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Mid-Week Fun!

Happy Wednesday to all of you wonderful people! I hope your week is going well so far. It has been a whirl-wind around here. My husband got home last Wednesday and from that moment on it was go, go, go!

We got everything ready to travel and left Friday night at 2am. We went to my sister and brother-in-laws’ house in Kalama, Washington. We arrived around 2pm and after about a half an hour of visiting, Colleen and I went shopping, for fabric of course! You can never have too much fabric. She has just started her first quilt. She finally got all of the fabric cut. I took my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and a few dies to show her how much easier it is to cut fabric. She is now budgeting for one for herself! (I should be a spokesperson for them! I love my Go! Cutter!)

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Premium fabric purchased at JoAnn Fabrics and Craft store.

We went to JoAnn Fabric and Craft store and enjoyed their 75th Anniversary sale. I picked up some gorgeous purple and teal fabric. I will be making myself a lap quilt. I gave my baby sister, Laura, the one I had made last December. I have several quilt designs waiting to be made. I just have to make a decision on which one to make!

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Made and quilted December 2017

Her favorite colors are purples and green. Mine are purples. I like some greens but tend to lean to the teals. I thought this would be a nice gift since she sits and is in a wheel chair all of the time due to M.S.. When I am sitting on the couch in the fall and winter, I enjoy a lap quilt.

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Baby sister, Laura

She really liked it! I am glad I gave it to her. She was very excited to see all of the purple and greens The backing is dark green with green leaves. It is a real nice lap quilt and I know she will get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.

It was a crazy four days on the road visiting family and friends. We did take Monty with us. He got to play with a couple of dogs and see lots of people, but I am sure he is happy to be home and just being a lazy dog. We were going to take another day in visiting but Wes had to go back to work a day earlier. So we visited with my best friend, Mary, for a bit of time and then hit the road. We finally got home Tuesday around 2:30am. I am just glad we got home safely.

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Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees BOM

I am super excited because I finally got my email containing the instructions for my first BOM from Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees. I actually got it last week, but tomorrow I get to work on it and I will post photos as I go along so you can see what I am doing. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, I think you can still do so. Just go to her website, www.jacquelynnesteve.com.

Now that my sweet husband is back on the road (sigh, sniff, sniff) it’s time to clean house and get dirty clothes in the washer. It always takes me a couple of days to get the house back in order after he leaves. This time it’s compounded with our time away. So before I can play in the quilt room I have to do my chores. I can’t wait to start my BOM and my new lap quilt so I gotta do the chores first.


I will be having another giveaway. So stay updated by signing up for email notifications. The giveaway will be starting soon. It’s going to be great! I hope you all will enter the giveaway!

Until next time – Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!

 

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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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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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Super Cool Giveaway!

I wanted to share with you a super cool giveaway I came across. I hope you enter for a chance to win it! I mean, who couldn’t use a pile of free fabric? I know I can!

And don’t forget the great sales that are happening! Be sure to check out those links as well!

Fabric.com is giving away grab bags full of 10 one-yards cuts of fabric to 100 lucky winners!


Bundle your savings when you buy in bulk. Save 40% off featuring many home decor and apparel fabrics, as well as spring seasonal favorites! Browse Now

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite places for sales and freebies:

JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts has a great DoorBuster Sale happening this week-end. We are talking saving up to 70% on various items!

Craftsy has new classes on sale for $19.99 and be sure to check out their patterns and fabric.

Don’t forget to check with your favorite fabric and craft stores in your area. I am sure they are offering some great sales during this President’s Day Holiday!

Until next time – What’s in your stash?

 

 

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My First Quilt

Gelato, designed by Laura Stone Roberts
“Gelato” from Simple Beginner Quilts, The Best of McCall’s Quilting.

 

My mother was a quilter. She couldn’t sew clothes very well, but someone showed her how to quilt, and a new passion was born.

Now out of all of the children in my family, I am really the only one with needlecraft talent, except for crocheting. My sister, Colleen, crochets like a fiend. I’ll pick up the crochet hook now and then, but I have to say, I love to sew.

My mother made quilts for all of her children and I believe her grandchildren. That was a lot of quilts. I still have the one she made for me. What a terrific piece of heritage to have.

A few years ago I got to thinking about that heritage. My mother is gone, has been for some years, but when I look at that quilt, it just brings back so many memories. I decided I wanted to give that heritage to my family, my daughter and grandchildren.

So approximately three years ago I started with the oldest grandchild, Lily-Ann. She is like me in many ways, but most important of all, she loves the color purple, just like me. Now bear in mind I really didn’t know anything about quilting. I mean other then the need to be able to sew a semi-straight line. I did try to make a quilt many years ago, but that was a failed project.

I went to my nearest fabric store, JoAnn Fabric and then proceeded to pour over the quilting books, look at fabric and batting and say, “Help!” The other customers were great in giving me advise, and the employees were also helpful.

I picked up the book Simple Beginner Quilting, the Best of McCall’s Quilting and found a pattern I thought I could do, “Gelato”. It was my first experience with jelly rolls. Those little strips of fabric were so cool! Armed with backing, batting and more fabric, all of the notions a beginner could need, I headed home to begin to sew.

I got the top finally put together. We will not discuss all of the mistakes this newbie made, like washing jelly rolls. Nope, no discussion of things like that.

I made my quilt sandwich and then looked at this enormous quilt and with no clue how to baste it, bind it or much less quilt it, I put it away, discouraged to the end.

Thankfully my talented sister-in-law, Meriel, came down from Canada to visit. She saved my beginning quilting experience and the quilt. She turned discouragement into encouragement and helped me by showing me how to finish my quilt.

So yes, Lily-Ann, your quilt was the guinea pig, it was made with blood (gosh, those pins are sharp!), sweat (no a/c in that little apartment) and tears ( I told you, we won’t discuss those jelly rolls!). But all of the fabric and each seam and tie was chosen and done with love.

It sure wasn’t perfect, but she sure loved it.

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Lily-Ann with her quilt I made.