Monday, February 8, 2016

RSC16 brown blocks

I’ve been busy making brown blocks for the RSC16 challenge
tiny button
I make 4 Drunkard’s path blocks using my GO die of course
all the blocks are made using the GO dies!
here’s my idea for it, maybe I’ll add more blocks to make it bigger or some sort of sashing, we’ll see at the end
drunkards path rsc16
3” triangle in a square blocks (6 of them)
this is the idea but the triangles are turned the other way instead
triangle in a square rainbow2
double flying geese blocks
flying geese rainbow
I was only able to make one winding ways block and totally messed up on the middle, so I might scrap this one.
winding ways rainbow
and monkey wrench block, I actually realized that my blue one is slightly wrong in the middle…. sigh.
and here it’s spinning the other way, but I’ll keep going MY way instead Smile
snail trail rainbow
and two log cabin blocks, one is all brown and one is half neutral.
But the blocks are kind of odd since I am not worrying about darks or lights.
3 snowball blocks and 9 patches
snowball rainbow
One cupcake block
I also had enough to do one Ohio star block at the end with neutral star tips
ohio star rainbow2
Then I pretty much only had teeny tiny scraps left so I didn’t get to make these blocks below… unless I cut into my yardage
School house block!
Kite blocks
kite go die rainbow2
Hunter star blocks
hunter star rainbow
flowering snowball blocks
flowering snowball rainbow
I don’t think I’ll cut into my yardage YET! we’ll see at the end or if I feel motivated later….

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2016 Project list wk 5

Here’s my 2016 project list, items in red are ones I have worked on recently.
Items crossed out are completed
#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging –started stitching down more
#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- ready to quilt
#3 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers
#4 (2013)- roman holiday kit 
#5 (April 2013) – blue/ yellow kaleidoscope blocks, giving these to pine tree
#6 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done, can’t remember if I gave it away
#7 (Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks done – found blocks!
#8 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks
#9 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet
#10 (September 2015) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW , added border for a table topper
#11 (August 2015) Tumbler Christmas GO! DONE!
#12 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- Got my top back
#13 (September 2015) Ahhhh EPP mystery- just need corner pieces
#14 (Oct 2015) Bargello Quilt – top done
#15 (Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – Sister’s choice done
#16 (Nov 2015) Allietare BH mystery Hello kitty – DONE! Jan 2016
#17 (Dec 2015) Planes quilt- DONE!
#18 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12”Appliqued School house blocks - 1 Blue done
#19 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks – 3 done
#20 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks- 4 done
#21 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- 1 Blue done
#22 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Flowering snowball blocks- 1 Blue done
#23 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- 2 done
#24 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Snowball and 9patch blocks- 12 done
#25 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Kite blocks- 2 Blue and black done
#26 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Appliqued cupcake blocks- 2 done
#27 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” triangle in square blocks- 12 done
#28 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- 14 done
#29 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” drunkard’s path blocks- 8 done
#30 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Winding ways blocks- 6 done
#31 (Jan 2016) CT Diaper bag- DONE!
#32 (Dec 2015?) Mini hexies basket – DONE!
#33 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- January done
#34 (Jan 2016) Green/Grey GO quilt- top done
#35 (Jan 2016) Go QUBE feb project- DONE!
#36 (Jan 2016) Go Qube March project- DONE!
I will post updates on this list every Saturday

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winners picked

Winners have been picked from last week’s giveway for my blogger-versary

I was happy to see some familiar names thru the raffle copter


The island batik bundles will be given in the order they were won Smile



I have already emailed the winners.

Congrats everyone!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Anniversary EQ and new things

When I asked EQ about a giveaway for my blogger-versary, they ALSO sent me an anniversary T shirt! LOVE it and it’s a perfect fit.
So as I was sorting my January projects and seeing what other things I had on the shelf that were neglected, I pulled out this SNOW project that was a QAL on Carol’s blog last year and after the first month, I just got too busy with other things and stopped doing it, but as I looked in the box, I had already cut out pieces for the border (maybe that was part of clue #1?)
So easy peasy, I sewed them to the edges of this one and will turn it into a table runner!
Now while I was looking for backing fabrics, I had two blues in mind and these I had gotten on sale a while ago and I DO like them but they are kind of stiff cotton, so THEN I was looking at my ironing board and decided to recover my board, as the blue is a perfect match for the walls too!
I asked hubby to help me last weekend (really just to find the staple gun) he looked in the garage, in drawers, in boxes, then jokingly started blaming me for losing it that the last time WE used it was when WE recovered the design wall, so I must have just put it somewhere, we looked high and low!
No staple gun… so I said, OK I’ll just save the fabric for whenever it shows up. Then my husband remembered using it in the attic last summer!
Of course, THAT’s where I put it!! I totally did that…. Smile with tongue out
Anyways… glad it’s found and he did help me decide which of the two fabrics to use and decided on the hexagons and I stapled that down quickly and love how CLEAN it it, it just looks so nice.
Of course I put it to use right away, ironing BROWNS for the RSC16
tiny button
(Hey, is she doing them in this color order?? blue is on the left, then brown, will orange be next?)
I don’t have a lot of browns, so we’ll see how far I get
Still took out all the dies I used for the blues.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bible blocks, bibs and fabrics

I finished two more Women of the bible blocks.
This one is Leah, called double crossed.
She was double crossed after being promised in marriage but then her dad tricked the husband into marrying her sister after working 7 yrs, so then he had to work another 7 yrs before getting Leah…
I didn’t applique stitch this yet as I want to wait until all the blocks are done.
Since I’m doing a straight layout, last time I needed more blocks, this one is an “extra” called sister’s choice.
I used Island Batik for both blocks!
Then I also got a shipment of fabrics from Connecting threads and when I wased the fabrics I couldn’t remember WHY I had purchased these, I knew I had a project in mind, but forgot what it was, until a day or so later!
The lunch box embroidered baby quilt!!

Then mid week last week my neighbor dropped by with some bibs she wanted me to embroider on.
Her daughter had written out specifics about each one and what color and font (sort of) and also a onesie.
Love this one Smile
And here’s my little cupcake Smile

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday- Pattern writing 2 FPP

Today I’m showing how to write a pattern for a bit
I have made a kaleidoscope quilt and I will just show one of the blocks as the other block is similar but more complicated.
If you select the kaleidoscope block and print the foundation pattern (or preview it)
You’ll see this
Here it looks good, as far as how it splits the sections.
then on the print page/preview page
it’s first on top of each other, but you can just move those out of the way.
I have a program called cutePDFwriter that’s free online, once it’s installed it acts like a printer, so if you click on page setup first
then select printer
then select cutePDFwriter as your printer and click ok and print it
AFTER you have moved the pieces away.
You’ll have a PDF!
If you want to rename the block to something else you have to do that in the sketchbook notecard before printing
Now comes the “tricky” part for FPP patterns- if you actually want to write this part. Some people may just provide the yardage and let the quilter sew it together in order with measurements.
I like to cut out the chunks of fabrics first, so I know I have enough and that they are big enough.
You have to pay attention to the number order that EQ printed and think about the order they get sewn together.
Also of course provide simple directions to use a small stitch length and trim to 1/4” etc- whatever method you use.
Apart from the corner triangle on the block, I would measure and maybe add 1/2”- 3/4” to the measurements to make sure it’s enough.
so the line between A1 and A2 is 1.6” plus 3/4” is about 2 1/4”
and the width is 1.1” so I’d write 2”
The corner triangles show 2 5/8” but I’d write maybe 3” square cut diagonally.
So A1= white 2” x 2 1/4”
A2= red 2” x 2 1/4”
A3= white 2” x 2 1/4”
A4= green 2” x 2 1/4”
B1= green 3” square cut diagonally
B2= light green 3 1/4” x 2 1/4”
B3= red 2” x 2 1/4”
Of course there’s 4 of each of these per block and my quilt has 10 of this block on it.
Now because I made the patches a bit bigger, I’d add 1/4yd to the yardage from what EQ tells me.
AND this is a reason why I have TESTERS! and I test myself, I use a fabric I have plenty of a measure before and after and see if the yardage is right on or not.

I’ll show another pattern tip- templates! at the next tutorial.