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Saturday Night Fever

Greeting everyone! A BIG HELLO! to all you visitors! I’m happy that you all have taken the time to stop by tonight! I’m calling this night Saturday Night Fever! because it’s hot, hot, hot! It’s so hot I feel like I have a fever…. I think this calls for ice cream!

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I haven’t written for a couple of weeks due to being busy, busy, busy. My husband, Wes, was home for about a week, that was so wonderful, even if my back was acting up and he hurt his hand doing, I don’t know what he was doing, something. He left just a couple of days before Independence Day.

I designed and made a Stars Americana quilt after he left. So that took a little time. Here are a couple of pictures…

I used fat quarters I purchased from Connecting Threads, Patriotic Picnic and Glory Days collections.

Patriotic Picnic Collection

Glory Days Collection

I really like the combination of the two collections. It gave the quilt a vintage look. All of the various prints worked well together. The blocks used are Sawtooth Star and Hourglass Star #2. These blocks were cut using my Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies. I used some left-over solid dark navy fabric for the backing and I had some blue-grey solid fabric from the place mats I made. It’s only 40 inches x 40 inches square, so it makes a great wall hanging or as you can see, a table topper.

Even though Independence Day has passed, the quilt looks great on my old sewing machine table. It’s a nice way to display it.

My garden is doing great. We finally got the sunshine we needed, however, someone could turn down the heat a bit. This over 90 degrees a day stuff is just a bit much. I got some great pictures. My tomatoes are loaded with blossoms and my bush beans have little baby green beans!

I did a trial run with the new pressure cooker/canner today. I thought I had pulled enough carrots to fill two pint jars but I could only fill one jar. So….. I went through the process and pressure cooked one pint of carrots. Everything worked great!

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Fresh carrots canned 14 Jul 2018

How cute is that?! It’s now sitting in the pantry behind closed doors. I have more carrots to pull and can, as well as beets. I look forward to getting the green beans canned as well as the peppers  and chilies (when they are ready) and the tomatoes.

So while I am waiting for my veggies to get ready to be picked, pulled and plucked, I am working on a few WIPS. I am also waiting to start my  Save-the-Bees BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. I have my fabric and thread. I am just waiting for the first block pattern to come out. It’s super cute and I believe you can still sign up for the BOM. Just click on the link and join the fun!
It’s ice cream time now, or perhaps it’s time for me to stick my head in the freezer… boy it’s hot! So I hope everyone has a great week-end, wherever you are! Stay cool!

Until next time – Summer Projects Away!

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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!

Just a couple of reminders, if you click on any of the merchandisers displayed on this website and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. So I want to thank all of those who do so, because you help keep my website going. Also, please remember all of my personal designs, such as Around the Square Set, are copyright protected. Please respect that.

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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!

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Mid-Week Update

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Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday! Why am I excited about Wednesday? Because it’s two days closer to when my husband gets home! Yay! Also, the snow is finally, well mostly, gone! I hope. Still can’t plant the bulbs yet or get my garden planted, but we are getting closer to when it will happen. I can hardly wait.

I did want to remind every one that Fabric.com is still having their FABRIC MADNESS going on, so if you haven’t entered into the drawing now is the time to do so. Just click on the link below and good luck!


I know Easter is just a few days away and I have to confess I have made nothing for the occasion. There are tons of cute, free patterns out there and in fact one of my favorite sites has about 25 of them listed. Hop on over to Jacquelynne Steves blog and find a cute project to make to celebrate the holiday.

Be sure to check your favorite fabric and craft stores this coming week-end. There will be lots of sales going on both on line and especially in the stores. I am hoping I will get to go to Joann’s Fabric and Craft store this coming week-end, myself.

I have started cutting fabric for one of my newly designed quilts. I had some lovely batik that I had purchased from Connecting Threads set aside for a different project (two years ago) and decided to use it to make this new quilt. Connecting Threads has some very nice fabric collections and their fabric is real good quality.

Being color blind makes it a challenge sometimes when I am trying to decide on what fabric to use for my quilts but Connecting Threads alleviates the guess work. I just pick a collection I like and then choose the fabric I want to use out of that collection. I know it will all coordinate. I get excited when I go to other fabric websites and find fabric collections there as well. No guess work on whether it will coordinate. It makes quilting and buying fabric a lot more fun. And of course if my husband is around I always ask for his advise.

One more thing before I go, for those of you quilters that have one of the Accuquilt Go Cutter systems, they are having a couple of sales going on right now. And today is the last day for free shipping. So head over there and get your order in for some new stuff!

Accuquilt deals and current offers!

Well, that’s it for now. I am headed back to the cutting table and am just about ready to get my Flying Trapeze II sewn together. My goal is to get this top done before hubby gets home. We’ll see if I succeed. I did get the dog bathed and the house cleaned today so I can concentrate on sewing the rest of today and tomorrow.

Until next time – Have a blessed Easter!

 

 

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Saturday Paper Piecing Design

Welcome every one to the first Saturday after Spring! I don’t know about any one else, but I woke up to snow, on the ground. This is after most of it had melted away. Oh, I still had patches of snow, but really, new snow on the ground. I was looking forward to planting my lily bulbs. I guess I will have to wait another week. How about where you are? Are you still experiencing wintry conditions?

Last week-end I spent the time working on some new quilt designs. I really enjoy letting my imagination go and just draw. Now, I am no Monet, but with a ruler I can draw a pretty straight line. I even broke out the colored pencils and markers for a couple of the designs.

Right now I am trying figure out the best way to paper piece “Dahlia”. I have drawn out the 16 center blocks individually (drawing on graph paper really helps because the little squares represent one inch and that works when making my blocks 8 inch square) making sure each block remains true the design.

Now that I have all of my individual blocks drawn and printed on foundation paper (Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper) I am trying to figure out what is the best way to piece it. Let me tell you, even after watching paper piecing for dummies on YouTube, I am still having a devil of a time. They say the hardest part is the first piece, I say the hardest part is trying to figure out what the first piece should be and then build from there.

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“Dahlia” designed by LaTawnia Porter 2018

Again, having never done paper piecing before, I had to choose a design that couldn’t be simple (at least I didn’t start with “Spot Lights”). However, I do know once I conquer it, it will be beautiful. So I am open to suggestions on starting points and advice from those of you who are familiar with creating your own paper piecing designs. In the meantime I have made several copies of block one and I have lots of scrap fabric and plenty of thread. So my hope is to get a better grip on paper piecing this weekend and have something exciting to show in a few days.

                

I am looking forward to making all of the other quilts I have designed. I like all of them equally well. The “Flying Trapeze” and “Flying Trapeze II” will be lots of fun and I will be able to use scraps in both of them as well.

I am going to be most purposeful with choosing fabric for “Mountain Lake at Night.” I know what colors I want in it, especially for the stars. That quilt will be very pretty on a bed or as a wall hanging.

I think “Spot Lights” will be lots of fun to make as well. (As soon as I conquer paper piecing.) I see fussy cuts in the center squares on point. Just not sure what the fussy cuts will be yet. I’m still rolling ideas around in my head.

Again, those of you quilters who do a lot of paper piecing designing and quilting, I would appreciate any advice you may have for my little project. And in the meantime, I will push forward and will hopefully answer and conquer my own issues with it. I love new challenges in quilting and I know I can meet and beat this challenge.

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to leave a comment!

Until next time – What is your quilting challenge?

        

All of the quilt designs in this article, “Flying Trapeze”, “Flying Trapeze II”, “Dahlia”, “Spot Lights”, and “Mountain Lake at Night” are copy right protected. They were designed by LaTawnia Porter March 18, 2018.