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Friday, February 15, 2019

Block 3 Grow in Grace

Friday morning, time for another block - "Be blessed"!

I think this is my favorite.  As always, the files are in the Facebook group, if you're not on Facebook email me at allieoopsdesigns [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know which blocks you want.  

Some comments are not coming through to my email, so do email me directly instead of commenting here - I may not see it.  

Our weather has been up and down, raining then freezing then melting and freezing and snowing.  I could use cleats on my tennis shoes and rope lines everywhere.  I actually saw a group of Canadian geese sitting in the snow at the library the other day - I thought they migrated south!!  Maybe they needed a book for the flight.

Cardinals are everywhere, they sure brighten up the grey and brown landscape.

They're cleaning out the seed pods on the Rose of Sharon.

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day.  We don't celebrate Hallmark holidays, lol, but we do celebrate the day after, National Discount Candy Day.  Yum.

Be blessed today and every day...

Friday, February 8, 2019

Block 2 Grow in Grace

Good morning!!  Boy did I oversleep this morning.  We dropped 30 degrees last night in a matter of hours, this changeable weather makes me so tired!

Block 2 of Grow in Grace is in the files on facebook, again, if you don't have facebook you'll have to either email me or comment on this post with your email.  I've got a few comments that are no-reply with no way to email you.  If you've commented, and haven't received an answer from me, that's why.  Also tell me which block you'd like, please.

All instructions, and the scripture referenced, are in the file.

Something lovely happened yesterday - my friend called, her former daughter-in-law had sent her several dozen roses.  She wanted me to come get some, there were so many she wanted to share!  So, I took some to mum [she was tickled pink] and brought some home for myself.

A touch of spring on this very cold day, how nice is that!

I hope you all have a blessed day, I'm going to clean my house, it's sorely neglected.....


Monday, February 4, 2019


Earth Visitor, if you could email me or comment with your email, I'd appreciate it - I got your comment on my last post but you're a no-reply blogger and I can't email you.  Folks, if you don't hear from me and you've left a comment, it's because I have no way to contact you, so please leave your email on your comment - thanks!!


Friday, February 1, 2019

Block 1 And A Quilt Block Tutorial

Good morning!!  It's time for a new BOM, or BOW, as I'm uploading every Friday.

This is block 1 of Grow In Grace, already in the Facebook files on my group [link on sidebar].

The blocks are all based on scripture, which are given in the pattern itself.  If you do NOT use facebook, which I can understand perfectly, please leave me a comment with your email and I will send it to you as an attachment.

In addition to the free BOW over on my facebook page, I was going to make a bed-size quilt with the same fabrics, a fat quarter bundle of Hopelessly Romantic.   Trying to think of a way to show off the fabrics, yet add some interest, I was scrambling for a good quilt block to use.  One morning, while waiting for my coffee, I was looking at the kitchen floor – 

And thought, that’s it!  I got some white tone-on-tone fabric for the middle, and started figuring out the math.  I’m quite sure that this is not a new block, someone has already made it somewhere over the years, but this is what I came up with.

For each block, you’ll cut four squares at 6” each, and four squares for the middle at 2.5” each.  Draw a line from corner to corner on the back of the 2.5” square, and lay it on the corner of the big square, right sides together, like this.

This is where I ran into problems.  Apparently you can’t stitch right on the line – I stitched just below it, on the corner side.

When I stitched right on the line, and folded it over, it was a bit short.  Stitching just below the line will line it up perfectly with the corner.  When you’re satisfied with the placement, trim your seams to ¼” and press open.  I press all seams open to reduce bulk.

This works best with non-directional fabrics.  If using a fabric that needs to go in one direction, you’ll have to pay close attention to where your small corners are!  You’ll make four of these, and put all the small corners to the center.

Stitch two blocks together, twice, then stitch the rows together, keeping your centers aligned.

Finished block.

For those of you who love piecing, it’s a simple block.  For me, not so much – I won’t be making more, lol.  My quilt will be just squares.  I love the fabrics, and want to show them off, but want it done in a hurry.  Trying to get seams to match up is not my favorite!

There are lots of possibilities with this block, you could join the blocks together as is, or add sashing in between, or even add the small squares to each corner of the block.  Play with it and have fun!  I’ll be doing something much simpler, lol.

And now I think I'll go get another coffee, and enjoy the sunrise.  Be safe, be warm, and please pray for Jenny as she battles historic flooding.  I can't even imagine.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Hi everybody!  I hope you're all surviving the wicked weather, no matter where you are - at my house, it's currently minus 10 with a windchill of minus 32, my windows are popping, and I've opened my kitchen cupboards and dishwasher to let warmth get to the pipes.  My radiator space heater is warming up my sewing room.

Let's had my last day of work Monday, during a snowstorm.  The powers that be are moving everything to a facility an hour away from me, and I won't drive that far for work.  Very sad...but I have to wonder what God is freeing me up for!  I will wait and see.  I've also officially retired from selling patterns...although I'll still be drawing and stitching, everything will just be shared on my facebook group.

Friday February 1st I'll be starting a new, free BOM on my facebook page [link on right sidebar].  Grow In Grace.  It's not really a BOM, as it will be a weekly upload.  These are the first four blocks - 

Just a little stitching fun.  I had planned on doing a full size quilt along with this, using up the fat quarter bundle of Hopelessly Romantic that I got a year ago, and only one block - repeated, of course - forgetting how very much I don't like piecing, and how rubbish I am at it.  I did make a block, and will do a tutorial for it, but I'm not making more, lol.  I'll do a quilt with just squares instead.  This BOM will use some of the fabric in the sashing and border, so they'll be companion projects.

I haven't been around to your blogs much.  I just haven't had the energy...either working, running mum around, or stitching on the couch.  But you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

I'll be back on Friday to share the tutorial for the quilt block, inspired by my kitchen floor, lol.  And of course the first block in our Grow In Grace wallhanging.  Until then, stay warm [or cool, and DRY for my Queensland friends!], I'll see you soon!


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year, New Group

Hi everyone, I've created a new facebook group for sharing free designs.  It's called Allie-oops Designs, I'm going to try to link it....

It's a closed group, you have to request to join.  It seemed the simplest way to share freebies, as blogger doesn't support pdf's.  This is the only way I'll be sharing free designs anymore, at least until Facebook changes things.

I started my new year off right, I got the loveliest planner - 

The best part?  It's large print!  I can actually see it!

No excuses now for forgetting anything, lol!  Thing 2 got me the loveliest pen as well - it's a vintage Scheaffer, new old stock [old, but never used], and it's a ballpoint!

Lovely to write with!  Oh and Thing 1 got me a ChromeCast and Google Home mini - yikes - it's smarter than I am.  But now I can sit in my chair and tell it to start Netflix or Youtube on my tv!  How lazy can you get, right?  On Christmas Eve, we had it playing a fireplace from youtube, and my mom walked in, looked at it, and said "it's getting warmer in here!"  Oh the power of positive thinking.

I'm still in my jammies, although I got up at 6am [no midnight parties here, lol], I hope you're enjoying the start of the new year the way you love best too.  So now, back to your regularly scheduled sewing....



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