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A Big Cardboard Box...

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This has become Liz's favorite napping spot for the past week. How much fun a child can have with just a box!

Yesterday, I was able to work on my plastic bag keeper.
I did long wavy FMQing line on it. It was good for a larger practice piece. I liked how most of them turned out...but they definitely are not symmetrical.  I did do some stitch-in-the-ditch before I did the FMQing. I really like how it turned out. I used the tutorial from Moda Bake Shop by Rachel of p.s. i quilt. It was easy to follow and quick to make. This is my completed plastic bag keeper, I've been wanting one for a long time...something finally done! Now, for today's accomplishments...I made 3 log cabin blocks. One (mine) has been quilted for my FMQing practice for day 9. The loops turned out good, still not symmetrical, but Oh well...if I want to keep FMQing, I better not worry about symmetry for a while! I really like today's results. I hope the other ones come out good too. The other 2 blocks are bas…

Flower Pot Pin Cushion Turtorial...

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Flower Pot Pin Cushion
Materials Needed:
1 - 3 1/2 inch (or 3"...which ever size is closestest) terra cota pot
3 scraps of 2 1/2" x 8" or 1 square 6" x 6"
1 piece 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece felt or batting
5 or 6 rocks (ie. driveway rocks)
stuffing (ie. Poly-fil)
lace, ribbon, etc.
hot glue gun
I had materials for two pots.

First, if you choose to use the three strips of fabric...
sew them together

Then...for both...
take your topper material and cut into a 5 1/2" diameter circle
and your felt/batting peice and cut it to about 4 1/2" diameter circle

baste the topper and batting together and quilt

Now, we can assemble the pieces.
Take the pot and put in the rocks.
Use the stuffing to fill up the rest of the pot...and add extra so it is puffing out of the pot (the more you can hold in during assembly, the better the top looks on the finished product.)
Once stuffed, push the stuffing down as much as possible, flip the pot over onto the quilted topper…

Fabric Forgiveness...

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Yesterday, I made a log cabin quilt block...because I just love them and wanted to see how easy or hard they were to make. It was rather easy and quick. My only question is...How long are the pieces to be cut? I printed a pattern that didn't have any directions with it. So I went by the middle square and just multiplied by the number of blocks per strip. It worked, but I had a lot of extra 'scrap' sections that I cut off as I was sewing the pieces together. I love what I ended up with and I'm sending out to my grandmother tomorrow!
I know the colors are not blocked together as a traditional log cabin block...but I felt like doing my own thing...and I was using scraps!

I also used this to practice my FMQing for yesterday. I began in the middle and started curling outward...but I didn't like it and started the long wavy lines. So, I took out the middle with the seam ripper, and then went over it with wavy lines to complete the same look all over. I liked it but you co…

Lets Catch Up...

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On the recent things...then I'll work my way back through the things I've mentioned on some previous posts.

So, first is the Free Motion Quilting Challenge that began (at least for me) on Friday, April 22...it is going well. On Monday - my day 4 - I did a few very small items. A pin cushion top, a small plaque, and what will become a coaster...



Then Tuesday - day 5 - I used an extra square that had been left over from a quilted rag bag I made around Christmas. I think I might bind it and use it as a mug rug... The FMQing seems to be getting easier. I'm gaining a little more control, however, I do feel like I'm fighting the machine at times. It feels like it wants to pull the fabric it's own way. Is this because the feed dogs aren't lowered? I don't have that option on my machine. Before I even started my FMQ the lady at the sewing machine shop told my to put the stitch lenght on 0, but that didn't seem to do anything. I'll have to keep work…

Mad Fabrictist...

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My husband comes up with some great nicknames. Yesterday, when I was having the rushed day trying to finish the casserole carrier, my wonderful husband was in our bedroom... family room... sewing room with me towards the end of my escapade. Well, the radio was on with some kids shows on (but adults enjoy them too!) and Ranger Bill was the one on and the subject was about a doctor. At one point in the show someone called her a mad scientist...

This caused my husband to say that that's what I am...my college degree is Earth Science and I teach a science class...

But he QUICKLY changed his mind and called me a Mad Fabrictist...I laughed and took it as a great compliment, then turned to my sewing machine and kept sewing!

I love my husband very much and this new title.

To continue to live up to my title...I did today's FMQ Challenge - however it only consisted of two small pieces of scraps so I could continue to get the hang of it.

 Each day seems to be getting easier! The tall …

That Cassarole Carrier...

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Took ALL DAY to finish...I was still working on it while I was also trying to get ready to go to church! But it is (almost) completely finished...



I need to sew around the handles a little bit more, but I really like the way it looks...however, there are some bad spots on it. I was in a hurry, I broke three needles (on the handle loops) and I'm still learning about quilting and binding! I used Madeira by Blackbird Designs (Moda) for the printed material and cream flannel for the flaps. I'm hoping to post it to Moda Bake Shops April Monthly Contest in the next few days.

But because the casserole carrier took so long, I wasn't able to get to my FMQ Challenge till after our first Revival meeting at church. It was a great start to a week of meetings. I'll share a little of what I learned after I show my FMQ stuff for day 2.

I made Amber another bib and a matching burp rag. The fronts are cream floral with a purple back. The FMQ seamed allot easier tonight, however, I was me…

A couple of good days...

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Thursday was a very productive day...
       the house got cleaned (which I hate doing! but love the results...but with two kids, it never lasts! :),
       the laundry was almost all caught-up by the end of the day...also something I rarely see the end of...
       the casserole carrier was assembled, is now just waiting to be quilted, bound and handles added...
       a bib for Amber cut out to practice on for the FMQ Challenge...
       and two cute pin cushions were made...

Here is a picture of the casserole carrier at it's present state, which will be completed and used tomorrow (I hope!).
I was going to use this project as a FMQ Challenge piece, however, I've decided to do some regular quilting on this project and do more 'practice' pieces for the FMQ Challenge.
The two pin cushions were so quick and a fun project...I'm thinking about submitting a tutorial request for them to Moda Bake Shop...so you'll have to check back to see if this occurs and to se…

Good Friday...

Today is traditionally remembered as the day Jesus was crucified...and the crucifiction is something to be remembered and reflected upon. As a Christian, one should remember the work Christ did for us on the cross. He took the painful beatings, the agony of the hanging on the cross and, in doing so, died for our sins.

As a non-Christian, one should realize their sin and their need for a Saviour. Jesus Christ is our way to forgiveness. If you want to know more the right side bar of my blog is clear about what someone needs to do to be forgiven. 

His blood covers our sins when we ask his forgiveness...His Resurrection on Sunday fullfils the prophesy of a Saviour and finishes the work of salvation. All we have to do is accept it.

My belief, however, is more in line with a Wednesday crucifiction. This is because from Friday to Sunday is not 3 days... and the Last Supper was for the Passover. If you would like more information on this, I'd be happy to supply the verse references and …

Some Practice Pieces...

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So yesterday was good that I did get one of my practice pieces for the FMQ Challenge all ready. However, the piecing of my squares turned out terrible. Good thing its all practice! So not only do I need a FMQ Challenge to better (well, actually start) my quilting skills...I NEED a piecing challenge!
Warning! Don't look to close at the piecing...it may scare you!!

Then I was able to get the material chosen for another project that I hope to finish by Saturday evening. This will also be one of my FMQ practice pieces - I think!
This will become a casserole carrier, which I need to use Saturday because at church we are beginning revival services, which includes fellowship dinners.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,  throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 
Happy Wednesday! Amanda

Get ready for a Challenge...

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I'm going to be joining the Free Motion Quilting Challenge beginning on Friday. So today I hope to get a few sample peices sandwiched together. If the progress goes well, I'll share some pictures here and on the FMQ blog.

This morning I designed some fabric for the Spoonflower weekly contest. This week was to be inspired by poetry. I choose Psalm 1 - mostly verse 3.
I'm still working on perfecting my designs...but I did like how this one came out. I beleive voting should open tomorrow on the poetry materials.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3
Hope you are having a productive week... Amanda

The Results...

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Last nights Friday Night Sew-in didn't feel very productive at first, but once the baby went to bed more was accomplished. First I wanted to finish piecing the pillow tops, because this is how they've looked for almost a week... First mission accomplished! Next I decided to work on my oversize mug rug. I had the pattern picked out and some of the material I wanted to use. However, once I laid out the material to get started, I added some from my scrap basket... so my choices were from these... Earlier I was going to go with blue, green, and yellow...However, the yellow & red material won out...so I went with yellow, red, and green... So I cut the pieces...
And sewed the squares together and then cut where needed... Now, I just have to press the triangles open to squares and then piece them all together and quilt.
I made a mistake - I didn't add an extra 1/2 inch to my small squares...I should have done this because the pattern was to cut triangles, and I thought it easier to…