Monday, June 9, 2014

New changes

This last week I have started having small headaches again.  I have to
be really careful, because they can quickly go into a full blown
migraine.  Mine get very bad.  So I have to take meds then slow down
to make sure that doesn't happen.

Sunday, my husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary.  We went out
to dinner on Saturday.  But we also spent the day at my family
property getting it ready for the summer.  We took in a big box
to hold all our camping equipment, so we don't have
to haul it up and down the mountain every time we want to 
go camping.  I took some pictures of some flowers around camp, these are just
a few of my favorites.

As of new changes, I'm wanting to get more things worked on during
the day than just one project here and one project there.
So I have decided to work on one project for an
hour then switch to another the next hour.  I have alarms set
so I know when to change.  I felt like I was able to 
work on a lot more today.  I did get 2 name tags bond.  But that was all
that got completed.  I'm OK with that, because there were several 
things that got worked on.  I feel better.  Maybe the hour is not the best time.
I may need to push it to 2 hours, but I'm going to give it one week.
Here are some pictures of what I did today.

Friday, June 6, 2014

May's Block Count

This month has been been pack full with blocks that I feel like they have
been coming out my ears.  Because of the large amount I will try to give you
a better run down of where they all came from.  There 166 blocks that
I can't link you back to because they are to a quilt that is going
to the publisher.  Plus, it is an exclusive quilt for my 
grand baby.  I'm redesigning it a little to be published, 
because my grandchildren get a one of a kind quilt.

There are 22 blocks that are for my 16-patch quilt.  
I love them.  They help my quilting
go so fast.

I did 2 Jump Start block for EQ7.  You can find the blocks
here and here.

I have been doing Aviatrix quilt along.  It started in the middle of May.  I have
done 64 blocks for this quilt, so far.  You can find out about
these blocks on this post and this post.

I have started doing some wool applique.  I wanted something to do
while I was sitting waiting at the doctor's office, or I could do at
night.  I haven't blogged about them yet.  This is something I 
should do this week.  I have done 4 blocks.  Two of them I sent to a
friend that was having a bad month.

That just leaves my Leader & Enders.  They came in at 92.  They always seem
to help jump the count up.  Plus I get another quilt done
when I am working on one.

For the grand total that is 350.  How did I do that?  I was really surprised.
I was really shocked!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quilt Retreat

Sorry I have been away the past few days, but I 
have been finishing a big project that I can't show just yet.  Plus getting
some small receiving blankets hemstitched for 
my daughter to practice on before I left on my retreat today.

We have been trying to decide who all was coming with me on the
 retreat.  We decided that my husband was coming up with my, but we ran into
 a sprinkler problem and he came into me covered in mud and said "I think you had better
head up by yourself, before you are late."  I got up here about 4:30 p.m.  Checked into my room
I am up at Snowbird in Alta, UT.  It is so beautiful up here.  Here is a picture from
my room.  Then I went and checked in with Handi Quilter.

I will spend the next 3 days taking classes from top class quilters.  Some of them you have 
heard of.  I will be taking pictures and telling you all about them each day.
I have long days ahead.  We start with breakfast at 7 and have class and 
shop hops or banquets until 10 each night.  It will be a lot to take in
I will do my best to show you all the excitement.  I got the most awesome welcome package
from Handi Quilter.  Here is a picture of everything that came in the bag.

Tonight there was a reception where we got to meet several of the other 
quilters that are taking the classes.  There are people from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, 
all over the U.S.  I have meet several people from Arizona, California,
 Massachusetts and Alabama.  To tell you the truth I was a little nervous coming by myself, but
all I had to do was start talking and asking questions about what they
quilt about.

One of my favorite educators that started me in longarming is her her name is Marie Eldredge.
She helped me pick out my longarm.  I have talked to her several time
over the years.  She is an amazing quilter.  Check out her info spot on Handi Quilter and look her
up on the web.  She is several places on YouTube and with several quilt magazines.
Here a picture of us been really nice then having fun.

Then I need to introduce you to my favorite batting company Winline Textiles.  I would not use any
 other batting.  I mostly use their 80/20.  But today I bought some bamboo to try on a
quilt for me.  She tells me that the bamboo keeps you cool in the summer
and warm in the winter.  So I'm going to give it a try.  It is
a little more expensive, but boy it feel so nice.
She has a new wool in.  She didn't have any here, but I have some on order
I have to decide what quilt I want to do this with,
because this with such a nice wool.  So much better than any wool I have ever used before.
She is such a great person to work with.  Please give her a try go check out her website!
Here's a picture of her and I.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scrap Sorting Boxes

I was giving 4 bags fabric a member in my guild.  I will take any
fabric that that someone needs to give away.  If I can't use it in a quilt,
 I find a use for it in other ways.  If it is wool I can felt it and use that
 for applique.  If it is upholstery fabric I can use that for outdoor  projects. The
fabrics that just can't be use for projects because they are worn out, I
put them inside a cushion for a dog or cat.  If my animals don't
need one I donate them to the shelters.  So many animals
are in need of comfort and I love to help.

I went to Costco and bought 6 large clear storage boxes (I had several boxes
 at home that I could use for some of the other colors right.).  I made labels and gathered
 additional boxes for all these colors Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, White,
 Brown, Black, Yellow, Orange, Gray, Cream.  I sat for 2 day with boxes
 spread across my family room.

From each bag a pill of fabric would come I would sort it into a small pill of
fabric by color.  Then off they went into the boxes.  A couple of colors overflowed
 the clear boxes and hand to graduate to bigger ones.  That just
means those colors will be a background color in a scrap quilt here soon.  But I
do need to organize them more than that.

I saw an idea from Beaquilter that she sorted these boxes
 even further.  She put cardboard dividers into her boxes and then
 sorted by color value.  You could really see the difference.  I don't have the time
 to sort by value right now.  That will have to wait for another day.

I did sort this orange box the other day, because I have been in it a
 lot lately.  I pulled all the large pieces together on one
end of the box.  The other end I put all the scraps together and
the medium size pieces together.  I want to iron everything at some
point.  That way I can just pull and cut.

This is my scrap box.  As I'm piecing, I put all my scraps in here
 and once a week I sort this box into my big boxes.
I makes it so I can just have a central place to put things
and not have to think about it until the end of week.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

EQ7 Jump Start Sew Along: Block 2

I have so many things to get done this week, so I got this done first thing Monday morning.
First I pick fabrics from my color tones.  I kept one fabric that was the same
 from my first block.

I cut out all the pieces needed from each fabric.  Then matched up the fabrics
for the HST.  For these blocks I marked from  corner to corner.  Then sewed
along that line.

Before I a 1/4" from the seam I made sure I was getting the 
correct cut.  Why?  Because I had directional fabric.  If you have 
directional fabric you want to make sure that it is going the 
correct way, so always check before cut.  The old saying

"Measure twice cut once."

Well, I think we need to 

"Look twice and cut once."

So here is the final product.  For full instructions on this block
you can go to their link EQ7 blog.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2nd Week of Aviatrix

This week was really easy for assembly.  That is nice, because I'm working on getting
 my first quilt together for publishing.  I fixed the waves from last week.
I unpicked the HST square border just a little bit from both gray borders.
Then on two of the HST seams I took the seam in just enough to take
 away the wave.  Then I reattached the gray

Because I had a little extra time I did spend some time trimming threads
 from the back of the quilt also.

When you go to quilt the quilt you want to make sure there are not
any stray threads on the back.  They can catch causing threads to break.

Here my finished work for this week.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

EQ7 Jump Start Sew Along: Block 1

I have only had EQ7 for 2 years, but that 1st year I never used it.  I tried to do the 1st one, but my mind was in another area of life.  So I'm going to do this one.  Then go right into their one from last year.

So I quickly started followed all their directions which you can find on their blog at
behind the mouse the electronic quilt blog.  The quilt along is titled EQ7 Jump Start.

Then I started playing with colors.  I do play with fabrics if I have fabrics close to those that I have installed on my computer.  You need to remember that you can download fabrics and also add fabrics from the fabric library.  I just wanted to be quick, so I went with colors and pulled from my stash that matched those tones.

These are my fabrics.  Yes, I did start sewing before I grabbed a picture.  I did it before I got to far though.

I don't pin to much, but I pin my seams.  Why?  I like my seams to match.  I have tried many ways and have found that if you cross pin it holds the seam together better.  The other thing is, you either pull the pin out just before you get to the pin.  If you see how I placed my pins you have already sewn those seams together.  But this really does not create a speed bump as people have called them.

As you can see my seams meet each other.  They are really good friends.

My finally product!

Friday, May 16, 2014


I am working on the Aviatrix Medallion quilt from Oh! Fransson As of now I am this for...

Well, that was last week.

I worked on the half square triangles and the 1/2" border.  My block it bigger than hers, so I had to add extra blocks and extend my border.  I know there is a wave in the border.  I will be taking it off and redoing it.  I have been under a little rush with some other things here at the house and didn't see it until I posted it to instagram.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday

EQ7 Tutorial Thursday
ahhh design

I have done a tutorial for the first time in EQ7.  To make sure I was doing everything right I had Bea's website opened.  I did mine a little different and since this was my first time I will give you almost every step that I took to get there.

 1. Open EQ7 and select new project. Name your project I named my Hillbilly May.  Because we are working with Hillbilly's Ahhhh’s and this is my May project.

2.  Then I went to the Libraries tab.  Selected Layout Library.  Because I don't wanted the smallest project for my first one I went to the cribs and found the pattern that said Thousand Pyramids.  Added it to my sketchbook.

3.  You need to click on the sketchbook and select the pyramid quilt.  Now go the layout screen to make the changes needed.
                    a.  each side 1.5" Because Hillybilly's are 3" on each side (Bea did her's 1.375 because they "look" right.  I also did them that way.)
                    b.  You also need to change the size an Ahhhh design is only 10 wide.  She did hers 30 X 24.
I did mine 36 X 28.  Here's a picture of what the layout should look like.

Now comes the fun part.  The coloring.  I colored mine blue, turquoise and white.  I couldn't resist adding a small patch of red in the middle of one flower.

I had never tried the random recoloring tool before.  In fact I had to try and find it.  You may not know where is is either.  If you left click on the right tool bar there is a window that comes up and says  add/remove buttons.  This is what you need to click on to find it.

This is what I got when I click on my pattern a few times.

I had a lot of fun.  Give it a try.  See what fun pattern Hillbilly has that you can make.  They are not very expensive either!

Portable Ironing Board

I need a small ironing board to use while I was sitting at the couch.  So I needed to find a piece of wood.  I was walking out of my food storage room and looked down and there was this nice piece of pine.  The perfect size.  You don't want to use pressed board because when it gets hot it releases toxins from the glue that is used to seal all the wood together.  You don't have to use pine, you just need a hard wood.

I used some old scraps big enough to cover around to the back.  Then I found some old batting that I wasn't going to use in a quilt that was laying around.  You don't want it to be to thick so you can have the hardness of the wood to help press.
I cut away the excess batting from the sides so that it would be easier to wrap around the sides.  Then I used tacks to attach it in the back.  I made sure the corners were secure.  it was really easy and has come in handy for a table also.  I'm so glad I made it!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sheet or Not to Sheet?

Sheet or Not to Sheet?
That is the question.  I have done some research on using sheets.  When I first got my long-arm I was short on money but needed to practice.  I went out and bought some cheap muslin.  And it was cheap.  Then I went to the thrift store and bought sheets and used them to practice on.  I make quilt sandwiches to practice on.  I make sure my tension is OK and practice designs.

Here are some other reasons why you should not use them:

1 - The count in the sheets are so high that it makes them really hard to work with.  The weave is stiff.

2 - As the needle comes down, the threads are unable move out of the way.  Instead, the needle pierces the threads and breaks them.  Over time this will create a hole in the quilt.  With all the time we put into piecing and quilting our quilts we don't want this to happen.

For these reasons I have chosen to not use sheets on the backs of my quilts.  I will use them to practice with.  But something that I am going to spend time to quilt and want to the quilt to last.  Therefore I will not use sheets for backing. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

1 1/2" Block Exchange

I have been participating in a Postage Stamp Exchange for 1 1/2" blocks and 2 1/2" blocks.  It is a Facebook group.  There are 3 different exchanges a year.  You can sign up for 1 to 25 sets.  Each set contains 100 blocks and cannot contain any repeat fabrics.  I signed up for 10 sets of the first exchange of the 1 1/2" blocks and have just received my blocks.  I am now over the 1 1/2" blocks exchanges.  I would love to have more people get involved in the exchange.

These are all the blocks that I received for the March Exchange.

 This is what I do with my block when I receive them.  I sort them by colors.  Not every batch is the same, because I don't always get turquoise or black.

I have designed a few blocks to help people see some fun ways to use these blocks.  I will give a few tutorials in a week are two.  But for now enjoy these pictures.  The biggest thing that I have learned with scrap quilts is use opposites.  Like a dark than a light next to each other.  This really helps the patterns form if that is what you are trying to get.


X Marks The Spot

Twisted 16 (I know my triangles are not the right size.  I just did this to show you.)

 Super Sized X (follow the dark colors)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

April Block Count

April was a slow month for putting blocks together.
I spent a lot of time on the computer getting the business put together.  There were some blocks that I did get put together.  So here is the count.

I started doing some blocks that were posted on Patchwork Posse's blog.  They host 12 bloggers that design blocks for a quilt.  They have a new block each week.  I really liked the  blocks, so I joined in.  I have some catch-up to do.  I will get these finished this summer.  But I got 6 blocks finished.  That's one 6 that I need to do to get the quilt finished.

I did 5 blocks for my guild's mystery quilt.  Then I finished 5 for the Kaffe class that I'm taking.  I started a wool applique BOM.  I finished 1 block there.  Then I have my wonderful leader enders, where I finished 96.

So my total for April is 113.  This is for the block count report over at Prairie Moon Quilts.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WIPS - Works In Progress list

My WIP’s

I worked on my list of things I need to finish this year or work on this year.  I tried to put the BOM's together.  The things that need to be bond together and everything else in priority.  Now things can change if I get a customer quilt in to quilt.  I'm mostly designing quilts and trying to publish them.
I have needed to write these down for awhile.  I have told myself I cannot add anything else to the list.  I have taken on some big projects also.  I am quilting for a friend that gathers quilts for cancer patients.  I am also quilting one quilt a month for Quilts of Valor.

I might put this is order later.  But I CAN'T ADD TO THIS LIST!  Here we go!  Ready set go!  Get moving Shar!

1 - Wool applique - BOM block
2 - Kaffe Class blocks
3 - Patchwork Posse Blocks - cut, piece, quilt and bind by May 20th.
4 - My Heritage BOM - blocks, quilt and bind. Plus parallel quilt.
5 - Guild's Mystery Quilt
6 - Table-runners – One for each month
7 - Pincushions - One a month
8 - Skill Builder – cut, piece, quilt and bind

Piece or Quilt-a-longs
1 - Batik Quilt - Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by May 20th.  Ready to publish.
2 - Aviatrix – a quilt along May
3 - Denise’s Quilt – Design, cut, piece, quilt all before July 1st
4 - Kaffe- Design quilt, make blocks, quilt, and bind.  done by March 1st, 2015.  Make a pattern.
5 - Hemstitch receiving blankets – For my 1st grand baby.  I need to have finished by July for the the baby showers
6 - Elysa's baby quilt – For my 1st grand baby.  I need to have finished by July for the the baby showers
7 - Baby receiving 2 girl blanket – For my 1st grand baby.  I need to have finished by July for the the baby showers
8 - Baby receiving 2 boy blanket – For my 1st grand baby.  I need to have finished by July for the the baby showers
9 - 16 Patch – Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by May 20th.  Ready to publish.
10 - Halloween - Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by June 30th.  Ready to publish.
11 - Spool - Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by June 20th.  Ready to publish.
12 - Erika's Quilt – this is my niece’s quilt.  I need to finish before she gets home from her mission in Feb of 2015.
13 - Derek's T-shirt quilt – this is my son’s quilt.  I need to have it finished before he gets home from his mission in Aug of 2015.
14 - Valentine Quilt – finish it.  In a state of mess.  And missing blocks, quilt, bind, wash.
13 - Harmonic Conversion – cut, piece, quilt and bind by July 31st.
15 - Cody's baby's - Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by June 30th.  Ready to publish.
16 - Alisha's baby's - Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by July 31st.  Ready to publish.
17 - Stephanie's 1st - Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by July 31st. Ready to publish.
18 - Color Wheel – Just want to make one this year
19 - String - Design, cut, piece, quilt
20 - English paper piecing - class starts in Sept.
21 - X-block – Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by Aug 31st.
22 - Snowflake – Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by Sept 30th.  Ready to publish.

1 - Mom's quilt – quilted, binding on, washed before June 1st.
2 - Green Top quilt - quilt, binding on, wash.  Design. Ready to publish.

1 - Waterfall - Design and bind by May 20th.  Ready to publish.
2 - Easy Street – binding on, washed before June 1st.
3 - Stephanie's pink – Design, cut, piece, quilt and bind by May 20th.  Ready to publish.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What I did on Easter weekend

Because my family is getting smaller, we had a very quiet weekend.  I was able to spend some time getting things completed.  Thursday and Friday I didn't feel very good and was in a lot of pain.  I have been given the blessings of having Hashimoto's and Fibromyalgia.  Plus a back that is degenerating and has 4 discs that are either bulging or herniated in different areas of my spine.  But I just push myself, stay positive that way I only have 2 or 3 bad days a month.  Two years ago I was having 4 days a week that were bad.  Finding things that I truly love to do has really helped.  Plus I have found some groups that I enjoy belonging to.

So what did I do?

I finished the commissioned top that I was hired to complete.  This is also a quilt for my mother.  I decided that I wasn't going to push and make mistakes to get it entered into the HMQS show.  Maybe I'll put it in the county fair.  I’m also entering it into the Small Town Quilt Show in Midway, UT.  I want the quilt to be right.  It will be going on the long-arm tomorrow.  Here is a picture of the top.  It turned out great!

I also worked on my guild 3D mystery blocks.  There are several layers within theses blocks.  I am not sure that I really like doing these, but I will finish the quilt to say I learned something.  Learning something new is always a good thing.  One thing I learned is that open seams are not always a good idea.  The layers make it really difficult to press and they have a mind of their own.  When a seam is not pressed it will cause problems when you go to quilt it.  They say not to press 3D blocks, because you loose the 3D effect, but I don’t feel I have lost the look.  It also keeps the fabric from moving as you are sewing the blocks together.  So here are the blocks that I worked on.

Left to Right top row:  Feb Rolling Pinwheel, Mar Mosaic, Apr Christmas Star
Left to Right bottom row: Apr Hill and Valley, May Salem, May Square Star

It has been a lot of work.  I also spent a lot of time on the computer working on some new programs.  We are redesign the blog so look for that in the coming future.  My husband is doing most of the work there, and only can work on it on the weekends.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Guess what I got today?

I was so excited when I got the mail.  I got a package that I wasn't
 expecting.  I opened it.  It was my pincushion for April.
I love it.
I can't believe how much time Shelley put into it.
It is so beautiful.

 Thank you so much Shelley!  It is awesome!  I am already using it!

Patchwork Posse Six Stars are Better than One Block #10

UPDATE!  This block won the week contest!
So I worked hard on this block.  I really learned how to get my points right.  It wasn't easy.  Lots of half square triangles.  Which I have a lot of.  So this will be great to use for.

I started with the red fabric and pulled the others together.  I only went with 4 fabrics.  I just couldn't find another pink and orange that would work with this.  I decided to put a red square in the center to help balance the whole square.  I really like this square.  I don't know if I l would like a whole quilt with these colors.  But I think a quilt using this block several time in different colors could really be fun.

I love half square triangles so I think I will use the star block a lot.

The setup of the small stars


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pincushion Exchange

I am taking part in a pincushion exchange hosted by Bea over at Beaquilter.  We make a pincushion for the month of April and May and send it out to two different people.  So today I made my pincushion.  I have the lovely lady named Karyn to give to.  She loves large pincushions.  I had the perfect one in mind.

Flower Layout
The Final Layout

I have always wanted to try wool, so I thought this would be a great chance to try it out.  I drew pieces for a flower on freezer paper.  Then put it on the color of wool I wanted to use.  I cut out the shapes.  I places these pieces on a Lite Heat and Bond.  Just enough to hold it on the wool so I could sew it on.  Then I ironed it onto the yellow in the pattern I wanted it.  Anything that would be laying on top of something I waited to put that on until I had sewn the bottom pieces on.

I picked out colors of thread that matched the wool.  Then I just straight stitched everything on.  Then stitched the yellow piece a blue piece of wool.  I put that with right sides together and sewed a 1/2" seam.  Turned it right side out.
Crushed Walnuts
I filled it with crushed walnuts.  I have done a lot of reading on how to sharpen pins and you need to have pincushions filled with crushed walnuts to sharpen them.  So I purchased this at Petco for $8.00. I only used about a cup.  This will go a long way.  But with my long arming pinning and all the sewing I need to keep my pins sharp.

So here is the finished pincushion for Karyn.  I am also sending her so fun pins that I have made.  I hope that she likes them.  I enjoy making them.  I think I have found a new relaxing thing to do in the evenings.  I will make some pincushions and pins that I can give away to others.  Plus have for this exchange.

The Final Pincushion

Monday, April 7, 2014

Block and Project Catch Ups

I have had so much on my mind that I have had a difficult time sleeping the last week.  So I have spent my nights sewing and reading blogs.  Friday was my Kaffe and Friend class.  In class we got 5 more block to do for the month of April.  So that will keep me busy this month.  I am working on the Patchwork Posse Around Robin Blocks.  I get a new one each week.  I have a BOM for my guild.  I hadn't gone to January's or February meeting so I had to get those blocks done also.  I also had a block for the Guild quilt to get done.  Plus I'm trying to get a quilt ready for the quilt show.  The deadline was April 11th, but the just extended it to the 20th.  That really helped.  So that is what I have been doing ever since Wednesday last week.  So let look at the projects.

Patchwork Posse Around Robin Block #9 and The Hash Tag Block

Block #9

Hash Tag Block

Guild Mystery Blocks & Block For Guild Quilt

Jan Wheels

Practice Block

Guild Block

 Commission Quilt Top Before The Border Put On

I have to get the borders on this quilt today and start quilting it this weekend.  Then make the sleeve and label.  Bind it.  Take pictures and enter it into the HMQS show.  I can't wait.

Now it's on to cutting 2 1/2" blocks to make 10 sets of 100 different fabrics.  I have to mail them off by the 15th of April.  Then I get 10 sets sent back to me.  I am waiting for my 1 1/2" sets to come.  I am starting to plan my quilt to use those block.  Now I get to work on a quilt to use these blocks.