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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Friday Night Sew-In (FNSI)

This Friday is the third Friday of the month and that means Friday Night Sew In!!!!!!
Join us and catch up on those stitchy things you've been meaning to get to but just haven't had the time for, get comfy in your jammies, grab a glass of wine or maybe some hot chocolate and get to sewing in!

Sign up at Sugarlane Designs, plus visit the sites of everyone else joining FNSI.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Win a Baby Lock Melody!!

It's that time of year for Amy's Creative Side's Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Fall 2013

October 25 – 31 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice
November 1 – 7 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories
November 8 – Winners announced

Select your category & join the fun!
  • Favorite baby quilt
  • Favorite throw quilt
  • Favorite scrappy quilt
  • Favorite group/bee quilt
  • Favorite two color quilt
  • Favorite ROYGBIV (color wheel) quilt
  • Favorite applique quilt
  • Favorite hand quilted quilt
  • Favorite home machine quilted quilt
  • Favorite professionally quilted quilt
  • Favorite quilt photographer
  • Favorite art quilt
  • Favorite doll/mini quilt
  • Favorite wall hanging
Baby Lock is providing a great giveaway for the viewers, a Melody machine.  I would love to have a new sewing machine. I have dreamed of having a machine with a cut feature not to mention the knee lift.  Thanks Baby Lock!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

2013 AQS Quilt Week


My daughter and I went to our very first Quilt Festival.  Got off work on Friday night and drove to Des Moines, IA, only a short 3 hour drive away from our home.  We had a blast singing on the way up in the car, my radio isn't working so we just made our own music.  Good thing my daughter knows the lyrics to almost every song I threw at her. Stayed downtown at the Marriott, only a few blocks from the Iowa Events Center. 

Took tons of pictures!  Click to view over 200 photos uploaded to my Flickr album.  Sorry they aren't the best quality, only have the camera on my phone.  Each picture should have a snapshot before or after it of the card displaying the name of the quilt and who quilted it.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Quilt Week Bound!!

So excited that at the last minute I have decided to make the trip to Des Moines, IA for AQS Quilt Week!!!!  I will drive up Friday after work, with my daughter, and go to the show on Saturday.

I was originally thinking of taking a Free Motion Quilting class Saturday but since my daughter is going to be able to go with me I will pass on the class.  With over 1600 Quilts on display there should be plenty to do!

I have never been to a Quilt Show so pretty excited to be finally be going.  I live in Kansas City, MO so from what I have heard the drive to Des Moines, IA is a pretty easy drive and only around 3.5 hours.

My daughter is 16 and a Junior in High School.  She is taking a Fashion/Sewing class this year and we were at JoAnn getting fabric and notions for her next project and I walked by this fabric and couldn't pass it up.  I see a fun quilt beading project in the future for this.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday Night Sew In

Last night was FNSI.  We have a different person hosting it for the next 3 months.  Big Thanks to Sugarlane Quilts!  Head over there and check out all the participants.

I have shared how I how I do my hexagons but thought I would share again since
this is what I did last night. :) 

More hexis! 


I start with a 2.5 x 2.5 inch square.
 
 
On the wrong side I center my 1 inch paper hexagon.
(each side of the hexagon is 1 inch)
 
 
I fold and baste the paper template in place.
 

I do chain about 3 together at a time.
 



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Quilt Show

I just saw this updated on Bejeweled Quilts by Barb and wanted to share with everyone!
The Quilt show is opening up their website beginning Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17, and there will be terrific prizes from companies we know and love like Bernina, GAmmill, Superior Threads, AccuQuilt, C&T Publishing, RJR Fabric. Ricky and Alex will have gift baskets to give away too. The grand prize is a new BErnina 550QE sewing machine! You get free access to over 140 shows.

Why are they doing this? As most of you know it is National Quilt Day March 16th and this is their way of helping us celebrate.

If you are not familiar with The Quilt Show, maybe you should take a gander over there. You will find all kinds of fun projects and tons of videos by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Just sit your computer next to your sewing machine and take advantage of the videos while you sew. Can't think of a better way to celebrate than that!! Prizes too!!   
Marking my calendar now!!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Results are in!

Les Mills Pump month 1 results are in!  Visit my fitness blog for my results.  Join me as I post everyday in 2013, journaling my weightloss and sharing my successes.

365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Saturday, January 26, 2013

FNSI Results

I had a great time sewing last night.  It has been so long I had forgot how much I really enjoy sewing.

Worked on my Across the Sea Quilt top last night.  I started this around September 2011, it was a QAL hosted by FairyFace Designs that I didn't finish.  Check out the quilt tops for the Across the Sea QAL posted in the Flickr group.  I did get all of the fabric cut and paired and some of the sewing done and 6 quilt blocks completed back in 2011.  Last night I completed an additional 7 blocks.  Took my time lining it up and pinning when needed.  My corners were matching up perfectly.  Looking great!

 
Thought I would share one of my favorite spaces in my house...my sewing space.
 
 
Don't forget to check out my other blog, 365 days of Fitness Blogging.

Friday, January 25, 2013

FNSI is tonight!

Friday Night Sew In is tonight.  Really happy that I get a chance to join them this month.  It has been a long time since I have been able to get any sewing time in.  I miss it!  I don't know what I will do yet.  It will be a suprise! 

Join us, it's not to late.

Handmade by Heidi
 
 
Are you following me on my fitness blog?  I am blogging everyday in 2013 sharing my weightloss journey.  Please join me there.  Don't forget to "follow me" while you are there.  Thanks so much!
 
 
365 Days of Fitness Blogging
 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

365 Days of Fitness Blogging - Week 1 Results

It has been 9 days and I am still going strong over at http://fitcoachamanda.blogspot.com.

Check out my week 1 results with Les Mills Pump. 

I would love for you to follow me and join me on my year long weight loss journey!

365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Happy New Year!!  For me 2013 is a New Beginning.  A year of no more procrastinating.  A year of setting goals and taking action.  It is all starting with the challenge I have given myself, "365 Days of Fitness Blogging."  I am taking an unconventional way to keep me accountable and motivate me to "stick with it" on my path to weight loss.  I am asking you to join me and follow my progress.  I know the more people I have watching and cheering for me, keeping me accountable, the more successful I will be.  I have created a blog button, please grab it and share it with your friends and follow me on my fitness blog.  Thank you so much for your support!!!

365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

This is a great time to reflect on our goals for the new year.  I like to do this often as my goals change. Be detailed with your goals, the more detailed you are the more likely you will go after them.  Then take action within the first 24 hours after setting them.  For example, is one of your goals to lose weight, then within the first 24 hours join a gym, buy a DVD workout program, go on a 30 minute walk.  Do something!  I really believe taking action right away can be the key to your success.  I mean, really, without taking action it's not a goal it is a "dream". 

 
I wish for you a spectacular 2013!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful day with your family and loved ones.

Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.



Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Mary Did You Know?  (Cee Lo Green)

 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Hexagons

What a great Saturday night, Dirty Dancing on t.v. and hexis!  Have had this project going for a while now.  No deadline so no real urgency to get it done.  Basted a bunch last night and snipped ends to get them all organized.  I am up to 350 hexis!  I honestly have no idea how many it will take as I haven't decided on a pattern.  At first I was thinking of a traditional Grandmother's Garden but I have seen so many great uses of hexis that I haven't decided yet.  I have done everything myself, to printing and cutting out the paper templates for each hexi and cutting the 2 inch squares.  Below is a little bit about my process. 



Pile of Hexis - I love all of my different fabric colors I am using.

 
Here is my 2 X 2 inch square that I cut.  I know I have seen people who use hexi cut fabric.  I have never tried this and it may work better.  For me it is easy to cut 2 inch squares and quickly baste the squares with the paper hexi.
 
 
I do print sheets of paper with rows of hexagons.  My hexi's all have 1 inch sides.
 
 
 
To start basting I fold two sides around one point, starting on the right side I pull the thread through to the back (paper side) and then go back up right by the spot I came through. Repeat at each point. 
 
 
 
 
I chain piece several on one piece of thread.  Here you can see the back and front when done basting.
 
 
 
All 350 Hexagons all neat in a row!
 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jewelry Making, sort of...

Thursday night I had the itch to do something.  So I decided to break out my jewelry making supplies and try my hand with some wire wrapping. 

First I did a pair of earrings for my daughter.  Now really they were pretty much already done, all you had to do is add the ear wires.  Nice thing about these is it only cost me $2 to make these.  If I would have bought them in the store completely put together it would have cost me a lot more.


Now for some fun with wire wrapping.  Please note this is the first time I have done this.  I still feel like I am all thumbs when holding the pliers, wire and beads.  I used 22 gauge silver plated wire and a straight pin for the bottom 2 beads.

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