Friday, May 22, 2015

Covering America – block 21 Massachusetts

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This week’s block is Massachusetts!

(finally an easy block to construct!)

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Here’s some facts about this state

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Admission to Statehood: February 6, 1788 (6th State)

Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.

There is a house in Rockport built entirely of newspaper.

The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.

Quincy boasts the first Dunkin Donuts on Hancock Street and the first Howard Johnson's on Newport Ave.

The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.

The Mather school was founded in Dorchester in 1639. It is the first public elementary school in America.

The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.

The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie.

The first World Series, 1903: the Boston “Americans” (became the Red Sox in 1908) vs. the Pittsburg Pirates (Pittsburgh had no “h” between 1890–1911)

(The site I have bookmarked for funny facts didn’t have Massachusetts in there)


If you made the block link up below and comment that you did.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Be attitudes- be honest (a bit late)

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a day late, but better late than never :)

This month I made the “be honest” block, I skipped over the respectful one which shows a grandfather and I’m planning to also skip over the santa one and already did the bunny one, so this way it should be 9 blocks at the end (If I don’t run out of fabrics before.

Here’s the block just fused down

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what a difference some blue thread makes!

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If you are stitching along, link up below and comment that you did (I’m still not getting emails from linkytools when people link up)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Accuquilt winnings!

I was so excited when I heard I made the top 10 for the block design with accuquilt this year.

Soon after that a package arrived at my door step with this inside.

Quilt design wizard (most likely have this as a giveaway as I have EQ7 already- no biggie)


and two packs of FQ bundles from Andover and Island Batik

and a thread bundle from aurfil

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Then I also won $50 worth of accuquilt products and I chose the sunbonnet sue die (have always wanted this one) and then Marjorie’s CD with machine appliqued designs for the die was a perfect match to put my total to just over $50.

Can’t wait to get started on these!!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Yesterday I started making some mice for the upcoming craft show.

Here’s 4 that I made (6 x 10” hoop size)

The pattern is from dolls and daydreams here

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I’m actually sewing a lot LESS lately because SOMEONE wants to play- I know, how dare she! ;)

Sonja’s favorite is play doh, we’ve used it for bribery for potty training last year, and for sleeping NOT in our bed, she Looooves play doh. If she’s not playing with it, she watches youtube videos about it.

We made this yesterday (she made the green fruit)

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Monday, May 18, 2015


I got my May pincushion in the mail this weekend from Janet, a cute cup o’ joe or cappuccino?

whatever it is, it’s adorable :)

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I also sent mine off to Wendy this month, a felt birdie with a nest/ thread catcher.


I’m also gearing up for a local craft show, I found doll stands at A.C. Moore for $4 for large and $2.30 for medium so I got 3 of each and tried them out, I think I will just do the dolls in them, the owls and other stuffies look cuter in a basket.

Also got my own 10 x 10ft tent for it, so I really hope this show is worth it!

Just need to make more stuffies, especially mice and eyeglass cases

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Oh and I got a cell phone last week too, my first one every! we’ve been very anti- cell phones for a long time, but finally broke down and got one for me and one for our son who got his a month ago, but I “needed” one too, –already addicted to stupid games on there ;)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2015 project list wk 20

Here’s an update on my 2015 list

Things in red are projects I’ve worked on this week

items in red, I worked on recently

#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging –working on the baby giraffe now

#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- ready to quilt

#3 (2012) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show –DONE Feb 2015!

#4 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#5 (2013)- roman holiday kit 

#6 (April 2013) – blue/ yellow kaleidoscope blocks, have 5 done.

#7 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done, can’t remember if I gave it away

#8 (Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks done

#9 (Jan 2014) Quilted Jacket wonky logs – DONE!

#10 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –top done

#11 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- DONE! Jan 2015

#12 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks

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

#14 (June 2014) Swoon block swap – all 16 done and mailed out to everybody top done

#15(June 2014) Pine Tree BOMs-DONE Jan 2015!

#16 (September) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW

#17 (December) Grand illusion mystery QAL –top done,DONE! Jan 2015

#18 (December) purple and red Island batiks sock hop- DONE! Jan 2015

#19 (January 2015) Covering America-page block 20 of 50 done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- block 5 done 

#21 (January) Island batik market quilt- DONE! Jan 2015

#22 GO BIG project- DONE for blog hop Jan 2015

#23 BOXED IN- DONE Jan 2015

#24 (January 2015) Be attitudes BOM –working on block 5 and 6

#25 (Feb 2015) Secret bird project- DONE

#26(Feb 2015) Mini tumbler GO quilt- DONE

#27 (Feb 2015) Scrappy blue QST quilt- DONE

#28 (Feb 2015) Scrappy Drunkard’s quilts-ready to quilt

#29 (Feb 2015) Birdie FPP pillow- DONE!

#30 (Feb 2015) Apples FPP- top done

#31 (Oct 2014-April 2015) Round robin- DONE!

#32 (Feb 2015) Funky sundress Sonja- DONE!

#33 (Feb 2015) owl felt pincushions- 4 done

#34 (Feb 2015) turtle felt pincushion – 2 done

#35 (March 2015) My little pony quilt- top done

#36 (April 2015) My little pony dress 3T- DONE April

#37 (April 2015) Bird pincushion- done

#38 (March 2015) Apple bunch test quilt – DONE

#39 (March 2015) Birds in trees pillow- DONE

#40 (March 2015) Little Gems blog hop quilt- DONE

#41 (April 2015) GO Project for April-bowties- top done

#42 (May 2015) Hello Kitty outfit for Sonja- pieces cut and sewing together

#43 (May 2015) snail trail quilt- quilted just needs binding

D&D Dolls- 8 done

D&D owls- lots done

D&D mice- 5 done

D&D lambs – 4 done

eyeglass cases- lots done


I know lists are “boring” but this is more to motivate me :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Accuquilt Go Challenge – BIG Snail Trail

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This month I used the BIG Snail Trail Die to make a quilt top for a customer who wanted a quilt for her grandson.

GO! Big Snail's Trail-12" Finished Fabric Cutting Die (55460) - packaging shown (front)

She had already bought a bunch of fabrics, her grandson loves army tanks.

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we agreed on the die (since she saw the blocks on the recent batik quilt I made for Fons and Porter)

So I designed this in EQ7 and she liked it (I later removed the yellow and substituted out the black fabric- as it just didn’t match the other fabrics) Finished size is 59 x 71

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This die is a BOB die (block on board) so it cuts out all the pieces at once, SUPER easy!

I laid out 6 layers of fabric at a time and used my GO BIG to cut them out

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Easy peasy and very little waste, especially for being such a complicated die/block

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The thing I LOVE about the GO dies and especially THIS one is the dog ears or rather lack of them! the dog ears of the smallest triangles are cut straight to match the 4 patch  and the tip of the triangle is cut off too

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so the 2nd triangle set’s dogs ears are cut an an angle to match and fit those cut off tips from the row before.

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see here on the back

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all the triangles have this to fit right and it’s a perfect block!

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here’s some of the blocks matched up on the design wall, looks good and I was nervous about the directional fabrics but it adds nice movement to the quilt!

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and here’s the top done!!

I will quilt it soon as she would like it before the end of the month.

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Have you made a snail trail quilt?

Link up below if you have (with or without the GO)

Covering America – Block 20 Maryland

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This week’s block is Maryland

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What a “tricky” block that was too and the large triangles didn’t fit right, may run into trouble when I sew the whole quilt together, we’ll see.

Here’s some facts about Maryland

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Nicknames: Free State; Old Line State

The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland.

Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.

The highest point in Maryland is 3,360 feet above sea level on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. The absolute lowest point in Maryland is a depression, often called Bloody Point Hole, 174 feet below sea level. The area is located approximately 1 mile west-southwest of the southern tip of Kent Island in Queen Anne's County.

Maryland was first to enact Workmen's compensation laws in 1902.

The first umbrella factory in the U.S., 1928, Baltimore

First Public School
The very first public school in the U.S. was the King Williams School. It was a Maryland school that opened doors in the late 1600s. Even then, education was valued for most citizens.

On September 14, 1814, Fort McHenry of Baltimore Harbor was attacked.
Watching this attack was lawyer Francis Scott Key, who went on to write the national anthem we all sing with our hands over our hearts today.
"O say can you see..."

Lipstick Lows
Lock up the lipstick and warn your little boys to be proper and ladylike.
Boys under the age of 10 are forbidden to wear lipstick in this state!
Girls can wear whatever they want in their color of choice.

Awkward Aging
If you're traveling with the elderly make sure not to go into Maryland near their birthday. Citizens that live past the age of 90 are legally required to apologize for being alive every year that they survive their birthday. The apology has to be public, so no mumbling under your breath.


If you made this block, link up below and check the PAGE for where to purchase the pattern

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Long arm quilting

I finished long arm quilting a customers quilt recently, this gorgeous Bargello quilt that she designed herself- on paper!

I told her about EQ7 and she bought it shortly after dropping off the quilt and had gotten it in the mail by the time she picked it up :)

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I quilted allover pointy swirls in purple

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she loved it :)

(she said she had to finish THIS quilt before playing with EQ, ha ha)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Women of the bible quilt is done!

I’ve been finishing up the blocks for the women of the bible quilt and still the blocks are 3.5” so 3” done.

This one is the Widow with 2 coins

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This is Mary Magdalene ( I didn’t do Dresden pieces just one big appliqu├ęd piece)

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This is Dorcas

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This is Lydia (the star in the middle was supposed to be wedges too but I simplified because it’s so small)

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and this last block is Priscilla

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Now look at the pile of mini blocks!

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I added 1/2” sashing in white all the way around the blocks and a 2.5” border

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The finished quilt is about 25” x 35”, looks like a doll quilt- might give it to Sonja but I really wanted to hang it up on my wall here so I can look at it every day :)

It has been a great study and thanks to Carol for doing it.

You can find the pattern/yahoo group at patterns of faith here

This was my 2nd round of doing this study and honestly I didn’t READ it as much as I should, I just did the blocks mostly, but it’s still fun and nice to read and learn something about each woman in the bible thru this study, I recommend it to anyone…

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday – Orange peel continued

someone from the electric quilt user FB page asked for help designing this quilt that was a free design
First, the quilting lines are “deceiving”, the blocks are ON point, not straight.
I didn’t find the block in EQ so create a new 9” block (or anything divisible by 3)
use the easy draw block
I had the grid ON and set the grid and snaps to 18
I drew the first petal 3” in and going 3” down
then copied and pasted those parts
Now with 3 petals in a row, I selected all of them by drawing a box around them with the pick tool and copying and pasting it again.
Then I selected BOTH of these and copied and turned them 90 degrees
and moved them into place
looking at the picture, each petal is a different 30s fabric, so I tried to color with those fabrics from the EQ library and added to sketchbook
then added to an on point quilt layout with 9” blocks
looking at the picture I think the sashing looks like 3” wide, so let’s add that
Now to get the star on the sashing you have to make a 3” x 9” block and add the triangles to the ends
Now add that to the layout
but flip one row as it inserts them all the same directions like this
here is the layout all done
If you want to try this tutorial, link up below with your finished EQ project