Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Stitch It and Gift It blog hop

Welcome to my day of the "Stitch It and Gift It" blog hop.
I'd like to give a big shout out to Carla, our hostess with the mostess.
Thanks to you, I'm ready to give.
And that's a great feeling!
I'm working a little backwards, for this hop.
You see, I was "gifted" a wonderful set of  "Tool Time" fabrics 
designed by Bernie, for "Blank Quilting".
(Her mother in law was at a quilt retreat with me a couple of years)
My retreat gals knew I would love these fabrics and they were not wrong.
While I was pondering what to do for this hop, I looked up and saw them
 on the shelf and...the rest is history, as they say.
LOL!!
Part of the line included a soft baby book.
Each page filled with bright and fun tool designs.
This became my starting point!
Next, I needed a baby quilt to go along with it.
Giving credit where credit is due,
Last month during the Nifty Novelties blog hop, 
"Quilted Delights" posted a quilt that was perfect for my project.
You can see that post
It's a great way to use all these fun fabrics.
I adapted it a bit, to use a border row of tool pouches.
Check out this backing print. It's a toss up what side I like best!
What a great gift for a new little guy...
...or girl, there will be no stereotyping here!
I was given a yard of each of these fabrics, so there was plenty left!
What to do, what to do???
Loving the tool border print, I made a tool bag.
I still have nightmares of stepping on Lego's in the middle of the night.
While this won't make anyone actually put them into it, 
it might make it more fun to do so, anyway!
LOL!!
But, there are buttons and drawstrings to close the bag. That isn't something 
you would want to give a baby, so....
...this is becoming a gift that keeps on growing with a child.
These burrito pillowcases are always a hit.
And so easy to make.
There are loads of free instructions online.
My favorite is
Of course the best way to show off these "tooling" fun prints, is with this sweet
"Funky Friends Factory" bear.
I love Pauline's adorable soft toys. 
Even if your not familiar with sewing soft toys, she's got tutorials and videos,
that walk you through the process.
Check it out 
I've got a great gift for that special someone, when I need it now.
Can you believe I still have some fabric left.
Not a lot of any of it, but I betting you can come up with some ideas
 of what to add to this.
This has sparked me and now I need to go shopping for something with pink in it.
(OK, so maybe I do stereotype just a little bit)
HEHEHE
I like having "ready to gift" things on hand. What about you?
You will want to visit my fellow bloggers today and get a peek at their "gifty" ideas.
MooseStashQuilting  (your here)
For the complete schedule click
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tool Time with Island Batik


This month "Island Batik" has challenged their ambassadors to use a new tool.
I love it when we are challenged with something new.
It brings out the explorer, in all of us!
:-)
My new tool is the "Prairie Pointer" from Susan Cleveland.
I went to a taping of the "Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson
 and Ricky Tims a year ago.
Susan was one of the quilters, they were taping that day. Besides being 
completely inspired by her, we were treated to the goodies above.
Now, was the perfect time to put them both to some good use!
I started out with this gorgeous strip set.
The fan blades in this project are small, and I was excited
 to actually be able to use strips sets for the Dresden fan blades.
Chain piecing the fan blades created this fun wreath of color.
Oh yes, it melts my heart!
This tool works great on turning the fan blades, as well as Prairie Points.
It's metal, so it conducts heat beautifully,
and the measurements keep your points perfectly centered.
If you look closely, these Dresdens are just a bit different than the
 traditional ones we usually see.
 Both ends are pointed so there is no need to applique circles to them.
This method allows for partial Dresdens, that give you tons of options for playing!
Another tool you might say, is that she has you starch white fabric til it's stiff
 and draw a template onto it. You piece it right to the template and leave it in when
stitching it down to your background fabrics.
 That controls shadowing and allows for perfectly flat piecing.
After seeing my wreath of many colors,
I decided to add a border of "Prairie Points" to my project.
While I mixed up the colors in the Dresdens,
I kept the "Prairie Points" in order as I added them.
The most fun part was making 2 toned "Prairie Points" with the leftover fabrics...
...yes, that was a new technique to me also.
I took advantage of playing with a little bead work, but...
...the proof is in the pudding as they say.
These points come out perfect every time.
Thanks Susan Cleveland for a great addition to the "tool" shed!
:-)
I hope you have been enjoying the "A Piece Of" blog hop.
My fellow ambassadors have done some amazing things with the new lines
of fabrics arriving in your quilt shops.
We continue on to week number 2 on Monday, with 4 more days of inspiration.
The give away is, this set of fabulous "Sand Bar" precuts.
You won't want to miss out, on that chance to win!
The complete schedule is posted
Thanks for visiting my "Tool Time" project this month.
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Piece Of Blog Hop with Island Batik

Monday starts the "Island Batik"
"A Piece Of"   blog hop
You get front row seats to view the new lines of fabrics arriving
 on your store shelves. 
Oh...and prizes. Yes, each week "Island Batik" is hosting a giveaway.
Something wonderful from these new lines.
This is week 1.
 Didn't I tell it it was wonderful?
My fellow ambassadors have some amazing things to share with you,
and some giveaways of their own.
So make sure you visit each and every one of them.

Monday, November 4 
Tuesday, November 5
Wednesday November 6
Thursday November 7
Monday November 11 
Tuesday November 12
Wednesday November 13
Thursday November 14
Monday November 18
Tuesday November 19
Wednesday November 20


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'