Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
So what's up for you this week?
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
If you're in the area you'd enjoy it, Sandy and Erika are so nice! You can find them in Alameda as well, first Sunday of the month, space J23, rain or shine!
Every time I'm coming back home and catch a glimpse of Mt. Diablo I know I'm almost there. Here is my friend Mt. Diablo in the distance.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend people. xo
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Have a good day my fine little lab assistants!
When I made this video and recommended the pen I got to thinking, you know, what happens if someone uses this pen on my recommendation and then something bad happens. I didn't test the pen with batting, or over any length of time, with soap, with no washing etc. So I thought, gee, I'm going to read a little more about this pen. Which lead to the discovery that Pilot advises you not to use the pen on legal documents because the ink is temperature sensitive. Well we did prove that. What I didn't figure on is that chilling the ink RETURNS IT'S COLOR.
The fabric that had been rinsed didn't show it's markings,but the one that I didn't rinse.. well you can see with your own eyes.. the ink has returned. Not heavily, but it's there. I did put the fabric in the freezer for 1 minute, and Pilot says returning it to 14 degrees will restore the ink.. but I've seen Chris's front walkway, I'd say there's a possibility it could get cold!
SO.. let me amend my recommendation. It's a cool pen and I still think it has some uses BUT use it knowing that should your piece be subjected to cold weather.. the ink could return.
Phew.. glad we got that figured out in time. xo
Monday, January 17, 2011
These little dolls couldn't be cuter, right? And if you look at this listing on eBay, there are more photos of pages.. the little "Happy" rabbit piece is so sweet.
Well that's about it for today. Did you do something fun this weekend? You better tell me all about it! xo
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Here's Deb's recipe:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
3 medium zucchini, sliced
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 7 oz. can diced green chilies
3 cups cooked rice
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded jack cheese, separated
1 tomato sliced
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Although I used my fat quarter bundle, it's the perfect use of left over jelly roll strips. And I used the cream color for the wider strips thinking I'd do something just in that area, you could just use all strips and no fatty pieces. When I first got started with the flowers, I thought I'd just do a nice tidy row of the flowers but then I just COULDN'T STOP CUTTING THEM OUT! I used the Rose of Sharon die on the Go! Baby. I fused at random, clearly! It was so fun. I know not everyone has a Go! Baby, so you could easily draw your own flower or download a flower from the internet. Or skip the flowers altogether!
Anyway, backing was 2/3 yard of fabric, binding 1/4 yard and I used a leftover piece of batting I had laying around, but I think you could use a craft sized piece.
One new thing I wanted to make sure and mention was the Shades Soft Fuse fusible web I used! Holy cow that stuff is great! Even under those flowers that are all stacked up, you only feel fabric. I prefused the strips of fabric with it before I ran them through the Go! Baby and it cut up and fused perfectly. Also when sewing I didn't get that sticky residue on my needle that I often get with other brands of fusible adhesive. Anyway, I got mine at The Wooden Gate! Marby has it on a roll, and I also understand it comes in sheets that you can run through your printer!
So that's all the news here. What's new with you?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I love how they come out, I've pulled away the excess and look how nice these quarter square triangles look.
They stitch up like a dream. I didn't know if I'd like the little nipped off corners but I can't believe what a difference it made in my piecing.
Something else I've always wanted to try is an applecore. Of course I'm NEVER going to cut out all those pieces by hand, or even with a rotary cutter.. my attention span is pretty limited. But running it through the Go! Baby was a dream. And I love the little notch for matching. It just took seconds to pin and stitch those two together. You can see my dilemma now.. what to use the rest of my Bliss for, hour glass blocks or applecore. Now if I was whispering in Accuquilt's ear, I'd say a smaller applecore, like a 3inch, would be DREAMY. You know, like the tumbler blocks and the drunkards path, big and small. In fact Famous Deb Silva was working on the 3 1/2 inch drunkards path at sew day and I was so envious. No pictures though, what was I thinking?
I did make this runner last week! I know! ME MAKING STUFF! I used the Rose of Sharon flower blocks in a simple strip pieced runner. Now a strip pieced runner is not my invention, you'll find a million variations all over the place. I'll give you the details in my next post. SO MUCH TO READ ALL AT ONCE. But what fun it was to cut all kinds of different flowers (with fusible web already on the back) and pile them up. This might be my favorite die of all.. flowers in all sizes, leaves, circles.. perfection.
So there you have it.. my tons of Accufun in one giant blog post!!! Talk about Go! Baby!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
Looks like I can get back to work! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xo
Thursday, January 06, 2011
After some lunch and shopping at Home Good we headed over to Wooden Gate Quilts. It was a lot of fun checking out all the wonderful new fabric that's come in since the last time we were there. Of course visiting and shopping is always great.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
It was a year ago we saw this post here (scroll for the mitt) and The Oven Mitt became a topic of conversation. As you know Elizabeth has a cute kitchen, (see below) so she needed a cute oven mitt to go in it. We began calling it the Rhetorical Oven Mitt. Or R. O. M. for brevity's sake, since we've been discussing it so much.
Sadly I let tracking it down go for so long I almost didn't get my oven mitt made. Luckily Lori told me what pattern it was from and with a tip from Roseann, I managed to score my own pattern, Bella Moon Oven Mitt.