Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 Project list wk3

I worked in 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) hexies- 43 flowers

#3 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt

#4 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#5(Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – DONE!

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

#7 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- top done, ready to quilt!

#8 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- top done

#9 (August 2017) EPP Milifori- adding to background

#10 (July 2017) Round Robin- round 6 done on one and ready to mail

#11 (Nov 2017) Binding strip project – top done

#12-15 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL- working on #8

#16 (Dec2017) Batik Qube scrappy angles blocks “eyes”- top done

#17 (Dec 2017) Jelly roll puzzle batik quilt- top done

#18 (Dec 2017) Patriotic QUBE quilt for Mccall’s- quilted, needs binding

#19 (Jan 2018) Accuquilt Colorado Block quilt- fabrics here

#20 (Jan 2018) Cardtrick quilt – fabrics here

#21 (Jan 2018) Friendship star table topper- fabrics here

#22 (Jan 2018) Prarie Queen pillow- fabrics here

#23 (Jan 2018) Grunge Love quilt- fabrics here



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

#2 (August 2017) Birthday pillow- front done, need to stitch down applique

#3 (Sept 2017) #5 Kennel batik quilt- top done

#4-5 (Jan) 2 funky friends for Island Batik- DONE!


#1 (Oct 2017) Crocheted sweater for Solveig- working on front sides

Friday, January 19, 2018

coiled basket with Accuquilt

In case you haven’t seen it, I did a blog post for Accuquilt recently where I made a fabric wrapped coiled basket and used the 1 1/2” strip die and fabric scraps, which made it SUPER fast and easy!


I show step by step how to make it, first with the 1 1/2” strip die and scraps!




Such a fast and fun project!

I’m and affiliate for Accuquilt, so If you order from Accuquilt thru my links I get a small percentage in commission, which of course I buy more supplies with! Smile

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Back from Denmark

I’m back from a week in Denmark.

Before Christmas I found out that my mom’s husband (sort of my step dad?-they got married after I did, but still) was dying from cancer!

Lung cancer, stomach cancer, kidneys, bone marrow or spine and a cyst in his brain.

I honestly didn’t think he’d make it thru Christmas, but he DID and at Christmas time I ordered a ticket for me to go visit them and say goodbye!

It’s ROUGH traveling there!

3 planes each way- RDU  Raleigh to ORD Chicago, to CPH Copenhagen then to AAL Aalborg which is a small airport about 30 min plane ride, but it would be 6hrs or more by car/train.


The last flight was almost 3hrs delayed, it was so frustrating as they didn’t tell us much except to check back every half hour!

Anyways, I made it there, and one of my mom’s former AA friends picked me up at the airport and drove me to their house.

My mom and Egon looked terrible, I could have cried! It was so sad.. I won’t go into details, both of them looked bad and I didn’t realize my mom was that bad too.

Thursday we hung out and I drove them to the grocery store (first time in a long time I drove a stick shift again, so took me a little while to get used to) Egon was in bad shape


Friday we went out for lunch and the plan was to get a chest freezer but we didn’t make it, as my mom got sick. so we went home


Saturday early morning I borrowed their car and drove 2hrs to my home town to visit friends and family over the weekend.

Friday I went with my friend Dorthe’s family to her mom’s house for Christmas lunch- her mom has known me since I was little as Dorthe and I danced Danish folk dance, so the moms would sit and watch us.


Her mom collects tea pots and has more than 500, so I have NOTHING on her with my pincushion collection! ha ha


Once she heard about my pincushion collection she gave me this little round one on the right that she made years ago with I think a piece of fabric from her own confirmation. Dorthe’s husband gave me the “hard candy” one when we got back to their house later Smile


This is Herring, I had a piece of a curry Herring, I never liked it as a kid, so tried a tiny piece now as an adult Winking smile


this is a curry salad, not sure what else is in it- no herring in this one


then these tartlets with asparagus and shrimp, they were so yummy!


and Danishes for dessert as well


This is Dorthe and I


Her daughter Anna


and two boys Lukas and Oskar


Then I drove to another friend’s house for the night. Camilla I played with as a kid too, she went to my school too but was a year older than me (Dorthe was a grade below me at the same school too) but I lost contact with Camilla and finally we found each other on FB and her daughter Nanna and my daughter Solveig are emailing each other and Nanna is going to come visit this summer and stay with us for a week or so. She just won Danish championship in Latin Dance! very talented girl!!


For breakfast Sunday we had more danishes and these round buns!


Even though I was SO stuffed, I had requested Danish hotdogs for lunch and they delivered!! it was all delicious!!


Then early afternoon I went to my cousin Soren’s house, he’s married with 2 kids, haven’t seen him either since we were kids, we’re the same age and grew up in the same town, but there’s all sorts of family issues, so well, we lost contact as well, so it was great to catch up on things and see each other as ADULTS!


his mom (My aunt) Alice was also there, it was a total surprise, it was great to see her too!


Sunday night I drove the 2hrs back to my mom’s house, then Monday during the day Egon and I went out to look for a freezer and ordered one while my mom stayed home as she was sick. Monday night was rough to say the least, then Tuesday morning I took the bus to the airport and said goodbye to Denmark once again


Found this Lego tourist at the airport in CPH Smile


My flight from Chicago to NC got cancelled because snow was coming! but I was VERY lucky and went to a counter right away and got a ticket for a later flight- the LAST flight out and made it to NC at midnight Tuesday.

it started snowing at 8am Wednesday


and it quickly accumulated


so of course no school for the kids today nor tomorrow, I’m betting none on Friday too!


so it’s nice to be home and hang out with the kids

I have lots of projects I need to work on!

There’s the round Robin I’m hosting, then lots of batiks for 4 projects for Accuquilt, then some moda GRUNGE fabrics for a project for a magazine and the last box was threads


Did you know that Coats and Clarks have started making these Quilt+ threads?!! They sent me a starter box to play with, the threads look really nice, so can’t wait to try them Smile


They are Egyptian cotton

New and experienced quilters love the quality of Quilt+.

  • It is silky smooth because we used 100% Extra Long Staple Egyptian Cotton thread
  • It’s strong- 30 wt, 3 ply thread- and we double mercerized for strength and luster
  • The no-wobble mini-king! Go ahead and run your machine fast! It won’t wobble or jump off the spool pin even on midarm machines
  • And speaking of the spool- the bottom snaps open for securing your thread- how cool is that?
  • 600 yards and 48 colors! Colors match FreeSpirit Fabrics Designer Essential Solids


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

pincushion swap

I recently got a squishy package in the mail (actually Monday before I left on my trip)
This was great to get a sunny sunflower pincushion from Sandy!
Made up for a dreary cold day!
I’ve also sent two pincushions to my swap partner Janorah, I just had to send two as the machine embroidered one was rather simple and now that I got 3 pincushions back from Annie’s I also added one of those Smile
Fun swap!

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 QUBE QAL block 3

This week’s block is a 3/4 block

it’s a shoo fly block!


You’ll be using  shapes #2 and #5 from the QUBE set

and fabrics A and D


cut out (4) #5 triangles from both fabrics, then cut out 1 of #2 square from A and (4) of fabric D

here the #5 die for the 6” QUBE has 4 triangles on the same die


here’s my 8” version


and the 9” version has only one square on it instead of 4 like the 8” and 9”


same with the 12” version


now sew the triangles into (4) HSTs, easy peasy! iron toward the dark or iron the seams open.


then add the squares so the single square is in the middle and the other four are next to it with the HSTs in the corners


and sew the block together like this

(I really don’t like plaids!)


the 8” version if funky!


and 9” version


and the 12” version in batiks


and here’s all 4 of them together!


Now here’s blocks from the participants last week! (I’m still in Denmark, so if anything got posted over the weekend I might have missed it)



Great job everyone!