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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 2

Greetings visitors and fellow quilters! I am so glad you could stop by today and see how things are progressing with the Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern I received for free (to showcase on my blog) from Annie’s Catalog.

Pink Lemonade Quilt
Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern from Annie’s Catalog

There has been some great progress made. I have to say I really like easy to make quilts and this is definitely one that falls into that category. When I first look at a quilt pattern I am not always sure just how things will work out. But this one is really straight-forward. I like to make a sample block just to see how the pieces fit together. Here is a picture of the one I made for this quilt.

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Sample block of Pink Lemonade Quilt from Annie’s Catalog

I really like how the colors work together, even that solid tan/stone color. There is enough neutral tones in the various fabrics to pull the solid color in.


Once I have made the sample block, I then like set up an assembly line, of sorts. Since this block is basically made up of three parts, I did the top section first. Then I put the two “side” sections together. Once those two were completed I joined the top with the bottom.

It only took me a few hours to make all twenty blocks. They went together real nice. Each block is 10 1/2 inches square and I did use my 10 1/2 inch square ruler to square up any block that didn’t conform. I am happy to say they all conformed!


Next step was placing the blocks, according to the pattern, on my design wall (old vinyl tablecloth with felt side out) to see how they will look.

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Pink Lemonade blocks on design wall

Can I say I LIKE it? I really do. I think the interplay of the colors and designs of the fabrics are perfect. Who knew it would look so good? Sorry it’s not a better picture. But when I get the top completed I will take a picture of it outside.

Now it is time to join the blocks, add the three different borders and then the top will be complete. Next will be the quilt sandwich, quilting and then binding. Then the Pink Lemonade will be done.

Now the fun stuff. The GIVEAWAY! Yes, it’s ready. Thanks to a wonderful lady (from Annie’s Catalog) who helps affiliates like me, the GIVEAWAY is ready! Starting midnight tonight you can enter to win a digital copy of the Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern. All you have to do is follow the link below, fill out the questions and do what is required to enter! That’s it! Remember, there is only one winner for this giveaway, so be sure to do everything and I believe you can enter every day! So good luck and have fun!

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Until next time – Who will be the lucky winner?

(Just a reminder there are affiliate links in this blog and website. When you click on a link you will be directed to that site via an affiliate link. Thank you.)

 

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 1

Hello visitors and fellow quilters! I am glad you stopped by. I had meant to have this out yesterday but I got busy with some other things that had to be done, so here we go! Today I am going to share with you a quilt pattern I received from Annie’s Catalog. I will also show you how I used a couple of tools I have to make cutting the fabric for this pattern much easier.

The Pink Lemonade quilt pattern is available for purchase in two forms, electronic download or print-to-order. It can also be yours for free in a giveaway! Here on this website! So be sure to follow along in order to find out how to enter the giveaway.

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Pink Lemonade quilt pattern, Accuquilt Go! cutter and dies, fabric from Joann Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop

The fabric I am using for this project was purchased from Joann’s Fabric and Craft Store and the Fat Quarter Shop. The fabric from Joann’s is from their Premium Vintage collection. The backing fabric from Fat Quarter Shop is Prairie Vine 108″ Wide Gold Sunflowers. I also am using Marcus Brothers Aged Muslim Cloth in Stone, from Fat Quarter Shop. (That fabric actually is more tan than stone, which kind of threw me, but I am making it work.)

Quilters, we know how many hours are spent in just cutting fabric for our projects. It is the most time-consuming part of any project we make. My husband, Wes, bought me an Accuquilt Go! Cutter System for a late birthday present. Did I mention how wonderful of a husband he is? Well, he is wonderful. And since he knows how long it takes for me to cut fabric for a quilt and how much my wrists hurt afterwards, he got me this system. And I love it! I use it whenever I possibly can just to save me time and headaches that comes from messing up a cut. In fact I have started creating quilt designs with these dies in mind.

Anyway, back to Pink Lemonade. I used my Go!¬† 2 1/2 strip die to cut all of my binding. Then I used my Go! Strip cutter 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″ die to cut the 1 1/2″ strips needed. (Just keep in mind if you plan on using one of these cutting systems to get a wee bit of extra fabric. It helps in the equation of things.)

After cutting all of the strips I needed I then sub-cut them into the required rectangles and strips for this pattern.

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Wearing a Fons & Porter Klutz glove and using a Fiskars rotary cutter to cut the needed rectangles and strips.

Now everything is cut, sub-cut and ready to go. It only took me a couple of hours to cut everything verses the normal four or five hours. Using my Go! Strip cutters really saved me a lot of time and not one mis-cut. That was very nice.

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Cut pieces labeled and ready to be put together for the Pink Lemonade Quilt

Well that is it for now friends. I am going to get started on putting this quilt together and then post it when it’s complete. At that time I will let you know about the giveaway. Yes, there will be a giveaway. So stay tuned for further information. (I’m a bit technically challenged, ok a lot challenged, so I am still trying to figure out how to do the giveaway, so bear with me.)

Until next time – What is your favorite cutting tool?

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Catch-up News Tuesday

Greetings fellow quilters and visitors! I hope you all had a great week-end and are having a great week thus far. It is a gorgeous day today here in Montana. Blue skies, temperatures in the 60’s, pollen count rising, yep it’s great! Aaacchhhoooo! I’m not complaining, really. I love this weather, just not the pollen. But that’s what allergy medicine, eye drops and nasal spray come are for, so I can go outside and play with Monty dog.

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Monty dog napping under the cutting table while I sew.

I did get some seeds pre-started for my soon to be a garden. I purchased one of those little kits that comes with peat discs and a plastic dome. Those are pretty cool. I have cucumbers and lettuce showing their little leaves now. I’m waiting for the tomatoes and spinach to start appearing. When my husband gets home we will get the garden going. I’m excited! I still have to get a couple more seed packets. I want bush beans and he wants peppers. I also have carrots and radishes still to plant, but I’ll wait until we get the garden done.

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NK Lawn & Garden 36 Pellet Greenhouse


I have been slowly working on my personal project, Around the Square Set. I am hand stitching the binding on each piece, just taking my time. At night when I am watching a little TV is when I am doing that. It keeps my hands busy.

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Around the Square Set Placemat and coasters completed

I did get all of my fabric cut for the quilt pattern I received from Annie’s. I will start that article along with pictures tomorrow.

Here are a few things I wanted to share with you today:

AccuQuilt is having their 10th Anniversary and they are celebrating it with some super cute limited edition dies. Click here to get yours today!

On Jacquelynne Steves blog you will find 26 free Spring quilt patterns  to download for yourself. I just took a quick peak at them, but what I saw was super cute. If you are still suffering late winter blues, these will definitely cheer you up!

Today is the last day to purchase fabric for 25% off at Fabric Depot. These folks are online and located in Portland, Oregon, my old stomping grounds. They have some real nice fabric, so check them out.

Well it sounds like the county is grating our road. Yay! No more potholes! We live on what use to be a logging road so every Spring they come through and grate it to get rid of the worst potholes. It helps save on the suspension and just makes it nicer to walk on.

That’s all I have for now, my friends. Hope the rest of your week is wonderful and Spring-like. We are supposed to see temperatures up to the lower 80’s by Friday and then taper back down to normal.

Until next time – What’s in Your garden?

 

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Taxing Tuesday

Greetings everyone! Today is the dreaded Tax day. I hope everyone has filed their taxes by now. But I am sure there are a few out there who have waited for the deadline to get them done. Kind of like those folks who wait until the last minute to shop for Christmas. Procrastinators unite!

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It’s so much easier to get taxes filed now than before. The ease of preparing and filing them on line has made life a little easier. However, the tax codes just get more complicated each year. This year we took our taxes to a CPA and had them do it. I was more than happy to pay for someone else to tackle that mess. Last year still gives me nightmares. But enough on that subject. I have better things to talk about today.

I am almost done with my Around the Square Set. I have quilted the coasters, napkins and one of the place mats. I used a stencil that I have had for a few years for the place mat and then I used Westalee’s Templates for the napkins and coasters. Those were a lot of fun to use. I purchased my set, for domestic machines, which included the ruler foot, from Nancy’s Notions. You can also purchase them from Connecting Threads. Click on the picture below to get your own set!

Westalee Sampler Templates - Set of 6 from ConnectingThreads.com

Here are some pictures of the Around the Square Set made in wine, creams and green fabric I had in my fat quarter and jelly roll stash. The batting is left overs from previous projects. I always save those because you never know where they can be used.

It was pretty easy using the Westalee templates. I really like how the spirals came out on the napkins and the flowers on the coasters. For the stencil on the place mats I actually drew the stencil on paper and then made copies of it on my Carol Doaks Foundation Paper. I have a hard time with trying to see colored pencils, chalk and other types of transferring medium on fabric. It all seems to blend away. So even though I have to remove the foundation paper after sewing my pattern, at least I can see what I am sewing. Just one of the challenges of being color blind.

I used a neutral thread color by Coats and Clark. It was just an all-purpose thread. I’m saving the good stuff for the items I’m going to sell in my Etsy store and hopefully in the co-op in town.

The binding is going to be 1 1/2 inch wide instead of the typical 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 inch wide. I am going to make it out of the left over fabric I used to make the set. It should come out pretty nice. I think this sample set will look nice in my dining area. My husband isn’t so sure about the napkins, though. He has a hard enough of a time just using the ones I made that aren’t quilted. I keep telling him they are washable. Silly man.

I will be making the Around the Square Set in various colors so I am sure they will appeal to everyone. I have also been thinking about adding a table runner with the set. Won’t that be lovely? I am going to have to purchase more fabric. Wait, what am I saying? I GET to purchase more fabric! There, that’s better.

That’s about all for now. I got the taxes done. The Around the Square Set is almost completed. New project is ready to go. All right!

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Until next time – Where is my refund? I need to buy more fabric!

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Friday the 13th

Ok, everyone knows you just can’t do anything productive on Friday the 13th, right? I mean, black bears (ahem.. cats), large ghostly apparitions (oh wait, those are elk) and… WHAT WAS THAT NOISE?… Oh… a tom turkey yelling at his harem…

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Rainbow on the ridge. Picture taken from my front porch Apr 8, 2018.

Today was to be the day I finished at least one of my many projects cooking on the back burners. Instead it was spent making phone calls to find out how much rock and dirt and HOW MUCH IS THAT BILL? (paying bills) day. Sorry, yes I know I have rocks and dirt here, just not top soil for a garden. And if you like boulders then I have plenty of those. I need crushed rock for the shop hubby is building in his non-existent spare time. I need wire or some type of fencing to keep the wild life out of my soon to be garden. And I need to find time to finish at least one project.

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Well I did actually finish one project this week. I tend to save my Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club shipments to complete when I am in-between projects or just need to think about something else instead of why my project looks so great on paper but is totally off the beam when sewn together, kind of days.

So I made this wonderfully fun tote and now it’s waiting to be put in use. I love Hydrangeas. We had two huge bushes in front of the house when I was a kid. They were my mom’s pride and joy, besides her roses and azaleas. I would try to grow them here but I am afraid the deer and elk would think they were being served salad. So instead I will enjoy my tote made with hydrangea printed fabric and be happy.

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Spring Tote From Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club, Heavenly Hydrangeas Collection by Clothworks

I did get to play a little with a couple of free motion quilting rulers I have. Before you sew the outer shell of the tote together you have an opportunity to quilt it any way you like. So I did some stitch in the ditch using my Slim ruler and then I made arches with my little Archie ruler. Both of those were designed by Angela Walters and made by Creative Grids.

I did design a place mat set which will include coordinating napkins and coasters. I completed to placemat tops and have started on the napkins. The coasters will be paper pieced because the pieces of fabric will be little and I think it will be easier to paper piece it instead of trying to cut it.

I am using fat quarters and jelly rolls from my stash to make these. The fabric is a combination from Moda (purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop) and Connecting Threads (Hudson Valley by Country Essentials). Unfortunately I misplaced the tag that identified the Moda design. It happens when all the fat quarters are separated by color and put into a large storage tote.

Barring any other interruptions I should have the set completed, backing and batting as well as quilted, by Sunday. I hope. Then I plan to start on another project.

So in the meantime, you all have a safe Friday the 13th and a wonderful week-end.

Until next time – I’m not superstitious, I’m a quilter!