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Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/22/19

It is Christmas in July!

I am excited to show you what I made using the
Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Book!

This book is full of great holiday designs.  I decided to make a pop up using two of the designs. Today I'll share the Wreath Runner and Wall Hanging version.

I used precut 10" squares for the reds, greens and tans on the pieced outside.  I had a coordinating 3/4 yd of tan that I used for the inside and both base circles.  

This is a Large Stacking Pop-Up using spring FQG124.
I pieced wreath blocks following the instructions for the table runner.  
Then I added coping strips between each block and above and below.

I pieced the coping strips so I could mix it up a bit for more variety.  You could use the same fabric as the inside for a more cohesive look.  

I added 4" strips between and 3" strips above.
This made the side slightly large than I needed for the FQG122 Stacking Pop-Up pattern.

When I finished piecing the wreath blocks and coping strips, I fused stabilizer to the entire unit.  This gives the side more body and helps keep the seam allowances from fraying once it is a finished pop up.

For the appliqued bow, I used Barely There Fusible Adhesive.  It is a medium heat, quick to fuse product that I really like.  It stays soft and flexible even if you layer many pieces.

I like to use an applique foot and a buttonhole stitch when I do my applique stitching.  The foot makes it so easy to see exactly where the stitches are landing.  The buttonhole stitch is just my favorite.  It is quick and forgiving.  Easy to pivot around curves and corners.

I then trimmed the side down to the size listed in the pop up pattern.  I took the extra width off the coping strip and the extra height from the bottom.

Once this was done, I followed the pattern exactly and finished the pop up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Items you need to complete this project:
Red fabric - one 10" square
Green fabric - four 10" squares
Tan fabric - seven 10" squares and 3/4 yard for inside, bases and ties of pop up.

Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Book
Shapeflex Stabilizer by Pellon (SF101)
Barely There Fusible Adhesive - 1/8 yd or so.
FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern
FQG124 Large Pop Up Refill

Make sure to check the Masterpiece Quilting Blog each day from now through August 2nd, 2019
for more fun stops on the hop!  I'll be posting on 7/29/19 with another fun pop up
using the Jingle Bells Quilt + Wall Hanging.  

A Tour of My Christmas Tree

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/17/18

A Tour of My Christmas Tree

We love to collect ornaments during trips.  So you do the same?  Here is a quick tour of our Christmas tree and some of the ornaments we collected on family vacations.

Mount Vernon, 2013

Colorado, 2009

Grand Canyon, 2015ish

Royal Gorge, Colorado, 2009?

Arizona, 200?

Michigan, 2008

Washington DC... but this says 2007... so I think this was a gift from my mom from her trip.

Florida, 2007ish
That was a fun trip with our favorite travelling family... the Ihfes.  

The Great Salt Lake, Quilt Market, 2016

Germany with my son's German Class, 2013

And a cat for good measure...
Happy Holidays!

Been Eating Mediterranean...

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/13/18

So, I missed yesterday's blog post.  I have been really quite busy lately with proposals for fabric companies, making a super secret quilt which ships tomorrow, trying to find Christmas gifts for family, and other general end of year business things.  Not good excuses... but yesterday I plain old forgot.

Picture of me from 10 years ago because I had nothing else to post.  bahahaha

On top of all that, I have decided to start eating like the people in the Mediterranean.  Lots of olive oil, lean chicken and fish, veggies... then some more veggies.  As I creep up to the big 5-0 I have started trying to be better to myself.  Maybe 2019 will have to be the Year of the Me.  Sometimes a person just needs to step back and change some bad habits.

So far this year I cut Diet Coke.  That was huge... and difficult.  But I feel so much better for it!  Then I took it another step and cut out aspartame and saccharin.  I watched a show on PBS about the impact those 2 artificial sweeteners have on blood sugar and gut health.  Freaked me out a little.  Again... can't believe the difference.  

Now, I'm not perfect... i still allow Stevia.  But that is not supposed to be quite as bad as the others... so far.  I was running out of things to drink.  Dairy has been off the list for years.  Allergic to High Fructose Corn Syrup (that knocks out a lot of food and beverages).  Water.  I drink a lot more water.  

Hopefully, I will start exercising regularly and lose some of this extra 'me'.  I visit my Oncologist for my annual check up in June... I almost look forward to the comprehensive lab results!  Nothing has been in the bad range... but some of the basics have been creeping in that direction.

Ok, I'm done.  Just a peek into my life... which is just like everyone else.  Except maybe the cancer part... been 11 years.  Yeah me!

Here's to healthier eating! I won't say completely healthy eating... because a girl needs a piece of chocolate every so often...

Let's Talk... Fat Quarters. Very Briefly.

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/11/18

Let's Talk Fat Quarters
Fat Quarters are right up my alley.  lol

A standard fat quarter is a 1/2 yard wide and half the width of the bolt tall.
Which makes it a Fat, Quarter Yard of Fabric... get it?
Roughly 18" x 22" max.

To be safe... I always assume I only have 17" x 19" of usable fabrics when planning.
That way, if I have a crooked cut it should be ok.
Plus, not all bolts of fabric are the same width.

Fat Quarters are often available individually or in pre-packaged bundles from a collection.
This makes them easy and fun to grab when visiting your favorite quilt shops.

There are many patterns available that use fat quarters.
Most also need a border, sashing or accent fabric.

Here are a few by the FQ Gypsy and Swirly Girls Design:

First up in Tabitha by the Fat Quarter Gypsy.
This uses 12 fat quarters and 2 borders.
It goes together quickly.

Next we have Fat Quarter Four-Patch by Swirly Girls Design.
This is a fun Dashing Bobbin pattern.
It have 4 sizes using from 15 FQs for the lap size to 50 FQs for the king size!

Lastly, we have Cosmos by Swirly Girls Design.
Cosmos uses 5 FQs for the spinning stars and 1 FQ for the accent pinwheels.
Just add a background and border!

So, that ends my very brief talk about fat quarters.

Have You Met my Chickens?

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/10/18

Good Evening Everyone!

Tonight I am going to introduce you to my chickens.  I have 4.  I have had many, but only 4 remain.  I lost 6 in a coop fire.  That was not a good day.  A few got sick or died of old age.  I had to cull one... well, my husband Mike did the deed.  I couldn't do it.  Poor Sally was so sick and nothing was helping. This is the life of a chicken Mom. 

Here are my first chickens when they were babies...

But the bad days are few and far between.  Most days are fun!  Chickens are a hoot.  They follow you around the yard like you are their best friend.  They eat ticks and other bugs.  Earthworms are extra yummy! In general, they are funny and I love having them!  Plus, they supply eggs.  Yeah!

So, let's meet them!

First up in Phyllis.  He is my Polish Rooster.  Yes, I said he.  We were told he was a hen... but no.  Phyllis used to have a brother named Diller.  Phyllis and Diller... you will understand why when you see his picture.

Next are Blondie and Zoe (and Bob Ross peeking behind them)

and Lastly... Bob Ross... the hen. 

So, there they are!  My chickens.


Life Is Too Short Not To Have Chickens!!!

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