Tuesday, October 13, 2015

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday – Grid tool


Today’s tutorial is going to highlight the GRID tool.

It’s a handy tool but I think often neglected.

When you work on a block it’s on the left side at the bottom of the row.


Start off with a 9 x 9 block and no graph paper.

click the little red square on the grid cool and enter 3 x 3 on the grid setup box.


Then from the top left corner of the block, click and drag down to the bottom right to draw out the grid.



Now easily you can change the grid setup to 2 x 2 and draw more grids inside this nine patch



color it and add to sketchbook


You can easily go back and change the block or add more fun things.



and make a fun quilt layout


So try out the GRID tool and have fun!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sorry, a bit MIA but I’ve been crocheting.

sorry, I’ve been a little MIA last week, I’ve been doing things, just not so much quilting related OR if they were quilting related, they’ve been SECRET projects that I can’t show yet.

As you may have seen, I’ve picked up crocheting again.

It’s nice to “force” myself to sit on the couch with my feet up and then crochet :)

I found this old pattern from a big binder I had (Yeah, that’s Vanna White from Wheel of fortune, if you are not a yarn person you may not know that she’s a huge crocheter – I was going to say “hooker” but that’s just not nice!)


Last week Sonja and I went to A.C. Moore and she picked out this yarn for a sweater for her.

Even though the picture is of Vanna’s son, the pattern is neutral and can fit a boy or a girl.


I’m actually almost done with the 2nd sleeve!


This one is a baby girl dress (6m) so I put that aside for a while to work on Sonja’s sweater first, as the weather is finally getting cooler!


we also still play with her kitchen (that is now in her room)

Here she made eggs, chips and a mouse flavored strawberry donut for her owl!


It’s columbus day today and a teacher work day, so hopefully I can have the kiddos entertain/play with Sonja while I do more sewing :) OR…. we’ll play games or board games together, which is always fun.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Covering America – block 41 South Dakota

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Almost at the end!

I’m catching up on these blocks and have been sewing ahead, hoping to get at least the top done before this baby comes!

This week’s block is South Dakota


Here’s some facts about the state

Nicknames: Mount Rushmore State; Coyote State

Entered Union (rank): Nov. 2, 1889 (40)

Motto: Under God the people rule

Exploration of this area began in 1743 when Louis-Joseph and Fran├žois Verendrye came from France in search of a route to the Pacific.

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.

The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore the world's greatest mountain carving.

The name "Black Hills" comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which mean "hills that are black". Seen from a distance, these pine-covered hills, rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie, appear black.

The largest underground gold mine is the Homestake Mine in Lead.

Rivers were the highways in settling the western territory. Lewis and Clark named American Creek when they passed through the Chamberlain - Oacoma area while exploring the territory for President Jefferson in 1804.

The world's largest natural, indoor warmwater pool, Evans' Plunge in Hot Springs

again the site I have bookmarked with fun facts, doesn’t show the later states :(

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EQ7 Seasons big REVEAL

EQ Seasons RAL Button

Today is the BIG reveal of the Row along.

Here are the participants who actually made a whole quilt!

Marian Seams To Be Sew http://www.seamstobesew.com

Doris The Quilting Queen Online http://www.quiltingqueenonline.com/

Amy W Sew Incredibly Crazy http://sewincrediblycrazy.blogspot.com/

Carla Create In The Sticks http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/

Carol Just Let Me Quilt http://www.justletmequilt.com/

Jennifer  - Sewhooked.com - http://www.sewhooked.com/

Reeze  - Morning Glory - http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net/

Loreen  - School House Quilts - http://loreen.typepad.com/loreens_place/

Marlene  - Kissed Quilts http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com

Nancy  - Patchwork Breeze - http://patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com


I am sorry for not showing updates during the whole Row along, after I just showed my filler rows, but hopefully you’ve still seen them!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September in review

Here’s my finishes for September, I didn’t think I was THAT busy and some of them I did make in August and just scheduled the post for September, plus I am also working on some secret projects, so I do stay busy :)

I finished the Peanuts quilt


and I finally quilted and finished the GO bowtie quilt too



Then some smaller stuff:

I finished this peek a baby shirt


some EPP Ahhhh’s


Some machine embroidered pincushions


Two fabric bowls from left over binding strips



and a bit of crocheting


Here’s an update on my 2015 list

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


#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 blocks are all done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- DONE!

#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 –DONE!

#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- 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,top done

#54 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- My part is all done, just waiting for MY top to come back

#55 (September 2015) Ahhhh EPP mystery- middle star done

#56 (Sep 2015) Baby peeking out shirt DONE!

#57 (Sept 2015) Crocheted baby outfit DONE working on #2

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

fabric bowls – 2 done

Friday, October 2, 2015

Covering America block 40 South Carolina

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This week’s block is South Carolina

(a bit tricky to make as it used a lot of templates but I changed it to rotary cutting and made it easier!)

-only 10 more blocks to go!


here’s some info about the Palmetto state

Entered Union (rank): May 23, 1788 (8)

The walls of the American fort on Sullivan Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. This was helpful in protecting the fort because the British cannonballs bounced off the logs.

The City of Myrtle Beach is in the center of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile crescent of beach on the South Carolina coast. In the last 25 years, Myrtle Beach has developed into the premier resort destination on the East Coast.

The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter.

South Carolina is the nation's leading peach producer and shipper east of the Mississippi River.

Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State.

Duncan Park Baseball Stadium in Spartanburg is the oldest minor league stadium in the nation.

Every few years, Irmo has a sighting of some kind of water monster that inhabits Lake Murray. The monster first 'surfaced' in 1973 when residents of Irmo and Ballentine saw a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster. It was described in The Independent News in 1980 as "a cross between a snake and something prehistoric."

There is an old saying in Marion that anyone who drinks water from Catfish Creek becomes infatuated with the area and wishes to remain there.

In February 1852 William Burkhalter Dorn discovered the second richest vein of gold in SC history on the site of the present town of McCormick.

The introduction of tobacco in 1894 rocketed Mullins into the Tobacco Capital of South Carolina. As many as 200 tobacco barns sprang up throughout the community. Warehouses were also constructed and the first tobacco sale took place on August 28, 1895.

The first tea farm in the U.S., created in 1890 near Summerville

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Guest blogger on Accuquilt’s blog

Today I’m a guest blogger on Accuquilt’s blog

I’m showing how to make these quick and fun potholders!

Have a look.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I’ve been crocheting!

So last week, my friend Laura asked me to show her how to crochet.

I haven’t crocheted in years and couldn’t find my pouch of hooks (sigh!)

But I did find my patterns and this one is one of my favorites!

and you know how it goes, once someone else wants to do something, you want to do it too!!

So I grabbed this pattern and headed to walmart!


I got some new hooks and yarn and a bit of ribbon.

I showed Laura basic chains and sc stitches for now, meanwhile I started THIS!

and after a few days it was done :)


Love the little booties too.



Now after church on Sunday, we went to a sports store and it just HAPPENED to be next to a craft store, so I got another book of patterns and more yarn!! – so now I’m a “hooker” again LOL

wait and see ;)

Also in the car for our ride to church, I brought the 1/2” hexies and fabrics to glue baste and I finished glue basting all 100 and some of them and even started sewing them together, they go surprisingly fast, I guess because they are so tiny.


I also made another fabric bowl out of left over binding strips, Sonja requested PINK and this is what she got!

After that I had some other stiff cording and started a red bowl but actually bent a needle and it stopped the machine twice in a short time, so I tossed that cording and ordered more on amazon (for later of course!)


I’ve also been working on a secret angel GO project


What have you been up to?

BTW if you are on twitter, you can follow me here

and instagram here

(hmm I need to figure out how to add those buttons on the right)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EQ7 tutorial Tuesday- String Quilts


Recently I checked out the quilt book section at my local library and found several “new” ones that I hadn’t seen before.

One was a book about String quilts! Have you ever done string quilts?

I’ve done a few and they are quite fun! –either do the strips “planned” with the same width or colors, or have them be “un-planned” and sewn together very randomly.


If you search EQ blocks for “string” you’ll just get a few blocks.

the two purple ones are meant for borders.


You can easily enough make your own string quilt blocks though.

Star with a 9” block (or whatever size you want) and randomly draw crooked lines from side to side to fill up the block like this


and color it


add to sketchbook and also find a diamond in a square block and add that to the sketchbook


still working on the block, select block/ serendipity/merge at the top


and if you select the diamond block on the left and your string block on the right, you’ll get this!


add to sketchbook and add this block to a quilt layout to get this


you can easily flip or turn every other block by holding down ALT and selecting the turn or flip button on the right and then coloring the quilt any way you want


and after adding the border string blocks, it looks like this


You can just as easily go back to your original string block and add it to the center of the quilt and rotate every other one again, like this


If you were making this quilt, you can either just GO for it and sew strips together and then trim the block down to size later, or you can print out the FPP patterns thru EQ (works better if the block is 6” or smaller, depending on your margins)


But the whole point of string quilts are the randomness!

Using the star block, a quilt could look like this


String quilts are fun and a great way to use up scraps!

Have you ever tried some?

link up below if you have :)