My blog has been open now for six years as of this past April. I have offered patterns free and for sale since about five years ago. My early patterns are very different from my patterns that I produce today. In some ways they are very much the same, but today I do more to have them be easier to understand and use. I wanted to take a moment of your time today to show you the results of the survey that some of you took the time to do when I asked with my last release of Sue and Sam patterns and the Cupcake of the Month for April and May.
So today, I’m going to take a moment of your time and show you the survey results from the survey I took over the last few weeks. I will even answer a few of the questions that were part of the results.
I have often wondered whether it was worth it to create the SVG Cutting files or the machine embroidered patterns for my patterns.
I could release patterns much quicker if I weren’t creating the additional files, but if your using them, I will still create them. Enough of you said that you are using them so I will still create them. Originally, I created those files for myself, so that’s the reason they are included with the patterns for those of you who also might like to do them via the methods I’ve shown in my tutorials section.
So lets look at those results…. Continue reading
Hi Everyone, I’ve a little bug going on with my site at the moment, it has to be due to some of the wordpress updates lately. I’m working to try and find it. It seems to affect older pages on this site and not the newer ones tho, but if you try reloading the page you may see it also, it kinda looks like the path to the images. The bug affects all images, so I’ll be testing my plugins over the next few days to see which are current and which aren’t. I’m hoping it’s a simple problem like that and nothing else.
Today I came to my blog to add some edits to the BOTM page for 2019, at least two BOTMs have finished and 4 more are starting or have started and I wanted to get them posted to you today. I realized pretty quickly that my sidebar stuff was gone, all that was there was the search bar, and the social icons, everything else was gone. One of the things about WordPress is that when you even switch a theme, the one backup you should make over everything else you also have to back up is your widgets on your Continue reading
Its been awhile coming and I’m truly sorry these updates are as slow as they have been. I honestly have good intentions on trying to release them quicker, but my health has to come first and that has bogged me down more than I thought it would this year. At 57, I feel sometimes like I’m never going to get better and my circulation issues continue to plague me. Between having the wound care visits to fix the foot ulcer and the physical therapy for my ciruclation I am starting to feel like I live at the care centers.
We also have to move. Our lease is up this month and I’ve known for sometime that we were going to move once it was up. The property management company has been kind enough to extend us to the end of June to move by, but I have to get my act together also and try to get all packed up and ready to move by mid-June. While I love living in this house, it is just to expensive for us to live in and be able to pay off the medical expenses also. So, we have no choice at this point but to find something that is far less money. In the meantime I will still work on these patterns to try and finish them up in a more timely manner.
Today I have for you, Sue and Sam in the USA – Colorado. Sue is the free block. I also have finished Canada… yeaaa 🙂 … NewFoundland and Labrador are offically done, and the Sue block for it is also the free block.
I also have the Cupcake of the Month up for release for April and May…
When I signed up for this blog hop it was in my mind to show off the baby blanket I had just finished for my new grand nephew who was born at the end of January. I spent each day working on this quilt for just a little bit of time over the last year or so, and all of the blocks were created entirely in my machine embroidery hoop. Sadly, when I went to take the pictures off the camera today something has happened to the flash card and every file on the card seems to be corrupted… I have most of them on my hard drive thankfully but not the most recent pictures I took so I have no picture of the blanket at the moment. Since the blanket was only shipped yesterday she doesn’t even have it yet to retake a new picture for me, but to me, I want to figure out why the flash card went bad… It’s not that I didn’t know they’d eventually go bad I just don’t know what I did to make that happen and that bothers me the most… Anyway, I can show you a sample as I did take a new picture of the sample block I made and I have other projects I’ve made in the past that do include diamonds…
First a thank you to Carol, who kindly moved me to today when I had an emergency fall on Sunday afternoon and ended up with an overnight stay in the hospital. I’m still quite sore and my headache comes and goes but overall everything else is good. Continue reading
This is a very quick post today… With a thank you to Sharon who sent me an email about these Sew Alongs, this wonderful site has one fantastic botm’s going on right now, it’s in it’s fifth month tho so be prepared to spend some money if you want the previous patterns, but I say why wouldn’t you, this Retro Flash BOTM is so worth the cash for the patterns you may have missed.
If you look thru her site you’ll see some other great projects also. I just fell in love with this site when I saw it.
She is also starting a new one as of April 1 called Grandma’s Garden and it looks very inviting. These patterns are available free for one month and they they go to what looks like a 4.99 per month pattern.
Please note I did find it a little difficult to find the download line in her posts. You will need to read, and try clicking to find them.
I’ve added these botms to my botm page here.
Tis quite funny as I prepared for this hop with my project, I kept thinking Stripes and not Strings, but quite by accident my project fits into both words… A big thanks to Carla for hosting this blog hop theme and I must say I am looking forward to what everyone created.
I once made a striped quilt, back in the 90’s, Jinny Beyer did quite a few lines with border type stripes that became popular to fussy cut your shapes out of and then combine them to create a new look to the print. It was an awesome technique and I did make one of these quilts. I don’t have a picture that I know of for the quilt, I gave the quilt to my mother-in-law and have asked many times for a picture, but it occurred to me today as I was writing this that she has never sent me a picture of that quilt. It is an 8 point star quilt with the insets, and every other square was a blank square that was filled with a quilting design. It was the first quilt I ever hired out for a hand quilter for. It turned out really pretty… So when this blog hop came along I had my mind on that quilt, but I no longer like to go to all that work with the cutting and such, if I’m going to fussy cut I’m going to do it with my cutting machine. 🙂
I love blog hops, they are so much fun and it is a great way for me to see things that people are doing around the web. I try to get to every site during a blog hop so that I can see what everyone is doing. I don’t normally just visit one post for there featured day, but I look thru the last few posts because it’s fun to see what they have been doing and especially sites that I don’t get to very often.
Novelty fabrics have long been a favorite fabric type of mine. See the quilt on the left? It is entirely made of novelty fabrics, every single square fussy cut and placed strategically on a design wall. The only repeated fabric in the quilt is the black small square that separates the dark from the light. Back in the 90’s as they grew very popular, I seriously bought every single one I could get my hands on. One of the shops I frequented in Fredricksburg, Maryland knew I would buy them and always precut a 1/2 yard of fabrics they got in for me. The cool thing about novelty prints is that you can use all of them or fussy cut them to create your project. A few weeks ago I was working on a project with novelty prints in it and it got me to thinking about how I had never participated in a blog hop with novelty prints as the main focus, so with that in mind, this blog hop came about.
Have you made a project out of novelty prints? If so, I’d love you to join me for this blog hop and show yours off. So, here are the guidelines…