Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Linky Tuesday

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Today is Linky Tuesday!
Teje's Sewing Room
Last week Teje from Nero's Post and Patch showed us her beautiful sewing room, it looks like many of you already visited her but if you missed seeing it go back and take a peek. I know I love seeing where other people work. Thanks so much for sharing and be sure to grab a featured button.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Trapped with a zombie in Chicago

Pin It I spent a couple days in Chicago with my daughter and granddaughter and had a great time.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie
We were trapped in a room with a zombie! We took part in a Room Escape Adventure in the Fine Arts building in Chicago.
Trapped in a room with a zombie
 I never know what my daughter is going to get me involved in. I didn't want to do it but....I have to admit that it was a lot of fun. You are grouped with other people and have 60 minutes to discover all the clues in the room so you can get out before the zombie eats you.......we didn't make it.
Zombie Meat Escape Rate
For some reason my daughter is really into heights. These photos were taken from the 360 Chicago which used to be the John Hancock Center.
View of Chicago from 360 Chicago
Kimberly did the Tilt.....1,000 feet above the ground and they tilt you! There was no way I was doing it!
My daughter doing the tilt at 360 Chicago
You can see Navy Pier here. We were there around sunset on Friday night and the views were fantastic.
Navy Pier viewed from 360 Chicago
 Sunset from the 360 Chicago.
Sunset at 360 Chicago
We also went to Skydeck Chicago which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  There is a ledge that extends out 4.3 foot from the Skydeck. My daughter and granddaughter both went out on it and have photos.....I tried but......I just couldn't do it.
Kimberly on the ledge at Skydeck Chicago
Have you seen the scopes you can use to take selfies? I told my daughter that I had ordered one (which should get here today) and she thought they were the silliest things to buy. Well, everywhere you looked people were using them so......before too long guess who bought one? I think she needs more practice with it. 
learning to use a selfie scope
 We stayed at the Hotel Palomor Chicago which was right downtown. I can't believe I forgot to take a photo of our room! We were on the 14th floor and went swimming on the 17th floor....what a view.
Hotel Palomor in Chicago
We also ate at Smith & Wollensky which is in Marina City. The sixty tower buildings were built in 1964 and I can remember my grandmother taking me there when it opened and we toured the different studio, one bedroom and two bedroom condos that were available then.
Marina City Chicago IL
Marina City, Chicago photo property of aviewoncities.com
This was just a couple blocks from our hotel and we walked there Saturday night. It started snowing while we were eating which made for a slippery walk back. It is amazing how busy downtown Chicago is at night.

Okay......now back to quilting!
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

AccuQuilt GO! BIG Blog Hop

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Snails Trail in the Snow at Freemotion by the River
The Mississippi river is frozen and there aren't any snails down along the shore but.....I did have my Snail's Trail quilt out there! I am so ready for winter to be over!
GO! BIG Blog hop
I am tickled to be taking part in the GO! BIG blog hop and when I was contacted about receiving the GO! BIG electric cutter and a GO! BIG die I couldn't wait for the box to get here! I also chose the GO! Snail's Trail die, that was a hard decision as I liked all of them! I was given a fat quarter bundle of Downtown Abbey by Andover Fabric to use for my project for the blog hop.
Downtown Abbey fabrics
I couldn't wait to use it and.....I cut up all the Downtown Abbey before I realized I had forgotten to take pictures. I have several other projects I'll be sharing soon and will show the steps for putting together this block. This die is so neat! One cut gives you all the pieces for one color of the block. I also used 9 pieces of muslin for my blocks. They are huge.....12 1/2" blocks!
AccuQuilt GO! BIG Snails Trail die
It is very safe to use and I did a post earlier where I showed my grand-daughters helping me cut with it. If you missed it check it out here.
a little posing for the camera
I have to be honest and say that I had never made the Snail's Trail block in all my years of quilting. This die makes it so easy and I just love it!
Snails Trail quillt on the deck

Photos of the Snails Trail quilt made with the GO! BIG
I hope you have been enjoying the AccuQuilt GO! BIG blog hop and be sure to visit all the other blogs that are taking part. You'll get some great ideas!
AccuQuilt GO! BIG Blog Hop

February 23:Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24Haley Pierson Cox, The Zen of Making, GO! Big Circle
February 25 Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
February 26 Angela Pingel, Cut To Pieces, GO! Big Churn Dash
February 27 Jodi Nelson, Pleasant Home, GO! Big Square
February 28 Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1 Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2 Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3 Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4 Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stash Control

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Cleaned up stash
Last weekend I took a little time to straighten up my fabrics......you never know when you'll find something you forgot you had. I also have a small basket that I keep scraps in and it was time to cut them into different sizes that I keep. The smallest is a 1 ½" square (crazy......I know). All the fabrics on the right side are batiks!

After doing all that my bin that I keep the 2 ½" squares in was overflowing so I decided to spend a little time sewing some of them together.
Too many scrap squares
There is nothing more relaxing than sewing 4 patches together. I used a ¼" seam allowance.
Sewing scraps together at Freemotion by the River
After I made a bunch of these I cut up some 5" squares of neutral fabrics and then cut them diagonally.
Cut up 5 inch squares on diagonal
I then added them to the sides of my 4 patch. I am using 2 different neutrals for each block.
Add the pieces to the 4 square blocks
You end up with a bunch of neat blocks and.....less scraps! 
Make up lots of blocks with your scraps
I probably won't trim my blocks until I'm finally ready to make something with them....for now I'm just clearing out my stash a little bit. Square up your blocks to 6 ½" x 6 ½" and make a quilt!
Square up the blocks
.Don't forget to visit all the blogs taking part in the AccuQuilt GO! BIG blog hop!
 AcuQuilt GO! BIG Blog Hop
February 23: Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24Haley Pierson Cox, The Zen of Making, GO! Big Circle
February 25: Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
February 26: Angela Pingel, Cut To Pieces, GO! Big Churn Dash
February 27: Jodi Nelson, Pleasant Home, GO! Big Square
February 28Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1: Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash

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