Friday, August 4, 2017

Purple Spools

I had so much fun making up your Purple Spool Kimberly!!!   The fabrics are all so much fun and I just loved that adorable low volume purple heart ;)  I can't wait to see this quilt come together, it is just going to be so cute!!!

And thank you so much for the extra prints to make my own Purple Spool Mini.  I just made my block right along side your block, which made the paper piecing seem even faster as I could do it more assembly line style ;)   Then I just finished it up with some quick stitching and binding ;) 

It looks so cute added to my wall of purple mini's!!!   Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!! 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Bee Block

It's un-bee-lievable that August has come around so quickly!! My daughter's Senior Year flew by as fast as I thought it would. Infact, it seemed even faster than I thought possible!!!! Cherish every moment Moms of teenagers!!

My baby girl is leaving the nest in just 5 days and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself for the first week other than Sleep and Sew. Maybe I'll clean the house but, I doubt it!! lol... Seriously though, I have lots to get done in preparation for my departure to New Zealand. I finally get to see my children and play with two of my sweet grandchildren after a long separation because of distance and cost of airfares. I will be making lots of memories and I'm sure I'll be posting pictures on my instagram if you want to follow along.

I need to apologize in advance to Callie and Melissa. I will be gone for 9 weeks (crazy, huh?) and I won't be able to sew the September and October blocks until I get back in early November. I hope you both understand. I will be here until the end of August to receive blocks and after that my husband has been instructed to keep his eye out for any blocks that come after I leave.

FYI. . . My Blocks went in the mail yesterday, on July 31st.
You should start seeing the white envelope by the Thursday or by the end of the week, at the latest!!

Now to introduce the block I picked. . .

The IMPROV SPOOL by Konda Luckau

I came across this block earlier this year and thought that it would be a fun and easy block to make so, I printed the pattern and put it aside so I would remember to pull it out when the time came. I decided to make it less improv and more uniform so that I could cut all of the same size fabric strips. I drew up a simple paper pieced pattern for each of you. I sent two copies, one to save or to copy extras and one to use. I stacked the fabric strips from top to bottom so, when you pull out the stack of colored fabrics just start with the top fabric and work down to the bottom. Let me know if you have any questions on paper piecing.

Here's the Link to the "Free" Improv Spool Pattern at

Moose Quilts

Thank You Konda Luckau for the great Spool Pattern!!!

I Love it!!!

Bee Block Questionnaire
What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make?
The Spool Block will finish at 13" x 16".

Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?
All of the necessary fabric is provide for one Spool Block. I've included a fabric packet so that each quilter can make their own Mini Spool Block Quilt (packet does NOT include the fabric for the spool ends or the background fabric). 

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?
White Thread thread will be fine.
Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?
Please use what's provided. Thanks! :)
Do you have a general theme or is it up to your partners to decide? Are there any specific themes that you do NOT want in your quilt block? Likes/dislikes?
Not applicable.
Will you allow any embellishments on the quilt block (i.e. embroidery, raised items such as yo-yos or fabric origami)?
Please no embellishments.

Can you link us to any flickr or Pinterest photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt block?
Pinterest Link to see more Improv Spools

Last Years Quilt is FINISHED!!
Yippee. . . It's done!!
Thanks for making 2 blocks for me!!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

June and July

Wow, something about summer that just makes the days fly by!!!  Sorry your block is a bit late Stephanie :)   Your blocks and Sinta's block is going in the mail today ;)  They both were so much fun to piece!!!  Can't wait to see these quilts all finished up ;)

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Vacation

Hi there everyone!
I'm Sinta 
from Pink Pincushion blog!

July is my favorite month and also my month
 to share my block with 
my Bees!

This has really been a hard decision this time...

and I hope it's not too hard...
it does have large pieces along with some smaller ones
so I think it will go pretty fast!

Here is a photo I found on the 
Instagram #snapshotquiltalong

It was a free pattern (with a donation option).
I made the donation... so I feel comfortable if we use
the pattern.
This was my favorite block in the whole quilt along...
but this was suppose to be for the back of the quilt!

I thought I should have an entire camera quilt...
but of course, I need your help!

Here is my test block.

Here are the stats:

1.  The block is 12 1/2" x 22 1/2"

2. I provided white for the center of the camera... the camera lens... 
but if you want to replace it with something fun... feel free to surprise me!

 3. Neutral thread is fine.

4. Since it's summer and time for vacations... and because I live in a tourist town...
I thought this block would be perfect! That's my "theme".

5. The block is enough in itself... so no need to embellish.

6. Here is a link to the tutorial of the block by Fat Quarter Shop

7. Note: We are only making the camera part of the block. 

I really hope you have fun making it! 

Now, here is my question for you!

Please tell what your favorite summer 
vacation was when you were a kid! 

Here are 3 of my favorite quilts from 2016
but if you want to see more of my end of year recap post
you can link to it HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend planned!

P. S. The tourist town I live in is just minutes from 
Yosemite National Park! 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Postage Stamp Block for Steph

(1) Postage Stamp block
(3) 9-Patch blocks
completed and mailed for

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Going to Grandma's block, for Trish

This is the cutest block, and so easy!
I really enjoyed making it for Trish, and am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.
I just love this quilting bee with all of you great ladies!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Over the river and through the...

Ready for Grandmother's house!  I loved sewing this bee block!  What a fun idea for a quilt and love the vintage looking fabric choices!  Cannot wait to see everyone's blocks come together in this one! Thank you Trish for such a fun trip down this nostalgic lane!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Going To Grandmother's Quilt Block for Trish

It was fun making this Going To Grandmother's
Quilt Block for Trish!
I'm looking forward to seeing
them all together!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

May bee block.

Hello! I am so excited that May is my month to play along with the bees knees!  I apologize for getting my fabric and instructions out so much later than planned.  Please don't feel rushed.
I have chosen to create a quilt using pretty little quilts going to grandma's quilt pattern.  Growing up, going to my Nanny and Popeye's house was one of my greatest joys.  Becoming a nana myself this past year, I just knew I wanted to commemorate such a special time in my life and this adorable quilt will do just that!

What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.) pattern sent gives specific measurements

Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations? no thank you, I have sent the fabrics needed for individual blocks

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with? white or off white is perfect

Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide? please use fabrics sent

Do you have a general theme or is it up to your partners to decide? Are there any specific themes that you do NOT want in your quilt block? Likes/dislikes? each block will be a suit case

Will you allow any embellishments on the quilt block (i.e. embroidery, raised items such as yo-yos or fabric origami)? no thank you

Can you link us to any flickr or Pinterest photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt block? picture above

If your partners are super motivated and are able to make two blocks out of the fabric you send. there is just enough for one block

Thank you so much! love, Trish

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Another Bee Finish...

I was so excited to get my 2016 Bee quilt back a couple of weeks ago but haven't had the time to get a picture and post it.  That's the problem with can never find anyone with a camera. Anyway, here is my first ever Bee quilt and I love it.  My husband has decided that it is now time to make a quilt stand for me!  Yeah!!

I also promised that I would show a picture of Egypt.  Well, maybe my favorite part.  I love the print of the goddess Ma'at. After death, we enter the afterlife carrying our heart to be weighed against a feather from her wing. So she reminds me to keep balance in my life!  Anyway, the decks are clean and ready for my next project and I seriously can't wait to put my next Bee quilt together.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cynthia's April Block Done!

This was such a fun block to do and easy as pie since Cynthia cut out everything for us! 
You are the best and these DS prints are awesome.

I may have to do a fun manly scrappy quilt like this at some point. Definitely keeping this block in mind for that. I love the log cabin style centered with scrappy borders. This will be one amazing quilt!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Cynthia's April block

This is the block that I chose for my month.
The middle printed fabric is by Denise Schmidt, and the outside black triangles are by Cotton and Steel.
The teal and white are Kona solids.

Bee Block Questionnaire:
  • The block is 20 l/2" unfinished.
  • You can use fabric from your stash if you make a mistake, just make sure it matches exactly....Denise Schmidt fabric in the center, Kona teal and Kona white, etc.  I might have some extra to match if you need it :)
  • I always use Aurifil white, but if you would prefer to use off white, that's fine with me.
  • I sent you all the fabric you need for the block, all measured and cut.
  • No embellishments on the block.
Some things about me:

In 2016, we had 2 new grandchildren, bringing the total to 13!
Three boys and ten girls :)

Our youngest child Sean, was married in August, now all 6 of our children are married :)

I went to Africa in November with our son Addison, his wife Mabulane and their 3 little girls.  I was able to meet my daughter in law's family for the first time and loved them of course!
Mabulane (mah-boo-lah-nee) is holding the yellow glasses, her nephew, two of her sisters, her sister's husband, and 3 of our grandchildren.

My top 3 finished projects in 2016:

I made an heirloom blessing gown and bonnet for our 12th grandchild, Taylor.  Each piece of lace was sewn in separately, and the bonnet is smocked. The fabric is Swiss cotton, and the lace is french cotton.  I embroidered her 3 initials on the back hem.  The idea is that Taylor will pass the gown on to her daughter's baby and her initials will be embroidered next to Taylor's initials, and so on....

I went to my first quilt retreat ever and had a blast!  Lori Holt was the instructor, and she designed this quilt just for our retreat!  I still have to get it quilted :)  I was part of an Instagram group, and became really good friends with them.  We all had our love of Lori and quilting in common.  One of the ladies even came from Australia for the retreat and then she went to each of our homes to visit us...Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma and my house in northern California.  

I finished my "Snapshots" quilt by Bonnie and Camille, hosted by Fat Quarter Shop.  It was a fundraiser for St. Jude hospital.  I backed the quilt with aqua minky and gifted it to my new daughter in law Kari, who is from Costa Rica.  She loved it!  

Well that's it ladies, I sure hope you enjoy sewing my block.
It's pretty interesting, the way it goes together :)

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bees Knees finish!

You helped me make this quilt!
It turned out so cute, didn't it?
I'm going to give it to my grand daughter Charlotte, for her 7th birthday.

I machine quilted it myself on my Bernina 750 QE.
It wasn't difficult, but it took hours!

Lori Holt's Scrappy Strawberry block from her book "Farm Girl Vintage" is perfect :)

I backed the quilt with a soft pink minky, which Charlotte will love!

Thanks so much friends, for helping me to create this quilt :)

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Tam's March Block

Isn't my sister's block so fun and BEE HAPPY! I was with her when she purchased this fabric in a quilt shop up in Logan. I thought it was kind of funny, for one it's not my style but very much her style. I love that I can tease her! So when she pulled this project out for her block she called me, and we had a chuckle!

Now here is the truth and secret. My sister completed her own block for me, because of some crazy deadlines I have going on right now. I wanted to do her block, but I will be making it up to her later. You can see this is on her cutting table. I have to admit the block she chose to make with this fabric will end up being amazingly cute!!!

There are some secret things i can't show you that are a favorite part of my sewing room. My sister has an inkling of what it is and soon you will know what I'm talking about. I do have to admit I love the Binding Babies I make and my scissors!

My other favorite items is my desk and sewing desk that were custom made for me by our dear friend Craig! He took my vision and made it happen.

And my cutting table that was custom made by my Husband. He took my vision and made it possible. The cutting table top was from a butcher block cut from Ikea. So I just don't have one item that I can't live without in my studio/sewing room! My studio name: Doohikey Designs Headquarters! Happy sewing everyone!



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February Spotlight: Nedra

I had Nedra write a little something so we can get to know here more! Please enjoy learning about her!

Something people may not know about me: I work in the Quilt Industry wearing many hats.  I have a few friends who are Quilt Vendors, and travel with them here and there as they work Quilt Conventions. It gets me out of the house, and helps me to stay current on the latest trends. Most days (and nights) you will find me at my machine, nestled away in my Sewing Loft. I sew sample quilts for several Designers, helping them get ready for Market and also piece quilt tops and bind quilts for Customers.  

My 3 favorite Quilts I made in 2016

#1 Cardiff By The Sea: I’ve always wanted to make a 2 color Red and White Quilt and finally found the pattern that spoke to me.  The little 3 inch center stars were paper pieced, but the rest was traditionally pieced.

#2 Gingham Stars: I made this pattern by Sherri Falls for a Customer out of Spooky Delights Halloween fabric, and fell in love! Now I must make one for me!

#3 Geometric Sewing Machines.  It was so fun to make this Mini Quilt to go on my Sewing Loft Wall.  Pattern by Quiet Play, and I used Blueberry Park, my favorite fabric line in 2016

A favorite recipe:
I love being able to dump ingredients into a Crock Pot and walk away.  I often make this Butternut Squash Soup by Gimme Some Oven.  It’s healthy and made with only a few ingredients, and everyone who tastes it wants the recipe.  I alter the recipe slightly.  For the spices  I substitute a few teaspoons of Penzey’s Pasta Blend spices, plus some salt, and add the entire can of Coconut Milk because in my opinion everything is better with coconut milk J

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Nedra's Tic Tac Toe Block


I so loved doing this block for you! What a fun simple block! I loved the grays you sent and the fun print with pop's of color! Full of graphic fun!

My favorite color or colors has to be aqua and red. I'm so inspired by those colors. I love to offset it off with white a lot. I want to try to incorporate some darker colors so we will see where my quilting journey takes me.



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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 2017 - Bring on the Bees!

    It was hard to decided what I wanted to do this year for my Bee Block.  Until I remembered my small stash of Bee Happy fat quarters from Henry Glass that I purchased a few years back.  You know the problem, you wander in a fabric store, see something adorable and without a project you purchase just a few fats. Then if you are like me you put it on your shelves, looking at it once in a while, wondering what you are going to do with that small amount of fabric.

Then it hit...why not use my Bee Happy for my Bee Block!

    So, I decided to keep it simple with a disappearing 9-patch!  I am actually really excited for this, not only am I going to use this adorable stash, I will be getting a large quilt! Instructions are included with the fabric.

So this is what the block will end up looking like,

but I am most excited about the end I thought I would show you what I am going to do with them once the blocks come back! Since I had barely, and I do mean barely enough patterned fabric for 12 blocks I decided to create a little applique block for the center.

So here are all the details...
What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make?
Unfinished size 14 3/4" x 14 3/4"  

Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block?
 I have sent you all that you need. And I only need one block...hopefully quick and easy!

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?
 White is great!

Will you allow any embellishments on the quilt block ? 
No embellishments needed. Keeping it simple!

Any link for your inspiration?
Sorry, I have just seen a lot of disappearing 9-patch blocks and was playing with them in Photoshop! I ended up placing them in a trellis and loved the almost Vegas 60's feel.   

and now for my question!! ? !!

Do you have a name or favorite item in your sewing / craft room? If so, please share it with us and / or explain what it is or where the name came from. And since I am a visual person...if you can, 
share pictures!

My name for my room is Egypt!  I have always loved Egyptian art, movies, and history!  So, I decorated my space with some of these things.  I love it too when my husband asks if I am spending my weekend in Egypt...the answer is always yes! I will share a picture later this month.

So here it is...My Bees Blocks are flying to you through the mail as we speak!  Have a great beginning to Spring...
here in Idaho we are so ready!!!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Nedra's Bee block

Here's the block I made for Nedra.

This is the block that Nedra should have received, but I was multitasking, and sewed the gray where the white should have been!
Nedra was very understanding, and said I could use fabric from my stash.
I'll put this little "X" block in my orphan block pile.

My favorite color to sew with is pink, even though my favorite color is red :)
There are so many shades of pink, I enjoy the range and the possibilities.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sending a little love!

I thought I would send Nedra a little love for Valentines!  This bee block was really quick and fun and now I am going to have to create one of these for myself!
Also, Nedra the picture is to show you that in the frozen north, when we look outside, all we see is white!! And if you ask my sister, my favorite color is purple, but I love all colors. Enjoy your block and all that warm weather!

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