It’s Summer. It’s Hot. It’s Time for Wild Waves and Enchanted Village!

If you drive south of Seattle about a half hour, you can’t miss Wild Waves and Enchanted Village! For years I’ve said I wanted to go, but we never have in the summer. Until this summer!

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You might remember that we got to go for the Fright Fest. That was my first time, and I had no idea that there was an amusement park there too! No idea! I knew there was 1, very large, roller coaster, but no idea it had tons of fun rides. And now Wild Waves Theme Park has officially changed its name and brand identity to Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, to more accurately reflect the park’s expansive amusement rides and water-based activities. I guess they realized that there were more people like me out there!

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Wild Waves and Enchanted Village is truly two parks in one, featuring more than 25 amusement rides and 18 water slides and water attractions. Visitors can enjoy 70 acres of thrilling roller coasters—including the largest wooden coaster in the state—bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a lazy river, an activity pool and more.

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Um…. Yep. That’s BIG. Really Big!

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We got to again this summer and spend some time with friends! And we did take in both the Wild Waves and Enchanted Village! The kiddos LOVE the Enchanted Village. My kiddo loves all the little kid rides. He just perks up and runs from one to the other! Jumps off one and heads to the next!

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We had just gotten back from the beach, so I have to say the wave pool was a huge hit! It was almost like we were still at the beach.

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And to end our day, what’s a better way than with ice cream!

Originally opened as The Enchanted Village Theme Park in 1977, the park began with a half-dozen dry rides. By 1984, WildWaves Waterpark was built adjacent to Enchanted Village and the combined amusement complex became known as Enchanted Parks. It wasn’t until 2002 that the park became Wild Waves Theme Park.

“This is major milestone for Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, as the Enchanted Village name evokes a lot of nostalgia for Pacific Northwest residents who spent their childhoods visiting the park,” said general manager Todd Suchan. “We’ve changed and grown quite a bit since then and now is the perfect time to return to our roots and begin investments to improve the park experience for our regular guests and new visitors.  And, fans of the park should keep an eye on our social media pages for some exciting new ride announcements coming very soon!”

In addition to the unveiling of a new name and park logos, the park also announces that coming later this summer, visitors will be able to purchase discounted tickets that provide unlimited access to Enchanted Village rides and activities, excluding the Wild Waves water park activities.

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Wild Waves and Enchanted Village are open for the 2016 season  and season passes are available now via www.wildwaves.com. Discounted daily tickets will be available online and at select Safeway location throughout the season.

Only 30 minutes south of Seattle, Wild Waves and Enchanted Village is located in Federal Way at 36201 Enchanted Parkway South. Join in on the holiday fun during Fright Fest, weekends in October, and Holiday with Lights in December. For park information, please call 253-661-8000 or visit www.wildwaves.com.

 

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Hope to see you there next time we go!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!
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Skirting the Issue with a QAYG Row by Row Tutorial

I’m honored to have been invited by Simple Simon to participate in their yearly series, Skirting The Issue! Skirting the Issue is a  month long event every July where you are invited to sew along with us to make skirts (and quilts)  to donate to local Foster Care centers for the girls to receive just in time for back to school.

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Of course, I was excited that quilts are now included in their series. As most of you know that I also participate in a quilting bee that used to donate our quilts to a foster child organization. We no longer do, which is another reason I was excited to make another quilt for foster kids. Can you imagine not having anything? Not even a blanket? That’s what so many of these foster kids move from house to house with. Nothing. I’m hoping I can change that for at least one kiddo! And hoping I’ll inspire others to also participate and help another kiddo!

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This quilt started as a office meeting doodle. I doodle so that I don’t day dream in meetings! I think some people think I’m not paying attention, but really the doodling helps me focus on the meeting…. So I doodled this and a co-worker asked if it was going to be another quilt design. No…. I mean YES! That would make a cool quilt! I had grand plans of piecing each block with strips of fabric… Then I came to my senses and realized, they make striped fabric! Hello!

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I wanted to make an easy quilt for new quilters to be able to make and share with the kids! This quilt uses blocks cut from striped fabric using a modified Quilt As You Go method. There are many QAYG tutorials out there. But my biggest thing with QAYG is the bulk at the seam allowance. I found a way to get around that and I’ll show you how I do it. So here’s how I do QAYG….

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First, I cut all the pieces. This fabric has 1″ stripes. And a shout out to It’s Just Sewing for the awesome fabric! I want 8″ blocks for this quilt to really show off the stripes. So cute your blocks to be 8 3/4″ blocks. Here’s my biggest QAYG secret…. I don’t use 1/4″ seam allowances. I use 3/8″ seam allowances! Why? I’ll tell you… It’s hard to iron flat 1/4″ seams when you have both the fabric and the batting to be ironing open. And if it’s not ironed flat, it’s hard to catch the seam allowance when you’re quilting….

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Next I quilt the batting to the fabric, but not a full QAYG style! I chain pieced each row with just one row of quilting. Just enough to hold the fabric to the batting. I’ll tell you why later!

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Combine the blocks into rows. Are you wondering why I have quilted yet??? Hold on… Keep with me!

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Then combine the first two rows….

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NOW QUILT the top row only! I know it’s hard to see in this picture, but the top row is actually quilted.

Now here’s the thing. You could combine all the rows and then quilt the whole thing. But… For me, with all the quilting in this quilt and all the moving around of the quilt, it is easier to me to quilt a row, then another row, etc…. I’m avoiding stuffing my whole quilt through the machine over and over and over each time I change directions.

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I’m doing this same technique with my SMQG BOM quilt. So this may look familiar to you… (Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the backside of this blue and green quilt once I started quilting it!) So this is what the back will look like.

As you are quilting the lines, you will be stitching in the ditch between each quilt line and then quilting over the seam allowance as you continue quilting the stripes.

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Now we continue on. Top row is quilted and combined with the second row. Then add another row. Quilt the second row. And on and on.

This quilt has 8 rows. So again to eliminate a lot of quilt being moved around and stuffed through my sewing machine, I did four rows. Then started again with the bottom row and worked my way up. Then I combined the two pieces and quilted down the middle.

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And you end up with this! Yea!

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Add your back and quilt in the ditch. and you don’t have the bulk of the seam allowances!

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Another way to do it would be to quilt all the lines on your blocks. Combine them all and then not quilt in the ditch, but do your quilting over the seam allowances. Easy Peasy…

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So why didn’t I do it this way? The plain and simple reason…. Aesthetics. I didn’t want the straight lines at the seam allowance to be quilted over the quilting of each stripe. Make sense?

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My son asked why I take pictures of the labels… Because I do! ha!

Recap:

So the two things I do a little different with quilt as you go.

1. 3/8 seam allowances.

2. I don’t ‘quilt as you go’ prior to combining blocks. I quilt as I go, row by row. (or as with the SMQG BOM, block by block.) I don’t do the quilting until at least a couple of the blocks are joined  so that I can quilt over the seam allowance.

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Where is this quilt going? I haven’t figured that out yet. There’s a great organization, My Very Own Blanket, in Ohio that organizing matching quilts with foster kids. I’m looking for a local group here in Seattle that does the same thing.

Here’s another secret… I got the fabric for this quilt Friday night. Then I marathon quilted all weekend to get it done by Sunday night. I thought I had until August 26th to share my project with the Skirting the Issue series…. So I’m a bit behind on finding the right home for this quilt….

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And this is also a finish on my Quarter 3 Finish Along!

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January doGood Stitches Quilt

This is my first doGood Stitches post for the year! WOW!

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Have you seen the Forest Quilt Along Quilt hosted by Shape Moth? It’s precious! But A LOT of work! Each block is either an animal or forest plant. For our group, we each got to choose one block. And then Kat from Kat and Cat Quilts pieced them. I choose the fox! I’ve been wanting to make the fox for a long time. So I jumped on it!

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I do love how she put all the pieces together. And the triangle piece going through, but tying it all together at the same time.

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My block was pretty straight forward. I picked the Maple Fox by Sewing Under the Rainbow. But some of our bee mates blocks were not so straightforward. Some of the blocks the instructions were very confusing on how to actually put the paper pieced sections together. The fox is pretty easy in that sense. From what I hear, all the blocks are time consuming. But don’t they look great!? It’s a great BOM project for sure.

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You can see the fun quilting and someone added eyes to the little fox! Smart thinking!

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make the fox, Kat!

 

 

Wild Kratts Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone for your interest in the Wild Kratts Giveaway! I’m surprised there wasn’t more interest, but I’m assuming everyone was so excited that you just went ahead and bought your own! If not, you can here.

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I’m thinking that my readers with Wild Kratts kids aren’t local. Good to know!  Now to what you’re waiting for… The Winner is….

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And here’s my traditional drum rolllllllll……

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Yea! meg! You’re the Winner!

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And thanks again to Wild Kratts for letting us share our tickets with one of our readers!

And if you don’t have tickets, order yours today!

The show is at

McCaw Hall at Seattle Center

Sunday, September 25, 2016 • 1pm & 5PM (1PM is basically sold out so all links will be for the 5PM show going forward)

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Finish Along Quarter 3 2016

Yep, you guessed it… My list is going to look pretty similar! And it’s long again… I am making some changes though….Ready for this?

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OK. First up… and it will be my first finish from this list becuase I’m quilting it tonight…. The Weight of Love quilt from Libs Elliot. I’d also like to get the second one done too!

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I do still want to finish my Riley Blake Challenge quilt. I totally missed the deadline on this one, but I still want to finish it! And I’ve decided to combine it with the EZ Quilting Challenge triangle quilt challenge…. Totally have the design figured out, so I’m finally excited to make it!

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I’m working on the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt again! And really close this time. I think it might actually happen!

 

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This month is my month as quilter for my do.Good Stitches group, so I’ll want to get that one done ASAP!

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I’m also inspired to finish this one using the quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful! I have a great idea of who it is going to go to, so I’m inspired again!

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And I’m so close on this one…. I’d like to get this one done, too…

I’ve also been asked to participate in Skirting the Issue with Simple Simon and Co! This year they are adding quilts to the skirts, so I’m super honored to have been asked to participate! I have a design, now need to start!

Ok, this list is insane long… AGAIN…. But I want to get these DONE!!!!!!!!

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A Memory Quilt Using the Complete Quilt Design Planner

Remember the Friendship Bracelet quilt that I finished not long ago? Well, originally I agreed to test Blair Stocker’s, AKA WiseCraft, pattern to make a memory quilt. Very quickly I realized that wasn’t going to work for that pattern.

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Then she asked me to test another pattern, The Complete Quilt Design Planner Pattern. I was one, very intrigued by the name, but also knew it would work well with my memory quilt idea!

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The pattern is really not a pattern at all, but step by step guide to designing your own one of a kind quilt! It has layouts for 6 different sized quilts. It was really fun! My son and I laid out all the fabric we were going to use, grabbed some colored pencils and we both started designing!

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A friend of mine from way back… Like Middle School I think? I was actually best friends with her younger sister for a while… Anyway, she asked me to take her sons clothes to make into a quilt. I ended up separating the piles and using mostly wovens on the front and the knit t-shirts on the back.

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I really loved this little center guy from a baby outfit! I also think it also tied together the colors from the other clothing pieces. Once I had it designed, I realized not all the pinks were the same, etc… So there was a bunch of laying out and picking up and laying out again to get it right!

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And the back is a t-shirt quilt. These t-shirt quilts take a long time. I didn’t want just a bunch of regular squares, so it took a bit, I mean a lot, longer to layout than I thought it would! I also added in a few colored blocks to fill in the spaces in between.

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This is a great pattern, especially for beginners. It also got me to try something new. I don’t think I’ve ever done a whole quilt out of the same size blocks before. It’s always fun to look at quilt design a little out of your design comfort zone and this is exactly was I experienced with this one.

You can see more examples of this quilt here.

AND… It’s the one thing that I actually finished this quarter! oops…