Friday, August 26, 2016

a few blocks and projects

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I have caught up on the Road Home Along Row along and I’m doing DENMARK!!

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Now that I’ve seen the list of participants I might wait and do some of the rows, like NC and other states we’ve lived in….?? we’ll see.

I finished 3 more mini ohio star blocks, though I’m not loving the 3rd on in row 1, but I’ll keep it for now.

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I also got a Tula pink FQ bundle from massdrop recently!

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Now recently I read an article online that pretty much bashed massdrop and I just wanted to add my 2cents. I understand that the prices are lower so the fabric designer gets less per yard, but then they get it x 50 or 40!

-I’m comparing it to how I sell patterns online.

On craftsy I sell them usually for $9 and yes, after paypal, I get close to $8 I guess. Then I sell patterns on connecting threads and there I get about half the price, what I’m “paying for/losing” is their customer base, who buy the patterns.

Then I deal with quiltwoman.com also who sells whole sale and depending on who she sells it to, I earn less than $1 to a few $ per pattern, but wholesale; stores etc. have to buy several patterns at a time!

So, since I’m sort of “new” at selling patterns, I will say that I often earn about the same per month on each place!

So to me I’ll take any money from anywhere it comes….

Another thing, is that I live in the country and any quilt store is 45 min away and loading up 4 kids in the car to go up there and then paying $12 per yard plus then gas, lunch etc. it’s NOT happening…..

So I LOVE buying online Smile

Hope you get my point, I’m not bashing back the article I read, just saying my opinion and saying that I don’t feel bad ONE bit when I shop online incl massdrop.

 

And another online place I love of course is Connectingthreads!

I’m working on a secret project with these yummy fabrics!

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wait and see

Thursday, August 25, 2016

pincushions!

This month’s pincushion swap is well under way.

Here’s my purse pincushion I sent to Janne

she likes black white and purple (and other colors)

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I added a little roller skate (just because I had it!)

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I also got a pincushion from S. Africa from Cucki!

a cute little heart

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She also sent a cute postcard of zebras with it.

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Have a look here for more pincushions!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Seaside summer blog hop

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Welcome to the Seaside Summer hop with Island Batik

A while ago I this beautiful bundle of fabrics

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Lovely browns/purples and browns then greens and blues!

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This was a quilt pattern I made for a quilt for Generation Q (green diamonds)  a few years ago and I wanted to turn it into a written pattern and also changed it to be more of a planned scrappy version.

It’s now called A Bag full of Diamonds and until Sept 1st, I’ll have it as a free download here

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I tried to do more custom quilting on this one, some echo quilting around the “diamonds” and then sort of a flame pattern, then curves and swirls on the side borders.

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I used scraps of batiks for the backing and added a purple strip down the middle.

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here’s some shots of it outside Smile

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and with the green diamond quilt I still have from Generation Q

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I will have this pattern for FREE here until Sept 1st

 

We’re also sharing a summer snack and I’ve shared this recipe before once on my blog but make these ALL the time, they are SO good!

Oatmeal energy balls.

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2 cups rolled oats (we get organic ones locally)

1 cup raisins

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

2tsp vanilla

roughly a cup of chopped pecans

maybe 1/2 cup of coconut flakes

MIX them all together in a kitchen aid, let the bowl sit in the fridge for at least 30min then take out and with a spoon, spoon up a spoonful and roll into ball and put in an airtight container (I keep mine in the fridge)

They are REALLY yummy!

 

Here’s the line up of bloggers!

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tamarinis

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Del Lillians

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Sallys Quilting Corner

Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics

MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Kissed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For Quilts Sake

I also have a giveaway!

a 5” roll of batiks and 1yd of batik

(US only)

Mine ends the 31st

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

and one from Island Batik!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

finished the border

I finished the border on my triangle in a square quilt!

It’s actually one of those fabrics that I thought looked good when I bought it online, then didn’t LOVE it when I got it…

It’s a grape vine on a beige sort of background.

It actually fits this quilt really well – color wise!

Finished size is 55 x 70”

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I’m happy with it!

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Also check out the blog hop!

seaside-summer

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts

Tuesday Aug 16 – Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18 – Seashore
Pamela Quilts
Maria Michael Designs
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts

Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting

Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds
Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Adele Mogavero

Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea
For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 – Spring Zing
Desert Bloom Quilting
Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

and I’ll show a bonus project!

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bjorn is 14!

Bjorn turned 14 yesterday!

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We had a busy day! We had to be at church early for Dan to help with the sound board, then we also brought home two boys (and another came later) so 4 boys total.

they had a nerf gun battle, were in the pool and shot off a rocket (twice)

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The 2nd time the rocket got shot off it got stuck in a tree (It was kind of windy yesterday) and the rocket was old, so it was game over, no point in saving it- well maybe later.

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I made Bjorn a lagkage (layer cake in Danish)

he picked a lemon cake mix, then I layered it with strawberry jelly and vanilla pudding I also made from a pack, and just like for Sonja’s birthday cake, I made a cream cheese frosting.

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So after the rocket launching the kids ran to the backyard and also stepped on a dead chicken carcass! one of the little red ones had gotten eaten, feathers were tossed and the insides were eaten, the outer parts and feet were left…. don’t know what ate it Sad smile

so we have 6 left, 5 small ones and 1 big one (Cheddar)

here they were seeking shelter on our porch chair and looked in the window.

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Then my husband took the oldest kids to a local church as they were showing God’s not dead2 (we’ve all seen #1) they all thought it was good!

meanwhile we had a half hour rain storm and then a rainbow! – a double one!

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So now hopefully we’ll have some quite time around here!

Last weekend was Sonja’s birthday, then this week we had VBS so we were out every night from Tue-Friday

and Saturday we were busy too!

Here’s one of the crafts the kids did.

The theme was Mount Everest, so my husband had cut out a mountain with two smaller mountains too and nailed them together, then the kids painted them and our pastor’s wife took pictures of the kids climbing a mountain with hiking gear on and then we cut them out after they were developed and glued them on.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Project list wk33

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- Table topper DONE! Feb

#11 (August 2015) Tumbler Christmas GO! DONE!

#12 (summer 2015) Round Robin quilt- DONE!

#13 (September 2015) Ahhhh EPP mystery- DONE!

#14 (Oct 2015) Bargello Quilt –DONE!

#15 (Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – 21 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 – grey done

#19 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Ohio Star blocks – grey done

#20 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Log Cabin blocks(2)- grey done

#21 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Hunter Star blocks- grey done

#22 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Flowering snowball blocks- scrapped!

#23 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Snail Trail/ monkey wrench blocks- grey done

#24 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Snowball and 9patch blocks- grey done

#25 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Kite blocks- DONE! secret

#26 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” Appliqued cupcake blocks- grey done

#27 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” triangle in square blocks- center of quilt done

#28 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 6” flying geese blocks- grey done

#29 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” drunkard’s path blocks- top done

#30 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 8” Winding ways blocks- top done

#31 (Jan 2016) CT Diaper bag- DONE!

#32 (Dec 2015?) Mini hexies basket – DONE!

#33 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- May printed

#34 (Jan 2016) Green/Grey GO quilt-  DONE!

#35 (Jan 2016) Go QUBE feb project Valentine’s gift bag- DONE!

#36 (Jan 2016) Go Qube + DP March quilt- DONE!

#37 (Feb 2016) 1Block Wonder quilt – DONE!

#38 (2016) Monthly purse pincushions- 6 done

#39 (Feb 2016) QUBE Batik quilt- DONE! will be on their blog

#40 (Feb 2016) Blazing star Batik quilt- DONE!

#41 (Feb 2016) Baby embroidered quilt- blocks embroidered

#42 (Feb 2016) Tumbler Batik quilt- top done

#43(Mar 2016) Solveig’s PJ’s DONE!

#44(Feb 2016) Ribbon quilt- DONE!

#45 (Mar 2016) Rayon Blue dress and hat – DONE!

#46 (Mar 2016) Funky flower pillow – DONE!

#47 (March 2016) Tumbler Batik #2 quilt- DONE

#48 (March 2016) two matching spring dresses blue teal- DONE!

#49-51 (March 2016) 3 mini batik projects –DONE

# 52 (April 2016) OWL rsc16 blocks- grey done

#53 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- 4 done

#54 (April 2016) fleur de lis rsc16 blocks – grey done

#55 (April 2016) 2 matching peasant dresses – DONE!

#56 (April 2016) Jelly roll Batik quilt- DONE!

#57 (April 2016) QUBE May Project (4) – DONE!

#58 (April 2016) LeMoyne quilt- quilted

#59 (March 2016) red pink nightgown for Sonja-DONE!

#60 (April 2016) Island Batik April project- DONE!

#61 (April 2016) owl purse green grey – DONE

# 62 (May 2016) mini cat block – pincushion

#63 (May 2016) Quiltmaker fall quilt- mailed

#63 (May 2016) large cat block pillow- done

#64(May 2016) Fleur de lis pot holders for accuquilt- done

#65 (May 2016) IB Fall Market River quilt- DONE!

#66 (May 2016) IB Fall Market box quilt- DONE!

#67-68 (May 2016) CT purple teal dresses Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#69 (May 2016) Star batik block pillow- DONE!

#70 (June 2016) secret quilt- done.

#71 (June 2016) IB Christmas in July- 2 done

#72 (June 2016) QUBE July quilt- DONE!

#73 (June 2016) QUBE August project- DONE

#74 (July 2016) PIne Tree BOM-done testing blocks

#75 (Aug 2016) Sept Qube quilt for Accuquilt- quilting it

#76 (Aug 2016) Bonus pillow for Accuquilt (2)–DONE

#77 (July 2016) Island Batik August Blog hop quilt – DONE

#78 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- 4 grey done

#79 (Aug 2016) Graceful flowers qube- fabrics here

#80 (Aug 2016) Red folks qube – fabrics here

Friday, August 19, 2016

catching up on a few things

A close friend from church had a baby in July and then moved to OK two weeks later, I only got to see the baby once! boohoo.

Anyways, once mommy and baby got settled I asked if she wanted nursing pads (she could BF her first, so wasn’t sure about #2)

She texted me the other day that she’d love some Smile

So in between VBS and meetings and now my son being back in school, I made her 5 sets and mailed them to her yesterday.

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Of course I had to try fun and bright colors!

I cut out all the circles and batting with the 5” circle die by accuquilt, then sewed a slit on the fabrics and laid on top of two layers of batting and trimmed the batting then zig zagged around the edges twice on each one and VOILA! easy peasy.

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I also got a quick shipment from Connecting threads for TWO quilts for Accuquilt (where they actually are getting patterns and quilts and paying me for it!- using the QUBE set) so wait and see on those!!

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Then sort of as a leader and ender I finished the center of a triangle in a square quilt, just needs a border- already have the fabric picked out and ironed!

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ALSO since I’m now done with one type of blocks for RSC16 challenge, I have been working on 5” Ohio star blocks using the Serendipity GO set. these blocks are just cute and tiny- love them!

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Today I am actually doing NOTHING, well SEWING of course!

but no errands or appointments etc. well a VBS picnic tonight but I got a feeling it might be cancelled as it’s supposed to rain and thunder starting this afternoon.

Tomorrow I don’t think we’re doing anything, then Sunday Bjorn is turning 14 and we’ve just been busy, so it’s sort of a lady minute party, but then a neighbor told us that their church is showing “God’s not dead #2” Sunday night and we saw #1 that was great, so it will be a combined party and movie night as my husband will take a bunch of boys to watch that and I think we’ll have pizza before. – see nothing is really planned yet…

don’t forget the blog hop

seaside-summer

Monday Aug 15 

(Rain Forest Collection)

Tamarinis

Tuesday Aug 16

(Red Tide Collection)

Free Motionby the River

Mary MackMade Mine

Wednesday Aug 17

(Sand Dune Collection)

PurrfectSpots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18

(Sand Dune Collection)

PamelaQuilts

Maria Michaels Designs

Friday Aug 19

(Surf Squirt Collection)

QuiltingAffection

ArchipelagoQuilting

Monday Aug 22

(Tradewinds Collection)

ArkangelCreations

BejeweledQuilts

Tuesday Aug 23

(Equinox Collection)

KauffmanDesigns

Adele Mogavero

Wednesday Aug 24

(Sea Canyon Collection)

LemonTree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25

(Sea Foam Collection)

StoneCottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26

(Spoolin' AroundCollection)

SallysQuilting Corner

Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29

(Tide PoolsCollection)

InchwormFabrics

MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30

(Wind and Sea Collection)

For QuiltsSake

PatchworkBreeze

Wednesday Aug 31

(Spring Zing Collection)

DesertBloom Quilting

AdventurousApplique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1

(Splash Collection)

KissedQuilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2

(Landscapes Collection)

For QuiltsSake

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Batik Serendipity pillow

I have another guest blog post with accuquilt here

I used the new serendipity die set and used the flower die and made this cute pillow using scraps of Batiks from Island Batik

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It goes together sort of like a dresden plate quilt block, but still a little different.

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Here’s the pillow!

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Still continue with the seaside summer blog hop

seaside-summer

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Kissed Quilts --You are here. Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Tamarinis

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Bonus -- Kissed Quilts --come back for another new design!

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Archipelago Quilting

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian's

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Sallys Quilting Corner

Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics

MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Kissed Quilts --I'll be back!!

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For Quilts Sake