Its that time again of the month where I release the next cupcake. This months cupcake represents Easter for April. It’s a cute basket of eggs. I’m very happy with how this pattern turned out, I hope you to will like it.
I’ve also released 2 new pieced pattern sets, one with a Winter theme, the other with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
This months cupcake 9-inch pattern is free.
So, it’s my day for this fun hop by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. When she first announced this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been thinking of what I could do for St. Patrick’s Day that is different from what I’ve seen done by others. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of shamrocks, Leprechauns, rainbows, green… A pinch of green is all you need to avoid the pinch on St. Patrick’s Day, and so this year I am following that tradition with my project for this hop.
I like to pride myself on figuring out how to create things that I need for small projects I’ve made, such as purses, wallets, towel holders, key rings, etc… Today’s project is no different. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s perfect, I can’t imagine what it would be like to make the perfect project. I took what I’ve learned over the years from building projects in the hoop, but in reality, only one part of this project was done in the hoop. Learning how to digitize allows one to put the things they love to use. You can do things in a machine embroidery hoop that aren’t as easy to do by a normal sewing machine or should be done by hand. When I need an all-around design much like continuous line designs, I use my embroidery hoop, because a cross-hatching design or a spiral design can be done so much faster and easier and better in the hoop.
This is a fun week with lots of surprises coming… Not just for this blog, but for the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop, which is starting today over at Just Let Me Quilt. My friend Carol has started doing hops this year and I couldn’t be happier. Blog Hops are how my blog got started, at the time I had been thinking about changing my domain from a web developer domain into a blog. We had just moved to a new home in Italy, and I decided it was time to get back into quilting. Next month, that will be five years ago that I started this blog. It is hard to believe that I’ve kept on doing this for all these years… each year has just been more fun than the previous year.
This week I will also release the cupcake of the month, a few new patterns, two new tutorials, and my day for the hop is Thursday. I’m quite excited about this project because it has been totally designed as a project by me. So I am patiently waiting for my day to arrive on the hop.
Here is the schedule for the hop this week… Continue reading
I can’t believe it, but I managed to finish them and get them all uploaded in time and now I still have time to write this post today and release Sue and Sam In Iowa, New York, and New Brunswick… I am happy, happy, happy… I love it when I can actually do it when I say I will get it done, ya’ll know that doesn’t happen often with me. 🙂
I even had time to make that image you see to the left… Fun Eh!! hehehe
Call me crazy, I’m just happy to get these released.
Its been a busy week for me, how about you? I spent last week trying to get this pattern written up, it really doesn’t seem like it would be that complicated, but I added some additional shape keys in each of the embroidery shapes so it might be easier to tell which shapes are the actual embroidery shapes for those of you who are doing hand embroidery. I liked this so much I will go back and do it to the other 9 patterns so far in this series as I do believe it makes it easier for you to know those shapes. These patterns have so many especially small shapes I think it really needs to be done.
There are some changes to the block of the month 2018 page also. Continue reading
Today, I want to post the schedule and mention the sponsors for this blog hop. I will write about them closer to the hop with the wonderful giveaways they have offered for this event.
Quilt Qwazy Queens is in the third year hosted each year by Seams To Be Sew. Each year I try to cover a different theme which makes quilting fun for all of us. This year’s theme is no different, I thought it would be fun to encourage bloggers to take out those UFOs they’ve wanted to finish for ages. I personally have a UFO that I carried all the way to Germany with me when we first moved to Germany in 2002. It then went on to Italy when we moved there also. It then moved back with us to Colorado. I only touched it one time during all those years and that was to lay it out and try to find a layout I liked so I could start putting it together. That is when I realized the value of my Bernina 1230 which was the machine I didn’t bring with me to be overseas with me. Back then I had decided because I had a new machine I was going to learn everything possible about machine embroidery so I took only the Brother machine with me. Continue reading
It seems so funny that we are in February and I’m announcing an event for September. In this case tho, time is not our friend and we have to plan far ahead for events that are as large as the Row Along is each year.
Last year’s designers had the pleasure this year of helping me decide on the theme and it was a very close race between two different themes this year. This theme in fact won by just 1 little teeny tiny vote.
In its fourth year as an event hosted by Seams To Be Sew, this event has grown each year not only in visitors who come to see all the fuss, but designers who wish to participate. This is not a row by row affiliated event.
This post is here to take signups only for bloggers/designers who would like to participate by offering a free pattern row during this event.
Please do NOT signup if your not a blogger who intends to create a pattern to offer during the event, visitors do not need to signup for this event, we ask you to simply follow the blogs, and or social media pages so you’ll see the announcements during the events. My Facebook group also announces each day of this event so you can easily join it and receive an announcement each day of the hop also.
These are the requirements for this hop for each designer: