Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The pincushion swap is well under way again.
Here’s some things I’ve been working on lately
(This cat pincushion and owl I made last month)
The cat is from quiltartdesigns’s bitty blocks
I’ve shown the owl before, this one was the first one I made- got the pattern from and etsy shop.
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This month I made a pretty regular pincushion, I traced a design from an embroidery book I have and embroidered it on our vacation, added some fabric marker high lights and turned it into a small pillow, which I stuffed with fiber fill.
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Since I used Island Batik’s for it, I also added the matching owl pincushion I made recently :)
Hope she likes it!
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If you want to see more pincushions click the pincushion swap tab above :)
Lots of fun ones!!

also don’t forget the Favorite things blog hop is underway
Island Batik Button completed
The blog hop has started!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Did you know I have a quilt in Island Batik’s catalog?

Did you know I have a quilt in Island Batik’s catalog here?

It’s called Whirly Gig and is made with the Countryside collection.

A super easy pattern made from 6 fabrics with 3 each in light, medium and dark.

and I have it listed on etsy here

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whirly gig 2c

Friday, July 24, 2015

covering America - block 30 New Jersey

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This week’s block is New Jersey
(I changed the way it was constructed a bit to get the same result) –love this stripe on there!
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Here’s some facts about the Garden state
New Jersey flag

  • Admission to Statehood:
    December 18, 1787 (3rd State)
    New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.
    New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S. with about 90% of the people living in an urban area.
    New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
    State motto is liberty and prosperity.
    North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark then any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.
    New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S.
    New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.
    North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.
    New Jersey is a leading industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.
    New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth
    The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
    New Jersey is home to the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.
    Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game monopoly
    Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.
    New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world.
    New Jersey is the only state in the nation which offers child abuse prevention workshops to every public school.
    The first baseball game was played in Hoboken. (Ahhhh- Hoboken- CAKE BOSS!)
    New Jersey has 108 toxic waste dumps. Which is the most in any one state in the nation.
    The world's first drive-in movie theater, built in 1933 near Camden
    Union City, New Jersey is largely operated by Cubans. There are actually more Cubans in this state than there are in Havana, Cuba!
    The cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the country. Make sure to count your pennies before deciding to move in.
    The Statue of Liberty is "located" in New Jersey. This state is also home to Ellis Island, but interestingly both islands remain New York territory despite their location on the New Jersey side of the state line.
    New Jersey produces more blueberries than any other state. Consider it the blueberry queen!

    and some silly facts
    Do not get caught armed with a gas pump. It is illegal to pump your own gas in this state. (I remember driving thru NJ and having people gas up for you)
    If you pass a policeman in the store, make sure to put on your brightest smile. You could be arrested for giving them a frown.
    Streets are also protected from pickles that have gone sour. Trenton, New Jersey has a law on the books forbidding the discard of rotten pickles in the street.
    Treat your soup with great care while passing through New Jersey. If you slurp, you will be breaking the law.
    If murder is on your mind in New Jersey, make sure to strip off your bulletproof vest. It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while killing someone in this state.

    If you’ve made this block, link up below
  • Our Favorite Things Blog hop

    Island Batik Button completed

    It’s my day to show my Studio/ craft room and my favorite things about it….

    What is it anyways? Studio or craft room?? I used to call it craft room and probably still do, to me a studio is more artsy….

    Anyways, I vacuumed and took lots of pictures!

    Here’s one right when you enter my room (which is over the garage)

    with my design wall on the left.

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    looking to the right

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    In the middle of the room but still looking right

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    Then looking left

    The easel is for Sonja and there’s a door that lead to my OLD craft room that’s sort of clean now but also just a dumping ground for things :)

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    Now to some details/ favorite things about my room.

    I don’t have an ironing “board” I have an ironing table! a lady at our church moved to India a few years ago and gave me this top to her ironing board, which she used to iron her Saris with, it’s DEEP, so perfect for a FQ and a whole width of fabric lays flat on there too with room to spare!! Another part of the “table” I love is that it’s shelves, we’ve had these wire shelves for a while and I LOVE them, this is half the height of one.

    On the shelf I have my printer and snap lid bins from walmart for my current projects.

    On the right I have a pile of Island Batik batiks that is a reminder to myself to use them once a month- since I’m an ambassador for them :)


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    Right above the ironing area I have two black floating shelves FILLED with pincushions from swaps I’ve hosted for a few years, there’s some in there that I made too, and the little empty spot on the left is for my camera.

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    Next to the iron, I have a “wet bar” with a mini fridge, the only thing we keep in there is extra milk and juice bottles AND my temporary quilting glue sticks….

    On the counter I have my GO BIG! (another thing I LOVE) and I must say, this counter is my “trouble” area, it always gets messy with random things, but I try to keep it clear for the GO cutter as it takes up more room when it’s opened up and in use :)

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    On the wall I have this thread rack and our totally AWESOME PRETTY router, with Oh so PRETTY cables- NOT!! but we’ve found that it has to be up high for better reception in the other rooms, so this is where is has to go, SIGH, can’t have it all huh? LOL

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    Next to the sink is another favorite! my Embroidery machine!!

    Brother PR 620 and then all the hoops and stabilizers etc that’s needed for it, usually the space right in front of it is neater too, but I have some fabrics there to remind me to make SOMETHING with them on the machine :)

    There’s a bin of embroidery threads behind there, that you can barely see.

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    Then in the middle of the room is my SEWING table (another favorite!) a bargain Ethan Allen table off of craigslist!

    I always have my machine and mat and rulers out and whatever project I’m working on, here I have a leader and ender project in a wooden tray.

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    And here’s my main SPOT! my laptop and my sewing machine- a Janome Memory craft 4900- another craigslist buy!

    another favorite item is this utensil organizer for my scissors and tools, I think it’s from pampered chef!

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    Across from my table I have two tall wire racks with fabrics stacked and sorted my color, then on the very top I have bins of completed things for craft shows/gifts etc.

    My stacks are




    (then I have my bobbin winder and bobbin organizers for my long arm)

    At the bottom I have




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    More fabrics:





    Dark Blue

    Light Blue

    Dark Green

    Light Green

    Now on the WAY bottom of the shelves there’s just a big mess of misc things and toys for Sonja :)

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    In the corner I have a thread rack on the wall with Signature spools for the long arm (another favorite)

    and that’s NALLE sitting there, he’s a teddy bear my mom got when she was about 1 year old and I got it as a kid and he’s been thru some abuse from both of us, so he’s sitting up high now out of reach :)

    Oh, and did you notice my small box of fiber fill there too??

    and there’s a pretzel bin with left over strips of binding, that I’ll eventually find a use for.

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    and I can’t forget my long arm : Voyager 17 on a summit frame by hinterberg!

    and my newest published quilt is on the wall between the windows.

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    Now on the back left of the room I have two more shelves (facing the other wall)

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    On top I have stacked quilts,

    then a shelf of magazine organizers for all my quilting magazines.

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    Below that I have a Ruler holder hubby made for my odd templates and rulers, a tray of felt, a small box with elastic and misc things, a plastic drawer for paper piecing things and a rod hanging with ribbons on the back.

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    Below that I have a shelf for all my GO dies! (Love those too)

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    On the right I have quilt tops hanging ready to quilt and interfacing plus heat n bond, and then a big roll of warm and natural batting in the corner.

    On the middle shelf I have some quilting books and baskets sorted with patterns, one for kid patterns, adults and misc like bags and rugs or pincushions.

    If you look back at one of the top pics of this area, you’ll also see a dry erase board, that’s keeping track of my personal quilt tops that are ready to quilt or need backings/ batting/ binding etc.

    The clipboard is for customers to fill out.

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    The whole bottom shelf on both sides have another one of my FAVORITE things, these 6 boxes that I have my scrap fabrics in.

    I JUST printed out labels to stick on there (we’ll see how long they last)

    I have each bin split into fours, don’t tell the Post office, but I used some shipping boxes that I cut to size and cut opposing slits in the middle to make dividers and then sorted all my scraps

    Here’s how I have THESE sorted

    White on White, White Print, Black on White, Beige

    Light Yellow, Yellow, Orange, Red

    Burgundy, Pink, Light Purple, Dark Purple

    Light Green, Green, Dark Green, Hunter Green

    Light Blue, Blue, Dark Blue, Turquoise

    Light Brown, Dark Brown, Grey, Black

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    Here you can see my RED is almost overflowing so time to get out my GO cutter and come up with something!

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    I think that’s it.

    My whole room is MY FAVORITE in the whole house and there’s so many little things I love about it too :)


    Want to come sew/quilt with me? I have plenty of room!!

    (my friend Laura often comes and sometimes borrows my machine or brings her own and we sew most of the day)


    In case you’ve missed any of the previous days have a look here

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Women of the bible quilt is done!!

    it’s finally finished!

    The women of the bible MINI quilt!!

    and guess what??

    I’m NOT happy with it….

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    first I was a slob putting the sashing on it and not lining up the rows right.

    second, I decided to quilt it with a walking foot on my regular machine and everything got skewed and crooked!

    see how it’s pulling on the border and the sashing, not liking that one bit!

    But it’s DONE!

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    my oldest daughter actually likes it and since she just got a NEW bed set in turquoise and blue and would like DADDY to paint her room in turquoise too, this will fit her room perfectly, so it’s hers :)

    It was still fun and challenging to do all the blocks in teeny tiny like this to finish at 3” and there’s several blocks I’d love to just turn into a big quilt- ONE day!

    So one more item scratched off my list.

    Island Batik Button completed

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    BOM testing and new fabrics

    Over a week ago we went to the Zoo, and it just HAPPENS to be near a Hobby Lobby, and for once we left the zoo kind of early so we weren’t totally smashed, SO I figured WHY not stop by Hobby Lobby and check things out??

    And this is what I acquired :)

    Some of these were 2 and $3 a yard (on the left) and Owl and matching striped was $5 a yard.

    I’m thinking a skirt for me with ELASTIC waist for ME, as I can’t fit my clothes anymore and have ONE pair of maternity shorts, the rest of the maternity clothes is long…..

    The owl fabrics I want to make a dress for Sonja- Surprise, surprise ;)

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    BUT, first I had to do some quilt guild BOM testing! I’m ALMOST done, but this is what I have so far.

    A cabin block, partly FPP

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    an appliqued camper block (still needs more detail before I iron everything down and stitch it down

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    a small star block that I actually REALLY like, wait and see :)

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    Nuts and bolts

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    Scrappy red and white/off white

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    wonky scrappy strips

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    D9P with Kaffe fabrics

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    a fun cowboy boot (I used a Singaporean fabric that had a border print on it already)

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    and my design wall with all the blocks so far

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    And YES I did run out of bobbin thread right in the middle of an appliqu├ęd block!


    The kiddos played Row Row Row your boat on a roll of batting I had out to cut batting for my completed tops- so I’m starting to catch up on those too!

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    Island Batik Button completed

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday – Simple blocks to create and resize


    I recently had a request on how to create BASIC blocks in EQ, maybe even some that aren’t in the EQ library.

    It’s “hard” to think about that, as the library has SO many blocks, but here’s a little bit :)

    Start by going to the “Work on block” section and create an Easy draw block, I chose 9 x 9” and also had snaps and grids at 9 x 9


    On the left is a GRID button, click the small red dot and a box pops up where you enter your grid info, here I want to create a basic 9 patch, so a 3 x 3 grid would work.


    From the top left corner of the block, start in the corner and click and draw and a grid will appear


    Draw it all the way down to the bottom right corner and VOILA! a nine patch :)


    If you want to create a nine patch in the middle, do CTRL+A or Edit>select ALL and copy and past it once

    (CTRL +C and CTRL +V)


    while this new set of lines is selected, hold down CTRL and drag it to be smaller


    keep dragging in to fit in the middle of the nine patch



    here’s a layout with this block, keeping 9” blocks and a 1” wide sashing and 3” outer border


    You can also easily edit a current block, here’s Mother’s dream

    (tutorial is in the EQ7 book on page 159) but it kind of goes with this re-sizing tutorial :)

    add the block to sketchbook and edit it


    Select ALL again on the easy draw tab


    select BLOCK>resize at the top


    enter 50 and 50 for vertical and horizontal and hit OK



    move it to the top left corner


    then copy and paste it into the remaining 3 corners


    and color it


    don’t forget to add to sketchbook

    I had this block be 8” x 8” but anything divisible by 4 would work

    Here’s a layout with this block with 16” blocks instead and a 3 x 3 block layout, then I held down ALT and the spray can and colored the 2nd block in Yellows and it colored every other block the same way.


    Try out any of these two blocks playing around with re-sizing blocks or sections of a block.

    Link up below and comment that you did