Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pincushion swap sign up

It’s that time again!

Another great round of Pincushion swaps is near the end.

so I’m opening up the swap again for another round!!

Each swap lasts 3 months and all you have to do is make and mail one pincushion a month to another person (most likely one international per round) and you get one in return each month from someone else too!

It’s a lot of fun! it’s like Christmas each time you get a squishy package in the mail!!

Here’s some fun ones from this round

and there’s more here

If you’d like to join EMAIL me, as blogger has not fixed the GDPR thing yet, I’m not getting any emails when people comment, I can see them on my blog but I can’t reply, it’s very frustrating.

anyways, just EMAIL me and I’ll send you a few questions to fill out and send back and the next round will be July, August and September!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

GO round Robin

I can finally reveal what’s been in the works for almost a year!

An Accuquilt Round Robin!

Last July I did a call out for anyone who owns a GO and dies if they want to join a “planned” round robin

I had designed this in EQ and both sketches are the same but one shows blocks, the other shows just rounds. The concept is the same.

Each person makes a center block (in this case it was a 12 1/2” center block) then sends it off to the next person who add another round, here it was a 3 1/2” round or 3 1/2” blocks, then 6 1/2” and so on.

It’s 56” x 68” at the end ( 56 1/2 x 68 1/2”)

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It was great fun!

Here’s my center block I sent off and didn’t get back until recently.

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and this is what I got back!


The flying geese didn’t go all the way to the edges, so I had to take them off and I re-measured the top and decided to just add simple borders on it with fabrics that were with the quilt- even enough of the dark blue for binding!

It now measures 62” x 68” and I LOVE it!


Along the way, we all posted TEASERS in the fb group like these

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as you can see the themes and colors are so different, as it was up to the original owner to tell us all what “theme” or colors they wanted and some even added extra scraps to the bundle and they got sent with the top each time.

I don’t know if I have pictures of all the quilt

but it was fun to be part of and see the quilts grow.

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It was a learning experience for everyone, because this was “planned” with certain size requirements, it didn’t always match when it got to the next person, but I think we all made the best of it.

Look how great this one turned out!

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This quilt is all the way done!

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So as you can see, the quilts can change a LOT, it’s always fun to see the end results!

So I’m opening it up for another ROUND!

For US only due to postage- at the end it gets really heavy!

I don’t know how many rounds there will be, it all depends on the number of people who sign up!

It will be “sort of planned” again with rules as to where you add your rounds or rows, but no size rules. It MUST use Accuquilt dies (though strips you can rotary cut if you don’t have the strip dies)


Please EMAIL me, as blogger still doesn’t send me comments on my blog since the new GDPR ruling/law. so please just email me Smile

I’ll close the sign ups on July 1st and then we’ll start by having the center block sent out before Sept. 1st and it’ll continue monthly!

Please don’t sign up if you are too busy or think you can’t make the deadlines, I know life happens, but it’s important to be on time with these.

but the more the merrier!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Family trip to Myrtle Beach

Wed-Friday last week, we went on a mini vacation to Myrtle Beach!

We haven’t been to the beach in over 10yrs!!

We had a great time and saw a bunch, played in the water- both the ocean and the hotel pool.

On Wednesday we went to Wonderworks, which is this crazy hands-on museum amusement park (not the ferris wheel)


Part of the tickets were a zipline and rope course for the older kids outside


Fun for both younger and older kids


and a VERY accurate Weather stone!


Then after that we went to the hotel (Embassy Suites/Hilton resort ON the beach!!)


They had an awesome Breakfast buffet each morning


Thursday we went to the aquarium


and saw a REAL mermaid Winking smile


Outside there was a lake and this speed boat that Dan was really drooling over (Wonderworks was across the lake so we saw it the day before also)


We walked right by the booth and just HAD to try it! (I stayed back with Anja) This thing was FAST!!


Friday morning we left the hotel and went to this Apache pier and tried to go fishing, but with hot, whiney kids it didn’t last long, but at least Dan tried it Winking smile


We all got a lot of sun and had a lot of fun.

I didn’t take pics of the beach nor the pool, as I didn’t want to get sand or water on my phone, but we all had a blast!

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 QUBE QAL block 25

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This week’s block is a bear claw block and it’s 3/4 sized.
It uses dies #1, #2 and #5 and fabrics A and D
With fabric A and D cut out (4) each with die #5
with fabric D cut out (1) with die #1
and with fabric A cut out (1) with die #2 ( I know it’s kind of odd on most dies, either trim to fit over just one or just cover half the set and put the extra cut out aside for another time)
sew the 4 sets of HSTs together and iron the seams open
Then sew them together in sets of 2 like this- sometimes it helps to lay out the block pieces to see how the pieces are laid out
Sew one small square to the left top of the claw pieces, and the large square to the right of the other two claw pieces, making sure they are turning the right way.
Then sew the block together like this, if you used directional fabrics and the direction is the other way, then turn the whole block the other way, it doesn’t matter which way it turns.
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Here’s my 4 blocks together, with the 12” qube version, I thought I had enough of the dark brown for the large square, but I didn’t so I cut a different brown, again it doesn’t matter! – do I say that enough??
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Here’s my blue 6” qube QAL blocks so far
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and my really funky 8” version
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and the 9” version
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the 12” version is so big, I didn’t stick it on the wall this time.

I wanted to also tell you, as I get requests quite often when people join, they ask how much it costs to join, NOTHING, it’s FREE, I just do it for fun.
But if you click on the Accuquilt links thru my site and order something I get a small percentage of the sale as a commission because I’m an affiliate. (But there hasn’t been much action since Joann’s starting having dies on sale)
I did also this week add a Paypal ME button the side, if you feel like donating anything at any time Winking smile
My intentions are not to charge for this QAL at all, it’s just fun and I love Accuquilt and their products!

Here’s the blocks from participants last week
24joanElight24carolync24maryp23pamelas24cat24eva24carolyn24geraldine24sheryl24pamelas24michelle24suemc24donna24connie24sentajoan24B24joan224judi24pamela24carol24margaret24 carol24diane248910pamela242sandi