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January 2nd, 2017 at 5:43 pm

On to the new year

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Keeping helpers busy too

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Layers of wet signs

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and one more idea

The holidays are done and packed away. We can all start to relax and do the things we love to do.

Since it was another 4 day weekend, but this time I had no crafting that had to get done for a gift, I decided to try something that I’ve always wanted to do.  Rustic signs.

I made a sign for a gift for Christmas, I sort of got the bug to try some other techniques. So I did.

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You can tell how successful you are by the size of the mess when you are done.. at least that’s how I measure it.

Doing these odd ball crafts is very exhausting – I’m not used to using my brain for physically creative things, being a programmer by day most of my creativeness is in the database programming world (digital data) not the physical. So taking these weekends to do something so out of the normal is exhausting and invigorating at the same time.

I bought a package of 10×10 canvasses , on sale at Joann’s of course, I wonder what I could come up with to do on those???? Can’t wait to see what I can find on Pinterest to do with those.

 

 

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December 19th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Center is done….On to boarders

Well the holiday season is upon us, and I have started 5 new projects – yep! No more to say about that!

I was able to get 1 more lesson done on the FMQ lesson booklet and I added 3 more blocks. I started with a yard of material and expanded the lessons into filling it. I have added 3 other blocks that I found on Pinterest Board: FMQ Ideas to fill in the layout. Of the 3 extra, 2 turned out “Not so bad”, 1 is just bad, but it was challenging.

So here is the last block in the workbook: Lesson 9

I had so much anxiety over this block, that’s why it took me so long to do it. I have a 18″x18″ whiteboard that I have been practicing on for weeks.  It’s not perfect, but I learned alot doing it.

Now, on to the 3 “personal” selection blocks: #10 = Spiral, #11 – Zentangle, #12 Scrolled Heart w/boarder.

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My all time favorite is #11. I love, love, love things with depth. Whether it is dimensional in space, dimensional in person, or carries multiple meanings…I love it when something is more than what it appears to be.

Now, on to the boarders and corners!!!

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November 29th, 2016 at 8:10 am

It’s all in the connections you make

That’s what they say nowadays – This is a great, great resource for connecting. I wish I had found this years ago, I wouldn’t have to keep searching for it when I have to automate someone else’s manual process!!!

https://www.connectionstrings.com/microsoft-jet-ole-db-4-0/

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November 27th, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Traditions…

in: Holiday

So the turkey was smoked and eaten. Pastry cloth
Turkey sandwiches for 2 days.
8 bags of Turkey Wild Rice Soup in the freezer.
What else is left to do….Lefsa of course.

Each year we make up a batch and send it out to relatives on the coasts, this year we are doing up to batches, one this weekend and one just before christmas to send out that week. Lefsa

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November 27th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Wow – who knew doing circles was gonna be such a challenge?!

I know that I can’t draw a straight line, but who knew how hard it was going to be sewing circles – good grief, Charlie Brown!!!

Had lots and lots of thread issues on these three blocks – shredding like crazy. And as the saying goes, I used one whole bobbin on block 8 and ran out with just 2 1/2 squares (plus a titch) left to do. I thought I was out of white, but I found some more this evening so I could finish up. 

lesson7lesson8The back of 8 doesn’t look too bad, even if I do say so myself!!!lesson8back

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November 21st, 2016 at 7:18 pm

FMQ – putting me thru the ringer

So I joined this group on Facebook Sit Down Free Motion Quilters to help push me into using my big sewing machine. I have so many Quilt tops done it’s ridiculous!!!!  So this past weekend, I had a dog and hubby free day – I started the dreaded project of washing all the linens and decided I would do this in between loads – or loads of laundry in between these lessons. Basically it came down to which ever project was making me crazy I would go do the other!!!

But, got 5 of the lessons done – I give myself a solid C, A for effort, but C for abilities.

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I have learned a lot from the group, but it is all about practice and developing muscle memory.  The hardest part for me is making a decision which way to go or what to do.

My worst nightmare is when someone says to me “Just do what ever you want”!!!!!  NOOOOOOOO!

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November 15th, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Fall Nesting

Fall Nesting or Stocking up for the winter – you decide – we are supposed to get the first snow fall this next weekend and it’s looking like a doozy!

So, mad the hubby clean the “entrance” to the garage and his hobby room and the hallway, so, since he did that I figured I better work on my sewing room.  4 large bags of trash/junk were taken out and I found 3 packages of fabric that I ordered this year and didn’t even take them out of the boxes – good grief !

Even found my winter project…Butterfles

I figured since I got such a good deal on the kit, I better make the thing.

Last winter/spring I made the Galaxy quilt, so this will be a good winter project. Along with completing some of the 12+ quilt tops waiting for quilting.

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November 2nd, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Carving Punkins

I have always wanted to do something different in respects to carving of the punkin..well, we actually haven’t carved punkins for quite awhile, but this year I went and bought a few punkins for me to carve!

I only did one and it was on Halloween that I was carving it when my 5 Trick or Treaters came, but I really had fun doing it and I will be able to use it all season for the stoop decoration.

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October 23rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Fills me with warmth, and will give warmth to another

What could be better than giving warmth to another…

This Mystery Quilt was awesome, fun, frustrating, challenging but most of all…rewarding in so many ways.  I can’t wait to do the quilting on this too.

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Join us as we embark on a new quilt challenge for 2016 and then our 2017 contest. Everyone loves a mystery and this is a great one to top off 2016 and lead us into 2017.
Project Linus – Gracies Get Well Garden

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October 15th, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Still stitching away…

Wow, how time files and I’ve still got no FMQ practicing done, but I have started 2 new mystery quilts – Hip Hip Hooray!!!

Join us as we embark on a new quilt challenge for 2016 and then our 2017 contest. Everyone loves a mystery and this is a great one to top off 2016 and lead us into 2017.
Project Linus – Gracies Get Well Garden

 

 

Mystery Quilt for a Cause by Heather Spence Designs – benefiting Family Renewal Shelter in Tacoma, Washington. They rescue women and children out of severely abusive. Homes in which their lives are in danger. If you would like additional information about them or to give additionally you can find them on the web at: http://domesticviolencehelp.org/

 

 

I am a bit behind – even though the quilt for a cause just started, I’m running 2 weeks behind on the Linus one, but it’s my goal this weekend to get caught up. Although, here in Minnesota it’s 70 degrees on October 15 – something very unheard of for around here – might have to sneak out side some today to do some last minute yard work since it’s still short sleeve weather around here.

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