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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Linky Tuesday

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Today is Linky Tuesday
Jen from Faith and Fabric shared a fun tutorial for a project I keep saying I am going to make with my batik scraps! I'm off to buy some water-soluble stabilizer! Thanks for sharing and please grab a Featured button!
Kristin from Our Alaskan Life shared this beautiful Mile A Minute Jelly Roll quilt that is.....only her second quilt!! I am sure we will be seeing many more! Thanks for sharing and please grab a Featured button!
Our Alaskan Life Quilt

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bag It Pouch

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Batik Pouch

Have you ever started working on one project and then.....switch to another? That is what I did yesterday. Actually, I seem to do that quite a bit. Anyway, I finally felt good enough to spend some time quilting. I pulled out a batik jelly roll that I have had for a long time and started making some blocks. The collection was called Xanadu Batiks by Moda and I figured it was time to use it up. I was cutting some 2 1/2 inch squares and thought they looked a little funny. It turned out all of the strips were about 1/8 to 1/4 inch wider than 2 1/2 inches. I'm glad I caught it right away and if you use pre-cut strips or stacks be sure to double check that the size is correct. I took the time to trim all of the strips right away.....then I hauled out the vacuum to help me pick up all those tiny snips.
batik blocks
I went back to working on my blocks and when I took a break I checked my email. Darlene from QuiltShopGal had a new post about a #StitchAlong that is hosted by Patty D of Elm Street Quilts called Bag It that she is taking part in. know I love making bags, pouches, totes and purses so I had to go check it out. Can you guess what happened next????? I decided to make the Basic Zip Pouch since it used 2 1/2 inch squares and....I had a pile of them in front of me.

In Patty's tutorial she used fusible fleece and I didn't have any so I used regular fleece and an Elmer's Washable School Glue Stick. I love that stuff. I am getting low on zippers and the closest color I had was a blue...that worked for me.
putting in the zipper
In no time at all I had it finished. I know the zipper is a little wonky.....I have no idea what I did! It is a little smaller than my phone and I think it will make a great coin purse.
Batik Pouch and phone
Darlene also mentioned that Jocelyn from Happy Cottage Quilter is making pouches and found the cutest charms at Walmart that work for zipper pulls. I'll be checking that out the next time I go!

In the meantime I pulled out the precious little gift my granddaughter gave me last Christmas, I think it looks beautiful!
charm from my granddaughter
All month long you can find bag tutorials at Elm Street Quilts along with giveaways and a link-up. Be sure to check it out. I'll be linking up too. #elmstreetquilts #stitchalong

Now........make to my blocks......tell me I'm not the only one who gets side-tracked!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Desert Path Table Runner

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Desert Path Table Runner Tutorial
Last week.....before I got sick, I made a beautiful batik table runner and liked it so much....I had to make another one! I'm still not sure which one I like the best.
Desert Path Table Runners
The beautiful batiks I used for the table runners are from Island Batik's new Fall collection called Desert Rose.
Desert Rose from Island Batik
This table runner is made from an assortment of fabrics in the group while the other runner was made using the same fabric for the Drunkard's Path blocks and the plain blocks.
Desert Path Table Runner made with assorted batiks
This table runner is very easy to make and the tutorial is really only a diagram to show you how to lay out the blocks for the design as it only uses 12 Drunkard's Path blocks and 6 plain blocks.
blocks to make for the table runner
My table runners are 12 x 24 and I used the AccuQuilt GO! #55338 Drunkard's Path die which makes a 4" finished block.
Here is a diagram showing how to join the rows.
layout design for the Desert Path table runner
When I was taking pictures I started seeing all kinds of possibilities for other designs!
Design possibilites for quilts
I may have to make a large quilt using something like this!
Design possibilites for quilts
This table runner makes me feel like Spring is here.
table runner
I really think this one is my favorite though.
Table Runner
Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments......the flu lasted longer than I thought, after my last post I realized I wasn't feeling that much better and then it hit Bob and my dad. My daughter's family....every single one of them also got sick. There hasn't been much quilting going on and I'm hoping my energy picks up soon.  We are also getting our first snow storm of the season!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Flu Bug

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I had planned on having a post up with the tutorial for this little wall hanging on Monday didn't happen. I babysat my grandchildren for a couple days and......the flu bug hit us. I didn't even have enough energy or motivation to put up Linky Tuesday yesterday. Sorry.

We went to see the dinosaurs on Saturday and it was kind of disappointing for the money. $17 for me and $19 for each of the girls and we were done within an hour.
The granddaughters and dinosaurs
Afterwards I got a few photos of them in the leaves and we went to dinner. About two hours later my oldest granddaughter started complaining of an upset stomach and it wasn't long before we in the bathroom.......spent most of the night in there. On Sunday she mostly spent the day laying on the couch and was able to go to school on Monday. Well....guess who got sick on Monday???? Me. I had a miserable drive home that evening.....there is nothing like your own home when you're sick.

I can't remember when I had the flu this bad. My joints ached, I even thought I was going to pass out a couple times. Anyway, by yesterday morning the worst of it was over and I could finally sleep so that is what I did all day. Even today my stomach is gurgling and it is a good day to just read a book. Oh, I talked to my daughter yesterday and Monday night the youngest granddaughter got it.

These are photos I had ready for a post on Sunday.

The granddaughters outside in the leaves
Same photos with a little photoshop.
The granddaughters outside in the leaves
I should have a new post up tomorrow promises......I'm reading a good book :)
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