Hedgehog, Pouf and Summer is here!

I’ve been in a flurry of sewing ADD. I probably have about 5 different projects scattered around my room right now in various states of being finished. I did get a few things finished this past weekend though. This cute hedgehog is an in-the-hoop stuffed toy I decided to try because I was participating in a Plushie swap. I will say I was disappointed with the instructions provided with the file but I managed to get the toy done without much fuss. She turned out cute and I was able to use up some scrap minkee I had floating around in my sewing room. I finished my first Amy Butler pattern! This is the large Honeybun...
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Take the drag out of free motion quilting

When I bought my Powerquilter I had to think about ways to help reduce drag on large quilts as I’d be working on them. I didn’t purchase the extension table leafs because I thought perhaps I had a better solution. My idea was partially inspired by Leah Day’s bungee cord rigging she uses on her domestic machine.  I didn’t want to drill into my ceiling though so I thought of a different way that would work with any table I had. I have three corgis so I’m very familiar with lots of dog grooming products out on the market. One such item is something I thought might work perfectly for this.  It’s a dog grooming arm!...
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Memorial Day Sew In – Photos!

I got a new tool! The Versa Tool by Handiquilter has lots of different applications and so far I like it a lot even on my sit-down longarm. They don’t recommend using longarm rulers on domestic sewing machines since you can damage your machine (the feet on domestic machines raise too high and if you break a needle on the ruler you can really mess up your timing or something worse). But if you have a sitdown or regular longarm rulers like this are pretty common. This was my first try using one. I’ll probably mostly use it for straight line and small curve work.   A new owl joined the owl corner! She’s pretty fancy....
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Saturday Stash and Quiltsmart Gadget Cushion Finish

I missed Sunday stash earlier this week so better late than never! Also finished the absolute cutest gadget cushion ever using some fun fabric I picked up in Vegas at Quiltique. I can’t wait to make more of these! Really fast (made in less than an hour with minimal fabric) and super useful. I need to make a few more for home and one for work. They’d also make cute pincushions I think!   I fell prey to the Hancocks of Paducah batik precuts sale and loaded up on some Macaron bali pops and 5″ charm packs. Also received my Massdrop Aurifil order (who doesn’t need more basics?) and a few of the Gadget Cushion interfacing...
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WIP Wednesday – Back in the Saddle

I’m sewing again! Feels good to finally be having some creative fun. I made a denim bag with my cut off jeans hems so I could stop storing them: And I started working on my Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller challenge quilt. I had several other ideas on what I wanted to do for this quilt and nothing felt right until I pulled out my EZ Dresden ruler and had an idea of where I wanted to go with this.   Didn’t have this teal in my stash so I had to shop on my lunch break to find it.   Found the perfect shade of Aurifil on my color card to do the quilting My...
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Craftsy Birthday Bash Sale!

(This post contains affiliate links which means, I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links.) Don’t miss out on Craftsy‘s Birthday Flash Sale! Get select online classes at up to 50% off for a limited time only. You won’t see so many classes with prices this low again soon. Hurry, offer expires May 11th at 11:59pm MT. Shop Craftsy’s Birthday Flash Sale! Here are a few of my favorites that are currently on sale:    
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81 – Vegas, Quilting Research, Peacocks and Gingham

My trip to Vegas was lots of fun! I spent nearly a week there. I’ll share all the fun things I did. Flight and arrival at Bellagio, In & Out Trip to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead overlook and Quiltique Couples Learn to Float Big Dig excursion Downtown Fremont St. and Heartattack Grill Visit to Green Valley Ranch House update – plumbing fun, recent rains, new bench Getting back into the swing of things: Patriotic charm swap Modern quilt guild projects Stuffed Peacock finish Gingham quilt project Scientific Research Walking improves creativity Learning a new, complex skill can help memory
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The Quilt Bear – Mother’s Day Giveaway Bundle

a Rafflecopter giveaway Win a 64 count Charm pack of Tomorrow’s Promise fabrics designed by Marti Michell and a 6 pack sample pack of Aurifil thread! The Quilt Bear has lots of new stuff in the shop you should take a look at! NEW Block of the Month Clubs Dogs Life by Lynette Anderson Another great block of the month by Lynnette Anderson.  If you are a dog lover this block of the month will be right up your alley.  Each month in the four month series will feature a new dog block for you to applique and hand embroider.  The colors are in the same color way as our Love Letters BOM and feature country blues, greens, reds, browns,...
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Sunday Stash & Peacock Finish

A finished project for once! Finally took the time to finish up my peacock. This was from a class I took a few months ago on making a stuffed bird. I love the end result and look forward to doing more stuffed creatures! It’s a nice change from quilting and sewing stuff all the time and lets you do some other things creatively that wouldn’t work on a quilt.  This peacock came from the book The Artful Bird, which I highly recommend if you want to try stuffed creatures. My hand embroidery isn’t that great (respect to all you hand embroidery experts out there!) so some of the details didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned...
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