Sunday, July 9, 2017

New Header Photo

I've updated the look of my blog. so you can see some of the BOMs I've been designing for the Life's a Quilt group on FB. If you'd like to get the free download for these you can find them on my website  I'm still working on adding them to my website tho.

or you can join my FB group Rhonda's Shortcuts group.
I have all of them listed in the files in this group.

I'm also working on updating my shortcut block directions also.

If you need any help just let me know!  Rhonda

Friday, June 30, 2017

Stars Upon Stars Quilt Block

I bought my EQ5 in 2006. In that time til now I have created alot of quilt blocks! They all use my shortcut blocs.

You can find the shortcut blocks here
click on the Shortcut blocks tab at the top of the page to see all of the different blocks directions.
                                         Stars Upon Stars

This quilt block is made using 
my Star Point Shortcut Blocks.
Here is the layout so you 
can see where the blocks lay 
and how the colors are placed. 

                             Here you can see the 4 blocks
                              that go together to make up
                              the top right 4 patch and the
                              bottom left 4 patch.
                                dark pink in two corners
                              and here you see the 4 blocks
                             that go together for the top left
                             4 patch and the bottom right
                             4 patch

                                 light pink in  two corners

                To make this quilt block you will need a template.      
                  It's best to have an acrylic(hard plastic) square.

                     You can make this quilt block into a 12 1/2"
                     quilt block if you use a 3 1/2" template.

                However you can use any size template to make it
                 any size you like.

                Refer back to the shortcut block directions to make
                the Star Point Blocks.

                If you have any questions or need help you can
                 send me a message here or use my email address


Thursday, June 29, 2017

As you may or may not know I do a lot of designing quilt blocks in my Eq program - Electric Quilt software. I love mine! I spend way too many hours in there. I can get lost for hours.

Here lately I am having fun designing tablerunners. Which could also be used as wall hangings depending on the size you make it. 

I turned my favorite bookmark pattern into a tablerunner. Haven't written a pattern yet but it won't be very complicated LOL A friend of mine said you know the quilt block doesn't have to be 12 1/2" - I've always aimed for that size as a general rule. so I took her advice and here is my Boston Braid Tablerunner. I'm debating on the size the blocks should be. 8" would make it 16" x 56" without borders. Course you could use 7 blocks as I did or you could use 5 or 6 to make it not so long. These are boston blocks. the color and placement gives you the braid look. 

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This is another bookmark pattern I used alot. I love how it looks in a tablerunner. 

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I spend wayyy too much time in my EQ playing LOL

I have more patterns in the works!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Good morning everyone!  It has been pretty nice out weather wise here in Iowa with a few thunderstorms occasionally lately but mostly nice sunny days.

Hope you're all enjoying your summer!  I had hoped to have my 4 younger grands come and stay but everyone is so busy!! Rachel is 15 and in driver's ed and babysitting and starting cheerleading practice soon! always on the go. The twin boys Daymon and Devon(13) have been in some sport I've forgotten which one now LOL my memory is not as good as it used to be! and they are busy doing summer things like going to the pool with their little brother Colton(6).

Two of my older grandsons came and pulled up my old tile and put down new press on tile in my living room for a new look that I just love!  Tyler is going to build in a closet for me when he has time.
We bought the wood and he has it cut but now just needs to find time to build it in. I finally have my furniture moved where I want ti and have a space(where the closet will go) to put all the boxes of stuff that has been sitting on the floor in the living room. Now you can actually see my floor again!! LOL  We always collect so much junk!! I really need to sort and get rid of some of it. I'll be so happy when the closet is done and I can put all of this behind doors where noone can see my mess.

I haven't been sewing for quite awhile but I have been designing. I posted my Morrocan Stars tablerunner the other day. Now I'm working the Sunshine Stars tablerunner. the pattern only needs the cutting directions finished and it will be ready to post for a free download soon. I have three more tablerunners in progress and will hopefully have them available soon also. It seems tablerunners are popular these days!

Here is my Sunshine Stars tablerunner.

I hope to have the other tablerunners available  soon.

Boston Braid tablerunner

 Autumn Glory tablerunner

China Rose Tablerunner

So check back and I'll post here as soon as they are ready!
They will be a free download on my website.

Wishing you Sunsine and Laughter!!  Rhonda 😊