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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Winner of our First Easter Quilt-A-Long, give-a-way

I hope you have been enjoying the beginning of our Quilt-A-Long.

With the help of Random.org,

I have chosen #30, Dody as the winner of
one of these lovely little strip sets.

Dody, I've sent and email for your mailing info, and will get it on it's way to you.

Thanks again to the folks at Island Batik.

You can check out the new catalogue right 

Lots of wonderful fabrics to inspire you, 
and a chance to meet the designers that bring them to life!

See you next Saturday with block 2.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop Winner

Oh my goodness, did these Lovely "Latte" Ladies, just do a magnificent job, with amazing projects or what?   I can't tell you, what a privilege it was to cheerlead for all of you! Each and every one of you inspires me every day!

I consulted my crystal ball (also known as Random.org) and #19 was picked as my winner of the Have a Latte Blog Hop.   That would be none other than Super Mom No Cape.  Now if that isn't the greatest name I've ever heard. Speaks a lot about all moms, doesn't it.  I've already dropped and email to Super Mom for her mailing, and will be sending this little mug rug and some other goodies her way.

Thanks again Clothworks for the wonderful fabric.
It inspired so many!

And a round of applause to Madame Samm for her love of our community
and her willing to take on the monster project of keeping us in stitches!
Literally that is!

As for me...I just got back from a quilt retreat last night.
Whew, what a time.

Work, work, work!
No fun, at all

Oh crap, I forgot to edit out those wine glasses!
Not a laugh to be had...

Rats another glass, and the bottle to boot!

This was our entertainment.

...and did they deliver!

Sharon showed us a great disappearing block method.
Interesting, how we all started with the same size block.
And that was even before we broke out the wine

Here is lesson learned...
You can't drink and stitch. I was so proud of finishing my little top...
only to find that I stitched those blasted yellow block together wrong.
Where is that seam ripper anyway?

We did a little shopping in the Mennonite Community.
This is Weavers on Seneca Lake, a 200 yr old barn.

With an incredible view.

Gorgeous Quilts!

I have to tell you...
There is nothing better on the planet than these ladies.

And I don't think I have laughed so hard...at least since the last time I was with them!

Where did I find such an incredible group...
thru blogging.

Just goes to show, that we have the best folks on the planet right here in our blog world.
It brings each and every one of us a little closer together every day.
Even if we can't travel to be together, it's a daily retreat just to keep in touch thru blogging!

Wishing you all a fabulous day!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Easter Party Quilt-A-Long Kickoff!

 Easter Party 
From Angie's Bits 'N Pieces

I can't believe the day is really here.
I hope your all as excited as I am about starting this Quilt-A-Long.

If you need a refresher on how this is going to work, 
 you can read all about it 

You will find the pattern at Angies Quilt Pattern Shop

Today, I'm going to jump right in and get started with the first block.
It's all about the color!
Bold, bright and beautiful colors!

Island Batik has such bright and cheery colors, that will tickle anyone's toes. 
These fabrics just make this quilt "pop".
From left to right, they are...

111518113 from the Country Fair Collection
111517075 from the Flower Fields Collection
111505101 from the Flower Fields Collection
111505100 from the Flower Fields Collection
111517141 from the Country Fair Collection
111504144 from the Country Fair Collection
111509193 from the Flower Fields Collection

The background for my blocks are going to be scrappy neutral colors.
It really give a quilt some depth.

 I'm starting with "Vanilla" from the Neutrals collection.

This quilt is applique. You can choose which ever type you prefer. For me, it's all about the fusible.
Remember to cut your background fabrics 1 inch larger, regardless of what type of applique you choose. It will shrink up a bit, as you stitch.


This is your chance to go wild and crazy with the thread.

 It's a great way to practice a little free motion stitching too.

Don't they look great all together, on our background fabric?

I like to give my blocks a good stream pressing before I trim them down.
That way I know they are nice and straight before I cut them.

I love how they pop, on this cheery batik.
111501076 from the Flower Fields Collection.

So break out those threads and join on in!
The nice thing about this quilt, is that the blocks are easy enough to complete in just an hour or two.
You don't have to commit a huge amount of time to get it done.
With our busy schedules, that's what we all need!

Oh, and thanks to the fine folks at Island Batik, we will be having give-a-ways 
along the way...

How would you like to win one of these little bundles?

Grab my button for your blog...
(Ms Carol at FunThreads, worked so hard
 to teach this ole dog a new trick)

Leave me a comment telling me if your going to join in with us...
and what colors you love!
I will select a winner next Saturday April 25th.


Til then...
Happy Stitchin!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop

Hip hip hurray, its "Have a Latte" blog hop day!
Let the caffeinated celebration begin.

Right now, I think the only thing I might love more than my "coffee" fix is that darn
Dan DiPaolo, the designer of this fun line of fabrics.

Are these fabrics just gorgeous or what?
The rich warm colors, the great designs, and quality fabric...whoo hoo!
It made me want to run right out and buy a latte or two.
Thanks Dan and Clothworks for this delightful line!

Let me start by telling you that my kitchen was done in a coffee theme already.
After finishing my Tree Bird picnic table cloth, I knew that a 
"coffee" table cloth for inside was going to be a must!

Making wonky blocks will all the different fabrics, was the perfect way to
 bring all that color and fun into the room.
It makes me smile everyday!

I even recovered my chair pads!

And made this fun little runner from a pattern  called
"Coffee House Runner"
from Saginaw St Quilt Co.
You can find it right 
What a perfect way to show off all those wonderful co-ordinating fabrics.

My new dining decor makes me soooooo very happy!

I have fallen in love with these dish mats.
This fun little border print was just the right size.

Recycling towels that don't match things anymore is a great way
to give em new life.

You can sandwich a couple of layers of scrap batting between
 that towel and make a great oven mitt too!

All the embroidery's are from Embroidery Library.
You can see more of these gorgeous designs right 
There are lots of stitches and color changes, but oh so worth it!

 I mentioned before that my kitchen was in a coffee theme already.
This is my mixer cover...complete with a cafe latte chicken potholder!
You can see that this new line of fabrics blends in perfectly!

Wrapping this up...
This guy hangs on my kitchen wall.
He's made from recycled coffee bags.
I did this for the Bloggers Quilt Festival last year.

You can read all about him right 

 Give-a-way you say?
Why of course!
Leave me a comment...share your special coffee moment, and I will have this 
fun little hot pad/mug rug, and as always a little surprise or two!
(wink wink)

I'll be picking my winner on Friday April 24.
You can find the pattern for this fun little hot pad at 
(it's linked for you)

Till then...

Make sure you stop in and visit my fellow bloggers today.
The caffeine rush has made for some spectacular creations!

April 13

Friday, April 10, 2015

BeaQuilters Peanuts BOM #4

Almost half way there!   And here's a hint...  He's a musical genius!

Yes, it's Schroeder.

His debut was May 30th, 1951
This piano playing character's love interest was Lucy.
He was an avid admirer of "Beethoven",
and Charlie Brown's second best friend after Linus.

A big thanks to BeaQuilter
You can read more from here right HERE 

Of course it's all possible thru the generosity of Alida and her wonderful 
paper piecing patterns. See more of there right HERE

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I'm so "Egg-cited"

I'm so "Egg-cited" and I just can't hide it...

                                                ...much longer that is!

Easter Party

We are going to have a quilt-a-long, here in the MooseStash!  :-)   For those of you that know me, I am a huge fan of Angie Padilla and her fabulous patterns on Angies Bits 'n Pieces.   But did you know she also has a site called Applique Garden where she does weekly block designs.  (they are both linked for you).

Once the patterns are complete on Applique Garden, they go in Angies store for purchase. You can take a peek at some of the wonderful things she has, right HERE.

Easter Party is the name of this adorable little wall hanging. It's 36" x 42", nothing so big that it's overwhelming, but it's offers a lot of opportunity to play with different techniques. A little raw edge applique, some free motion stitching, thread painting, using those great built in stitches on our machines that I for one, tend to forget about...    The sky is the limit with this guy!  Of course there are no rules, you can make yours however you like. I'm just going to throw out some ideas to hopefully inspire you.  I didn't want to start this one before Easter, so there would be no pressure...

We will start on this adventure on Saturday April 18th, and do one block every two weeks, until all 11 blocks are complete. There will be a big reveal with our finished quilts after that.

If your a member of Applique Garden, you have likely downloaded all your blocks already...those who are not members might want to take a look at what's in the "garden" and see how it all works. You can find all that information right HERE.

If you want to purchase this pattern from her retail shop, Angie will have it available on Friday April 17th.

If I can tempt you even more....

                               Take a look at all the colors...   
                            OOOhhhhhhh   AAAhhhhhhhhh

It just keeps getting better!
  "Island Batik" has generously provided me with some great give-a-ways too!

                        So mark your calendars...we are only 12 days away.

 And you will definitely want to start looking at all the brand new fabric,
                               in the "hot off the press"
                        Island Batik Catalogue...right HERE

                           It's guaranteed to tickle your toes!

                                             See you soon!