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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'

Monday, March 25, 2019

Strings Blog Hop

Did someone say strings?
You know I "LOVE" strings!
That chance to dump the junk, and really use up those little bits and pieces.
Thank you Carla, I'm in.
The first thing I did was grab my "String Fling" book from Bonnie Hunter.
I love spiral binding my books. It makes it so easy to flip pages around as you stitch,
without having to hold a book open.
This is "Zucherwatte".
"Cotton Candy" 
Pink isn't a color that I have a lot of on hand. 
With a house full of boys, there hasn't been much of a need.
But there was just something about this quilt...
Bonnie has a way of using the strangest combinations of fabrics.
There is hardly a place where I could add black and white car fabric
 and pink leopard prints, and make it work.
It always amazes me when I stand back, and see everything blend together so well.
This is only the second time that I have tried scalloped boarders.
I couldn't be happier with the results. Lets just say, the last time was an epic fail!
"nuff said"
While I was on this "string" roll...
I decided it was time to get this guy quilted.
"Tulip Fields"
If you've visited the "MooseStash" much, you have likely seen it before.
I pieced the blocks many many moons ago,
 in a monthly "Bonnie Hunter" club at our local quilt shop.

Three years ago when I had my broken wrist,
 my quilt club girls talked me into putting the blocks together.
It was something I could  manage even with the cast on.
It was a sanity saver for me. 
Until I worked on this, I was at such a loss as to what to do with myself.
It really seemed only fitting to get it quilted, bound and done for this hop too.
There is just something about "Glide" thread.
"SEW" thank you Carla for spurring me on, to not 1 but 2 fabulous finishes!

I don't want to "string" you along any longer,
so check out what my fellow bloggers have to share!

Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th


Wednesday, March 27th

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop

There is nothing I love more than celebrating International Quilting day,
 with Marian and her band of Qwazy Quilters!
 But you add in the theme this year...
Choose your own "Qwazy", and I'm in on that challenge.
I do love a good scrap buster.
That's the "Qwazy" in me.
Sometimes those scraps should have just gone in the trash
         Where there's a will, there's a way!

This years "Qwazy" started with a bag of my "Island Batik" scraps.
I guess I shouldn't really call them scraps, they were more like shards.
But, they are just so pretty, I couldn't throw them away!
So, I encased them, between 2 layers of a sticky water soluble stabilizer.
And started to stitch.
That's when it all went downhill.
My little "pillow of scrap" was too thick for my sewing machine to sew through.
Needles broke, words started to fly.
So I took it over to my long arm...
It didn't like it anymore than the sewing machine did.
What to do, what to do.
I ended up cutting holes in the top stabilizer, 
then pick and cut out many of the scraps.
Oh these brilliant ideas I have some days!
I did manage to finally get it all stitched,
 and was pleasantly surprised, when I put it in water.
As the stabilizer melted away, this wonderful new fabric started to emerge.
What I have now, is this fun 12"x24" piece of  "Island Batik" 
collage cloth. Not what they ever expect to see, I'm sure, but
it's going to be fun to figure out a project for it!
I think I've tried just about every "Qwazy" thing I can think of...
But there is just something about "scraps", that calls to me every time.
This scrappy log cabin is all in 1" strips that finish at 1/2".
My quilting cave was being remodeled at the time, 
and even the contractor commented, that I had lost my mind! 
This monster stash buster is an oversized, reversible California King.
Besides busting through tons and tons of scraps...It's so heavy, that if we loose power in the dead of winter, we will never freeze as long as we have the muscle to get the thing out and onto the bed!
There was this fun string quilt from my "Fabulous Freebie" blog hop last year.
I do love a good "scrap" challenge. Don't even get me started on
 Bonnie Hunter quilts.
This is "Orca Bay". 
I don't think Bonnie had real Orcas in mind, when she designed it.
I doubled the size and added the big border.
One last little "Qwazy" photo.
A peek into my Quilt cabinet.
Oh, how I wish I could tell you this is the only place they are stashed.
But it's finally cleaned out enough to show you!
A big thanks to the Fat Quarter shop for a couple of great giveaways!
It's not too late to enter in a giveaway from Annies Craft Store. 
You have until 11:59pm tonight to enter.
Check out my previous post and read all about it.
In you've missed what my fellow bloggers have been
doing, that made them all a little Qwazy...

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'
(and sharing...cause that's what it all about)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Vintage Reimagined with "Island Batik" and Giveaway

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There is nothing more fun that finding that vintage pattern that speaks to you,
and making it new again with fabulous batik fabrics.
That was just the challenge that "Island Batik" gave their ambassadors this month.
I picked this "Dresden" design.
I love "Hobbs" Thermore batting.
It  was perfect for this project. 
This ultra thin batting is perfect for wall hangings,
when you want it to hang straight.
No more waving like a flag on a wall.

This is another of the fabulous projects in "Springtime Quilts" from
Quilters World.
Their version done in 30's prints, looks much different than my batik version.
Farrell, loves this batik version best, though!
Does he look familiar to anyone out there?
He is one of  "Xavier Roberts " original "Cabbage Patch" kids.
That's kind of a blast to the past isn't it?
Now that's really making it new again.

As an affiliate of Annie's Craft Store, they have made a fabulous offer to give away a copy of this magazine to "one" of my lucky followers.
I can't think of a better way to celebrate National Quilting day!
Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Springtime Quilt is.

This giveaway will stay open until 12am on March 21st.

But if you just can't wait that long...
You can purchase it

A big thanks to 
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, March 4, 2019

Fat Tuesday

I've got no beads...
I've not been to Bourbon Street in years...
But I do have me a love of the old Marga
Make that Mardirita!

This was a quick little project that Angie, 
over at "Angie's Bits and Pieces" shared with us a couple of weeks ago. 
It's just another one of the crazy fun things she designs.
Check it all out
I've been a fan on Angie for 10 years now. She does some absolutely fabulous designs.
Anyone interested in a Quilt Along?
Angie has offered to give a"deep" discount for the pattern and
throw in a giveaway too.
Check out her shop
and tell me what you would like to do.
"We" can collectively decide what project we would like to make.
Sound like fun???
Leave me a message and let me know, what strikes your fancy.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'