Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 project list wk 13

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) 50 states quilt-page block 13 of 50 done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- block 3 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 –3 blocks 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-ready to quilt

#29 (Feb 2015) Birdie FPP pillow- DONE!

#30 (Feb 2015) Apples FPP- top done

#31 (Oct 2014-April 2015) Round robin- Ready to quilt

#32 (Feb 2015) Funky sundress Sonja- DONE!

#33 (Feb 2015) owl felt pincushions- 4 done

#34 (Feb 2015) turtle felt pincushion – 1 done

#35 (March 2015) My little pony quilt- top done

D&D Dolls- 8 done

D&D owls- lots done

D&D mice- 5 done

D&D lambs – 2 done

eyeglass cases- lots done?

 

And please vote for my block again, I was #2 for a while and now I’m 6th or 7th, I want to be in the top 10 at least :)

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Vote here

Friday, March 27, 2015

50 states QAL - Illinois

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This week’s block is Illinois!

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Here’s some facts about THE PRAIRIE STATE

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  • Admission to Statehood:

    December 3, 1818 (21st State)

    The first Aquarium opened in Chicago, 1893

    The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885

    The Sears Tower, Chicago is the tallest building on the North American continent

    The ice cream "sundae" was named in Evanston. The piety of the town resented the dissipating influences of the soda fountain on Sunday and the good town fathers, yielding to this churchly influence, passed an ordinance prohibiting the retailing of ice cream sodas on Sunday. Ingenious confectioners and drug store operators obeying the law, served ice cream with the syrup of your choice without the soda. Objections then was made to christening a dish after the Sabbath. So the spelling of "sunday" was changed. It became an established dish and an established word and finally the "sundae".

    The Illinois state dance is square dancing.

    The world's largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995, is located in Chicago.

    The Chicago River is dyed green on Saint Patrick's Day

    The very first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois.

    Bumming Around
    The last thing you want to be called is a bum, so keep your wallet loaded until you leave this state.
    Those caught without a dollar in pocket are found guilty of the crime of vagrancy. No, pennies don't count! Dollar bills only, but at least you only need one to avoid the label.

    Steer Clear
    Whether you're coming into town by truck or motor home, make sure to keep the steering wheel firmly attached during your travels. Vehicles without this accessory are completely illegal.

    Reservations Required
    While you're putting the steering wheel back on your vehicle, make sure to call up the city as you approach and let them know what you are driving in.
    There is a law in one city that requires automobile drivers to call the police before driving in.

    All of these presidents were born in this state:

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Ulysses S. Grant

    Are any of you in or from Illinois?

    Also if you are working on the blocks, link up below.

    Also if you’ve ever made any of these blocks at some point but not the state quilt but maybe a quilt with the same block that just happen to be one of these state blocks, also link up and comment that you did.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Long arm quilting quilt #3

    Here’s quilt #3 from the same lady,

    a fun and simple beige, brown and red quilt

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    I did an allover feather and swirl design

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    I’m trying to see which pics are best for seeing the details….

    what do you think?

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    Again, if you haven’t voted yet today, please do here

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    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Long arm quilting quilt #2

    This is quilt #2 of the 4 customer quilts I got last week.

    One lady did 3 of the quilts and she’s a beginner (I can tell she’s hooked!)

    I believe she said this was her first quilt!

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    I did all over flowers and leaves on the whole quilt.

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    Hopefully she’ll like this one too

    Sorry to bug you again, but please vote again here

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    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Long arm quilting

    Last week two ladies dropped off 4 quilts for me to long arm- it was nice as I haven’t had long arm customers in a long time.

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    Here’s #1 some fun house panels

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    I quilted swirls all over it as there was a swirl design on the panel prints.

    Don’t you love the little quilt shop??

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    hopefully she’ll like it :)

    Still vote for my block in the accuquilt contest here, you can vote daily

    look at MOST votes and you’ll see it- Connie and I are 2nd and 3rd place….

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    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Island batik summer jacket

    Last week I got a shipment of Batiks from Island Batik as they picked me to be an ambassador for them for another year! yay!!

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    Ohhh the goodies :)

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    and some strips for giving away later :)

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    So that got me thinking of a UFO I had ALMOST finished but neglected to actually finish it.

    A summer jacket!

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    I had made the panels for the jacket pieces

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    I found that I had already traced the size onto Swedish tracing paper, so it was EASY to cut out the pieces.

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    I didn’t have large enough scraps for pockets so I cut them from left over pieces after I trimmed the fabric panels.

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    Here’s the jacket with lining fabric but without buttons

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    And the back

    (the sleeves are not crooked, it’s just the picture)

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    Then the trouble started!

    I hadn’t made button holes in a long time, but I found the button hole foot

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    and sewed on scraps of the lining fabric, but it wasn’t right, I did maybe 20 samples and got the same result!

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    I put it aside and waiting until the next day, then I tried the same foot on my backup (cheap Singer machine) and DING DING! we had a winner!! that was it…..

    So I did the button holes and buttons on the jacket- a LOT!

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    I got my son to take a picture of me ;)

    of course the first one I’m telling him what to do and he clicked too soon.

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    It’s a great fit actually and I didn’t line it with batting, it’s just the front and lining fabrics sewn together and turned inside out.

    (forgot to button a button in the middle)

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    I’m not going to keep this jacket though, I’ll send it to my mom in Denmark (she’s about the same size as me) and with it one of our old laptops, as she has a desktop now that’s really old and doesn’t have sound, so it’s hard to skype her, instead I skype her phone, so hopefully customs won’t give them a hard time!

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    2015 project list wk 12

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    The accuquilt Quilt Block design contest is still underway and you can vote daily, so I’ll be posting this until the end and still appreciate your daily vote!

    click here to vote on the block

    (They are working on the link being accurate, otherwise click, view entries and select MOST votes and mine is the 2nd one)

    Sponsor Web-470 

     

    Here’s my project list for the week

    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” –46 of 54

    #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) 50 states quilt-page block 12 of 50 done

    #20 (January) Peanuts BOM- block 3 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 –3 blocks 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- top done

    #29 (Feb 2015) Birdie FPP pillow- DONE!

    #30 (Feb 2015) Apples FPP- top done

    #31 (Oct 2014-April 2015) Round robin- Ready to quilt

    #32 (Feb 2015) Funky sundress Sonja- DONE!

    #33 (Feb 2015) owl felt pincushions- 4 done

    #34 (Feb 2015) turtle felt pincushion – 1 done

    #35 (March 2015) My little pony quilt- top done

    D&D Dolls- 8 done

    D&D owls- lots done

    D&D mice- 5 done

    eyeglass cases- lots done?

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    Please VOTE for me

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    Accuquilt is doing a Quilt block design contest again and I entered this block.

    I made it 32” so each section is 4” to go with the Triangle in a square die, the kite die and HSTs and a 5” circle in the middle.

    BeaLeeaccuquiltblock

    Please vote for my design here

    You can vote every day, so bookmark it and come back :)

     

    also check out all the other lovely blocks.

    Thanks

    50 states QAL - Idaho

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    This week’s block is IDAHO

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    Here’s some facts about the GEM STATE

    (and here I thought it was nick named the potato state!)

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    Date became a State: July 3, 1890

    Number accepted into the Union: #43/50

    American Falls is unique from most communities because the entire town was moved in the mid-1920s when the original American Falls Dam was constructed

    In Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds

    The economy of Idaho City originally developed around gold mining in the 1860s

    Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in America

    Idaho has the longest main street in America, 33 miles, in Island Park

    Idaho's Great Seal was designed by a female. If that doesn't sound very special you probably don't realize that all other Great Seals in the country were designed by men.

    Produce Production
    Idaho is number one when it comes to growing, harvesting and selling potatoes. Not news? Okay, well did you know that this state is also number one when it comes to producing Austrian winter peas and lentils? It is also number one in the trout industry.

    A River Runs Through It
    Idaho is also number one when it comes to rivers. It has more river than any other state, stretching on for a combined 3,100 miles.

    Not So Merry
    Everyone loves to spin round and round on the merry-go-round, but Idaho is having none of that craziness.
    If you get to spinning on the horsy in this state you could find yourself in jail with the other criminals who dared have a bit of fun.

    Camel Clues
    You love fishing and Idaho has tons of river water to sink your pole into, but be careful where you are sitting when you fish in this state.
    If you decide to cuddle up on a camel's back with your pole out in the river you could find yourself eating a less-than-fresh fish dinner behind bars. Darn!
    Camels are so comfy!

     

    Any of you from Idaho?

    Are you sewing along? If you link up below, also comment that you did :)

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Be attitudes block 3

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    I’m posting this a day early, as I have another thing scheduled for tomorrow (and I had nothing else to show this week)

    The 3rd blocks is “Be positive”

    Here’s block with just thread painting as the raw edge applique

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    And then after that I drew with a fabric marker and added the legs and antennae and lines on the cupcake.

    How’s THAT for being positive?? an ant carrying a whole cupcake….

    -I think I can, I think I can, I thought I could, I thought I could :)

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    Stay positive.

    Spring is here –or almost.

     

    If you’ve made these blocks or some similar ones, link up below and comment that you did.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Who wants to join the pincushion swap

    Who wants to join a round of the pincushion swap?

    We’re doing 3 months at a time.

    You make ONE pincushion per month and send it to another person (whom I assign)

    There will be internationals, but I try my best to only have us send overseas ONCE per round.

    It’s a lot of fun and quite addicting!

    Here’s what I sent in the last round January-March

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    And what I received

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    There’s more pictures on the pincushion page

     

    Comment below if you want to join and make sure there’s an email I can send to!

    Then I’ll email you some questions that will include your address and quilting style and favorite color etc.

    The more the merrier!!

    (and you don’t have to have a blog to join, just be able to send me pics of what you send and receive)

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    EQ7 tutorial Tuesday – X and Plus blocks and quilt ideas

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    I was looking at my old EQ files and for once started at the bottom of my list and went backwards and found the X and Plus quilt file I did a while ago.

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    First we need to design the block

    Because of the design of it, it has to be made in kind of an odd size at 7.5”

    that’s because we split up the block into “sections” of 5, so if each is 1.5” x 5 = 7.5”

    You COULD do it 10” I guess too.

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    Start by drawing lines vertically at the 3” and 4 1/2” mark

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    then draw horizontal lines on the skinny bar 1.5” from each end

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    then finish the PLUS on the sides with also 1.5” sections

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    Now it’s easy to make the “X” start the points where the 1.5” blocks end and draw a diagonal line, all the way around

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    Now color it how you want to and add to sketchbook

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    Now enter into quilt layout and make sure the blocks are set to 7.5”

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    Now if you leave it like this it will be tricky to print the rotary cutting, it will skip the odd shape in the X now and the triangle is kind of odd too. Let’s fix that!

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    Go back to the block design

    and delete the lines that form the X again and add to sketchbook

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    and just add the block to the top corner of the quilt and print the directions (or preview)

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    Now the math is nice!

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    and since I’ve made this one before and I’ve seen tutorials on how it’s made online

    I know that the triangles are made by using 2” squares in the corners and sewing down the middle and cutting off the 1/4” seam allowance. you can also know it’s right because the seams here line up next to each other.

    If you want bigger blocks, just go under layout and change it to 10”

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    and again the printing directions are nice

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    Try it out!

    here’s my layout idea for the quilt above.

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    If you have made a X and plus quilt link up below

    If you haven’t, play in EQ and design your own and link up with that!

    You can link from a blog post, google+, flikr or anything like that.

    Have fun!