A Double Dose 2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well! Before I forget, there is a chance for you a win a Stomping Ground Kit from Hancocks of Paducah! Click HERE for details and to vote your favorite version!

Summer came to an end, and my daughter started 7th grade this past week. Many of you had known her as Miss Baby since she was born. How time has flown by, and now I have a 7th grader in the house. This quilt I am sharing with you is inspired by my daughter’s love for the Little House on the Prairie books when she was much younger. I titled it “Little Village on the Prairie”. There is ONE block in this quilt that is not like the others…. can you spot it?

Little Village on the Prairie is featured in Quilters World Autumn 2021 issue. You may purchase the issue HERE.

The fabrics I used are from Warm Winter Wishes fabric line by Moda. I like this fabric line because the prints fund little accents that are versatile in any quilts. You may purchase the fabrics HERE.

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Since I missed our regular 2-Cent Tuesday last week, I am sharing my 2-Cents x 2 today!

#1. If you like to use as many fabrics as you possibly can in your applique projects, charm pack (or Fat Quarter bundles) could be your best friends. Since the applique pieces in many classes are small, charm squares make the perfect size to cut and prepare your pieces.

#2. If you wonder what background fabric to use for your quilt, color cards are really handy — especially when a color like white comes in different shades. It could be bright white, antique white, creamy white etc. Sometimes the colors shown on a computer screen for a solid is completely different in real life! That happened to me recently. I thought I was getting a dark navy indigo, and the actual fabric showed up as purple. That’s why a color card comes in really handy when you are trying to decide what shade you need for your quilt background.

And that’s my 2-cents in double dosage for this week and last! Now it’s your turn to share your 2-cents!

Have a lovely week.

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! I hope you have had a lovely start to your week. It’s time to think about fall — and I have a couple “colder months” fall quilts to share with you today!

#1. Autumn is Calling – featured with complete pattern in Quilters World Autumn 2021 issue. You may purchase the issue HERE.

#2. Autumn Leaves kit – purchase kit HERE.

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And my 2-cents for this week: USE YOUR PHONE to take pictures of your blocks before you sew them together, or even after the quilt top is sewn together, but BEFORE the quilt is quilted!

[Ask me how I know this is an important step! I recently turned in a magazine project where I didn’t realize one of the blocks was turned incorrectly. The project was quilted and bound and sent to the editor — before I realized the error! Fortunately the project is a small project, and it took me a day to re-make the project to resend to the editor.]

The picture you take doesn’t have to be fancy — following is one I took of Autumn is Calling before it was quilted!

That’s my 2-cents for today. Now it’s your turn to share yours with other quilters! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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(Late) 2-Cent Tuesday & World Elephant Day

Hello Friends, Happy Thursday and World Elephant Day to you! It’s time to re-read a poem about elephant written, by my daughter.

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The Elephant

by GKS, Jan 2021

Oh, creature of colossal height!

Oh, creature of such stately might!

Your trunk is like a garden hose

But bigger. And, as for your toes

They are huge! Oh, Mighty One,

When most see you they want to run.

Your trumpeting is louder than

An orchestra. And, having no fan

You slop black mud between your ears

Which takes care of your sweaty fears.

Your tusks! Well, they’re something to see!

For they are made of ivory!

Oh, wonderful! Marvelous to behold!

What a brave creature and bold!

I think we overlook your tail.

You show it off, but to no avail.

So I will help. Oh, lovely tail!

It’s quite thin, quite as thin as a rail.

And your legs! Oh, gracious, they’re like trees!

And just look at those giant knees!

Oh, how could I forget the ears?

With them, one most assuredly hears

Things that us humans do not know

Such as ‘Elephants know their friends from foes!’

Your physique is clumsy, I’m afraid.

It is the truth, it must be said.

However, you can run, if needed.

Your wise advice is quite best heeded

Because of your great memory

And because you are quite, quite free.

And now, my poetry must relent –

Goodbye, my friend, the elephant.

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You may remember the quilt-along Pat Sloan did with my Stomping Ground pattern last fall. I have certainly enjoyed seeing the different elephant quilts made with the pattern.

There are two kits available that I know of at the moment —

Click here to purchase this kit using Moda’s Tochi fabrics:

Click here to pre-order this version with Moda’s Jungle Paradise fabrics:

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And here’s my 2-cents for this week: I keep an inexpensive and small handheld vacuum close by when I am trimming my block pieces to keep my cutting mat clean. That keeps my trimming debris (aka fuzz and lint) to a minimum on my cutting mat! The vacuum works much better than me trying to scrape fabric debris off with my quilting ruler off the mat!

[And yes, I need a new cutting mat. I am still researching what I should get next…]

That’s all I have for my 2-cents this week. Now it’s your turn to share your 2 or 3 cents!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well. I do apologize for missing last week’s 2-Cent Tuesday. Too much happening at the same time. But here I am today — we are less than 3 weeks before the new school year starts for my daughter. And we are busy getting things done before school starts again.

Two weeks ago, I shared with you my Farmhouse Comfort quilt in the Quilts for Autumn book.

I actually have a second quilt included in the same book, Acorn Juggling! The squirrel block looks hard, but it really isn’t.

You may purchase the book HERE.

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Meanwhile, fall is just around the corner, and I am not JUST KITTEN AROUND!

You may purchase the kit and/or paper pattern HERE.

Or you may purchase the fabrics HERE.

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And for my 2-cents today… You know how sometimes when you are trying to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a square for making half-square-triangle units, and the square would go wobbly a bit, and then that causes the diagonal line to go wonky? That happens to me especially when dealing with small squares…. to solve that problem, I have a mini tiny cutting mat right by my machine where I place the squares and then draw my diagonal lines. The cutting mat keeps the squares in place, and my diagonal lines accurate!

This is my mat HERE – except mine is quite well worn now! At 5″ x 8″, it is just a really nice size.

So, that’s my 2-cents for this week! It’s your turn to share your 2-cents. I hope you have a lovely rest of your summer. See you next time!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you had a lovely start to your week, and that you are still enjoying your summer. Our summer weather seems milder than years past, and I have enjoyed the fact I am still able to walk outside and not feel like I was going to vaporize!

But for those who are enduring the summer heat as best as you can, just know that autumn is coming soon! I am happy to share with you one of my newest published quilt, Farmhouse Comfort. It is in Annie’s new book Quilts for Autumn. You may purchase the book HERE. I actually have two projects in that book.

I have heard from quilters who expressed that they are looking for quilt designs that use fewer fabrics. Farmhouse Comfort uses 3 fabrics!

And that brings up my 2-cents for this week:

Quilts made with solid fabrics are in a class by themselves. Solids are great for striking visual effects in that the colors of the fabric are not “broken” up in anyway as in prints, plus quilts made with solids are perfect for showing off quilted texture! Next time you are at your quilt shop, you might spend a few extra minutes in the solids section?

That’s it from me today — now it’s your turn! Tell me which company (companies) makes your favorite solids!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely rest of your week!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, another week, another 2-Cent Tuesday! I hope you have been well. I always think the pace of life for me would slow down in the summer, but it seems like every summer is busier than the previous summer.

Today I have a free summer pattern to share with you! Click HERE for pattern download information.

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Now if you have large prints laying around, don’t be afraid to cut them up and use them in a repetitive block layout! The various parts of the prints will be captured in fun and striking ways. See my photo below for case in point!

In using up your large prints that you have collected in your stash will give you an excuse to go fabric shopping!

And that’s my 2 cents for today. Now it’s your turn to share your 2 cents on how to use up large prints!

I hope you have a great rest of your week – and thank you for stopping by!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you all had a lovely Independence Day weekend. I know it’s over, but if you would like to get a head start on your patriotic projects for next year (haha!), here are a few of my magazine quilts this year!

Quilters World Summer 2021 issue – O’er the Ramparts Quilt

Just Cross Stitch August 2021 issue – O’er the Ramparts Cross Stitched Pillow

American Quilter July 2021 issue – Come Sail With Me

sailboat vintage sailing blue sea ocean clear summer sky

American Patchwork & Quilting June 2021 issue – Summer Sparklers

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So for this week’s 2-cent:

Don’t forget to change out your needle, clean and oil your machine before you start a new project! Well, if you haven’t cleaned and oiled your machine, even if you are in the middle of something, as soon as the bobbin thread runs out, take a break and clean and out your machine. Your machine will thank you! :)

That’s my 2 cents for this week. Now it’s your turn to share your 2-cents on sewing machine maintenance. I hope you have a great rest of your week – and thank you for stopping by!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! I hope you had a great start to your week. It’s been a busy sort of week, but I did manage to get Scissors & Spools pattern listed in my shop.

Scissors & Spools is a Layer Cake (10″ Squares)-Friendly pattern. The quilt finishes at 46″ x 61″. Click here to purchase the pattern in PDF format. Or, if you prefer the paper format, Fat Quarter Shop has them.

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Did you know this past Sunday was National Sewing Machine Day?

I am often asked what machine I use — I am a Bernina girl, from the very beginning.

But here are my 2-cents on purchasing a sewing machine:

Always test out a machine at a local dealer before you make the purchase. While you are at the dealer, ask as many questions as you can think of! Sometimes, ALL your sewing needs might be met in a mid level model instead of the schnazziest model.

BUT a friendly note of caution – in purchasing a sewing machine, just know that the machine will determine the level of sewing enjoyment. If you end up getting a machine with which you constantly fight, you won’t enjoy sewing as much as if you had gotten a machine that is more collaborative!

It’s your turn to share your 2-cents on purchasing a sewing machine!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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If you are looking for a hold all bag for stitching…

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week! I just finished a queen sized magazine quilt. It’s nice to have another one sent off so that I can get to the next on the list. It’s as if my life revolves around “what’s next on the list”, haha. I actually caught myself recently asking my daughter the same thing about her schedule.

I know most of the time I am associated with quilting. But my love for fiber and thread started with hand stitching when I was little. I was intrigued by my aunt who did cross-stitching at the time. Due to the rigorous demands at school, I never did dabble in cross-stitching until I was in college. I have the sweetest memories cross-stitching and chatting into the night with my roommate.

If you are a stitcher, and are looking for a bag that is useful in holding your stitching things, you might be interested in The Supreme Organizer made by Yazzii. Click HERE to read the specs.

The bag folds out like a book.

A book that has may see-through pockets. Here are a few ways the pockets can be used. Definitely for starters, one can use the pockets to organize one’s stitching needles by size. And don’t forget the thread keeps as well!

Then one can use the pockets to organize the threads specific for various projects because I am guessing more stitchers are stitching more than one project at a time! Here might be a handy trick — I actually have multiple spools of the same color if I know if I would like to use the color in various projects. The spools are then group with other spools for various projects. That way I have ALL the colors I need in one place.

The Supreme Organizer has a large pocket that allows the storage of pieces with minimal folding.

This organizer also has two larger pockets that are handy for storing stitching charts. The see-through pocket you see below is sufficient to store a 6″ hoop. If you use a larger hoop, the larger pockets should be able to hold the hoop.

There you have it, my stitching friends! There are so many ways to organize things with Yazzii bags. You might also try using the Yazzii pouches to help you further organizes all your stitching treasures!

Have a great weekend!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, Happy Summer to you! I hope you have been well. We are in the thick of summer at our end now that my daughter has finished her school year. It always takes me a little bit to get used to adjusting having my daughter home from school — now I wonder how I ever got things done work-wise during her pre-school years when we were practically joined at the hip. I guess during the early days, the multiple naps during the day really helped!

This simple red/white large postage stamp quilt was well received when I posted it on Instagram a few days ago. I thought I would repost it here in case you hadn’t seen it. If summer is busy for you, and you still want to sew, this might be a stress-free project for you. Basically, just use charm packs, or cut your stash up into 5″ squares, and start sewing!

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Now for my 2-cents: if you find yourself work with soft yarn-dyes, and want your pinning to be a bit more secure prior to sewing, use fork pins! I found this out working with yarn dyes for an entire quilt this week — my first time!

A bonus 2-cents since I took last Tuesday off: I find that the weave on yarn dyes aren’t perhaps as tight. So, sometimes my stitches come off at the edges. I could shorten the stitch length, but that cause puckering ever so slightly, so, I actually reverse my stitches at the edges to secure them!

Now it’s your turn to share your 2-cents!

Thank you for stopping by — and I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! I hope you are well.

I have another magazine featured quilt to share with you today – Split Decisions in Quilts and More Summer 2021 issue. This one is a little bit out of the box as the quilt only uses 3 fabrics. That almost never happens. But do stay tuned, in a few weeks I hope to share with you another quilt that will hopefully make you laugh when compared with Split Decisions.

This quilt uses my triangle tricks that I had share with you in a previous 2-Cent Tuesday post HERE.

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I had shared with you I have a hobbit-hole sized sewing room where I cram every thing sewing/quilting-related into the room so they don’t spill to the other areas of the house. So I have a rather small cutting area. Small cutting area means small cutting mat. Small cutting mat means smaller rulers. Two rulers I can’t live without are: 8″ x 8″ square, and 6″ x 12″ rectangle! I find that I can almost cut any pieces with those 2 rulers. Even when I have to cut a strip that is, say, 3″ x 14 1/2″. I would fold my fabric in half, and cut 3″ x 7 1/4″ using my 6″ x 9″ rectangle. My two cents today is to find your favorite rulers, and use them to fit your circumstances!

That’s it from me today. It’s now your turn — what size(s) is/are your favorite rulers?

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well! The weather at my end has been simply gorgeous, and to the relief of my entire family, our rose bushes are blooming again! I started bringing in the “almost” spent blooms into the house to encourage further flowering on the bushes.

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Because I have a small cutting area, I like to cut pieces from smaller pieces of my background fabric when working on a quilt. I generally work off a 1/4-3/8y of background fabric. That way, I don’t have to deal with a large length of fabric on my cutting table. Now that might mean needing more background fabric in the end, so I always factor in an extra 1/4-3/8y just to be safe. This little trick might come in handy for you if you have a hobbit-sized sewing room, like I do!

That’s my two cents for today — now it’s your turn to share yours!

Have a lovely rest of your week — I am going to “Just Kitten Around”. Pattern in my Etsy Shop. Link below.

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