Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Quilt Expo in Raleigh

This weekend I went with my friend Laura to the Quilt and Sewing Expo in Raleigh


On the left and way back there were quilts on display, the rest were vendors!

Laura needs a new sewing table so we went to see if anyone had anything like that on display, they didn’t but there were a lot of long arm machines!! probably 10 different companies and of course sewing machines too!

Here’s some eye candy


I’m always interested in the long arm quilting part of the quilts, this was a dresden but it looked very rounded and then great background filler!


Lots of dense quilting on this one, those hearts look computerized, don’t they!?



I’m working on 5” ohio star blocks from the serendipity qube set, so I liked the setting here


and here was a large loopy meandering but it was all echoed again, thought that was pretty neat


I believe this one was made by Ebony Love, wonder if she used the GO cutter for any of these?


Double wedding ring but that was repeated in the quilting


These two quilts were the same “pattern” but totally different looks!


There was a section that was all black and white (plus another color often)


I really liked this star one!


and a baptist fan quilt


and more gorgeous quilting


I thought this one had an interesting border


Then on to vendors!


I was really drawn to these baskets (actually thought they were coiled)

I went back later and got their pattern


and Wish upon a quilt was the only ones featuring Accuquilt there!


I also talked to one shop about Island Batik, as he had another Rayon batik hanging and I was actually wearing my blue rayon dress, so the employee and owner got to feel the difference, of course mine was washed, theirs wasn’t…

After a fun trip I came home with just ONE pattern and a free sewing kit and I dropped off business cards several places Smile


I got home to a box from Connecting threads, I had ordered 4yds of white, a pink and grey FQ bundle, some threads and a charm pack in fall colors


Monday, July 24, 2017

QUBE sampler QAL block 28


Block # 28 is pretty easy


For this one you’ll use the companion set too

(or you can use small HST and squares to create that but it would have seams)

The dies you’ll need are #3, #5 and #10


You’ll need 3 fabrics plus white

Cut out 2 EACH of one fabric and white of #3 (here it’s fine to use directional fabric)

Cut out 4 of #5 of another fabric

and cut out 2 of #10 of another fabric- again you can use a directional fabric, but then cut out squares first and lay both right side up on the die)


sew the large triangles together and sew the small triangles to angled sides of the signature shapes


Then sew signature squares to HST squares, but pay attention to the fabric directions


here’s the completed block.

If you want to, you can turn the HST section of more to make it more symmetrical, but I didn’t Winking smile so that’s up to you


As I mentioned on last week’s post, I have a giveaway this week!

a circle die


I think I’ll give you all a week to still upload pics to the Accuquilt QUBE group of a block you’ve made for the QAL

There were several newbies that joined last week, so I’ll give you until next Sunday to make one (or more)

Here’s what I have so far from last week!

1 Mary


2 Ramona


3 Michelle


4 Patty


5 Sandy W (this is actually block #3)

 27sandyW27modified QAL

6 Sandy caught up really quickly! (a different Sandy, right?)


7 Hannah

27 hannah

8 Renie

27 renie

I also have previous participants ( maybe I didn’t see their blocks this week, but I’ll still count them from week’s past)

9 Kaye

10 Shayne

11 Betty

I think that’s it, if you don’t see your name on there and you’ve made a block or more in the past, let me know!!

I’ll draw a winner next Sunday the 30th

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 project list wk29

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

#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- working on a few here and there

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

#20 (Nov 2016) Mermaid Hexagon quilt- working on white background hexies

#21 (Dec 2016) Accuquilt QUBE 8”sampler QAL 30 blocks 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- top done, backing pieced, ready to quilt

#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- ready to quilt

#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- row done, not quilted

#52 (July) QAYG quilt IB- DONE!

#53 (July) Sept IB quilt- working on blocks

#54 (July) Dresden quilt- working on blocks


#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- pieces cut out

#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!

Friday, July 21, 2017

a little update

So it’s been 10 months since Bjorn’s accident and I wanted to give a little update for anyone interested.

Yester Bjorn got the metal braces off!

Here’s the before and after pictures


So as you can see, his teeth are not straight in his upper mouth!

and that’s because the upper teeth have fused to the jaw bone so there’s nothing else that can be done! it’s how it healed……

He’s had had 2 root canals so far and need another 2 soon, one is not really a root canal for the root of a canine tooth is being absorbed, so it needs to be taken care of and filled because it hits the nerve and he’d then need a real root canal!

We’re starting that next week!

Then a premolar next to that is way high up and there was talk about pulling it out and moving the molars over to fit the space, but with the teeth not moving at all in the front, that can’t be done now.

So what needs to be done?

Well it’s something that can’t be done YET, we have to wait until he’s fully grown, so probably in his mid 20s (10yrs from now) then he’ll most likely get implants or some sort of replacement of the teeth, veneers won’t work as the gap is too much now.

All we know is that it’s $$$$….

We’re still dealing with insurance, though it seems to be set, there’s no case against them, the policy pays a certain amount and that’s it! because Bjorn and the kid who hit him were minors, both under 16 without a driver’s license and I can say it’s enough to cover our deductible and dental work this year and last, but not much left over for the future!

In the big scheme of things though, we thank GOD that Bjorn is alive and well, he’s living and walking, not stuck in a wheel chair or worse…

so it is “just” money and it is “just” teeth…. but still it’s a nightmare and very stressful!

BUT you know what?

Now Bjorn is thinking about becoming a dentist especially an orthodontist instead of some sort of engineer! So that could be the answer to our prayer of why did this happened to him?

He’ll have to decide within the next year if he’s getting an associates in science or engineering thru the early college that he’s enrolled in, so he most likely will go the science route!

If he is motivated and really wants to do it, I know he can! and he’ll surely be a special candidate for it and have a story to tell, his orthodontist now was in a bike accident himself as a teenager and had his front teeth replaced, and that’s what made him pick his career, so I think Bjorn could do it too!

so we’ll see…. Smile

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Felt ornaments with the GO cutter

I have a cute tutorial on Accuquilt’s blog showing how to make these cute felt ornaments for Christmas!

-Because we’re all thinking Christmas in July right??

how to make Christmas ornaments

The ornaments are made from the circle die

how to make Christmas Ornaments

and the holiday accessories die

how to make Christmas ornaments

and optionally you can also use the alphabet die

how to make Christmas Ornaments

and the holiday medley die

how to make Christmas Ornaments

I thought it would be fun to make something that’s not JUST cotton and quilting, so I used craft felt and embroidery floss and made these 3 cute ornaments in an afternoon Smile

How to make Christmas ornaments

Have a look!