Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Be A Diamond Blog Hop

"Be A Diamond" really stumped me this time. 
So much so, that I was on the fence as to whether I would participate or not.
I'm not usually the one who hesitates about anything, 
but diamonds through me for a loop.
I couldn't even think of anything that was diamond shape 
and heavens knows, I've stitched many.
Then while I was working on another project, the light bulb lit and I realized 
I had been working on diamonds all along, on it.
Yes, it was one of those "DUH" moments.
Wow, this getting old stuff stinks!
I immediately knew just what I wanted to do.
"Full Blown Circus"
You might see a few diamonds in the border at first and think...
well, that was almost not a diamond project!
But when you look a bit closer...
You see my entire background is pieced diamonds.
I bought these emery boards 3 years ago now...almost to the day, 
on the return from a quilt retreat.
I had it in my head that these fun sayings would make a great quiltie,
 for my sewing room.
Now was the time...and my diamond background fabric,
 would make a perfect backdrop.

So I surfed online and found a free circus tent clipart
Then I went to my word program, found a font I liked...
Enlarged it all, and I was off and running.
I'm old school. I still cut and paste...what can I say?
One of these days I need to make myself sit down and learn...
in the words of Howard Wolowitz's (Big Bang Theory) mom, that 
"Fricasta" EQ program!
I have no idea if it's spelled right, but I love the word!
hummm....maybe that needs it's own quilt too.
I love playing with fusible. With so many images online, the sky is the limit.
If you checked out "Suzy Toronto", you know there is no limit to her wit either.
You can find more on her
While this one speaks directly to my heart...
my head is full of ideas!
Oh my...you never know just what you'll find here, now.
Thanks Carol, for hosting this fun filled hop.
Your sweet push, opened the door!

You'll be able to see just what I was working on, when that "eureka" moment hit,
next Monday the 29th.
Make sure you come back an visit me then.

You can see more fabulous "diamond" projects from my fellow bloggers below.
April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25
Seams To Be Sew

April 26
Just Let Me Quilt

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Triangle Friends

Last year, my friend Dione asked me to pattern test this guy!
Finally it made it's way to the top of my long arm pile.
Is this just the cutest?
I absolutely love how Dione sees things. Simple triangles, make such fun animals.
This little "Piggy"...
Splish splash went the "Fish"...
Ribbit says the "Frog"...
Woof woof says the "Dog"...
Polly wanna cracker, says the "Parrot"...
Meow says the "Cat"...

This pattern is now in print, in Issue 26 of "Made Modern" quilt magazine.
You can read more on this fun pattern at Dione's blog 
"Clever Chameleon"
Check it out, she's got some crazy fun things to share and an amazing talent!
It's 38"x53" size is perfect for a baby/toddler quilt.
Or a certain adult who acts like a child most days!
Speaking for myself that is...
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Coming Soon!

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
It's that time of the year again.
I've over the snow...
and I'm escaping it all!
Tomorrow I will be in Lancaster PA, meeting up with my favorite New York girls
for our annual quilt retreat.
It's hard to believe we have been getting together yearly, since 2014.
I met these lovely ladies online, and still have to laugh, to think I invited myself
 to their retreat, clear across the country and they said yes. 
It's not everyone who blindly agrees to spend a week with a complete stranger.
Oh how I love these girls!
Looking through old photos, I stumbled on this one!
OMG...nice hair.
With friends who take pictures of me like this...
Who needs enemies, am I right?
We are a very serious group! 
Cause we are hard working girls.
Rats...forgot to edit out those wine glasses again!

Yep, it's going to be a raucous week ahead, I'm sure of it.

Not to worry though, I've got a little something special to share mid-week
with everyone. 
Keep an eye out here!
And there are 2 blog hops when I get back.
I'll be posting on Wednesday April 24th
I'll be posting on Monday April 29th

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Ready Set "GO" with Island Batik

This month "Island Batik" challenged it's ambassadors to make a baby quilt
with the "Accuquilt GO" cutters we received this year.
Let the fun begin!
After pulling out some bright fun fabrics, I started cutting away.
I had some fun with "Y" seams, earlier this year.
While I conquered them, it was a challenge.  
So I decided now was the time to try it again,
using the "GO" and see if that made them easier to stitch.
Well, I'm here to tell you that answer is
Just look at those star points. I'm doing the happy dance here!
Having the corners trimmed instantly for you, makes all the 
difference in the world in piecing.
It makes those points stitch up perfectly...
and takes the "why" out of those "Y" seams!
Winter is finally giving way to spring here, so I
  took advantage of the sunshine to show off these fabulous fabrics.
Kind of makes your heart go pitty-pat, doesn't it?

A big thanks to
For so generously providing us with supplies!
Your both, second to none.
Check out the Accuquilt specials...
Accuquilt Dynamic Promo
The new Spring and Summer catalogue
for "Island Batik" is out, and oh is there eye candy to behold!
You can find it

NOTE: this post contains an affiliate link.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sweet Dreams

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

I love working with
Today I'm excited to share my version of "Sweet Dreams"
This pattern is perfect for busting a little stash.
It really amazes me, just how much we can do, with our leftovers.
Are these little faces just the sweetest?
You can find the pattern
Nice thing is, you can choose paper or down-loadable.
**This is an affiliate link**
While I do receive a small portion of the sale,
it does not have any affect on the price you pay.
Check it out and start you own, for that someone special.
Be sure you share it with me.
You know I love seeing your creations!
All this needs is a little one, sitting on it now!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, March 31, 2019

A Time For All Season BOM-April

April showers, bring May flowers,
And this month Carla has prepared us well, for those showers.
Are these little yellow boots, just the most adorable things you've ever seen?
It really kind of makes me wish I was a kid again, 
splashing through all the puddles.
Ohhhhh and a "gorgeous" basket block, too!
Looks like we are getting prepared for next month to me.
(winky winky)
While the basket block may look intimidating, don't let that stop you.
 The 10 1/2" block size, lends to some very unfamiliar cutting sizes, for some of us.
Careful cutting is important here, and
  Carla has done a spectacular job at walking you through, what things should measure as you stitch. Taking your time and checking to see what your machine likes best, will make the process a breeze.
I used a combination of scant 1/4" and regular 1/4" seams, on my machine. 
I can't say I have ever changed back and forth on the same block, but it worked like a charm
and was exactly 10 1/2" square when I was done. 
***Happy Dance Happy Dance***
Nothing feels better than conquering what you may have thought, the impossible...
I have to thank "Island Batik" for the fabulous fabrics I'm using.
Batiks really are the perfect fabric for any applique, 
as the tight weave makes for much less fraying as you stitch.
If I say so myself...this is shaping up to be one sensational year!

You can get your patterns from Carla
Remember these blocks are free for this month only. 
After that it will be available for a small fee.
You can find any missed blocks on the links below.

Don't forget to share your blocks on our Facebook page
We have sponsors who are providing fabulous monthly prizes.
Here is the schedule for this year...

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'