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March 29th, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Wood Signs

I was trying to do some signs for a fundraising event and my cutter decided to be a pill and not cut anything that I could use. I had come to terms about it and my hubby says “Well do you want to use the router and ‘rout’ them out?”

Well hell ya, but when ever we try to do something in a rush we both just get flustered and go to separate corners.

We haven’t use that router thing much so we were rusty but we both feel it was a huge success!!!

I really played around with stain options on these – Laundry is a mix of forest green paint mixed with a little bit of dark walnut stain. Farmhouse is a blue stain then I took the cloth from the walnut stain that was used to wipe off those boards and wiped it on here. Helped give it a little depth in color.

These two signs were done on 1×4 – so they are about 3 1/2″ x 30″ – a nice little sign to fill a spot on the wall.

Once these two were done, we were on a roll. So we took the same cutting file and did another sign, a little bigger – this one is on a 1×6 piece of cedar, stained a dark brown. We goof and had the wrong bit in when we started cutting so there is a texture/shadowing being done on each letter. It looks kinda kool to us. 1″x6″x36″ 1/8″ deep cut.

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February 28th, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Last minute February post

in: Quilting

You would think with all the snow that Minnesota has gotten this month I would have gotten a lot of crafting done – well you would be wrong.

New job, getting used to new routines, and winter blues just got the best of me this month. I need some fabric to fill in some holes in a project that’s all over my table right now and with the icky weather we’ve been having I just don’t want to drag myself to the fabric stores to get it.

I did do 1 row/column in my sample project: Braid

Now I can say I’ve done it because I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. That was slow going. I can’t image how long it would take to do a whole border with that layout = patience!

There is an error in it but I was able to work it out.

I need to do 1 or 2 more ‘rows’ in this, then I will be able to put it all together – ha!

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February 7th, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Beauty in the Snow

I have had up to 4 pairs in my back yard this winter.

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January 15th, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Quick year end project – done

in: Quilting

Well, I finished it but I had so many technical problems doing this one I just won’t even take a picture of the whole thing so here is all I’ve got to show:

I was really disappointed by the pattern that we were given, it never gave us block sizes – so that we knew what to trim to, or get your blocks to the right size. Mine were too small, then the boarder was too small which accidentally worked out cut it matched up with the smaller big blocks until it came to the corners- nothing matched up. But it’s done and I will use it as a training quilt for the HQSS and then some lucky dog will have a beautiful had made blanket.

I will say, however, I am using all the scrap and mis-made pieces from this project for another project and I’m having a blast with that one…

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January 2nd, 2019 at 11:04 am

Ending the year with a new project

Joined another FB group – The Quilting Company Mystery Quilt group.

I found them at the end of their last quilt and it looked like so much fun I had to join to see what else they have up their sleeves. They ran quick redo of a mystery quilt that was run in a magazine and since it was a cold and blustery weekend here and I found I stack of fabric perfect for it, I figured “Why not?”

Well, “Why not?” is because now my room is a mess again.

Oh well, that’s what it’s there for and I am making use of something I had sitting around.

So I am counting that as a win-win.

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December 1st, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Start Small

in: Quilting

So, the next project on my table “Smiles” is yelling my name – and taking up space.

Because this is such a different pattern, I decided to try it out on some small, left over pieces.

Now, by no means is this anywhere near perfect, with seems lining up, but it was a really good test of how things work.

I do have a plan for this and I almost can’t wait for that part of this project! In the off time, I have been practice/drawing out quilting patterns for these strips. That is quite intimidating but maybe the first one I actually take to that point.


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November 21st, 2018 at 4:50 pm

2 of 3 Done – one more to go

I am so, so, so disappointed in the pattern for this quilt. I am a bit peeved at the shop that I bought the kit from cuz they couldn’t have followed this pattern “Exactly” and got a finished product – but I didn’t take a picture of their finished one – Lesson learned (When you buy a kit that includes a pattern, but the picture on the pattern does not match the material or sample, take a picture for reference!).

As I was assembling the quilt pieces, things just did not match up. No matter what I did. I reread (4 times) and nothing was making sense. So I walked away for awhile and came back fresh.  Then I started again and I realized the problem – so I walked away again to try to figure out the problem. 

  • The pattern offers 2 cutting instructions, however, the panel that I have does not trim down to that size without having it off kilter – wonky.
  • The pattern says to only add a border to the long sides – not the top and bottom. But that made it look weird – off balance.
  • In the beginning of the pattern it references the 2 different sizes, however as you go further thru it it does not any longer. It does matter on some of the assembly what you started with.

So I took off the inner borders and trimmed it down to work with the lovely lovely perfect flying geese strips that I had made – they were so perfect!!!

It’s not as pretty as the one in the shop, but it’s not bad either. It ended up 46×68 – wonky to the end!!! 

It’s a blustery day here so It was blowing in the wind when I tried to get the picture.


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November 11th, 2018 at 3:36 pm

40 Geese A Flying

in: Quilting

Got up this morning and started the “Process.”


And can I just say that it feels so good when the process works!

In her instructions, Ellen Burns says to “just clip somewhere in the middle” after you sew the two sides together again.  I hate when things are vague – I like to ask “Why” a lot… So here is how I do it and there is little to no chance for errors:

  1. Once you have sewn the two halves together, you then cut down the middle line again
  2. This gives you 2 large triangles. You now need to open this up and press it flat. However, because of the you want the tips to be pressed in the same way so that they are flat you will need to clip between them – this will created a very flat flying geese block. So what I do is fold this large triangle in half again. Then I carefully flip at the fold, making sure not to cut thru the seam, just right up to it.
  3. Then I am able to press these open and very flat. This makes such a difference going forward – less bulky.
  4. After this you cut the block in half between the two “Geese” parts and trim down to 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 – I don’t have her Flying Geese rulers, but if you are patient and measure (twice) you can trim these up pretty easily.

There you have it 40 Flying Geese.

(this photo looks blurry, but it’s actually the fabric – looked twice then when and checked)





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November 10th, 2018 at 6:15 pm

One more time – Flying Geese

So, my next one of my three projects also has flying geese, I’m going to attempt again to do it the Ellen Burns way. I’m all setup and ready to go in the morning.  Yippee!!

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November 10th, 2018 at 3:45 pm

One down, Two to go

in: Quilting

Well, when I first looked at this plan (rerouted plan) I didn’t think it was going to be very big. But this one grew and grew and grew – which is totally fine ‘cuz now it’s a nice size. 

This what not what I had planned to do, but it turned out nice and bright.

There were some challenges because of the way the QST blocks were made – the Ellen Burns Flying Geese is fabulous, if you use them for geese. If you don’t – link in my case, it is very difficult to put the QST blocks together becuz most of the seems all run the same say. Maybe 1 out of 4 were able to be nested, and if one side could be nested the bottom side did not. But the blocks were so square, even and flat that all of these turned out great.

So this one is now off to the UFO pile – I don’t have a backing for it but I do have binding … maybe I should get 4 different bins for the UFO’s –

  1. Tops
  2. Tops with backing
  3. Tops with binding
  4. Tops with backing and binding

So this is how I can tell I’m worn out – my OCD button is on high – but it is a good idea, I just don’t know where I could put 3 more bins.

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