Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mid Month potholders

GO frog potholders

This month’s potholders, weren’t exactly my idea, they were inspired by Carolyn, she tagged me on this post on FB and I thought it was adorable!

CarolynC frog potholders

Now I didn’t have this specific flower die and I was looking at my other dies and none of the flowers seemed right, until I then googled a lily pad!

and found this!


I knew I wanted the potholders to be 8” and I liked the four patch idea, so I got out the 4 1/2” square die #1 from the 8” qube set

Then I figured I could cut a lily pad from a big circle, so I got out the GO big circle die (It only fits the GO BIG machine, this die is HUGE! if you don’t have that, maybe the 5” circle can work from a smaller die, or just freehand a circle?- I cut out the 6” btw)

Also I was given the rose of sharon die recently and I saw the small leaf petals would be great for the lily pad flower!

and of course the frog too!


I first cut out (8) 4 1/2” squares each of 2 FQs

and I also cut 2 hang ties and ironed those.


and I sewed them into 4 patches


then I used lite steam a seam2 and added it to the back of some green fabric for 2 frogs


and cut out 2


Then I found another green and added the steam a seam too and cut out (2) 6” circles


I cut little “pacman” slits in the circles to make them look like lily pads and added to the center of the block and then I played around with the frog and it was at this point I figured out the rose of sharon petals would work


so I prepped and cut out 8 of those in white


Having 4 per lily flower looked great, I could have used the bigger one, but I think it looks cute this way, but look, there’s not much contrast between the frog and the lily pad (I guess that’s sort of how it is in nature though! but I needed some contrast)


I got out some black thread and with a darning/embroidery/freemotion foot I sloppily sewed double black lines around everything

frog potholders

I then cut out scrap batting and insulbrigt to match and added the hanging tabs


and lastly sewed them together right sides together and leaving an opening at the bottom, then turning right side out and top stitching!

frog potholders

And VOILA! two frog potholders Smile

midmonth potholders

as a thank you to Carolyn, I’d like to send you some insulbright, please send me your address !!

The rest of you, try this out or her version, either one is great and upload in the qube group on FB and tag me on it.

Here’s some potholders I think from last month that people made using some of my previous tutorials

carolyn flowerscarolyn dropsbowties pamela2

Have fun!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Today is Sonja’s 6th birthday

Today is Sonja’s 6th birthday!


I remember that about a month of so before my due date with her, she doctor’s told me she was breech (sitting on my bladder!!) and that they wouldn’t turn her externally because of the previous C-section with Bjorn, so I looked up anything online I could find and tried them! Hand stands in the pool, a flash light or music low on my belly, me lying almost upside down, nothing worked, she was just sitting there!

My original due date was Bjorn’s 10th birthday (8/21/12) but as the day approached, I grew more and more uncomfortable and I think they didn’t want to risk me going into labor like that, so I went to a checkup and then they called later that day and said to come in the next day for a C-section!

-preparing mentally for a month or 6weeks for a C-section was much easier than having an emergency C-section!

Now she’s my “little clone” she’s blonde and had blue eyes for 4 years now they are green, but she looks just like me, and she’s stubborn and know what she wants (NO IDEA who she has that from!!)

She is very smart and wants to be just like her big sister Solveig, it’s hard when she’s 8yrs older! She’s the middle girl too so maybe that’s tough??

She doesn’t really play with Anja (yet) maybe that’s because Anja can’t really play together yet, except that she wants to do what Sonja does, so….

Even though she’s the middle one, we still love her just the same as the others!!


I forgot to show that her and I made Frozen pillows before my friends came from Denmark, we made a pillow for Sonja and one for Nanna (Camilla’s daughter)


and we can’t forget about Swiffer, even though he’s Solveig’s cat, Sonja just loves him and carries him around and snuggles with him a lot, and he seems to like it too, he purrs Smile


Friday we had a couple from church over for dinner and I decided to make Sonja a cake too and have a small party sort of, we’re just doing family stuff today, no big party- just can’t do that with 4 kids!

I’ve seen Sonja play/watch this Japanese cat called Pusheen, so I made a cake to look like it and she requested a strawberry cake! (I also added strawberries in the cake with jelly and pudding between the layers and cream cheese frosting!

pusheen birthday cake


She did say she didn’t want presents until today, but I still gave her ONE (a pusheen stuffie- to match the cake)

That night and Saturday, she got a high fever though, so good thing we didn’t do a big party and had to cancel that!

-Hope our guests didn’t catch the bug.

well happy birthday to my smart, beautiful little girl SONJA!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 QUBE QAL block 33

qube qal 33
This week it’s time for an Ohio star block! it’s a 1.5 sized block
I’m sure you knew you could make this already with the QUBE set!?
For this block you’ll just use dies #1 and #4
and fabrics A, B, C and E
with die #1 cut out (1) of fabric B (or make it a nice fussy cut or directional fabric) and (4) of fabric A
with die #4 cut out (4) of A and E, and (8) of fabric C
with the triangles make (4) QST blocks and have fabric C be on the same side with the other fabrics- so if you have A on the bottom and C on top and start at the corner, also have E on the bottom and C on the top and start sewing at the corner
Then sew these together in (4) QSTs, iron seams open
Now lay the pieces out into a nine patch, I realize I laid the QSTs wrong, but sewed it together right, but if you want to sew it together this way, it’s okay, I’m not going to be the quilt police Winking smile
Then sew it into rows like this (correctly)
Here’s the completed block
qube qal block 33
for my 8” qube version I used directional fabrics and it worked out just fine because the die cuts out 4 pieces at a time, the 9” qube has one shape of #4 so if you’re planning on cutting with directional fabrics, you have to turn the fabrics.
qube qal block 33
Here’s all 4 blocks together, again the 12” qube version is 18 1/2” it’s HUGE! I used some directional fabrics on this one too.
qube qal block 33qube qal block 33
Have fun!

here’s blocks from last week’s participants
32carolyn232carolyn132 donna32 margaret

Saturday, August 11, 2018

2018 progress list wk 32

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


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – finishing up applique

#2 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#3 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt

#4 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#5(Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – DONE!

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

#7 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- DONE!

#8 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- DONE!

#9 (August 2017) EPP Milifori- DONE!

#10 (July 2017) Round Robin- top done

#11 (Nov 2017) Binding strip quilt – DONE!

#12 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 6” QUBE  blue -DONE!

#13 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 8” TULA PINK- top done

#14 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 9” QUBE red black- top done

#15 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 12” QUBE BATIK- top and border done

#16 (Dec2017) Batik Qube scrappy angles blocks “circles”- DONE!

#17 (Dec 2017) Jelly roll puzzle batik quilt- DONE!

#18 (Dec 2017) Patriotic QUBE quilt for Mccall’s- DONE and mailed

#19 (Jan 2018) Accuquilt Colorado Block quilt- DONE

#20 (Jan 2018) Cardtrick quilt – DONE

#21 (Jan 2018) Friendship star table topper- DONE

#22 (Jan 2018) Prarie Queen pillow- DONE

#23 (Jan 2018) Grunge Love quilt- DONE and mailed

#24 (Feb 2018) New technique for IB- DONE!

#25 (Feb) Mini Love IB- DONE

#26 (Feb) maple Leaf quilt- DONE

#27 (Feb) scrappy Qube quilt- DONE!

#28 (Feb)- April blog hop 30 blocks- DONE!

#29 (Mar) IB April Vintage quilt- DONE!

#30 (Mar) Heart picnic quilt- DONE

#31 (Jan) US Bea top- DONE!

#32 (Mar) scrappy QUBE quilt brown black – DONE!

#33 (rainbow blocks) sister’s choice- cut orange

#34 (March) Baby yellow brick road batiks– DONE!

#35 (April) April Accuquilt blog post- project done

#36 (Apr) X and + runner IB qube- DONE!

#37 (Apr) pink batik quilt- DONE!

#38 (rainbow blocks) bear claw- orange done

#39 (Apr) phone book quilt- DONE!

#40 (May) Frog quilt- DONE!

#41 (May) Star quilt for hop- DONE

#42 (May) Outer space quilt for hop- DONE

#43 (rainbow blocks) Mosaic blocks - cut orange

#44 (May)1 1/2” squares and snowball quilt- DONE!

#45 (May) isosceles triangle rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#46 (May) small tumbler rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#47 (May) large half hexie rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#48 (May) tiny half hexie rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#49 (May) Northwood quilt- DONE and mailed

#50 (June) Bargello Jelly roll quilt- DONE!

#51 (June) Patriotic Chain Quilt- DONE and mailed

#52 (June) charm hexies quilt- Working on them

#53 (June) – IB secondary design quilt- DONE!

#54 (June) mini Batik Table topper winter blue- DONE!

#55 (June) Batik table runner brown-DONE!

#56 (June) Elephant runner- DONE!

#57 (July) elephant quilt- DONE!

#58 (July) Tula table topper- DONE!

#59 (June) Owl quilt- DONE and mailed

#60 (June) rainbow Geese blocks (x2)- orange done

#61-62 (July)Round Robin –both round #1s are done and mailed

#63-64(July)b/w and patriotic runners AQ- DONE!

#65 (July) IB Blog hop quilt- DONE!

#66 (July)Christmas blog hop- DONE!

#67 (July) Accuquilt Blog post- DONE!

#68 (August)Pineapple Accuquilt- die here

#69 (Aug) Canoe Accuquilt- quilted, needs binding

#70 (Aug) Batik QUBE runner- DONE!


#1 (May)6T Primrose dress Sonja- sewing some pieces together


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

#2 (August 2017) Birthday pillow- quilted, need to add backing and stuff it

#3 (Sept 2017) #5 Kennel batik quilt- DONE!

#4-5 (Jan) 2 funky friends for Island Batik- DONE!

#5 (Feb 2018) LOVE pillow for Accuquilt- DONE!

#6 (Feb) heart potholders- DONE!

#7 and 8 (Feb) 2 more Kennel quilts- DONE!

#9 (March) Potholder April- DONE

#10 (Mar) Craft is art bag- DONE!

#11 (Apr) multi+ purse pincushion- DONE

#12-13 two batik embroidered pincushions- DONE

#14 (May) pentagon fabric ball- DONE

#15 (May) EPP pincushion- DONE

#16-17 (June) 2 sets of potholders – DONE!

#18-19 (June) 2 more pincushions DONE!

#19-20 (July)Frozen Panels- 2 pillows done

#21 (July) qube star pillow- DONE!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Did you see the new BOB dies?

Did you see the new BOB dies from Accuquilt??

Pineapple Dies

There’s the new 10” pineapple die!

(I’m working on a secret pattern for this die!! just wait and see)

Cross Canoe

The 9” Crossed Canoe die

(I’m working on a secret project for this die too!)

and the spiderweb die is really cool too

(no project yet, but I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it soon!)

I’m really loving these sort of complex dies that are often done with FPP but not anymore!!

-if you buy thru my links, I get a small commission, which I appreciate Smile

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Picnic love Quilt pattern

Did you see this pattern on Accuquilt’s site?

It’s made with all FQs (plus the border and binding)

and is made with the 8” QUBE set and the wonky heart die

it measures 21” x 21”

Try it out!

Help Me Win in AccuQuilt's 2018 Quilt Block Design Contest

also help me win Viewer’s choice with my block design at Accuquilt’s block contest

blue white block 16 with8inqube