Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kindle Fire Cover by my Tween!

I recently helped my 12-year-old daughter with an e-reader cover she wanted to make for her friend's birthday.  She searched online and found this one  by Pink Poodle Bows etsy shop.


The instructions were clear  and include dimensions for several different e-readers.

Her friend is partial to zebra prints and the color purple.  My daughter was able to find some fabric she thought would work well.  After we cut the fabric, we embroidered a monogram on the corner of the outside cover fabric.
Inside panel with pocket done.

 She thought the finished cover was too floppy, so she cut and fitted some plastic mesh canvas for additional support.




Adding the button closure.


All done!
She did a great job and her friend loved it, and couldn't believe it was hand made.

Happy Stitching!!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

EQ7 Class Questions

The Intro to EQ Class was today, and it was well received!  There were a few questions asked during class, that I didn't have the answers on-hand at the time.  So here are the EQ questions with their answers and corresponding links...

Q:  Is there an upgrade available to EQ7 for users of EQ5?
A:  Yes there is!  There is a discount available to registered EQ5 users.  This price is not published, but you may contact EQ to ask for the cost.  Information is here at:  http://doyoueq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1363 or you can visit this page:  http://electricquilt.com/home/eq5-owners-we-want-you-back/

Q:  Does EQ come on USB or as a digital download to install on computers that do not have a CD/DVD ROM drive?
A:  EQ7 does not come from the manufacturer on USB or digital download, but you may copy the software to a USB drive and then use that to install.  The directions and information on how to do this may be found at:  http://support.electricquilt.com/Installing-from-a-USB-thumbdrive-EQ7.ashx

Q:  How can you draw Hexagon-type of odd blocks in EQ7?
A:  In EQ7, a hexagon may be drawn using a circle grid in the Pieced PatchDraw Worktable.  Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Block in your Block Worktable.  Directions for this are described in the May/June 2013 issue of Quiltmaker, and may be found at:  http://www.quiltmaker.com/articles/Hexacadabra

Q:  How can you get EQ7 to estimate the fabric yardage for a binding?
A: This feature is not yet in EQ.  You can add a thin border in order to get a visual on how the binding will look, but this is not enough fabric to estimate the binding.  There is information on how to estimate the fabric yardage in the EQ forums from a EQ6 user.  It still applies to EQ7.  http://doyoueq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=103  A binding yardage estimator would be a great feature to have in a future EQ version.

I believe that was it.  Let me know if I've missed any questions.

Happy Stitching!!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

America's Crafting Comeback Article

There is an interesting article coming in this weekend's Parade magazine.  We get our Sunday newspaper inserts  a few days early (on Thursday!), so I get an early read on sales and magazines.  This one caught my eye!  :-)


This Parade magazine article is about the rise in hand-made crafting in America, plus some inspiration.  Check it out.

Happy Stitching!


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Easy-Peasy Pumpkin & Cake Mix Cupcakes

I needed a tasty treat for my Daisy Girl Scouts this week.  We were celebrating Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low's birthday which is at the end of the month.  I heard you could add pumpkin to a cake mix and make delicious cupcakes, so I gave it a try...


I grabbed a can of pumpkin, and a box of cake mix from the pantry.  This mix called for eggs, butter and water. I omitted the water since I was adding a can of pumpkin.  My kids don't care much for the taste of pumpkin pie, so I didn't want too much spice, so I just added a little cinnamon.

Ready to bake
It whipped up nice and fluffy.

I topped each with cream cheese frosting and a pumpkin candy corn.

They came out a little dense, but very moist and delicious!


Definitely will make these again.

Happy Day!


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

"What is EQ?" Workshop Coming Soon!

Only one week until I host an EQ7 workshop for the Haymarket Quilters Unlimited group.  The workshop is now open for registration to those outside the guild.



If you are in the area, and would like to come to this class, please sign up!

Title:  "What is EQ? and What can I do with it?"

When:  Saturday, October 19, 2013

Time:  10 AM to 12 Noon

Where:  Reagan Middle School,  15801 Tanning House Place, Haymarket, VA

Cost:  $20 per person

Register:  Email Val Roop.

Description:
Have you considered purchasing EQ7 software program, but not sure how it works? Or, have you purchased this program and do not know where to start?

Either way, this workshop is for you. Come to learn about EQ7 — what it is, what it can do, and how easy it is to work with. This powerful software does it all.


Dream — Design — Create!

More Info:  Click here to check out the class flyer!

Would be great to see you there!

Happy Stitching!!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog Friend Meet Up!

Have you ever met any of the online friends you've made through blogging?  I did for the first time today!  I originally met Susan (from Organized 31) through our blogs last winter, and we have occasionally exchanged emails this past year.  Turns out, Susan's last family move brought her to the northern Virginia area - within 10 miles of where I am.   She suggested we actually meet in person, so we did!

Selfie shot at Panera's!

It was fun.  I was a little unsure at first as I've never met an online friend before.  Susan hadn't either.   My daughter was teasing me that Susan wasn't really going to be who I thought at all.   Susan turned out to be a great person and I'm so glad we did this.  We'll meet up again soon.

If you haven't met Susan, check out her Organized31 blog.  She is super organized, crafty and great at repurposing stuff.  She is so sweet, she crocheted me a little nick-nack bag for my sewing room!

Love my new little knick-knack container.
Now I need to do a little something for her before our next lunch.    

Happy Stitching!!

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Back in my sewing room!

It's been a while, but I'm back in my sewing room!  Sew looking forward to really spending some time in here. After all the happenings in my life this past summer, I just needed a hiatus and time to regroup.  I'm getting back in the grove of checking my favorite blogs and hope to catch up with everyone.

Here's what I've been up to...

Later this month, I'm teaching a "What is EQ7?" class for the Haymarket Quilters Unlimited guild.  This is a lecture/demo class intended to introduce people to what EQ7 is, and what it can do.  For many people, they have the software, but have yet to explore it.  Others have considered this software, but are not sure if it is worth the investment.  This class will help them discover how the software works and how to use it.   I've got my materials ready, and use my design wall to go through my presentation.  ☺

Testing out my EQ7 class on the design wall.   

I've been spending time embroidering shirts for my DD's former Montessori school.  The beginning of the school year is always the busy season.

Working on shirts to embroider.

My latest class at QuiltUniversity.com:  EQ7 Advanced Layouts.  This is the third week of this class and it is keeping me busy.

EQ7 Advanced Layouts - from Lesson 1

I'm also hosting a JoAnn donation to Girl Scouts open house this afternoon.  I've never had so much stuff at one time that it doesn't all fit in our basement.  I have to display all the silk florals outside for people.  It'll be a hot day today.  Crazy weather for October.

Now that the school year has started, My friend Kathleen and I have begun meeting up for our Funday Mondays again.  I have a few projects to finish and a bunch to start.  I bet you may feel the same.

It's good to be back. 

Happy Stitching!

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