Monthly Archives: January 2014

Friday Night Block Party: Cat and Mice

January 31st 2014

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 Hi everyone! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you gotta love your fabric if you are going to love your block!  I love this block.  Originally with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Book templates I was really going to stick to it as much as possible with the color placement and variation, but sometimes “their” way yields “patterns” or emphasis in the blocks that I don’t really care for as seen here.

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This week’s block is the Cat and Mice block (#17) which I have to admit I put off doing when I saw those tiny triangles.

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 This block calls for 2 colors but I added a third which gives it a slightly different look. I like to lay it out so I can play with the color placement then I can sew from there.

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After a couple of tries and some fabulous scraps though, I am pleased with the result. DId you notice the star block in the middle?

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Here are some others I found online, how does your look? Make sure you add it to the FWQA Flickr group hosted by Susie from Susie’s Sunroom.

From “We ain’t no farmer’s wife”

this one is from heartache and homearts

this one is from  Lovely Little Handmades (Sew Deerly Loved)

Maybe I need to photograph mine differently, with a reference point perhaps?

Please pop over tomorrow when the Valentine Tutorial week begins!

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One Little Word: January

January 30th 2014

Here is an update on this workshop by Ali Edwards  I told you about last time.

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I decided NOT to spend money and use this beautiful 12 x 12 scrapbook and kit I already had.  My word is “WORD.”

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On the first page is my word and some statements of affirmations about what I believe about that word and it’s impact on the daily. 1) The Word is God, John 1:1 and 2) His word is truth, John 17:17 3) Speaking in love 4) Keeping my word 5) Trusing God’s word to lead me.

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and here is this great definition because it merits re-showing it!

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On this second page we write the definition and why we chose that word with a symbol (still searching for tangible token) and a recent photo. This photo isn’t recent (but  I look the same…) it’s nice and the color scheme matches! LOL

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I think this is my favorite page so far with just brief notes about our hopes, fears and expectations for how our WORD will impact the coming year.  From my layouts, I think it’s safe to say I like to keep things simple and not too crowded. Hopefully, with time I can add more details.

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We get to share our pages and it starts today! Don’t forget to visit the blog hop!

Maybe you’ll get inspired to pick just

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One thing I can say, now that I have “lived” with my word for almost a month is that it’s definitely been present in my mind. The greatest emphasis has been on getting into God’s word daily and being true to doing it daily.  I am reminded of it at every moment on the radio and in various other mediums. It’s the only way to gain knowledge on how to do life better and get through life better. It’s amazing what you can learn and how there is always an opportunity to share it too.  

Countdown to Valentine’s Day

January 27th 2014

I have never been much of a Valentine’s Day type of girl. They have just never been that great, too much hype!

But last year, I made the prettiest table topper with popping hearts in the most beautiful fabric. It was my first Nine Patch. Sigh….  I can’t wait to pull it out to display.

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This year, I decided to do a countdown to Valentine’s Day featuring some Valentine tutorials you can do for your honey or honeys!  After all, Valentines has always been a crafty sort of holiday with all those cards and doilies.  I know my kids get a kick out of getting something handmade, even a card with special words and pictures.  So mark your calendars!!

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There will be a new tutorial everyday from February 1st through the 7th so you have time to make them yourself. They are not complicated and really can be done in a evening, 1-2 hours at most!  If you don’t have a sewing machine for the quilted or sewing projects,  a glue gun should work fine for the other projects. And after you’ve made your project, please share it on the Flickr group!

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So I hope you can get your CRAFT or QUILT ON and make something thoughtful for someone you love!

Grow Your Blog

January 25th 2014

Hi and a warm welcome to those of you visiting from Two Bags Full . Let’s all

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I am a teacher who decided to follow her heart and maximize on my creative side and do what I enjoy. (I know my regular readers are tired of hearing me say that, I guess I was trying to convince myself, or prove it to others. I think that I am ready to own it now, thank you very much.)

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I love to craft and quilt and think outside the box, my head is full of ideas that keep me up at night like making this teacher themed sign or this felt ornaments project with crab tutorial below.

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 I taught myself how to quilt and find that making quilts and designing patterns is something that I really like to do. It has a start and a finish and every project is something new!  This one below is from  the pattern “Adorn” from Simple Retro book by Camille Roskelley. Doing the projects in that book was great for honing my skills and trying new blocks and patterns.  See the star progress here and here. I also tried out free motion quiltingin a  “pebbles” design which was new for me.

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Here is my own pattern design using leftovers and a there’s a tutorial to go with it!

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I also love to learn new techniques and methods and generally just growing as a person. And I have a fabric addiction, and I am allowed to talk about that here. ; )

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Blogging has been a great way for me to connect with crafty and quilty people who also blog and with whom I share that creative flare. We just can’t help ourselves!

I started my blog as a way of being accountable to myself to really pursue the creative side that I was neglecting yet, found so fulfilling.  I love to share my new project ideas and offer tutorials so others can do it too!

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I am so much happier having that daily outlet and purpose whether it’s writing, quilting, scrap booking, painting, photography, reading or analyzing the WORD, which is  my word for the year.

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I hope as you explore my pages and see what I’m about you’ll decide you like what you see and will be back again soon.  I have some great Valentine tutorials coming up in February that you won’t want to miss!