College Days Blog Hop!

Well, here I am again.   After nearly 3 more months of no contact.   I offered to make a block for Soma at Whims and Fancies for her College Days Blog Hop, in the hopes that it would get me jump started again.  Not sure it worked.  lol   BUT, I have a block!!

paperpiece megaphone watercooler cheerleaderSadly, it isn’t sewn out.   My boys got tangled in the cords and crashed my printer to the floor.   Wasn’t that nice of them?

I studied Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at Catawba College.  So for me, college was all about Water Coolers!!!   Yes, I was a lot more than a WaterGirl, but those darn coolers were still a huge part.  I started my career in high school, and continued until WildChild was born.  I miss my job….I really do….but the hours were killer.

Then I added the megaphone because The Apprentice is now a Junior Varsity Cheerleader.   She begged for a pompom…that was a nightmare to design!!  LOL

So, here is the block.   If anyone has any problems, please don’t hesitate to email, comment, or Facebook me.

click this link for the PDF file   ——> Watercooleregaphoneblock

And y’all, say a few prayers for me please.   I miss creating.  I just have to get out of this slump.

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Wow. Things are crazy

I don’t even know where to start.  So much on my plate, and I’m not “hungry”.  I currently have 3 quilts ready to be quilted—2 are customer tops.  The Apprentice is entering a quilt in the Jr Beta Convention, so we are trying to work on that pattern.  (more later)  WildChild is currently at the machine sewing a swap block (LOTS more to blog about with her later) I have a tshirt quilt to have done by May, and a twin-ish throw that is also a t-shirt quilt of sorts.  Then let’s not discus the numerous patterns I wanted to get done, and the UFO’s floating around.   I thought I had my mojo back, but sadly, no.

Add to this the frustrating habit of mine for being disorganized.  The studio is virtually useless.  I can’t see to dig out of the clutter.  If I spent time cleaning/decluttering/organizing, then I don’t create.   And I have deadlines to meet, so I HAVE to create.  I will figure it out.   I always do.  In the meantime, please bear with me.  I’ll be back.


A sample of the Ticklish fabrics. Aren’t they AWESOME??

So The Apprentice…….She is in Jr Beta this year.   At the State level, there are several competitions.  Photography, sculpture, painting, cross-stitch, and QUILTING.  She is a typical pre-teen girl.  LOVES crazy bright colors.   I’ve held on to 2 charm packs of Ticklish for a LONG time.  Well over a year now.  (Jessica will remember…she was with me!)  I loved it so much that I went straight to HobbyLobby for Kona Cottons.   Couldn’t decide what colors I wanted, so I bought a yard of 6 different colors!!  LOL   Little did I know, it would be the best decision.

The mockup

The mockup

I am precutting her fabric.   I’m sure no one would expect an 11 year old to handle a Blade Of Doom.  Besides, most of the cuts are 5″ squares anyway.  So we could have just bought charm packs of the solids.  I will also trim her squares down.  Again—-dangerous for her to do.  The pattern will be a “Confident Beginner” pattern.   It is almost all Half Square Triangles.  So a super beginner would be a tad nervous.  But The Apprentice is confident!

A bonus—-SHE is sewing the sample for my pattern!  LOL  I HAVE A MINION!!!

I wanted to redo this quilt, and actually do a pattern for it, but I think since I’ve hoarded Ticklish for over a year, letting it be used will help ease the clutter!!!!

Ticklish was originally planned for this quilt.

Ticklish was originally planned for this quilt.

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This quilt top is almost done.   Only 3 more seams left.  In the real version, all teal diamonds are the same color.auntlaurie2I need to know 2 things.

1) How would you quilt this queen quilt?
2) What COLOR would you use?  1 color, or 2?

The client wants a more modern feel.   The diamonds end up being about 6″ wide and 14.5″ tall.   My machine is a midarm—only an 18″ throat.  And I am NOT good at using rulers for straight lines yet.

Thanks in advance for ANY advice!!  Now, to go work on these 2 antique quilts.  Can’t WAIT to share these with you!!!

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Just a quick hello!  I hope to have this top done tonight.  I am on row 17 of 24.  Since it’s onpoint, it will go quicker soon.  Wish me luck!


peace and pieces,

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DIY Cupcake Wrapper Wreath Tutorial

DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial

This was SO much fun, and really inexpensive!!!!

1. 150 regular sized cupcake liners
2. 8″ Wreath form (I used wire, but almost any wreath will do)
3. scrap fabric
4. hot glue gun and glue sticks
5. any embellishments

DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Step 1.  Prep your wreath by wrapping it with the scrap fabric.   Use the hot glue to hold the ends down.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Step 2. Grab a liner and fold it in half.  Use pinking shears to cut slits about 1/2″ apart.  Only cut the ruffled sides-leave the bottom intact.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Step 3. Take a single prepared liner and start to roll it up.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Use a dab of hot glue to hold the end down.  Wrap a 2nd liner around the 1st, again using hot glue to hold the edges.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Add the 3rd liner.  Fluff out the petals with your fingers, and you have a flower!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Step 4.  Take a prepared flower and fold the end down.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Use the hot glue to attach to the prepared wreath.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Then add another.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


And a few more!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Fill in the entire wreath and you are done!!

BUT WAIT!    What if you have a hole?????   DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Yup—I was short about 2 flowers.   And Michael’s is 30 minutes away. Sooo……I grabbed the mini’s that came with the big ones!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Step 5.  Fold them in half, then into quarters.  Be careful to not flatten them!  You need the bend.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Lay 3 of them out in a half circle and hot glue.   Lay another 3, and then attach the 2 halves.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


(by the way, can I tell you about the love/hate relationship my fingers have with hotglue????)DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Take 1 more mini and wrap it like you did for the first flower.  Bend the edge and glue it in.  DONE!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Attach to your wreath in those holes!!    I didn’t like how mine blended in…..DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


So I did it again with some white mini’s that I had laying around.DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


MUCH better!!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Add your fancy doodads and hot glue a length of fabric or ribbon to use as a hanger….DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


And you are done!!!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Just look how sweet!!   And the TEXTURE!!DIY Cupcake Liner Wreath Tutorial


Mom suggested using foil liners, so they’d sparkle……oh boy!   I need a MardiGras Wreath!!!

This project cost me under $10.   The 3 packs of liners and the butterfly were $1 each, the form was about $4, and I went through a small bag of hot glue sticks.   The fabric was dug from the scrap bag.  I’m sure a foil liner wreath will cost more, as will a bigger one (obviously)  Other options are to only partly cover the form with liners, and use something else.   Kind of like this Christmas wreath that I made in 2012.Christmas Rag Wreath


So many amazing ideas.   Ya’ll take this and run with it.   Email me a pic; post to my FB page; let me know what you think of the tutorial!!   Good Luck!!!


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