Stars and stripes

This did not start out patriotic at all.   Even thought it DID turn out that way.  Sort of.  I bought the Fat Quarters from Connecting Threads WAY back when, with my Father In Law in mind.   He loves Blue.IMG_7758

That is the unfinished version.   I didn’t get real good pictures of it finished!!   Except this..IMG_7779

I put a pocket in this….Father In Law likes to keep his feet warm when he’s in the recliner!  IMG_7773

The kids personalized it.  IMG_7777

This poor quilt was supposed to be just big stars.   No stripes.   But I stopped sewing with 6 blocks left.  When I got back to it, I FORGOT that I had already hacked of the fat Quarter to make it square.   Oops.   SO I had to add the log cabin-ish piece to get them up to size.   And you know what??   I LOVE IT!!

There is no OOPS in quilting—-simply an opportunity to do something different!!963804_10151519878053884_2001371086_o

BrownEyed Boy loves it too!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Foot Pocket tutorial

Have you ever snuggled into your recliner, only to have your quilt slip off your feet?  Or get all tangled in the mechanism when you put the footrest back down?  Try making a long, skinny quilt with a pocket!  It works!  For REAL!

Making a pocket is easy.   For THIS quilt, I made 15″ blocks.   This is it after quilting, but before binding/pocket.IMG_7758

Bind the bottom edge ONLY.  I sew to the back, flip to the front, and sew it down.  IMG_7759

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Now flip up your pocket and pin.  The depth of your pocket is up to you.   This one is about 15 inches.  IMG_7762

Open up your binding, fold under the end, and then refold.  This encases the raw edges.IMG_7763

Lay it on the edge of the underside of your quilt.  Let it hang over just a tiny bit……about 1/4 – 1/8th inch.  Sew all the way around, folding over the end on the other side of the pocket.  IMG_7764

Another view.IMG_7765

Flip the binding to the front.  Pin tightly.  See that little overhang?   You will sew across that FIRST.  IMG_7766

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Then turn the corner, and keep going.   IMG_7769

Doesn’t that make a nice little end??IMG_7771

Do the same when you reach the opposite end, and you’re done!!  IMG_7779

WildChild demonstrates how simple the foot pocket is to use!!!!

If you have any questions, please either leave a comment, or email me at squeegeatc at aol dot com.

peace and pieces,
amy

Email list

I’m letting all my current subscribers know that as of now, the list has NOT transfered to the new website. http://www.butterflyangelsquilting.com I’m trying to contact wordpress about the issue. If they can’t help me, I will be hand-adding each and every one of you. You will need to find a Confirmation Email from WordPress and click on the link inside it. If I have to take this step, I will send another email. Just a warning!! LOL Thank you all for being patient with this move. The new website is up and running, with the exception of the darn email list. So far, no new content has been posted. So you’re not missing anything!

peace and pieces,
amy

NEW BLOG!!

I am in the process of working the redirect, and importing all of you email followers, but I am now at www.butterflyangelsquilting.com   PLEASE come visit me over there!!   And a special thanks to the JustHost team for moving my blog.   Let’s hope WordPress comes through with the last few steps!!   The new site still needs some tweaks, but I’m afraid to lose any new posts!  I’m already lost a few new comments.

So come on over and see the new site!   I’m fairly pleased!

peace and pieces,
amy

Blog/Website update

Ugh—SO frustrated.   Apparently, WordPress doesn’t make it easy for you to leave them.   Unless you use one of their affiliated hosting sites, of course.  And pay them.

My blog won’t export into the new WordPress template for the .com site.  I started in 2009.   That is a LOT of content……….I’m sick.

The other half of Stitches and Kisses……

crossing the border

crossing the border

So, the other half of Stitches and Kisses flew home to Texas for a visit.

Brown Eyed Boy LOVES road trips

Brown Eyed Boy LOVES road trips

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Think she’s comfy??

Me and my crew loaded up and headed her way.

These people put stars on EVERYTHING!

These people put stars on EVERYTHING!

It was a LONG trip for a day, but she is SO worth it!!  I miss my Mrs Dot.

Go Fish

Go Fish

Ring Around the Rosie

Ring Around the Rosie

Duck, Duck, GOOSE

Duck, Duck, GOOSE

The kids got along really well.  7 kids, ages 12-2…….I was impressed!  Card games, Duck Duck Goose, and some Xbox.

Mrs Dot, aka Stitches

Mrs Dot, aka Stitches

The Crew

The Crew

I had some nasty traffic coming home though!!  Geesh!   What moron plans to go through Beaumont at Rush hour?!!  oh yeah—that’s me.

rush hour

rush hour

Sure wish we had more time to spend together!!   But it was worth it.   Hubby said he’d take a week of vacation and let me fly to visit her.   This summer is already booked.   But NEXT year……!

peace and pieces,
amy

Gone Fishin’ Sue

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A tad later in the day than usual, but there she is!!!  Even an embroidered line!!!    I HATE embroidery!  LOL   But hey—sometimes a project just needs it.   IMG_7798

The only tiny button I had on hand was a  heart.   Feel free to use a google eye, or even scraps of flannel or felt. IMG_7799

Being from Louisiana, there is a LOT of fishing going on over here.   And SHRIMPING.  So I gave my girl shrimp boots!   IMG_7792

Unfortunately, I ended up covering them up with the canoe, BUT you could easily forgo the canoe and just have her fishin’ in the bayou!

Feel free to share and down load until July 1st!  Download the PDF file here———->  Gone Fishin

peace and pieces,
amy

Help me out!

I think I am FINALLY getting somewhere with the new website.  But I need YOUR help!  It looks like I will have to redo the entire .com site.  I ask for two things….

First, go visit www.butterflyangelsquilting.com    Tell me what you like, what you don’t, what to dump, what to keep.   The site was never fully finished, but there is still a lot there.

Second, this site.   What about THIS blog do you like?  What to keep, what to toss.  For the most part, I’m really pleased with this blog.  The stuff already on it will be imported, and HOPEFULLY my subscribers too.   But what new can I add?

And should I add an RSS feed like BlogLoving or similar?  Personally, I ONLY subscribe to those blogs that offer an email option.  I never remember to visit the blog reader.  What do YOU prefer?

My current plan is a main page with other pages.   I want my tutorials and free patterns in an easy-to-find place, and obvious links to the social media sites, the Etsy Store, BOM SunBonnet Sue (or OTHER BOMs!).

It’s going to be a long process.   As it is, the boys have made this single post take 2 hours.  Factor in vacation, quick trips to switch kids, my niece visiting, art class, 4H ect…….Don’t look for the new improved site to go live until school starts!  LOL

Oh—and I’m WAY behind on Sue.   I will sew her today.  Hopefully, the pattern will go up tonight, or tomorrow.

peace and pieces,amy

 

PS—-What questions would you like to see answered on the About Me page?

Baby pelican

So, it isnt done, but here is a baby pelican for next weekend.  I just need to figure out how to do a beak.  Bonus…Oreo will have 3 new doggy toys after next weekend!

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peace and pieces,
amy

Yesterday’s progress

First of all, I made a Hobby Lobby run.   Where Brown Eyed Boy threw my cell on the floor, and “lost” my coupon for a while.   Took me 10 minutes to reboot my phone and get it to work again.   Then—JUST as I was checking out, a nun offered the line her printed coupon.   WHERE WAS SHE 10 MINUTES EARLIER?!  lol  Wasn’t funny at the time, I tell ya.

But I bought the fabric for the next quilt, and batting for it as well as my baby quilt I have coming down the line.  AND the fabric for the Pelican dress.

Do you remember when The Apprentice was a Fur Festival Queen for a costume contest?  30(1)

Well, with the help of the amazing Jessica (at Happy Together) it was transformed.  20130605_083704

It was ALL her idea to hot glue rows and rows and rows of fringe to the underskirt.   Ya’ll, this chick is awesome!!   I never EVER could have done this without her!!  She even cut over HALF of the fringe in the first place!  Then I shredded the over skirt.  The cape, mask, and head piece were all based on her original idea.

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I will show pics of the Apprentice wearing it eventually.   The hat thing needs a real hair do to hold it on…..and a wackton of bobbie pins!!  She will wear this in the State Costume Contest Friday the 21st.   The Pelican is our State Bird, and we went more Mardi Gras style than “Pete the Mascot”.   Wish us luck!!

peace and pieces,
amy