Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#CreativeSprint Day 5

This is a daily creative prompt challenge at:

Day 5

Camouflage something.

(Don't go looking for days 1-4 here... I haven't done them... yet)
Documenting and sharing what you do are essential to Creative Sprint.
Take a photo of what you make today and share it on your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Be sure to include #CreativeSprint hashtag to be connected to all the other sprinters.
    This will also be a Social Media challenge for me.

I started this late in the day today, so that I could see what others had posted.
It's not cheating, that is how I gather inspiration for anything.

Find the needle in the pin stack.
©Artistically Engineered Designs
Needle in a Pin stack
This was a bit harder to photograph than I thought. I wanted to make sure you could actually SEE the needle. Web resolution may not show the eye of the needle, you can see that it doesn't have a head like a pin.
CLICK on the image for a larger image!
I had to keep re-arranging the pins for the best camera angle to see the eye.
That process is made much more difficult when my pincushions are magnets so the pins get magnetized!
Now I'm off to try to post this on facebook, instagram and pinterest!

*Update* One of my quilting friends identified the "hand" needle! That is in contrast to the "machine" needles that she promotes!! This is right after I explained the difference between pins and needles to someone else!
OK here, too. Limiting my description to Quilting notions.
Pins and Needles are both made of metal and sharp at one end, made to pierce fabric.
Pins have "heads" at one end, shown here as yellow or blue glass balls. Pins are used to hold fabrics together until a hand or machine needle is used to sew them together, then the pins are removed.
Needles have an "eye", through which thread is placed. There are many different sizes, points, and thicknesses of needles for many different fabrics and threads.
A hand needle will have the eye at the opposite end of the sharp end. Used by hand to sew together fabric. Also known as "Slow Stitching"
A machine needle is used in a sewing machine. It is much larger at the end that is inserted into the sewing machine.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Triangle Frenzy Blog Pop (Hop)!

Triangle Frenzy Swirl Blog Pop

It's a Blog Pop (Hop)!

Hello! Welcome to my blog. Nice of you to drop in!

This is day three of the Pop-Up Blog Hop, Blog Hop Pop, Blog Pop, Pop Hop...
If you do not know by now what a Pop-Up is, please go to Jo's website here.

As soon as I saw the first Pop-Up, I knew I had to make one.
As soon as I saw the larger sizes of Pop-Ups, I knew I had to make MORE!

Making a Pop-Up with the Triangle Frenzy Swirl pattern is very easy, because the design is scalable! I have made Swirls from as large as a bed quilt to as small as a tiny Swirl that was only 2” tall for my name tag holder. It’s a fun and easy way to make your Pop-Up POP even more!

We use our Pop-Ups to hold our patterns and small notions. If you like to organize your small pieces of fabric by color like we do, you could make color-coordinating Pop-Ups for each of your color families! (I've long since outgrown that use.) It’s also a perfect holder for notions such as pencils, rulers, and wonder clips. Do you have small projects that you’re working on? Keep track of supplies for your short term projects by containing them all in a Pop-Up!

New this year, Triangle Frenzy® LLC (also known as Artistically Engineered Designs) is focusing on delving into the world of vending at various festivals. We’re looking to put some faces behind the names of our many customers! We also have a new pattern, the Triangle Frenzy Whirlwind, that we are showing off. The Whirlwind is our answer to those that want more control over their fabric combinations, as the gradient of the fabrics can be hand selected, rather than being stuck with the scale and color of a specific border print. We will also be putting together fabric kits for those who have trouble with fabric selection or just want to get down to the fun sewing part!

You can find our Triangle Frenzy patterns at your local quilt shop, or if you don’t have a quilt shop near you, you may find them on our website. For more Pop-Up hopping, visit these blogs:

Feb  8 – The Patchwork Pearl
Feb  9 – Summercrafter
Feb 10 – Triangle Frenzy (Hi! Glad to have you!)
Feb 11 – Seams Like a Dream
Feb 12 – Custom Quilt Kits
Feb 16 – On Point Quilter

Before you go! There's a grand prize giveaway at the Fat Quarter Gypsy website here. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Plus, each of the featured blogs is having a giveaway! We at Triangle Frenzy are giving away all the supplies needed to make a Triangle Frenzy Swirl Pop-Up in the medium size, as well as our new Triangle Frenzy Whirlwind quilt pattern, and some assorted notions and other goodies. 

(Shown below with finished Pop-Up in order to entice you.)

To enter to win our giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us how you will use your Pop-Up. 
We will pick a winner on Monday, February 15th.
Edit: We will wait until the entire blog hop is complete!
Enter by Friday Midnight Eastern Time.
Edit: We have a winner!

Have a Frenzy of a day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Get ready to Blog POP!

We are thrilled to be included in Fat Quarter Gypsy's BLOG POP series! The blog hop spans from today (February 8th) through next Friday (the 19th), and every day features a different pattern designer, showcasing their own variation of a Fat Quarter Gypsy Pop Up. 

You can see the list of designers on her website here

Triangle Frenzy will be featured on Wednesday, February 10th. Stay tuned!

Don't know what a Pop Up is? Get acquainted with them here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time flies

Time flies when you're havin' fun. 
Or if you're not paying attention. 
Or if you have lots to do. 
Or because at our current level of knowledge, time is a constant, so quit complaining.

My busy brain has me wandering around some days starting something, moving to something else, then never actually completing things.

Meditation has been suggested to calm the active brain. But regular meditation doesn't work. for me. 
Then when someone suggested knitting or doing something repetitive with my hands, I realized that was the key.
Most people with Attention Deficit disorder have very active brains. Fidgeting uses a bit of brain bandwidth. 
If knitting is like meditation, then chain piecing or strip sewing is my meditation!!!
Then I realized I haven't meditated enough. Not enough sewing. 
I gotta go sew something.
Frenzily yours,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

How many Mystery-Quilt-a-longs can I do at one time? And actually get anything done?

Mom used to say that my eyes are bigger than my stomach.
Meaning that I would take more food than I could eat.
I think that also applies to my quilting appetite.
I take on many more projects than will fit in my schedule.

I won a 40 fat quarter bundle of the Little House on the Prairie fabrics from Andover fabrics at Quilt Market in October. The Andover website actually broke them up into three coordinating lines.
I wanted to make sure I used them. On something. Relevant. Not just beautiful shelf decoration!

I signed up for Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along
at LoveBug Studios. Ebony's previous mysteries look great, so I wasn't scared of not knowing the outcome.
Since I have most of the fabrics, but only in fat quarters, I will be making both ma and pa colorways. Some blocks in one, some in the other. They all look great together. It will just look more scrappy than the original.

Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along             Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along
I have almost all the fabric,  except the solids, which is required in the very first blocks.
Darn. Gotta go shopping for fabric.
This may take a while.