Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Giveaway winner

Last week I had a giveaway for my birthday

a 10” stack of Birchtree Lane from connecting threads


I had 112 comments

image picked #24 and I’ve emailed the winner




Another doll and owls

I finished another doll and listed it in my etsy store

-pattern by dolls and daydreams.

I did something different with the hair this time, instead of pigtails I did these braids. Also made a matching skirt with a flange. The ribbons in the hair are the same owl fabric as the body and dress.


Here’s the braids before and after I braided them and I just sewed a line at the bottom to secure the braid.


I’ve also made some more eyeglass cases and made one with left over fabrics Smile 


should I list these two together??

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Long arm quilting Chevron quilt

Katie sent me a quilt to long arm for her, this fun chevron quilt!

I don’t think I’ve ever quilted something with that much empty space.


I looked at the quilt and wanted to do something simple yet fun, so I came up with this squiggly chevron line


The light is bad here but at the bottom of the quilt I quilted the recipients name in between the wavy lines.

I marked with pins, where the tips of the chevrons WOULD have been further down the quilt and sort of followed it but wanted some lines to be skinny and some be thicker and kind of random.

The blocks were 6” tall so from the bottom of one chevron after filling up the block and to the top of the next chevron I needed 12” of space, so it was trickier than it looked, but still pretty simple.


I also filmed how I quilted it (haven’t used my camera in so long and know the angle is kind of off, will try again another time)

quilting a chevron quilt

Any ideas about where to mount the camera on my machine?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Grand Illusion is done

I finished the Grand Illusion quilt! YAY!


I quilted feathers and swirls all over it, after fixing my machine and getting my tension right I wanted to do a design that I do often and that COULD cause problems, and there were NONE on the back! yay.


the binding is the dark blue fabric (that was the black in the mystery)


I did a scrappy backing, I had this blue paisley and a solid turquoise that I added as a stripe in the middle.


Here’s a better close up of the quilting


and this time just a simple label


SEW happy to have this one done! on to another project… I need a scrappy GO project I think….

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Quilt Project list

Here’s an update on my 2015 list

Things in red are projects I’ve worked on this week

#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 –working on appliqued border

#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 – sewing pieces together – fabric is here for lining

#10 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –working on Anna

#11 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- DONE!

#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- I won mine for November! top done

#16 (September) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW

#17 (December) Grand illusion mystery QAL –top done,DONE!

#18 (December) purple and red Island batiks sock hop- DONE!

#19 (January 2015) 50 states quilt-page arkansas done

#20 (January) Peanuts BOM- block 2 done

#21 (January) Island batik market quilt- DONE!

#22 GO BIG project- DONE for blog hop

D&D Dolls- 5 done

D&D mice- 1 done

Friday, January 23, 2015

50 states quilt along Arkansas


covering america2

This week’s block is Arkansas


Here’s some facts about Arkansas!

Arkansas flag

Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

Capitol City: Little Rock

Elevations in the state range from 54 feet above sea level in the far southeast corner to 2,753 feet above at Mount Magazine, the state's highest point.

Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.

The mockingbird is the official state bird. It was designated in 1929.

The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was designated in 1901.

The diamond is the official state gem. It was designated in 1967.

It has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

Proper Pronunciation Please
Everyone who visits the state or just drives through it must know this very simple fact: you pronounce the state name "Arkansaw".
If you spell it wrong you are actually committing a crime, so start practicing right now.

Home of Wal-Mart
One thing of the big city that you will find in Arkansas is Wal-Mart.
Sam Walton brought this mega store into the world right in the heart of Arkansas.
Yes, you can thank good old Sam for bringing you all of those mark downs clearance specials, not to mention, a free camping space for the night.

Farming Gems
John M. Huddleston was a poor Arizona farmer many moons ago.
He struggled to survive in the rough land of AZ for many years, but you shouldn't feel too sorry for him.
Just before he closed his struggling farm he discovered a diamond mine on his property.
It was the only diamond mine on this continent. How's that for a rags-to-riches story?

Love Thy Neighbor
Here's another little story to warm your heart. It's about the Chickasaw and Quapaw Indians during the battle of Chickasaw. In the heat of the battle the Chickasaw Indians ran out of ammunition so the very generous Quapaw Indians split what ammunition they had left with their opponents. They then proceeded to fight to the death.

Fryer Heaven
Go to Arkansas in May and you can enjoy the unique creation of Bernell "Fatman" Austin: fried dill pickles.
Large pickles are sliced then breaded and fried in the version you find today at the Atkins Picklefest, but the treat started out as breaded hamburger slices. Every state has to be known for something, right?

Fun facts

Blue Light Patrol
Fish tanks look great with the fun glow of blue light bulbs, but the fish will have to survive with white light in Arkansas.
Blue light bulbs are illegal in this state.

Dang Those Unions!
Take down the mistletoe and hang this sign before every doorway at the Arkansas State University: No Hand Holding Permitted. At this university, only union members are permitted to hold hands while standing in a doorway.

Gator Bather
You love your pet alligator, but in the state of Arkansas you'll have to find a good swamp for him to bathe in. This state just won't allow alligators to live in your bathtub. Darn!


Any of you from Arkansas?

Did you know any of these facts?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Magazine winner


Last week during the sock hop I posted a giveaway on McCall’s magazine


There were 53 comments

image picked #7


Which is LeAnne


I sent an email to her.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It was my birthday yesterday giveaway

Yesterday was my birthday!

CT Logo_web

Connecting threads has sponsored a great giveaway.

a 10 stack of Birchtree Lane


All you have to do is leave a comment below about what you would make with a 10” stack like this, maybe you have a GO TO pattern or want to cut them into 5” squares, a link would be great!

US and Canada only.

I will pick a winner late on the 27th and post about it on the 28th.

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday–Chinese coin quilt


On the Electric Quilt facebook group, we’ve been discussing strip quilts like the Chinese coin quilts, so SUE this tutorial is for you! Smile

This is my easy way of creating the Chinese coin quilt


First you create a new quilt ; Quilt/New Quilt/ Vertical strip quiltimage

Then select Pieced blocks and I had 7” wide and also chose 7 blocks.


Then you ADD a strip and kept it plain and just 3” wide


For row 3 instead of doing another row and selecting 7 blocks again go back to row #1 and click the “clone the selected strip” and THEN click add and VOILA! it will be the same as row 1


Now go to row 2 and clone that as row #4 etc and continue until you have 7, ending with a row that has blocks.

(If you want every other row or column to be wider, just go back and change that once the rows are done)

I then added a 3” border and another outer border


I then created a striped block and picked some fabrics and colored the block


Here’s the finished quilt with different fabrics


If you wanted a more randrom look, you can leave the blocks blank and then on the rows select 20 blocks or whatever number you want, then color it randomly like this

( changed the length of the main quilt to 45” so each block is 2 1/2” tall)


Now if you want more than 24 blocks, you have to change the settings (Thanks Cathy for fixing that for Sue and reminding me to add it in here)

click on quilt/quilt table options


Under layout options and ALL styles, under maximum number of blocks horizontally and vertically, change it to 100 (default is 24)


Now you can have 99 blocks IF you wanted Winking smile


I hope this tutorial helps.

If you make or have made a Chinese coin quilt in EQ, link up below.

Have fun!

No one linked up last time, so I can’t feature anymore.

Be attitudes QAL BOM 1 Be warm

be attitutes 2015

Have any of you bought this pattern and want to sew along?

I know of ONE person who’s already done this Winking smile

I decided to try some fabrics that are totally different than the pattern, but I only had a FQ bundle, hopefully I’ll get most of the blocks done with it, otherwise I MAY just HAVE to buy some more (I’m keeping the selvages so I know what to look for later)- I did add a few of my own fabrics as blenders.

It’s Vintage Verona by Riley Blake (now I have THIS for reference too!)


I first traced out the pattern on Heat N Bond, including one part that said BUTTON, I won’t be using a button…


I then sewed the block background together- it took me a while to “plan” the fabric placements, but I like the result.


Then I found the other pieces for the applique and cut them out and placed on the block


Since this is more of a funky modern block I wanted the applique to be different as well and chose this dark blue thread for the stitches.


I chose to do raw edge applique with my embroidery/darning foot and did a free motion kind of sloppy line TWICE around each shape (I think it was Connie from Free motion that inspired me to do it originally the first time I tried this technique and LOVED it)


I didn’t care too much about perfect accuracy, that’s the whole point of this technique! to make it look like a doodled pencil line.


I actually liked to have more of the block in front of me so I had more to hold on to when I moved it around, so I wouldn’t stretch and skew the fabrics.


Here is the block all done, I LOVE it!


Love the stitching, it’s just FUN Smile I used a fabric marker for the eyes.


If you want to join this BOM, there’s still time, I’ll leave the linky up for a month until next Month on the 20th Smile

Link up below