Big XMAS Gift to Myself

Hey Everyone,

I know everyone is finished with their Christmas Shopping, right?  I haven’t even started. I will be going shopping tomorrow to get all my gifts hopefully or that is the plan.

 

Guess what I purchased for my Xmas gift. I got the newest Scan-n-Cut.

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I haven’t had time to play around with it.  The Rhinestone Starter kit is what I really want to test out.  I will be giving more reviews and tips once I have used it more.

Over the weekend I was able to complete 2 quilt tops. Hopefully I can get them done by Xmas, but don’t hold your breath.  :-)

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This weekend Bizzy Lady and I are having our annual Xmas Girls night out event with our friends. We can’t wait.

Until next time…..

Diva Dane

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Those DAM Girl Xmas Party

Hey Everyone,

I hope yall had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty cool. My company Xmas party was this weekend and the theme was the Mardi Gras.

I finally found out who my Secret Sister was in our guild and it was Lori. I was so happy with all of my gifts but especially my finally gifts.

wpid-1417887295242.jpgLori and I had been talking about the book, “Publish Your Patterns” and that was in my Christmas basket. I have started reading this and it is very informative.

I also got another gift from the President of the guild. She knows my love for shoes.wpid-img_20141202_214121.jpg

 

So the Secret Sister that I had, Barb loved her final gifts.

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I have a big new quilting tool post that I will be posting this week. Check back this week to see what it is.

Until next time,

Diva Dane

 

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Diva Dane’s Cooking Moment

Hey Everyone,

I have posting a cooking recipe in awhile so I thought I would take some time out to do so. For Thanksgiving I made my sister and mom Cinnamon Roll Money Break. It was a big hit.

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cans (8 Count) Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Margarine
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Cinnamon Roll Icing (set aside)

Directions

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • Spray a bundt pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Open and cut the block of cream cheese into 24 small cubes.
  • Open each cinnamon roll container and set the icing aside.
  • Take each cinnamon roll and flatten. Place one small cream cheese cube in the center and fold the roll around it. Place each roll in the prepared pan, repeating until all rolls are in the pan.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine margarine and brown sugar. Heat for approx. 1 minute until putter is melted and pour over the cinnamon rolls.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  • Prepare a cake plate and place the monkey break on it.
  • Drizzle the remaining icing on the cinnamon roll monkey bread.

I hope you all will try out the recipe and let me know what you think.

Until next time….

Diva Dane

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Pre-Turkey Day Everyone!!!!!!

The Craft Divas, Bizzy Lady and myself want to wish everyone a happy holiday. Don’t forgot to shop till you drop on Black Friday!!!!!

My mom and I will be in Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with my sister. Its always fun shopping in Chicago.

Until next time….

Diva Dane

 

 

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Secret Sister

Hey Everyone,

I just love getting gifts and with the guild that Bizzy Lady and I are in we are participating in the Secret Sister event this year.

We filled out a card listing all of our likes and dislikes. Then we pulled a name out of a basket. At that point we make gifts, purchase gifts or whatever we want to give to our Secret Sister. I have been working very hard on my final gifts for my Sister, but I can’t show you pictures because my she maybe viewing our blog.

My Secret Sister is very good to me. I love every gift I have gotten so far. This past weekend I received a gift in the mail.

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This person knows that I love butterflies and shoes.

There is a new Joann Fabrics that open up in the Detroit Area. So Sunday I went there before bowling. It was so packed and I didn’t have enough time to look around the whole store. I will have to go back. But what I did find was this beautiful Butterfly fabric. Now I just have to think of something very different to make with the fabric. I have a collection of butterfly fabric and I just need to come up with a design to use them in.

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Until next time…..

Diva Dane

 

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Missing In Action

It’s been a while since I have posted and it is time for me to get back to The Craft Divas mission to share our love of crafting, fiber art, and artistic expression with those who share our passion and also anyone who wants to listen.

I want to thank my partner in craft for holding down the fort here. Work has been crazy and I have been doing remodeling in my home. So I have not had much opportunity to quilt, craft, knit or crochet. I have been keeping my head above water by doing enough to meet my craft commitments. I am anticipating and planning to dedicate next year to my designs, projects and Craft Diva’s business.

It’s November and we are knee deep in snow already. So this has spurred my knitting bug. I started knitting a scarf. This will be a long scarf that will allow me to wrap it around my neck a number of times to block out the cold. I am thinking of finishing it with a really big button to hold it in place and add interest. Stay tuned for the finished product.

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Until next time…….

Bizzy Lady

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Those DAM Girls at it Again!!!!

Hey Everybody,

I can’t believe it’s getting cold here already and we have even seen little snowflakes.  Im not very fond of Winter even though I’ve lived in Detroit all my life.

I was given the task to be the chairperson  of the 2015 Quilt Con Charity Quilt.  Bizzy Lady and I designed the quilt.  I have a thing with small half square triangles.  So when we started to design it, I was getting butterflies in my tummy. LOL

This is what we designed.

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It was really fun deciding which colors to put together to make the designs stand out. I gave 12-13 ladies a block to sew along with the decided fabrics. Today we had a sew in and constructed the quilt top and backing.

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This is our final product

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Quilt Top

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Quilt Back

Our quilt will be on display at Quilt Con and once that is over we will be honored to donate this quilt to a children’s shelter in the Detroit Area that we select.

Until next time…..

Diva Dane

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Those Dam Girls and The Retreat

Bizzy Lady and I along with the DAM Girls has a great time at our retreat this past weekend.  Our retreat was at Rose Ville Retreat in Laingsburg, MI. Its so great to be able to get with fellow quilters and really enjoy each others company and learn from each other.

I was able to make 2 quilt tops.

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We had a challenge for the weekend, named Project Funway. We were given a Design Seed color palette that was all solids. When it was time for the challenge, we were given our paper pieced bra and we had to design a 16″ pillow.  The time frame was 2 hours to complete the pillow top. We had to spin a wheel to select a added challenge to the project. I selected to add metallic to my pillow top. A few minutes into the challenge a wrench was thrown in the challenge and we had to add 2 fabrics to the design. This is how my pillow turned out. wpid-20141101_220932.jpg

We also had a Halloween swap where we had to design something and then it was used in a swap game. This is the wall hanging that I designed.wpid-20141030_230956.jpg

We also had so many surprises and gifts waiting for us when we got there and these are a few of the items I received.wpid-20141104_213033.jpg

Tonight was our monthly meeting and we are participating in our Secret Sister get to know each other activity this year again. Sorry I can’t show you all what Ive made for my sister yet but this is the gift I got tonight and I love it.wpid-20141104_205928.jpg

Well I guess its time for me to go to bed, so everyone have a great week and I hope you voted today.

Until next time….

Diva Dane

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Quilting

Hey Everyone,

I was very nervous with the thought of quilting my own quilts. I would tell Bizzy Lady all the time I can’t get it a hang of it or I would never do it. But as the saying goes never say never.  I’ve watched a few videos on Modern quilting and just how people quilted their quilts. The one thing with quilting a Modern quilt, there are no rules as it is in Traditional quilting.  You can cross over lines you quilted and it can be improv quilting. Nothing has to be precise.

This past weekend, I quilted two quilts. I want to get a lot of my UFO’s completed or close to being completed by the end of the year.

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Cow Girl Quilt

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My inspired by Gee’s Bend Quilt

 

I am very happy because in two days Bizzy Lady and I are going on a retreat and we can’t wait. So look out this weekend for some pictures of projects we worked on.

Until then….

Diva Dane

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Productive Weekend

Hey Everybody,

I hope y’all had a nice weekend.  It’s starting to get cold here in Michigan and I’m not liking it at all. I dont like cold weather and snow, even though I’ve been here all my life.

I was able to work on a few things this weekend.

I’ve seen this pattern for the Sunrise Baby Quilt online for some time now and I just said I’m making the top Saturday morning.  These were my color choices and I sewed the strips together in the correct order.

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Once I was down with that, the instructions had me cut the pieces and then sew them together at different heights.

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After all of that, I squared the quilt off and this is my completed top.

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One of my sister’s friend is a recent Cancer survivor and I made this quilt for her.

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I am designing a cool quilt set with various pieces.  These are 2 of the components to the quilt.

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Have a nice week.

Until next time…..
Diva Dane

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