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Thursday, January 27, 2022

It's my day on the Polar Bear Blog Hop

I'm excited to share my project with you today.  A little stash and pattern busting, was done for this hop and that makes me happy. I've long been collecting pattern from quilt magazines, that I "might" do some day. Know what I mean? LOL!! My notebooks are overflowing and it was time to make em or get rid of em.  I found a pattern from the Quilt Sampler 2014 Spring/Summer issue, that was just what I needed for this hop. Can I get a whoop whoop?


This is my "Polar Bear Plunge" quilt. 
(We even got some snow, so these bears could play outside for their photos)


You can see I changed it up a bit from the original pattern. While I loved all the arctic animal appliques,  I  really wanted to make it just about the polar bears, this time. Out came my hand dye fabrics that I have hoarded long enough!

You may have noticed the clipart at the end of my posts this week...
 I saved my favorite for last...

This cutie is can be found at Clipartix.com

I love taking free clipart and turning them into appliques.
 It's such a fun way to add a touch of whimsy to a quilt.

Speaking of adding whimsy...earlier this week Sharon Voorman shared a link
for the sweetest little polar bear stuffy. I had already planned to make him for the hop, but had only printed the pattern. That little "virtual kick in the rear" from you Sharon, make me get it in gear!
LOL!!


So I now have this sweet little guy to go with my Plunge quilt.
He is a free pattern from Fluffmonger, you can find 
Check out all their free patterns while your there.  They have an adorable Valentines one and V-day is just around the corner. There are even animal noses for face masks, that are just too cute.


My little "sleuth" of bears seem to get along quite nicely.
Yes, a group of bears are called a sleuth or sloth, really they are. You can check it out on
(Who knew!)


I do hope you have enjoyed the "Polar Bear Plunge" blog hop. The only plunge that promises to keep you warm and dry in front of your computer.
LOL!!

A big thanks to my fellow bloggers for making this hop a big success!
You all "rocked" the hop.

I opened up my new "Country Register" newspaper this week and found the perfect saying
 to end this hop...


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Polar Bear Blog Hop Day 5


I hope you are enjoying this hop as much as I am.

Today's bloggers kept the fun going, with their projects.

  • Brenda designed the cutest snowman mugrug and shared a bear quilt she made for her grandson.
  • Selena designed a dish drying mat and towels for her "not so polar bear plunge" but ocean side plunge. Yep, we are all just a little jealous about that, here. LOL!!
  • Susan and Sharon from Ms P Designs share so many of their fun Polar Bear designs with us and introduced a too cute for words, Yeti block!
  • Gail made the sweetest teddy quilt. It just makes you smile.
  • Karrin dug into her WIP (works in progress) pile and found the perfect wool runner for this hop.
  • Theresa also pulled out a project from 2016. She shared her gorgeous wool blocks. Baby it's cold outside sure made my heart melt.

Sadly tomorrow is the last day of this hop, but the fun is not over because these bloggers have lots to share.

Friday Jan 28

Sew Many Yarns

Inflorescence 

Lianne Makes Stuff

Stitchin at Home

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Beauty

MooseStashQuilting


Don't forget you can see all of the projects this week on our "Pinterest" board

Here are the last of the photos of polar bears on the Arctic Circle, from my son.

NOTE: He did not take these photos. They had a computer at the camp, that anyone could share their photos on.




til tomorrow...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Polar Bear Day 4...Don't Shut the Door



There is no "hump" day when it comes to blog hops.
Our Wednesday bloggers pulled out all the stops to share their best.

  • Elizabeth delighted us with not only a polar bear, but also a black bear, grizzly bear and a panda bear and educated us about each one of them. 
  • Kathy made the sweetest little bear and sleeping bag for her niece, and shared her progress on a fabulous bear quilt.
  • Beth was lucky enough to pattern test for Lorna at "Sew Fresh Quilts" and made the cutest polar bear pillow.
  • Kathleen made an awesome snowflake mini, quilted with Sulky Holoshimmer thread.
  • AndrĂ©e took us on an art quilt journey, all while sharing a true polar bear story.
  • Leah created an absolutely stunning bear paw quilt for this hop, using my favorite batiks.
Yes, today was a day to behold!

Don't forget you can see all of the projects this week on our "Pinterest" board

Tomorrow these bloggers are excited to share their project with us.

Thursday Jan 27

Songbird Designs

Selena Quilts

Ms P Designs USA

Quilting Gail

Karrin's Crazy World

Food for Thought

Bumbleberry Stitches

Here are a couple more photos from the Arctic Circle, from my son.

NOTE: He did not take these photos. They had a computer at the camp, that anyone could share their photos on.




til tomorrow...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Polar Plunge Day 3 Will be Something to See


Well, day 2 sure didn't disappoint!

  • Carol shared her super cute "Peace" Polar Bear, which brought back some of those 70's memories. LOL!!
  • Bea delighted us with her wintry gray snowball table topper.
  • Becky made a beautiful quilt for a friend's mom, with a fun Polar Bear backing.
  • Joy, even though she is roasting her her neck of the woods, jumped in and made some cute wintry soup bowl cozies, in the greatest fabrics.
  • Elana rocked her paper pieced Polar Bear with quilting that is awesome.
  • Turid, who lives not far from Polar Bear land, delighted us with so many fun projects. Her drawstring bags are great for so many things.
  • Sharon, who is living in a polar vortex right now, looked at the brighter side and created a modern quilt with colors from the weather map. 

The fun just kept on going.

Don't forget you can see all of the projects this week on our "Pinterest" board

Tomorrow brings these bloggers, who are going to share...
NOTE: He did not take these photos. They had a computer at the camp, that anyone could share their photos on.


 til tomorrow...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, January 24, 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop Day 2 Coming at You

 


Oh my goodness, did you catch all the fabulous projects on day 1?

  • Carla delighted us, with the cutest bear quilt for her new grandson.
  • Anorina rocked the "improv" world with her fun pillow and incredible quilting.
  • Kim shared how to survive those cold Michigan winters, with her tea tray and showed us how to make sweet little trivets.
  • Daryl made the cutest can cover that would be perfect in my sewing room or anywhere else.
  • Kim, has designed another great block for this hop, in my favorite colors. 
  • Wendy solved that age old problem of moving frozen foods around, with her adorable polar bear tote bag.

This is definitely why I love blog hops! I want to run right down into my sewing room and start creating them all today! LOL!!

Don't forget you can see all of the projects this week on our "Pinterest" board

Day 2 promises to bring you more fun with these great bloggers...

Tuesday Jan 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Beaquilter

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

 Days Filled With Joy

That Fabric Feeling

Den syende Himmel

VroomansQuilts


The complete schedule for the week, can be found

As I shared yesterday, my youngest did work on the arctic circle for 1 winter.

Here are more photos of the polar bears taken in the summertime.

NOTE: He did not take these photos. They had a computer at the camp, that anyone could share their photos on.



Its cold even in the summer...trust me I know. I took a day trip to Barrow AK and liked to froze.
LOL!! 
It was an incredibly interesting place to visit, though.



til tomorrow...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop starts Monday


It's colder than cold in most of the USA and we are taking the plunge.
32 fabulous bloggers have joined me in hibernating in their sewing rooms.
We promise that you will be delighted and entertained with what they have come up with.

You can visit these blogs tomorrow...

The complete schedule for the week, can be found

You can also follow the hop on the "Polar Bear Plunge" Pinterest board as well, 
It will be updated daily.

I thought I would share a few photos with you throughout the week.
My youngest worked up on the Arctic Circle for 1 winter, cooking for an oil camp after he graduated from culinary school. One winter is all he would deal with, but it was an experience of a lifetime for him. 
NOTE: He did not take these photos. They had a computer at the camp, that anyone could share their photos on.

It was dark and it was cold...


But they did see polar bears. In fact some days the bears were leaning up against the door of their building and they couldn't get out. How's that for a perfect excuse to call out "sick"?
LOL!!



Thankfully we can stay warm at home and enjoy the polar bears in this hop, instead!

til tomorrow...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, January 21, 2022

Love Letters


Love is in the air, as we are just weeks away from Valentines day, and
this heart felt garden flag, is guaranteed to bring you lots of love!


"HeatNBond Liquid Vinyl" protects fabrics from the elements outdoors. It paint on easily and your brush cleans up with water. 

1 coat - water and stain-resistant

2 coats - waterproof and stain-resistant

3 coats - waterproof and stain-resistant with a semi-gloss oilcloth finish


A good press using ThermOWeb Pressing Paper will set the vinyl and your ready to fly your flag, knowing it's protected.


I have used the "Nested Hearts" and "Love" dies from "Crafters Edge".
Their dies make cutting out applique shapes so fast and easy.
 
You can download the "FREE" pattern over on the Thermoweb blog
For those who do not have these "Crafters Edge" dies,  there are block letters and similar hearts provided in the pattern for you.

Not a fan of tracing? This pattern is printer friendly using
Just pop them into your printer and your ready to go.

So what are you waiting for, hop on over, grab your pattern and show a little love!

til next time...
keep on Stitchin'

Friday, January 14, 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop and More Fun to Come

We are just a little over a week away from the start of out next blog hop


My fellow bloggers have been working away to finish up their projects and 
are excited to share them with you.
Here's the schedule. 

Monday Jan 24

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Purring Cottage

Patchouli Moon Studio

Scrapdash

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

 

Tuesday Jan 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Beaquilter

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

 Days Filled With Joy

That Fabric Feeling

Den syende Himmel

VroomansQuilts

 

Wednesday Jan 26

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Hazel’s Daughter 

Words & Stitches

Kathleen McMusing

Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!

Quilted Delights

 

Thursday Jan 27

Songbird Designs

Selena Quilts

Ms P Designs USA

Quilting Gail

Karrin's Crazy World

Food for Thought

Bumbleberry Stitches

 

Friday Jan 28

Sew Many Yarns

Inflorescence 

Lianne Makes Stuff

Stitchin at Home

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Beauty

MooseStashQuilting


Looking forward to more fun?

February is Tickled Pink!


Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" is taking signups if you are interested in playing along.
You can read more on that hop

March  is time in a bottle, hosted by Carol at "Just Let Me Quilt"


This hop is now open for signups. You can read more on that

Don't forget we need your Blog name, Blog url ex:(https://...)
Your name and Your email address


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, January 10, 2022

Sneak Peek...Cackling Stitches 2022 Free BOM

 The "Cackling Stitches Group" on Facebook, is hosting their second annual free BOM

If your a Halloween junkie like we are, this one is for you. Carol and I were thrilled that Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" agreed to join us, this year. I know many of you know her and the fabulous patterns she has done.

Without further ado...

This is "Creepy Critters"!

Here's how the BOM works. It's a Facebook group free block of the month, that runs from February 1 to August 30th. On the first day of the each month, we will release block patterns that will be free until the next months block(s) is released. Once new blocks are released, the previous month's block(s) will no longer be free. They will be available in our Etsy stores at a cost of $2.
On September 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 this BOM quilt and understand that we are keeping the costs to a minimum. If you are quick to get the patterns during the month they are released, they are free and there would be no cost to you. As always we ask that you do not share the pattern. You can direct your friends to the "Cackling Stitches Group" on Facebook 
Carol has released the yardage requirements, so you can start collecting your fabrics.
Check it out, we look forward to seeing you, on our Facebook group page!


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, January 7, 2022

Let it Snow...Cause there's Stitchin' to be Done

Snow...snow...did someone say snow?
I may not have been as excited about all the snow, but after last week when the wild fires destroyed almost 1000 homes in the metro area, I have definitely changed my mind on that subject.

Yes we finally got that desperately needed snow the next day, 
which made my snowman flag, oh so happy!

Thanks to Thermoweb, this guy will bring smiles to my garden all winter long.
He is quick and easy to do with the free pattern you can find over on the Thermoweb blog

Just a few supplies and your on your way. 
 The pattern is printer friendly, for those who what to skip the tracing part of fusible applique

HeatNBond EZ Print Lite is printer friendly, just pop a sheet in your printer and print out those patterns on fusible applique.

HeatNBond Liquid Vinyl will protect your flag from the weather. You choose just how much

1 coat - water and stain-resistant

2 coats - waterproof and stain-resistant

3 coats – waterproof and stain-resistant with a semi-gloss oilcloth finish


All the pieces are included in the pattern, but lets face it, cutting circles can be a chore. "Crafters Edge" has made it so simple with their circle dies, though. The variety in their sets give you so many options, as well.  Check them out HERE
psssst... they are having a sale on some of their die sets too.


The year is shaping up and bringing some big things.


Jan 10 the new Cackling Stitches Facebook Group BOM will be revealed.
This is a free BOM what starts Feb 1. 
and I have had a blast creating this one for you.
I promise you won't want to miss it. 
If you're not a member already you can join us on our Facebook group

We are kicking off this new year with these 2 fun blog hops, as well.



See you soon.

til next time...
keep on stitchin!