Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Valentines Day

Won't you be mine?
I'm all puckered up and waiting for you!

And if that doesn't scare the bejeebers out of you, I don't know what will!

These sweet little gnomes are from my "Island Batik" scrap bag.
There is nothing I love more, than getting a fun little projects out of my scraps.
The pattern is from Angie's Bits and Pieces
As for these hilarious Chocolate lip cards...
Well, the are from Palmer Chocolates.
I just couldn't pass them up.
Let's just call them an "impulse" find!

Have a wonderful Valentines day!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Announcements...It's Gonna be a Big Year

My Pinterest board has been updated,
which was no easy task for this old mind!
Yes, I can see all the kids out there, rolling their eyes at me!
but I love it, and as you can see...
This new board shows not only my viewers, 
but changes the header with my latest posts. 
Is that just too much fun or what?
You can find the links on the right hand side bar for all my social media accounts.
Join in...lets watch this number climb, as this year is going to be big!
You've seen my package unveiling...
you've seen my latest "Magnificent Mini"...
Now you just have to meet my fellow ambassadors!
There are 50 in all. 
 That's 50 of the most talented quilters around.
Mark this page...make them your favorites...
Cause this year is going to be BIG

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin' 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Magnificent Minis with Island Batik

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Thank you for stopping by today.
We are kicking off our new year with Magnificent Minis.

With Valentines day approaching...
"Love is in the air"
This little mini started out with 3 paper pieced hearts and my "love" of finding 
the perfect "font", to turn into an applique.
Did you know you can use your computer fonts in a "word" program?
Click and drag them to the size your looking for.
It's a fun way to play with lettering.
Looking for more fonts to play with?
Font Bundles is a great web site. Their fonts give you "premier license",
 that allows you to use them for commercial and personal uses. 
You can also sign up for their newsletter and download
free fonts weekly!
Check them out
My little hearts needed a place to "hang"...
...and I've fallen in love with my "ric-rac" die cutter from
It's fun way to throw a little spunk, into any project!
You can check it out 
Keeping with that theme...
Gold ric-rac, seemed the perfect way to suspend these mini hearts.
I like to use machine embroidery threads for stitching down my appliques.
The little sheen they have, just brightens things up.
Metallic thread really packs a big punch!
but nothing beats 
for piecing and machine quilting.
I have long been a fan of "Thermore" batting.
It's a very thin polyester batting that is perfect for wall hangings,
 as it lies very flat. It's also great for garments, 
when you don't want the added bulk of a standard batting.
There's little extra bonus with this batting as well.
It "grabs" your fabric much better than a standard batting.
Making for less shifting as you quilt. 
What? No more backings that have bunched up while quilting.
Well OK...I'm happy with that!
You'll still need to pin of course, but you will see what I mean if you try it.
"Sew" there you have it...the kick off of our new year.
I do hope I've inspired you, to dig thru your scraps
 and make up a little mini of your own.
They are quick little projects and perfect stash/scrap busters.
Have a technique your wanting to try?
Turn it into a this little guy!

til next time...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Let the Cat out of the Bag!

There was a knock at the door 
and a package I see.
it said it was fragile...Oh what could it be?
It looks like it must have taken a tumble.
Nothing was broken, but things were a jumble!

As I opened the box it was hard to believe...
The beautiful fabrics that I did receive!
Batiks were abound in black, white and grey!
...and 5 yards of Whip Cream that just wanted to play!
There was rayon, beautiful rayon and a scarf in there too.
Stash builders and "Aurifil" thread!
What's a girl to do?
(first that is)
The treasures are plenty, but we are not just quite done...
They threw in some sunshine, just for the fun!
Then "Hobbs" went and spoiled us with their treasure trove...
But I alas, I found there was more gold!
This one I can't share...
cause it's hot off the press...
or Bali I should say, and it is their best.
Not available for sale just yet you see, 
so I have time to work on this project with glee!
You would think we are done, but there was one more box!
This one that came, was quite a shock!
It's nothing I ordered, oh what do I do?
Then I danced with joy, when I hear "Accuquilt" sent out a few!
There are 50 ambassadors this year, who all made this haul.
Monthly challenges, 2 big blog hops, our orders are tall.

Inspiration a plenty we promise we'll run.
So you can see the new fabrics and get in on the fun.
I really am speechless, all the treasures I see.
It's hard to believe, they are all just for me!

So many to thank, I don't know where to start.
Just know, you all have every piece of my heart.
We are kicking things off with a bang this year.
I will see you as soon as I get it in gear.
(Tomorrow that is)
A huge "humble" thanks to all our sponsors.
Your generosity is overwhelming and so appreciated!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Time For All Seasons BOM

New year...New BOM...
and I know your going to love this one!
This year we are going to do 2 blocks a month...
one piece and one applique. 
Do one, do them both...
You choose!
Either way, you are going to have a quilt,
 that celebrates all the seasons of the year!

Amy kicks it all off with...
Valentines Day!
Are these guys just the sweetest?
Hearts abound in February!
You can find these pattern over at "Sew Incredibly Crazy"
The blocks are free for the month of February.
 After that there will be a small charge.
This BOM runs from Feb 1 2019 thru Jan 1 2020.
Make sure you stop each month for the new patterns.
Also, post your completed blocks on our Facebook page
We have some wonderful sponsors who are providing monthly prizes!
I am digging into my stash of "Island Batik" fabrics this year.
Nothing I love better than these bright and cheerful batiks!

Here is the schedule for this year...


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'