Saturday, June 18, 2022

Sewing Machine Quilt Block Tutorial Revamp for AccuQuilt & a few Newsy Things


Hello again! Wow, over a month has zipped by since my last post.. I can't believe it! I have a fun block to share.. since National Sewing Machine Day was the other day. It's 12" revamp of the original National Sewing Machine Day quilt block tutorial that I did for my National Days scrap quilt project. I changed the size, and swapped the heart for a star. AND it can be made using Accuquilt GO cutter and strip dies
As always, it's super scrap friendly, of course!



But first, a few newsy bits.. 



Newsy Bit #1

Last summer, when I landed in the hospital for 32 days, we had planned on moving to the midwest to be closer to my parents.. the truck was coming, we were packed, our house was sold, etc. So all of that had to be halted. The sale of our house went through but we've been renting it back. So this summer we are [partially] moving over there to be closer to them. But now that our son has completed his first year of HS here (started when I was in hospital last August), and adjusted so well, we decided to stay here during the school yr. so he can finish HS with all of the friends he's known since kindergarten, and spend the rest of our time over there. Summers and holidays etc. So .. we've been prepping (AGAIN) for the [partial] move this summer. Which is happening in a week! SEVEN DAYS! Lots of sorting and packing etc. What to take, what to leave here.. It probably sounds very confusing, but this is the plan that works best for us right now, esp. with my older FIL living here. We will just be traveling lots. So the sorting and packing has been keeping us busy! Obligatory proud mom report card pic..



With everything that the last year has thrown at us, I couldn't be prouder of how resilient he has been. 

Newsy Bit #2 

He then came down with "the thing" on the last day of school! the-virus-that-shall-not-be-named.. Then it made its way through the house.. We avoided it for two yrs. but it finally caught up to us. Our cases were fairly mild though. I started having all of us take zinc as soon as my son developed his first symptoms. Up to 50 mg a day. Since zinc inhibits viral replication, I'm sure it helped our cases to stay mild! Luckily I had ordered some just the week before, to take on our upcoming road trip, so I had it on hand. THIS is the one I love in case it might help anyone (but there are lots of different options out there). This is the link to the website but I find it on Amazon. I haven't seen it locally.


Newsy Bit #3 

The puppies are growing so fast! It's hard not to be distracted by them constantly. They're six months old now and so much fun. And good occupational therapy for my hand strength! Chance & Dixie are the new canine loves of my life. lol






Newsy Bit #4

I'm almost done getting all my patterns listed in my own shop here on my website *HERE*! Some more on that next time! For now, let's get on with the tutorial.

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AccuQuilt asked me recently to write up the sewing machine quilt block tutorial that I did for my National Days project..





..for their blog, but making it Accuquilt die friendly. 



So I resized it to 12" and changed the heart to a star! Just for some variety. I love it!




This block makes use of:


And of course The GO! Cutter.

You can find the full tutorial on their blog *HERE*.

Scrappy is HAPPY! :)

I won't post the full tutorial here, since I wrote it for their blog, but here is the cliff notes before and after. If you're interested, do go check out the AccuQuilt blog post!










Happy Stitching!! Be back very soon! I think the golfing block is the next National Day block waiting its turn. Makes me think of my dad this Father's Day weekend! 



Thanks for visiting! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

xoxo,
 




Monday, May 9, 2022

It's My Birthday!





I can't believe it's May already! I hope, if you're reading this that you had a Happy Mother's Day yesterday. (I mocked up the Monthly Marker / Door Quilt image above using the cake, year, and MOM blocks from these *block tutorials* that are on the National Days page *here*.)

Today is my birthday! And as this year's birthday rolls around, I'm flashing back to my birthday last year in 2021, the year I dubbed #hotmess2021. I had been dealing with what I thought was a pinched nerve in my elbow or shoulder, going to phys. therapy, not improving, but getting worse. I was starting to be fearful that something more serious was going on. I wasn't able to sleep due to what felt like the constant tazing of my left arm. My left hand was weaker than my right, and my left foot was starting to feel weak. That night a year ago, two of my best friends popped up at my door with flowers and a cupcake, and burst into the Happy Birthday song right in my entryway. They burst into song and I burst into (happy) tears, feeling so emotional with everything already going on. 

Things would gradually go downhill from there.  Eventually, after Drs. and scans etc. and missing my son's 8th grade promotion ceremony, and more (not happy) tears for that...



I've watched these boys grow up since Kindergarten.


.. I got a referral to a large teaching hospital in our region. While waiting for the red tape and referral appts., more scans were ordered and I received a call from my primary to go to the ER and get admitted, in the event that I might need emergency surgery if anything else happened. By then, I could barely walk, had fallen on more than one occasion, and was getting weaker by the day. There was, what they suspected to be, a benign tumor around my spinal cord at C7. It grew out into my shoulder area and was about the size of an egg, sitting on a bundle of nerves.

So, on what was July 9th by then, we piled in the car on a Friday evening and drove an hour to the medical center, where I would spend the next 11 days waiting for surgery because I kept getting turfed off of the surgery schedule. I was considered urgent but not emergent, and this was a busy trauma center, so I kept getting bumped by emergencies. My surgeons there were GREAT, though, and finally made it happen by gathering a team on the weekend (their usual weekend off). The care I received before and after I finally had the surgery was GREAT. But by then, I couldn't walk and I couldn't bend the fingers of my left hand. Zero strength in it. 

I spent a total of 32 days in that medical center, 11 of them in their inpatient intensive rehab. My parents flew out for the first two weeks. And my family stayed nearby in a hotel for the first few days to be close in case I needed emergency surgery. I was constantly on standby. From about day 15 on, I would occasionally receive texts like this from my then 14 yr. old, with captions like "The white buffalo misses you." And "The eagle misses you." (These are souvenirs from our favorite National Parks.) Which simultaneously warmed and broke my heart. He needed his mom to be home but didn't want to admit it.. and I was going to get home, come hell or high water. 




He was so strong, though, the first to volunteer to push my wheelchair on the long jaunt to the gym for therapy sessions. He would bring my phone to PT/OT sessions and take pictures or video. It makes me tear up still, thinking of what he went through, at his age, when so many things were already changing. This picture is awful, just awful, and so hard to look at, but I'm posting it here because my son took it, proud that I was standing up. And as a reminder to myself of how far I've come. God is good! I mean, I was A MESS. Just seeing this makes my eyes mist.




I also ended up missing my son's high school orientation and his first day of high school. More tears.. Thankfully, my hub texted me these pics after the first day.. I felt such relief to see this smile. I hated being in the hospital and missing it. I cried myself to sleep the night before. I was just so so glad to see these and to hear he had a good first day. Dropoff and pickup..





The last year has been such an emotional roller coaster. I shared a few updates on IG and FB from the hospital and I can't thank you enough if you sent me a kind message or prayer! I'm so grateful, for this community and my friends and family, for how far we've come, and to see another birthday! 💝 

If you've sent me messages that have gone unanswered, please know I read and appreciated them. And apologize for not answering them all. 

I shared this on my Instagram the other day on Cinco de Mayo.. for the first time in over a YEAR, I was able to grip an avocado with my left hand to make guacamole. That's such a huge improvement! I can now walk all the way around our block, no walkers are necessary anymore and I'm so glad! I still get sore because when you don't use your muscles and they aren't being innervated properly, wow do they disappear. And nerve damage is such a slow recovery. It's mentally and physically exhausting at times. I still type mostly with one hand but I can use a finger or two on my left hand now at least. 





I haven't sewn anything in over a year... but I'm excited and so thankful, that Leslie from Accuquilt reached out and I've joined the Accuquilt Go Getters!




I'm excited to figure out how to use it and start sewing again soon. It's taking longer than I'd like, though, to find my mojo because I still have emotionally down days where I feel like what happened to my life!? Where I want to stay in bed with the covers over my head. But I will get there!

**This is also a good time to say that I think most, if not all, of my patterns could be Accuquilt friendly, as I primarily use squares and rectangles.**

Accuquilt has actually featured me as the guest designer in their virtual gallery *here*. I'm so honored by this!

And a few weeks ago I did a zoom interview for it. They are all so kind and fun. I was pretty nervous but they made me feel really comfortable! Here's a link to the interview *here*.

And they did a blog article *here*.. I've been such a loser for not sharing it before now.. I appreciate them so much!

I also have to give a huge shoutout to my hub for basically keeping all my pattern purchase orders filled during all of this time. He's a keeper and has taken such good care of us and almost single handedly kept my little business up and running, packaging patterns and pins almost constantly, since I couldn't pack them or do much else with one hand. 

A few months ago, I did go through a creative design phase and designed a bunch of new patterns but haven't been able to get them all written and tested yet. I'm hoping to find the writing mojo again. Typing with one hand mostly just gets old after a while.. but it will get better.. I really should not complain. There are so many out there dealing with larger and more traumatic things. 

Maybe getting all of this out of my brain into a blog post will help. I've started to post about it several times but just couldn't. I would start and get stuck. I just wasn't ready to face and revisit it.

Today was the day I guess. I finally got it all out! Now I just need to add some photos and links etc. and then I'll hit publish and hopefully get back to pattern writing and sewing soon.

And such huge thanks again to everyone at Accuquilt! I'll be back, hopefully soon, with another National Day quilt block tutorial and a new pattern. OH! I'm in the process of moving my pattern shop from Etsy over to my website here. I'll still have my shop there, though, more on that next time.

If you read to the end, you deserve a trophy. lol This was a long post, wherein I word vomited all the things that went down in the last year. I'm so glad to be through the darkest part of that tunnel!! 

Onward! Thanks for being here!

Happy Stitching!

xoxo, 


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Another Food Quilt Block Tutorial for National Cinnamon Bun Day



Hi there! Long time no see! I'm back today with another food quilt block tutorial for my National Days scrap quilt project. This one is for National Cinnamon Bun Day, which lands in October, but we are still way off track from what was supposed to be a 2020 project, due to a pandemic, a major health detour, and more recently, TWO wildly sweet puppies! Here is today's block..




And a more recent photo of said puppies who are now four months old. Wearing some cheesy little outfits.. lol They're so much fun! That's Dixie on the left and her littermate brother, Chance, on the right. They are about 40 pounds right now and will probably be about 90 pounds. 





Let's get on with this scrappy cinnamon bun. Here is the recipe. ;)




Fabric A - Background
(1) 1 x 8 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 8 1/2"
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 2" sq.


Fabric B - Roll
(4) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 2 x 8 1/2"


Fabric C - White Frosting
(6) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 x 2 1/2" (>>)
(1) 1 x 4 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 5 1/2"
(8) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(4) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (****)
(2) 1 3/4 x 2"


Fabric D - Dark Cinnamon Swirl
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 4 1/2"
(1) 1 x 5 1/2"
(6) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(5) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)


--Match the symbols (~,* etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.











Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary.



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Once you've completed the above clip & flip units, assemble block as shown below using SCANT quarter inch seams.





You'll have an 8 1/2" sq. Cinnamon Bun or Cinnamon Roll quilt block. (8" when finished in quilt.)



I just took a look, and I think out of the remaining blocks I had originally listed for this project, I have four food blocks left. So many food blocks!

Hope you enjoyed this one! I'll be back soon with the next block in line. And hopefully be back on track with posting more regularly. :)

Have a great week and Happy Stitching!

xoxo,



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!
xx
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