8/22 – Pamela Quilts
    8/23 – Freemotion by the River
    8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
    8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
    8/26 – For Quilts Sake
    8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
    8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
    8/29 – Tamarinis
    8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
    8/31 – Beaquilter
    9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
    9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
    9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
    9/4 – Made In Scraps
    9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Another doll named Jordan

    After I showed a picture of the previous doll on instagram, a friend messaged me and said she wanted to place an order for her niece with her name on the chest, we chatted back and forth and agreed on colors and fabric choices and this is the result (it’s already safely in their hands)





    Even though they are time consuming, they are fun to make, because each one is so different :)

    ITH file is by dolls and daydreams


    I have more dolls in my etsy shop here

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday – Tessellating leaves


    I was looking at my old projects and found an OLD but good one, I think it was because I had made a quilt for my husband years ago and we used it for a picnic the other day outside on the lawn.


    It’s Tessellating leaves!

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    it’s actually easy to design!

    First start with 9” blocks.

    I did a 6 x 7 layout here.

    Start designing your block and leave the grid and snaps at 9 x 9 also, you won’t be working with any fractions.

    at the 6” lines on both sides, draw straight lines, then on the side and bottom, also draw a line at the 3” mark to the previously drawn line like this


    then just draw diagonal lines in them middle right and bottom middle boxes as shown


    and that’s it!

    color it any way you want like this, the triangles on the side and bottom will be different on each block later. but DO color them something different EACH.


    add this block to the quilt all over


    On uneven rows, rotate every other block (#2,4,6 etc) 3 times so the tip of the leaf is facing upper right.


    On even rows, rotate (1,3,5 etc) ONE time and (2,4,6) 3 times like this


    doesn’t look like much- YET!

    now comes the coloring part

    pick a random color, here I did bright colors to show and the spray can and color the main part of each block a different color

    Then you also color the “wings” so with block #2 it’s to the left and the bottom.


    You can leave the triangles that touch the border at a different color of the border color, that’s up to you, leave them alone, then at the end you can color ALL with that color and it will fill them in.

    continue coloring the leaves



    I had some fall prints already in EQ that I colored mine in and as you can see, I colored the left over triangles, the same color as the border.


    if you don’t show the block lines or patch lines, it’s great to see the leaves sort of melt together.

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    here’s another version in greens.


    I remember sewing the quilt together and I had to REALLY plan which color went next to another when making the HST units for the leaves, it wasn’t hard, just had to pay attention :)


    I’m not doing link ups anymore- unless you want to!???

    the last one who linked up was a long time ago….

    which reminds me, I found a strip pack from Island batiks that I think I was supposed to send to someone, but can’t remember which tutorial it was for and who it was for, so if it’s you and you are “missing” these, let me know.

    SO sorry about this.


    also if you have ideas or are stumped about something in EQ, let me know, I’m always open for ideas for tutorials :)