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Monday, July 26, 2021

Its a Guy Thing Blog Hop


This month's hop is all about the guys. Lets face it, we all know that most of our quilty projects, are not "Guy" driven. I'm not saying that we don't all make something for the guys in our lives from time to time, 
but...
Carol, bless her heart saw the need to spoil these men a little more,
so here you go guys...It's all about you!


I had some very "guy" like fabrics in my stash, and a book that has always fascinated me. I knew they  would be perfect for this project.


This is my "Dapper Guy" quilt.


To finish off my quilt, I chose an "Urban Elementz" pantograph called "City Windows". The simple lines are great for that special "guys" quilt, as well as those modern quilts we love!

Have you ever played with shadows?
Jenny Doan from Missouri Star has a great video tutorial.

It's a very easy way, to really "amp" up the drama in any quilt.


My Crafter's Edge strip dies and the Crossover II machine made cutting those shadows a snap.
These dies do not cut on the ends, just the sides, which leaves you with a nice long "straight" strip to work with. 

The Crossover II machine is perfect for cutting these strips.
With the ability to adjust your pressure settings, cutting multiple layers has never been so easy.

Did you know it's on sale? 
But you better hurry, for the month of July only, it is 25% off.
No codes or coupons required. Once you add it into your cart, the sale price will automatically show up.
Check it out

I love Crafter's Edge so much, that I just bought 5 new sets of dies.

I can hardly wait to start some new projects with them
LOL!!


What really excites me, other than the are so easy to use, is their "footprint".
I have 54 sets of dies in this space, that is 18" wide. The entire bunch weights less than a couple of pounds, making them so easy to manage and store.


I hope I've enticed you, into playing with shadows.

Please visit my fellow bloggers and see what they have whipped up for the guys today!


You can find the schedule for the entire hop 

A big shout out to Carol, for hosting this hop and bringing so much joy to our blogging world. Your the best.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Coming Soon...It's a Guy Thing Blog Hop

We are just days away from another fun filled hop.

Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" is hosting "It's a Guy Thing" this month.

We have an incredible list of bloggers who are just waiting to share...

Make sure you don't miss out on the fun.

If you haven't already...make sure you hop down to my last post and get in on the chance to win a gift certificate from Thermoweb, along with a jar of their fabulous new HeatNBond Liquid Vinyl

 It's open to US residents only and you have til 11:59 MDT Sunday July 25th.

Needless to say I'm crazy about this new product...
and I have a little sneak peek for you!

My project will be included in an Ad campaign in August...
I'm so excited, but shhhhhhh....
it's a secret until then!
til next time...
and that will be Tuesday
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Waterproof Re-Usable Tote and a Give-Away!


Are you a warehouse shopper? Costco and Sam's Club seem to always be on my radar, but I hate hauling everything home in boxes, because then  I have to find a way to get rid of them.

Years ago Sam's Club had huge reusable tote bags that were awesome...but can you find them now?
Oh heck no. So I went to work and made my own bags.

But wait... I just doubled it's duty with


Not only do I have a super strong reusable tote bag for my warehouse shopping, but I've just made it waterproof with this new product. By applying it on both the inside and outside, I'm beach ready.  The waterproof coating on the outside, keeps water out and on the inside it contains all your wet beachwear.

AND

No worries about leaking meat packages and dirty shopping bags, you can wipe out the bag with disinfecting wipes or throw it in your wash machine using cold water.
Did I mention the bag is huge?
The bottom is 11" x 17" 
which also makes for a great size tote when you going to a pot luck.

Why double handles?
The short ones make heavy bags easier to lift and move.
The longer ones make it easy to carry on your shoulder.

It's fun and easy to personalize and dress up your bags with Crafter's Edge.
The Posey Basket and Posey Flowers Set 1 was the perfect way to bring a little summer fun to my bag.
Don't forget the Crossover II Die Cutting Machine is on sale for 25% off this month.
The price automatically adjusts itself in your shopping cart.
Check it out 

You can find the "free" tote bag pattern over on the Thermoweb blog
Check out what Thermoweb is giving away to one lucky USA resident.
Leave a comments telling me what project you would use Liquid Vinyl on.


One winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter, Monday July 26th.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, July 19, 2021

It was a Wildly Fun Weekend

Seriously if you saw this face looking at you, wouldn't you run!
I didn't think anyone hated getting their picture taken as much as I do...
til I met Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt"
You know she's going to kill me for posting this...
That's her giving me the "stink eye" for taking her photo!
And that's the kind of weekend we had. 
Seriously, it was sooooooo much fun.
I've known Carol for years through blogging, but I had never met her. When she said she was teaching a class, I bought hubby and I tickets to Vegas, and away we went. He was thrilled to gamble his brains out, while I went to class and ran around town with Carol and her friend Susan.
Here we are in front of the store...
The class was big...12 students and all but 2-3, were new to fusible applique. I have NEVER been to a class with 12 people who were genuinely the nicest, kindest and eager to learn gals, ever. It was so much fun, meeting them all. Class was over before we knew it and it was a little sad to think, I will likely never see them again. 
This is "Ready for Christmas" 
and it's all ready for me to quilt now. I just love Carol's designs.

I have to tell you, because she never would...
How many classes have you taken where the instructor provides gift bags for everyone?
It had water, candy, mints, pencil and pencil sharpener and even a fat quarter.
She had prizes for everyone, and "Thermoweb" also donated a $30 gift certificate for a giveaway.
Topped off with snacks, in case we were starving during class. It was so unexpected and awesome.

The shop "Sew Yeah Quilting" was adorable...
 so bright and cheery.
Did you know that it's owned by 3 brothers? They have a "YouTube" channel, 
and do shows a couple times a week, too.

After class we grabbed some lunch and Carol took me out to
 Hemenway Valley Park.
This beautiful park overlooks Lake Mead.
Walking among these beautiful big horn sheep was such a thrill.
They didn't seem to care that we were even there.
I've seen photos Carol has taken with her quilts out there, but until you see it for yourself, you just can't imagine how spectacular it is. A little piece of paradise for the animals and humans alike.

I can't say enough great things about Carol...from her and her hubby Ron, coming into Vegas to pick us up from the airport, for lunch and a ride to the hotel. To her fun class, her being my Uber driver and taking me around town to see the sights. Heck, I even got to meet her puppies.
The worst part was it was such a quick trip and I felt like I could have stayed another week.
It was really a sad feeling to get on the plane to come home, but that's always a sign of having had a really fun time.

In fact... it was so much fun, that we are meeting up in September, to do it all again!
No class this time...just a trip to see "Garden of the Quilts" at Thanksgiving Point.
That's what happens when I spent 5 hours in an airport waiting for a delayed flight.
By the time I did get home, we had planned to meet up and my friend Joi is coming along with me. Whoo hoo...Road trip!
Yes, I'm driving this time. I'm kind of over sitting in an airport right now.
HAHAHAHA


Thanks Carol, for being even more awesome than I dreamed.
It's really true...blogging buddies are the best!

My biggest regret...
This store was inside of our hotel, "New York New York".
It was closed the whole time we were there.
With a name like that, I knew it was a place that was perfect for me!
LOL!!
I can only dream of what crazy things they had to sell, inside it!
hahahahaha

PS:  Make sure you drop by Wednesday afternoon. I've got a little surprise to share...
winky winky!!


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Cackling Stitches BOM July Blocks

 July brings us 2 more blocks...


Hagatha's Daughter.
She joins our delightful cast of characters, this month. You can find the pattern
Note: Make sure you stitch in the handle on the pumpkin...
I see I forgot to. Oh how embarrassing!

Fat Jack.    

   This happy little guy is a combination of pieced and applique. You will need to make 4 of him this month and you can find the pattern at "Just Let Me Quilt"

HERE

This BOM runs from March 1 to September 1.
On the 1st day of each month new block patterns are released. They are free until the next months blocks are released.
They will then be available in our Etsy stores for  $2, for the month's worth of blocks.
NOTE: Months when both of us have a block, we will each post our block in our own store for $1 ea.
On October 1 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 we are keeping the costs to a minimum. If you are quick to get the patterns during the month, they are free.

The supply list can be found

March - Hagatha's House
MooseStashQuilting
Pattern avail for purchase HERE

April - The Butler Did It and Stirring up Potions
Just Let Me Quilt
Patterns avail for purchase HERE


May - Gorf
MooseStashQuilting
Pattern is available for purchase

May - Ghostly Stitches
Just Let Me Quilt
Pattern is available for purchase

June - Frankie
MooseStashQuilting
Pattern is available for purchase

June - Going Batty
Just Let Me Quilt
Pattern is available for purchase 


If you haven't already joined us, you can find us on the Cackling Stitches Group
Keep sharing your progress...we love seeing photos of your blocks!



til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'