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Monday, April 30, 2018

It's a "Wild" Life

May 1 is May Day
As a kid, I remember the festivities...the May Pole, flower baskets...
the welcoming of spring.
It seems those celebrations, are from days gone by.
But it is the time, when the bears start coming out of hibernation.
"Sew" what's more fitting that this months block?
Bear Paw!
These gorgeous "Island Batik" fabrics are perfect for this Bear Paw block,
don't you agree?
You can find the link for the pattern
 The link to the pattern has been updated and there is a cutting chart directly from EQ7.
Feel free to download it again.
Oh...it is shaping up to be a real "wild" good time.

Remember blocks are free for the duration of the month.
After that they will be available for a small fee.
You can find links for all blocks

A big thanks to my fellow designers

Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt"

Make sure you post your finished block on our Facebook page.
There are monthly prizes we draw for!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Art with Disney Quilt-A-Long

Block 2 Caesar McDuck...
...and he's hugging his pot o' gold!
(kinda reminds me of a quilter hugging their stash)
Fandom in Stitches is hosting this free QAL, with a new block every week.
I am thrilled that it's fusible applique, since that's right up my ally.
Check it out 

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, April 20, 2018

Northern Woods Blog Hop with Island Batik

Welcome to my day in the Northern Woods blog hop!
Needless to say, I'm delighted to be a part of the fun.
After all...where else would us in the MooseStash rather be clompin' around, 
than in the Northern Woods.
I know you've seen it before, but I just can't help but get excited with I see all these beautiful
fabrics together. It's just enough to soften up any ole "moos-es" heart!
What better way of putting these gorgeous fabrics to work,
 than making a playground for my forest friends!
I quilted in some fun elements, using free clipart online.
You can read up, on just how I went about that
As quilters we stitch stories into each and every one of our creations.
This one is no exception.
I can dream of sitting in a "Log Cabin" watching nature work its magic!
Best yet I've got Nan's story, on just what these "Northern Woods" 
animals are up to themselves, running thru my head.
Hope you have enjoyed our "Island Batik" Northern Woods blog hop.
These fabrics are now available, if you don't see them 
in your local quilt shops, be sure to ask!

Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers and see their fabulous woodsy creations!

April 16
April 17
April 18
April 19 
April 20
April 21

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Try a Technique with Island Batik Wrap Up

March was the "Island Batik Ambassador" challenge, 
to try a technique we've never done.
That's a tall order for many of us,
 who have gotten comfortable with what we do best.
But we all stepped up and gave it a shot.
If these photos aren't enough to get us out of our box, I don't know what will.
My head is so full of ideas of things I want to try!
I "do" work with the most inspirational and talented group of people ever.
Thanks "Island Batik" for providing us not only with gorgeous fabrics to play with,
but for challenging us to do something new each month.
Thank you to all my fellow ambassadors, for pushing me to step it up every month!

They kind of make you want to start something new, now don't they!
Check out all these gorgeous projects on the link below.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations with "Island Batik"

This month the "Island Batik" ambassadors are re-creating "Vintage Quilts"
using batiks.

Many patterns from the mid 1900's were created,
with motifs that children would love.
They were cut from templates and carefully pieced...
...jump forward almost a century. The rotary cutter is our modern cutting tool, 
revolutionizing how we cut and put together our quilts.
I for one, can't imagine template cutting anymore. 
I've done it, and have no desire to go back there again.
I do, however love figuring out how to update those "vintage" patterns.
 "Beam me up Scotty" 

I'm sure those quilter of days gone by, would be thinking just that!
Can you image, what their reaction to a rotary cutter might be?
We have come so far, and yet I wonder what quilting might be 100 years from now.
All I know for sure is, that I won't be here to find out about it.
This quilt was made with fabrics provided to me, by Island Batik.
Yep, that's how they spoil their ambassadors and we do love them for it!
I've got a brand new wall paper now too!
ahhhh...life is good.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, April 12, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop

When sweet Carla calls...
you just have to say YES!
And a "yes" it was, from me.
I hope your loving 30 Quilt Blocks, in 30 Days, as much as I am.

They say...
for every action, there is a reaction!
I'm here to tell you it's true, and I'm sharing my 
"Reaction" block today.
This is my sample block. It finishes at 10 1/2" square.
Just 4- 3"x 5.5" blocks of 2 contrasting fabrics.
Carla walks you thru just how to piece these together 
I used an "Island Batik" Stack (10" squares) for my quilt.
These "Blushing Blooms" were just waiting for the perfect project!
Pairing up contrasting fabrics, I was able to get everything cut from 1 package of these 10" squares, with a little extra to spare. The biggest extra in the top right corner was perfect for sashing blocks.
The fabric at the top left and bottom right were discarded.
Well, not really...they went into my scrap bag. I find uses for every thread
of these fabulous batiks!  LOL!
Add a little sashing...and this is what you have.
Oh how I "LOVE" those colors!
Each and every block in different fabrics.
It's a perfect way to use "layer cake"/"stacks".
This unique pattern got me to thinking.
What about those novelty prints???
Well, our Broncos didn't do very well this year...
(in fact they stunk it up, big time)
 but I had just enough scrap fabric for a block.
Then turned that, into a fun little zipper bag.
You can find a tutorial on just how to do that 
Hope you've had a little "Reaction" yourself, and want to play with this fun block.
Thanks Carla, for inviting me to play along!
Check out what other fun you can have with 30 Blocks in 30 Days!
April 1
April 2
April 3
April 4
April 5
April 6
April 7
April 8
April 9
April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13 
April 14
April 15
April 16
April 17
April 18
April 19
April 20
April 21
April 22
April 23
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 27
April 28
April 29
April 30

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

City Culture 2 with Bella Nonna Design Studio and Island Batik

I had "sew" much fun working with these fun "Island Batik" fabrics
 designed by "Bella Nonna Design Studio".

As a quilter,  immediately my mind starts thinking about the next quilt, 
these fabrics could bring to life.  But there is so much more...
While it might be called City Culture 2...
I got to walk on the wild side.
This bunch of wild ones, are from the "Funky Friends Factory".
Pauline has a fun line of "softies" for young and old.
I bet you never thought of using batik in "softies".  They work well 
and give us so many more options, for these bright and cheery critters!
Lets just say these guys were blown away,
 when they found they had become famous models for "City Culture 2".

I  hope, they have given you a new view on the possibilities...

Without all of you...
all of us wouldn't be here.

Ellie, Larry, Lloyd, Stu and Ozzie!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Snow Hearts-April

New month...new heart!
I'm so delighted that I've actually managed to keep these adorable guys going.
Thank to my Aussie buddies, that is.

I've joined 
Karen from Sunburnt Quilts
Shez from I Am
in actually finishing some of those precious things that sit in our computers.
April Showers bring May flowers...
and this guy is ready for the rain!

These fun designs are  "Bunny Hill Snow Hearts" from a couple of years ago.
Each of us have different styles and seeing them all come to life is "snow" much fun.
As for me...I am using "Island Batik" fabric.
I just love working with batik.
These little guys are perfect scrap busters.
After all who whats to waste a thread of these fun fabrics?

Make sure you visit Karen and Shez....
their blogs are linked above for you.

Now what are you waiting for? 
 Join in on the fun and share your Snow Hearts with us!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, April 6, 2018

Art with Disney Quilt-A-Long

There's a new "QAL" in the hood!
If your a Disney nut like I am, your going to want to check it out.

Tweloq is hosting this fun "QAL" over at "Fandom In Stitches".
You can find more on it
First block is "Donaldhamun".
She has also posted a 4 patch border. I've decided to wait
 until all my blocks are done, before selecting fabrics for that!
New blocks are posting weekly..."sew" join in on the fun.

Thanks Alida for hosting a "QAL" for the Disney fans in all of us.
I can't wait for the next block.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'