I have been a fan of Sindy at FatCat Patterns for many years now. Each year I look forward to the new block of the month she will be offering. She’s changed how she does things now but a few dollars you can get a full quilt pattern. As you know I don’t advertise paid botm’s on my blog, but today by sheer accident I saw she had started a BOTM in her FB group.
Sindy first offered Dog Days back in 2013. At the time I was just barely back into quilting and was only just finding my way around to the different botms. When this quilt was first Continue reading →
It’s not even an oops, I forgot… I blundered and put the wrong bags on the living room couch for my hubby to take to work. I have to tell you the whole story for you to understand why I goofed up so badly. You see, when we lived in Italy, and I learned about the row by row experience, I was lucky enough to have several people send me some row patterns back in 2015. By that time, I was teaching Sarah how to sew, and had created a group of moms who also lived on and around the base who liked to sew. We’d meet at various houses once a week. It was one of the few times that I actually got out and about. It was an experience I’ve always treasured. With those rows, those moms and I would create table runners and then give them to the gift shop on the base. It was pretty cool as people who made crafty type items could sell there stuff in the shop and the shop took a small commission. We had decided as a group that the table runners money would go to the school library because it was continuously low on supplies for the kids. I learned this when I wanted to get rid of some glue sticks I ordered on Amazon and they were the wrong ones, so I offered them to anyone who wanted them for free, and the school librarian contacted me. Thus… when I left, I left the patterns with the woman so they could continue to carry on the tradition we had already created. To this day, I still send row by row patterns that I collect.
My first EQ8 tutorial since it came out and it’s longer than even I’d anticipated it was going to be. I really edited out a lot of stuff to get it to an hours length, so I do apologize that it’s lengthy, but you all know I try to give as much info as possible. I’m not one who makes tons of 2 minute videos so you can watch 50 different pages of videos on the same thing or in parts, I like to get it all in the same video, so my video lessons always tend to run long.
This lesson features Creating Custom Layouts in EQ using photos. What I did was download the pictures from the posts of the designers who participated in the row along. I then used those photos to create a layout with sashing. This video lesson takes you thru the entire process from creating the layout, to editing photos, adding photos to EQ, placing the rows, placing sashing, coloring, printing and adds bits and tips along the way. I am not as proficient in EQ8 as I am with EQ7, so there are a few burps, but tried to fix those in the editing of the video by adding text notes to the video.
As a child I absolutely loved Nancy Drew mysteries. I would beg for each new book at birthdays and Christmas… When I was old enough I would buy them for myself… At one time I could honestly say I owned every single book… can’t say that anymore, but I still own every single book I had from my childhood and into my teen and young adult years.
However, that’s not the design I chose to create since Nancy isn’t really a fairy tale or a nursery rhyme, but the only other book I can recall absolutely loving the story of was… The Jungle Book and this is the design I’ve chosen to do this year. Who amongst us hasn’t seen the Disney movie of this wonderful fairy tale. Even today it is still a favorite to watch.
Part of the fun in picking this story is all the fun you can have creating the design. There are so many ways to go with it and just choosing this part of my pattern was not easy to do. I didn’t just create this pattern but an entire project because I couldn’t stop with just the gorilla…
This is the one event each year where I try very hard to cover each blogger/designer with a giveaway from one of the wonderful companies I’ve been priveleged to work with over these last five years on my blog. Some of these companies have participated in every event I’ve offered, while others have participated in every row along. I’m always looking for new companies, but to be honest, I love working with companies whose products I do use. With that said, these are this year’s companies who are sponsoring wonderful giveaways for you to enjoy and use yourself even after the Once Upon A Story Row Along becomes part of history…
Special Thank You’s to Northcott Fabrics for providing up to a yard of fabric to each of the blogger/designers. They have done this every year of the row along with the exception of one and that’s only because I didn’t ask them to. However, they have provided a giveaway for every year of the row along.
Each companies giveaway is described in this post below, go have a look, I know you want to see the goodies coming to you when you enter the giveaways at each designers post on her featured day.
It was so not easy to do this row. I have many things that make me happy. In the end, I created six rows for this row along because I wanted to decide which would be the easiest for me to do and I am now glad I picked the one I did because it doesn’t have a lot of shapes to it, under 50 in fact, and because of my leg issues in July, I wasn’t going to get this stitched out until I could get back up the stairs again. I did only move back upstairs with my desktop this past weekend, got the printer hooked up Tuesday, and when I have been upstairs I have been working on my row. I didn’t finish it until just last Friday. I love how it turned out and I hope you will enjoy it to.
I’m keeping this post as short as possible today, but plan to write a tutorial for you on tips and tricks I used to create this row tomorrow. I just didn’t have the time to do it today and my internet has been on and off all day long even tonight it’s feeling a bit wonky, I had to wait to write this post also. This is why I’m already late.
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.