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Monday, 29 August 2011

Day TWO - the excitement mounts

Boy is my excitement mounting.  I just can't begin to explain how much. And now Ladies and Gentlemen for the promised first, sort of, tutorial on how to get going with your Go! Baby.

I think of lot of making anything is in the preparation.  And here is where it starts.  The first thing you have to do is unpack it, whether you have bought, won or otherwise procured a Go! Baby or a Go! wonderful machine.

Now it's time for Part 1 of How to Mark Your Dies with Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios - she is just THE BEST.

Now you can watch Part 2 of How to Mark Your Dies if they are Geometric or Multiples again by Ebony Love:

Here is Part 3 of the series by Ebony Love and this time it's for Appliques:

Before you start cutting anything you really must watch this video by Ebony Love (yes I am A HUGE fan of her's) on how to get straight cuts for your new Accuquilt G! Baby or Go! There are actually two videos here and please watch them in order:

So the first thing I did was go and try and buy myself a couple of silver sharpies. Could I get them? NO WAY!!! Nobody in this darn country I have adopted had any so I looked at them all and decided to buy these because they would give me the widest choice of colors. I have marked my first die board and here are some pictures to show you:

 These are the Sharpies I bought yesterday and as you can see
I have a choice of four colors to use

 This is the die before I marked it

And this is it after.  As you can see
I chose Green first but that didn't work too well
so, I decided to use the pink which worked way better.
I still would have preferred Silver!!!

Until tomorrow when I, hopefully, will have enough energy to iron some fabric and actually use my new Go! Baby!!! I have discovered ironing sitting down since I can't stand and do it.  And I am sure that this new toy of mine will make my quilting come alive as it won't matter at all how much I am shaking when I use the GO! Baby!!  Such is life with Multiple Sclerosis!!!  Each day brings something else exciting and new!  Okay so I'm being sarcastic but it sure beats being self pitying that's for sure.  PMA all the way!  That's for the uninitiated Positive Mental Attitude - well it's gotten me through the past 20 years and will continue to get me past the next 20 at least and quilting all the way. 

Lots of Love
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way

Sunday, 28 August 2011


Hi All,

I have the best news to share with you and that new is that I got a .... wait for it ...

Accuquilt Baby Go with three dies.  The link HERE will take you to the purchase an Accuquilt Baby Go page and if you click on the link above, it will take you the that page but even better is there are two tabs on the left hand side of that page and if you click on the Video tab it will take you to a video telling you all about this amazing machine.  Also right now if you buy a Baby Go Accuquilt are giving away totally free (not that I got them but this is now and that was then) the Alex Anderson Die Set worth $139.97 so in fact you would only be paying for the Dies and not the Baby Go at all.  Now how exciting is that!!!

I spent ages choosing my dies but I did it in the end and I chose these three dies
Go! Triangles in a Square-3" Finished
Please click HERE to see the accompanying video of that these dies can do

Go! Drunkards Path-3 1/2"
Please click HERE to see the link to the videos for this die

and finally I chose this set
Go! Value Die Set
Please click HERE to go and see what this lot can do

Okay I have the machine and the dies so what next you ask?  Well me being me I need to know all the ins and outs of how to use this machine without destroying anything.  So I headed to You Tube and found the most amazing videos and tomorrow please come back because I am going to share them all with you.  

And before the end of this week I am going to be making a Tutorial on how I did with it and what I managed to make.  I am just so excited I can't tell you.  So please keep on coming back because before too long I'm going to be having an even bigger surprise for everyone.

So until tomorrow ...

Lots of Love
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

I know, know another post in no time at all

Firstly let's talk about following a blog.  I never understood why a condition of so many giveaways was that you followed that particular blog.  But now I know why and I know that over 4,000 people have come on this blog because that's what my counter thingy says, unless of course I've been on here over 4,000 times but I don't think so.  

I would really like to ask a HUGE favor if you are visiting my blog. Would you please become a follower, if you aren't one already,  because as everyone knows although I am American I live in England and would really love to be able to have a huge giveaway here on this blog but in order to be able to get anything (large or small) to give you guys I really need more followers.  SO PLEASE FOLLOW ME and then I can repay you all with great giveaways - that's if anybody but me is actually reading this blog.  But I really hope you are because I love writing it. Okay so maybe I'm just writing it for me to read.  

I don't know if my fellow quilters that read this blog know this but I am a Tweet-A-Holic.  I love Twitter and whilst I am not that old at doing it (okay so I'm old but not in Twitter terms I'm not).  Well to cut a long story short, and I'm not sure who started following who first, but I have been following Kelly Swallow for some time now and her way of patchwork fascinates me to say the least.  Here are some examples of what she does, and it's not what you think at all because it's furniture and absolutely beautiful and she tweets under the name of @patchworkchairs in case you want to follow her on Twitter too.

This is a Chesterfield that she has reupholstered and covered in Patchwork.
What a beauty isn't it.

A Chaise Lounge like you can't see that already
I promise I'm not trying to teach you to suck eggs

These two are called Taylor and Burton
Not usually my colors but I do love them 

AND last, but by no means least my favorite of them all

A Tub Chair with a matching Footstool.

I did ask to be her apprentice but she just thought I was funny. Well funny is good :-)  I LOVE being funny and I'm a really good joke teller too - only problem is I only remember a few and have told them for years and think everybody has heard them by now.  Next time I blog I'll tell you my most favorite joke of all time - only problem is every time I tell it by the time it comes to the punchline I am laughing so much, because I know the end, that nobody can understand what I'm saying.  And I've been telling this joke for close on 20 years.


Until next time ...

Lots of Love
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way

Sunday, 7 August 2011

On my wandering through the web today I found these GREAT things

Too tired to quilt today, bloody MS and no I'm not moaning just stating a fact,  but never too tired to look at quilting or fabric on the web and today this is what I found out that Sharon (Sha) has some great news to share this week but don't know what it is.  But everyone can find out by joining her site or even getting email notifications of when she has posted  at which is her blog.

AND I just had to share this video with you all.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only Jewess in the whole world who loves doing things with her hands like stitching and quilting.  So it was especially lovely to find this.  It's just over 3 minutes of lovely quilting and next year (2012) it will be displayed at our Quilt Show in Birmingham which is happening this week if anybody here wants to go. I was but am not now as I can't find anybody to go with me and anyway I'm broke so it wouldn't be much fun as it would be like being in a candy store (sweet shop) without any money to spend EXCEPT WORSE because there will be all that yummy fabric and I could buy any.  Again not moaning - just a fact of life but I am buying a new sewing machine soon.

Until next time ...

Lots of Love Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way

Friday, 5 August 2011

Shawna's Having ANOTHER Great Giveaway

As unbelievable as this might sound...

SHAWNA over at 1 Choice 4 Quilting is having another great giveaway.  You can have your choice of either a Jelly Roll or a Layer Cake of one of these three gorgeous but gorgeous fabric packs from Moda.


Good luck if you enter and you have five chances to win.

Until next time ...
Lots of Love
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Well I'm back again ...

No pictures but here I am.  Alive and well and off the drug that made me feel so horrid.  Back to normal whatever that is.

So what have I been doing? Absolutely nothing craft wise.  Not even stitching or cutting or sewing on my sewing machine,  but I have been looking a lot on the computer and drooling and have found some truly wonderful things for you all and here is NUMBER ONE!

Madame Samm  (this is Samm's original blog and what a treat to read it is) is having the most amazing giveaways.  The links to her two blogs are on the right hand side of this blog.

Now here is what you have to do:

Now go here and what you have to do is:

  1. First go to the link
  2. Then on the right hand side of Madame Samm's giveaway blog (which is the one linked above) click on any of the people that have donated giveaways and there are so many to choose from but one has to Sponsor you
  3. Go to the Sponsors website and email them asking them to sponsor you
  4. Wait for his/her reply saying they will sponsor you - because he or she will trust me because whatever you win she wins too!!  
  5. Then on Monday, Wednesday & Friday the giveaway is for a Want To Be Quilter - THAT'S ME
  6. On Tuesday and Thursdays it is open to quilters who can actually quilt - THAT'S NOT ME
So much fun and so much is being given away it just isn't true.  In fact the giveaways are happening from August 1, 2011 (that was last Monday and I missed it because birdbrain here didn't understand the directions but you will) until October 29, 2011 so go on TREAT yourself because Madame Samm really is as gorgeous as she is lovely.

Until next time ...

Lots of Love
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way