Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Blink and your life changes

Hello to all my crafty friends.  It's amazing that about 10 months ago, my goal was to just start crafting again.  I blinked my eyes and so much has changed.  Family members have moved into assisted living, hubby and I decided on a whim to up and move after 20 years in the same place.  Do you know what's it's like to pack up and move 20 years worth of stuff.  OMG.  Especially someone who loves crafting?  Why of course you do!!  To pack up and move all those crafting items was an eye opener.

So, to bring myself back into the blogland, I share this repeated photo to remind everyone to get out and vote!!

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Getting Back to Crafting ~ First Week Progress

Yeah!! I actually created two blocks this past week.  With my schedule, I'm happy with that result.  It's a great start for me in the new year.  I also updated my embroidery digitizing software so that I can start working in my embroidery machine as well.

This has been a UFO for a year or two.  I started creating the strip pieced blocks because i had a bunch of fat quarters that weren't the most appeasing.  However, when placing them in strips, they start to blend together. 

So, on to my goals for the next week!  Hope all is making progress in their crafting for 2016!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Resolutions

Like everyone, I have such high hopes for resolutions this year.  I want to get back to crafting, get organized and take better care of myself!

  1. I'd like to finish at least 3 UFO's in 2016.
  2. I'd like to sew at least 1 block a week for a future quilt. 
  3. I'd like to start on our travel T-Shirt Quilt
  1. I'd like to use my embroidery machine at least once a month.
  2. I'd like to read the full manual/lessons on my digitizing software :-)
  1. I'd like to quilt at least 1-2 of my quilt tops this year
  1.  I'd like to make at least 2 homemade cards a month and send them to someone.
  1. I'd like to pitch or donate 5-10 things a day no matter how small,.
  2. I'd like to start reducing my excess craft items and start to sell some of the excess.
 I'm exhausted just thinking of all these goals.  My final goal would be to complete at least 1-2 of these goals this year LOL.

What crafting resolutions do you have??

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Goal - Coming back to blogging in 2016 - Sharing Free Downloadable Planners

Happy New Year to Everyone!

One of my goals for 2106 is to return to crafting and blogging.  It's way past time and I miss the enjoyment of crafting and sharing ideas and links with friends.  It's been too long.

To start the 2016 year off right, I'd like to start by sharing some of my tons of crafting bookmarks.  As with everyone, I have great goals of being organized for 2016.  Because of this, I'd like to share two of my favorite sites for downloadable/printable organizational calendars and printables.

  • Organized Home's many printable library of Calendars and Planning and time management printables.

Here's to a New Year, New You, and a New Start for everyone!!  Happy New Year Everyone!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Encore Post - Valentines Day Card with Embroidery

I love combining crafts to create items. This time it's embroidery and cardmaking. I searched for the perfect heart pattern and found this heart at abc embroidery designs. I knew this was going to be on my card the moment I saw it.

I then cut it out in a square size a smidgen smaller than my cardstock. Placed double-sided tape on the back and placed it on the top section of my card.

Then I placed half inch strips around the corner to hide the edges and double-taped them down and trimmed around the heart. I finally adhered the corners with rhinestone tacks and there you have it.

Hope you enjoy your valentines day!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Finished Halloween Quilt Binding

My 2014 Halloween Quilt binding is completed.  OK, I'm 2 days late but I'm so happy it's done.  Time to celebrate a finished quilt!    I decided to try and complete the binding by machine.  I used the Clover Wonder Clips on the quilt to wrap the binding to the back and hold until I would sew it.  I would give the clips a B+ on a review.  Here's some pro's and con's that I think of them.

  • It takes a lot of them to hold the binding.  I placed one about ever 2" So you'll probably need to buy multiple sets.
  • If you open them with too much force, the spring mechanism breaks or stretches so they don't hold anymore. 
  • It's hard to move the quilt around with all those clips on it.  They get caught on things.
  • I still had to go back and resew a couple areas where the binding wasn't caught on the back.  Good thing was that this was black binding on back backing.. you can't see the resew areas.
  • Taking them off is a little slower than other type clips I've used.

  • Amazon has them on sale for about $11 for 50 clips.
  • They hold the binding a lot better in place than trying to sew on binding without them.
  • Hey, 90% accuracy is great in my book when it comes to binding.
  • Sewing went slow but it was a heck of a lot faster than hand sewing the binding to the back.
  • It only took me maybe 20-25 minutes to finish a 60 x 80 quilt.
  • I'll definitely use them again when I want to machine sew a binding on.
Here's the spacing I used on the clips

and here's the finished binding.

Now on to quilting the Christmas Present Quilt with a Christmas Present Panto I created.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween - Quilting Finished

Well I finished this earlier in the week just in time for Halloween.  However, I did not get the binding sewn on in time.  But, who knows, I may finish it today.  Since the Halloween quilt is so colorful, it is hard to see the quilting.  You can see it in the black separator bars.

The backing was completed with a glow in the dark spiderweb fabric.  I used black thread for the back and a grey spiderweb color for the front bat pantograph.

Happy Halloween.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Creating Quilting Pantos

I've been working in my Art n Stitch software to create pantographs for my quilting machine.  There's an option where you can create meandering patterns with a few items placed in the loops.  I've been trying to come up with a quick Halloween Pantograph to finish my Halloween quilt.  I had a delay on finishing it with some family items.  Now, I'm speeding up to try and finish it by Halloween.

Here were some pantos created and tested with stitch outs.

I call this one BATTY LOOPS

I call this one BATS and HATS

I call this one GIFT SWIRLS
Thinking ahead for when I need to quilt my Christmas Present Quilt :-)

Finally... Webbed Spiders

After much consideration, I decided to go with Batty Loops (first one) on my Halloween Quilt.  I wanted something quick and not detailed since the quilt is so busy and you won't really see the quilting too much.  Time to square the backing and load the quilt!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Halloween Tumbler Quilt Top Completed

As soon as I finished the Christmas Present Quilt, I decided I wanted to try and squeeze in a Halloween Quilt.  I order 20 fat quarters off of eBay in a Halloween theme.  When they came, I didn't realize all the brightly colored patterns were more of a children's theme.  I was determined to use them.

I used my AccuQuilt Go and the 6.5 inch tumbler.  I was able to cut 6 of each out of each pattern and I have a lot of scraps left over for a pillow or to place on the back of the quilt.  In one day, I cut out all of the tumbler blocks cut out.  The hardest part was organizing the blocks in a random pattern lol.  I could have done a better job but I got tired of rearranging them.

So, here are two strips started. As I finished up all of the rows sewn together, I figured there was too many bright colors so I decided to add some black and orange rows to break up the many colors.

The it was time to trim up the sides.  I was going to add the orange and black all around the edges but I thought the orange was a little too bright as well.  So, I planned to trim the sides straight and add a basic black border all around.  Here's a photo where the black sides were completed.

It's hard to see the sides since I trimmed the photo so closely.  All that was left to complete was the top and bottom borders and I finished those today!  So now I have a finished Halloween quilt.  I was hoping to have it added to the quilting machine before the end of the month.  But, happily I have a vacation coming up and the ocean is calling me!  So one less week to sew...  stay tuned.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Moda Flurry Present Quilt top by Kate Spain is finished!

Hello.  I was able to finish the Moda Flurry Quilt top by Kate Spain today.  I made a few changes on the bordering.  I did not place the outer 2" border since I modified the corner blocks.  Since I was not using the Flurry fabric, I did not have a cute snowflakes for the corners.  So, I was going to use the dark ornaments fabric as large corner block.  I just didn't like the way it looked and I was too lazy to add another 2" white border around the complete outside.  So, I took 4 of the small 2.5" blocks and surrounded them with the 2" white border strips.  I like how they turned out.  They float sorta like the color blocks separating the presents.

Now to decide if I want to try and quilt it or do I send it away to someone.  I still might have time to whip up another Halloween quilt!

Here's a closeup of the modified corners

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Flurry Borders Created

I finally finished piecing the flurry border for the Christmas quilt.  The piecing wasn't the hard part, the ironing of these borders and ironing the seams to the center dark was the pain.  I think it took longer to iron thenm than piece the borders.  However, I like the outcome next to the flurry quilt.  The photos below do not have the borders attached, just hanging next to the quilt center.

Next up, squaring the center, finding the corner blocks and attaching the borders.  I'm thinking I should be done this month!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Moda Christmas Quilt Center Corrected

The way I've been posting on this Christmas quilt, you'd think I was creating a new quilt each post!  I'm just happy that I've been doing sewing on work days.  I've just convinced myself that even a little progress is at least progress.  So with that being said, I'm happy to say the center of my Christmas quilt has completely been corrected by adding each of the blank rows above the presents.  Now, if I could only figure out what's up with the slightly wonky bottom left present.  It may just be because the quilt is over the banister and about midway, the quilt bends forward from the floor edge.

My goal for this weekend is to get the borders created.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Moda Flurry Christmas Quilt by Kate Spain - Making Progress

I only have one more plain row to insert at the bottom of the quilt between the last two rows of presents.  I've decided they are definitely worth the effort of seam ripping the rows to insert the missing rows.  Once I add the last row (hopefully Wednesday) then all I have left is the outer pieced border.

With the extra rows, it won't be long before I'll need to move the cabinet out of the way when taking photos of the quilt hanging in the entry way.  You can see a little of it in the bottom of the photo below.

I'm so excited, I may finish the Christmas Quilt on time.  But I bet I use up all my time to get another Halloween quilt on time for this year :-)

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Slow and Steady Seam Ripping

I didn't have a lot of time to sew this weekend.  Also, for the life of me, I could not find my seam ripper and had to use a teeny tiny one to rip the whole center section out to place the plain white strip.  For ease of lining up blocks, I pieced the white strip the same as the separator row with colored blocks.

I have one corrective row added and two more to go.  I think I'm going to stop here and look at it during this next work week.  It hangs in my entryway so I look at it every time I enter the house.  I'm just not sure the effort of adding the corrected white rows above make that much of an impact.  In photo A is the correction and in photo B is the original.

Option A with corrected inserted white row

Here's how it was originally without the corrective inserted row

Option B with original mistake

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