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Fall into a Quilt Along – Hedgehog

I need to start another block of the month like I need a hole in the head.  But… this little guy is SO cute!  It only took me about an hour to make the block.  I found this blog, Quilting with Vanda, when I read a post from another quilter that I follow who is doing it too.

The good thing about this particular BOM is that I don’t have to buy any fabric or patterns.  The pattern is sent to me via email and I will make the blocks from my existing fabric stash.  That’s a good thing right?

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I printed the pattern and then I scanned it into my Brother Scan-n-Cut and uploaded the pages to the Brother Scan-n-Cut Canvas in the cloud.  The reason for this is to remove all the extraneous marks like size indicator blocks and pattern piece identifiers.  If I don’t do this, the machine will want to cut them out.

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The canvas workspace is really easy to navigate and use.  It has a ton of features that I don’t use because I’m not a paper crafter.  In this image, all I have left to remove is the 1 inch square block.  Now, there’s a step here I’m not showing.  It’s hard to see but some of the pieces have open spaces in the shape. That’s to show that they go under something else.  I used the draw tool (the one with the pencil) to draw a line to finish off the shape.  If I didn’t do this, the cutter wouldn’t cut it out completely.

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Then I downloaded the images back to the cutting machine and cut them out with the push of a button.  I LOVE that machine!  I didn’t get a photo of the mat with the fabric ready to cut (sorry), but here are the pieces after the cut outs.  I backed them before cutting with Heat-n-Bond Stretch.  See how cleanly they cut?  Did I tell you I love this machine?  I have the Scan n Cut 650Wireless version.

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I’m not a fan of blanket stitching applique on a domestic sewing machine so I used my mid-arm sit down to stitch down all the pieces using a straight (ha ha) line.  Now, it’s dang near impossible to get the stitching as neat and perfect as a domestic machine so I used a tactic I learned in my quilting class.  Use repetition to hide mistakes.  I stitched many times over a very uneven line to create a kind of child’s cartoon-y effect.  I’m going to do this for each block in the quilt and I think it will be adorable!

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Can’t wait for the next block!

 

Applique Bath Towels, Ocean Friends, & a New Spool Quilt

Keith’s daughter Keri visited last weekend with his almost 10-year old granddaughter, Lyric, who was an absolute joy.  They were visiting from North Texas for a wedding that Keri was going to attend over in Gonzales, Tx.

When she arrived, Keri said she forgot to bring a gift and felt bad.  Grammy to the rescue!  Personalized towels are perfect and so easy.  She bought some towels at a local store and then we picked out an applique font and some fabric scraps.  I used the Brother Simply Applique program to create the design.

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I floated the towel over hooped wash-away stabilizer and used a wash-away topper to keep the stitch down stitches from being buried in the pile of the towel.

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They turned out great!

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I dug around for a wedding gift bag in a back closet somewhere and ta-da!  Instant wedding gift.  Keri was so appreciative and thanked me profusely.  You know I loved every minute of doing this.  🙂

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On the day of the wedding, Keith took Lyric fishing on our ranch all day.  He said that girl is a fishing machine and she wore him out!    I think Harley is hoping she drops it.

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They brought home four fish and Keith fried them up for lunch on Sunday.  They were delicious!

Also on Sunday, Lyric spent 5 hours in the sweat shop with me to help me work on the Ocean Friends quilt that I’m making for the son of our neighbor at the coast.  She was so good listening to me and asking questions about what and why.  She learned to use a rotary cutter, how to hold a ruler while cutting, how to thread the machine, she helped to pick out fabrics and she sewed 9 of the Wonky Nine Patch Blocks that go into the quilt.  I was so proud of her.  You should have seen her critiquing her 1/4″ seams!

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Look how the seams match on those blocks.  She was so careful to nest them the way I showed her.  She’s a natural!

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I was sorry to see them go home.  I did however, send a special birthday present for Lyric home with her mom but I can’t tell you what it is because her birthday isn’t until June.  After her experience this weekend, I think she’ll like it!  😉

Monday I went to my local quilt shop and picked up  17 yards of black grunge fabric for a 6″ outer border and backing for my BIL’s t-shirt quilt.  I also got a yard of teal grunge for a 2″ inner border.

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Here the quilt top so far.  I should be able to finish the top this weekend.  The lizard on the ceiling caused quite a stir in my FB group for Beginner Longarm Quilters.  He’s always hanging around keeping an eye on me.  ha ha

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I also saw this quilt made from a panel hanging in the window of the quilt shop.  Of course, I had to add it into the queue…as if it’s not full enough!  I’ve never made a spool quilt and I think it will look great in my new sewing room at the coast.

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Happy quilting!

Halloween Hooters Applique

Ok, so this is a bit late.  And I could hold on to it until next year but…nah.  While I was in Colorado Springs visiting the grands last August, I came across the CUTEST applique quilt, Halloween Hooters by Whistling Creek Productions.

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I did this quilt completely the old fashioned way: tracing by hand, cutting with scissors, and stitching by machine vs. an embroidery machine.  It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r.  I did enjoy the process.

I’m completely not a fan of a blanket stitch but instead, after seeing this on a blog somewhere, dropped the feed dogs, popped on the hopping foot, and stitched very close to the edge of the material.  It went very quickly and I got better as I went.

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I found some really cute Halloween fabric for the backing.  I totally don’t care that the stitching can be seen here.  It’s a wall hanging so it won’t be seen anyway.

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I think before it goes up next year, I’ll do some spider webs in the black center parts to fill it in a bit.  Overall I’m vey happy with how this turned out.  Too cute and totally fun!

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