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Lots of projects to share on this beautiful sunny day in the Midwest.  In addition to my projects, I’ll also be sharing information on a new quilting tool and creative idea later in this post.

But first things first.  Here are the 7 Valentine cards I made for our grandchildren this week.  All of these cards were made using my Silhouette Cameo and all of those images were purchased at the Silhouette Online Store.  Not a lot of creativity on my part, since all of the cards were premade images.  All I did was download the designs, choose the appropriate papers, cut the pieces and put the cards together.  Still, they were made by me with love and care and at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about?

The second project is a baby quilt I’ve been working on.  I received a fabulous array of Riley Blake Sugar & Spice fat quarters last May in a blog contest I won over at the The DIY Dish.   When our good friend’s daughter and hubby announced the birth of their daughter, I knew this Sugar & Spice fabric would be the crowning touch for a special baby quilt.  To my surprise, when I showed the fabric to several family members they didn’t think it would work for a baby girl’s quilt.  Without hesitation, I continued on the journey of making the quilt with this Riley Blake fabric because in my mind’s eye I thought it would be pretty.  My stash held a Charm Pack of  Bella White Solids by Moda  that was begging to be used with these colorful Sugar and Spice fabrics, so I paired the two up and got to work.  First I cut the fabric squares and pieced them all together.  Several borders were needed and Fabric.com came to the rescue since they were the only source where I could find the fabric I needed for the backing, border and binding.  However, my quest for fabric wasn’t over, so after a short jaunt to Blessings Quilt Shop I was able to purchase the Moda White Bella Solids for the border.  Now, I had everything on hand to finish the quilt.

Personalizing the quilt was definitely needed, so I pulled out my trusty Bernina embroidery module and added the pretty pink lettering that would adorn the top of the quilt.  After sewing on the borders, stippling and spending a few more hours adding the binding, the quilt was finished.  It is now ready to be wrapped and sent to Baby Kennedy tomorrow.

In the end I think the quilt turned out quite nice, and to my astonishment my family loves it too, bright colors and all.  Hopefully Kennedy and her proud parents will enjoy the quilt for many years to come.

Quick and Easy Baby Quilt:


18 – White 5″ squares (Charm pack or cut by hand)
18 – Variety of 5″ squares (great for charm pack or cut by hand)
2 1/2″ Border Strip (choose compatible color)
4 1/4″ Border Strip (white)
Backing Fabric
Binding Fabric (I used a double binding, but since it’s a small quilt I didn’t cut it on the bias.  However, I did sew the seams on a diagonal to avoid a bulky seam)
The Binding Tool (Love, love, love this tool for making the perfect binding)  I purchased mine at Missouri Star Quilt Company


Sew 6 rows of 6 – 5″ blocks together to form a square (alternating white with the colored squares)
Sew the upper and lower 2 1/2 border strip first, then sew left and right side border strip
Sew the upper and lower 4 1/4″ border strip, then sew left and right border strip
Layer quilt
Quilt as you wish
Bind the quilt (I always use The Binding Tool to finish the binding on my quilt)

That’s it, easy peasy.

***As a side note, here is a tutorial from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company using The Binding Tool.  I’m telling you, if you make quilts then you’re going to love this tool!

Now onto my Friday’s are for Sharing Segment.  I ran across a quick, easy and unbelievably cute and clever bookmark over at the Attic Window Quilt Shop (how is that for a few adjectives?).  After searching for the source of the tool used to make the bookmarks I not only found the manufacturer but also an informative tutorial to create this beautiful effect on fabric.  I couldn’t resist sharing this tutorial and one of the projects you can make using this tool.  So without further ado, here are some bookmarks that I’ve re-posted from the Attic Window Quilt Shop Blog that were made with the Double Diamond Ruler.

Well that’s about it for today.  A long post for sure, but it just seems I had a lot to chat about today.

Enjoy your weekend, be safe and God Bless!!!



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Hot glue guns are so helpful in the craft room yet can be so unliked at the same time. Why? The very name “hot glue” and the possibility of burns is the biggest pitfall. The second problem is the cord. Cords have been a necessity to the glue gun yet a negative aspect as well since they always seem to get in the way. In addition, many times cords make it difficult to craft where you want because there isn’t a convenient outlet.

Cathy Filian and Steve Piacenza of “Creative Juice” fame must have had the same issues with hot glue, so they set out to remedy the problem. They invented a 5 tool set called the Hot Glue Gun Helpers (aptly named) from Plaid. This tool set addresses all of my hot glue issues and then some. This amazing set of tools offers a non-stick mat (measuring 14 1/2″ x 11 1/2″), coated tweezers, 3 finger caps, a press wand & paddle. Genius is the word that comes to mind when talking about this set of tools. I saw the set critiqued by Christine over at the Scraptime podcast and knew it was something I needed, not wanted mind you, needed.

The finger caps are a dream come true, no burns even when putting your finger directly on the hot glue. The Press Wand is a real selling point for me as it allows the user to press or smear the glue into a thin strip without sticking or getting burned. How many times have you wanted a thin layer of glue rather than a glob but didn’t have a way to go about that task? The mat is very practical and saves the tabletop from those infamous glue strings sticking to its surface. The tweezers & paddle are icing on the cake in my opinion. I was so sold on the tool set that I immediately and set out to find where to purchase one. Bingo, while doing a search I found a fabulous online craft source called Eclectic Paperie that not only offered the Hot Glue Gun Helpers that I wanted but also has a plethora of other craft products that interested me.

That brings me to my second hot glue gun issue, the cord. I researched the I Bond fron Imaginisce and found all positive reviews from crafters on You Tube and blogs so I knew that was the glue gun I wanted. You guessed it, Eclectic Paperie stocks that product too.

Let’s talk about the I Bond and its selling points for a minute. The I Bond uses 4 AA batteries which makes it portable, the user can carry and use it anywhere with no cord to get in the way. I feel the most cost-effective way to go is to use rechargeable batteries. It also uses standard mini glue sticks that can be purchased at most craft stores. Imaginisce offers their own brand of white glue sticks, but they also offer glitter and colored glue sticks for those unique types of projects.   The I Bond has a built-in kick stand and all of the reviewers said it didn’t drip when sitting on the kick stand.

Now it’s time to talk about my new-found favorite craft resource called Eclectic Paperie. This is a company that is run by Daisy and her family and offers over 2,000 products at very attractive prices. Once I discovered this fabulous shop I was so excited to order both the I Bond and Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Daisy has a huge variety of products from many of my favorite companies including stamps from Crafty Secrets.  I love the Claudine Hellmuth  line of paints and mediums and Eclectic Paperie offers all of those products.  Who doesn’t love Tim Holtz products?  Yep, they have those too.  They also have papers from a large variety of companies including Authentique, Basic Grey & Graphic 45 . You get the idea here, Eclectic Paperie is quite a find and I’m so happy to have run across this fabulous shop.  If you’re in the mood to find some great new crafty goodness to help you and your creativity, hop on over to Eclectic Paperie and see all of the wonderful products they have to tempt you.  I must also say they ship very quickly; my order came in a matter of days and I couldn’t be happier.

As always, I’m in no way paid to say anything either negative or positive about any of the companies or products I talk about, I just like to pass along tidbits of information about my favorite finds as they come to my attention.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a blessed day!!!

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