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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Food, Sun and UFO's OH My

 So what does Food, Sun and UFO's have in common?

Well, we could be having a picnic, under the sun, while waiting for aliens to take us away...While that sounds like so much fun, but highly unlikely! Nope, it's our next 3 blog hops.

In just a couple of weeks Carla's "Foodie" hop starts.
I'm so excited to see just what kind of foods, I am going to be tempted by, on this hop!
June, brings us lots of Sunshine with Carol's "Here Comes the Sun" hop!
What makes you thing about the sun. Share it with us!
All the details are linked for you.
When you sign up, put the hop name in the subject line of your email. Give us your name, your blog name, the complete blog URL, your email address and any special requests. We do try to honor them.
And announcing the July hop...
Yes, it's all about UFO's. Are we talking Unfinished objects?
Are we talking Aliens?
Well, that's completely up to you. You tell us with your project!

Signups for UFO will start on June 1 for this hop.
Someone is going on a quilt retreat, finally to see my NY friends.
(It's been 3 long years since our last one, thanks to Covid)
Never fear, if you do email before that, I will respond June 1
Have a great weekend and see you soon!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hopscotch on Toucan Watch with Thermoweb

It's a cold rainy day, and the kids want to play...
Just bring them inside for a Rain Forest fun day!

Besides hopscotch, a set of rings can turn "Toucan Toss" into fun age-appropriate games, like learning letters or spelling out words. Use them with the numbers, to learn to count or see who can ring the highest score. "Hopscotch/Toucan Toss" games will keep them busy for hours of fun.

This activity mat features  StitchNSew High Loft Sew-In Fleece. It quilts up nice and flat making it perfect for an indoor/outdoor play mat. Best yet...it's made in the USA!

  • Width: 60 inch
  • Construction: Needle-Punched Fleece
  • Content: 100% Polyester
  • Type: Sew-In
  • Color: White
  • Laundering: Machine Washable/Dryable
  • Country: Made in the USA

The pattern is printer friendly, using HeatNBond EZ Print Lite.
You can save yourself all that time tracing, by just popping a sheet in your printer.

Crafter's Edge Crossover II die cutting machine and dies, make cutting as easy as 1, 2, 3. Their circle dies are a "must have" in my sewing room, too. (Similar numbers and letters are included in the pattern if you do not have these).

Your never to old to put on your game face and have some fun, so hop on over to the
 Thermoweb blog, and get your "free" pattern

Oh, and the fun doesn't stop just yet. This mat is reversible with more games to play. Keep watching for side 2...and maybe a little "something something" to carry it all around in!

If you need a set of rings...I found these on Amazon HERE.


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Cackling Stitches May BOM

 May 1 is here and we dare to scare, with 2 more creepy critters for your all your Halloween cares!

Hop on over to our Cackling Stitches Group page of Facebook for our "Creepy Critters" 2022 BOM!

Petey the Poltergeist, who dares to scare!

Frankie Lights the Way, is Carla's sweet creation.

Here's how the BOM works. It's a Facebook group free block of the month, that runs from February 1 to August 30th. On the first day of the each month, we will release block patterns that will be free until the next months block(s) is released. Once new blocks are released, the previous month's block(s) will no longer be free. They will be available in our Etsy stores at a cost of $2.

On September 1st the entire pattern will be combined and sold in our Etsy stores for $10.
We hope you appreciate the time we put into creating this BOM quilt and understand that we are keeping the costs to a minimum. If you are quick to get the patterns during the month they are released, they are free and there would be no cost to you. As always we ask that you do not share the pattern. You can direct your friends to the "Cackling Stitches Group" on Facebook 

Carol - Just Let Me Quilt can be found in her Etsy shop HERE

Joan - MooseStashQuilting can be found in my Etsy shop HERE

Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks can be found in her Etsy shop HERE

Joan - MooseStashQuilting can be found in my Etsy shop HERE

Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks can be found in her Etsy shop HERE

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, April 22, 2022

Wonderful World of Color Day 5

Day five has arrived and it always makes me just a little sad.
We have seen some incredibly colorful projects this week, but it's not over yet.

Kathy shared her not so yellow..."Yellow Brick Road" quilt with us along with different interpretations from students she taught.

Wendy knocked our socks off today with a fabulous improv quilt with all her glorious colors!

Karen singing her song, created a tote bag that's just perfect.

Julia not only rocked the color world, but the math world too. If only I had stuck with geometry in school!

Rachel took us on a journey of reflection on our world today and really made us stop and think. Thank you for such a powerful post.

 Joan (that's me) shared a barn in a color no one has likely ever seen. Oh and a little secret too!

What can I say about my fellow bloggers this week?

You truly colored my world.
Thank you for helping make this a fun and fabulous hop.
You really do make the world go round!

Check out all the projects from this week on our "Pinterest" board

Don't forget next month, our hop theme 

Hosted by none other than the fabulous Carla, from "Creatin' in the Sticks".
If you haven't signed up yet, drop her an email with your name, your blog name, blog URL, your email address and any special request. We do our best to honor them.

Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" is hosting the June hop.

Sign ups are open, so drop her a line as well if you want to play along with us.

July I will be hosting the UFO Blog Hop. Sign ups will open the last day of Carla's 
"Foodie" hop next month. Get your thinking caps on and start dreaming up your projects now.
Do you see unfinished projects, or aliens, or something else???

Thursday, April 21, 2022

It's My Day on the Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop

 We have seen so many incredible projects this week, thanks to my awesome fellow bloggers. Today is my day to share, and in my world right now, my color is

Having been a boy mom all my life, pink wasn't a color we saw much of around here. 
Then came my lil "grandie" Sweet Pea, and that all changed.

I stumbled on this pattern on Pinterest and fell in love with it.

I was especially drawn to the pink version, but in my head I knew that the regular barn color would be best. What if I had little boy grandies down the road?
I talked it over with my quilt friends and we all were in agreement...
So what did I do?

Yep, not listen to anyone, including myself.

I just couldn't help it.

I love all the animals.

And that turquoise hair'd horse!

I "girlie'd" it up a little bit more, with flowers from a quilt pattern from 
"Red Boot Quilt Company".

This sweet little "Highland Cow" is the first animal in the barn.
A friend of mine makes all kinds of fun amigurumi crochet animals and dolls.
You can check out her facebook page

The peak on the barn was easy to make with PVC pipes. I couldn't get the top of the barn to keep from sagging, so I got out my drill and put a couple of holes in the elbows on the top and popped in a dowel rod. Ta-Dah! That was all it took.
Duct tape holds it all down nicely and it's easy to dis-assemble and store when not in use.

Speaking of use... I would love to report that it was met with resounding "LOVE", but not really.
Right now it's just a place to go and get away to "poop". I guess we all have to have a place like that!
She can hide, but I can still smell her!
Gotta love it, don't ya?

Her new barn has joined past hop projects...definitely a pink theme going on here.
Just as I finished up her room, we got the news!

Needless to say, I'm over the moon excited, but does this mean I just might have to un-girlie her room just a little bit and make a new barn? Who knows...blue might just be the next color, in my world.
We will know soon!

 The Big Sister T-Shirt, is thanks to Thermoweb's

HeatNBond®Inkjet Transfer Sheets

Using that, and free clip-art online makes it fast and easy to customize a shirt.

No matter what color the world is, this little chick is going to love being a big sister.

For those of you interested in the barn pattern, I found it on Etsy HERE, but it looks like there is only 1 left, so you better grab it while you can if your interested.

Thanks for hanging out with us this week!
Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers today...