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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

My 2021 Stitching Resolution

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye...
Yep, that's the song running through my head for this Covid infested year.
I'm ready for a new year and a new attitude!
Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" is helping us all refocus our energies and come up with a plan.
Making new stitching resolutions.
That is one New Year's resolution, I just might be able to stick with, for a change.

               1. Scrap bust...it's time to dump the junk again.
             2. Tackle those 3 totes of UFO's/use em or 
loose em!
            3.  Have fun with the 2021 Cackling Stitches 
                You can join our Facebook group HERE and join
           in, on this free BOM starting in March too!

I've had a great time with my 365 Silly Holiday blocks this year, but "whew" that kept me busy.
This year my resolution is to have many less commitments and spend more time working on "ME" projects. Well, me and my little sweet pea I'm sure.

Time just wasn't there for me this year, but I did manage to get a sampler done
 for Sweet Peas parents.
Remember that poem I wrote to go along with "Sweet Pea's" race car quilt?
 Brenda from "Songbird Designs", digitized not only the poem, but also the race car quilts. It stitched out beautifully, on my embroidery machine and Hobby Lobby did a wonderful job of framing it.
If you ever need anything digitized, check out "Songbird Designs". 
I've just over the top thrilled with the job she did. 
Thank you from the bottom on my heart, Brenda!
These are little 2020 Christmas gifts, for our Christmas Eve game night.
We love playing the Saran Wrap game and we up the ante, with silly gifts.
Dollar store plungers and antlers, toilet paper, clipart eyes I found online, and a pom pom nose.
Now that's the gift that keeps on giving!
Pardon my humor. LOL!!

Lastly, while cleaning out the closets, I found "yet" more uniform pieces from before I retired.
So I decided to deconstruct them and re-purpose them into a memory bear.
Thanks to "Funky Friends Factory", with the perfect "Memory bear" pattern.
My United Airline uniforms are now a true memory.
I had just enough fabric left to make a two more, so a couple of my friends got a bear for Christmas too.
Let just say, there were tears. I think they liked em!
It's always fun, when I can make someone cry. 

Please visit all my blogging buddies and see what their resolutions are for 2021

Happy New Year to all of you.
Praying for a better year ahead!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, December 28, 2020

Jingle Jolly Holiday ...

 It certainly was a jingle jolly holiday here, thanks to "Crafters Edge".

They sent "Santa" over, with these goodies.
Just look at all these dies I get to play with!
And the entire alphabet...
Oh, I feel like I'm dreaming here.

Check out their Crossover II Cutting System
Great for both fabric and paper!

And my favorite part...you can adjust the tension for whatever your cutting.

I love this die cutting system, because it has a much smaller footprint that some of the competition.
There is just so much room an "elf " has in her sewing room for storage!

You will be seeing lots of fun new projects throughout the year, thanks to 

I do say, 2021 is looking good!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Best of 2020 Linky Party

Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs holds a best of Linky Party, that I just can't wait for every year. It's always fun to look back at everyone's best and even catch a few things I may have missed throughout the year. This year is even more special, because for so many it hasn't been the best year and these little feel good moments can help keep us all sane and grounded.

So here are my 5 top "Bests" for 2020.

"Gnome in my Garden"
For "It's a Garden Party Row Along" hosted by Marian at "Seams to Be Sew".
Getting out in our gardens was the perfect way to pass time this year.
Marian couldn't have picked a better theme for this years row along!

"Bringing new life to an old quilt"
One of my favorite projects this year.
Taking my oldest boys rag-tag quilt apart and re-working it into a new quilt for our first grandbaby, was truly a labor of love. This 38 year old quilt has a brand new life again.
And this "Nana" has the little girl she always dreamed of. LOL!

"Race Car Dreams"
The story and the quilts supporting it all.
Daddy's old quilt and a brand new one for his little girl.
As well as poem that told the story.
"Spoiler Alert"...check back on Wednesday for an update on that poem.
I have met the best online friends in the world, and I'm excited to share, on the
 "2021 My Stitching Resolution" blog hop post.

"Winter Blues Buster"
The winter blues blog hop hosted by Carla at "Creatin in the Sticks" was the perfect way to drive away a gloomy day. This fun Dresden fan, all glitzed up with crystals.

"Jolly Old Santa"
Carol from "Just Let me Quilt" hosted a Christmas in July hop. It was just the push I needed to work on a pattern that's been in my pile for way to long.
I finally broke out my pencils and learned how to paint a face.

While this year will go down as one of those years, for many...
...this sweet little elf made it all worthwhile for us!

Regardless, 2020 can go.
 I'm sharing this pattern, with anyone who agrees with me!
So lets put on our smiles...
and just "Let it go" 

Come on 2021...

You can stop in and see everyone "Best of 2020" 
and show us your best of too!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, December 11, 2020

Ringing out the old and in the new...

 I'm sure your as ready to get rid of 2020. I know I am.

I would love to say I'm really over this year and its drama, but it did bring our first grand baby, 

and we all just recovered from the Covid scourge, which luckily the baby didn't get from us. So I can't really say it was a horrible year, for us anyway, but my heart breaks for those who were not so lucky.

But I am looking onward and upward to a new year, hopefully one where we can return to our lives as we knew them a year ago. I'm sure you feel the need for a big ole hug from a friend too.

Not to mention I want my quilt retreats and shows back.

Helping us get back to some kind of normal are 2 fabulous ladies, I'm sure you all know.

Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" is hosting a NON-SEWING 1 day hop

Just share your Stitching Resolution for next year.

What a great way to inspire each other and help us all start getting a plan together.

It's a great time to share our secret holiday projects with each other too. 

Winky Winky!

Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" is hosting  

In January you can show off your Hearts on Fire with this hop.
No red hearts...that's the only rule.
Let's just see what fun things we can inspire each other with, in this hop.
My thinking cap is on for sure.

My year got even better, when I received a box in the mail the other day.
Just look at this beauty!
A "Oliso" mini steam iron. Complete with its own matching silicone pad.
Whoop Whoop. I'm so excited.

Best yet, these little guys are on sale and have free shipping right now.
What better time to spoil yourself for the holidays.
Check it out on the Oliso website

Have you tried to buy a new iron recently. It's crazy. Apparently Covid has had an effect on their availability too. I don't think it was like the toilet paper hording that went on, but the end result was just about the same. LOL!!!  Thankfully the brand new Oliso TG1600 irons will ship in January, and you get a $20 gift card for a friend too. I'm so excited...that I just can't hide it.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Playful Penguins visit the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

We have made it to December in this crazy year.
I think that calls for a celebration for sure, and I can't think of a better way than making cookies...
Lots and lots of cookies. Calories be darned. We all deserve a break after all the drama, this year held.
I've got a recipe that will make many many cookies and all kinds too...but
before I share it with you, I want to show you my Christmas quilt for 2020.
Penguin Parade. 
These bright and cheery little guys are easy to do with the "Crafters Edge" Playful Penguin die, 
The face and tummy is one piece, but I wanted my penguins to celebrate the season with my holiday prints. So with a little magic, and creative cutting, we have Christmas penguins.
Simply layer a face and a tummy piece and run through your cutter.
The scarf hides it all. How fun is that!
Are you terrified of mitered corners? Well check out this Missouri Star tutorial
I promise, you will never be scared again.
This "waddle" of penguins even got out to play, in our 8" of snow.
Ahhhhh...penguin paradise!

Now for my cookies...

I love this "Can Do" recipe, because the basic dough, gives you 7 different cookies.
Peanut butter is my favorite, but hubby loves the cinnamon balls and pecan refrigerator cookies.

This is what all the different varieties look like. Yes, that's 4 batches of dough.
Let just say, my Christmas baking is done for this year!

You can choose to right click on each page and save, or download the recipe, 
minus the fancy holiday designs 
Choices choices
A big round of applause to our fearless cookie monster...Carol.
It just wouldn't be Christmas if she wasn't tempting us with those delightful cookies!
Thank you Miss Carol... from the bottom of my hips and thighs!
Make sure you visit my blogging buddies. They all have delicious morsels to share, as well.

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us
Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark


December 2


Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts



December 3



DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling


December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing


DesertSky Quilting  

  til next time...

Keep on Stitchin'