Monday, December 31, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I had a very full week but still managed to get a lot of sewing done.  I started making blocks for the scrap quilting club's 2013 yearlong project.  I try to start them a little bit before assigning them so I can get the kinks out so to speak.  I now have 24 of 50 paper pieced trees done.  I have one more week of trees that are due by the end of February so I'm way ahead of schedule.
On Friday, I received all the pieces I needed to work on the Accuquilt Studio's 2013 BOM.  So after work, I cut out the entire quilt and by Sunday evening, I pieced blocks 1 through 11; number 12 hasn't been released yet. This has to be the fastest sampler quilt blocks I've ever made.  I used Studio and GO! dies in this quilt. I was missing a couple of dies used to cut the pieces so I used a rotary cutter to cut those. It makes a difference cutting with the cutter because all the triangle points are clipped, making it easy to line up pieces.   I'm really excited about my upgrade.  Also, my GO! cutter arrived on Friday too. I didn't get my cutter back, but one that was refurbished. I really don't mind and it's working very well. Now I have a cutter to use at home and one when I go on retreats or loan to friends.  I'm a happy Accuquilt customer. LOL

Also on Sunday, my daughter decided to start working on a jacket she wants to make (with my help, of course). She came over yesterday to start the cutting. She is a hoot.  She reported fours late, brought food to eat first and checked the social media sites.  In the 3-4 hours of her visit, she learned how to layout the pattern pieces, cut and mark the fabrics.  I sent her home with the assignment of cutting the lining fabric. I'll keep you posted if she ever come back.

Oh, and she did not come alone, she brought Paige with her. We all had a great time and it was a treat to sew/create with my daughter.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Finishes and Scrap Club Project

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. My family all came to my home for dinner and we played Apples to Apples card game. We had a blast and it was a great treat to see people I hadn't seen in a while.

I didn't get a chance to make all my Christmas gifts this year. However, I did finish two more on Christmas eve. This one, called Hugs & Kisses went to a friend.

This one I called All About Chris when to my daughter's boyfriend/fiance'.  He loves here quilts so that immediately moved him up the list of quilt gifts I need to make. LOL

I'm still prepping for Scrap Quilting Club for 2013. Since I was off work today, I decided to start the yearlong project which is all paper pieced.  Week #1 required four trees.

Week #2 required eight trees.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bigger is Better

In my last post I told of how I needed to have my Go! cutter from Accuquilt repaired.  I did send it back last Thursday.  However, the Studio cutter is on sale and I decided to upgrade as well.  That way, I will have a back up cutter in the future.

My cutter arrived today and I set it up. I didn't have time to "play" for an extended amount of time, but I did cut 10 2.5" strips with the studio die cutter.  Well, I had to sit down. I liked my Go! but their is no comparison to the Studio. If you have trouble turning the handle on the Go! try the Studio because it rolled through so smoothly that I thought it din't cut the fabric!  Those white boards are to be used with the Go! dies on the Studio cutter and I haven't tried that yet.  If you want to see specs on the cutter, visit Accuquilt. As you can see, I purchased a few dies as well. I'm having such a hard time staying OFF Accuquilt's site. LOL Right now the only down side is that that cutter needs a lot of space. That is a kitchen counter top that I used to store some of my fabric stash. It needs all that space so the tray and enter and exit without bumping into anything.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

American Dream

I've been asked about the American Dream quilt that I made as a block of the month in 2003/2004.  The patterns were not available for a while.  I was surfing the web this week in preparation for a lecture I had yesterday. I had this quilt in my lecture and wanted to see if I could find the pattern source. I found the maker quite by accident.  The name of the company on the patterns I purchased was Pickled Pieces. Well Jill has changed the name of her company and it is now Jillily Studio.  It's great I found out this information as I had a few attendees wanting the pattern.  If you are interested visit her site at: .  I didn't see the pattern on the site.  However, I contacted Jill and she does have it available for sale; if you want it, drop her an email.

Here is the one I completed in 2004.

I like it so well that I made another when I taught the BOM at a local sew & vac.  This time I used black/grey for background.  Then I had a little fun with the star and log cabin blocks and added the two-state abbreviation in them.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Design Wall Monday 12/10/12

I've been putting my AccuQuilt GO! cutter to work so much that the handle locked on me today. I really, really miss using it already.  I need 1.5" strips and I don't (and haven't) cut them yet.  I plan to contact the company to see if it can be repaired.  I've had it about 3-4 years so it's definitely not a bad out of the box product.

I finished piecing my version of Woven Stripes from Moda Bake Shop. I decided to make 20 blocks instead of 48 so that the scrap quilting club could use one jelly roll instead of needing two.  I do wish I'd stayed with the white background as in the pattern.

I now have all 48 blocks made for my string quilt.  I now have 12 great blocks that need to be sewn together. I had so much fun with this project.

Then I decided to make a few test blocks of this brick quilt. I need to slide my bricks a lot less; need to make a few corrections, but I had fun making the blocks.

Last but not least, I pulled so Kaffe Fassett fabrics from my stash and cut them into diamonds.  I saved the chevron stripe fabric to use as the sashing and realized two yards would not be enough.  I then got online and found some more so I'm a happy quilter! It should be here this week. I have about 66 diamonds cut and need to play with layout so I can see how many rows I can make.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Can't Count to 48!

I'm having fun piecing these blocks.  I ran home after dance class and started sewing the strips to the center units.  Oh, it's getting to be really exciting now!  I proceeded to press all the blocks, placing them as I got them pressed on the design wall. Oh my, I'm missing two blocks is my first thought.  I don't see them anywhere, sooooooooo, I must have missed counted the units; back to the drawing board.  Since I have all the other blocks pieced, I'll have to make eight individual strips sets just slightly larger than the template so they look scrappy. Jeez...that will be my weekend project.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I should be working on Christmas gifts, but instead I'm working on projects for the 2013 Scrap Quilting Club.  I apparently love to start new projects and then get the blocks pieced and sewn into rows then I'm done.  I have so many tops with borders waiting to be quilted and a lot more without the borders.  I guess I just need to spend about 2-3 months doing nothing but machine quilting. Ha! That will not happen any time soon so enjoy the suggested projects for next year. Also, I'll provide pattern source when I post club projects.

So, in my boredom, I worked on blocks for January's project.  For my SQC followers, I'll forward directions in the middle of the month so if you want to work on this one during the holidays, you can.  For now, I'm testing the block and deciding how many you need to make for a project.

I got so excited when I saw this pattern that I skipped February's project and went straight to March's project.  Laura is working on a similar quilt for her sister and when this one fell onto my computer screen, I thought we'd all love to do this one too in the SQC, especially since everyone loved Laura's.  It's pieced a little different, but the results are beautiful as well.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Finishes in time for Christmas gifts

I've been getting a few small items started and completed.  Christmas gifts has definitely motivated me.  First up is the witch silhoutte.  Looking at it now, I should have trimmed a little off the right side.  I completely forgot. :(  This one is for my daughter.

Then I finished the Cinnamon Spice table runner for my mom.  I started this one at the Missouri State Quilter's Guild retreat in October. I thought I had it quilted but found it in the pile last week so I finished it too.

Then while browsing google reader, I found this cut pattern for a little tree quilt and thought it would be a great gift for someone too. I had the scrap club work on it yesterday.  It was so much fun and very quick to make.  I'm calling mine Tipsy Trees. Thanks Drew for the quilting idea.  You can make one too by going to

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Scrap Quilting Club

Yesterday was the last scrap quilting club meeting for the year.  This marks the end of the third year.  I've really enjoyed this group as everyone is so helpful, happy to be in attendance, and just a plain joy to know.  We had a true potluck lunch and everything was just wonderful. I don't recall my stomach growling all of yesterday after this meal.  All scrap club members who has paid for the entire year but not at the meeting yesterday, please see me to get your door prizes because you were all winners yesterday.  I will bring the prizes to FVQG's meeting in December.  If I don't see you in December, I'll bring them to next year's meeting. Big THANK YOU to the group for the Jackman's gift card I received yesterday. I really appreciate it and all you do all year to help the club run smoothly.

We had a few show and tell projects, some scrap club related, other not.

Link for Flying in Squares (note that I planned the blocks for an on point setting, creating the side and corner triangles) - we used this pattern as our year long project.

 Link for little trees:

 Link for Mon Sheri Waves

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Design Wall Monday

On my design wall today I have finished 15 Mountain Top blocks; need to trim them up and on Saturday, I started my last Halloween quilt for the year. Hopefully I can get the binding on the Halloween quilt then I can put it and the others in my previous post in storage until next year.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Halloween Quilts Done

I'm not late, I'm early for next year. LOL  I finished the If the Hat Fits quilts as well as another I started on Wednesday called Spooky Silhouette.

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