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Go Strum It!

~~ Links to purchase ‘Go Strum It’ is at the bottom of this page ~~

I purchased this artwork last year for my great nephew and to make my niece a wall quilt to hang in her cubicle at work. She is in a position where she trains people who have no experience in this job. So you know she is challenged everyday. Plus both her husband and son are accomplished guitarist. So it all fits!

Her son Will and his wife like the basic colors gray, black, and white as do many young people these days.

This one is for Will!

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Made with love – Erica Hobb’s Walker Bag Story…

Made with love by someone like you…

Erica Hobbs made this stunning walker bag. She matched the fabric design so perfectly you have to look close to see the line where the top edge of the pocket is located

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This is a story shared with me some time back and, with permission, I’ve chosen to share with you. If you have a similar story that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. If you’re a shutterbug, then I’d love to see it because I find inspiration in hearing from you. Hopefully, others will too.

Laura

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Made with love – Maeva Bennett’s Walker Bag Story…

Made with love by someone like you…

“Thank you for the pattern for the walker bag – I made it this morning with a few modifications – I put a double pocket inside the bag for valuables and small items and a closure strap to hold the bag closed when walking or if it tips over.

My Aunt 84, for whom I made the bag, is quite frail but loves to carry her handbag in the wire basket on her walker, which is how it was subsequently stolen in a snatch and grab, which has given her a huge shock and set back her health and confidence no end.

Hopefully, this new cheery bag will brighten up her day and give a renewed sense of security.”

Maeva Bennett
Australia

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This is a story shared with me some time back and, with permission, I’ve chosen to share with you. If you have a similar story that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. If you’re a shutterbug, then I’d love to see it because I find inspiration in hearing from you. Hopefully, others will too.

Laura

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Fleece Throw or Superhero Cape? You decide.

Pieced Fleece Blanket

Made this Window Pane pattern fleece throw for my great-nephew, who was already grown man at the time. He was ecstatic. Now, he and his girlfriend wrap up in it, when the weather’s cold, as is the case often where he lives, to watch TV. At least that’s the story he’s telling me.

The project had started some years earlier as an Electric Quilt virtual project that I’d created as a means to learning about the EQ software. Regretfully, it languished on my computer’s hard drive for years before I decided to share it with anyone.

When I finally got around to making it into a real project, I was surprised and please at how quickly and easily it went together. I’d embroidered a few quick-fleece throw and pillowcase projects, but I hadn’t tried my hand at piecing one until this project. Of course, I sold it as a long and arduous labor of love in which I’d invested many sleepless night and endure excruciating pain as I pricked myself repeatedly with straight pins, nearly slicing off valuable flesh – on more than one occasion – with my rotary cutters, as exhaustion overtook me. Whether it was my over-acting of the quality of the project, it was a hit.

If you have a quiet afternoon, a stash of fleece and a purpose in mind, consider trying your hand at this. While I left out the instructions on how to transform it into a proper superhero’s cape, if you’re making it for the right person, then the cape part is implied.

For those who don’t dabble in EQ, I’ve included a PDF of the instructions in the same zip file as the EQ project file. Or, you can simply read them here. Just grab the zip file, at the tutorial page. There is no fee. The pattern/instructions are FREE.

Why EQ? If you’re a visually oriented person like myself, you’ve got to be able to see it to image it. Electric Quilt allowed me to tinker with everything from color schemes to dimensions to yardage budgets, until I got what I wanted, which was a project that matched my fabric stash with the color preferences of the recipient. I was just a little surprised that I had so much black fleece on hand.

Laura

Got a superhero cape story you’d like to share?