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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I am happy to be quilting again…

Hey Everyone,

I hope your weekend was nice. I am so happy that I can get back to working on my projects and quilting again.

Bizzy Lady and  I will be attending a retreat later on this month and we can’t wait. So one out our challenges is to come up with a Halloween gift to swap. I am currently working on mine and can’t wait to yall the finished project.

Also this year the DAM Girls are doing Secret Sister. At our meeting a had a gift from my Secret Sister and I was very happy.wpid-20141007_204414.jpg

I am trying to catch up on my Hexie Block of the Month. I was able to finish my July Hexie BOM, the Ice Cream Cone.wpid-20141010_222054.jpg

I also was able to make a new set of Greeting Cards this weekend.wpid-20141009_204726.jpg

It also felt so go to do a little quilting. This is my first quilt in my paper pieced block series.wpid-20141011_192151.jpg

Well I am going to be getting back into the grove of things, so stay tuned to wait I will be whipping up.

Until next time….

Diva Dane

 

 

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GLAAQN 2014 Quilt Show Success

Happy Sunday Everyone,

Today was the last day of our GLAAQN Quilt Show and it was a very successful show. We made record numbers for the number of people that attended the show. We would like to thank everyone to helped, supported and attended the show.

We want to show of the show.

This is the Doll Exhibit.

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These are some pictures from our Bling-A-Bra Exhibit.

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These are Bizzy Lady’s Quilts that were on display.

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These are Diva Dane’s Quilts that were on display.

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Hope that everyone has a wonderful week.

Until next time…..

Diva Dane

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GLAAQN Quilt Show This Weekend October 4-5, 2014

Hey Everyone,

We can’t believe the Quilt Show is finally here.

Bizzy Lady and I along with another member (Wanda) of the guild are Co-Chairs for 2014 Great Lake African American Quilter Network Quilt Show.

If you are in the Detroit Metro Area,  near by state or country and want to take a road trip, come out to the quilt show this weekend, October 4-5, 2014.

There will be over 100 quilts on display. There will be demos, make and take,  Bed Turning Presentation, door prizes and vendors. We will also have several Special Exhibits on display.

Also for those that may not know, I-96 Freeway is open and that is an easy drive to get to the show location.

 

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If you see Bizzy Lady or Myself, come speak to us. We would like to meet people who are following us on our blog in person.

We hope to see Everyone there!!!!

Diva Dane and Bizzy Lady

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Craft Diva Buttons for QuiltCon

Hey Everyone,

The Craft Divas are in the home stretch for coordinating our Guild’s Quilt Show.  We are trying to fit in Craft Diva time but it’s been very hard.

So one of the fun things we are going to be participating in for QuiltCon, is a button exchange.   Several people that attend this event, get buttons designed showcasing their business name and/or quilting alter ego.  As a surprise, I got Bizzy Lady and myself buttons designed.

We love they way they turned out.  Now its time to order a larger supply so that we will have enough to exchange with our quilting friends and our new friends that we will be meeting.

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We hope anyone who follows us or is visiting or blog and will be attending QuiltCon, will find out where we are during that week and will come meet us and receive pins from The Craft Divas.

I had some free time and made a very easy 30 minute pencil pouch to store my pins in.

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Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend.

Diva Dane

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1st Quilt Pattern For Our Followers

As promised The Craft Divas will be featuring quilt patterns for our followers to use.

**For personal use only. The Craft Divas original pattern.**

Modern Log Cabin

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The first featured pattern is a design that Diva Dane came up with. We love playing around with different shapes and designs.  This pattern is a very simple and quick small quilt to make.

Supplies

8 various colorful fat quarters

1/4 yd solid background fabric

1/4 yd fabric for binding

20 x 20″ square backing fabric

20 x 20″ batting (Warm and Natural recommended)

 

Cutting

 Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Cut (2) 2 1/2 inch strips and (1) 6 1/2 inch strip from the background fabric. Cut all strips the width of fabric. Cut the following from the strips:

  •  3 (2 1/2 x 6 1/2″) strip, label B2, B6, B7
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2″) square, label B4
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label B3
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 16 1/2″) strip, label B5
  • 1 (6 1/2 x 8 1/2″) strip, label B1

Cut (1) 2 1/2 inch strip from each of the assorted fat quarter fabrics. Cut and label the following from the strips:

  •  1 (2 1/2 x 2 1/2″) square, label A
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label C
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 6 1/2″) strip, label D
  • 3 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label E1, E2, E3
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label F
  • 2 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label G1, G2
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 12 1/2″) strip, label G3
  • 3 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label H1, H2, H3
  • 1 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2″) strip, label I

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Block Assembly

  Section 1

  1. Refer to the quilt diagram. Join strip F to strip E1. Press seams open. Join strip E2 and E3 to each side of sewn strip combo (F and E1). Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.
  2. Join strip B4 to strip D. Press seams open. Join the previous sewn strip combo from Step 1 to sewn strip combo (B4 and D). Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.
  3. Join strip C to strip B3. Press seams open. Join the previous sewn strip combo from Step 2 to sewn strip combo (C and B3). Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.
  4. Join strip A to strip B2. Press seams open. Join the previous sewn strip combo from Step 3 to sewn strip combo (A and B2). Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.
  5. Join the previous sewn strip combo from Step 4 to B1 Square. Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.

Section 2

  1. Join strip H1 to strip I. Press seams open. Join strip H2 and H3 to each side of sewn strip combo (H1 and I). Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.
  2. Join strip B6 and B7 to each side of previous sewn strip combo from Step 7. Press seams open and set sewn strips aside.
  3. Join strip G1 and G2 to each side of previous sewn strip combo from Step 6. Press seams open and set sewn strips aside. Join strip G3 to the just sewn strip combo.

Quilt Assembly

  1. Join strip combo from Section 1 to B5 Strip. Press seams open.
  2. Join strip combo from Step 9 to strip combo from Section 2. Press seams open.

Finishing

  1.  Measure quilt top. Cut batting and backing 2″ wider (on all sides) than finished quilt top.
  2. Layer backing, batting and quilt top; baste.
  3. Quilt as desired and bind.

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These pictures are steps in the process that I took.

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We hope that you like this pattern. Please make this quilt and send us pictures of your finished projects. We would love to see it.

Until next time…..

Diva Dane

 

 

 

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