Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Funquilter 20 is here!!

My new long arm machine arrived by UPS yesterday in a HUGE box!

I couldn’t open it nor bring it upstairs until hubby got home as it was too big and heavy and I had my neighbor here sewing too.


Here it is!!


We (hubby and I) took the Voyager17 off the frame and moved the funquilter over, it’s a lot taller and longer and sleeker!

-Do you see Anja on the shelf in the background??-

Well, guess what??

There’s NO power cord!! so I can’t try it yet…. WAAAAHHHHH!!


well I’m off to the dentist this morning anyways and will call Nolting again when they open or when I’m done.

I can tell I’m going to LOVE this machine, the stitch regulator and the handles are different and it rolls differently…..just want to play NOW NOW NOW…

Oh well, I’ll just have to sew blocks together and do other sewing.

I’ve been cutting out hunter star pieces and will use those as leader and enders.


And I’m joining a new blog hop too

blog hop


plus there’s still the Island Batik one

New Beginnings Blog Hop

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik (you’re here)!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing

Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs

Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda Pearl

Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman

Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday- Log Cabins with the GO!


This is all for you CARLA!!

-Carla requested ideas for the Accuquilt GO! Log Cabin and I’ve made one quilt and one quilt top (RSC16)-yet to be quilted.

The Log Cabin die by Accuquilt is a fun die, at first I thought I could easily cut a bunch of strips 1 1/2” wide and then whatever widths, but with this die, it’s super fast and easy and ACCURATE!! I’ve made log cabins before and always at the end after several strips I end up having to trim the ends, either because I cut wrong or something else happened (like the seam allowance being off!?) Not with Accuquilt!!‘

Let me first show you a quilt I made a few years ago from FQs.

It was an experiment to see how wide I could cut the strips from a FQ and on the die, there’s a separation after 8”

GO! Log Cabin-12" Finshed by Leslie Main (55349)

But that’s really 8 1/2” and then below it is 1 1/2”…so that’s 10”

anyways, it’s a nice place to stop for a FQ.

So this is what I designed in EQ7

-When you search for log cabin in EQ you come up with this


It’s not that many completed Log Cabin blocks, there’s the top left with a red center and then a block with court house steps (I think that’s what it’s called)

I knew that the finished block size would be 8” because of the die and using a FQ so that’s where I started

I designed it easily as a block, starting at the left and made a 1” “log” and then continued counter clockwise around to the center.


Then colored it


Looking at the die again the width of 4 strip sections would be 6” (plus a little for cutting) with a FQ, mine were a bit longer than 20” so I could get 2 in the height and then 2 width wise. so that’s 4 half log cabins plus white.

I don’t remember now how many FQs I had one hand but I must have used 9 because I made a 6 x 6 layout


I filled it with log cabins and colored them in


here’s the post about the quilt I made

2014-08-17 014

here’s other ideas





and here’s my RSC16 sketch for the log cabin blocks I made last year


I haven’t quilted it yet and kept the top secret it looks like- for now Winking smile

Log Cabin blocks are just so much fun and a snap to cut out with the Accuquilt die!

Monday, January 16, 2017

QUBE Sampler QAL 2017 Block 1

QUBE Sampler QAL 2017

My post was supposed to go LIVE on Accuquilt’s blog last Thursday, but they are having technical difficulties, so I figured I’d show the block here too, to get everyone going! Smile


This is week 1 of the QAL and this block is pretty easy!


I showed in my last post that I'm using a 20pc FQ bundle, from this bundle I chose 2 fabrics and then solid white and with my 8" QUBE set I cut out 8 of #5 in white, with shape #2 I only need 2 of each color but the die has 4 on it and that's okay, I might need it for a later block, then I also cut out 2 of shape #3 of each color.

Then I sewed the white #5 triangles to two sides of 4 #2 squares (2 of each) as shown

and then sewed a large #3 triangle in opposite color to the edge of that to get 2 x 2 blocks

then sewed these into a block

and that's it!

block #1 is done!

After reading comments on the last post and also on the Accuquilt facebook group, several said they would try the 12" QUBE set and some said they didn't have the companion set, so I decided to use my 12" QUBE with new fabrics and I don't have the companion set for this size and didn't really pay attention to how much fabric I had but chose a nice batik bundle from Island Batik and I'll use this one for as far as it goes :)

These batiks are brown, black and a bit of blue

sampler QAL 1b

I cut out the shapes in the same way, but did notice that #2 is a single item on this die.

sampler QAL2b

here's the 12 1/2" block done and notice that I matched the square with the big triangle instead of doing the opposite colors.

sampler QAL3b


do you want to keep the blocks secret until we work on the blocks of do you want to see a layout now?

When Accuquilt’s blog is working again I’ll show the blocks there again and also have a linky on MY blog, so whenever you finish this block in your size and color link up below! We’d love to see the eye candy Smile


Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Project list wk2

After doing my list last week with pictures, I’ve decided that this year I’ll split my list up into groups: Quilts, clothes and crafts /accessories(quilts includes table toppers and smaller quilts)

again if a project is done it’s crossed out and if I worked on it within the last week it’s in red


So here’s the new list


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging

#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- DONE

#3 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#4(Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks

#5 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt

#6 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#7(Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – 25 done

#8 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Appliqued School house blocks – top done

#9(Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks –top done

#10 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks(2)- top done

#11 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- yellow done

#12 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- top done

#13 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- top done

#14 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- May printed (I may donate these?!)

#15 (April 2016) OWL rsc16 blocks-12done

#16 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- 4 done

#17 (April 2016) fleur de lis rsc16 blocks –DONE- donated

#18 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- working on red blocks

#19 (Aug 2016) Road Home RAL- row done

#20 (Nov 2016) Mermaid Hexagon quilt- many hexies done

#21 (Dec 2016) Accuquilt QUBE 8”sampler QAL 10 blocks done

#22 (Jan 2017) Accuquilt QUBE 12” sampler (same as above) – 2 blocks done

#23 (Dec)TT underwater quilt –top done

#23 (Dec 2016) IB blog hop quilt for Jan it’s a HOOT-DONE!

#24 (2016) Blue broken dishes topper

#25 (Jan 2017) Grey and Blue star Accuquilt topper- top done

#26 (Jan 2017) Star FQ quilt for accuquilt- picking out fabrics

#27 (Jan 2017) Fiesta quilt for Accuquilt- fabrics on the way

#28 (Jan 2017) Hunter Star quilt- pieces cut, piecing blocks

more accuquilt projects starting soon!




#1 Owl potholder- DONE

#2(Sept 2013) farm animal panel- don’t know what to do with it yet, if it’s a quilt or a bag/pillow?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Owls are a hoot

I finished these owl potholders after I did my 2017 UFO list and just did a plain black backing
I just did a button hole stitch in black on everything Smile
Now another owl thing I was working on was this little owl pincushion I got from emblibrary here
Love the detail on it!
Then I just HAD to make a bigger one!
Mommy and baby Winking smile
PLUS before School let out my daughter joined a secret santa group but it kind of got all messed up and anyways, she got a present the last day of school and then more later, it was a mess!!
anyways, I decided to make two owl bags for those two girls too (one was a JUST gift to my daughter, not the secret group thing)
The blue one I had to make TWICE!! as I made the owl purse, but half way thru it, you are supposed to open the zipper half way and continue, I forgot that part so when it was all done and I un- hooped it and trimmed it I saw this!! UGH…. totally can’t fix that!
the girls loved their bags
Last week I got some goodies in the mail from Accuquilt!
The alphabet set (these letters are BIG!)
a scallop border and hearts!
I’ve already used the letters and hearts for a Valentine’s project for Accuquilt’s blog…
I’ve also been sorting my fabrics and now have a designated shelf for FQ bundles and Swiffer thinks that’s just a GREAT spot to nap!
I took this picture of Sonja napping the other day too, her and Solveig have actually been sick for a week last week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fleur de lis quilt is done

The Fleur de lis quilt is done!
part of the RSC16
I quilted curves on the bird blocks and did a bean shape in the middle, which came natural when I had to get to the small triangle on the block.
Around the Fleur de lis blocks I did bubbles on the sashing and left the block alone otherwise
On the border I did curves and a small loopy ribbon on the inner border.
I think it’s a blind hem stitch that I used for the binding- I liked it Smile
The backing is not totally scrappy, just one different fabric in the middle
I machine embroidered the label which I designed in Embrilliance Essentials and imported a fleur de lis file from Marjorie (Accuquilt)- it’s just gorgeous and I wish I had it with the blocks, but too late now Winking smile