Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why it’s important to have a hobby!

(I recently had Maria from hobbyjr.org email me about writing an article for my blog, to tell how important it is to have a hobby) here it is below

Hobbies: The Surprising Mental Health Boost

You can probably easily rattle off your favorite color or band, but when it comes to listing your hobbies, are you coming up short? Life never stops and it may seem like your to-do list never gets any shorter, so how could you possibly have time to fit in leisure activities? It is important for your mental well-being to pencil in relaxation time, and pursuing a hobby could be the mental health boost you desperately need.

Hobby to Relax

Whenever you’re busy, all you can think about is getting as much done as possible in the short amount of time you have each day. However, letting your stress fall by the wayside could have serious health risks.Chronic stress and the accompanying spike in stress hormones puts you at increased risk for anxiety, depression, heart disease, digestive issues, weight gain, sleep problems, and memory impairment. This is why it is crucial that you find healthy ways to manage and cope with your stress, and a hobby is a quick and easy solution.

If the health risks aren’t enough to convince you, take a look at some cold, hard facts. Astudy followed 100 adults as they went about their daily activities. Data was collected via heart monitors and participants completed surveys to discuss how they were feeling as well as the activities they participated in. After three days, researchers found that the participants that pursued leisure activities were 34 percent less stressed and 18 percent less sad while physically engaging in the activity. The calming effect of the hobby was seen in their reduced heart rate, which lasted for several hours after the activity was finished.

The scientists found that it didn’t matter what thehobby was, as long as it was something the participant truly enjoyed. Following your passions and reducing your stress is an excellent combo, so take a moment to figure out what it is that you like to do. Perhaps you enjoy knitting, gardening, drawing, or building models – the mental boost will follow regardless.

Hobby to Find Happiness

Obviously the hobby you choose should be something that makes you happy, but there is a way to garner further happiness, and improve your mental health too. The key is socialization. While many hobbies are solitary endeavors, you can use your newfound interest as a segway into meeting new people by organizing a hobby group to share your hobby and discover others who are as truly passionate about the work you do as you are. How does the socialization benefit you other than finding new friends?

Harvard researchers found that meaningful relationships are the one thing everyone needs for a happier and healthier life. The study has been following the lives of a group of young men since 1938, and the participants who maintained close relationships felt the most fulfilled and happy. Lead researcher Robert Waldinger says that people who tend to stay isolated from others are “less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely.”

Once you’ve found a hobby you enjoy, create a hobby group. Perhaps you could use this as an opportunity to teach others about your hobby, such as how to crochet or grow an edible garden. Make it official by thinking of a creative name and designing t-shirts for your group. Create a website or Facebook group so that the group has an online presence and a way to contact one another. Finding a group of people to share your passions with outside of the chaos of daily life is a great way to improve your mental health, and can even serve as a means for venting. Sometimes simply talking about what is bothering you can help you to realize that it isn’t a big deal after all and you are more than capable of handling it. A friendly face and a helping hand don’t hurt either.

The next time someone asks you what your hobbies are, you should be able to rattle off at least one. Do it because you enjoy it, but also because your brain needs a moment to relax and unwind too.

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(Maria doing photography)

Thanks for sharing this Maria!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

QUBE sampler QAL block 24


We’re half way there!!

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This week’s block is a bit odd, but still fun Smile

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You’ll need 2 fabrics and white

From white, cut out 2 of shape #2

fabric 1, cut out 4 of #5 and 2 of shape #10

fabric 2, cut out 4 of shape #5 and 2 of shape #3

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We’ve sewn these sections together before, so I’m not showing step by step, but sew small #5 triangles to sides of small squares, then finish with large #3 triangles, then sew the 4 #5 triangles to angled sides of signature #10 blocks

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and finish the block!

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Here’s my picture of the first 24 blocks! we’re half way there!!!

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here’s the blocks from participants last week

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 Project list wk25

Here’s my list for this week

  if I worked on it within the last week it’s in red

QUILTS

#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – kind of want to work on this since April the giraffe had her baby!

#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 – 27 done

#8 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Appliqued School house blocks – DONE!

#9(Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks –DONE!

#10 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks(2)- DONE!

#11 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- DONE!

#12 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- DONE!

#13 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- DONE!

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

#15 (April 2016) OWL rsc16 blocks-DONE!

#16 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- 12 done

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

#18 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- working on a few here and there

#19 (Aug 2016) Road Home RAL-DONE!

#20 (Nov 2016) Mermaid Hexagon quilt- working on white background hexies

#21 (Dec 2016) Accuquilt QUBE 8”sampler QAL 30 blocks done

#22 (Jan 2017) Accuquilt QUBE 12” sampler(12) (same as above) – DONE!

#23 (Dec)TT underwater quilt –DONE!

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

#24 (2016) Blue broken dishes topper –DONE!

#25 (Jan 2017) Grey and Blue star Accuquilt topper- DONE!

#26 (Jan 2017) Star FQ quilt for accuquilt- DONE!

#27 (Jan 2017) Fiesta quilt for Accuquilt- DONE!

#28 (Jan 2017) white grey Hunter Star quilt- ready to quilt

#29 (Jan 2017) Log Cabin blog hop quilt- DONE!

#30 (Jan 2017) Valentine’s QUBE wall hanging- DONE!

#31(Fall 2016) Fall leaf blocks from pine tree- top done

#32 (Feb 2017) #2 fiesta/groovy quilt for Accuquilt- DONE!

#33 (March 2017) Baby quilt for Accuquilt’s blog- DONE!

#34 (March 2017) Table topper brown for Accuquilt’s blog- DONE!

#35 (March 2017) Blue QUBE runner for Quilter’s World- DONE!

#36 (March 2017) Batik QUBE star runner- DONE!

#37 (April 2017) Batik Star small quilt- DONE!

#38 (April) Batik Fall catalog quilt-DONE!

#39 (April) Baby quilt- DONE!

#40 (April) braid quilt- top done, backing pieced, ready to quilt

#41 (April) mini braid- DONE!

#42 (April) Winter Modern Batiks- DONE!

#43 (May) mug rug- DONE

#44 (May) mini tumbler modern quilt- DONE!

#45 (May) My crazy cat’s quilt- DONE!

#46 (May) House Accuquilt- DONE!

#47 (Jan 2016?)Cupcake quilt- ready to quilt

#48 6” QUBE table topper- ready to quilt


CLOTHES

#1and2 (Jan 2017) Mermaid dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#3 and;4 (Feb 2017) Strawberry dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#5 and 6 and 7 (April 2017) Susie sundresses (2)  and bubble shorts for girls – DONE

#8 Blue dress for me!- DONE!

#9 Tinkerbell dress 2T- DONE!

#10 Owl 2T dress- pieces cut out


CRAFTS

#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?

#3,4,5 (3 owl felt pincushions) 2 blue and one pink/ purple

#6 blue owl pincushion- DONE

#7-11 (Feb 2017) 5 owl purses- DONE!

#12-13 (March 2017) two more ITH Stuffies DONE

#14-15 ( March 2017) 2 island Batik funky friends- mailed

#16-17 (march) owl pincushions done

#18 (March 2017) mini purple pincushion DONE

#19 (March) Blue Batik pillow- DONE!

#20 (March 2017) Batik challenge Applique for April- DONE!

#21 (March 2017) black owl pincushion- DONE!

#22-23 (April 2017) 2 pink owl pincushions- DONE

#24-27(Feb-April) 4 kennel quilts- 3 done in Feb, 1 in April- DONE

#28-30 (May 2017) 3 turtle pincushions- DONE!

#31-32 (May 2017) 2 fabric purses- DONE!

#33 (May 2017) Clam shell pillow- done

#34 (May) wedding ring pillow- done

#35 (May) Laptop bag- DONE

#36-39 (May) 4 owl pincushions- done

#40-42 (May) 3 ornaments Accuquilt- DONE!

#43 May- Minnie pincushion- DONE!

#44-47 (June) 4 things for July IB challenge- DONE!


Friday, June 23, 2017

My crazy cat’s quilt

I have a new pattern listed for sale called
“My crazy cat’s quilt”
it’s a quilt I designed for Dear Stella for this new “feline myself” line of fabrics and they sent me the fabrics to make it Smile (should be in stores in July)
I designed it to be either rotary cut or it can be made with the 12” QUBE set by Accuquilt!
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Finished Size: 49” x 61”
Finished Block size: 12”
Skill Level: Beginner
Putting a star block and uneven nine patch together with this fun beginner pattern! Great as a quick gift.

Here’s my quilt all done!
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I quilted pointy swirls all over it in pale pink.
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I tried to “pose” it outside
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Then I also tried to “pose” Swiffer on it (the original name was Swiffer’s quilt but I had to change that)
well, it’s not easy to POSE an animal on something he doesn’t want to!!
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This one below is probably the best one!
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I machine embroidered the label and used a cat applique design by Juju’s designs.
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I have the pattern listed at quiltwoman and on craftsy and soon on Connecting threads.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Another round of pincushion swaps??

Who wants to join another 3 moth round of the pincushion swap that I’m hosting?

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Rules are simple!

You make and send one pincushion per month for 3 months to the person that I assign you to.

Making sure they receive it before the end of the month!

If you join, I’ll send you a little questionnaire that you fill out and reply back with, of course we need your name and mailing address, but also favorite color and quilting style, then it’s up to the maker for each month if they want to follow or make something else unique and send to you.

It’s always such fun to get a squishy package in the mail each month! it’s like Christmas!!

-Do know that there’s several internationals that have joined so if the group is small you may be assigned one twice!

(but then you just might want to make the pincushion smaller and lighter to save on postage)

Here’s a few favorites from this round!

Hope lots of people join!!

If you comment and don’t get a reply back soon after that email me, as last time I got several no reply bloggers and couldn’t email them back!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

School house quilt is done!

I’ve been on a roll, finishing up quilts lately!

This school house quilt was part of the Rainbow color of the month last year (haven’t joined this year) and I made 9 solid colored school house blocks with the Accuquilt die, then sewed them all together and added more solid and white borders!

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I quilted a ribbon swirl on the white borders, then bubbles on the solid borders and an outline stitch on the school houses and outlining the blocks too!

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I’m glad it’s done, not sure what my plan is for this quilt (yet)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday- deck design

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I wanted to show a quick thing I used EQ7 for-

a deck design!

Hubby and I have been planning to build a new deck in the back yard and of course hubby has done most of the work of doing the foundation, the sided, cross beam supports etc. Now it’s all about the top visible part of the deck!

We’ve gone back and forth about how to lay out the boards because the deck is 17ft long and a board is 16ft! (or you can get 12ft boards too)

So we first thought of a picture frame idea, so that the middle part will be less than 16ft and then only requires one length of a board.

Here’s where I used EQ (he used his CAD program with his CNC router)

First I started with a horizontal strip layout

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I made the strip style plain and had the width be 1/2” and the length be 15

(a board is a bit over 5.5” but I’m just visually playing with the “look” of it

then I “cloned” that ad added a bunch of rows (24) our deck will be 17x14, so leaving off 2” is like leaving off a 2 feet in real life, so the center is  15x12”

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Now adding borders

one look is to add two horizontal borders

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but then the outer horizontal board (border) is 17” (feet) and we didn’t want that unless there’s a seam

If I change that to vertical the outer board would be 16ft and work

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originally we wanted mitered corners

but then it would need a seam again and don’t know how well angled borders hold up!?

here’s the foundation so far Smile

hubby has done a great job!!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

QUBE sampler QAL block 23

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This week’s block is easy and you may have seen it already!

It was part of a pattern I wrote for Accuquilt for a runner (and a bigger quilt too)

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It’s an easy block!

You’ll need 2 colors plus white

dies #2, #4, #5

With fabric #1 cut out 4 of #2 and 4 of #4

With fabric #2 and white, cut out 2 of shape #2 and 4 of shape #5

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Start of by making two sets of opposite flying geese with #4 triangles with two different #5 triangles, and a 4patch of white and fabric #2

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Then sew the flying geese to the center 4patch matching up the placements of the geese with the four patch placements, add the background squares to the corners.

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here’s the block all done

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here’s a few pics of last week’s block

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Project list wk24

Here’s my list for this week

  if I worked on it within the last week it’s in red

QUILTS

#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – kind of want to work on this since April the giraffe had her baby!

#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 – 27 done

#8 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Appliqued School house blocks – DONE!

#9(Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks –DONE!

#10 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks(2)- DONE!

#11 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- DONE!

#12 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- DONE!

#13 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- DONE!

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

#15 (April 2016) OWL rsc16 blocks-DONE!

#16 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- 12 done

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

#18 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- working on a few here and there

#19 (Aug 2016) Road Home RAL-DONE!

#20 (Nov 2016) Mermaid Hexagon quilt- working on white background hexies

#21 (Dec 2016) Accuquilt QUBE 8”sampler QAL 30 blocks done

#22 (Jan 2017) Accuquilt QUBE 12” sampler(12) (same as above) – DONE!

#23 (Dec)TT underwater quilt –DONE!

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

#24 (2016) Blue broken dishes topper –DONE!

#25 (Jan 2017) Grey and Blue star Accuquilt topper- DONE!

#26 (Jan 2017) Star FQ quilt for accuquilt- DONE!

#27 (Jan 2017) Fiesta quilt for Accuquilt- DONE!

#28 (Jan 2017) white grey Hunter Star quilt- ready to quilt

#29 (Jan 2017) Log Cabin blog hop quilt- DONE!

#30 (Jan 2017) Valentine’s QUBE wall hanging- DONE!

#31(Fall 2016) Fall leaf blocks from pine tree- top done

#32 (Feb 2017) #2 fiesta/groovy quilt for Accuquilt- DONE!

#33 (March 2017) Baby quilt for Accuquilt’s blog- DONE!

#34 (March 2017) Table topper brown for Accuquilt’s blog- DONE!

#35 (March 2017) Blue QUBE runner for Quilter’s World- DONE!

#36 (March 2017) Batik QUBE star runner- DONE!

#37 (April 2017) Batik Star small quilt- DONE!

#38 (April) Batik Fall catalog quilt-DONE!

#39 (April) Baby quilt- DONE!

#40 (April) braid quilt- top done, backing arrived

#41 (April) mini braid- DONE!

#42 (April) Winter Modern Batiks- DONE!

#43 (May) mug rug- DONE

#44 (May) mini tumbler modern quilt- DONE!

#45 (May) My crazy cat’s quilt- DONE!

#46 (May) House Accuquilt- DONE!

#47 (Jan 2016?)Cupcake quilt- top done

#48 6” QUBE table topper- top done

CLOTHES

#1and2 (Jan 2017) Mermaid dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#3 and;4 (Feb 2017) Strawberry dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#5 and 6 and 7 (April 2017) Susie sundresses (2)  and bubble shorts for girls – DONE

#8 Blue dress for me!- DONE!

#9 Tinkerbell dress 2T- DONE!


CRAFTS

#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?

#3,4,5 (3 owl felt pincushions) 2 blue and one pink/ purple

#6 blue owl pincushion- DONE

#7-11 (Feb 2017) 5 owl purses- DONE!

#12-13 (March 2017) two more ITH Stuffies DONE

#14-15 ( March 2017) 2 island Batik funky friends- mailed

#16-17 (march) owl pincushions done

#18 (March 2017) mini purple pincushion DONE

#19 (March) Blue Batik pillow- DONE!

#20 (March 2017) Batik challenge Applique for April- DONE!

#21 (March 2017) black owl pincushion- DONE!

#22-23 (April 2017) 2 pink owl pincushions- DONE

#24-27(Feb-April) 4 kennel quilts- 3 done in Feb, 1 in April- DONE

#28-30 (May 2017) 3 turtle pincushions- DONE!

#31-32 (May 2017) 2 fabric purses- DONE!

#33 (May 2017) Clam shell pillow- done

#34 (May) wedding ring pillow- done

#35 (May) Laptop bag- DONE

#36-39 (May) 4 owl pincushions- done

#40-42 (May) 3 ornaments Accuquilt- DONE!

#43 May- Minnie pincushion- DONE!

#44-47 (June) 4 things for July IB challenge- blocks done

Friday, June 16, 2017

More pincushions

I got a squishy package in the mail the other day from Wanda

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this cute pincushion!!

Lots of details and look at that butterfly or dragonfly?? either way it’s cute!!

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Since my last batch of owl pincushions, friends from church wanted some owls too and a couple (where both hubby and wife quilts) both wanted blue ones, so I whipped up a few and they can have a choice –including the blue batik one from last time.

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we’ll see which two they pick, I think I have a favorite….