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Thursday, December 8, 2022

New Blog Hop Coming Your Way...

 Did you all just love the "Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange" that Carol over at "Just Let Me Quilt" hosted? I can't think of a better way to kick off the holiday season, and plan for our baking delights. Every year I keep telling myself, it can't get any better, but it always does!

The end our hops, always makes me a little bit sad. It's like my friends have all packed up and gone away... 

      but the shining light is, that I know they will all be back the next month. So, with that being said the challenge for February...
February is the month of "Love" and who doesn't love being sweet on things?

Are you sweet on treats?
Are you sweet on stitching a special project?
Are you sweet on, well anything you love?

Share it and let your sweetness inspire all of us!
If you want to play along, drop me an email with "Sweet On You" in the subject line 
and give me your info...

Carla at "Creatin' in the Sticks" is hosting the January challenge...

You can email her with "Shades of Blue" in the subject line and your info as well.

I want to thank all of you, who have participated and enjoyed our hops this year. 
It's really you, who have made us what we are. Your support is nothing short of incredible.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, December 5, 2022

It's My Day on the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop


Quilting and cookies! Seriously, what doesn't go better than those two? Carol really knows how to bring out the best of the holidays with them, that's for sure.

This year is very different for this household. There is a wedding coming up next spring, and this girl has finally gotten her act together and really buckled down on this diet thing, so there are NO cookies around here this year. No candy either. LOL!! Just to keep hubs happy, I will make him, his all time favorite Chex Mix". There is just so much I can expect him to give up at the holidays.

I really have been good about sticking to the plan, I'm down 38 pounds and honestly, I'm finding it very easy to do. But it is a cookie exchange hop, so I do have cookies to share!
There was "that" little trip to Vegas to visit with my friend Carol last month...
She took me a place named "Pop Drinks" just for a cookie. I would love to tell you I was kicking and screaming all the way there, but I would be a big ole liar if I did!
Oh my goodness, they are to die for!
I borrowed these photos from their web site.
So many incredible choices, it looks like I am going to have to go back many times to try them all!
(Heads up Carol, you best lock your doors or just move! tee hee hee) 
Along with these incredible cookies, they have customizable soft drinks, and popcorn. 
Be still my heart!
If you are lucky enough to live in Las Vegas NV, St George UT, or Farmington NM, you need to check them out. There are new ones coming soon in Utah, Idaho and Arizona.

We had a howling good time that weekend, and the best way to commemorate it was to pull out a pattern that has been in my "to-do" pile for a very long time. 
Introducing, in Christmas card form...
"Oh Howly Night"
The is a "Java House" quilt pattern. I absolutely love their whimsical designs.
These sweet guys just warm my heart.
The background was very interesting to piece. The stripes were pieced, and the circular center was an applique. It was kind of mind boggling how they put it together, but the instructions were great and if you follow along, step by step, it comes out beautifully. It was definitely something out of my wheelhouse and a fun little challenge.
As a blogging quilter, I share the good, the bad and the ugly. It's keeps me humble.
 So, I must confess...I am on a "use it up" kick, in my sewing room and I found an old bolt of polyester batting that was the perfect width. I spent hours quilting it on my domestic machine and love the dimension it has. But it's polyester batting and nothing I do, will make it lay flat. I should have known better.
So, I think the rest of that bolt is going to have to find a new home or the trash.

Well, it's a big ole poop (lets call it reindeer poop) for this project, for me!
It's a perfect for a Christmas card photo...
...maybe won't irritate me nearly as much if it's a bed runner.
On the bright side, I use a machine I bought 2 years ago and never really made friends with. We have finally bonded and I love it!
After seeing a pillow at the Garden of Quilts with Carol, I remembered a hop in 2012, when we made  pillows from a "Jillily Studio" pattern "Holiday Lane". The free pattern is still available HERE.
You can find a kit on her website as well.
This pillow now lives with friends up in Alaska.
Oh what a blast to the past and yes, poor Carol has had to deal with me a lot this year!
Please visit my fellow bloggers today and see what's cooking in their virtual kitchens!

You can find the entire schedule for the hop HERE.

Wishing you happy holiday season, filled with joy!
Merry "Christmoose"!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange is Coming Your Way!

 Cookies...did someone say cookies?

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum...

Yep, it's that time of the year again. That wonderful time when Carol over at 
"Just Let Me Quilt" hosts her virtual cookie exchange blog hop.
This year, we have 28 bloggers sharing their favorite holiday recipes and projects with us.
It's a guarantee, that this will put even the biggest "Scrooge" in the mood for the holidays!

So mark your calendars... 
...and I will see you on Tuesday, when it's my day to share!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Tis the Season Garden Flag

I love the holidays!
"Tis the Season" 
This garden flag brings lots of joy to my heart and my yard.

With a few fabrics and these Thermoweb products

HeatNBond EZ Print Lite sheets are so easy. No more tracing, just pop a sheet in your printer and hit the print button. or HeatNBond®Lite fusible web, if you love tracing.

HeatNBond®Light-Weight Fusible Interfacing fused to the back side of your fabric, gives that added support for a distort free finish.

ThermOWeb Pressing Paper or parchment paper not only protects your iron work surface, but is a must when pressing and setting the liquid vinyl.

HeatNBond Liquid Vinyl protects and waterproofs your fabrics for outdoor use.

You choose the number of coats you need.

1 coat - water and stain-resistant
2 coats - waterproof and stain-resistant
3 coats - water proof and stain-resistant with a semi-gloss oilcloth finish
It paints on easily and your brush cleans up with water.

I have a tip to share...
Acrylic paint and a stylus, makes eyes so easy to do. Just dot it on and let it dry, 
before you apply the liquid vinyl. 

This flag is designed to fit the 51" X 15" "Gray Bunny Garden Flag Stand" found on Amazon HERE.
The top arm swings open to allow you to easily load your flag.

No place to put a flag???
How about a door hanger? What a great way to welcome your holiday guests.

The free pattern can be found on the Thermoweb blog HERE.

May your season be filled with JOY!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, November 21, 2022

Blog Housekeeping Time

 It was time for a little housekeeping. 

I've been a designer with Thermoweb, since 2020 and it's been quite the ride.
It challenged my ability, and gave me the opportunity to try things, I've never done.
While pattern writing is not my strong suit, I have given it my all and learned a lot along the way.

But with that being said, my time is quickly coming to an end.
I would love to say, I feel terrible about it and I do, but my days are soon going to be taken up with baby sitting not 1 but 2 grandies and I am over the moon excited about that!

Little man had his newborn photos taken and oh my goodness are they adorable.

We definitely hit gold when we found this photographer.

Little Sweet Pea is absolutely in love with her new brother as well.
Well, I've gushed enough, so back to the real reason for this post...

I have written over 40 patterns and tutorials for Thermoweb and I have added them to my right hand side bar to make them easier for you to find. So if your in the mood to try some new, check it out.

I've re-arranged much of my sidebar information to hopefully make things easier for you.
All my social media button are there, as well as my blog archive and search bars.
There is a link to subscribe to my blog by email,  a contact link if you have any questions, my Etsy shop link, Google Translate, and some of my favorite shops. I do make a small amount from sales you make, if you do so through my link. I want to thank all of you who have supported me, by doing so.

A big thanks to Thermoweb for having me for the past 3 years. I will dearly miss you, but will keep on following your blog, because there are some dynamite designers. My list of to-do projects keeps on growing. I'm not done just yet through. I've got 2 more projects to post by the end of the year.

Who knows, you might just see me as a guest host from time to time if they will have me!
If you don't follow their blog, I highly recommend you check it out

Coming up in a couple of weeks is the "Just Let Me Quilt" yearly Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop.

It's my favorite time of the year. Who doesn't love cookies, especially virtual "calorie free" ones. 

Here's a sneak peek at my project...

Yep, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.
But you will have to wait until Dec 6 to see it all.


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'