Monday, July 6, 2015

Another Ahhhh Hexagon Topper

I finished another Ahhhh table topper like the one I did a few months ago

I’m planning on sending this to my mom as she LOVES coffee (that’s pretty much all she drinks)

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I did an inside out method for this quilt by laying out the batting, the backing (right side up) and the top on top right sides together and sewing around the edge leaving about 6” for turning right side out, then trimmed and turned and top stitched around the edges and did a SITD on this one, so super easy!

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here’s the other one I did

Prom night

The pattern is English paper piecing and is called Prom Night and sold at hillbillyquiltshop here

I love to work on EPP once in a while, they are so portable!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

covering America- block 27 Nebraska

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We’re done with the “M” states and now starting on “N”

Here’s Nebraska

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And some facts about the cornhusker state

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  • Admission to Statehood:

    March 1, 1867 (37th State)

    Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert".

  • In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the powered soft drink Kool-Aid.

    The state nickname used to be the "Tree Planter's State", but was changed in 1945 to the "Cornhusker State".

    Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont.

    Nebraska has the U.S.'s largest aquifer (underground lake/water supply), the Ogalala aquifer.

    Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state.

    The Union Pacific's Bailey Yards, in North Platte, is the largest rail classification complex in the world.

    Nebraska is the only state in the union with a unicameral (one house) legislature.

    The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Marlon Brando's mother gave Henry Fonda acting lessons at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

    The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been to a record 27 consecutive bowl games and 27 consecutive winning seasons

    The University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team has produced more Academic All-Americans than any other Division I school.

    The largest porch swing in the world is located in Hebron, Nebraska and it can sit 25 adults.

    In Nebraska in 1986 for the first time ever two women ran against each other for governorship of a state.

    The cost of the Nebraska Capitol building was $ 9,800,440.07 in 1932. The construction job came in under budget and the building was paid for by the time it was completed.

    Sidney, Nebraska was the starting point of the Black Hills Gold Rush.

    The only roller skating museum in the world, is in Lincoln

    Omaha is home to the largest indoor rain forest in the world. It is called the Lied Jungle.


    and some silly facts/laws

    Watch what you feed your children before church in Nebraska. If your child burps during the service, you could be arrested.

    Waitresses have power in Nebraska! If you fail to tip a proper 10% or more, they can have you arrested.

    Your false teeth must not be crafted from leather. It’s against Nebraska law!

    Girls must be at least eight-years-old before you give them a bed for their dollhouse. This protects them from acting out inappropriate actions with their dolls.

    Your barber may do a lot of things, but in Omaha they are forbidden from shaving your chest hair.


    If you’ve made this block

    link up below and comment that you did

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015

    BOMs and Round Robin

    I’ve been working on BOMs for our quilt guild,

    this year I got to plan and write directions for 2 blocks.

    The first one was a modified version of these cute birch tree blocks I’ve seen on pinterest.

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    This 2nd block is a funky white star on a scattered “rainbow” background, each person making a block will be assigned a different color for the background, so we’ll see how that goes.

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    Then I also got a Round Robin in the mail and this is “part” of what I did for my round :)

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    I’ve also been working on things/blocks for my regular scheduled times, like the states blocks, Peanuts, accuquilt etc.

    it’s good to work ahead and schedule posts for later :)

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Review of True Sharp rotary blade cutter

    About a month ago I ordered this TrueCut True Sharp rotary blade cutter on Amazon here

    It sat on the shelf for a few weeks until I finally felt like my blade was getting really dull, so I plugged it in and it went “pffft” oh, oh! sure enough, it didn’t work, it shorted out when I had plugged it in, so I called the 800# on the package (Grace and Company) and I must say, it was GREAT customer service, right away she apologized and said she’d send out a new one and add some more diamond stones to be inside (for replacing later) and I got it within a few days. I think I called on a Wednesday and got it Monday, so that was fast!

    So the 2nd time I plugged it in, it didn’t say anything and I sighed a sigh of relief and tried it out.

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    First I had to oil the stones really well with the oil bottle that came with it (wonder if it’s regular sewing machine oil??)

    I inserted the blade (it fits several sizes) and pressed the button for 30 sec

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    and VOILA! the blade was sharpened and it worked like a charm!!

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    I have a canister of maybe 5-6 OLD blades and several cutters with dull blades in them, so I’ll get plenty of use from this one.

    I think it was well worth the investment, I’ll use it for years and not wait until blades are REALLY dull to replace them/sharpen them.

    Every time I’ve waited SO long to replace the blade and then when I did, I always wondered why I waited SO long as it would cut like butter again.

    I’m happy with my purchase and VERY happy about the customer service!

    Do you have one? comment below if you do and if you like it?

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    June in Review

    I can’t believe that June is almost over and tomorrow is July 1st, time flies!

    Here’s a review of what I made in June

    a Jelly roll quilt top

    a fun ornament

    a Peasant dress for Sonja

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    two owl hipster purses

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    Sunbonnet Sue pillow

    Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt

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    eyeglass cases

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    already have a few things planned for July already…

    what have you done in June and any big plans for July?

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    More eyeglass cases

    Last week my neighbor came over and ordered some personalized eyeglass cases and wanted 5!

    Then picked the different animals for each name and I got free reign about the fabrics.

    This is the result

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    I had never done names on them before and the owl I knew would be tricky because there isn’t much space on there, but that one I moved the name to the bottom, the cat and dog have them on the belly.

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    They are just fun and funky!!

    Below is a re-gifting sort of a father’s day gift.

    I actually bought this for hubby when he turned 40 (a few years ago…) then about a year or so later we had some visitors and wasn’t watching a little boy and suddenly I heard a crash and the Eiffel tower was in a gazillion pieces again.

    we put all the pieces in bins and kept them for later, but time went by and we never put it back together, until NOW….

    Before school ended for the summer, I told the kids that once school was out they would have about 2 weeks to put this thing back together for Father’s day, so we all worked on it in secret, I only helped sort the pieces :)

    -yeah we SOMEHOW had a few pieces left over, and were missing some pieces that sort of look like a ticket booth for the very bottom, but those were pretty generic pieces, so we can always steal them from the kids loose legos.

    Daddy LOVED it btw.

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    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    2015 Project list wk 26

    It’s been a while since I posted my list…


    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 30 of 50 done

    #20 (January) Peanuts BOM- block 7 done working on 8 and 9 

    #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-DONE! ready to ship

    #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- DONE 5/27

    #44 (May 2015) GO June project Sunbonnet Sue- DONE

    #45 (May 2015) Jelly roll quilt- top done

    #46 (June 2015) Blue and white Peasant girl dress – DONE

    #47 (June 2015) Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt- DONE!

    #48 (June 2015) 2 BOMs for Pine tree- 1 done.

    D&D Dolls- 8 done

    D&D owls- lots done

    D&D mice- 5 done

    D&D lambs – 4 done

    eyeglass cases- lots done

    Owl Hipster purse – 2 done

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Covering America – Block 26 Montana

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    This week’s block is Montana

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    Here’s some info about the Treasure State

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  • Admission to Statehood:

    November 8,1889 (41st State)

    Montana's name comes from the Spanish word mountain.

    Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.

    The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.

    The Montana Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of England.

    In 1888 Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.

    46 out of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.

    No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.

    The moose, now numbering over 8,000 in Montana, was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada in the 1900s.

    Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.

    Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.

    Montana is home to seven Indian reservations.


    and some silly laws

    Ladies, make sure your clothing weighs in at more than 3 pounds and 2 ounces when you climb up on the table in Helena. Saloon table dancers are only legal with that amount of clothing.

    Ladies, while you are weighing your dancing clothes do not peek at your husband's mail. It is forbidden in this state for wives to view their husband’s mail.

    If you see a group of at least seven Indians, feel free to shoot. A group of seven or more is considered a war party in Montana.

    Keep your lips shut and your glance straight ahead. Laughing in public could cost you more than a thousand bucks.

    When you settle down for a movie in Montana, be careful what you choose to watch. If felonious crimes are in the movie, you are committing a misdemeanor crime just by watching.

    If you are single in Montana you cannot go fishing alone. Once you marry, it will remain illegal for you to fish alone.


    If you’ve made the block, link up below

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Starlight Starbright pattern for sale

    I have another pattern listed with connecting threads called Starlight Starbright


    It’s all foundation pieced, but NOT hard :)

    Cover front template copy 

    Here’s some pics from my testers

    This one is from Diane- love how her center star stands out.




    And this one is from Joan at moosestash love the contrast on this.

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    Thanks again to my testers and if you’d like to purchase the pattern look here

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Swimming Dolphins pattern for sale


    I “finally” have a new pattern listed for sale at connecting threads here.

    it’s called Swimming Dolphins and is great for using a big focal print fabric.

    Level: Beginner

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    I quilted a wavy swirl all over it.



    and Thanks to my testers (and for being patient with me listing it for sale)

    Here’s the first one from ?? (sorry I didn’t write down the name with the pictures) but it’s a cute girly version



    and here’s another one again I don’t have the picture labeled

    a cute spring version

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    and this one is Karyn’s version, a fun “travel” version




    and Joan from moosestash made this Orca version, love the red accent.

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    and this one is from Nancy, a nice summer version too

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    Thanks again to my testers and to connecting threads for listing it