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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Show Us Your Stripes Blog Hop

Yikes Stripes "Beechnut" gum.
Back from the 60's for those who are too young to remember!
While their spokes animal was a zebra, I went a little different direction, 
for this hop.

Meet Griffin. He's my "Yikes Stripes" goofy giraffe!

I'm no artist, so I love looking for free clipart online for my quilts.
This guy popped up when I "Googled" free giraffe clipart.

Once I saw him I knew just what I was going to make.
He is a free download from Clipground.com, you can find HERE.

Clipart is small, so I opened him up in the "Paint" program on my computer
 and printed him on 4 pages to be the size I wanted.
I have learned to love using "Paint" that I didn't know I even had on my computer.
It's so easy to enlarge things in it and much less expensive than Office Depot.

I had a plan in my head, so I went right to my Crafter's Edge dies and went to work.
I wanted floating triangles and I knew the Equilateral Triangle die,
 would be just what I needed to make it happen.

192 triangles later...
Griffin was complete!

Using the Crafter's Edge Equilateral Die HERE, made for quick cutting
You can cut 4-6 layers at a time.
The strip dies HERE make it so easy to cut fabrics for borders and bindings!

An added bonus is for those of you with "GO" cutters, these dies will work in your machines with the addition of a conversion platform set HERE.

I absolutely love their Crossover II machine, with it's adjustable pressure settings.

Thanks to Carla from Creatin in the Sticks, for bringing us all together to...
As always, you and Carol are the best blog hop hostesses ever!
We are blessed to have you both in the blog-a-sphere.

Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers and see what fun "Yikes Stripes" projects they have come up with!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, February 15, 2021

Attention all Cacklers...

March 1 is almost here, and Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" and I
 are busting at the seams.
While our original plan was to share just the fabric requirements...
We just can't stand it any more, so we are sharing photos of the official 
Cackling Stitches Group "Premier" BOM.

Drum roll please...
We present you, "Hagatha's House"

This is my version and you can hop right over to Carol's page
to see her's done in Moda Grunge!
Here's how it works.
The BOM will run from March 1st to September 1st.
On the 1st day of each month we will release block patterns that will be free
 until the next blocks(s) is released.
Once new blocks are released, the previous month's blocks will no longer be free.
They will be available in our Etsy stores at a cost of $2 for each month's worth of blocks.
On October 1st the entire pattern will be combined and sold in our Etsy stores for $10.
We hope you appreciate the time we put into creating the BOM quilt and understand that we are keeping the costs to a minimum. If you're quick to get the pattern during the month they are free,  there will be no cost to you.

Yes, you are required to be a member of the Facebook Cackling Stitches group,
"witch" you can join right
You will find the fabric requirements HERE
This pattern will not be posted anywhere but our Facebook group. 
So what are you waiting for? 
Join us for the fun!

Feel free to download our button and post it to your blogs.
Come on March 1...we can hardly wait to see your quilts start coming together.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Carol and Joan

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Crafter's Edge Design Team

 Are you looking for some fun?

Crafter's Edge is looking for experienced bloggers to make and share a project a month 

on your blog and social media accounts

You can apply online through the link below

Unfortunately it's only for those who are in the USA.
At this time they are not shipping Internationally.

I love working with Crafter's Edge. Think about joining me!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Calling all "Cacklers"

You know who you are, if you have joined the "Cackling Stitches Group" on Facebook.

Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" and I have been busy working behind the scenes on this years free BOM and I must say, we are just giddy with what we have in store for you. As we put the finishing touches on the patterns, I thought I would share a sneak peek of what's coming your way.

If you love Halloween as much as we do, you won't want to miss out.

The fun starts March 1. This Block Of the Month will run for 6 months. That gives you 2 months to put the finishing touches on it, before the big day! Winky Winky!! 

We will release 1 or 2 blocks a month, that will be free for that month only. After that they will be available to purchase for a small fee.

You can get in on the fun by joining our group on Facebook 


We will be releasing more information on our Facebook group, throughout the month.

Happy Dance Happy Dance!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Conversation Heart Pillow

 Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and "LOVE" is in the air.
What are your "Conversation Hearts" saying?

Crafter's Edge makes it fast and easy, with the help of their 
"LOVE" and "Whimsical Heart" die sets, to send a message to your loved one.

Teamed up with Thermoweb's


HeatNBond®Fusible Fleece

You have a winning pair.

Hop on over to the Thermoweb blog


and download your free pattern.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, January 22, 2021

Snow Much Fun with Thermoweb

Looking for a way to chase those January Blues away?

"Snow Much Fun" 

This snowman runner will make every table a happy table.

With a little help from our friends 

HeatNBond®EZ Print Lite sheets take the tracing out of your applique.
SprayNBond®Basting Adhesive is a no odor way to sandwich your quilts.

Mini iron and a wool pressing mat, are the perfect pair for pressing out triangles. 

So hop on over to the Thermoweb blog 
and download your free pattern.
You will even find an easy tip for making mitered corners, included!

We will be "snow" happy to see you there!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, January 18, 2021

Hearts on Fire Blog Hop with Crafters Edge

The "Moose Boys" have been feeling a little bit neglected lately!
They just didn't understand why they had taken a back seat for so long.
So this time, it's all about them.
In honor of the "boys"...
...this is "Once in a Blue Moose" 
(paying homage to their tender feelings, don't you know)

AND we are going to pretend it's all about them.
BUT, there is a hidden meaning to this quiltie, I'll share in a bit.

We all know that quilts tell a story. We have learned to look beyond the fabric and the finished project and see the love and memories that were put into it.
"Crafter's Edge" has given us a way to really make our projects speak, with their alphabet dies.

My heart was on fire...or should I say my Crossover II was on fire,
 as I cut out 23 hearts in a matter of minutes.
Then moving on to the letters... it was so easy to line the letters up
 on my fabric and cut them at the same time.
 That's the real joy of having separate dies to work with.

I love using Thermoweb HeatNBond®Lite fusible web on my appliques. 
SprayNBond®Basting Adhesive is a no oder must, for keeping my quilt sandwich 
firmly in tack, while quilting.

I didn't really have a plan when I started this. 
It was one of those projects that just happened.
While playing around, I decided to I pre-quilted the background
 before I adding the appliques. 
My mini "Oliso" iron was perfect to tack down my appliques as I stitched.

"Crafter's Edge", dies make it so easy to create "on the fly".
My favorite, has to be the fact that I could take my large moose applique,
 and run it through the Crossover II machine, to cut out a heart 
on his little rumpus.
That's next to impossible to do with other cutting systems.
As for that hidden meaning...
 My "Blue Moose" hangs right over my sewing machine,
as reminder that I need to clean up my sewing room more than
 "Once in a Blue Moose".
And yes,  I actually cleaned my sewing room to hang it!
Happy Dance, Happy Dance.
Can't let the boys hear that. Their dancing causes house to start shaking!
Thanks Carol from the bottom of all of our hearts here, for hosting 
the "Hearts on Fire" hop.
(and making me clean up my room)
A big "thanks"  to
for helping make it all happen!

Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers, and see what's 
burning in their hearts this week!

til next time...

Keep on Stitchin'