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Quilting with Friends Tips

Quilting is fun, but quilting with friends is even more fun!  I have done several quilts with friends.  They are usually scappy quilts, so that your fabrics don’t have to match.  My latest quilt that I have made with friends is and I-spy quilt.  I saw an invitation (a while ago) on A Girl and a Glue Gun to make an I-spy quilt.  Luckily, I responded quickly to participate.  We all cut blocks (10 blocks of 10 different fabrics) and sent them to Kimbo.  She swapped the blocks around and sent us all 100 different blocks back.  I’ve been working hard to get my quilt top all pieced together.  What do you think?  My kids are so excited for this to be our new picnic blanket.  (I will still add a denim border before I quilt and bind it.)

While I’ve been sewing, I’ve come up with a few tips for others interested in doing a friend quilt.  These are not rules, they are just my opinions.

Tips for doing a quilt with friends
1. Cut blocks with a mat, ruler, and rotary cutter.  If you don’t have these tools, your cutting will not be straight which makes it so much more work for everyone else.  I had to re-cut quite a few blocks, just to straighten the edges.  This takes so much time, it’s a pain.
2. Measure twice, cut once.  If your blocks are not the right size, they are not useable.  I had a few blocks that were 1/4 inch short on both sides.  I just had to toss those blocks out, wasted.
3. When cutting blocks, cut off the selvedge (the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not frayof the fabric BEFORE you cut your blocks.  If the selvedge is left on your fabric and I have to cut it off, the block is now too small and tossed out.
4. Use cotton fabrics, unless otherwise specified.  Do not use knit, flannel, or any other type of fabric that is not just the usual cotton.  I do not mix different fabrics in these type of projects, so again a few more blocks were tossed.

Other quilts I have made with friends are the Bulls-eye quilt (found in the book Quilts from Aunt Amy)

and the Split Squares quilt by Country Threads.

You should all try making a quilt with friends!  Maybe someday, we’ll have to do a sisters quilt too!

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Crochet Projects

This is my sweet sister-in-law Alaina-
She works grave yards and has come up with some fun projects to keep her up at night.
Alaina, thanks so much for sharing this post with us!
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When I was growing up, my mom always had some project going on; whether it was sewing, embroidery, knitting, or just a fun craft for us kids to do, there was always a project. Needless to say I picked up a lot of different skills and hobbies as a result. Now I can sew my buttons back on, sew a quilt or make something that I saw in the store for half the price.

So, a while ago, I was really struggling with staying awake at work and needed something to do to help me stay awake. While at my mom’s house, I came across this:

How cute are they, right? They also had patterns for fruit, vegetables, bread and sandwich makings, sushi, stir fry, and pretty cakes. Since my niece’s birthday was coming up, I thought, How awesome would that be?! I loved playing with some play food, and dishes my grandma sent me. It was really fun and pretty easy to learn. I was familiar with crochet, but usually had a hard time getting my lines straight. However, most of these items are really easy to make and had understandable instructions. I did have to do a few items a couple of times to get it the right way, but I think they turned out pretty cute.
So much fun and they won’t hurt your feet if you step on them. They were about the size of the actual fruit, which was also fun. They also don’t take too much yarn, so they are a perfect project for any leftovers you have around.

After that project, I was getting a little bit bored and needed something different. Well, these were too cute to pass up and were perfect for little babies or toddlers. I got the book at my local Hobby Lobby for about 5 dollars.


The elephant turned out a little wonky and the monkey really tiny, but still adorable and fun to play with. So cute and easy to make. I did have some trouble finding the eyes in my local craft stores, so I ended up getting them at etsy.com. The end product measures small, so if you want them bigger, use a bigger sized needle and yarn and vice versa. And most of all, if at first you don’t succeed, try again. The top is my first attempt at the elephant; the bottom, the second.

They make the perfect friends.

I have been having a lot of fun, and at times, I just feel my creative juices flowing, and it keeps me awake when I go to work! My next project is to try my hand at hats, slippers, and baby booties. There are a lot of free patterns out there in the internet world, but here are some you might like to try:
Or if you want something more specific check out the patterns at etsy.com. They always have super cute stuff. Happy crocheting!
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Baby Boots

Several months ago I found this pattern for baby ankle boots,

and I fell in love with them. 
Darling, right?
I know it’s the middle of the summer, 
but still…
I’m a fairly beginner crocheter, 
but I was able to make my way through this pattern without much problem.
(I did try a couple times before I got a decent looking pair, though)
I think they turned out so cute.
Pattern found HERE
She even has a pattern for toddler boots HERE.
My next crochet project?
These cute crocheted mary jane shoes!
Pattern (and picture) found HERE.

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