Tuesday, January 23, 2018


In March myself, sister, and niece are having a family garage sell/ craft sell.  It is for a personal reason that we are doing this.  Nothing to do with me except that I am helping out someone.

That being said, I have made this little quilt 36 x 36 for the event.

I cut the bear out of a panel.  There were about five bears, so I plan to do more of these.

I did the cross hatch but the next time I am going to do the cross hatch before I put the bear on the quilt....then blanket stitch.  I think it will go much faster.

Going to make microwave cozies, key fobs, etc...a lot of little things and probably sell then at a shamefully cheap price but I don't mind.  It is for a good cause.

Monday, January 22, 2018


It sure has been a dreary few weeks but I woke up this morning to sunshine and it is reasonably warmer.

I have joined the "Put a Little Love in Your Quilt" blog hop, as you can see it is from February 5 to 8th.  My day is the 6th...hope you stop on by.

Here is a little sneak peak of the quilt I have for the hop using my awesome Island Batik Fabric (scraps).  I plan to use Aurifil thread to do the blanket stitching.  You can go to Missouri Star Quilt Company to order some of these awesome threads, you will get them quickly.

Speaking of Island Batik, the "Four Seasons" blog hop is still going on.

Here is the line up for this week:


Saturday, January 20, 2018


It has been a fun week, at least on this end.

I have enjoyed chatting with some of you and if you look at my sidebar, I have added some of you to my 
blog list and will continue to add others.

Here are the winners of the Heart Attack Day #5.  I

Blogger Chase Klop said...

Wow! These are all great patterns. It’s so hard to choose between All you Need is Love and Scrappy Time Valentine ! I guess I’d have to choose the Scrappy Time Valentine! I just saw this through a link from another blog and checked out all 5 days. They are all great!

Blogger Shasta Matova said...
What a great giveaway! I would love to win that Love pattern.

Blogger Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...
Wow more gorgeous projects. LOL She doesn't do mornings. Was she a night owl?

Friday, January 19, 2018


I am thinking maybe I should have done yesterday's post today???  Go out with a bang...now I am just going to go out with a PUFF.

Before I begin I want to show you this little quilt.

I started this quilt in Amerika Samoa seven years ago.

About two weeks ago we put my mother back in assisted living (not nursing home).

My mother has never liked the mornings.  As children we were to never ever wake her up.  If she was napping we were to be very quiet.

In assisted living they have breakfast at 7:30 and my mother doesn't start stirring til around nine.  They all know not to bother her.  The kitchen even has her breakfast saved.

So I finished this today to put on her door.  Most of the residence have wreaths.  Needless to say, she loved it.

Now back to the Hearts at hand.


All you need is love!

This is a fun little project.  

25 1/2" x 13 1/2"

This project takes no time at all.

In this picture you can see the candle mat that was made from the scraps.  

Here is one I did and just put home instead of love, don't they mean the same thing?


33" x 14 1/2"

Trust me when I tell you that this one goes rather fast.

                                                       SCRAPPY TIME VALENTINE

These vary in sizes from 18" to 13 "

Now I have to tell you that these are a lot of fun and a great way to use up those small scraps.

The center is the blackboard fabric but you can put any center you want in the middle.

Just fun little wall hangings.


Theree patterns to give away, just leave a comment telling me which one you would like.

The winner of yesterdays :

The cut out goes to 

Blogger Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...
Barb, as always another stunning project and clear tutorial. I would take your oops in a heart beat and hang it on my wall for all the world to see. Or at least my YouTube followers lol. Could it be fixed with a piece of fusible underneath the cut or maybe an applique on top? Sometimes I just don't want to deal with an oops anymore and prefer to just pass it along to someone else.

I love your circle tips. I always have that little V and never could figure out why. Now I know how to avoid it. Thanks!

The actual topper will go to 

  Tangos Treasures said...
Thanks for the tutorial sadly I don't have a Go! Cutter!
Been loving all these hearts!!
And loving that I can post comments here again!! Wahoo!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018


There are a few die hards that are hanging in there for my Heart Attack Week and for that I want to thank you.

                                                                 You bored yet?

             Here we have a cut little Candle Mat or Topper.

Using my Accuquilt Go cutter, gorgeous Island Batik Fabrics, and aurifil thread for the blanket stitching.

I had to improvise on the fabric, I didn't have any fabric big enough for the back ground fabric so I just sewed three pieces together.  

Are you Ready?

You will need for this project a 12 1/2" square of fabric.  I would suggest that you do it with paper first just to get your footing.

As you can see above I use Freezer paper.  They were having a sale on it after deer season one year and needless to say I have more than one box.

There is nothing methodical about me, I just ripped off a piece that I thought would be big enough.

Fold in half.

Half again, so you have it in fourths.

Take and flip the top corner over to the side corner.

You get this with a nice point.

Then you place it over your heart shape on the Heart Go die.  I don't know if you can see but I have the outline of the heart on the side.  You do not want to go over the sides of the die or you will just get eight cut out hearts.

Here is a better picture....You can see the actual cut out.

Now for the center of the heart.  On the go die there are three hearts.  You want the small heart but next to it is the medium heart.  See how I outlined that medium heart.  You do not...and I repeat, you do not want your mat to cross over to that medium heart.


You get this.......

Or THIS     

Do you hear me sobbing....I thought I had the die mat away from the medium die.

I love this one.....................I was thinking of maybe putting fray check on it and making it anyway.

Or if there anyone out there that would like this?  If you want it speak up and I will send it to you.

So here it is all spread out.

Now all you need to do is make the circle for it to go on.

The actual cut out is about 12 1/2"  but the background is 14"


The circle that I am going to show is is going to be 8 inches in diameter.

The math is pretty simple, has to be for me to get it right.  If you want a 14" circle you will just divide in half and get seven....so any circle size you want, just divide in half for your marking measurement.

Fold the paper (fabric) in fourths.

Since I want an 8 inch circle (you will want a 14" circle in diameter, this is just for my demo), I want to cut the eight in half, which is four.

So I want to measure four inches on the side as you see below.

Now the bottom of the ruler is going to stay in that corner, you will pivot across the top.

As you pivot, you will leave a dot.

Pivot and dot all the way across to the other side.

Once you have gone to the other side you will join your dots.  Or you can just cut from dot to dot.

Now you are going to cut the line but I have learned from experience that you need to leave a little dog ear at each side.  If you do not, sometimes the sides will make a V inward.  You can always take away fabric but you can't add to it.

Once you have it laid out you can just cut the dog ears off.

Now you have everything you need.

Heart cut out.
circle background fabric.

Sorry I don't have any pictures for the rest.

You will lay your cut out on top of your circle.  

I love using fusible but the fusible would make it to thick for my go cutter.

Just glue the top and then go around and glue the bottom.

Quite simple.  You might get a pucker here or there but nothing earth shattering.

After it  is glued down, you can either blanket stitch around it now or do what I like to do and blanket stitch through all layers, top, backing, and batting.

Be sure to have the batting and backing just a little bigger than the top.

Quilt as desired.

Bind it and you are finished. 

 I am here to tell you that you can have this whipped up in no time.

Today my gift to you is the tutorial.

The mistake cut out, which I love (if anyone wants it, just say so).

Then I am going to give away this little mat as well to say thank you for coming by.

Just because you have won a pattern once doesn't mean you can't win again.


The winner of yesterday's pattern is

Blogger Kansas Kay said...
I can see why this pattern is a favorite! The border is especially nice! I would like to win the pattern! Thanks for the giveaway.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


I have to tell ya that this little runner is one of my most favorite.

Hearts a Plenty   18 1/2" x 38"

Notice the border, I had wanted to do this runner for borders and binding for the Island Batik challenge but didn't have enough reds and pinks.

The center is blanket stitched.

Below is the original...it is kinda pale...bad picture...sorry.

Just leave a comment for the pattern


The winner of yesterdays "Spoken Hearts" is

 QuiltE said...
Great Heart Attack! :)
I like reverse designs, and this one is made even more special with the slices ... or are those heart attacks? :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Last week I spent may days recreating the patterns you will see through the week.

Here is one that I simply love.

It is called "SPOKEN HEARTS"

Fun little topper.  In fact you can just double up on it and make it wider if you like.

This one is 15 1/2" x 15 1/2"

Here is the original version.  You can also find this pattern on the Accuquilt site.

This is made by using the Accuquilt Go Heart die and blanket stitch.

As you can tell, it will take you no time at all to make this.  Great gift.

Just comment and one person will win this pattern.


The winner of yesterday's pattern is:
Love love! Reminds me so much of Celtic quilting. Love the intertwined hearts.

Thanks to all of you who have come by so far and commented....the week has just started so stay tuned.

This is what we woke up to this morning in Texas.

Monday, January 15, 2018


I am calling this week "HEART ATTACK WEEK"

All week long I am gong to be showing patterns that can be made before February and Valentines day.

A lot of you have seen this pattern.

This pattern you can make in an afternoon.

It is 30" in diameter.    Once you have the circle down, and the hearts cut out, it is easy from here on out.

In this topper I have blanket stitched through all layers (top, batting, and backing).  Then all that is left is to quilt the empty spaces.

Be sure to check your printer.  My printer I have to have at 125% when I am copying patterns.

or wait until tomorrow to see if you have won this pattern.  Just leave a comment, one of you will be the lucky winner of this pattern.

The wonderful thing about this pattern is if you cut your larger hearts out really carefully, you can make a smaller topper at about 22" in diameter.

Then using those scraps you can make a candle mat.

Come back tomorrow for another easy simple project.

Don't forget the Island Batik FOUR SEASONS BLOG HOP

here is the line up for this week