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Friday, December 13, 2019

Walk of Shame

It takes a brave person to show you there deep dark secrets!
I'm not sure that brave describes it...it's more like stupid.
My little Bernina is my work horse machine. 
It just takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'
Oops, wrong company, sorry Timex!

Recently "Desert Bloom Quilting" wrote a post for the 31 day blog writing challenge.
It was about machine maintenance, which got me thinking...
 it's been awhile for my old boy.
AND... "Wooden Spools" was having a Bernina repair event in their shop.
I don't know about where you live, but repair times are crazy long around here.  
So when I saw it was appointment based, and I could get it done in an hour, 
I was on the phone!

I dropped it off and went to breakfast.
When I got back,  Mr. Repairman Kurt was waiting, armed with  photos.
Darn cell phones anyway!
YIKES, he has put me on the Bernina naughty list!
While they all look bad, this photo is probably the worst. 
All that "stuff" was working it's way into the motor and
he had to use a dental pick to remove some of the lint.

Yes, I do clean it but apparently not nearly as often as I should, and...
let me clear my throat...
Never never never never used canned air.
Yes, I've heard that, but I was blowing it from the back of the machine to the front.
What harm could that be???
You would think I hadn't bought a little "tank" vacuum made especially for 
cleaning out sewing machines!
You know I will be using it constantly now.

With all this being said, this machine ran like a top and didn't act like
it was the least bit unhappy. 
I've had many different machines...but my Bernina tops them all.

Thank you "Desert Bloom Quilting" for giving me that
kick in the pants, to get this machine in!
Lesson learned....
And that's how bloggers inspire!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, December 7, 2019

You know what it's like when you got somethin' to say...

well...I guess I'll just do it the "Island Batik" way!
I couldn't think of a funnier way to celebrate, what's coming.
LOL!!
Cause this Amy Bradley design says it all.

When your parents both race...
Your destine to follow in their footsteps!

Just insert baby...
I'm ready to take on, this 1st time Gramma role.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, December 5, 2019

3-D Challenge with Island Batik

I'm wrapping up the year with our final challenge from "Island Batik".
This month the ambassadors were challenged with making a 3-D project.
This is "Vex Props".
67" x 70"
Can you guess why I felt this pattern was perfect for this challenge?
It  really was just met to be, wasn't it?

The pattern is from Quiltersclinic.com
She has the most incredible "Simplified" 3-D patterns and kits.
They look difficult, but it really aren't that hard to put together.
I was thrilled to use my black and gray solids. 
You have to look close, but there is a "smoke" colored fabric also,
that gives the 3-D look to the blocks as well.
Again, instead of cutting triangle pieces, I chose too paper piece it 
and not have to worry about dealing with the bias. 
It did make the quilt a little smaller than the original 82" x 99" 
if you went the traditional piecing way.

I used the triangle templates in the "Christmas Rapping" book
by Nan Barker and Margaret Brewster Willingham.
You can find more on the book 
Those triangle paper piecing templates have been worth their weight in gold!
It took over 100 pages of templates to complete this project and 
almost 10 yards of fabric just for the top, but whew, it was so worth it!
I started it in August and stitched the last of the binding down last month.
 I knew December was going to be a crazy time to get a project done, and I'm 
so glad I got on it when I did.

Do you remember this one
Make it Modern with Hobbs Challenge
This is when I became captivated with these designs.
Yes, I've got another one I'm chompin' at the bit to start, and a 
Christmas list of a few more!
(hint hint)
:-)
This is the final post for the 2019 Ambassador program.
I do hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects as much as I have enjoyed
making them.
The new year is shaping up to bring lots of new projects and some big laughs.
Coming Jan 1,  I will be hosting
It will be happening daily on Instagram,
 but I will have weekly wrap up posts right here.
You can follow me on Instagram, using the link on the right hand side bar.
Think about joining in. You can post any time you have a quilt or project
that will make us laugh.
Just use the hashtags
#365sillyholidays or #dailygigglefest

I will be participating in "Creatin' in the Sticks" Winter Blues blog hop.

And...
I'm excited to announce that I will be hosting the "Quilt Qwazy Queens"
 2020 blog hop, with the help of Marian at "Seams to be Sew".
We are celebrating "International Quilt Day, by spreading a little joy 
through laughter in our quilts this year!
Put on your thinking caps, and I will have more information after the 
holidays to share with you on it.
Winky Winky!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Just for Cookin' in the Kitchen


Are you in need for a quick holiday gift, or just something fun?
These potholders are perfect for cookin' in your kitchen.
This trio of holiday favorites, are quick and easy to whip up for the special day.

They are just one of the fun projects from...
You can find it as a digital download
(affiliate link)

It's not too late to add a special little something to your holiday gift giving!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, December 2, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange


I love this time of the year!
Especially when Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" hosts her 
Virtual Cookie Exchange.
After all, virtual cookies may well be the only way to keep the calorie
 count down, during the holiday season!
LOL!!!!
 I'm sharing these absolutely decadent "Cheesecake" stuffed cookies.
You know...like a couple of chocolate chip cookies aren't enough calories!
LOL!!
You can find the recipe 
I have to admit...this time (oh ya...there have been others),
I cheated a bit and used a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough, 
 we bought from a school fundraiser.
I'm a lazy cook, and that is definitely the way to go.
Just slice it and roll it out nice and flat on wax paper. 
You add your cheesecake filling and top with another flat cookie.
You'll want to lightly pinch the edges together, but then you will carefully form it
into a ball. That's the important part.
You want them in a ball so they don't spread all over the cookie sheet.
 It takes a little practice, but you will be whipping them up quickly,
 before you know it! 
Probably too quickly for your hips and thighs!
What better way to gift these cookies, but in this fun holiday bucket...
...from the Wooden Bear Quilts Designs
I've had this book awhile now, but when I went to find it online,
 I was surprised to see it's on clearance for only $2.
If you want a copy...
you better grab it while you can
I bet they won't last long at that rate!
I used the tote bag/pillow pattern in the book to make this fun holiday throw!

I think my favorite AccuQuilt Go die, has to be rick-rac.
There is just to much you can do with it.
Check it out
HERE

A couple of years ago, someone shared a recipe for "thin mints"
 made with "Ritz" crackers.
I know I've asked before, but I can't remember who it was...
I just want to let you know, they are absolutely the bomb!
I made some for an "Elks" lodge fundraiser and a plate of 14 cookies sold for $35.
I made 6 plates of them, so it brought in over $200. Is that just too crazy???
Everyone loved them and what a great way to  support the community.

Now check out my fellow bloggers, for what's cookin' in their kitchen.
It could become your new all time favorite!
December 2nd

December 3rd
MooseStashQuilting (your here)

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th
Brenda's Quilt Blog

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A Time For All Seasons-December



We are rapidly finishing up "A Time For All Seasons".
Carol has pulled out the stops for the Christmas season.
We are loving each and every one of them too!
Have you laid out all your blocks yet?
You know just to see them all together.
:-)
If so, your quilt will start looking something like this.
I've changed my mind on colors more than once...
and I'm not loving all the white backgrounds, especially so close together.
So, I'm going to get busy and remake some of my blocks before
I stitch them all together.
We are loving, seeing your blocks.
How about showing us your layout.

Don't forget to share your blocks on our Facebook page
We have sponsors who are providing fabulous monthly prizes.

Here's the schedule for this year...

February
March 
April
April Bonus
May
May Bonus 
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
January
Sew Incredibly Crazy

See you next month, when Amy shares her incredible finish!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'