April 30, 2016

Yard Sale Saturday is May 7th - Get Ready to Buy and Sell!

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Don't forget next Saturday is Yard Sale Saturday!  The first Saturday of every month I will be hosting a link-up to online craft yard sales!  Got extra fabric to sell?  Have handmade items you'd like to clear out?  Write a post listing your items for sale and link-up Saturday, May 7th!

I will be listing quilt books and patterns in my Etsy shop!

Here's the nitty gritty:

  • Craft-related and handmade items only.  Books, patterns, fabric, kits all welcome!
  • This is a yard sale, so all prices must be below retail, including handmade items.
  • Post pictures, prices, shipping fees, and to what countries you will ship.
  • You may link to your Etsy shop in your blog post, but this is not required.  I will be linking to a Destash and/or Clearance section in my Etsy shop, so the list of what I have on my yard sale is always current.
  • Link back to the Yard Sale Saturday post at Busy Hands Quilts with either an image {see below} or a text link.  This link must be in the post; sidebar does not count.
  • Link-ups will be open for one week.
  • Any links not meeting these requirements will be deleted from the link-up.

There are two different sized buttons for you to grab:  125 and 250.

Busy Hands Quilts

Busy Hands Quilts


Linking to:
♥ Podunk Pickins ♥ 

April 29, 2016

Kite Flight Progress

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My sewing this week has been on a Kite Flight Kit using a roll-up and yardage.  It's a strip pieced pattern with subcutting and sewing segments back together.  I'm loving how it's coming together on my design wall and can't wait to finish it!  By adding a 3-4" strip of red around the edge, it will end up twin size.  I'm still trying to figure out what fabric to use for the backing, and I'm hoping to find something at Craftsy's weekend supply sale.

I purchased this kit last year from Craftsy.  It's been such a bestseller that they are still stocking it.  The current Kite Flight Kit uses a Robert Kaufman Summer roll-up and a white background.  It's such a different look than the red background, so fresh and springy, and I love it, too!

Kite Flight is one of hundreds of quilting kits and fabrics on sale this weekend at Craftsy!  Someday, somehow, I'd love to make this Fancy Forest quilt!  It's on my bucket list and fairly near the top!  I've just the place to hang it in my house!  I'm having so much fun this year sewing for myself that this really could happen this year!

And I WILL be making this Gradations Trip Around the World - because I own the kit already!!!  I can't wait to dive into this project!  I've read through the instructions, and it isn't complicated at all, in case you were concerned about that.  I know I'll enjoy just sitting and doing relaxing sewing with my pedal to the metal!!  I plan to hang this on the wall in my living room as fall and winter decorations.  It's just so cozy!

Let me know what you find!

Don't forget that Saturday, May 7th, is Yard Sale Saturday here at Busy Hands Quilts!  Get your items ready to sell, create a post, and link-up here on May 7th!

Busy Hands Quilts


Linking to:

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?!?Fabric Frenzy FridayMOP MondayPodunk Pickins

April 28, 2016

Picket Fence in Minnie Mouse!

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Suzy's Quilt Patch made a second quilt from my Picket Fence pattern using Minnie Mouse fabrics!  Isn't this adorable?!?  As I see your quilts popping up on Instagram and Facebook, you're proving that Picket Fence is really a versatile pattern, looking great in many fabric collections that are too delicious to cut into small pieces!  The pattern is available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.


April 22, 2016

How I Plan to Improve my Walking Foot Skills

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A Facebook reader suggested I was being too critical of my quilting when I posted that I plan to take out the quilting I had done because I didn't like it.  So here's my ghastly quilting {cringe!}.  I was too literal in following the wave of the bargello, and the turns are too sharp.  Quilting with a walking foot is not new to me, but I can see I need more practice before I work on this again, or else I need a different plan.  

I noticed this morning that Craftsy is having a 50% off selected classes, so I popped on over to see if they had any walking foot quilting classes, and they did!!  Two in fact, Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot and Next Steps with your Walking Foot, both by Jacquie Gering, each at a different skill level.  So I bought Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot since it's the first in the series and started watching it today.  I've already learned about painter's tape for marking - a new thought for me.  I've always used a Hera marker which most certainly has its place, but I can certainly see where painter's tape will save time!  I plan to buy Next Steps with your Walking Foot after I practice what I learn in the first class.  

If you're interested in improving your walking foot skills, these classes {and many others} are 50% off through tomorrow.