Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mystery Batik Quilt Along Week 1

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Today is the kick off for the Island batik mystery quilt along.

Hop on over to Island batik’s blog and see the fabric requirements.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last of the 7 wishes ahhhs

I finished the last of the ahhhhs for the 7 wishes block swap
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Once everyone send me their ahhhhs I will redistribute them and send them back and everyone sews them together like this with a setting diamond shapes so it will be a large hexagon table topper.
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You can buy the 7 wishes “kit” here
You get the cardstock pieces and then make your own version in whatever fabrics you want.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday- New York and Edit arc tool


This week’s tutorial is both about a tool you may not have used much and also featuring a special block Smile

The New York Beauty block!

If you search under blocks for “new york” you’ll get these 5.


Add them to sketchbook and edit #1


Now if you wanted to maybe add some more “stuff” to the outer ring, click the outer ring line with the SHAPE tool and RIGHT click and click EDIT


You’ll see the edit arc box


the HALF AND THIRDS will add points at the half way point or thirds, or you can click half numerous times and it add half and half of that and half of that etc.

If you click partition and leave it at 5, it breaks it into 5 sections, so 4 points and the beginning and ending lines


stagger, will move it in half a width and then add 5 points


I like the 5 partition

Then draw some lines from the points of the triangles to these points.


You can also play with the inner line



Let’s color it and see what it would look like.

I used stonehenge from the 03-2014 fabric download on EQ’s website


Let’s see what it will look like in a quilt


here I made the layout 4 x 4 and changed the colors around on every other block


and with a border and NO block outlines



Have you tried the ARC edit tool or even made a NY beauty quilt or just designed one in EQ?

If you have, link up below

Monday, September 15, 2014

accuquilt Go Challenge–Blazing star

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This month’s challenge is the Blazing star die by Eleanor Burns!

it’s probably the first die I bought besides the mix and match die set when I got my Go! cutter, and I think I’ve only made 2 projects with it.

So I figured it was time to try again

I had the die all marked already

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and decided to use these veteran batiks from Island batiks

( I got 1/2yd of each of these wonderful veteran fabrics)

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very quickly cut them out!

Now with this die, half of the fabrics have to be right side up and the other half right side down, I only paid attention to the veteran fabric as it had words on it, the rest of the batiks, it was hard to tell which side is up anyways!

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pieces are cut and laid out

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The I sewed the outer edges together

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and then the inner ones, overlapping 1/4” for the seam allowance

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the blocks went together very quickly and I laid them out again to double check what it would look like

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look what happens if you flip the blocks!

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here’s the pile of 1/4 blocks ready to be sewn together

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and blocks sewn together!

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then the top!

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I ironed the seams open on the back to prevent too much bulk!

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And “Tee-Dah” (that’s Sonja’s way of saying TA-DA!)

the top is done with a simple border!

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Here is the quilt all quilted.

It measures 27” x 27”

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and a close up of the quilting. I did straight lines (ruler work) on the stars, a tiny ribbon design on the inner border and straight lines on the outer border.

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For the backing I used a light brown print (there’s a label at the bottom too but it’s hard to see)

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If you want to know more about veteran quilts- quilted in honor, look here


Island batiks is sponsoring a giveaway of the SAME fabrics!

1/2yd each of these!


US mailing address only please.

You have 4 chances to enter

(comment below for each entry)


2. Follow Island batiks on instagram

3. LIKE Island batik’s facebook page

4. subscribe to Island batiks blog


I will pick a winner on the 22nd.

Good luck!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bear donation quilt


I finished up quilting another pine tree donation quilt and brought it to pine tree Thursday, of course I ended up with a few tops again Smile

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 LIST update

I’ve been pretty bad about showing my 2014 list and then I started removing completed projects and listing them on my 2014 page.

But I was thinking that I should just do a WHOLE post with links to show my 2014 list.

and I’ll removed my 2014 page, I just don’t keep it up.

I also don’t post anything on the weekends, so maybe this could be a weekly Saturday thing?

anyways, here it goes.


#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 –don’t even know where it is now! worked on border applique last

#4 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#5 (2013)- roman holiday kit 

#6 (Jan 2013) Ahhhh quilt, DONE! (secret) 

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

#8 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done

#9 (Oct 2013) Scrappy Chain quilt QALDONE!

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

#11(Dec 2013) Hexie Go! baby boy quilt- DONE!

#12 (Dec 2013)Valentine’s GO projectDONE

#13 (Dec 2013)prayer garden- DONE

#14 (Nov 2013) Celtic Solstice DONE!

#15 (July 2013) Persian star FPP block swap- Half way quilted- a hole in it

#16 (Jan 2014) – Blue girl Dress DONE

#17 (Jan 2014) – McCall’s Rainbow baskets- DONE!

#18 (Jan 2014) McCall’s batiks – ladybugsDONE!

#19 (Jan 2014) Quilted Jacket wonky logs – sewing pieces together 

#20 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –still sewing

#21 (Jan 2014) “knit” quilt for McCall’s – DONE!

#22 (Jan 2014) Apple core quilt- DONE!

#23 (Jan 2014) solids scraps bow ties-  DONE!

#24 (Feb 2014) Stuffed owl DONE!

#25 (Feb 2014) Gym Bag DONE

#26 (Feb 2014) – FQ Afternoon wedge quilt- DONE

#27 (2014) Pin Cushion swaps

#28 (March 2014) Embroidery frames here- DONE!

#29 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- TOP DONE

#30 (?) Faith pillowDONE!

#31 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks

#32 (March 2014) Shirt and Girl dress- Girl dress DONE

#33 (March 2014) Scrappy Triangles- DONE

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

#35 (March 2014) Batik Stained glass pattern-DONE!

#36 (March 2014) Mystery Ahhhh- DONE

#37 (March 2014) C.T. Mystery Quilt – top done

#38 (March 2014) –scrappy hexie- McCall’s-webinar DONE

#39 (April 2014) 2 Girl Easter Dresses- DONE

#40 (April 2014) Batik signature quilt – top done

#41 (May 2014) Stuffed mouse- DONE!

#42 (May) Flowering snowball GO! QuiltDONE

#43 (June 2014) Swoon block swap – all 16 done

#44 (June 2014) large bag “coffee”- DONE

#45(June 2014) Pine Tree BOMs- testing blocks

#46(June) Cupcake pillow DONE

#47 (June) Red and white quilt- DONE

#47 (July) Go! kite die quiltDONE

#48 (August) feather pillow- DONE

#49(August) Island batiks – let’s dance – DONE

#50(August) purple dress and mouse for friend – DONE

#51 (August) Go! log cabin quilt- DONE

#52 (August) Purple Hexagons EPP- working on them

#53 (September) Blue Island batik – adding binding

#54 (September) purple island batik- top done

#55 (September) Kaleidoscope table runnerDONE





PHEW! that’s done now.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here kitty kitty and Hoot Hoot

I decided that I needed to make myself a kitty sunglass case.

So I picked out this red batik fabric (island batiks) and stitched it out on my embroidery machine. (100% in the hoop)

I bought the file at embroidery garden here a while ago (fits a 5 x 7 hoop)

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While I was at it, I figured I’d make some more for my mom and her husband for Christmas (also thinking of SewCalGal’s challenge)

My mom loves angels

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Then two skinny versions for regular glasses

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all 5 of them together.

Sonja “adopted” my red kitty and walked around with it all day, playing with it and pretending it was biting or eating. She can stick her hand into it too like a glove.

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I showed mine to a friend and she ordered one right away!

I also signed up for a craft show in October, so I went a little crazy making more kitties

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Then I found some OWL eyeglass cases too!! HAD to buy those files.

Here’s the first one

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and 2 more Smile

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Then I also made some fat versions

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and here’s all of them together, hubby mentioned these to someone at work and we’ll see if he’ll sell a few there Winking smile

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