Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 Project list wk7

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


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – finishing up applique

#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- DONE!

#9 (August 2017) EPP Milifori- top done

#10 (July 2017) Round Robin- last round here

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

#12-15 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL- working on #11

#16 (Dec2017) Batik Qube scrappy angles blocks “circles”- DONE!

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

#18 (Dec 2017) Patriotic QUBE quilt for Mccall’s- DONE and mailed

#19 (Jan 2018) Accuquilt Colorado Block quilt- DONE

#20 (Jan 2018) Cardtrick quilt – DONE

#21 (Jan 2018) Friendship star table topper- DONE

#22 (Jan 2018) Prarie Queen pillow- DONE

#23 (Jan 2018) Grunge Love quilt- DONE and mailed

#24 (Feb 2018) New technique for IB- top done

#25 (Feb) Mini Love IB- DONE

#26 (Feb) maple Leaf quilt- working on blocks

#27 (Feb) scrappy Qube quilt- cutting pieces



#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!

#5 (Feb 2018) LOVE pillow for Accuquilt- DONE!

#6 (Feb) heart potholders- DONE!


#1 (Oct 2017) Crocheted sweater for Solveig- working on bottom edge

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mini ohio star quilt is done

I finally finished the Mini Ohio star quilt!


It’s pretty big, it measures 60” x 75” (I think)

I used the Ohio star dies from Accuquilt’s serendipity set by Edyta Sitar

It’s SUCH a fun set!

On the quilt I quilted curves from corner to corner on the blocks, then bubbles on the inner border and a sort of wavy swirl on the border


and I made the binding all scrappy!


The blocks are 5” finished BTW, they are TINY!! but SEW much fun!!

-if you buy anything thru my links on Accuquilt’s site, I get a small percentage, which of course is appreciated Smile

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Island Batik box reveal!

It might have seen like I didn’t care about the kids when I was gone to Denmark, as I kept texting my husband Friday if I got any deliveries!!- I had tracking # that my new island batik box would be delivered Friday- where I left Thursday, so at least I had something positive to think about there Winking smile someone in our ambassador FB group noticed that the box was 22Lbs!!

Sure enough, it was a BIG heavy box!! SQUEAL!!!

-I had seen fabrics from other ambassadors and also knew the sponsors for the year, but still it’s SO much fun to open up MY box and see what’s in it!!


This was the spot on the shelf where I USED to put my former IB ambassador boxes, no way it would fit in there anymore.


I decided to NOT do a video this time around, so instead I took lots of pictures.

The first thing I saw was Hobbs Heirloom batting (Twin sized) I’ve never worked with Hobbs, so this should be fun!


Uhh look at all the goodies!!


To start off there were 4 spools of thread (I found more later)

Now these are bright colors and other ambassadors noticed that they match their surprise bundles, so that got me excited! I haven’t had a bright “rainbow” bundle before.


There’s several aurifil booklets in there, I assume for giveaways?


Then a Valentine/Galentine’s bundle- but I used my leftovers already, we’ll see if I whip up something else this month!


Then a fun Christmas bundle

(I have some of these fabrics leftover from last year’s boxes- but we just got a few FQs I believe)


Here I found more threads and another pack of 5” strips


Here’s a better picture of the batting


and a sample book! I love sample books, I love to feel and look at samples- call me crazy, but I love it.


and a thermore batting that’s queen sized, I’ve also never worked with this, it’s super thin, because it doesn’t take up much space at all, so can’t wait to try this!


And some coordinating yardage, a neutral, some rayon and a SCARF! cool!!


and a 10” square bundle of blue winter fabrics with matching yardage, I love blues!!


and a surprise with island batik buttons and an envelope for making and returning a kennel quilt out of the surprise fabrics


Here’s everything! Can’t wait to cut into these goodies!!


Once I took the batting over where I store my other batting, the fabrics fit just fine on the empty spot on the shelf!! (Last year’s fabrics are in the bins on the right)


Thank you Island Batik for letting me be an Ambassador AGAIN for my 4th year!

Want to see pics from previous years?

This was Early 2014

(Probably the only other time I got rainbow bright colors)

2014-03-10 007

Late 2014

2014-08-18 001

For some reason I can’t find my 2015 pics (I didn’t label my blog posts correctly)

Early 2016


Late 2016


Early 2017


late 2017


Always awesome goodies!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s day!

Happy Valentine’s day!

Mini Love

The theme for Island Batik ambassadors for February is Mini LOVE, I really really wanted to be able to post something on Valentine’s so before my new box got here I dug out any pink and purple and white fabrics I had leftover from earlier projects.


I designed this in EQ8 (already exciting blocks in the library) I made the big heart 8” and the small hearts 2”

The BIG heart is for my husband!

The 4 little hearts are for my 4 kids Smile Clever right??

heart mug rug

The blocks were foundation pieced, so here’s some of the progress


I trimmed the small hearts, they are SO cute and tiny!


Then I finished the top like this and this was were I was at last week before I went back to Denmark.


I had already made the binding but after thinking about it, I just thought it still needed a small border so I added a 1 1/2” cut pink border all the way around


Here it is all done! now it measures 10” x 12”quilted heart mini quilt

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!!

(We usually don’t go out tonight, as it’s for young love birds, not couples with 4 kids!! ha ha, maybe we’ll make a nice dinner?? well we gotta eat, so of course we’ll make dinner, but not sure what)

And when I got home Monday night, several in the family were sick or getting over sickness, so…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I’m back–again- from Denmark

I flew back to Denmark last Thursday afternoon (landed Friday morning)


It was the “funeral” service for Egon (My mom’s husband) it was a ceremony, as he’ll get cremated and buried later.


We were just 9 people and a female pastor at the church/chapel


Two of my friends from my home town, drove over 2hrs up to be there too and came for coffee and cake afterwards, which was really nice.

We had told them that my mom might be tired after this and might want to nap, but she sat and we chatted for a while and my mom was just relieved everything was over!


Camilla brought these flowers for my mom


Sunday I just hung around and helped clean and do laundry and I hemmed some pants!


Sunday night the plan was for me to drive back to Camilla’s house because the airport I flew into this time is near my home town and I had to fly out early Monday morning, so her husband drove me there.

Sunday morning it started snowing and got really windy


This was later in the afternoon


But around 4pm it stopped and the wind was just by the west coast, and once I got on the road, the highway crosses over and I drove more on the east coast (of Jylland/Jutland- the main peninsula in Denmark) so my drive was smooth.

The reason I had to drive so far back, was that my cousin had offered me a “loaner” car from the car dealer he works at, so the small airport was near there, that was nice of him- and the car has GPS!!

It’s funny to drive in DK though, of course the cars are mostly stick shift and they are all compact cars! I learned to drive stick shift when I learned to drive and my first car in the US was a stick shift, but that was 20 years ago, so last time I went back in January, I had to re-learn it, but I picked it up quickly Smile

I didn’t tell you how my left thigh hurt after the first trip, it wasn’t super painful and sort of on the top of my thigh in the middle, it didn’t go away from rest or even exercise and googling it, it seemed like a blood clot, but not as bad, so I couldn’t figure it out, it wasn’t until my first weekend back that I picked up Gwen and we talked about my first trip, then I was talking about the stick shift and while driving I bent my left foot down to mimic stepping on the clutch and the pain came back in my leg! BINGO!! it was a clutch muscle ha ha, since I drive an automatic now I don’t use my left leg at all when driving. DUH!! anyways, it was kind of funny, I told my mom about it again this time and sure enough I felt it again of course Winking smile

It was sad to leave my mom, even though she seemed relieved and can now look forward to her own healing (after having colostomy surgery two weeks ago – the same week Egon was in hospice) But nurses/helpers come and visit and help her 4-5 times a day and will for quite a while, and they also make sure she eats and helps with laundry and cleaning some times too and grocery delivery from the local store! I do wonder if my mom will move soon, she’s alone out in the middle of nowhere with no friends around and she can’t drive! Camilla and Dorthe (my friends) offered to help at some point, Camilla is a nurse, such a nice friend and caretaker “type” she said her family goes camping 5 miles away from there starting in March, so she might pop in too and see how my mom is doing! the nurses also has my email and can email me and hopefully WILL email me once in a while too, to keep me posted.

Of course I can call my mom, but she might say that everything is fine, when it’s not, or I won’t understand how bad things are sometimes.

It’s sad to see your parents get old and frail! and with my mom’s crooked back and osteoporosis, that’s hereditary, it really has me freaked out! But I do try to take of my body, I eat pretty healthy and exercise and never smoked! (My mom quite smoking at the hospital but she started at home again)

Saturday night was Danish Melody Grand Prix and there’s 10 songs, then the final one goes to the Euro vision competition in May, I haven’t seen this show since I lived there, so it was nice to watch.

Here’s 2 of the finalists (too bad you can’t see this cute young 17yr girl) this was my favorite but she got 2nd place

but this was the winner and I really think it was a good choice, I was so torn between these two, my mom loved this one and it’s very “Danish Viking”

(you have to go to youtube to view them)

I want to see if I can watch the Eurovision competition here in May!

Now Europe is SO big, with so many countries compared to when I was a child, what I remember the most was before the wall came down, so now there’s a lot more Easter European countries and now also from the south east. we’ll see if I remember.