Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Getting Comments From Your Blogger To Your Email

This is a blogger help announcement: There's always something that throws us for a loop when Google changes up our blogger format, right? The new format isn't really hard EXCEPT for getting comments to our email. It's not the same way of doing it...UGH!

I did a little searching and found a "cure" at "Life and Linda". She instantly became one of my favorite bloggers for this fix because it really works. Thank you, Linda at Life and Linda!


So if you're frustrated that those comments from your blog aren't making it to your email, give Linda's advice a try.

If it works for you, you are welcome!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Crafter's Edge Cute Fox In A PIllow

Using Crafter's Edge to cut shapes and designs from fabric is so fun. The "Cute Fox" is exactly that...CUTE! The fox would be adorable on a quilt, door hanger, or even as a pincushion. I used it to make a pillow for a quick birthday present. 

To get started on my pillow I grabbed a few fat quarters from my stash, my Crafter's Edge Crossover II machine and dies, and some of my favorite iron-on adhesive, Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive. With all my supplies ready, this pillow went together in a flash!
To make your own pillow, you'll need a few things:


Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive



18” x 18” Pillow Form

Crafter’s Edge Cute Fox Die

Crafter’s Edge Equilateral Triangles, 6 ½” and 5 ½” (it comes in four sizes)

Crafter’s Edge Letters, F – O – X

Crafter’s Edge Crossover II

Fabric needed:

6-8 fat quarters

1/4 yard - Binding


Cutting instructions for each pillow:


Cut 1 – 12 ½” x 12 ½” white, Center Block

Cut 4 – 3 ½” x 12 ½” orange, Border A

Cut 4 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” turquoise, Border A Corner

Cut 3 – 2 ½” x 42” black, Binding

Cut 1 – 18 ½” x 18 ½” white, lining

Cut 2 – 11 ½” x 18 ½” orange, pillow back

Cut 1 – 18 ½” x 18 ½” batting

Cut 1 – Crafter’s Edge Cute Fox following directions in Step 1.

Cut 2 – Crafter’s Edge Equilateral Triangles (6 ½” and 5 ½”) following directions in Step 1.

Cut 1 – Crafter’s Edge F-O-X letters following directions in Step 1.


Sewing/Applique Instructions: Seams are sewn 1/4” wide


Step 1: Applique – Iron adhesive to wrong side of fabrics; let cool. Following Crafter’s Edge instructions, place paper side of adhesive facing up on platform.* Cover as directed. Run die and fabric through machine. *To reverse the direction of design, place fabric side up before cutting. 

Peel off paper liner from the backs of applique pieces. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of fabric. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool. Sew around edges of applique using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch. 

Step 2: Border A – With right sides together, sew 3 ½” x 12 ½” orange strips to left and right sides of Center Block. Press seams towards borders.

Step 3: Border A - With right sides together sew 3 ½” x 3 ½” turquoise squares to the ends of 3 ½” x 12 ½” orange strip. Press seams towards center. With right sides together, sew strips to top and bottom of Center Block, matching seams. Press seams down.

Step 4: Pillow front/lining/batting– Place pillow lining wrong side up on a flat surface. Lay batting on top of pillow lining. Lay pillow front, right side up on top of batting. Pin or clip with all edges meeting together. Baste around edges. Quilt if desired.

Step 5: Pillow Back - Fold under 1/4” on one long side of each 11½” x 18½” rectangles. Press. Fold over again 1/4” and press. Top stitch close to edge of fold.

Overlap the two back sections with right sides up and turned under edges towards the middle to make an 18 ½” x 18 ½” square. Pin/clip to hold in place at overlapped sections and baste in place.

Step 6: Pillow assembly - On a flat surface, layer pillow sections on top of each other in the following order: Pillow back, wrong side up; Pillow front with lining, wrong side down. Baste around edges. Add binding using your favorite method. Place 18” x 18” pillow form inside through the flap.

This pillow was a full one and made it quite puffy...the better to snuggle on!

There's so many ways to use Crafter's Edge fabric dies. Give them a try...I think you'll love them as much as I do!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Riley Blake Designs "Nature's Finest" Blog Tour

Riley Blake Designs just released some new panels called "Nature's Finest" which showcase some gorgeous animals in their natural habitats. They are amazingly brilliant in colors and designs!

Nature's Finest Dream Catcher Wolf Panel is the one I chose for my project. I've always loved the beauty of wolves and respected their place in nature. Adding two dream catchers to the sides of the quilt panel was an easy choice because of the panel's name.

The golden eyes of this wolf are captivating, but of course, there is some danger behind them. I'm sure a wolf's dreams would be to run free, safe from harm, and to always have food to eat.

Their are other panels in the "Nature's Finest" collection and some pillow panels. Aren't they gorgeous!

I used four different fabrics with this panel to make the quilt: RBD White, RBD Black, RBD Butterscotch, and RBD Medium Blue. The butterscotch fabric was used for the border, too. 

Quilting was by Ginger from Sew Sassy Longarm. We both felt this design worked to keep it a bit more masculine and not take away from those awesome wolves.

I love this guy the most!

The Nevada desert was a great backdrop for this quilt, though the temperature was 100 degrees at 7:45 a.m. My husband was a trooper for helping me that morning. It was windy and hot!

The quilt pattern for "Dream Catcher Wolves" can be found HERE.
The finished quilt measures 54" x 60".

For more "Nature's Finest" and other Riley Blake Designs fabric projects, check out their blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my "Dream Catcher Wolves" quilt!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Crafter's Edge Bird #5 In A Pincushion

I have to admit that I'm crazy about my Crafter's Edge fabric dies and this sweet bird from the "Bird Dance Collection" is one of my favorites. It's a bit crazy like me, so that might be why it rings my bell!

There are other birds just as cute, like these two, and I'll definitely be adding them to my stash as soon as I can. I think a quilt would be adorable with all of them.

The Crafter's Edge fabric dies work perfectly with the Crossover II, cutting up to six layers of cotton fabric. When using felt, I found two or three layers to be best. The dies are flat so it makes it convenient to store them.

The directions are always easy to follow using their diagrams and/or instructions.

You can adjust the pressure on the Crossover II if needed.

I love using ThermOWeb's Fabric Fuse Adhesive in different ways, including applying felt on felt. It holds it in place without shifting. Just add a few drops to the back (you don't need a lot) and place it where it needs to be. You can stitch over it, so no worries there!

Cut two 6" x 6" squares for behind the bird and for the back of the pincushion. Sew around all the edges, but leave a 2" opening to fill the pincushion with walnut shells or stuffing (whichever is your preference.) Use the Fabric Fuse to close the opening, let it dry, and then sew it closed. Going around the edges will help strengthen the edges.

This is a fast and easy pincushion that can be gifted or kept for yourself. Either way, it's a sweet project!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

New Blog Hop Alert - From The Heart

We just finished a blog hop that was full of Christmas inspiration, so now it's time to announce an October blog hop..."From The Heart."

The "rules":

Make a small gift that you would give to someone.
Write a post on your blog about it.
Share a pattern, tutorial, or link if you have one for the idea. If not, just show the photos.
Have a giveaway only if you want to.
Post your blog post on your day, on time. 
(Setting it for 11 p.m. MST is good. It's okay if it pops up early...that's better than being late.)
If your project isn't quite done, show it anyway. 
People remember if you're a no show...we don't want that!
Visit the other blogs in the hop. That's where you will gain some amazing friends.

Email me if you want to play along. I'll need your first name, blog name, and blog URL.

Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks has a blog hop coming up, too. Check with her to see if she has any openings left.

Stay safe, healthy, and creative!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Christmas In July And Riley Blake Designs Classic Christmas Too

I have had so much fun this week with Christmas in July Then and Now. There's been tons of amazing projects to see and add to our sewing lists. There's no way I could pick a favorite! The rules were to show something Christmas that was made now (this year) or "then" (whatever year.)

Sometimes my project days have to double up and this is one of them. Today I'm showing my Christmas quilt for Riley Blake Designs Classic Christmas blog tour and this blog hop. It's made with a panel that is so adorable!

I used Riley Blake Designs "Snow Flurry" and "Holly Green" in the borders.

I love all the puppies and kitties in this! The details are so bright and fun. Yes, I went picture crazy because I couldn't help myself with all that cuteness in the panel.

Look at all those sweet fur babies...love that Santa, too!

Quilting was done by Ginger from Sew Sassy LongarmThe swirls and bells were a perfect choice of quilting for this. Quilting on a panel can be tough because you don't want to cover all the sweet details in it. I love it!

The panel size is 36" x 43 1/2" and could be used to make so many beautiful quilts. It also comes in pillow size panels and three other large panel prints.

You can find directions to make this quilt HERE.

This is a Las Vegas style of Christmas...no snow even if it was December. That wagon wheel has become one of my favorite things in my backyard.

For more ideas using the Classic Christmas panels you can visit these two designers:
Jessica Dayon
Suze Vinton

There's a giveaway today! I love shopping at Quilt Taffy and think you will, too. I bought a gift certificate to share with one of you. 

Here's a few of my "then" Christmas projects...

Here's the list of all those participating in the blog hop this week...they are amazing!

July 27
July 28
July 29
July 30
July 31 - TODAY

There's a Pinterest page of all the Christmas In July Then and Now...check it out!

New blog hop coming...small gift ideas. I'll post about it next week, but you can email me if you want to sign-up now.

You can still sign-up for Creatin' in the Sticks blog hop. Visit her blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed the Christmas in July Then and Now blog hop!