Block of the Week · EQ7 · Wall-hanging

Monkeys and Bears and Granny’s Choice Wall-hanging

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!!!

Bear at Hummingbird feeder
YIKES!!

GrannysChoiceComplete

EQ7 · LQS · Podcast

Podcast Episode #4 Show Notes

Podcast Episode 4 Show Notes

Table Runner Sew Along
Table Runner Sew Along

Below are the show notes for Episode #4 podcast.

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The table runner pattern we used for our FUN sew along.Table Runner 1 REVISED

Kari Schell’s new FREE daily EQ7 class: Catch the Waves.

My block with embroidery test. Recall the embroidery file was one from Anita Goodesign…their weekly design set. I think they currently have a Christmas one available.

patty with embroidery

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Thanks!

~PattyAnne

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Just for fun....

Grrrrr…. Create a Non-threatening Bear Paw – Parts 1 & 2 -PattyAnne’s BOW #6

Bear Paw Block BOW #6 Part 1 & 2

bear paw block

I’m really pretty excited to do this Bear Paw block because I absolutely LOVE bears which is a good thing since we see them periodically in the ‘hood.  (We live in the mountains of Western NC where bear and turkey abound.)  ​You see, a few years ago I talked my husband into moving up here from Greenville, SC because this area reminded me so much of where I grew up in Pittsburgh AND, this mountain girl longed for an area that reminded her of her childhood home.

The following short video shows the bears at my neighbor’s house. Not sure why the video still shot is appearing sideways because the video is ok.

Ok, in the first of this week’s videos, I use EQ7 a bit.  As I mentioned, I recently learned of a version called EQ Mini that is less expensive. I contacted the company to see if they had a trial version that I could download, test run and give you my opinion of the software but they said that they do not have one at this time.  Bummer.

Anyhooo, after searching their site, it looks like the software can do a LOT. At the bottom of this post I’ll put a link to it in case you’d like to check it out.

In the meantime, here is a link to open and then print the FREE EQ7 cutting directions for the Bear Paw block. EQ7 Bear Paw

And now, for Part 1 of this week’s BOW.

And now on to Part 2….

Happy quilting,

Please share this page (and pattern) with your friends!

Thanks a lot,

~PattyAnne

Just for fun....

OMG! Christa Watson’s New Book  is Available for Preorder!

Yep, Christa has a new book: Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Christa Watson's book

By clicking on the Amazon link, I was able to see some of the quilt projects that are offered in her upcoming book. My favorite quilt is the one with the arrows. I LOVE anything arrows!

Then again, my favorite might be the basically gray and black one with stars and a really nice looking border.  Oh, IDK…decisions, decisions.

 

~PattyAnne

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Just for fun....

PattyAnne’s BOW #5 BONUS – Flower Pounding Part 2

To make your fabric ready for pounding, you will need to soak it for 5 minutes in Bubble Jet 2000 (See previous blog post for a link to the product.)

Flower Pounding Setup
Soaking the fabric for Flower Pounding

The directions on the bottle say to lay your fabric out flat but I didn’t do that. I’m thinking they say that in case you are doing yards of it.  My pieces measure approximately 12.5 x 11 inches.

So I put the folded up pieces in an old cottage cheese container and soaked them  for the 5 mins.  (I made sure I  kind of tapped them down so that all pieces/areas got wet from the solution. I also shook the bottle of Bubble Jet before using it.)

Flower Pounding Fabric Drying
Allowing the Flower Pounding Fabric to Dry

After the 5 minutes was up, I took the pieces out of the solution and squeezed them slightly to remove some of the solution and then I placed them on my cutting mat to dry.  When dry, I’ll iron them and they will be ready for the next part —- the FUN, EXCITING PART!    Don’t forget to pour the leftover Bubble Jet 2000 BACK INTO THE BOTTLE because it can be reused!!!

Ok, now for the recipe for the FAUX Bubble Jet 2000

2 Tablespoons of Alum (found in the spices section of your grocery store)

2.5 teaspoons of WASHING soda (NOT plain baking soda.  An example is Arm & Hammer Soda WASH)  If you cannot find it in the grocery store in the cleaning isle, you may find it at a hardware store such as ACE.  If all else fails, here is a link to a site that shows how to make your own.  I’ve not tried it, but……

1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener

1 cup of HOT WATER

Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl larger than you think you’ll need because it foams up.  After the foam dies down, you will be left with the liquid.  Soak your 100% cotton fabric in the solution for 5 – 10 minutes.  Lightly squeeze excess liquid from the fabric.  Hang fabric to dry.  When it is dry, iron it.  Again, put the leftover FAUX Bubble Jet 2000 in a LABELED container for future use.

Next up…. gather your flowers, leaves and ferns!

Happy Quilting!

~PattyAnne

Just for fun....

PattyAnne’s BOW #5 BONUS – Flower Pounding Part 1

Flower Pounding
One of my very first Flower Poundings

I’m working on a really fun project today. Flower pounding is a noisy BLAST. (You may want to wear ear protection – seriously.)  Last time I taught this at my local quilt shop I think the gal who does the longarming there was about to go NUTS until she put on her headphone ear protection….. Sorry Debbie!

In the video I tell you the basic supplies you will need for the project. I also have links to them below the video if you are unable to find the products locally.

Don’t forget, I will be back later to show you how you can make your own “cheap seat” Bubble Jet 2000 (sorta kinda) from easily purchased grocery store items~PattyAnne

PS. Meet me back here soon! I’ll demo the making of the faux Bubble Jet 2000.

Happy Quilting!!

~PattyAnne

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Let's plan our quilting!

Using Dry Erase Markers to Plan Free Motion Quilting

Marking a Block with Dry Erase Marker
I’m using Plexiglas in this photo to design my quilting

I love planning my quilting using dry erase markers and a piece of Plexiglas that can be purchased at a Home Improvement store inexpensively. I have tried to use some of my other rulers, and while it does work,  the view is somewhat obscured because of all the markings on the rulers.

Marking a Block with Dry Erase Marker
Here I’m using a ruler. I can see ‘ok’.
Marking a Block with Dry Erase Marker
I’m using another ruler here. It is quite difficult to see because of all the ruler markings

  

For the actual quilt block, I’m going to quilt diagonal lines with my walking foot.

Lori Kennedy's Machine Quilting book
Lori Kennedy’s Machine Quilting book

Since I will be whipping up two more blocks (and making this into a super fun table runner) there will be sashing and borders to quilt.   In these areas, I’ll quilt a design from Lori Kennedy’s book (get the ebook for $9.99). Anyhoooo, the design is called “Double Loop Vine” and I think it perfectly mimics the leaves in the fabrics, don’t you?

Loop by Lori Kennedy
Double Loop Vine – Quilting pattern that Lori teaches in her book

 

My Fabric
My fabric. Check out the leaves under the bird!

Thanks for stopping by! Let’s go machine quilt our own quilts.
~PattyAnne

Let's plan our quilting! · Road to Oklahoma

PattyAnne’s BOW #4 Part 3 – Road to Oklahoma – Free Motion & Walking Foot Quilting

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And now for my favorite part….the QUILTING.  For this block, I use both the walking foot and the free motion foot.

If you have an idea on how you’d like this to be quilted,  please share!!

~PattyAnne

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Road to Oklahoma

PattyAnne’s BOW #4 Part 2 – Road to Oklahoma – Marking & Cutting Fabric

​​I LOVE the fabric used for this block – especially the blue with the little gold flecks. I love a bit of bling!!💕

The cutting for this block is pretty straightforward. If you go to my previous blog post, I have written out the cutting dimensions for you.

As mentioned in the notes for the video, if you’d like to use the same fabrics that I’ve used, you can purchase a fat quarter bundle from Christa Quilts here.

Next on to BOW #3 Part Three where we plan our quilting strategy AND quilt the block.  See you there!!

~PattyAnne
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Road to Oklahoma

PattyAnne’s BOW #4 Part 1 Intro – Road to Oklahoma

In this video,  variations of the Road to Oklahoma four-block layout are shown.  As mentioned in the video, the final four-block quilt measures 20″ x 20″ – a perfect size for a table topper or a wall-hanging.

Cutting directions for EACH of the 9″ x 9″ blocks:

  • Cut 4 squares 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″  (green blue and white fabrics)
  • Cut 2 squares 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ (green and blue fabrics)

Tune in to Part 2 where we will cut and sew the block.

Next, on to Part 3 where we will plan the free motion quilting, plan the walking foot portion of the quilting AND actually quilt the block.

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~PattyAnne
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