Thursday, November 27, 2014


I am thankful for so many things wonderful family, great food, a few days to kick back and enjoy my grandchildren!  God has blessed me with so many good things and I am truly grateful.

I am also thankful for my little corner of the internet here and that I have a place to post some of my projects and thoughts.  This is my 500th post!  I've been holding out a bit because I wanted this milestone to be something significant.  Kind of silly, I know, but I do think it is important to take note of milestones and this is a pretty good one, at least for me!

I am interested to see where the next 500 posts take me - I can see how much I have learned since I started this blog, and can't wait to see what comes next!  I have so many projects in the works, just need to find some time to work on them all...that's the trick of it all - balancing all the balls in the air just right so you don't drop any and actually make some progress...this blog really helps me to be accountable and when I look back I can actually see that I have made progress in completing projects and getting things accomplished.

I think the turkey has gotten to me, so I guess that will be it for today - a bit of a nap and some pumpkin pie are in the works.  And maybe a game of Candyland!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some more QDAD designs

Even though I haven't been able to do much quilting this past couple of weeks, I have been keeping up with the Quilt Design group on facebook.  It has been so much fun (and good practice!) to just do one quick quilt design a day.  Some of my favorites this week:
 A feathered star.  Medallion quilts are very fun.  This one might get more borders eventually
 Wheels.  This would be a fun block to try making.  Yes, I like a challenge...

I really like the way these two blocks play together.  This would definitely be worth playing with!

This last one is interesting.  I made it using the baby blocks quilt layout and reducing it to one block.  Then I played with the measurements until I got a shape I liked.  I think it is unique and interesting.

All my designs have been done in EQ7.  I am very much enjoying challenging myself and learning more about what I can do!  It's been a fun relief from the stress of making a difficult set of curtains.  I will be so glad when I cross this project off my list, it's an odd fabric and I'm having the worst time getting the hem to hang straight.  I am going to leave it alone for the weekend and hope to finish up on Monday.  Then maybe some quilting?  Please!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jazzing things up a bit...

Though I mostly lean toward peaceful and calm shades of blue and green, sometimes I like a little color in my quilts....and red and black can really liven things up!  This is a quilt I made from my friend Chris Malone's pattern - Dad's Downtime  This is a free pattern from Quilter's World.  I made this quilt as a shop sample for Threads That Bind after we ran out of the fabric the original quilt was made out of. This one was just as popular, and now my sample is for sale in my Etsy shop.
I did a simple overall design for the quilting on this one, and the back is a really fun red and plack print print that coordinates with the front fabrics.  This would make an awesome Christmas gift for someone special!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

When is the best time to go to the dentist?

Tooth-hurty!  Actually my appointment is at three, but I figured I might as well post a joke.  Not feeling too jocular at the moment, my appointment to figure out why one of my teeth has been bothering me did not go too well this morning.  The darn think is cracked right in half and must come out.  Blah.  I am thankful he can do it today as I have severe dental anxiety.  So it will be good to get it done an out of my way today.   In case I don't feel like doing much sewing or posting over the next few day, at least you will know why.

Here is my QDAD for Nov. 11.  The block is called Frayed Sawtooth.  I thought it was appropriate!

My sedative is on board and it will be time to leave soon, so off I go....hopefully it won't be too bad!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Using the Freehand Brush tool in EQ7

One of the benefits of doing the Quilt Design a Day challenge is that I have been learning to use more of the tools available in EQ7
For this quilt I created a one patch quilt using diamonds.  

After you get your basic quilt layout set up and you are ready to add your colors, choose the paintbrush tool.  At the top of the screen you will see several options you can use with it - click the freehand tool - I have a red arrow pointing to it.  Click and drag your curser around the screen however you want:
When you release, all the patches that are touched by the line will fill with color.  I used a contrast so you could see how it works.
Isn't this a neat tool?  I used it for this design as well:  
I also used the oval and rectangle tools with this.  See the P and Q?  I have been having a lot of fun playing with these designs.  I hope this inpires you to try something new. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Getting ready for a sewing weekend!

My ladies group at church is having a craft weekend.  We are all bringing our creative stuff to work on and are going to hang out and sew, glue, etc while we laugh and eat and enjoy some girl time!  I am busy prepping some kits for quilt tops I want to get done (shop samples, of course!)

One set is for my Monkey Around pattern using a cute pastel owl fabric. Here is the original in Monkey print -

The owl fabric will look really cute, I think.

The other one is for my Jolie pattern in a pretty floral.  I want to make it in some Egyptian prints, too.  Long story, but I had the idea and the fabric, so I decided I would give it a try. I have quirky taste, what can I say!  You can tell me if you like it or not when I get it done...

I'm also cutting fabric for a donation quilt I am working on.  Can't wait to show that, it will be stunning!

Not much else going on at the moment.  Hemmed a formal dress for a wedding, but that was the extent of my sewing progress for the day.  Can't wait to get to the weekend and make up for the lost time this week!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

On the Run

Today was a busy day and I never even got to go into my sewing room at all!  DH and I did get our exercise in, we paid our bills and voted and did some errands.  I spent the afternoon teaching my EQ7 class.  They worked hard today drawing a block in patchdraw and adding nodes to curves.  We are going to take a break until January, then start again.  I will have to work on some interesting projects to have them work on for our next set of classes.  It's really been fun and stretched me out of my comfort zone on using the program!

Here is today's QDAD:

I made the little bird block by tracing part of the image provided for our inspiration.  I like it much better than any of the birds I found in the EQ7 blocks.  The block is called Birds in the Air.

I chose the fabric for the cupcake quilt I need to work on.  Just need to cut it up now and start sewing to get this project going.  Hopefully I will heve plenty of time tomorrow to get going on it!  For now it's time to sign out and get some rest....