Posts Tagged ‘quilting’

I am going to be on Craftsy!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014


Big news: I am going to be on Craftsy!

A little bit about Craftsy :

“Our hundreds of classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, art, photography, cooking and many more categories, bring the world’s best instructors to you. Learn at your pace with easy-to-follow HD video lessons you can access on your computer and mobile device anytime, anywhere, forever.

You can even bookmark your favorite techniques to return to as often as you’d like with just a click. Plus, ask your expert instructor questions for all the personalized guidance you need to succeed!” –

In my Craftsy class, I will teach you how to use my easy techniques and complete 3 projects! I will even show you how to use the AccuQuilt Go! to do traditional piecing!

Crafty and I would love to giveaway my very first class to you! Make sure that you have entered that giveaway. You can enter by following this link:



The set was darling at Craftsy. I took some pictures, but they are not the best. I am still trying to get used to using this new phone.
Working with Crafsty was really fun. I flew to Denver and checked into the old Magnolia Hotel. Right away they told me they didn’t have any clean rooms for me. After checking, they found a suite..Wow. I was in heaven. They have great breakfasts…and cookies and milk at 8PM. Patty was also in Denver, which never happens, and she joined me for one evening. We said we would talk about that suite the rest of our lives.



When I first sat in my sewing chair, I was sitting so low, I could hardly see over the top of the machine. I volunteered to stand while I was sewing, and that’s how I did all the techniques. It was easy to sew on the Craftsy set because Teresa and I spent two weeks getting my steps ready. At QIAD, we spend only a day or two getting ready. If I forget something, I just walk across the building to pick it up.

The hardest thing for me was the countdown by the producer. When I work on the QIAD set, camera men and I are in our places at countdown. I go at one! At Craftsy, there is more waiting at one – but I went at one – and messed it up every time! Production crew was very forgiving.


Anyhow, my Instructional Producer was Rebecca Olson, the lady in the photo. They served us lunch in the building which was very eclectic with all the artwork from the owners wife. Rebecca took me out to dinner in the same building the last evening. I really enjoyed myself.

My limo back and forth to the airport was also great fun. Becky teaches quilting to children when she is not driving, so we had good conversations.

We will be launching my class to purchase in just 2 days! Make sure that check back with Craftsy to watch my class!


AccuQuilt B.O.B. Blog Hop- Sue’s Ohio Star quilt

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Do you have an AccuQuilt cutter?
AccuQuilt makes quilting so much easier by “cutting” your cutting time exponentially!
You can cut squares, triangles, and even STRIPS with AccuQuilt!

For this Blog Hop, AccuQuilt be promoting BOB (Block on Board) dies!
AccuQuilt says:
“These awesome, convenient dies let you cut everything you need for a block on one die board! Here are some facts about BOB dies:

Speed — Cut an entire block in just one pass.
Utility — All the shapes needed to create a block on one board.
Value — You don’t need to buy multiple dies to cut out a block.
Ease — You don’t have to think about what shapes go together to create a block.”

During this Blog Hop, AccuQuilt has made the pattern corresponding to each bloggers blog post free to download at

With my busy schedule, Sue took on our project for this blog hop.
Here is Sue’s fun quilt with the Ohio Star Die, enjoy!


I opened my brand new 12″ Ohio star Die (55174) today. It is great that you can make a whole quilt with only one Die. I am very excited to see how it sews up.



I cut the fabrics a little bit bigger than the outline of the die.


After running them through my Accuquilt GO, I successfully got the exact size I needed.


Since I decided to make two different colors of Stars I divided my fabrics so each cut would make one Block.

The notches at the ends of the patches are such a great way to position your fabrics for sewing. Love it!



You can use the 4 1/2″ portion of the Die for cutting the center of the block, but I found this really cute Michael Miller fabric called Atomic Cats. I thought the three cats grouped together would be perfect for my centers. I used Quilt in a Day’s 4 1/2″ Fussy Cut template to cut each one the same.


After sewing the Quarter Square patches together and cutting my centers, I used the design wall to figure out how to place my patches.

IMG_4760.JPGMy quilt top sewed together so nicely since everything was cut with such accuracy. The top finished at 48″ x 64″.
The Accuquilt GO is the best!

Quilt designed and pieced by Sue Bouchard.


“Hop” on over to the next post and get inspired to cut with AccuQuilt!

August 18th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl – GO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip Quilter – GO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the River – GO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting Life – GO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant Home – GO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water Quilter – GO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew Crafty – GO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt Studio – GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a Time – GO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – Beaquilter – GO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly Crazy – GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh Quilts – GO! Ohio Star


AccuQuilt Blog Hop and New Dies!

Sunday, May 18th, 2014


AccuQuilt has 11 New Dies that they are releasing this Spring!
We are participating in their Block Party Blog Hop to premier their new dies!
Every day, a blogger will feature one of AccuQuilt’s new dies and give you ideas as to some of the fun projects you can create with AccuQuilt!

As you know, it can get a little busy, now with 5 grandchildren AND getting my quilts done.
Sue and I have teamed up to make this project using AccuQuilt’s new 4″ finished Kite die.

When we received the die, we were very excited to see how it would sew up.
Sue and I cut the fabrics a little bit bigger than the outline of the die.

After running them through my AccuQuilt GO, we successfully got the exact size we needed.


I laid out the patches so that we could get a visual of how the blocks would look.

The notches at the ends of the patches are such a great way to position your fabrics for sewing. We love it!


After sewing a few patches together, I can use the design wall to figure out what to do with them.

I think I will place the patches on point and make the Hummingbird Block. Before I finalize anything though, we will make some more. They go so fast with the Accuquilt!

Sue and I will post the progress on this project on our Blog Hop day, the 28th.

“Hop” on over to the other blogs participating to see what they are up to with their new AccuQuilt Die!

May 19th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Quilter – GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar
May 20th – Beaquilter – GO! Flowering Snowball
May 21st – Freemotion by the River – GO! Ohio Star
May 22nd – May Chappell – GO! Kite
May 23rd – Sew Incredibly Crazy – GO! Flowering Snowball
May 24th – Laundry Basket Quilts – GO! Simple Shapes and GO! Dancing Umbrella
May 26th – Inventive Denim – GO! Rag Circle
May 27th – Sew Fresh Quilts – GO! Kite
May 28th – Quilt in a Day – GO! Kite
May 29th – Nancy Mahoney Designs – GO! Kite
May 30th – Ray’s Sew Crafty – GO! Flowering Snowball