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Friday, July 27, 2012

Quilt Finishes!

June was a great month to dive into the scrap bins & UFO’s and see what we could get done.

My Jacob’s Ladder queen size quilt (see more here) is now finished!

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All scraps except my purple & yellow half square triangles which are Whimsey Doosie, this Michael Miller print.  Simple quilting really lets the pattern do the talking, I think.  I bound it in a scrappy binding just to finish off the effect.  The backing is a great Thimbleberries backing.

I dove back into the scraps on the 4th of July & decided a Log Cabin was in order.  I find these blocks addicting.  Can’t put them down.  In a week, I had 56 blocks, all squared up, 12.5”.  Once that was done, I was able to walk away.  I played with layout & decided the traditional diamond was how I would play it.

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Then, as my UFO finishing luck would have it, a friend was in the shop looking for fabric to make a gentleman a quilt in a hurry.  She works with a local church group making Prayers & Squares (that rhymes in the south Smile) quilts.  I finished my UFO by giving her my blocks.  Wow, that was an easy finish!  I enjoy the block making best anyway!

I also got a jelly roll quilt that I pieced last summer finally finished

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Same simple quilting pattern as the Jacob’s Ladder.

 

Don’t forget, we are hosing a Scrap Quilt Challenge right now!  Get your scrappy quilts finished up & enter!  More details here:

http://fabricsnquilts.blogspot.com/2012/06/scrap-quilt-challenge-2012.html


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So those are my “finally finished” finishes this week.  What are yours?  Link up with us in your comment here & share your project with Sarah too!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to get more out of your Facebook time

Did you know that you only see about 15% of your fan'd page posts?  It's a way for Facebook to get ad revenue from those with fan pages.  If we pay to promote, we will be seen by more of our fans/likers.

BUT, you can fix that!    You can create your own news feed via “Lists”

First, start on a page you “like”, like, um, I don’t know, Fabrics N Quilts Winking smile

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Click on the little gear button next to the Like button & select Add to Interest Lists

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Assuming you don’t have an interest list set up, click New List

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Click Next

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Name your list (I called mine Quilting) & decide who can see it.  Click Done

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Now, you can add to your list in the upper right corner by simply typing in names of people or pages AND your list shows in the list on the left. (See at the bottom where Quilting is highlighted?)

Now, Go forth & make lists…just don’t forget to add us (www.facebook.com/www.fabricsnquilts)

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Using the GO! cutter for a bright summer wall hanging

Universal Digitizing has several CD collections that will make your GO! applique a breeze.  Each collection contains all the major embroidery machine formats for a selection of GO! dies. 

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We used the two above for our wall hanging

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We dug into our scrap bin for this entire project.  The background & the backing were trimmings from backings of other projects.  Even the binding (a cute pansy print) was in the scrap bin.

Since I was going semi free form, I GO! cut my pieces, no fusible, and laid them out on the background.  I played with the layout until I was happy & then used a wash out marker & lightly traced where pieces should fall.  Now I am no pro at the embroidery machine, so I KNEW that there was no way that I could “hit my mark”.  I started on the left & worked my way right, getting as close as I could to my original mark.  To keep the pieces from twitching or shifting, I used a glue stick. 

The embroidery design first stitches an outline for the piece.  I then put the glue inside the outline & stuck my applique shape in place.  Then the design does a running stitch to stitch the applique in place before it stitches the final decorative stitch you select.  There are 5 or 6 different decorative stitch designs for each shape.

I added my free form grass & appliqued that in place.  I finished off the piece with free motion quilting in the background (aurifil 50wt), on the butterflies and in the grass & leaves (YLI Fusions 30wt).

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This was a fun, just for me, all from scraps quick project.  I am glad to say, the desire to applique is not as scary as it was a few months ago.  I owe that all to my friend, Eileen.

I am linking up with Sarah- go see everyone else’s projects this week!

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fresh Cut July Snap Sack & giveaway

This giveaway is now closed!  Congrats to Kathy MacKie

Summer blooms are in full swing in Tennessee! We thought this was the perfect month for our Fresh Cut Snap Sack kit to be unveiled!
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These flowers, like the Sunflower kit from May, are 3D & jump right off the quilt.  You could use beads or buttons to really embellish this quilt into a fun & lively bright spot in your home.  Since we need to show what’s in the kit, we just free motioned the flower centers to quilt them in place.  The flowers (and leaves) are 2 sided, so we wanted flippy floppy petals. 
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We used several colors of our favorite 40 wt. Aurifil thread to quilt our wall hanging.  We can’t wait to see how you finish yours!
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Remember, our Snap Sacks are complete quilt kits.  Use your project as a wall hanging or table runner.  fresh cut

Everything you need for the top, the batting, backing, binding, even Wonder Under, and of course the pattern is included.  Just add needle, thread & YOU!  This goes together in a jiffy once all your cutting is done.
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Perfect for gift giving (or treating yourself)!  This kit is available in the shop or online HERE!
A new kit comes out each month. Check out all of the kits right HERE.
As we have in the past, we will give away a free kit of this month’s Snap Sack to one of you (though without the bag)!  Leave a comment telling me your most favorite flower AND be a blog follower.  I will draw a random winner on Friday, July 6th. 
Go ahead & share the love (you know you want to )…use the share button below to tell those in your online quilting circle about this giveaway!
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