Thursday, June 30, 2016

CHALLENGING MYSELF and you if you want to join.



So here is the deal

See this quilt?



Quilt was started in America Samoa using my Accuquilt Go cutter.

One of the first projects I did with my Accuquilt Go cutter.

Many many many moons ago.

Have I shamed myself enough?

Trust me, I have a few other quilts that are older than this that need to be finished.

So

I am challenging myself to complete at least the top for the month of July.

I figure if I tell people and maybe shame myself enough I will get it done.

I need 128 two and a half inch squares to do one border side.  This will be a king size quilt.

I also figure that this is one top I can work on as my leisure (yes, I know that is what got me in this trouble in the first place (the word leisure).

I now have a pile of squares to start sewing and if I tire of sewing I can cut more or iron the squares that were packed up with this quilt top for who know how long.

Fun huh???

What quilt would you like to get done for the month of July?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FUN AMONG CHAOS

So much going on over here at Bejeweled....

not much sewing but some.

A friend gave me some tomatoes and so I decided to can them....oh my gosh.

I so love to can.



But I hate tomatoes and truly hated smelling them, almost lost my cookies a few times

Have I told you how I hate tomatoes???

Truly hate them.  I will eat spaghetti sauce, ketchup but if they have chunks in them.....

just can't do it.

Then I purchased some peaches


I could can ever day.....  

made some jelly


What to can now???




 I am working on an Island Batik project for August


here is a sneak peak.... using the fabric line "Lavish" and some
Desert Rose.

I have actually purchased some Island Batik fabric but purchased it online but maybe you are luckier than I am and can find a place to purchase your own by using Island Batik store locator.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

MODERN QUILTS - ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADOR CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE


I have to say that when we were told that

the Island Batik Challenge for this month was

Modern Quilts!!


I was perplexed!!!

Just what constitutes a modern quilt?

I searched the internet

Pinterest

Asked Friends

Family

and still couldn't come up with anything.

I had several ideas but nothing seemed right.

So here is what I came up with

"FREE SPACE"




I used a Crystal Cove Charm pack by Island Batik and
eight 10" squares of Desert Rose by Island Batik.
I also used my accuquilt go cutter and the Circle Die #55012
Used Fantastico #5144 thread by Superior Threads for the blanket stitching, they are having a sale on their fantastic threads as we speak.

To be honest, I was not even sure about this and was worried I was wasting my Crystal Cove charm pack.

Even when I was quilting it I was not sure.

But....

and I say But....

when I put the binding on.....

all my worries faded away.

I am hoping to make a quilt out of this one day

not anytime soon but one day.

I think I need to go back to Samoa to be able to sew and blog like I used to.  Life tends to be quite busy.

I have done another Sun Bonnet Sue quilt  Samoan Style



Here are the other Island Batik Ambassadors who have posted their Modern
 Quilt for the month




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AND THE REST OF THE STORY!!

Here is the completed Sun Bonnet Sue




                                                 and Overall Sam!




Making these quilts was made a lot easier with my Accuquilt Go cutter, the most time consuming part was selecting the fabrics but I think we already discussed that.
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Then to end the month with all of the Island Batik Ambassadors "Playful Paper Piecing"  just click on the link to get your eye candy of Island Batik fabrics and a bunch of tricks and tips to paper piecing.




Life has been so full here at the Bejeweled House.  My mother comes and stays with me from Friday til after church on Sunday.  I kept Baby Gene this week-end and was in total heaven....as well as my youngest son and his wife who came to visit..





Friday, May 20, 2016

SUNBONNET SUE AND OVERALL SAM


Last night it took me four hours just gathering fabrics, cutting, and fusing the Sun Bonnet Sue to the background fabric.  





Haven't fused the Sams yet.



Here they are here waiting.  My Accuquilt Go made short work of cutting these out.



These are the border fabrics for these quilts.  These two are for twin boy and girl.
I purchased these fabric from Connecting Threads when they had them on sale.  I really do like their fabrics and I especially like it when I can get a good sale.



Made these bowl potholders for a friend.  You can find the patterns online for free or on craftsy.



Friday, May 13, 2016

WHAT I DO WHEN MY PRINTER IS OUT OF INK OR I CAN NOT GET THE PATTERN TO PRINT AT THE RIGHT SIZE

You and I both know that nothing is more frustrating than wanting to do a project only to find you are out of ink.


Or even worst yet and more frustrating you can not get the pattern to print at the right size.

Well.....

First off...usually the pattern has a square of some kind of gauge to measure your patterns by.

If there is a one inch square (which this pattern did not have), I take my ruler and measure the square right on my computer screen.  If it is too big or too small, I just zoom in or zoom out until I get it to one inch.

Easy...


This is the pattern I want.





Lay the computer screen as far back as possible.  Get me a trusty ruler and pencil.

I just start tracing.  Use a ruler for the straight edge.



Can't help you with the round parts, as you can see mine is kinda messy.  Not to fear.



I just go and smooth out the edges.


Now if I have a pattern that is too big like a huge heart that you have only half of the heart on your screen, I just go ahead and trace what I can and then scroll up the page for the other half of the heart, match the seams and trace away.  

I guess I started doing it this way when the pdf patterns started coming out and couldn't get the scale right when it printed.

There you have it.  Easy!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

GREAT PROJECTS, GREAT THREADS

It is dew berry picking time but I did find time to make this adult bib.

My cousin asked if I could make some.  

I said of course....



I just had to find a pattern...and I did.


What an easy pattern and great directions.  Thanks Michele!!!

Next on my list was a Walker Caddy for my mother





For some reason she thinks she can carry her soda (big gulp) mind you where ever she goes with her walker.  Which....yes, you guessed it....the soda lands all over the floor.  

Well....

.Now she has pockets to put her big gulp in.  Needless to say she is thrilled and so are my floors (my sister's floor).

I got the pattern from Maui Rainbow

Once again great instructions but I didn't follow them...just wanted the measurements.

  I put a button on each side of the walker caddy and sewed a hair bob on the other side and brought it around the button.  Works great for keeping the walker caddy in place.  I know, mine is not as pretty with all of the ribbons and bows but hey..

.call me lazy.

 All I can say is it works and she is happy.



Now I want to mention this awesome thread from Superior Threads.  It is called Fantastico

I am using this thread on a project for the Island Batik Fall Catalog (which I can not show you).

This thread is AAAAA mazzzzzing.  I love these threads, smooth as silk for my blanket stitching, doesn't break or fray.  Had a great time using this thread.  Truly is Superior!!!!  

Nope..didn't get paid to say that.....