Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Linky Tuesday

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Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Today is Linky Tuesday!
Jill from Apple Avenue Quilts has two beautiful free quilt patterns that she is sharing. I don't know about you, but I love string blocks! Thanks so much for sharing and also be sure to grab a featured button.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Deck Flowers and Giveaway Winner

Pin It I am working on another Summer Flowers quilt as I sent mine off to Paducah, Kentucky last week.
Pink appliqued flower on the deck
I love working with string blocks and applique - especially when I am using batiks. I had some of the fabric leftover that I used for the flowers from the fabrics that Island Batik sent me. I'm not sure what I am going to use for the sashing and background blocks yet.
Summer Flowers appliques blocks

Congratulations to Cricket Corner who is the winner of the beautiful bundle of Marblehead Pleasing Pastels by Ro Gregg from Fabri-Quilt. Thanks also to Fabri-Quilt for sponsoring another great giveaway!
Fabri-Quilt winner

Tute Happy Summer Marblehead Pleasing Pastel Bundle by Fabri-Quilt
I am also tickled to announce that......I have the deck floor completely finished! The top rail is also done but....the spindles need a little touching up. Yesterday we had our first rain and you should have seen the way the water just sat on some of the boards. I even had fun going out with a mop to dry them off. No......I won't do that very often.
Deck floor all sealed
 I even got all 3 sets of steps done!
Deck steps all sealed
 Yesterday I also took the time to install some new software I bought  couple weeks ago. It is another graphics program called Serif DrawPlus X8 and I've been learning how to use it. I am having fun with flowers!
Drawing flowers with Serif DrawPlus X8

Treat yourself to Craftsy’s Summer Closeout! You’ll find the top-quality supplies you’ve been dreaming at amazing prices, but not for much longer.

The beautiful group of Sticks and Stones batiks is on sale 40% off right now!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My Quilt Studio

Pin It Welcome to the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop! Everyone is giving you a little peek at their creative space and today you'll get to see mine. This is my favorite room in the whole house! Last month I bought a Featherweight sewing machine and did a post about cleaning and moving things around in my quilt room and that sparked the idea of a blog hop showing our rooms.
Design wall

My room isn't very big and I am constantly changing things depending on what I'm working on. Bob and my dad just shake their heads when they see me tearing things apart in there.Lately I have been working with AccuQuilt dies and my GO! Big Electric cutter so......I moved out a couple sewing machines so I could have a little more room. I will be doing a monthly guest post and tutorial on the AccuQuilt blog. I had a post up there yesterday.

When you stand in the door this is what you see. I like having small quilts hanging on the wall. A couple of them keep reminding me to finish the patterns for them. Right now I only have one of my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine setup (in here).  The AccuQuilt GO! Big Cutting machine is on the table against the wall close to my dies.

Underneath the table is a scrap baskets and a couple boxes of different size blocks. Some of my thread is in the tall storage container.
first view of room
I don't like my sewing machine up against a wall, I feel very claustrophobic having a wall two feet in front of me. It also bothers me if my room gets too clustered with containers open and stuff all over the floor. Yes, it does happen once in a while but I'm always in a hurry to get it back in order. I have tried putting the sewing machine in front of the window but there is too much glare. I also like my little stool that I use. I believe it is actually made for guys working on cars......I love it!  If I'm going to quilt a large quilt I just move one of the tables behind my sewing machine to help support the weight. I do all my free-motion quilting on my 15-91 sewing machine.
sewing machine and stool
I have a view of the Mississippi river and the road so I get to see what is going on outside while I'm quilting.
View of the river and road
Behind my sewing machine is this row of cabinets that I got from a friend when she was remodeling her basement. If you want to know what is in the cabinets....just check out my Quilt Studio page and you'll find out. Builder Bob cut me a piece of wood a little larger than my cabinet top and I have my cutting mat sitting on it. It gives me a cutting area of 24" x 36".  I also do my ironing to the right of it using a couple small pads and my vintage iron. If I need to iron a large quilt I just setup the ironing board in the living room.
cutting and ironing
Something I really like about my cabinets is all of these little cubbyholes. When I am cutting up fabric I try and do something with the scraps right away. I have a tray of 1 1/2" squares and another of 2" squares. Next to my sewing machine is a drawer with 2 1/2" squares. Whenever one of the trays or the drawer gets full......it is time to make something with them. I also have "some" of my charm squares sitting right there in the open.....waiting to be used.
cutting board and charm packs
I always keep a step stool handy in case I want to reach a quilt or batting on top of the bookcase. I also use the step stool when I am taking photos of projects. Is that all the batting I have???? No way! There is a bolt in our bedroom behind the bathroom door and another one in the laundry room
Lately I've been picking up some of the great scrapbook containers at Joann Fabric when they are 50% off so I can keep projects separate and most importantly......visible. If something is in a drawer or a box....I'll forget about it.  Here I have some batiks that I received from Island Batik that will be used in a project for a blog hop next month. I really, really love being an ambassador for them!
Design wall......well that is something that I really don't have. There is a small one behind the door but....I usually forget it is there and.....what is one it. Hmm, I had better finish a couple of these projects.
Small design wall
This month I moved my computer out of the quilt room and back out on the desk. It won't be long and I know I'll move it back into my quilt room.
computer setup
Last month we had thought we would build on to our house so I could have a bigger quilt room but our lots are small and we forgot that our septic field runs right behind the house so.....no building on. Then Bob decided that he really doesn't need a woodworking shop as he never makes anything anymore and the space would be better used as a quilt room. The room is in the basement and has no window so he would have to put one in. First he is working on selling his stuff. So.....maybe by next winter we'll be working on a new room. In the meantime.....I'm happy with what I have.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my room and below is the list of all the other ambassadors who are sharing their quilting spaces. I hope you visit them!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Tree Owl Pillow

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Purple Owl
Hi everyone! Today I am the guest blogger on AccuQuilt's blog and if you would like to know why I am making the little owl project again.....read my post over there!

15-91 Singer sewing machine

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a fat quarter bundle - more about that here.
 Marblehead Pleasing Pastel Bundle by Fabri-Quilt
Stop back tomorrow when I will be taking part in the Island Batik Ambassadors blog tour and sharing my quilt room with you.

I really enjoy using the AccuQuilt dies and cutters and you can still find some of the dies on sale until the end of July.

If you are thinking about buying a AccuQuilt cutter or have one, you'll want to check out their great sale! FREE shipping on orders over $25! You must use the Promo Code: JULYFREE. I am an affiliate for AccuQuilt and am compensated if you click through my links.

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