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Cricut Craft Room Free Holiday Cards #10 ,23, & 46

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Cricut Holiday Christmas Card #10

Cricut Holiday Christmas card #10

I hope you have been taking advantage of the Free Holiday Christmas Cards in the Cricut Craft Room.  This is Card #10.  If you miss the Free cut, you can purchase all the cuts at Cricut.com for $1.99!

Cricut Holiday Christmas card #23

Cricut Holiday Christmas Card #23

Cricut Holiday Christmas Card #23

Cricut Holiday Christmas Card #23

I really didn’t get a great picture of this card,(#23) but here are a couple of versions.

Cricut Holiday Christmas Card #46

Cricut Holiday Christmas Card #46

They added 7 cards today.  The other cards were only on for one day, so I am not sure how many days they will leave the cards on this week. This is # 46.  Be sure to visit the Cricut Craft Room each day to get a head start on your Christmas cards.  Happy cutting!!

Cricut Craft Room Free Holiday Cards Day 13

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Cricut Holiday Card #13

Cricut Holiday Card #13

Ok, we are at day13 of 50 days of FREE Holiday card cuts in the Cricut Craft Room.  I added a little Stampin Up feature in the upper corner of this cut.  If you miss the FREE cut, these cards are available for purchase at $1.99 each from Cricut.com.  I went to SHOP and typed in Holiday Card.  You will also be able to get a preview of some of the upcoming cuts.  Don’t forget to take advantage of these FREE cuts and get a head start on your Christmas card making.   Happy cutting….(ps..I used Stampin Up – real red and shimmer white in this card!)

You can also find some FREE Autumn cuts this week!

Cricut Craft Room Holiday Cards Day 12

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Cricut Craft Room Holiday Card 12

Cricut Craft Room Holiday Card 12

It’s day 12 of the 40 FREE Holiday Card cuts in the Cricut Craft Room.  Make sure you have downloaded the program to your computer to take advantage of these FREE cuts.  The Cricut Craft Room download can be found on Cricut.com and can be used with any Cricut machine.  This card was similar to the Let it Snow card I posted yesterday.  I jazzed it up a little with a snowflake from Stampin Up and a few pearls.

Stampin Up snowflakes

Stampin Up snowflakes

Here is another version of this FREE cut…

Cricut Craft Room Holiday Card 12

Cricut Craft Room Holiday Card 12

I added a couple of shiny snowflakes I purchase on a garland at an after Christmas sale.  You need to think outside the box when you are choosing items to put on your cards or scrapbook pages.  I hope  you are enjoying these cards.

snowflake garland

snowflake garland

Farmer’s Wife Blocks – Week 9 – Blocks # 17 and # 18

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Farmer's Wife Quilt - Century of Progress

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Century of Progress

I love this block, but it was not sure if it should have had the three green pieces alike on the bottom of the block.  That is the way it is printed in the book.  I think I would have like it better if I would have made it a mirror image of the top half of the block.  I did not take any pictures when I made this block, so I am showing you the back of the block in hope it will help you in construction.  I paper-pieced this block. Look at my previous posts on Farmer’s Wife Quilt to get the Yahoo Group where these pattern can be downloaded for FREE.

Farmer's Wife Quilt block 18

Farmer’s Wife Quilt block 18

Once again, you can see that I use colored pencils so that I know where to place the fabric.

Farmer's Wife Quilt - Cat and Mice block #17

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Cat and Mice block #17

I love the secondary pattern of the star that I found in the middle of this block.  I again didn’t take pictures while I put this block together, so here is a picture of the back of the block.

Farmer's Wife Quilt block 17

Farmer’s Wife Quilt block 17

I think I quoted the wrong number of blocks left in my last post.  I have completed 18 blocks and there are 111, so that means I have 93 left.  I hope you are enjoying my journey…Happy Quilting!

 

Cat Man Boo – Halloween Wool

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Cat Man Boo

Cat Man Boo

 

If you have followed my blog in the past, you will recall that a few years ago I happened upon an Estate Sale where I purchased many unfinished projects as well as some kits.  Well, “Cat Man Boo” was one of the purchases that I made that day.  He was a kit and he is wool.  The background reminds me of an old army blanket. (and that may be just what it is)  I purchased many wool kits at this sale and this is one of the first I completed.  (Well, almost)  The “Cat” should really be a pillow and as we speak, he is just a spooky cat on an army blanket.  I have yet to make him into a pillow,  but I wanted to share him since tomorrow is Halloween.  He is from the book “Spooky Threads” by Need’l Love.  I just love all the books in the “thread” series and would love to complete every project.

Spooky Threads

Spooky Threads

 

Happy Halloween!  I will be hosting the “quilties” on Halloween and I am making a new surprise for dessert….stay tuned!!!!!!

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Week 9, blocks 15 and 16

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Farmer's Wife Quilt - Buzzard's Roost #15

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Buzzard’s Roost #15

 

I really like the way this block turned out.  It gave me a large area to showcase my “bucket list” fabric.

Creative Grids ruler

Creative Grids ruler

I used this Creative Grids Square it Up and Fussy Cut Ruler designed by Penny Haren.  You place the ruler over the fabric and center the part you want it use in your block.

Creative Grid ruler

Creative Grid ruler

The ruler has  holes located  at the four corners for your block. You mark it with your pencil and then cut on those dots.  If you look closely above the S, you can see my pencil mark.

buzzard's roost #15

buzzard’s roost #15

I paper pieced the rest of the block using the patterns found on the Yahoo Farmer’s Wife Quilt Group site.

Farmer's Wife Quilt - Block #16 Calico Puzzle

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Block #16 Calico Puzzle

To make this block, I used Triangles on a roll.

Thangles

Triangles on a roll

 

Triangles on a roll come in several sizes and the directions are printed on the roll.  I was happy that I could use my “number” fabric on this block.  Happy quilting, 16 down and 104 to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Cricut Classroom August and September

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Cricut Classroom August and September

Cricut Classroom August and September

 

 

One of the reasons that I haven’t been posting is because I took a job as a para-professional in a Preschool class this school year.  We started out the school year with a substitute teacher.  Today was her last day to teach, so I went to the Cricut Craft Room and found the FREE cut of the week was Classroom August and September.

Cricut Classroom Aug/Sept

Cricut Classroom Aug/Sept

 

My first cut was this school-house.  I added a bottom to the school-house and put a gift card inside.  I covered the windows and doors so that you could not see the cards from the outside.  I then made her a card using the same FREE cuts.  I wrote the word “Falls” and used the FREE Cricut Craft Room Basic Font to cut the words, “We’ll Miss You”.  We truly will miss you, Miss S!!

Make sure you take advantage of the FREE Cricut Craft Room cuts.  I have found that they usually add a new cut on Sunday or Thursday and take them off the following Thursday.  Happy cutting!!

 

Candy Bar Quilt

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Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

I am sorry, I dropped off the map for a couple of months!  I need to get back into the hobbies I love and share some of my crafts with my readers.  This Summer we were able to visit our good friends in VA.  Before my trip started, I planned all the sewing I would get finished in the car.  My “Candy Bar Quilt” was just waiting on the binding.  It was the first thing I completed on the trip.  The little girl in this picture, happens to be one of my best friends, Laura. (who we were visiting)   This picture was taken by her father and was in the guest bedroom on our visit.  We had a wonderful visit and Laura admired my quilt, so I left it in the chair, just like this when we left and she loved it!

This was one of the fastest quilts that I have ever finished.  When I went to “sewing days” in May, one of my friends, Janice, provided us with the basis for this quilt.  It was a very simple pattern that anyone can complete in less than a day.  The cream pieces were cut 5″ x 10″ and provided by Janice, then I used a “candy bar” pack that I had won at a local quilt shop.  The original pattern used a charm pack with the 5″ x 10″ blocks.  Janice cut all the cream fabric and we got to choose the ones we wanted to complete our quilt.  I choose all different creams for my quilt.  There were 11 rows in my quilt with 3 cream and 3 pattern pieces in each row.

Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

In my quilt, I used 33 (5 x 10) and 33 (2.5 x 5) pieces.  I then added a 1.5″ small border and a 7″ border.  I really loved the quilt when it was finished.  I didn’t get a really clear picture of the quilt.

Charm square quilt

Charm square quilt

Candy bar / Charm square quilt

Candy bar/ Charm square quilt

This is a picture of my Candy Bar quilt next to the Charm square version.  You can see that the Charm squares make a much bigger quilt. Irvalee choose to use two creams and alternated the blocks in a brick like pattern.  What you will love about this quilt is there are  really no seams to match. You can use up some of your scraps or one of those Charms packs you had to have, but haven’t yet found a use for!

Oh yes, the yellow strip in the picture is another one of my UFO’s.  If you are looking for a fast and easy quilt…here’s the answer!!

Something to Celebrate – Cricut Cuts

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Cricut Something to Celebrate Birthday Card

Cricut Something to Celebrate Birthday card

The free Cricut Cut in the Cricut Craft Room this week is Something to Celebrate.  You can cut the images for scrapbooking or they can be cut to make cards.  I made these two cards for two cuties that will be turning 5 soon.

Cricut Something to Celebrate

Cricut Something to celebrate

I have shown the four different layers that I used for this card.  Each layer is shown as a different color.

Cricut Something to Celebrate

Cricut Something to Celebrate

These are the completed cuts before they were put together.  I hope this helps when you are planning you cards.

Cricut Something to Celebrate Congraturlations Card

Cricut Something to Celebrate Congratulations Card

Another cute card made with Something to Celebrate FREE cut.

Cricut Something to Celebrate Birthday Card

Cricut Something to Celebrate Birthday Card

Cricut Something to Celebrate

Cricut Something to Celebrate

Cricut Something to Celebrate

 

 

This is the layout for the balloons.  Enjoy and check the Cricut Craft Room often for you FREE cuts.

Cricut Brooklyn Iron-On

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Cricut Brooklyn Iron-On

Cricut Brooklyn Iron-On

I wanted to share the FREE Cricut Craft Room cuts for this week.  If you remember my post from a couple of weeks ago, my niece, Kathleen got a new Cricut.  I am happy to say these are the first cuts she made with her Cricut.  We successfully downloaded the Cricut Craft Room to her computer and she was in Heaven!  We did run into a snag with her firewall, but we soon got past it and she is busy trying her hand at the Cricut.  I think my favorite cut above is the camera…and doesn’t it look great against the orange cardstock.  There are many other cuts on this week, so open your Cricut Craft Room and have some FUN!