Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop

Well now...I have Bea to thank, for making me clean up my sewing room.
When she suggested this hop, I was all for it...
until I realized what I mess I had!
Books were piled everywhere and getting to the bookcase,
 was a disaster in the making!
The shelves were a mess...
But after a day of cleaning and sorting...
There's even a path to that bookcase now...let the fun begin.
Quilt Book Roulette!
Round and round and round she goes...where she stops...
Oh, this is a good one.
And, it's been on that shelf for years!
This book has you piece your background, then add appliques on top.
I pulled out my hand dyes, and went to work.
It's a terrible photo...
The colors are much brighter...but I will talk about that later.
Then flowers and leaves...

and these big gorgeous blooms!
Made for a garden that commands attention, from all of the room.
I can't believe this book sat on the shelf for so many years.
 I got to play a little with "thread painting", which was a blast!
I mentioned the color of my background...
and I know you can see a big difference in my photos.
In the midst of this, I bought a light setup.
It makes me laugh, it's so professional looking... for me anyway!
It really is amazing how much difference good lighting can make.
There is going to be a learning curve I'm sure, but I'm liking things so far.
No more playing with the colors in my photo program.
YAY!!
I'm "sew" glad that Bea helped me find this great book in my stash.
It isn't going back on that shelf anytime soon. 
There are some really fun things I just have to try!

NOW...
in that process of cleaning off my shelves...
I am re-homing a few things, I know I won't use again.
The "Creative Expressions" is a Jenny Haskins machine embroidery magazine from Australia. 
It is a complete set from Volume 1-28.
They ranged from $9 to $12 while they were available here in the USA.
If you are interested in this "set" please contact me,
Calicojoan@aol.com 
and we can negotiate.
For the other 2 books...just pay the postage is all I ask.
First come...first serve on these 2.
;-)
I have a feeling this is going to be a use it, or loose it year.
So keep an eye out...you never know when I've got something else,
 that needs a new home.
Up to and including kids, pets, hubby...(just kidding)!
But once I get thru all these books.....

Make sure you visit my fellow blogger, and see what they have to share.

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches


Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Brenda at songbirddesigns
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

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!
LOL!!!!

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!
LOL!!
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 mini...like 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)
LOL!!
A huge "humble" thanks to all our sponsors.
Your generosity is overwhelming and so appreciated!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'