Tuesday, October 23, 2018

EQ8 tutorial Tuesday- Quick Quilts

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Have you ever started a project in EQ and noticed the “start with a quick quilt project” option?


Have you clicked on it to see what’s there?

There’s 11 options


But each option has lots of different quilts in it too!

under “Easy quilts”

There’s a simple layout with ohio star blocks


then a quilt with logs


then flying geese with sashing columns!


and 3 more.

The log cabin section shows 5 quilts!


the medallion quilts show 9 quilts


There’s lots in the others too, look at this bargello under Strip quilts!


You can look at the rest in each section yourself Smile

But let’s just look at a few of the ones I showed above.

First is the log/brick one in the under “easy quilts”

When you open up “easy quilts” you have to scroll to the right to see the 2nd quilt in the sketchbook and select the brick/log quilt


When you select it and go to layout, you’ll see it’s a horizontal strip layout, then it’s pieced blocks and with it being 42” wide and selecting 7 blocks, it works with 6” x 2” finished “bricks”


then the 2nd row is half drop blocks


If you wanted to add more rows, you’d just put a check mark in the 2nd to last row and clone the selected strip and click Add, then again chose the 2nd to last row and keep going. (I’ve shown this before)

Another quilt that looked interesting is the medallion quilt, I opened it up and the monkey wrench blocks in a circle are part of the compass block!


look at this from the sketchbook!

It’s “just” an easydraw block, but that surely takes some planning!


looking in the sketchbook under blocks is fun to see the blocks from the surrounding borders and their names


Lastly we’ll take a peek at the bargello quilt


It’s a vertical strip quilt and the strips just get skinnier and wider at certain spots


So, just a little preview of the quickquilts, a section I often bypass, but it’s fun to take a quilt and try to figure out HOW it’s designed then get inspired by that and do your own thing or modify an existing one and make it your own!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Solveig’s birthday

Sunday was Solveig’s 14th birthday!

(This is an early morning picture ha ha)

She is beautiful inside and out, a great big sister to Sonja and Anja and a great buddy to Bjorn, she’s very mature and independent and doesn’t care about the typical teenage stuff like clothes and makeup, she’s her own young woman! we love her for that!!


We started off with my husband’s “famous” French toast….. not really famous but we love it!


then we went to church and after church we went to an “escape room”


We waited for Solveig’s class friend Josh a bit


When I booked the room “Enchanted Kingdom” it said that anyone under 14 had to have an adult in the room too, I was thinking it was enough for Bjorn, Solveig and Josh to go in, but I was itching to do it too, so Gosh darn it, they said I HAD to do it too because Josh is 13….

I didn’t know what to expect and at first it’s just a tiny room maybe 10x10ft, but with a few things in there and boxes with locks on them in different shapes and sizes and we had to look for clues on how to get the combination for the locks that would then open up a box and reveal another clue or keys or whatever, we had 60 minutes to do it and “escape” the room, about 20 min into it, we opened up another door and there was another room! with more clues and hints and more cryptic things to figure out, it was a lot of fun and we then got a last code and couldn’t figure out where that code went, but the TV screen gave us a hint (it had been giving a few hints before and also showed the timer) the last code was for the door to get out, ha ha!!

We got out in 52 min!!

A guy said that the room had a 30-40% escape rate!


After that we went to cheesecake factory, the kids just wanted cheesecake and they they got milkshakes too!

I was about to barf just after sharing my cheesecake with the girls, how the teenagers managed to finish their cheesecake and shakes, I don’t know!!


The wait staff sang happy birthday to Solveig too, she was so embarrassed!


When we got back home, she thought she was “just” getting these markers she really wished for, but we knew she also really wanted a tablet to draw on, she has one now for drawing with her apple computer, but the tablet is just plain and you draw on it then look up at the screen and see what you did, she wanted something that she could draw and see at the same time, well my husband did his research and got her a new big IPAD PRO with the drawing pen!

here she’s already drawing Smile


she drew this on her computer recently, she really has a God given talent!

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She was overwhelmed with all this!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 project list wk42

I worked in it within the last week it’s in red (now I’ve added links to most too)


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hangingTOP IS DONE!

#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! here

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

#7 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- DONE! here

#8 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- DONE! here

#9 (August 2017) EPP Milifori- DONE!

#10 (July 2017) Round Robin- DONE! here

#11 (Nov 2017) Binding strip quilt – DONE!

#12 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 6” QUBE  blue -DONE! here

#13 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 8” TULA PINK- DONE! here

#14 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 9” QUBE red black- DONE! here

#15 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 12” QUBE BATIK- DONE! here

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

#17 (Dec 2017) Jelly roll puzzle batik quilt- DONE! here

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

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

#20 (Jan 2018) Cardtrick quilt – DONE

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

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

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

#24 (Feb 2018) New technique for IB- DONE! here

#25 (Feb) Mini Love IB- DONE here or here

#26 (Feb) maple Leaf quilt- DONE here

#27 (Feb) scrappy Qube quilt- DONE!

#28 (Feb)- April blog hop 30 blocks- DONE! here

#29 (Mar) IB April Vintage quilt- DONE! here

#30 (Mar) Heart picnic quilt- DONE here

#31 (Jan) US Bea top- DONE! here

#32 (Mar) scrappy QUBE quilt brown black – DONE! here

#33 (rainbow blocks) sister’s choice- green done

#34 (March) Baby yellow brick road batiks– DONE! here

#35 (April) April Accuquilt blog post- project done

#36 (Apr) X and + runner IB qube- DONE!

#37 (Apr) pink batik quilt- DONE!

#38 (rainbow blocks) bear claw- working on green

#39 (Apr) phone book quilt- DONE! here

#40 (May) Frog quilt- DONE! here

#41 (May) Star quilt for hop- DONE here

#42 (May) Outer space quilt for hop- DONE here

#43 (rainbow blocks) Mosaic blocks – green done

#44 (May)1 1/2” squares and snowball quilt- DONE!

#45 (May) isosceles triangle rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#46 (May) small tumbler rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#47 (May) large half hexie rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#48 (May) tiny half hexie rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#49 (May) Northwood quilt- DONE here

#50 (June) Bargello Jelly roll quilt- DONE!

#51 (June) Patriotic Chain Quilt- DONE here

#52 (June) charm hexies quilt- borders done

#53 (June) – IB secondary design quilt- DONE! here

#54 (June) mini Batik Table topper winter blue- DONE! here

#55 (June) Batik table runner brown-DONE! here or here

#56 (June) Elephant runner- DONE! here

#57 (July) elephant quilt- DONE! here

#58 (July) Tula table topper- DONE! and mailed

#59 (June) Owl quilt- DONE and mailed

#60 (June) rainbow Geese blocks (x2)- working on green

#61-62 (July)Round Robin –working on round 3 on 2nd quilt

#63-64(July)b/w and patriotic runners AQ- DONE! here

#65 (July) IB Blog hop quilt- DONE! here

#66 (July)Christmas blog hop- DONE! here

#67 (July) Accuquilt Blog post- DONE!

#68 (August)Pineapple Accuquilt- DONE

#69 (Aug) Canoe Accuquilt- DONE

#70 (Aug) Batik QUBE runner- DONE!

#71 (Aug) QUBE10 #3 table topper- DONE!

#72 (Aug) House quilt- DONE! here

#73 (Aug) Row along- DONE! here

#74 (Aug) Mini patriotic table topper- DONE! here

#75 (sept) spiderweb quilt- ready to quilt

#76 (sept) Fall runner Accuquilt- DONE!

#77 (Sept)Florence quilt-DONE and mailed

#78 (sept) Boo table topper-DONE!

#79 (Sept)Batik log cabin-top done

#80 (Sept) 2019 Row Along 6” QUBE- working on row 3

#81 (Sept) 2019 Row Along 8” QUBE- working on row 3

#82 (Sept) 2019 Row Along 9” QUBE- working on row 3

#83 (Sept) 2019 Row Along 10” QUBE- working on row 3

#84 (Sept) 2019 Row Along 12” QUBE- working on row 3

#85 (Sept) QUBE rainbow quilt- DONE! here

#86 (Sept) Star batik quilt DONE! here


#1 (May)6T Primrose dress Sonja- sewing some pieces together


#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- quilted, need to add backing and stuff it

#3 (Sept 2017) #5 Kennel batik quilt- DONE! here

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

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

#6 (Feb) heart potholders- DONE! here

#7 and 8 (Feb) 2 more Kennel quilts- DONE!

#9 (March) Potholder April- DONE shower here

#10 (Mar) Craft is art bag- DONE! here

#11 (Apr) multi+ purse pincushion- DONE

#12-13 two batik embroidered pincushions- DONE

#14 (May) pentagon fabric ball- DONE

#15 (May) EPP pincushion- DONE

#16-17 (June) 2 sets of potholders – DONE! Frog here owls here black here bowtie here flowers here

#18-19 (June) 2 more pincushions DONE! here

#19-20 (July)Frozen Panels- 2 pillows done

#21 (July) qube star pillow- DONE! here

#22 (Aug) tulip FPP pincushion- DONE! here

#23 (Aug) Pin it, pincushion- DONE!

#24 (Aug) mini owl- DONE!

#25 (Sept) Lots of eyeglass cases –DONE! here

#26 (Sept) Midmonth potholder strips- DONE! here

#27 (Sept) Jelly roll rug- DONE! here

#28 (Sept) Mini purses ITH- 3 done

#29 (sept) Mouse- ITH DONE! here

#30-31 (Sept) ITH dolls- DONE here

#32 (sept) needle case EPP-DONE here

#33-34 (Sept) Owl purses DONE here

#35 (Oct) Mid month potholders fall- DONE! here

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hand sewing in the storm!

So you know that last weekend we lost power because of Hurricane Michael.
well of course I was itching to sew!
So I pulled out my old bins of UFOs and I’ve had this giraffe project in a bin for several years, because I had decided to needle turn applique it! BIG MISTAKE! it’s HUGE and took forever!
I realized I only needed the two butterflies on the mommy giraffe’s ears!
(The pattern is called “My favorite earrings” by hissyfitz – I know Sandy BTW as she’s in Cary NC, so I bump into her at shows and recently she passed me on the highway, she had a vanity plate and I had my beaquilter decal, ha ha)
The pieces were almost all prepped and cut out, so it didn’t take long for me to sew one butterfly on and I was considering stopping there!
but then I figured I might as well do both, so it fits the name of the pattern and I’ve come this far, why cut corners NOW!!
just adorable!
The pattern (kit) also showed border and had fabrics included, I actually did a larger border a bit skinnier as I wanted fabric leftover for the binding.
It measures 44” x 46” (hard to tell it’s not square)
Now I need to think about how to quilt it!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Did you see the new releases from Accuquilt?

DID you see the 5 new dies released by Accuquilt?
I’ve known about these for a bit, he he…. couldn’t wait until they got released!
First there’s the Spring Medley die
Wait until you see the project I made with this and the fall Medley die!

This was one die that GO owners were jealous of, when it got release for the Studio cutter but not the GO cutter, but NOW it is!
Don’t be intimidated by all the pieces, they have dog ears cut off and notches, so it’s easy to put together!
AND guess what!!
I designed and made this quilt for the pattern insert!!
(I also made a patriotic version that’s not shown on their site)
Here’s two pictures of the quilt blocks and tops
I guess I didn’t take a picture of them side by side when they were done!
cleopatra fan quilt

Next is the lowercase alphabet to go with their uppercase alphabet
I’ve made two projects for their blog that’s coming later (and patterns)
Both fun!

Next Next there’s the BIG crazy quilt block die
This one just looks SEW much fun!!

Another fun die!

Oh and did you see the GO! ME!
How cute is this set to play with, with a child!
Just adorable!

Hope you check out these new dies!
(I’m an affiliate for Accuquilt, so if you buy anything thru my links, I get a small percentage, which I DO appreciate!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LOOK at these KITS from CT!

Look, look, look!

I’m in Connecting threads’ catalog!

The first one is my “Nighttime by the river” pattern turned into a kit with their new “Arcadian Dusk” collection


(picture from CT’s website)

You can buy the pattern here if you want to use your own fabrics!

(It’s FQ friendly BTW)

Next is my “Bird Watching” pattern turned into a kit with their new “Jardin de Nicolette” collection


(picture from CT’s website)

You can also buy the pattern here if you want to use your own fabrics!

Anyways, I’m so thrilled to see these in their catalog!

I buy fabrics from then most times and love the quality and the price!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mid Month potholders–FALL

It’s time for Mid-month potholders again!

Are you getting tired of them?

as you can see from the title, I was thinking FALL!


I was actually kind of clueless as to what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to use the fall medley die

Then I also used the 8” QUBE set, #5 from the QUBE set and #10 from the companion corners set

I didn’t really pay attention to the fabric amount, but had this sort of plaid brown FQ that I really wanted to use and that dictated how much I could cut out.

with that I cut out (8) of #10 signature blocks

Then in brown I cut out (16) of #5 triangles


Then sewed then together, easy peasy!


and then together into a big “X” like this for both blocks


Then I prepped some scraps of brown and added steam a seam 2 onto the back and got out the fall medley die


and cut out 2 leaves, I did right sides together so they are opposite


I then removed the paper and pressed with a hot iron


and appliqued around each leaf in a dark brown thread


I cut out (2) 8 1/2” brown squares for the back and I also prepped hanging tags (I’ve shown these before)

Then I cut out 2 scraps of batting and 2 pieces of insulbright to fit the blocks


I basted the hanging tags at the top of the blocks


Then with layers of insulbright, batting, the block right side up and brown on top (right side down, but it doesn’t matter on a solid fabric) I pinned everything together and I like to double pin where I’ll have an opening


and with a walking foot I stitched all the way around, I actually do more of a 3/8” seam, so there’s room to turn the opening seam, then trim away the batting and trim the corners


Turn it right side out and fold in the opening and pin well


then top stitch slowly all the way around! and VOILA!!

fall potholders

try it out!!

midmonth potholders