Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EQ7 Seasons big REVEAL

EQ Seasons RAL Button

Today is the BIG reveal of the Row along.

Here are the participants who actually made a whole quilt!

Marian Seams To Be Sew http://www.seamstobesew.com

Doris The Quilting Queen Online http://www.quiltingqueenonline.com/

Amy W Sew Incredibly Crazy http://sewincrediblycrazy.blogspot.com/

Carla Create In The Sticks http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/

Carol Just Let Me Quilt http://www.justletmequilt.com/

Jennifer  - Sewhooked.com - http://www.sewhooked.com/

Reeze  - Morning Glory - http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net/

Loreen  - School House Quilts - http://loreen.typepad.com/loreens_place/

Marlene  - Kissed Quilts http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com

Nancy  - Patchwork Breeze - http://patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com


I am sorry for not showing updates during the whole Row along, after I just showed my filler rows, but hopefully you’ve still seen them!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September in review

Here’s my finishes for September, I didn’t think I was THAT busy and some of them I did make in August and just scheduled the post for September, plus I am also working on some secret projects, so I do stay busy :)

I finished the Peanuts quilt


and I finally quilted and finished the GO bowtie quilt too



Then some smaller stuff:

I finished this peek a baby shirt


some EPP Ahhhh’s


Some machine embroidered pincushions


Two fabric bowls from left over binding strips



and a bit of crocheting


Here’s an update on my 2015 list

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


#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 – no idea where these blocks are?

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

#10 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –DONE! July 2015

#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 – DONE! August 2015

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

#16 (September) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW , might just turn row 1 into a table topper?

#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 blocks are all done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- 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 –DONE!

#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! July 2015

#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- DONE!

#42 (May 2015) Hello Kitty outfit for Sonja- DONE July 2015

#43 (May 2015) snail trail quilt- DONE 5/27

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

#45 (May 2015) Jelly roll quilt- BEE DNA 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- testing blocks now

#49 (started 2014?) women of the bible mini quilt- DONE July 2015!

#50 (July 2015) Owl pillow- DONE!

#51 (July 2015) Paris skirt for me- DONE!

#52 (August 2015) Island Batik summer quilt- DONE!

#53 (August 2015) Tumbler Christmas GO! quilt,top done

#54 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- My part is all done, just waiting for MY top to come back

#55 (September 2015) Ahhhh EPP mystery- middle star done

#56 (Sep 2015) Baby peeking out shirt DONE!

#57 (Sept 2015) Crocheted baby outfit DONE working on #2

D&D Dolls- 10 done

D&D owls- lots done

D&D mice-6 done

D&D lambs – 4 done

eyeglass cases- lots done

Owl Hipster purse – 4 done

Styrofoam ornaments – 2 done

fabric bowls – 2 done

Friday, October 2, 2015

Covering America block 40 South Carolina

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This week’s block is South Carolina

(a bit tricky to make as it used a lot of templates but I changed it to rotary cutting and made it easier!)

-only 10 more blocks to go!


here’s some info about the Palmetto state

Entered Union (rank): May 23, 1788 (8)

The walls of the American fort on Sullivan Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. This was helpful in protecting the fort because the British cannonballs bounced off the logs.

The City of Myrtle Beach is in the center of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile crescent of beach on the South Carolina coast. In the last 25 years, Myrtle Beach has developed into the premier resort destination on the East Coast.

The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter.

South Carolina is the nation's leading peach producer and shipper east of the Mississippi River.

Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State.

Duncan Park Baseball Stadium in Spartanburg is the oldest minor league stadium in the nation.

Every few years, Irmo has a sighting of some kind of water monster that inhabits Lake Murray. The monster first 'surfaced' in 1973 when residents of Irmo and Ballentine saw a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster. It was described in The Independent News in 1980 as "a cross between a snake and something prehistoric."

There is an old saying in Marion that anyone who drinks water from Catfish Creek becomes infatuated with the area and wishes to remain there.

In February 1852 William Burkhalter Dorn discovered the second richest vein of gold in SC history on the site of the present town of McCormick.

The introduction of tobacco in 1894 rocketed Mullins into the Tobacco Capital of South Carolina. As many as 200 tobacco barns sprang up throughout the community. Warehouses were also constructed and the first tobacco sale took place on August 28, 1895.

The first tea farm in the U.S., created in 1890 near Summerville

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Guest blogger on Accuquilt’s blog

Today I’m a guest blogger on Accuquilt’s blog

I’m showing how to make these quick and fun potholders!

Have a look.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I’ve been crocheting!

So last week, my friend Laura asked me to show her how to crochet.

I haven’t crocheted in years and couldn’t find my pouch of hooks (sigh!)

But I did find my patterns and this one is one of my favorites!

and you know how it goes, once someone else wants to do something, you want to do it too!!

So I grabbed this pattern and headed to walmart!


I got some new hooks and yarn and a bit of ribbon.

I showed Laura basic chains and sc stitches for now, meanwhile I started THIS!

and after a few days it was done :)


Love the little booties too.



Now after church on Sunday, we went to a sports store and it just HAPPENED to be next to a craft store, so I got another book of patterns and more yarn!! – so now I’m a “hooker” again LOL

wait and see ;)

Also in the car for our ride to church, I brought the 1/2” hexies and fabrics to glue baste and I finished glue basting all 100 and some of them and even started sewing them together, they go surprisingly fast, I guess because they are so tiny.


I also made another fabric bowl out of left over binding strips, Sonja requested PINK and this is what she got!

After that I had some other stiff cording and started a red bowl but actually bent a needle and it stopped the machine twice in a short time, so I tossed that cording and ordered more on amazon (for later of course!)


I’ve also been working on a secret angel GO project


What have you been up to?

BTW if you are on twitter, you can follow me here

and instagram here

(hmm I need to figure out how to add those buttons on the right)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EQ7 tutorial Tuesday- String Quilts


Recently I checked out the quilt book section at my local library and found several “new” ones that I hadn’t seen before.

One was a book about String quilts! Have you ever done string quilts?

I’ve done a few and they are quite fun! –either do the strips “planned” with the same width or colors, or have them be “un-planned” and sewn together very randomly.


If you search EQ blocks for “string” you’ll just get a few blocks.

the two purple ones are meant for borders.


You can easily enough make your own string quilt blocks though.

Star with a 9” block (or whatever size you want) and randomly draw crooked lines from side to side to fill up the block like this


and color it


add to sketchbook and also find a diamond in a square block and add that to the sketchbook


still working on the block, select block/ serendipity/merge at the top


and if you select the diamond block on the left and your string block on the right, you’ll get this!


add to sketchbook and add this block to a quilt layout to get this


you can easily flip or turn every other block by holding down ALT and selecting the turn or flip button on the right and then coloring the quilt any way you want


and after adding the border string blocks, it looks like this


You can just as easily go back to your original string block and add it to the center of the quilt and rotate every other one again, like this


If you were making this quilt, you can either just GO for it and sew strips together and then trim the block down to size later, or you can print out the FPP patterns thru EQ (works better if the block is 6” or smaller, depending on your margins)


But the whole point of string quilts are the randomness!

Using the star block, a quilt could look like this


String quilts are fun and a great way to use up scraps!

Have you ever tried some?

link up below if you have :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pattern for sale Berry Squares


I have a new pattern listed for sale at Connecting threads here

well it’s actually a pattern I designed a long time ago and it’s been on CTs site a while, but I didn’t realize it wasn’t with Quiltwoman, so that’s coming too.


it’s a super easy pattern with large triangles and squares.

It measures 50” x 50”


Here’s a different EQ version

berry squares 50 x 50

and my original quilt that I made several years ago


Then there’s pictures from my testers, who all did a great job!

This one is from “Holt” didn’t write down the first name – sorry.


and someone tested just the block- again didn’t write down the name :(


This one is from Joan at moosestashquilting, hers is all finished and she fussy cut the squares, how fun!

joan moosestash

So have a look at the pattern.


Friday, September 25, 2015

covering America block 39 – Rhode Island

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This week’s block is Rhode Island


Here’s some facts about the Ocean state

Rhode Island's official state name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Entered Union (rank): May 29, 1790 (13)

Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. Its distances North to South are 48 miles and East to West 37 miles.

  • Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies to become a state.
  • Rhode Island has no county government. It is divided into 39 municipalities each having its own form of local government.

    The first circus in the United States was in Newport in 1774.

    Rhode Island is known for making silverware and fine jewelry.

    The world's largest bug is on the roof of New England Pest Control in Providence. It's a big blue termite, 58 feet long and 928 times actual termite size.

    Portsmouth is home to the oldest schoolhouse in the United States. The school was built in 1716.

    Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster is the only remaining covered bridge in Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island Red chickens, first bred in 1854; the start of poultry as a major American industry

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Fabric bowls are fun

    I was talking to someone about leftover binding strips last week (was it Joan at Moosestashquilting?)

    anyways, I got the idea to use the strips to make a coiled basket and wondered if it would work or be too thick?

    Finally I got my helper to do the important job of sorting the colors- I picked BLUE.


    Here’s my blue pile!


    Now all my binding strips were already folded and ironed to I wrapped it around the cording with the raw edges being covered.


    Then set to work using a zig zag stitch and blue thread.


    I ran out of bobbin thread in the middle, so here’s the progress before I started curving/tilting the bowl in the machine


    and TADA! after one bent needle the bowl is done!

    (I had different lengths of cording and this one was almost running out and I decided to stop before I got into the really light blues)


    I forgot how fun these are, I want to make more!



    Have you ever tried to make these?