Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another round of the pincushion swap?

owl pincushion
Who wants to join/ rejoin another round of the pincushion swap?
I would go from October- December!
(so plan ahead as that’s a really busy time of the year)
All you need to do is make one pincushion per month and send to the person assigned and you’ll also receive a pincushion in return each month!
It’s fun and it’s like Christmas when you get a squishy package in the mail each month Smile
There’s pictures of this years pincushions here
You never know what you’ll get, it could be small, it could be big, it’s always a surprise and lots of fun!
As you may have seen on my blog post, I have almost 100 pincushions!
Not all are from the swap, some I’ve made and kept, some were given to me outside the swap, but most are from the swap!
Comment/email me if you’d like to join…
Open to internationals too!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1yr ago

It’s been a year since I got the worse phone call a parent ever wants.

I’ve blogged a bit of an update too on Bjorn here

and that was 2 months ago

where his braces came off and he looked like this


Because his teeth are still not great, we’ve been in contact with a prosthodontist

and Bjorn is getting Veneers!!

after the 2nd visit at UNC Dental school, Dr Clark put these on Bjorn to try them out and see what it would look like.

It’s hard to see, but he’ll have longer front teeth and a slight overbite!!

this was just a plastic set, then in a little over a week, Bjorn will get a “trial” smile that’s also plastic that will be glued onto his front teeth, but all 4 will be connected (so can’t floss between the front teeth) he’ll wear that for 2 weeks, so his brain and lips etc will get used to it.

THEN he’ll get permanent porcelain veneers!

they are not shaving down his real teeth at all, just maybe buffering them a little to glue them on and that’s it!


He’ll wear that until he’s an adult and he’ll still eventually need implants (6 of them) but now it’s not in such a rush. and these veneers are thick! so it will take some getting used to, but if he had invisalign braces for a year, then metal braces for a year too, this shouldn’t be a problem.

And I bet he’ll be more confident too!!

and guess what!? as I blogged about two months ago, he still wants to become a dentist/ orthodontist, the prosthodontist said he should come shadow her and she’ll have connections to help him get into dental school! so we’ll see, if he still wants to do it when he finishes college (he’s in early college now that combines highschool and college) so he’ll have an associates in 2-3yrs, then 2 more years to get a bachelor’s…. just gotta keep the grades up Smile

anyways, we’re super excited about his “new” teeth.

(he still has to finish a 3rd root canal and a possible 4th eventually too)

So, If he becomes a dentist, then that’s the hidden Blessing in this whole ordeal the last year!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

QUBE sampler QAL block 36


Block 36!


This block looks odd, but it’s an illusion!, not hard at all.

And again we’ll be using the chisel die from the companion set!

You’ll be using dies #5,8 and #9 and 3 fabrics plus white

With die #5 cut out 4 white,

2 of fabric A

4 of fabric B and

8 of fabric C

With die #8 cut out 2 of fabric C

with die #9 cut out 2 of fabric A both RIGHT side up!


sew HST blocks together

2 of white and fabric C

2 of white and fabric A

4 of fabric B and C

and then sew remaining fabric C triangles to angled edge of #9 chiselsDSCF8705

then sew #8 rectangles to long sides of chisel blocks

also sew white/C HSTs together with B/C HSTs

and B/C HSTs together with white/A HSTs

(confused?? just look at the picture of the block and rotate HSTs around so it looks like the picture)


Now sew into broken dished blocks (at least I think that’s the name of them) making sure none of the same fabrics touch and that fabric A is at the bottom left and them opposite corners- top left and bottom right are the same, the top right is the odd one out)


Now sew these to the chisel blocks and have the bottom left triangle (fabric A) touch the chisel fabric as it’s the same!


Now flip the bottom section and sew block together


quite a funky block, right?

Here’s block #35 from the participants

Renie’s block in batiks

35 renie2

and Michelle caught up on blocks 33-35


Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 project list wk37

Here’s my list for this week

  if I worked on it within the last week it’s in red


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – kind of want to work on this since April the giraffe had her baby!

#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- DONE

#3 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#4(Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks, Top done!

#5 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt

#6 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#7(Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – 28 done

#8 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Appliqued School house blocks – DONE!

#9(Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks –DONE!

#10 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks(2)- DONE!

#11 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- DONE!

#12 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- DONE!

#13 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- DONE!

#14 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- May printed (I may donate these?!)

#15 (April 2016) OWL rsc16 blocks-DONE!

#16 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- 12 done

#17 (April 2016) fleur de lis rsc16 blocks –DONE- donated

#18 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- at least 30 done, done more

#19 (Aug 2016) Road Home RAL-DONE!

#20 (Nov 2016) Mermaid Hexagon quilt- DONE!

#21 (Dec 2016) Accuquilt QUBE 8”sampler QAL TOP DONE

#22 (Jan 2017) Accuquilt QUBE 12” sampler(12) (same as above) – DONE!

#23 (Dec)TT underwater quilt –DONE!

#23 (Dec 2016) IB blog hop quilt for Jan it’s a HOOT-DONE!

#24 (2016) Blue broken dishes topper –DONE!

#25 (Jan 2017) Grey and Blue star Accuquilt topper- DONE!

#26 (Jan 2017) Star FQ quilt for accuquilt- DONE!

#27 (Jan 2017) Fiesta quilt for Accuquilt- DONE!

#28 (Jan 2017) white grey Hunter Star quilt- DONE!

#29 (Jan 2017) Log Cabin blog hop quilt- DONE!

#30 (Jan 2017) Valentine’s QUBE wall hanging- DONE!

#31(Fall 2016) Fall leaf blocks from pine tree- top done

#32 (Feb 2017) #2 fiesta/groovy quilt for Accuquilt- DONE!

#33 (March 2017) Baby quilt for Accuquilt’s blog- DONE!

#34 (March 2017) Table topper brown for Accuquilt’s blog- DONE!

#35 (March 2017) Blue QUBE runner for Quilter’s World- DONE!

#36 (March 2017) Batik QUBE star runner- DONE!

#37 (April 2017) Batik Star small quilt- DONE!

#38 (April) Batik Fall catalog quilt-DONE!

#39 (April) Baby quilt- DONE!

#40 (April) braid quilt- DONE!

#41 (April) mini braid- DONE!

#42 (April) Winter Modern Batiks- DONE!

#43 (May) mug rug- DONE

#44 (May) mini tumbler modern quilt- DONE!

#45 (May) My crazy cat’s quilt- DONE!

#46 (May) House Accuquilt- DONE!

#47 (Jan 2016?)Cupcake quilt- DONE!

#48 6” QUBE table topper- DONE!

#49 9” QUBE table topper- DONE!

#50 (July) QUBE Blazing star quilt for August- DONE!

#51 (June-July) Christmas Row- DONE!

#52 (July) QAYG quilt IB- DONE!

#53 (July) Sept IB quilt- DONE!

#54 (July) Dresden quilt- DONE!

#55 (July) Sept IB table topper- DONE!

#56-57 (July) Sept IB 2 mug rugs- DONE!

#58 (July) FPP fall topper- sewing parts to papers

#59 (August) EPP Milifori- working on round 3

#60 (August) BL118 Night sky Blue/white-DONE!

#61 (July) Round Robin- round 2 done ready to mail

#62 (August) 6” QUBE black and white quilt- top done

#63 (August) circle quilt- top done

#64 (September) pink girl quilt- quilted, needs binding


#1and2 (Jan 2017) Mermaid dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#3 and;4 (Feb 2017) Strawberry dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#5 and 6 and 7 (April 2017) Susie sundresses (2)  and bubble shorts for girls – DONE

#8 Blue dress for me!- DONE!

#9 Tinkerbell dress 2T- DONE!

#10 Owl 2T dress- DONE!

#11 & 12 – 2 Liberty dresses, DONE!


#1 Owl potholder- DONE

#2(Sept 2013) farm animal panel- don’t know what to do with it yet, if it’s a quilt or a bag/pillow?

#3,4,5 (3 owl felt pincushions) 2 blue and one pink/ purple

#6 blue owl pincushion- DONE

#7-11 (Feb 2017) 5 owl purses- DONE!

#12-13 (March 2017) two more ITH Stuffies DONE

#14-15 ( March 2017) 2 island Batik funky friends- mailed

#16-17 (march) owl pincushions done

#18 (March 2017) mini purple pincushion DONE

#19 (March) Blue Batik pillow- DONE!

#20 (March 2017) Batik challenge Applique for April- DONE!

#21 (March 2017) black owl pincushion- DONE!

#22-23 (April 2017) 2 pink owl pincushions- DONE

#24-27(Feb-April) 4 kennel quilts- 3 done in Feb, 1 in April- DONE

#28-30 (May 2017) 3 turtle pincushions- DONE!

#31-32 (May 2017) 2 fabric purses- DONE!

#33 (May 2017) Clam shell pillow- done

#34 (May) wedding ring pillow- done

#35 (May) Laptop bag- DONE

#36-39 (May) 4 owl pincushions- done

#40-42 (May) 3 ornaments Accuquilt- DONE!

#43 May- Minnie pincushion- DONE!

#44-47 (June) 4 QUBE pillows for July IB challenge- DONE!

#45 (July) biscornu pincushions for Annie’s- DONE!

#46 (August) Birthday pillow- front done, need to stitch down applique

#47 (August) 2 fabric bowls- DONE!

#48 black batik purse pincushion, Done and mailed

#49 (Sept) #5 Kennel batik quilt- top done

Friday, September 15, 2017

a kennel quilt, patterns, EPP and Christmas stuff

All this hurricane devastation has made me think about doing SOMETHING! and a fellow IB ambassador helps with Kennel quilts, so I figured I’d start on some more and see how far I get and where I need to send them!

I started this after Harvey hit Houston (a fellow IB ambassador finally made it home to there and has pretty much gutted her house!!)

I think kennel quilts are fun to make and they are only 12”x18” so small and easy to mail, so I might do more and just store them and wait for a pile of them and a need and then send them off, we’ll see.

Anyways, I had this Island Batik charm pack I wanted to use


I got out my QST die from the 8” QUBE set and cut out a bunch (one charm = one block, sort of) so I needed 12 charms


Then I started sewing together QST blocks



and this is what it will look like Smile


I’ve also been working on round #3 for the millifori quilt



and after the pincushion parade, I just can’t have JUST 98 pincushions, so I started #99, a black batik one (from the same pack as the kennel quilt)


Last week I got a package of fabrics from connecting threads


Because….. I had these 12 days of Christmas embroideries! I did these years ago and did several mistakes on them, some blocks I used the wrong stabilizer (actually I think all of them) and I had run out of black thread so I used grey instead! anyways, these blocks have been staring at me and just wanting me to do SOMETHING with them!!

So when I saw the CT Christmas fabrics on sale I got some for this quilt!


I trimmed them all down to the same sized square- that was my “problem” too, most were around 5”, but #9 was longer and #7 was just too uneven but bigger and the fabrics were not flat…. I found that trimming to 7” worked! then I figured I’d use a QUBE set and make alternate blocks with the Christmas fabrics, so that meant to add a border on the embroidered blocks, so I decided on 9” finished blocks and that meant I added 1 3/4” black borders to these blocks!


and here I cut out pieces for the alternate blocks (wait and see)


I also got another delivery of goodies recently!


I finally got around to getting my own patterns printed professionally and this was about 30 patterns X 5 or 10 of each, about 20lbs of paper!!



I got 6x9” ziplocs from amazon and started sorting and bagging!


a whole basket full! and I actually ran out of ziplocs! (I had 200)


shipping box got used right away!

Anja almost got shipped out too!!! (Just kidding)


and a friend recently had a baby, girl #5!! so I was looking at a quilt for her and even though this one is “old” it has 5 chicks on it and says Chicks Rule! just thought that was funny for them Smile


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Modern dresden quilt

In case you didn’t see it yet, I made a modern Dresden’s quilt for Accuquilt’s blog
I used both the 8” QUBE and companion set and the Dresden die!
GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block (55775)
so get them while you can
and if you don’t have the QUBE set here’s the link
GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block (55776)
and of course the dresden plate too, which is awesome, it has both the straight sided dresdens and the petal dresdens plus the center circle!
GO! Dresden Plates (55071)
here’s some more pics of the process of how I made the quilt as it sort of just grew as I made it, I didn’t have a plan at the beginning Smile
here I added the 2” squares (2.5”) from the 8” QUBE set
and then the chisels from the companion set
a fun modern quilt I think Smile
and I had fun long arm quilting it
Have you ever done a dresden?