Friday, March 24, 2017

Remember the swoon swap?

Do you remember in 2014 I had a swoon block swap?

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Each person made two blocks for each of the other participants and we each had specific color requests!

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everyone sent me the blocks and I divided them and mailed them out

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Now the reason for this post is that Becky emailed me this week that she just finally finished hers!

hers were halloween!

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How fun! she did a spider web panto on it too

(I spot my block with ghosts on the top left)


Do you remember mine?


My friend Laura also finished hers a while ago


I can’t remember if I’ve seen anyone else’s quilts that are finished?

But this was fun to go down memory lane and to see Becky’s quilt finally done as well! Thanks for sending me the pics Smile

Now it totally makes me want to do a similar swap again!!

anyone want to join? any suggestions? I’ll be happy to be the hostess again. We could all do one block design and then choose our own colors? OR have it be a virtual sampler where we each come up with a block and blog about it and we link up with different versions (though often people get lax about it and don’t do it) Or it could be that we each choose a block, send the directions to everyone with fabrics or just a pdf? and everyone has to make a block each and either send to me or the person of the month? there’s many different ways to do it.

Let me know what you think, if you want to join

Thursday, March 23, 2017

long arm quilting donation quilt

Last month at my quilt guild I grabbed a quilt top “kit” with batting and backing, just needing to be quilted and I was drawn to the fish fabric as I used this for my EPP quilt and then I figured I could practice some FMQ and ruler work
I had all good intensions to try something NEW but once I got the quilt on the frame, I knew what to do and used a lot of the same ol’ designs I often do. On the cat, I did SITD and outlined the cat and it looked like a shelf on the left, not sure what the brown thing is in the middle, maybe a ball of yarn? anyway I treated it like a shelf and just did a straight line vertically next to it.
Then I did a loopy design, bubbles and straight lines
and a large wave on the outer border and the smaller border
It was part of an orphan block and someone grabbed the block and kept adding borders to it, love how it turned out!
It’s about 42” x 42”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Making stuffies

I’ve been busy making stuffed Animals lately

Here’s two for my neighbor who had a baby in February (a homebirth in 3hrs!! brave awesome woman!!)

This is a sheep by dolls and daydreams and it’s ITH


and a bear for her other son also ITH


I used Island Batik fabrics that had bears and moose and stuff on it.


The girls got the owl zippered purses I’ve shown recently

I now need to make mommy some nursing pads- I totally forgot!


I’m getting ahead on my EPP hexagon quilt too, it’s nice to once in a while plop on the couch and sew while Sonja watches TV or bring it in the car, I already planned where the rest of the hexagons go and snapped a picture with my phone, so I can refer to that picture when I add a new flower


Last week I took the girls to a local park that we love and they got some new trash cans up but read the sign…… how sad, no one used spell check! I took a picture of it, because it looked wrong then check when I got home and sure enough…


So next time, spell check is highly RECOMMENDED!! sigh


I’ve also made two stuffies for Island Batik’s booth- secret for now

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A QUBE quilt for Accuquilt

I have a new quilt on Accuquilt’s blog here

It was easy! as it used the first 9 QUBE blocks from my QAL and since it’s baby quilt sized, it worked out that I used 2 different 1yd fabrics and white.

Not a high contrast, but it’s soft and sweet like a little baby Winking smile


Looks great on Anja’s crib


and there’s a few sketches with optional color ideas

Monday, March 20, 2017

QUBE sampler QAL block 10


This week’s blocks is super duper easy!


From white, cut out 2 of #3

From fabric A cut out 2 of #3 shape

From fabric B cut out 2 of square #1


Super easy!

sew together the two sets of #3 triangles


Then arrange how you want them in the block and sew the block together


Here’s the 12” batik version

notice that the trees are right side up Smile - and the fish and the swirls on the other triangles…


So, a super easy block for block #10

Here’s a pic from facebook of block #9 that Patty made


Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017 Project list wk11

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

#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 – 24 done

#8 (Jan 2016) RSC16- 12” Appliqued School house blocks – backing done ready to quilt

#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- yellow 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-12done

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

#17 (April 2016) fleur de lis rsc16 blocks –DONE- donated

#18 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- working on red blocks

#19 (Aug 2016) Road Home RAL- backing done, ready to quilt

#20 (Nov 2016) Mermaid Hexagon quilt- many hexies done

#21 (Dec 2016) Accuquilt QUBE 8”sampler QAL 17 blocks done

#22 (Jan 2017) Accuquilt QUBE 12” sampler (same as above) – #17 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- top done, need border

#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- blocks done


#1&2 (Jan 2017) Mermaid dresses for Sonja and Anja- DONE!

#3 &4 (Feb 2017) Strawberry dresses for Sonja and Anja- 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

#11 (March) Blue Batik pillow- DONE!

#12 (March 2017) Batik challenge Applique for April- DONE!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Another round of the Pincushion swap?

Who wants to (re)join the pincushion swap I’m hosting?

It will run 3 months as usual and it’s fun and the rules are simple!

RULES: Make ONE pin cushion to the person you are assigned to each person mail it out so they receive it before the end of the month! If you are late, let me know… I know life happens, but if it keeps repeating it gets frustrating for the recipient and they may not want to send out their pin cushion in time either, so it just starts a bad circle… After 2 months of being late, I have to ban you from the swap (unless you have an exception, again just email me and keep the communication open). It’s really fun to get a squishy package in the mail every month and there have been some really talented participants.

Here’s my pincushion I sent to Ariane this month.



and another owl



If you want to join, comment below or email me and I’ll add you to the list for April-June

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Quilted heart book giveaway

The Quilted Heart
It’s funny how I got emails from two quilt book/novel authors about a week apart! I’m always happy to share and host a giveaway, so of course I said Yes too when Mona Hodgson emailed me about it!
She quickly sent me “The quilted heart” and I started reading it in the car when I wait for my son at the bus stop, as we all sit there for about 30 min after picking up my oldest daughter from middle school. This book is 3 novellas in one and I thought it was so funny that the main character in book #1 is Maren, who’s an immigrant from Denmark!! (like me) and there’s quilting too in it of course Winking smile
Mona Hodgson chin on hands

About Mona (from her website)

A daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grammy, Mona Hodgson is also a speaker and author of 40 books, historical novels and novellas for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest picture book and board book, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, The Princess Twins Collection, and many more. Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications.
When Mona isn’t writing, she might be speaking for a women’s group, book club, school, or at a conference for writers and librarians. Or hanging out with family and friends.
I asked Mona the same questions as last week’s author, here are her answers
Questions for author
From Bea Lee (BeaQuilter)
February 2017
How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been writing for publication for 30 years.
When did you decide you wanted to write?
I was 30 when my hubby and I attended a weekend retreat for law enforcement officers and their families. During a meal time, a writer asked for couples who might be interested in being interviewed for a magazine article she was working on. While my hubby and I sat at a round table with her and her mini-recorder, list of questions, and tablet and pen, I wondered about the possibility that I could be a writer. This fall, I will celebrate 30 years of writing for publication.
What’s the name of the first book you wrote? And what is it about?
I started writing for magazines and had a newspaper column. My first book, Friendly Differences, an Early Reader, released in 1998. Dozens of children’s book followed. My first novel was published in 2009, and now I have several historical and novellas published as well. Including The Quilted Heart.
Tell us about your historical fiction novel collection, The Quilted Heart.
Broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together.
Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all lost men to the Civil War, and are facing their painful circumstances together in friendship. Some will choose to rebuild their lives in war-torn Missouri, while others will seek a fresh start on the Oregon Trail.
How long have you been quilting?
Actually, I’m not a quilter. Two grandmothers were, and my Sis Linda is. But I am intrigued with the craft and skill, the historical significance of quilts and quilting, and how quilting circles brought women together. That’s how I came to write the stories about the Saint Charles Quilting Circle in THE QUILTED HEART. My Sis Linda and a local quilt shop owner serve as sources for quilting research for my stories.
What’s your favorite color (for quilts) or color combination?
My Sis Linda made me a lap quilt using my favorites—aqua and lime with brown. The quilt drapes the thinking / plotting chair in my office.
Mona Hodgson Office Quilt
Tell us a bit about where you live and your family
I live and write in central Arizona with my hubby, Bob. But I have the privilege of traveling as a author and speaker for research and book promotions as well as speaking for women’s groups, book clubs, writers and librarians, and schools.
Here’s where you can connect with Mona online
And of course Mona is giving away a book too!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trip around the rainbow quilt pattern


I have released a new pattern!

Trip around the rainbow BL136

You can find it here on craftsy

and of you recognize it, you’re right, it was published in 2013 in McCall’s I just finally got around to turning it into a pattern Smile

It’s fun and easy!! all nine patches!!

Here’s a picture from one of my testers (casualquilter)


and you don’t have to do it in rainbow colors! here’s a few ideas for other colors



it’s a fun pattern!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday- Stash 2017 download

Did you see the newest STASH downloads from Electric Quilt?!
I just had to try it!!
(I got it for free from them)
After you purchase it and enter all your personal information (if you don’t have an account yet)
You then have to go back and download the file- it will take several minutes!
You then locate the file and do the installation
and go thru all the menus
Then open up EQ and look at your fabric library, at the bottom there’s EQ stash online
click that and there’s LOTS of new fabrics!!
here’s just a few
Riley Blake Sundance I just finished a quilt for Accuquilt Winking smile
I recognized a few of these lines and some I downloaded myself by clicking the fabrics from the company and having to click one by one is a pain, for 7.95 this is SEW much easier and faster.
I’ll totally do that again!!
Try it out!
(Next time I’ll show some quilts with the new Stash fabrics)