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Monday, January 30, 2012

STOP!!!!!! NO PEEKING!!!!!

You heard me....

there is a mess going on over here....

This top is ironed and ready to be sandwiched.

Already sandwiched.... (all this talking about sandwiches is making me hungry).
Quilting this top....no peeking.....no can see until it is time.

One item finished....oh you guessed it....

NO PEEKING!!!
Hope you all enjoy your day!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

HOW TO MAKE A 28” CIRCLE

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You will need tape (can’t find the regular tape so we are making do), marker, ruler, paper (or you can use the back of your fabric but just use a different marker.

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Three sheets of paper with one cut in half. Tape them together.

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Flip the paper over so the tape is on the under side. My ruler does not go to 28”, so I start from the middle and measure out to 14” on each side, this will give me 28” width wise.

Then I go length wise, measure 14” out on both sides of the middle.

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Then I go diagonal on both sides of the middle line.

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After that is done…I put ruler with the 1” or 14” in the middle and start placing dots, 14” from the middle all the way around.

as you see here.

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Now it is time to connect the dots. I have never been known for a steady hand. Could never be a surgeon.

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Now we have all of the dots connected with a complete circle.

Like I said, you can do this on the back of your fabric if you do not have the paper, just use invisible markers.

I did get my quilt sandwiched and pinned yesterday…..boy was that a feat!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LOOKING FOR A BIT OF INSPIRATION!!! - THIMBLEBERRIES SEW DAY

Leslie from "The Cuddle Quilter" emailed me last night about Thimbleberries Sew day....

Man!!! I had forgotten. To be honest I remembered at the beginning of the week and gave it some thought...but the thought left as quickly as it came.

Just like that!!

Oh...Thimbleberries Sew day coming this Wednesday...

GONE!!!...the thought left....like going in a room and forgetting why you are there...just gone...

So this morning I was looking for a bit of inspiration.

So I pulled out the only Thimbleberry Fabrics that I have....Oh....I just love them. I wish there was a Thimbleberry Club...kinda like the Mickey Mouse Club....I could be Annette (ha!! a lot of you don't even know who she is....)....am I dating myself???

Got my books out. I enjoyed seeing Leslie's on her blog today
As I was flipping through my books I came across some I have already done.

Here is one.... My first blue ribbon!!
This one....
Gave this one away....
Gave two of these away...sometimes I just can't do one.
OH...and you saw the toppers I did for Christmas...sorry..didn't include pictures of those.

Then there is this one HUGE quilt, it can't even fit in this room. I wish I was at my sister Beverly's home, she would have room.


So...among all of the inspiration I thought, why not sandwich this puppy today??? It is going to take me a while .... I am going to put it on my bed and get the layers together and then bring it downstairs and pin it on my counter.

I love the backing fabrics, it matches wonderfully...you may not think so but it does....really!!
So I have my work cut out for me this morning....best get busy. All you gals out there that are doing Thimbleberries, be sure to come by and comment so I can make a visit....in the mean time, do check out all of the blogs on my sidebar. Should be a fun day!!!

A smiling moment....I had asked David to take my sheets upstairs (I had just finished washing them)....so later on I go up there and the bed it made..... I thought I was having a senior moment because I didn't remember making the bed.....well....you all can guess who did....Kudos to you David!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

FUN FINISHES!!!

Yes, I know Christmas is over.....but look who has a jump on it this year!!! Whohoooooo!!!

I won these designs from Marjorie during Sew Cal's Quilt Show. I say....LUCKY ME!

I know a lot of you think you need to have the go cutter but truly you can do these designs without one, you just don't put the fabric on. You can go here for the designs. Marjorie does such a fantastic job and no she did not pay me to say that!

I finished up the last tree this morning. My husband saw me doing dishes and the machine running.....he just laughed and well....I call it multi tasking.


.I just felt my wall hanging was too big but not big enough for a small quilt....so I took it apart (we all know how fun that is....not smiling here).

This is what I came up with....smiling now!!
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Friday I went to a friend's house and she showed about three of us how to make Curry Chicken....so I made it tonight.

I dumped so many spices in that chicken that I was worried. David who spent two years in the West Indies said it was not spicy enough. I say

"WHAT"....as I am breaking out in hives....oh yes...scratch city for about thirty minutes.

Was it worth it...yes

will I do it again, yes...

.will I make it spicer...you bet.

I want to see this boy sweat!!!! I have a sister that would love this.

Friday after the class, I came home to a sparkling clean house. My son David did a marvelous job. I was so impressed with him and very grateful because he gave me more play time....and we all know what play time is.....

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Marjorie over at "Marjorie Busby, quilter", so graciously let me try out one of her new Valentine embroidery patterns. I have to say that I love love love it!!! I was squealing like a pig with delight today. These are sooo cute.



I also, love love love... four times the love candy hearts, one of my favorite candies. Marjorie has some wonderful embroidery patterns that coincides with the Accuquilt Go Cutter in her online store. This one is the small heart from the heart die. I had such a blast doing this. If you have a few, go over and check out her website and store.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oh NOOOOOO!!! NOT ANOTHER VALENTINES TOPPER!!!

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Measures 15 1/2 by 15 1/2

Using my Large heart die and the small one for the Accuquilt Go Cutter.

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Here is the large heart

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Used my 2 1/2 strip die to cut the heart, I did have to take my scissors and cut up the middle.

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Here is the placement of the heart

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This is how I placed it. Then I Blanket stitched around

the hearts.

As you can see from the squares, I have the purple and pink alternating.

I cut 8 one inch by 7 1/2 “ strips, four of each color. You can see in the picture

how I placed them. Did a four patch for the middle.

Quilted as desired, and bound.

Monday, January 16, 2012

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES


I have heard several people complaining that they can not comment on others blog. Today I got a comment saying that they were having trouble on my blog to comment....so I tried to take her comment and post it for her.....well....I could not even post on my own blog.

How do you like that???

So I will carry this giveaway over for a few more days, maybe blogger will pick on someone else besides me in the next few days. Not that I wish this on any of you....

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Okay, I was able to make the comment for her...so my suggestion is if you want to comment on a blog, just try again later....good LUCK!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

GIVEAWAY!!!

Remember this was my draft for the Valentines Topper, so please if you win this, take it for what it is worth....

So....if you would like this topper, there is only one stipulation,

You need to be a follower to win, so just leave a comment.


Every time I go in this certain draw I see these Drunkard's Path cut out from my Accuquilt Go cutter. They are up for grabs as well.....to a second lucky winner.



I will chose winners on Tuesday.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I JUST CAN'T KEEP MY MIND OUT OF THE TOILET!!! TOILET PAPER COVERS

A while back I saw that Cottonelle was giving away free tins for your toilet paper. I wanted one so I ran upstairs to see if I had some Cottonelle to get the symbol off of it. No Cottonelle....pooey!!!

Since then I have been thinking of doing a cover for my toilet paper. My mind was always in the toilet. I finally came up with a cover and here it is and how I did it. This is for the bigger roll.

First I auditioned several items in my kitchen.....as you can see I am very professional about this.

This bowl won hands down.

I flipped the bowl upside down and traced around it. For those wanting to make one, you will need a circle that is 6 1/2 inches in diameter.

This cover I used some heavy pellon, so I ironed it on.
You need two circles (both have pellon on the back), you will place these wrong sides together and quilt.

Then I needed a piece of fabric ten inches wide and 20 1/2 inches long

Fold in half, the fold will be the bottom (no hemming needed), I quilted both top and bottom.
Then I trimmed down the long strip to 4 1/2 inches, so the end results is 4 1/2 " by 20 1/2".
For me, it was easiest to put the circle on top and just ease it around the strip. I also found that you do not need to use heavy pellon, regular batting will do just fine and is so much easier to work with.

So....I leave a little extra on the end before I start sewing the circle on...I go around the top about 1/4 " from the edge. When I get pretty close to the end, I stop. As you see below, I match up both ends and sew down the side seam. After that seam is sewn, I just put my fabric back in the machine and close up the hole.
I did use an over lock stitch for this cover on the inside. I used the Accuquilt Go Heart die for this. When I downloaded this cover on Accuquilt's facebook site someone asked if I was doing the "Cover your roll challenge".....I hadn't heard of it, I have now and have entered. I have provided the link for you if you are interested in joining the challenge.

What good is a toilet paper cover is you don't have a tank topper to go with it.... Talk about having fun....OHHHHHH BOY!!!
You think I need to make a lid topper?
So I thought the green was kinda boring, so I put this ruffle on it. My suggestion is, if you want to do a ruffle, do it before you have the cover completed (I am just saying).
Oh yes....it needs a tank topper too.... Got out the trusty embroidery machine, looked on the net for a toilet to put on it and well....the rest is history. I got the embroidery design at Embroidery Designs.com, they have a lot of free designs as well.
These look dull but trust me, it is vibrant and well....I am tickled green....maybe I can get my mind out of the toilet now...well..maybe lid covers are in order. If you are interested in the tank topper and lid covers, you will find the pattern at Inchworm FAbrics.
I did finish this...(colors look pathetic).

Finished the binding.....whohoooooo