Today was a lot of fun quilting AND Cricut cardmaking!
The day started with my good buddy, Rachel, coming over! She and I love to get together to work on quilts! Today was no exception. We worked on our Blocks of the Week projects. I got two blocks done and Rachel got three. HUMP. LOL
After working on our blocks, I went back to my Cricut machine and Design Space. I created a brand new video on using what we get in Cricut Access in order to create a NEW item. I took a card that was designed as a Mother’s Day card and turned it into a Valentine’s Day card. I don’t know about you, but it makes me so happy to use what I already have. Check out the video below to see how easy it is!!
I LOVE MY CRICUT.
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I created this week’s Block of the Week, Granny’s Choice, in earth tones to coordinate with the bear shower curtain and the MONKEY????
Granny’s Choice was a lot of fun to create and very easy regardless of what my video bloopers may say. LOL Link to the PDF is HERE. GrannysChoiceComplete
Below is my YouTube video in case you missed it.
In this video, I am adding the first leaf motif in the middle of each block. After this was completed, I felt the blocks needed an additional leaf so I simply added a second one to the outside of the first. I do think I still need to stitch in the ditch or something in the center four-square section. Not sure what I’ll do yet.
This video shows how I marked and am sewing subsequent quilting. Prior to what you see here, I stitched in the ditchISH around the outside of all the triangles. What this means is that I actually stitched about 1/4″ from the ditch.
And now….just for fun!!! I sure hope we do NOT have one of these visit our hummingbird feeders! We bring ours in at night because of the raccoons and bears. Never thought there would be a bear at one in what appears to be the middle of the day!!!
Cut your fabric according to the instructions above. (Not sure how? Send me a comment and I’ll help!)
You will be making 16 blocks. Each of the blocks will have a finished size of 8” x 8”
Mark the squares which are to be half square triangles from corner to corner. Sew and cut.
I like to chain piece my units and then cut them apart. AFTER they are completely sewn and cut, square them to exactly 2.5”
This helps when aligning them later for exact sewing AND it also removes the pesky dog ears.
When all my blocks are done, I always lay my whole quilt out and pin the blocks together so that I don’t make any mistakes when sewing. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work.
Here is what each set of FOUR blocks should look like when sewn together.
Below is what I THOUGHT was my finished table top.
Honestly, I really like the pattern I created (this is a first for me and Electric Quilt!)
I mean I wasH.A.P.P.Y.
I was sooo happy that I was singing, “Ring of Fire” because, my quilt reminded me of a fiery ring……. And THEN, I spotted IT. Not just IT but THEM.
ERRORS!!! OMG…. Whatever should I do?
In the past, I would have seriously considered throwing the whole dang thing into the trash BUT, I liiiked this one. I really did. So, I bit the bullet and got out the dreaded ripper. It was SCARY. I mean, I wasn’t so sure I could remove an internal block, rotate it and sew it back in without it causing me massive GRIEF.
I know, I KNOW… you wanna see the messed-up version. Ok, here it is. Can you see IT… I mean THEM???? (It’s the one on the left if you’re on your desktop computer LOLOLOL)
And on the right is the fixed version. I hope it isn’t too weird of me to say this but dang-git, I’m proud of myself for fixing it. Those of you who know me, know of my reputation of making ‘sewings’. You know, UFOs that will never see the light of day BECAUSE they did not turn out as I had imagined them in my mind’s eye (or maybe I just got bored).
Well that’s about it. Have you ever had a mess-up like mine? Oh, shhhhh don’t tell anyone but I used to work in a quilt shop and we had a lady who made our quilt samples and did a fabulous job on EVERY quilt except one where she had a block upside-down in the middle of a king sized quilt.
I hope she never noticed because I bet she would be mortified.
Well, thanks for dropping by!! Happy Sewing and Quilting!
I remember singing about Jacob’s Ladder YEARS ago in VBS (yep….Vacation Bible School) Did you go? My favorite part was always the crafts!
Back to ladders…. if you watch the video, you’ll find a link at the end to a blog where you can learn to make DIY a quilt ladder. It’s not quite Jacob’s Ladder BUT, it’s a ladder similar to the one we had at Beginnings Quilt Shop — one that everyone (including me!) wanted to buy BUT it wasn’t for sale.
Soooo, this morning as, I was cruising the internet, imagine my excitement when I found a link to a DIY version!!! I could NOT WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!!! We can all make our very own QUILT LADDERS!!