Saturday, January 1, 2022

Sew Along in 2022...


...I have had this idea rumbling about in my head for quite a while...and finally felt nudged that 2022 is the year.

What exactly is a Quiltlet? A while back, I was watching a lot of paper crafting/card making videos--I know like I need another hobby--LOL. Well, there was a new shape in the card making world that was narrow and tall--the shape offered more space for embellishments. My mind of course went to the quilt making world and thought--Wow, I could translate the same narrow tall shape into a quilt--and there you have it--Quiltlets!! 

The finished size will always be 6" x 12". Borders will finish at 1". The center blocks units will vary in size. The 4" Qube from AccuQuilt will work perfect for the majority of the center blocks--a useful tool but not necessary.

Fusible applique shapes will be added to the pieced quilt top. The shapes will vary each month according to the theme of the Biblical promise. 

Quilt. Bind. Finished quiltlet!!

This Metal Star Stand by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin, is what I will be using to display my quiltlets. A quick search online and they are still available in some quilt shops. I will be giving some other display ideas throughout the year.

How is this Sew Along going to work? As per my usual style--very casually!!!! 

The free pattern will be in my shop sometime on the first Monday of each month. The pattern will remain free until the next months' pattern is released. At that time it will still be available, but at a $2.00 cost. The patterns are a downloadable PDF. It will contain detailed cutting, sewing instructions and full size fusible applique templates. There will also be a quilt line drawing coloring page with some journaling space.

A Facebook live will be held on my Lizard Creek Quilting Facebook page sometime during the month--remember--I work casually!! Plus, I am a farm wife helper out in the hog barns and have no control over when I need to help!!! Various topics will be discussed--how to bind mini quiltlets, how to Snapliquilt, how the applique applies to the promise, how to use the 4" Qube--you get the picture--it could be anything--but it all will help you make your best project!!

Watch my Facebook page, Instagram or the blog for when the new Sew True Quiltlets are released.

Creekside Quilting Crew-- is a group I have setup on the Lizard Creek Quilting Facebook page. Please consider joining so we can share our finished quiltlets!! Look for "Groups", ask to join, then share your quiltlet and discuss the promise each month.

Who can participate? Anyone!! Just because this is a quilting project doesn't mean that only quilters can participate. If cardmaking is your thing--do it in paper!! If coloring is your thing--use the coloring page and enjoy!! Whatever your craft medium is--adapt and make it work for you!! I just want to put these Sew True Quiltlets out into the world for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

Why a Sew True Quiltlet sew along? 

There are many things going on in the world as of late. And a lot of it doesn't seem to make sense--it feels as if up is down and down is up. This has been my nudging, to Speak Truth in Love. I have three precious grandkids--they need to know that up is really up and down is really down!! The promises in God's Word tell us so--that is something that will never change. 

"Truth is so obscured nowdays and lies so well established that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." --Blaise Pascal  a French philosopher from the 1600's

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and shrewd in their own sight!"   --Isaiah 5: 20-21

"Never worry about who will be offended if you speak the truth. Worry about who will be misled, deceived and destroyed if you don't."  --Unknown

"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin."  --James 4:17  This is the verse that nudged me!! Many years ago, I took a Spiritual Gifts course and found that presenting the Word of God in a creative artful way is a gift the Lord has blessed me with. Not using my gift for His glory would be a sin!!!

PS...Like I said, this is going to be a sew along where we make Sew True Quiltlets based on truths found in God's Word--The Holy Bible. My background is in the Christian Reformed Church, so references might be used from The Heidleberg Catechism or Our World Belongs to God, along with various hymns or praise and worship songs. The truth will be spoken with LOVE and KINDNESS to all who wish to participate.

Looking forward to what we can do together!!

Sincerely, Terri

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Farmhouse Style with AccuQuilt...


...Farmhouse style is defined as a style that prioritizes practicality, simplicity and rustic charm. It embraces both rural architecture and modern comforts while creating a look that feels both cozy and stylish.  

Read on to find out how I used the GO! Pennant die (55149) to create that cozy feeling of rustic fall decor for my actual farmhouse.

First, in addition to the pennant die, I gathered an assortment of fall dies:

  • GO! Fall Medley (55041)   
  • GO! Rustling Leaves #3 (55391)  
  • GO! Rustling Leaves #4 (55392)        
  • GO! Pumpkins (55323)   

These dies will work with any of the AccuQuilt cutters, the GO! Me, GO! or GO! Big.

Next, gather an array of rustic and practical supplies. Specific amounts for each project will be listed on the free patterns found on AccuQuilt. 

You may be wondering if the dies can be used to cut product other than quilting materials? The answer is YES!! Burlap, fun foam and vintage book paper all worked amazing with no harm done to the blades in the dies.

The finished banner exceeded even my imagaination--I just love the end result!! I so love the cozy feel it adds to the great room and enjoy looking at it from my easy chair after a long day working in the studio--or a long day of bringing meals out to my farmer working in the field!!!

The pattern for the banner can be found HERE.

On one end of my dining room I have a large chalkboard. Various quotes and scripture passages are written on it according to each season. See the quote for this fall on my Instagram HERE

Designing these chalkboard illustrations is where I learned that regular white school chalk can be sharpened with a regular pencil sharpener. How cool is that?!? Any of the above writing utensils will work to write on the black fun foam.

The place settings worked up so fast and easy!!! Setting a pretty table is something I remember my grandmother doing--remember those turkeys made with a cone shaped chocolate mint, a Ritz cracker and corn candies--she would always have those on her Thanksgiving table. 

Such a great memory. I want my grandkids to remember that the holiday tables at my house where pretty and always full of love and laughter just like I remember at my grandmother.

The pattern for the place setting can be found HERE.

So, do you think there can be one more thing made with the pennant die--other than a pennant?! Well how about an adorable little gift bag!!

These are a little bit more fiddly than the other two projects, but still quite fast and easy. What a great little holiday party favor these would make. Fill them with a harvest mix of salted peanuts and candy corn. Or even a stack of cookies would fit in it. 

How about making a whole bunch of them with some little people in your life, then deliver the filled gift bags to a local nursing home. What a great learning and volunteer time that would be together.

The pattern for the gift bag can be found HERE.

"The best way to do ourselves good is to be doing good to others, the best way to gather is to scatter."    --Thomas Brooks

Here is a cookie recipe that I think would work well in the gift bag. It is from my grandmother. My mother used to make them to remember her.

Grandma Sylvia's Molasses Cookies

  • 3/4 cup oleo or butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour

Mix together. Roll dough in small balls. Then roll balls in white sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-10 minutes.

"So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another."                                   1 Corinthians 11 : 33

Below are the other GO! Getter blogs to find more great ideas!!!
GO! Gnome Kitchen Magnets – Katy

Build A Snowman – Vicki

Felt Pieces – Katy

GO! No Sew Christmas Ornaments – Suzy

GO Christmas Tablecloth – Denise

GO! Gnome Tea Towel – Suzy

Mini Monthly Calendars – Laura

Pennant Projects – Terri

Flutter Pillow – Melanie Call

Ricebag/ Cube – Jennifer Strauser

No Sew Magnets – Melanie Call


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Cultivate some projects with Vincent's Garden fabrics....


Oh seems like forever ago that Karen of The Quilt Rambler invited me to design something with her 1st Signature fabric line by Island Batik. Karen and I are online friends who met while we were both Island Batik Ambassadors. We have yet to meet IRL (in real life), but hope to someday soon!!

The colors in this Vincent's Garden line are bright and oh so vibrant!! Such a great contrast between the warm--reds, oranges and yellows vs. the cool--blues and turquoises. And as is with all Isalnd Batik fabrics, the details in the batik fabrics are so cool. One of the blue fabrics has a super cool swirl in it that reminds me of a swirl in a Vincent Van Goh painting. Like I said--I love the details that Island Batik puts in their fabrics.

From the designs I submitted to Karen, she choose this design--Cultivate to be made with Vincents' Garden fabrics. As you can see--by working with only the cool colors in the line a whole different feeling can be made. This pattern is available on my website HERE.

I had a lot of fun quilting Cultivate. The spikey plant column in the sashing, pointy flowers in the green sqaures, then lots of texture through the paper pieced plants and flower pots. Super texture that tells more of the Cultivate story.

I had a test block left from the original Cultivate quilt--so thought it would be a fun little project to share for Karen's blog hop. The succulent plant pattern is available in the Cultivate pattern--but I have added the cut dimentions for a pillow here for you to have fun with.

Below you will find the complete list for this week's hop--make sure to see all the other amazing projects that were made with Vincents' Gardent line.

Monday 3/1   


Michele Sutton, Sew Sutton Quilts  


Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs  


Tues 3/2   

Paula Nelson, Prairie Notion Quilt Shop  


Amy Costabile, Amy's Quilt Room  



Weds 3/3   

Bea Lee, Beaquilter  


Roseanne Nelson, Home Sewn By Us  


Thurs 3/4   

Jennifer Strauser, Dizzy Quilter  


Sarah Yuhr, Sew Much Charm


Friday 3/5  

Terri Vanden Bosch, Lizard Creek Quilting  


Margaret Willingham, Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design  

Make sure and head over to Karen's blog HERE for a fat quarter bundle and  her PDF patterns giveaway.

Leave a comment here on my blog and I will pick a winner next week for a PDF of Cultivate. Thanks and have a lovely day!!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Wild Iowa Rose...Around the States...50 blocks tour

 ...welcome to my day of Around the States block tour!!

Iowa has been my home for over 35 years now--so I guess you can say I plan on staying here!!

A few fun facts about the state--Iowa became the 29th state in 1846. "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain" is the states' motto.

Manufacturing and agriculture are the states' largest industries.

The state leads the nation in corn and soybean production--both of which we grow on our farm. Also, the state is 3rd in total livestock sales. The livestock we raise is pork.

Iowa is bordered by the Missouri river on the West....that is Nebraska you see in the distance...

...and the Mississippi on the East...we are heading back into Iowa after a short stay in Illinois...

...and in between the rivers you will find miles of backroads with rows and rows of cropland on either side...

...seeing all this beautiful countryside from the back of our motorcycle is my favorite thing in the world--besides quilting of course!!

I hope you have been enjoying this block tour around the United States--more information can be found HERE.

States coming up after Iowa can be found at these sites:

Seams to Be Sew

Applique Quilts and More

To represent Iowa, I chose a take on "Hole in the Barn Door" block. The blue fabric represents the rivers that border the state. I used a fresh green fabric to represent the vast acres of agriculture plants that cover the state during the growing season. And the state flower--the Wild Rose, that grows profusely along the roadways!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Hope Quilts Blog Hop....Pieced Promise

The definition of hope as a verb (an action word) is to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true, to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment, and to expect with confindence. 

To expect with confidence, is the line that spoke to me most in this definition.

Sarah, at The Quilted Diary is hosting a month long blog hop of Hope quilts. Sarah will also be having a quilt-along with her quilt Hope for Tomorrow in January. Information and kits can be found on her website HERE. Make sure to check the list for each  designers' "hope" quilt and the story that goes with it. I will have the list at the end of this post. 

When the pandemic first started, I will admit to feeling a bit of panic and overwhelming heaviness in my heart.  Stress will cause me to do one of two things--resort to eating too many sweets or design something. This time I listened to my heart and went with designing something!!! 

And so the quilt, Pieced Promises was designed--over the first weekend of quarentine in March.

Each block is based on a promise from the book of Psalms. Something that my heart and mind definitely needed. I felt the need to share this pattern as a free sew along this spring. People from all over the world downloaded the designs. It made my heart so happy to be sharing this hopefilled journey with them.

Since all of our quilty gatherings were not being held, I went outside my box and did a weekly Facebook live to show the new blocks and a hint or two in making them. The videos are still up on my Facebook page HERE.

The weekly PDF block patterns come with full color instructions, the promise from Psalms along with a quote to fit the promise. The block patterns are still available on my website HERE.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty,” Psalms 91 : 1

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
---Maya Angelou expect with confidence....may you find that today.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August Designers Tips and Techniques....

It's that time again....enjoy watching each designer share something from their storehouse of quilting knowledge!!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July Designers Tips and Techniques....


Learn new techniques and find new designers to follow!!! 

Tuesday, July 7th
4:00   Charisma Horton
5:00   Marlene Oddie  
7:00   Jennifer Fulton
8:00   Ebony Love
Wednesday, July 8th
2:00   Annette Ornelas
8:00   Tammy Silvers
Thursday, July 9th
2:00  Monique Kleinhans
5:00  Geeky Bobbin