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Monday, January 18, 2021

Hearts on Fire Blog Hop with Crafters Edge

The "Moose Boys" have been feeling a little bit neglected lately!
They just didn't understand why they had taken a back seat for so long.
So this time, it's all about them.
In honor of the "boys"...
...this is "Once in a Blue Moose" 
(paying homage to their tender feelings, don't you know)

AND we are going to pretend it's all about them.
BUT, there is a hidden meaning to this quiltie, I'll share in a bit.

We all know that quilts tell a story. We have learned to look beyond the fabric and the finished project and see the love and memories that were put into it.
"Crafter's Edge" has given us a way to really make our projects speak, with their alphabet dies.

My heart was on fire...or should I say my Crossover II was on fire,
 as I cut out 23 hearts in a matter of minutes.
Then moving on to the letters... it was so easy to line the letters up
 on my fabric and cut them at the same time.
 That's the real joy of having separate dies to work with.

I love using Thermoweb HeatNBond®Lite fusible web on my appliques. 
SprayNBond®Basting Adhesive is a no oder must, for keeping my quilt sandwich 
firmly in tack, while quilting.

I didn't really have a plan when I started this. 
It was one of those projects that just happened.
While playing around, I decided to I pre-quilted the background
 before I adding the appliques. 
My mini "Oliso" iron was perfect to tack down my appliques as I stitched.

"Crafter's Edge", dies make it so easy to create "on the fly".
My favorite, has to be the fact that I could take my large moose applique,
 and run it through the Crossover II machine, to cut out a heart 
on his little rumpus.
That's next to impossible to do with other cutting systems.
As for that hidden meaning...
 My "Blue Moose" hangs right over my sewing machine,
as reminder that I need to clean up my sewing room more than
 "Once in a Blue Moose".
And yes,  I actually cleaned my sewing room to hang it!
Happy Dance, Happy Dance.
Can't let the boys hear that. Their dancing causes house to start shaking!
Thanks Carol from the bottom of all of our hearts here, for hosting 
the "Hearts on Fire" hop.
(and making me clean up my room)
A big "thanks"  to
for helping make it all happen!

Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers, and see what's 
burning in their hearts this week!

til next time...

Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

My 2021 Stitching Resolution

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye...
Yep, that's the song running through my head for this Covid infested year.
I'm ready for a new year and a new attitude!
Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" is helping us all refocus our energies and come up with a plan.
Making new stitching resolutions.
That is one New Year's resolution, I just might be able to stick with, for a change.

               1. Scrap bust...it's time to dump the junk again.
             2. Tackle those 3 totes of UFO's/use em or 
loose em!
            3.  Have fun with the 2021 Cackling Stitches 
                You can join our Facebook group HERE and join
           in, on this free BOM starting in March too!

I've had a great time with my 365 Silly Holiday blocks this year, but "whew" that kept me busy.
This year my resolution is to have many less commitments and spend more time working on "ME" projects. Well, me and my little sweet pea I'm sure.

Time just wasn't there for me this year, but I did manage to get a sampler done
 for Sweet Peas parents.
Remember that poem I wrote to go along with "Sweet Pea's" race car quilt?
 Brenda from "Songbird Designs", digitized not only the poem, but also the race car quilts. It stitched out beautifully, on my embroidery machine and Hobby Lobby did a wonderful job of framing it.
If you ever need anything digitized, check out "Songbird Designs". 
I've just over the top thrilled with the job she did. 
Thank you from the bottom on my heart, Brenda!
These are little 2020 Christmas gifts, for our Christmas Eve game night.
We love playing the Saran Wrap game and we up the ante, with silly gifts.
Dollar store plungers and antlers, toilet paper, clipart eyes I found online, and a pom pom nose.
Now that's the gift that keeps on giving!
Pardon my humor. LOL!!

Lastly, while cleaning out the closets, I found "yet" more uniform pieces from before I retired.
So I decided to deconstruct them and re-purpose them into a memory bear.
Thanks to "Funky Friends Factory", with the perfect "Memory bear" pattern.
My United Airline uniforms are now a true memory.
I had just enough fabric left to make a two more, so a couple of my friends got a bear for Christmas too.
Let just say, there were tears. I think they liked em!
It's always fun, when I can make someone cry. 

Please visit all my blogging buddies and see what their resolutions are for 2021

Happy New Year to all of you.
Praying for a better year ahead!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, December 28, 2020

Jingle Jolly Holiday ...

 It certainly was a jingle jolly holiday here, thanks to "Crafters Edge".

They sent "Santa" over, with these goodies.
Just look at all these dies I get to play with!
And the entire alphabet...
Oh, I feel like I'm dreaming here.

Check out their Crossover II Cutting System
Great for both fabric and paper!

And my favorite part...you can adjust the tension for whatever your cutting.

I love this die cutting system, because it has a much smaller footprint that some of the competition.
There is just so much room an "elf " has in her sewing room for storage!

You will be seeing lots of fun new projects throughout the year, thanks to 

I do say, 2021 is looking good!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Best of 2020 Linky Party

Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs holds a best of Linky Party, that I just can't wait for every year. It's always fun to look back at everyone's best and even catch a few things I may have missed throughout the year. This year is even more special, because for so many it hasn't been the best year and these little feel good moments can help keep us all sane and grounded.

So here are my 5 top "Bests" for 2020.

"Gnome in my Garden"
For "It's a Garden Party Row Along" hosted by Marian at "Seams to Be Sew".
Getting out in our gardens was the perfect way to pass time this year.
Marian couldn't have picked a better theme for this years row along!

"Bringing new life to an old quilt"
One of my favorite projects this year.
Taking my oldest boys rag-tag quilt apart and re-working it into a new quilt for our first grandbaby, was truly a labor of love. This 38 year old quilt has a brand new life again.
And this "Nana" has the little girl she always dreamed of. LOL!

"Race Car Dreams"
The story and the quilts supporting it all.
Daddy's old quilt and a brand new one for his little girl.
As well as poem that told the story.
"Spoiler Alert"...check back on Wednesday for an update on that poem.
I have met the best online friends in the world, and I'm excited to share, on the
 "2021 My Stitching Resolution" blog hop post.

"Winter Blues Buster"
The winter blues blog hop hosted by Carla at "Creatin in the Sticks" was the perfect way to drive away a gloomy day. This fun Dresden fan, all glitzed up with crystals.

"Jolly Old Santa"
Carol from "Just Let me Quilt" hosted a Christmas in July hop. It was just the push I needed to work on a pattern that's been in my pile for way to long.
I finally broke out my pencils and learned how to paint a face.

While this year will go down as one of those years, for many...
...this sweet little elf made it all worthwhile for us!

Regardless, 2020 can go.
 I'm sharing this pattern, with anyone who agrees with me!
So lets put on our smiles...
and just "Let it go" 

Come on 2021...

You can stop in and see everyone "Best of 2020" 
and show us your best of too!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, December 11, 2020

Ringing out the old and in the new...

 I'm sure your as ready to get rid of 2020. I know I am.

I would love to say I'm really over this year and its drama, but it did bring our first grand baby, 

and we all just recovered from the Covid scourge, which luckily the baby didn't get from us. So I can't really say it was a horrible year, for us anyway, but my heart breaks for those who were not so lucky.

But I am looking onward and upward to a new year, hopefully one where we can return to our lives as we knew them a year ago. I'm sure you feel the need for a big ole hug from a friend too.

Not to mention I want my quilt retreats and shows back.

Helping us get back to some kind of normal are 2 fabulous ladies, I'm sure you all know.

Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" is hosting a NON-SEWING 1 day hop

Just share your Stitching Resolution for next year.

What a great way to inspire each other and help us all start getting a plan together.

It's a great time to share our secret holiday projects with each other too. 

Winky Winky!

Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" is hosting  

In January you can show off your Hearts on Fire with this hop.
No red hearts...that's the only rule.
Let's just see what fun things we can inspire each other with, in this hop.
My thinking cap is on for sure.

My year got even better, when I received a box in the mail the other day.
Just look at this beauty!
A "Oliso" mini steam iron. Complete with its own matching silicone pad.
Whoop Whoop. I'm so excited.

Best yet, these little guys are on sale and have free shipping right now.
What better time to spoil yourself for the holidays.
Check it out on the Oliso website

Have you tried to buy a new iron recently. It's crazy. Apparently Covid has had an effect on their availability too. I don't think it was like the toilet paper hording that went on, but the end result was just about the same. LOL!!!  Thankfully the brand new Oliso TG1600 irons will ship in January, and you get a $20 gift card for a friend too. I'm so excited...that I just can't hide it.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'