It’s Creepy and It’s Crawly, It’s Eerie and It’s Spooky…

Eerie Nights BH

Halloween is here …. whether it’s the actual day or not, it’s all around us, even here on the base in base housing, when your driving around you see all the homes decorated with the ghosts, witches, hay bales, pumpkins and all the other fun decorations that remind us of this season.

By the time Halloween arrives in the states, I will be in my new home of Colorado. While we won’t be able to hand out candy to the trick or treators it will still be fun to see the event happen all around the city.

Thank you To Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy for taking over as hostess when I had to back out.

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Sunbonnet Sue In Egypt and India Release Delayed

India & Egypt SueI can’t believe I have to do this, but I have to delay the release of Sue in Egypt and India for a week. I just haven’t had the time to work on the pattern. I did get it stitched out, and the testing went well, I just don’t have the time it takes to write the pattern up. I won’t have the time either, with the movers due here Thursday, it’s just going to be too busy of a week. I will shoot for next Monday the 24th as the release date. We’ll be staying in a hotel by then and I should have the time to finish the pattern.

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Wooly Block Adventure… Are You In????

Wooly Block AdventureHave you heard of the Wooly Block Adventure? 

Created by the same people who also coordinate the Row By Row Experience, it’s a fun smaller event that is in its infancy. I believe it’s in it’s second year, where earlier this year it had less than 50 shops participate. They apparently changed the dates and now there are just under 200 shops participating. I love the theme for this one, it is Winter Wonderland, and as you know I’m moving to a winter wonderland in Colorado later this month. I’m very excited because this is just the opportunity I need to create something new for our new home.

Recently I have been involved in hoping to accumulate some blocks from the Wooly Winter Block Adventure as I want to make a lappy or two for my new home in the wonderful Winterland of Colorado. So this adventure is just the thing to wet my willy and get me sewing. I love wool, I love winter, and I’d love all or any of you to come along and participate with me. Let’s have some fun swapping blocks. I’ll pick up some blocks from some of my new local shops, and you pick up some of yours and we’ll trade… 

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A Fresh Snow Blog Hop…

A Fresh Snow Blog HopYou’re probably thinking I’d be tired of doing events, but I am so ready to start on something new and different…

I’ve made no bones about the fact that Winter is my favorite season of the year, and now that I’m moving to the Winter Wonderland in Colorado, I am so looking forward to digging out all my sweaters and enjoying the wearing of my sweaters once again. It’s like I will have a whole new closet of clothing coming to me even tho they are pretty old. Here in Sicily, while it does get cold in the winter, it’s never quite cold enough to wear sweaters or heavy coats. Ever since we moved from Germany, my sweaters have literally been on vacation, getting very little use at all. They will be singing with joy as they know that I love each and every one of them. Most were all hand picked by my eyes for a permanent home with me. My other favorites for winter are flannel and wool… I love both fabrics and I love to sew with them.

So, I’ve decided I want to see your winter projects too. 

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The Road Home Giveaway Winners and a Thank You!!….

Road Home Row alongIt’s a little difficult to write this post. I’ve been working on it most of Wednesday and now I’m on Thursday and I still feel like I’m going to forget someone.

First, and foremost, all of the bloggers who so kindly gave up their own time, and created such beautiful patterns. Thank you so much, it’s an honor to work with all of you, you are truly talented and each in your own way very creative people who I’ve not only learned from, but dreamed of my home with.


To all the sponsors, we couldn’t offer the wonderful giveaways/sweepstakes without your generosity. Your spirit of giving away your products helps us learn more about what you offer and even entices us to buy them on our own.

Fat Quarter Shop
Busy Hands Quilts
Calibre Art
Connect The Blocks
Anita Goodesign
Kathy McNeil
Electric Quilt
Quilters Dream
Robert Kaufman
Nancy’s Notions
P&B Textiles
Red Rooster Fabrics
Washington Street Studio
Barbara Dieges
Martelli Notions
Northcott Fabrics
Batts In The Attic

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The Road Home Show and Tell Day…

Road Home Row alongIt’s the last day of this event, the one event I’ve looked forward to all year and now it’s finally done. It’s been six weeks since we started and it’s flown right by.. I so wish we were having another week or two, but.. all good things do have to end and we are walking right into Halloween soon with Eerie Nights coming in just 9 days. In 9 days, I could possibly already be in the USA even living in a hotel until we find our permanent home to move into… It’s just flying by… soon, I’ll be flying home…

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Road Home Row Along as much as I have. I’d like to ask you, I’m looking for ideas for next years row along theme. What do you think? Christmas? Halloween? Sewing? Animals? any thoughts? Please leave a comment.

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My Show and Tell…

stbs-quilt-layout-lesson-pngTalk about flopping… this is the biggest one yet… I just didn’t finish, period, end of story, so instead I created tutorials to help you with your layouts. Yesterday I posted the lesson for Electric Quilt here, and today I’ve posted one for those of you who may not own any quilting software. Yes, we have all the old-fashioned ways to do things, but once in awhile those of us who have learned how to use our PC’s may like to play and have some fun on our PC’s by creating a quilt layout.

This lesson uses Inkscape to help you create your layout.

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Using Photos To Create Layouts with Row Patterns In Electric Quilt

October EQ LessonThis lesson is based on the lesson Heidi at Electric Quilt showed us last year. It’s based on the same lesson but is different because it uses photos of rows, with border stripes and panels to show you how to create a simulated layout of what your quilt may look like or the goal to achieve for finishing your quilt.

This lesson was created specifically for the Road Home Row Along, but also in conjunction with my lesson of the month for EQ’s 25th anniversary celebration. Other blogs participating are listed inside the post.

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The Road Home – Last Day For Rows… Next Week Show ‘N Tell

stbs-Road Home tall bannerBack on September 06, when we started this event which has really inspired so many of us, I had the idea in my head that I only had last year’s Row Along to place my experience on. This Row Along has led to many new challenges and some insight, learning new things and experiencing the thrill of seeing bloggers who’ve never created a pattern before come out and really show they can do it. It’s been wonderful and the rows have been absolutely amazing, but the best I think has been the stories behind the rows. I’ve enjoyed every single story and it has helped me to learn more about some of my favorite bloggers along the way.

Today, we will visit Oklahoma, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire and the Mojave Desert.

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Introducing Sarah and the Final Frontier…

Introducing Sarah...

Introducing Sarah, she is a 17 year old girl now who started taking sewing lessons from me early this year when I offered to help at the school. Sarah really fell in love with sewing. She has made many fun clothes for herself and her brothers and sisters since getting started back in January.

When I started working on The Road Home Row Along, Sarah just jumped right in and said she wanted to do her dream home. At the time I had no idea it would be a space row, but I showed her some artwork she could look thru and started showing her how to use Electric Quilt.

This is Sarah’s free row for you, she calls it Sarah’s Space – My Final Frontier, because she wants to live in space someday. Who wouldn’t want to… I would do it if it were possible, that’s for sure.

Sarah needs to earn some money for college, so her row has a few extra patterns that are not included in the base pattern. You may purchase these extras if you like all the money made from the sale of the extra’s pattern goes to her college fund.

Below you can see the extras.

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The Road Home RAL Day 9 – Come and Play….

stbs-Road Home tall bannerThis event has passed by quickly, it’s hard to believe that we are on day 9 of this event, with only 2 more days to go.

Today’s stops are in Central New Mexico, The Netherlands, North Carolina, and Outer Space…

Please note:  Craftsy made some major changes to their site this past weekend with a total new site redesign. It has rendered some links to be not working. I’ll post below showing you how to find those links if you have problems.

If your planning to create one of the rows from our bloggers, there is just 2 weeks to finish so you can enter the FlickR giveaway.

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Sunbonnet Sam In Egypt and India Released

sam-in-india-and-egyptSo today marks the release of Sam In India and Egypt.

India and Egypt are two countries that intrigue me, always have, I’d love to visit these countries just for the sheer history of them.

Sunbonnet Sam in India is the 19th free block offered for the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Travel the World botm and Egypt is the 9th country to be released as a Flickr Reward block, making the Sunbonnet Sam in Italy the 17th Flickr Reward block offered.

This release also marks the voting for November on your choice of what should be released. Your choices are Russia and Iceland.

Please note: Due to my move, releases until December may be late. Flickr Rewards may take longer, but I will extend the time into next year so you can earn all of the Flickr Reward blocks along with the extra 3 countries promised for those finishing all 24 at the by next years deadline.

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Digitally Cutting Skylines or Detailed Shapes For Applique

stbs-TM Skylines 54I’ve talked before about cutting machines and such, but I thought I’d shed some light on specialty techniques for cutting skylines or detailed shapes. In the Row By Row Experience, it is quite common to have rows that come in kits where the shapes are laser cut or precut for you. I can see why this is enticing you to purchase the kit, but did you know you pay a pretty high premium for those precuts? I have been pretty amazed as I sat and watched kits I purchased this year come into my home and many times I didn’t even realize I was purchasing a precut kit or a laser cut kit. I wouldn’t have purchased them had I known because I can already do this very easily. In terms of cost, I purchased a laser cut kit, thinking it was just the normal kit, and the cost was 38.00. When I found out that it was laser cut, I called the shop to find out the cost of the non-laser kit, and it was 19.99. Huge difference, so I paid someone literally $18.00 to cut part of the kit. Some parts aren’t precut, so to me, if I am going to pay $18.00, I think the whole kit should be cut. 🙂

I’ve talked before about cutting machines, but what if I could walk you thru how to do it with just normal scissors also? Yes, sirree, while it may be a bit more tedious to do, it can be done with your normal scissors also and I can show you a way that will make getting those details done quite well.

Please note: While this isn’t a video lesson, like most of my video lessons, I do not make short lessons, this lesson features 57 images in order to give you the best outcome on learning the process, but once you know it, it won’t take as long to do it… I promise you that. 🙂

This technique works whether you use scissors to cut your shapes or a cutting machine. I am going to walk you thru the steps.

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