Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cord management and purses

So for a long time, my one frustration with my long arm is the cords in the back, I’ve tried different things, hanging some of them up on a bungee cord, tubing etc. but I still get tangles or pulling and sometimes the power cord unplugs.
Hubby of course listens to me Smile
First he went to Lowe’s and bought two different plugs, one single extension and then a triple one and made them both fit, he had to modify the grey one, so this way the SLR and light both go into the back of the machine (before the SLR went to the wall and that was another cord that got tangled) – the SLR is a big plug like a charger for a computer, so with the triple plug, the SLR plug is plugged into one side but half way covered a middle one, the the light is on the other side.
THEN he fabricated a wooden cord “holder” to fit into the rails on the back of the base of the Voyager so the power cord rests on it and don’t get pulled to the sides when I move the machine, and you can see above where the machine is as far back as it goes and it’s still NOT pinching any cords!
While he was doing that I was embroidering purse pincushions!
Turid actually showed a pincushion she made in brown for the RSC16 challenge and DING! lightbulb moment, I wanted to do that too!
I knew I had very few scraps left and small ones too but this purse would be perfect for that!
Here I used all batiks from Island Batik!
Then I got out my blue bin again and picked some scraps to play catch up.
So I’ll plan to make one each month of the color of the month.
Should be fun!
I actually made 3 but not showing details of #3 too much Smile

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Catching up on old projects

I’m embarrassed that I haven’t finished this project yet, and doing my weekly LISTS is a good reminder.
So this cute giraffe wall hanging, I bought in 2012 from hissyfitzdesigns at a local quilt show. The directions are for machine applique but I decided back then to needle turn it instead and that’s what’s slowing me down. and it’s hard to needle turn on such a BIG thing….
But there’s actually not THAT much more to do with it.
I pinned down some spots and have already stitched down a few and it will be my portable project for a while now.
Also I found the SNOW QAL row that Carol hosted a while ago and I found that I had already cut out the borders so it was easy to trim those down and sew on to make a table runner
and I quilted it with snowballs and nowflakes and SITD for the letters.
and I machine embroidered a label with a snowflake too
I’m glad to cross off one item off of my list and work on the other one.
Are you catching up on old projects?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Accuquilt Valentine’s Gift bag

I recently did a tutorial on a Valentine’s gift bag using the 8” GO QUBE set
have a look

Monday, February 8, 2016

RSC16 brown blocks

I’ve been busy making brown blocks for the RSC16 challenge
tiny button
I make 4 Drunkard’s path blocks using my GO die of course
all the blocks are made using the GO dies!
here’s my idea for it, maybe I’ll add more blocks to make it bigger or some sort of sashing, we’ll see at the end
drunkards path rsc16
3” triangle in a square blocks (6 of them)
this is the idea but the triangles are turned the other way instead
triangle in a square rainbow2
double flying geese blocks
flying geese rainbow
I was only able to make one winding ways block and totally messed up on the middle, so I might scrap this one.
winding ways rainbow
and monkey wrench block, I actually realized that my blue one is slightly wrong in the middle…. sigh.
and here it’s spinning the other way, but I’ll keep going MY way instead Smile
snail trail rainbow
and two log cabin blocks, one is all brown and one is half neutral.
But the blocks are kind of odd since I am not worrying about darks or lights.
3 snowball blocks and 9 patches
snowball rainbow
One cupcake block
I also had enough to do one Ohio star block at the end with neutral star tips
ohio star rainbow2
Then I pretty much only had teeny tiny scraps left so I didn’t get to make these blocks below… unless I cut into my yardage
School house block!
Kite blocks
kite go die rainbow2
Hunter star blocks
hunter star rainbow
flowering snowball blocks
flowering snowball rainbow
I don’t think I’ll cut into my yardage YET! we’ll see at the end or if I feel motivated later….

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2016 Project list wk 5

Here’s my 2016 project list, items in red are ones I have worked on recently.
Items crossed out are completed
#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging –started stitching down more
#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- ready to quilt
#3 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers
#4 (2013)- roman holiday kit 
#5 (April 2013) – blue/ yellow kaleidoscope blocks, giving these to pine tree
#6 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done, can’t remember if I gave it away
#7 (Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks done – found blocks!
#8 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks
#9 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet
#10 (September 2015) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW , added border for a table topper
#11 (August 2015) Tumbler Christmas GO! DONE!
#12 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- Got my top back
#13 (September 2015) Ahhhh EPP mystery- just need corner pieces
#14 (Oct 2015) Bargello Quilt – top done
#15 (Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – Sister’s choice done
#16 (Nov 2015) Allietare BH mystery Hello kitty – DONE! Jan 2016
#17 (Dec 2015) Planes quilt- DONE!
#18 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12”Appliqued School house blocks - 1 Blue done
#19 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks – 3 done
#20 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks- 4 done
#21 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- 1 Blue done
#22 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Flowering snowball blocks- 1 Blue done
#23 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- 2 done
#24 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Snowball and 9patch blocks- 12 done
#25 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Kite blocks- 2 Blue and black done
#26 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Appliqued cupcake blocks- 2 done
#27 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” triangle in square blocks- 12 done
#28 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- 14 done
#29 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” drunkard’s path blocks- 8 done
#30 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Winding ways blocks- 6 done
#31 (Jan 2016) CT Diaper bag- DONE!
#32 (Dec 2015?) Mini hexies basket – DONE!
#33 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- January done
#34 (Jan 2016) Green/Grey GO quilt- top done
#35 (Jan 2016) Go QUBE feb project- DONE!
#36 (Jan 2016) Go Qube March project- DONE!
I will post updates on this list every Saturday

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winners picked

Winners have been picked from last week’s giveway for my blogger-versary

I was happy to see some familiar names thru the raffle copter


The island batik bundles will be given in the order they were won Smile



I have already emailed the winners.

Congrats everyone!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Anniversary EQ and new things

When I asked EQ about a giveaway for my blogger-versary, they ALSO sent me an anniversary T shirt! LOVE it and it’s a perfect fit.
So as I was sorting my January projects and seeing what other things I had on the shelf that were neglected, I pulled out this SNOW project that was a QAL on Carol’s blog last year and after the first month, I just got too busy with other things and stopped doing it, but as I looked in the box, I had already cut out pieces for the border (maybe that was part of clue #1?)
So easy peasy, I sewed them to the edges of this one and will turn it into a table runner!
Now while I was looking for backing fabrics, I had two blues in mind and these I had gotten on sale a while ago and I DO like them but they are kind of stiff cotton, so THEN I was looking at my ironing board and decided to recover my board, as the blue is a perfect match for the walls too!
I asked hubby to help me last weekend (really just to find the staple gun) he looked in the garage, in drawers, in boxes, then jokingly started blaming me for losing it that the last time WE used it was when WE recovered the design wall, so I must have just put it somewhere, we looked high and low!
No staple gun… so I said, OK I’ll just save the fabric for whenever it shows up. Then my husband remembered using it in the attic last summer!
Of course, THAT’s where I put it!! I totally did that…. Smile with tongue out
Anyways… glad it’s found and he did help me decide which of the two fabrics to use and decided on the hexagons and I stapled that down quickly and love how CLEAN it it, it just looks so nice.
Of course I put it to use right away, ironing BROWNS for the RSC16
tiny button
(Hey, is she doing them in this color order?? blue is on the left, then brown, will orange be next?)
I don’t have a lot of browns, so we’ll see how far I get
Still took out all the dies I used for the blues.