Saturday, April 25, 2015

2015 project list wk 17

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” –50? of 54 cut out templates for the rest

#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 18 of 50 done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- working on block 5

#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 4

#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- top 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?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Covering America – Kentucky block 17

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This week’s block is Kentucky

(a tricky block to make- lots of pieces)

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Here’s some facts about this bluegrass state

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Entered Union (rank): June 1, 1792 (15)

Kentucky was the 15th state to join the Union and the first on the western frontier.

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

The great Man o' War won all of his horse races except one which he lost to a horse named Upset.

The old official state tree was the Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus.) The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the current official state tree. The change was made in 1976.

Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.

Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin.

The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.

Post-It Notes are manufactured exclusively in Cynthiana. The exact number made annually of these popular notes is a trade secret.

Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater.

The world's largest free-swinging bell known as the World Peace Bell is on permanent display in Newport.

More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.

The largest underground cave in the world: 300 miles long, the Mammoth-Flint Cave system

Fishing Fowls
Your bow and arrow may help you survive out on the road, but don't even think about fishing with it in this state.
Kentucky long ago put a stop to bow and arrow fishing.

Bee Patrol
You may not worry about the purity of a bee when it sinks that stinger into your skin, but apparently there is something to worry about here.
Kentucky law requires every bee that travels over its state line to present a certificate of health.
The politicians want to be sure that every bee is from a clean, healthy previous environment.

Empty Your Pockets
You love your ice cream, but you'll have to find somewhere better than your pocket to hold your cone while you drive through Kentucky. Law prohibits ice cream riding in your pocket.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boxes! pattern for sale at connecting threads and giveaway

Here’s another NEW pattern I have for sale at connecting threads here

beaquilter at connecting threads

it’s called Boxes!

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A fun and easy pattern using only 3 fabrics plus a border fabric. Any little boy or girl will love this symmetrical quilt!

Here’s different EQ versions

box brown  boxes purple

and pictures from my testers

this one is from Jennifer

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and from Joan

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and from Margaret

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and not sure who this one is from??

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and from Tricia

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and from vrooman’s quilts

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and from Wanda

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thanks to all my testers for doing a great job.

If you like to see more patterns they are here

 

If you’d like to win a pdf of this pattern, comment below which 3 colors you’d make this in.

I’ll pick a winner on the 29th

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Christmas Kaleidoscope pattern for sale at connecting threads

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I have another new pattern listed at connecting threads

This one is called Christmas Kaleidoscope Table Runner

(though you can of course do it in non-Christmas fabrics)

The pattern is for sale here

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It’s all foundation paper pieced for a stunning result.

 

here’s some pictures from my testers

Here’s Diane’s

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and Joan’s

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and Nancy’s

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and Sharon’s

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and Wendy’s

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thanks to all my testers ! I know it’s been a long time and I might have shown these before but they are NEW to connecting threads.

You can find more of my patterns here

 

Would you like to win a pdf of this pattern?

Comment below which colors you’d like to make this in

I’ll pick a winner on the 29th

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Goo Goo Gaa Gaa pattern for sale and giveaway

I now have a few NEW patterns for sale at connecting threads
beaquilter at connecting threads
This one is called Goo Goo Gaa Gaa and can be found here
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A fun baby quilt with foundation paper pieced rattles, including 2 extra optional design ideas.

Here’s another boyish version from one of my testers - Sharon at vrooman's quilts
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There’s more patterns here
Would you like to win a PDF of this pattern??
comment below what colors you might make it in.
I’ll pick a winner on the 28th
(make sure you are NOT a no-reply commenter)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Little gems e-book winner

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It’s time to pick the winner of the E-book from the Little Gems blog hop

I had 80 comments

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random.org picked #28

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which is Barb

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and well she’s part of the blog hop, so the next one is #49

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which was Clare

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I’ve sent an email.

Congrats!

Be attitudes – be patient block

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I skipped the bunny block, as I don’t think I’ll make all 12 blocks because I don’t want the santa block either AND also because I think I might run out of fabric before it’s all done, so we’ll see how far I get.

Here’s my block

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If you made the bunny block or this one, link up below and please comment that you linked up, as I’m not getting emails from linky that someone linked up (so annoying) trying to fix it though.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2015 project list wk 16

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” –47 of 54 cut out templates for the rest

#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 18 of 50 done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- block 4 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 4

#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- adding binding

#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- top 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?

 

Please vote for my block again with accuquilt

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Covering America- Kansas

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This week’s block is Kansas

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Here’s some facts about Kansas

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Entered Union (rank): Jan. 29, 1861 (34)

Nicknames: Sunflower State; Jayhawk State

Origin of name: From a Sioux word meaning “people of the south wind”

Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States.

At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

The first black woman to win an Academy Award was Kansan Hattie McDaniel. She won the award for her role in "Gone with the Wind."

Smith County is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states.

The public swimming pool at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City occupies half a city block and holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water.

Handel's Messiah has been presented in Lindsborgeach at Easter since 1889.

There are 27 Walnut Creeks in the state.

A hailstone weighing more than one and a half pounds once fell on Coffeyville.

The world famous fast-food chain of Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita.

Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World.

Helium was discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas

What does a horse lie down on during surgery? They lay on waterbeds specially designed for them if you are at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Kansas State University. This is one of the best Kansas facts if you are looking for fun trivia questions.

Be Nice with Knives
If you see a man wearing a striped suit in Natoma, resist the urge to use them for target practice with your knives.
Law in this city dictates that you cannot throw knives at men dressed in striped suits.

Whale Watching
There isn't much water in Kansas and the land doesn't border on the ocean. Spotting a whale in this state would be a miracle unless you're at Sea World. So, why is it that hunting whales is illegal in the state? You can only wonder.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Little gems blog hop and giveaway!

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I’m SEW excited to be part of this blog hop
Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)
When I heard that a fellow Island batik ambassador had authored a book with Martingale and wanted us/me to test a pattern and be part of the blog hop, I jumped right on it.
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I got a an e-book from Martingale and drooled over WHICH project I wanted to make, they were all so pretty!
I picked Star burst!


Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)

Images from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015;  used by permission.  Photos by Brent Kane.  All rights reserved.

I had planned on bright batiks too and had a pile of FQs put aside, but then I started looking at the pile and I got the idea of purple and pinks!
Look at this lovely mess!! :)
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After I had made the wedges and sewn them together I laid them out a different way to see what it would look like as a triangle
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The corner circle wedge is appliqu├ęd on and I ended up ironing the edges OVER the paper template after I had cut away the seam allowance.
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And VOILA! the block is done!
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And here’s the finished block
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I just used my walking foot and did sort of a SITD all the way around and then echo quilting on the background.
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Here’s the rest of the participants for the blog hop!

April 8        www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com   Quilt- Serenity
April 9        http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
April 10      www.conniekresin.com   Quilt-  Playing With Plaids
April 11      www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com   Quilt-  Spinners
April 12      www.sixgablesdesigns.blogspot.com   Quilt-  Daisy Daze
April 13      Ackfeld Wire hosted by www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com
April 14    www.tamarinis.typepad.com   Quilt- Forest Fire
April 15    www.teachpany.blogspot.com   Quiltt- Radiance
April 16    www.beaquilter.com   Quilt- Star Burst
April 17    www.onequiltingcircle.com   Quilt- Tranquility
April 18    www.islandbatik.com/news   Quilt- Cotton Candy

And would you like to own your own e-book copy???
Martingale is offering ONE to give away for each of the participants…..
I just have one question for you.
By looking thru the book here, if you had this book, which project would be the first one you’d make?
Comment below and make sure you are NOT a no-reply blogger, if you’re not sure, leave your email address on there.
I’ll pick a winner on the 20th.
Good luck.










Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Accuquilt challenge – Bowtie die

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It’s the 15th again and I was trying to go thru my dies and see which ones I had NOT shown, but I just couldn’t help but use the bowtie die again

It’s here on the accuquilt website and actually on sale

GO! Bowties-4" Finished by Alex Anderson (55413)

I decided I wanted it all scrappy but have white/beiges in the background and ANY color as the bowties.

So I started cutting out sets and sorting into piles of 10 sets

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Then I sewed the bowties together while trying to “match” the neutrals with the bowtie fabrics, as some backgrounds weren’t all white, I also had any stripes go vertically and any directional fabrics be upright as well.

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and then sewed them together into a 15 x 18 layout.

I love that some are high contrast and some are low.

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The quilt measures 60 x 72 and I don’t think I’ll add a border to it, just quilt it like this and add binding (not sure what color yet)

Here’s the first bowtie quilt I made last year

X O X O bow tie quilt

If you search on pinterest there’s lots of inspiration too!

I like this scrappy one too

Temecula Quilt Co Bowtie Quilt. I love block like bowtie and apple core/axhead and drunkard's path because there are so many variations NLP.

and this one! WOW

Little Bowties by Linda Simons  bloominginchintz.blogspot.com

and how fun to change the background of half the backgrounds on each block.

Colorful Bow Tie Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

and this ON point setting is neat

Bowtie quilt from a Kaffe Fassett class.

and this very planned quilt

lovely color and arrangement on this bowtie quilt

and neat gradation in this one

Bow tie quilt block tutorial | Craftsy

I think that’s enough inspiration!

it’s a very versatile die/ block :)

If you have made a bowtie quilt link up below and comment that you did

(You can also link up any funky flower project from last month)

I have ONE strip set left from Island batik for a giveaway, I will pick a winner on the 22nd.

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