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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Hopping into October and November

 Carol didn't fail to delight us with her "Queen of Gadgets" blog hop this month, did she? I don't know about you, but I have a list of new things I need to have in my sewing room. Thanks Carol for another fabulous hop!

As we are moving into fall, October brings us, my OUR favorite holiday...Halloween.


"Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls OH My" hop is coming!
Mark it on your calendar because you won't want to miss one scary moment of it.

It pretty much goes without saying, anything Halloween is perfect for this hop.
There are still a few openings, if you haven't signed up yet.
Drop me an email with your name, your blog name, your blog URL and your email address.


November, Carla is hosting... 
The Challenge:
Carla says...
Create something to do with MUSIC
Do you have a song that inspires you or a tune you listen to when you sew?
Do you love a particular instrument or know someone who does?
Maybe something, anything, that's music to your heart
Does your Mary have a little lamb?
Do you have music fabric you need to use?
You decide.
The there is really your own interpretation, surprise us!
I say...we can all drive her crazy with the Baby Shark song!
LOL!!

Send her an email with the following information:
Your first name
Your email address
Your blog name
Your blog URL
You can read more on her hop HERE

As with all blog hops we do have a few rules...

Post on your assigned day at 12:00 am Eastern time.
Have a giveaway or don't have a giveaway. It's totally optional!
Visit everyone's blog on the list and leave a sweet comment. Make friends!!!!

We are changing things up a bit for next year...
No, we are not going away, but there are some changes we are very excited about.
We will be sharing more on this soon, so keep an eye out for the big announcement!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, September 19, 2022

My Day on the "Queen of Gadgets" Blog Hop


Gadgets...have I collected gadgets! Some are great, some are OK, some are completely unnecessary, but when they come in pretty packages, or worse yet, I see a demo at a quilt show with my credit card in hand...well they just seem to come home with me. My quilting BFF and I have frequently gone back to our hotel rooms and dumped out our purchases on the bed, then looked at each other and said, "I don't even remember buying that"!  LOL!!
It's a crazy frenzy, I tell you!

Everyone has different quilting styles and methods, so gadgets vary widely. 
 I'm sharing my top 4 my fav's...some won't even break the bank!


Back in 2016 I broke my wrist and was going through quilting withdrawal. A friend loaned me her cutter to try. On my goodness, it was awesome. I am right handed, but was able to cut perfect strips with my left hand. Thankfully I could still use my sewing machine thanks to the automatic bells and whistles. This cutter actually allowed me to keep my sanity, during the long months of recovery. 

My number ONE gadget and tip to share!


I think it's faster than using dies to cut strips, too!


My project needed 76 strips, some as narrow as 1 1/2". That's a lot of cutting and I don't know about you, but the narrower they are, the harder it is for me to keep them straight using a traditional rotary cutter and ruler. With this cutter I was able to cut and sub-cut the entire quilt in record speed.


What exactly was I making with all these strips, you ask?

This is Dart. 

It's a free jelly roll/strip set friendly pattern from Robert Kaufman.
You can download it yourself  HERE.
This is done with "Island Batik" fabrics, using a Victoria and Albert strip set along with the cream background.  You can find the Fiskers Cutter/Ruler combo HERE


Need a less expensive option? Just cut a piece of the shelf liner and place it under your ruler. It's amazing how much easier it is to cut straight lines. There is just enough grip to it, that it helps keep the ruler from shifting as you cut. It's nowhere near as fast as the ruler/cutter combo, but it's a good alternative. I have to give credit where credit is due. I took a class from Pat Speth, the "Nickle Quilt Lady" years ago, and this was her tip!
If you haven't heard me talk about her lately, she hosts a Facebook group where she posts free member appreciation blocks and sew along quilts all the time. If you grab them early, the patterns are free.
She has recently started a Contributors Appreciation Program, where you can earn free patterns, just by posting photos of your progress to the group! Win-win!!!
I'm in working on her "Somerville" quilt right now.


It's just 2 blocks that are chain piecing friendly.


I haven't had a chance to layout all the rows yet, but here's a peek at a start.
Another tip I stumbled across, out of necessity with this quilt...


When my white marking pencil ran out of lead, I grabbed my grandie's white crayola colored pencil. In my opinion, they are almost useless to kids, but they work great for quilters! She will never miss it.
LOL!!

While I'm a huge Bonnie Hunter fan, and I love piecing her quilts, they can be overwhelming to many. Pat Speth's quilts are much easier to piece and they are all 5" (nickel) square friendly if you choose to go that route, and a great way to scrap bust. Check out her Facebook group HERE

Lastly, are you sick of those tiny little containers they give you to refill your iron with water?
That is, if you get one at all...


If your a cream in your coffee or tea drinker, this costs you nothing. If your not, it's worth buying and dumping it out. LOL!!  Thanks to one of my quilt club girls for that tip. I absolutely LOVE it!

So there you have my gadgets and tips! I hope you find some of them useful to you.
Please visit my fellow bloggers and see what cool gadgets they are sharing today. Don't forget to leave them a little love with a sweet comment. We all love reading them.
 Did you see that Carol is offering a give-away? 

I love it when Creepy Bunny makes an appearance!
Benartex generously offered this fun bundle of "Halloween Spirit" fat quarters!
One lucky winner!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
USA mailing addresses only.
Please note: Only one entry per person!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop Starts Monday

 Do you love gadgets as much as I do?

Well, if you do, this hop is going to be one you won't want to miss.
Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" is hosting the "Queen of Gadgets" blog hop, this month. Yep, it is her you will be able to blame for your frenzied search for new must haves!

Not to worry Carol...you know we all love you!

Starting Monday we have a fabulous lineup of 32 bloggers, sharing their favorite gadgets with us.
You know my shopping list is ready and waiting!
LOL!!


September 19

Creatin' in the Sticks

Annie’s Musings

Days Filled With Joy

Quilting Gail

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Scrapdash

 

September 20

MooseStashQuilting

For The Love Of Geese
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Food for Thought

Karrin’s Crazy World

Patchouli Moon Studio

 

September 21

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

Samelia's Mum

Just Sew Quilter

That Fabric Feeling

Songbird Designs

Just Because Quilts

 

September 22

Ms P Designs USA

Quilted Delights

Words & Stitches

Beaquilter

Quilt Schmilt

Crazy'boutquilts

 

September 23

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Doodle Designs

DayBrook Designs

Lianne Makes Stuff

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Time 4 Stitchn

Lynn's Blog


As for me... I will see you on Tuesday!


til next time...

Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, August 22, 2022

See Ya Later Alligator Blog Hop

 It's my day for the "See Ya Later, Alligator" blog hop.

I want to start off by thanking Carla for hosting this silly fun hop. I love how these hops, make us put on our thinking caps.

Pack up the truck and lets go fabric shopping, that's how I say "See Ya Later".

Remember the Row by Row Experience? I got a little crazy and said "See Ya Later, Alligator" more than once, then headed out to buy more fabric than I will use in this lifetime. LOL!!
It was such a fun time, though. I was able to talk my youngest into going with me for a few days, and we tripped all over state. Quilt stores are not his favorite, so we made a deal, I stopped at microbreweries for him and he would quilt shop with me. We stopped along the way and did some sightseeing, too. 
The Prison museum was one of those, you have got to be kidding me places, but I have to say it was fascinating. Who knew? 
We even spent the night at a hotel that John Wayne used to stay at, all the time.
 We broke down on top of a mountain pass on one of our adventures.
Oh those were the days!
Getting back on track here...

Still being a little bit in that UFO mode from last month, I found patterns that I had never stitched, from the "On the Go", Row by Row Experience in 2017. After managing to collect quite a few license plates, these patterns were a must. 


It was easy to combine the two. I started with the "License to Travel" pieced block and then adjusted the truck block size to match up. It was a bonus, to have enough of the "On the Go" fabric in my stash.


Digging a little deeper into my "UFO's" in my sewing room, I found 3 rows that had been fused, but never stitched. What better time to finish them up. I sashed them with a variety of black scraps for the backing.

You can choose any mode of escape to "See Ya Later"...


be it Space...


Hot Air Balloon...


or out in the Wilderness, in your Camper!

I think some of these may have been from an online Row Along. I'd love to tell you where for sure...but we had a little incident here, a couple of weeks ago. Papa let someone pound on my computer while it was on, and I lost about 8 years worth of quilt patterns I had saved. They are gone...nothing in the recycle and for some reason, they did not upload into Microsofts One Drive, that I pay for yearly.
 So I can't really say for sure and I have no idea where the paper patterns disappeared to in my sewing room. That's another project I need to tackle, some day. :-)


What's your favorite way to "See Ya Later Alligator? How about surfing?
It's the best...You can surf right on over and visit my fellow bloggers today and check out their fun projects and never have to get out of your chair.

We all love your comments, so please share them with us!

Tuesday, August 23rd

MooseStashQuilting (your here)

For the full schedule, you can check out my previous post HERE.

Next month is Carol is hosting

The challenge is:
Use your favorite sewing tool to create a project. 
Tell us and show us why you love it.
Use rotary cutters, scissors, rippers, die cutters, etc. and show us what you made.

Email me if you want to add your name to the list.
Include your name, blog name, and blog URL.


October bring us
It's Halloween time, so just put on your witches hat and see what you come up with.
Be it creepy or treaty, we love it all!
You can email me with all your info 
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, August 20, 2022

New Blog Hop Starts Monday



Air travel has been horrendous this year, but there are many ways to escape that don't require a plane to get there. My favorite is blog hops. In the comfort of my own home, I get to visit online friends I've made over the years and see what they have been stitching lately. 
But for those who want to venture out...I'm betting we are going to see many ways to do just that, during this blog hop! I may just have a wild idea myself. Winky winky.
Here's the schedule, so make sure you check out what my fellow bloggers have to share this coming week and I will see you on Tuesday! 

 Monday, August 22nd



Tuesday, August 23rd



Wednesday, August 24th



Thursday, August 25th


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'