It was a very busy day yesterday.  First off thank you to Emily at The Caffeinated Quilter I won a little give away that she had a couple weeks ago and my prize arrived today – Thank you Emily!  Emily made this little cup holder that your cup sets in out of hexies that have have been embroidered.  The pattern for the Frosted Hexagon Cup Cuff is in the latest issue of Stitch magazine.  I have had a streak of wins again lately – last week the batting from Audrey, this coffee cup cuff from Emily and I’m expecting a little binding ruler from Australia in a week or so – I was one of the winner’s from Esther’s giveaway also!  You have to enter as many as you can to win anything – I keep being asked how do I win so many – I really and truly enter a lot – but I don’t jump through hoops – if you are told you need to do 5 or more different things I don’t bother – if they ask that you follow them I do because normally I already I’m, sometimes I will sign up for a newsletter also and leave a comment – if you need to do more I don’t enter.

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Included in the package were all kinds of hot drink mixes – two kinds of tea and hot cocoa!  I happened to have a paper cup travel size cup to try the hexie holder in and fit great!

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Yesterday I went ahead and ordered a quilt back from Connecting Threads for the Uncommon, Common Bride quilt so I will be a week or so delayed from starting to quilt it.  I did find some thread on the Hancock’s of Paducah web site and it arrived yesterday – so now I have the thread and batting but I will need to wait for the back – here is the thread

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More of a close up – King Tut variegated – shades of pinks and brown, I think that will go with the top rather well.

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Three quarters done with the 9 Patch – I have been quilting for a week now but only 7 1/2 hours of quilting actually – I am keeping track because I am curious as to how long it would take to quilt it.  I only quilt for about 20 minutes at a time and then take a break – I am in PT right now for my neck and shoulders once again (happens now and then, stiffness/bone degeneration issues) and do not want to overdo it!  I do hope to finish it this weekend and then get the binding on it.

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The straight line quilting (well almost straight)

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The Backing.

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And yet one more thing to keep busy with.  I got EQ7 about 2 years ago I guess – I think that is when it came out – I got it on a really good deal then and only paid about half price (well it was actually a Christmas present – but still half price is half price) – but – I never learned how to use it.  I just couldn’t get the hang of it and I have little patience with learning how to use computer programs.  Well this past week I looked through my shelves and I found I still have EQ5 and loaded it on the computer to see if I could remember how to use it – I use to use it a little bit just never got into it – well I was surprised that it came back to me a little bit.  I wasn’t really satisfied with it though and after browsing the EQ site I decided to remove 5 from the computer and put 7 back on it and give it a whirl.  Not going too bad – I need to really explore it but hopefully this time I can get it figured out – we will see. Do you EQ? If you do – do you like it and find it ok to use?

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10 Responses to “Lot of Stuff”

  1. Just look at all your lovelies! Saw that Connecting Threads was having a sale on backing. Good for you for taking advantage. I’ve never tried veriegated thread! I’ll have to check it out! I only enter a smattering of give-aways, therefore, I only win once in awhile, but it does seem that when I do, it’s all at once! I’m working on a 9-patch as a leader/ender project. There’s something so satisfying about working with 9-patches. They are so versatile. Am almost finished my 4th POTC! The first one was a ‘dummy’, and I used an inexpensive muslin, so I made it into a Prairie Pocket. It came out real cute.
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  2. That varigated pink/brown thread is lovely. It will look so nice for the quilting. I also bought EQ7 when it first came out….mine wasn’t a gift, and I paid full price minus my quilting discount and I have never used it!!!! One of our local quilt shops was giving a workshop on it but I never attended. I used EQ3 (or maybe 5) to resize a quilt once from crib size to queen size. It worked beautifully, but since I don’t design my own quilts I never used that program much after that.

  3. I just received my order from Connecting Threads, now they have another sale! I’m always so pleased with their fabric.
    Your lines look straight to me! Good job!
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  4. So glad the cuff made it to its happy new home :-) I love the variegated thread you picked.

    I use EQ7 a LOT. Until I need to finalize a pattern, and then I usually have to redraft it in Adobe Illustrator to get clear diagrams. But I love EQ7. The EQ blog and challenges are a fun way to play with the software if you’re looking for ways to try it out and still play with your own designs. However, I still wish they had a better set-up for pieced hexagon quilts.
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  5. I love EQ7! I like being able to photograph the fabrics I want to use or downloading image files of the fabric from the manufacturer and using those in my design process. Like any computer program….it takes practice to become proficient using it. I’m anxious to try out the new book on quilt design EQ has just released.

  6. You truly do win more than anybody I know. Congratulations! And I spy King Tut thread there. Yesterday I spent some time with Mother Superior (Heather) while we are both here at PIQF. The Superior Threads booth is not far from ours.
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  7. Your nine patch is looking great! And I love King Tut’s variegated threads! I think you turned me on to them once upon a time. I especially like one that goes from cream to darker cream – used it for two Civil War quilts very nicely.

    I don’t EQ at all. We have an older computer and I am afraid to max it out. Also, I like the process of drafting my own quilts and sort of going along as I think best. Finally, I don’t think I need any more ideas – I have a head full of them. But friends really love it. I do have a little app for my iPhone – BlockFab, I think it’s called. It gives basic blocks and cutting instructions for them, along with various settings. Useful for the basics.

  8. I do – a little. I use it quite a bit to draw blocks when I’m changing them from one size to another as the program does the math for me and gives me a sheet with rotary cutting directions. I’ve not used it to design a quilt – yet. I love to use it to play with color and fabrics in various blocks. I suggest you go to the EQ website. They have great videos and tutorials there. I’m in the process of working through all the tutorials and they have been most helpful. Also start reading the EQ blog. They posted “group lessons” this past summer where the participants practiced the various blocks in each lesson and then sewed them in fabric. They also have another website called (I think) “Do you EQ”. You can find it from the main site. Lots of helpful stuff there too.

  9. All those giveaways! Very fun! Your 9-patch is really coming along. I think the grid is perfect for the pattern. Really like that King Tut thread. I’ll have to remember that brand in the future!

  10. I do use EQ7. I originally got EQ5 then upgraded to 6 and then to 7. I love playing in it and now my almost 6 year old granddaughter has learned to turn it on, open and name a new document. She started out on my lap colouring in blocks and saving them, then she was playing on it while I worked on other things and one day after she had been on it on her own while I was tending to her baby sister, I came in to find Ava’s quilt and a very original block.
    I confess I have not yet started Esther’s Love Entwined quilt although I am saving the patterns and reading all the incredible posts. However, I did buy some chintz recently.

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