Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August in review

can’t believe August is over!

ready for some fall weather though Smile

here’s my review of August- projects that I finished.

well I showed this one finished, of course I finished it a long time ago

Ninja stars

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batik strip quilt

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Batik serendipity pillow

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purse pincushion

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diamond quilt

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seaside-summer

don’t forget the summer blog hop

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tamarinis

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Del Lillians

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Sallys Quilting Corner

Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics

MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Kissed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

(me for a quick quilt)

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes

For Quilts Sake

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chicken Run

Last week, I found ANOTHER dead chicken outside, this time the FOX (or whatever it was) had the nerve to just remove the head, the other two at least it ate the insides too!

Then I looked around the house twice and saw NO other chickens! NONE!!

we HAD 7 as of a week ago, then on Bjorn’s birthday we found a dead one, then another two days later and now this one! and the last 4 were just GONE!!!

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I told Dan when he got home Friday, we went outside to look for them again or at least remnants of them and THEN we saw this!!

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all 4 were BACK!!! they must have hid really well from whatever predator it was…. including me earlier in the day.

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So then it was time to move the coop and build a run!!

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Hubby build this Saturday and they LOVE it!

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Still needs a door for us to get in there, but at least now they are safe!

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So the ones that are left are

Cheddar (Yellow)

Kimchi (red)

Peppa (or smoke) – black

and Trump (black)

Monday, August 29, 2016

First day of school for Solveig

It’s funny that Bjorn has already been in school for 2 weeks, but now the public schools start!

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We all woke up at 5.45!

Because Bjorn now has to be at his bus stop at 6.40!

And Solveig’s school doesn’t open the doors until 7.30am and it’s 2 min away from the bus stop area. I don’t know what my husband and her will be doing for those 45min or so, they will figure it out. He’d rather do that than go back and forth twice or have me go one way and him go another way.

A friend asked me a week ago if I could embroider her kids’ backpacks and one lunchbag. I had never done big bags like that before so it was a good test!

I sure, was nervous about wrecking the bags though!

But knew this machine was designed for big stuff and you can’t do this on a small table top embroidery machine..

Here the bobbin area is free, sticking straight out from the machine so something bulky goes underneath and just rests on the counter.

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Here’s 4 bags made up!

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I also sent my friend pictures during the whole process to get her kids excited!

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The biggest struggle was getting the hoop on! –and TIGHT!

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They all loved them Smile

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 project list wk 34

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- Table topper DONE! Feb

#11 (August 2015) Tumbler Christmas GO! DONE!

#12 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- DONE!

#13 (September 2015) Ahhhh EPP mystery- DONE!

#14 (Oct 2015) Bargello Quilt –DONE!

#15 (Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – 21 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 – grey done

#19 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks – grey done

#20 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks(2)- grey done

#21 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- grey done

#22 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Flowering snowball blocks- scrapped!

#23 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- grey done

#24 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Snowball and 9patch blocks- grey done

#25 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Kite blocks- DONE! secret

#26 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Appliqued cupcake blocks- grey done

#27 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” triangle in square blocks- top done

#28 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- grey done

#29 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” drunkard’s path blocks- top done

#30 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Winding ways blocks- top done

#31 (Jan 2016) CT Diaper bag- DONE!

#32 (Dec 2015?) Mini hexies basket – DONE!

#33 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- May printed

#34 (Jan 2016) Green/Grey GO quilt-  DONE!

#35 (Jan 2016) Go QUBE feb project Valentine’s gift bag- DONE!

#36 (Jan 2016) Go Qube + DP March quilt- DONE!

#37 (Feb 2016) 1Block Wonder quilt – DONE!

#38 (2016) Monthly purse pincushions- 6 done

#39 (Feb 2016) QUBE Batik quilt- DONE! will be on their blog

#40 (Feb 2016) Blazing star Batik quilt- DONE!

#41 (Feb 2016) Baby embroidered quilt- blocks embroidered

#42 (Feb 2016) Tumbler Batik quilt- top done

#43(Mar 2016) Solveig’s PJ’s DONE!

#44(Feb 2016) Ribbon quilt- DONE!

#45 (Mar 2016) Rayon Blue dress and hat – DONE!

#46 (Mar 2016) Funky flower pillow – DONE!

#47 (March 2016) Tumbler Batik #2 quilt- DONE

#48 (March 2016) two matching spring dresses blue teal- DONE!

#49-51 (March 2016) 3 mini batik projects –DONE

# 52 (April 2016) OWL rsc16 blocks- grey done

#53 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- 4 done

#54 (April 2016) fleur de lis rsc16 blocks – grey done

#55 (April 2016) 2 matching peasant dresses – DONE!

#56 (April 2016) Jelly roll Batik quilt- DONE!

#57 (April 2016) QUBE May Project (4) – DONE!

#58 (April 2016) LeMoyne quilt- DONE

#59 (March 2016) red pink nightgown for Sonja-DONE!

#60 (April 2016) Island Batik April project- DONE!

#61 (April 2016) owl purse green grey – DONE

# 62 (May 2016) mini cat block – pincushion

#63 (May 2016) Quiltmaker fall quilt- mailed

#63 (May 2016) large cat block pillow- done

#64(May 2016) Fleur de lis pot holders for accuquilt- done

#65 (May 2016) IB Fall Market River quilt- DONE!

#66 (May 2016) IB Fall Market box quilt- DONE!

#67-68 (May 2016) CT purple teal dresses Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#69 (May 2016) Star batik block pillow- DONE!

#70 (June 2016) secret quilt- done.

#71 (June 2016) IB Christmas in July- 2 done

#72 (June 2016) QUBE July quilt- DONE!

#73 (June 2016) QUBE August project- DONE

#74 (July 2016) PIne Tree BOM-done testing blocks

#75 (Aug 2016) Sept Qube quilt for Accuquilt- needs binding

#76 (Aug 2016) Bonus pillow for Accuquilt (2)–DONE

#77 (July 2016) Island Batik August Blog hop quilt – DONE

#78 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- 7 grey done

#79 (Aug 2016) Graceful flowers qube- need binding

#80 (Aug 2016) Red folks qube – piecing it

Friday, August 26, 2016

a few blocks and projects

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I have caught up on the Road Home Along Row along and I’m doing DENMARK!!

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Now that I’ve seen the list of participants I might wait and do some of the rows, like NC and other states we’ve lived in….?? we’ll see.

I finished 3 more mini ohio star blocks, though I’m not loving the 3rd on in row 1, but I’ll keep it for now.

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I also got a Tula pink FQ bundle from massdrop recently!

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Now recently I read an article online that pretty much bashed massdrop and I just wanted to add my 2cents. I understand that the prices are lower so the fabric designer gets less per yard, but then they get it x 50 or 40!

-I’m comparing it to how I sell patterns online.

On craftsy I sell them usually for $9 and yes, after paypal, I get close to $8 I guess. Then I sell patterns on connecting threads and there I get about half the price, what I’m “paying for/losing” is their customer base, who buy the patterns.

Then I deal with quiltwoman.com also who sells whole sale and depending on who she sells it to, I earn less than $1 to a few $ per pattern, but wholesale; stores etc. have to buy several patterns at a time!

So, since I’m sort of “new” at selling patterns, I will say that I often earn about the same per month on each place!

So to me I’ll take any money from anywhere it comes….

Another thing, is that I live in the country and any quilt store is 45 min away and loading up 4 kids in the car to go up there and then paying $12 per yard plus then gas, lunch etc. it’s NOT happening…..

So I LOVE buying online Smile

Hope you get my point, I’m not bashing back the article I read, just saying my opinion and saying that I don’t feel bad ONE bit when I shop online incl massdrop.

 

And another online place I love of course is Connectingthreads!

I’m working on a secret project with these yummy fabrics!

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wait and see

Thursday, August 25, 2016

pincushions!

This month’s pincushion swap is well under way.

Here’s my purse pincushion I sent to Janne

she likes black white and purple (and other colors)

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I added a little roller skate (just because I had it!)

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I also got a pincushion from S. Africa from Cucki!

a cute little heart

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She also sent a cute postcard of zebras with it.

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Have a look here for more pincushions!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Seaside summer blog hop

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Welcome to the Seaside Summer hop with Island Batik

A while ago I this beautiful bundle of fabrics

Sea Canyon collection

Lovely browns/purples and browns then greens and blues!

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This was a quilt pattern I made for a quilt for Generation Q (green diamonds)  a few years ago and I wanted to turn it into a written pattern and also changed it to be more of a planned scrappy version.

It’s now called A Bag full of Diamonds and until Sept 1st, I’ll have it as a free download here

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I tried to do more custom quilting on this one, some echo quilting around the “diamonds” and then sort of a flame pattern, then curves and swirls on the side borders.

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I used scraps of batiks for the backing and added a purple strip down the middle.

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here’s some shots of it outside Smile

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and with the green diamond quilt I still have from Generation Q

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I will have this pattern for FREE here until Sept 1st

 

We’re also sharing a summer snack and I’ve shared this recipe before once on my blog but make these ALL the time, they are SO good!

Oatmeal energy balls.

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2 cups rolled oats (we get organic ones locally)

1 cup raisins

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

2tsp vanilla

roughly a cup of chopped pecans

maybe 1/2 cup of coconut flakes

MIX them all together in a kitchen aid, let the bowl sit in the fridge for at least 30min then take out and with a spoon, spoon up a spoonful and roll into ball and put in an airtight container (I keep mine in the fridge)

They are REALLY yummy!

 

Here’s the line up of bloggers!

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tamarinis

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Del Lillians

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Sallys Quilting Corner

Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics

MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Kissed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For Quilts Sake

I also have a giveaway!

a 5” roll of batiks and 1yd of batik

(US only)

Mine ends the 31st

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and one from Island Batik!

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