Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stitching, Sewing, and Schatzi

Two 18" pillows I recently completed for a dear friend...
I'm taking a break from my sewing machine to do a little blog update this afternoon....I've been at my machine most of the afternoon and I thought I would sit down for a virtual chat while I get a dose of caffeine and clear my head.

Last night, I finished a HUGE project for Just CrossStitch magazine that will be in the October issue...oh how I wish I could share it with you now, but you will have to be patient - it was A LOT of work, but so worth every minute...and I am just thrilled with how it turned out...

Have you been voting daily for my AccuQuilt Block Design Contest entries? - if you have, then I truly appreciate you! I know I ask for your votes every year...and for some reason, they make the voting process last a lifetime...but I want you to know that I am thankful for each and every vote. I hesitated to enter this year, after some of last year's results and the voting process - I know there was a lot of frustration across the board...but this year it is not just popular vote...and the block entries have to be made from AccuQuilt shapes (not just a fabric panel with a photo or a picture of a quilt)...this year, it seems much more fair and actually as described - a "block" design contest. They do have the direct view links working now, so I will provide them to make voting even easier. If you feel so inclined, you may bookmark them and vote daily through April 19th...every single vote helps - and THANK YOU!

Simply click on the direct links listed and click on the word "VOTE" - no registration is necessary and no e-mail address is collected. You can vote every 24-hours per device for all your favorites (meaning you can vote for all four of my blocks each day, along with any others you like)....

In The Pink:
Sequined Stars:
Petal Piecing:
Perpetual Pinwheels:

You can also visit: to submit your own block design and/or view all the entries!

So, today, I am back to working on four AccuQuilt GO! Value Die Sampler Quilts - I have most of the 48 sampler blocks complete and plan to have them all pieced by the end of the day...there are a total of 844 half square triangles (2" finished square) in four sampler quilts, so at this point, I really don't want to see triangles again for at least a few days. I cut all 1,384 pieces before starting, so now I am just putting everything together. I wanted to be done with all of them by now, but there are only so many hours in a day and matching up all the triangle points is taking me quite a bit of time. Maybe in the future I will do a block by block daily tutorial, including my tips and tricks - if you would like to see something like this, send me a message...if there is enough interest, I will see about putting something together.

GO! Simplicity Block Pattern

GO! Boat Block Pattern

GO! Whirlpool Block Pattern

GO! Double 4-Patch Block Pattern

GO! Road to Oklahoma Block Pattern

The original GO! Value Die Sampler Quilt I created....
I am now off for my daily training walk with Schatzi (my German Shepherd training partner) - temperatures are in the mid 40s and it has stopped raining, so it should be a nice evening walk - we will probably do around 6 miles. We have been doing some walks around the lake, but tonight, I think we will stay in the neighborhood...then it will be back to my sewing machine until 11:00 PM (I'm on a schedule and a deadline)...

Schatzi at Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park) over the weekend...


  1. Oooooh I am VERY excited that you have a design in Just Cross Stitch magazine....congratulations!! I subscribe to this magazine so am thrilled I will be able to see it, and no doubt stitch it too!! Eeeeeeeeek!!
    I have been voting every day for your designs..... My favourite is 'In The Pink' it's lovely....they all are great!!
    and started walking training again for your walk again. It's such an amazing thing you do....wondering if you are designing something special for this year?? Do you walk each year with team twinkle toes? I think it's really amazing what you do, seriously, you give up your time, you donate a lot of money from sales...of your specially designed project last year. Not to mention giving up your time to train too....your a very special person.
    I love popping in on your blog, everything that you make is lovely and you inspire me to want to make things!!
    But most of all.... I pop in here because I always leave with a smile on my face! Thank you :)

  2. I agree with Jacquie! Stopping by to see what you have been up to makes me happy. Hope you and Miss Schatzi had a good walk this evening! Your blocks look fabulous as do those 2 pillows in the first picture. LOVE them! Congratulations on getting your JCS big project finished!


  3. You and your your designs are sweethearts..
    Love you xx

  4. Looking forward to seeing what you did for Just Cross Stitch. Great job on your sampler blocks. That's a lot of pieces you cut. Half squares can be a pain matching points and trying to keep them from stretching.