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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

It's My Day "Rose Colored Glasses" Blog Hop

 This month Carol challenged us with a theme of "Rose Colored Glasses".

It's been a long time, but this "Moose-kateer" is back and sporting her beautiful

 "Rose Colored Glasses"

This challenge stumped me a bit, but when cleaning up some of my fabric mess once again, I stumbled on a piece of snow dyed fabric that I have been hanging onto for way too long. I love my hand dyes and crazy as it sounds, cutting into them is hard. I keep them because they are pretty, which makes it pretty silly to even bother dying fabric, if I'm not going to use it.

Snow dying frequently ends up with "Monet" looking results, so flowers just seemed to be a must.

Without further ado, let me introduce 

"Mavis the Moose"

This is a combination of a floral design from the book "Flower Show Quilts", and a rubber stamp from "Whipper Snapper Designs". It's so much fun to sit down and play with combining things.
The border fabric is also a hand dye fabric and I worked out all the the math for my quilting, to make a nice frame effect...All was well, until I had a senior moment, and cut off all that math I had done, when trimming it all up. 
Let's just say, Mavis had to plug her ears!
But that is a secret between you, me and Mavis!

A big thanks to Carol for hosting this months challenge and to all of you for visiting with us here in the MooseStash, today.

Please stop in and see what my fellow bloggers have been up to and leave them a little love...
We all love reading your comments. They really do make our day and keep us connected with each other.
It's been a fun week, seeing everyone's rosy projects! 
You can find the complete schedule HERE, if you missed anything.
We have another "Rosey"celebration coming this weekend.
Saturday my youngest son is getting married, so while it's a rosey time it's also a crazy time, here. I will respond to all my comments, if you are not a no-reply blogger, but it may take a few days. 

Next month I will be hosting 

Show us you PIGS!
PIGS - Projects in Grocery Sacks
UFOS -Unfinished Objects
WIPs - Works in Progress

Drop me an email if you want to join in.
There's always room for you!

In July, Carol is back and hosting "Picnic Party"!
Drop her an email and show us your favorite picnic theme projects.

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, May 14, 2023

I'd Be Lion...

I'd be lion if I didn't tell you I love this guy!

I needed a diversion from my normal stitching and "Larry the Lion" from 
"Funky Friend Factory" was a great way to play.
Maybe it was when I went looking for something and a ton of old furs and fleeces in my stash fell out of the cabinet. I bet this stuff is over 20 years old. 
It was definitely time to use it up.

I enlarged the pattern to 150% so this big guy is 18" tall and 17" wide. There is no way I could have used these fabrics in the original pattern size
My machine didn't love all those thick layers and my hands kept cramping while working on it, but it was so worth all the effort. 
I also used velvet from a dress I found at a thrift store years ago, for his nose and feet. 
While his nose is a little wonky, it just give him more personality!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. After all perfection is highly over-rated!
Larry was for "little man" but when you have a big sister who thinks everything is hers...
Well, she get a pink elephant!
I also enlarged this one by 150%...it's my mission to use up stuff that I have here, so the biggest I can make, is best!  Oh, but all that stuffing and housing for all these big guys! Will that stop me... heck no, I have more friends waiting in line to be stitched!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Rose Colored Glasses Sew it-Show Challenge Starts Monday

We all know that life can be a challenge from time to time, but this month,
Carol is taking that challenge to the bright side, by looking at it through
Rose Colored Glasses!

24 fabulous bloggers are sharing their projects with us and
you won't want to miss one uplifting one of them!


Just Let Me Quilt

Selina Quilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches



Sew Many Yarns

Quilt Schmilt

Podunk Pretties

Quilted Snail

Quilting Gail

Texas Quilt Gal





Karrin’s Crazy World



The Crafty Grammie




Just Because Quilts

Quilted Delights

Vroomans Quilts

Karen's Korner

Ms P Designs USA

Our next month's challenge is all about those pesky projects that we haven't finished. If you haven't joined already, you might want to look in the corners of your sewing area and see if there isn't something you can finish and share with us, too! 
Drop me an email if your interested. There are a few spaces left!
Crazy as it seems, we will be at the half way point of the year before you know it.
Summertime in the USA is picnic time for us and Carol is hosting a "Picnic Party"
challenge. Show us your favorite picnic projects! 
Send all your info to her and join in on the fun!

I will see you bright and early on Thursday, with my rose colored glasses on!

til then...

Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Which Way to Witchville BOM - May

 May we introduce to you, our next two blocks in our "Witchville" town? Be sure to grab them while they are free this month!

Got shoes that need a little extra love? The "Village Cobbler" is here to help out!
You can find the pattern HERE

"Beware of Witchville"
Only go there if you dare...
You can find the pattern at "Just Let Me Quilt"

You can also find the download for these patterns on our Cackling Stitches Facebook group page
You will find it at the top of the page in the Featured Posts tab.

This BOM runs from Jan 1st through September 30th. As with years past, on the first day of each month, we will release block patterns on our Facebook group page, that will be free for that calendar month. They will then go into our individual ETSY shops, where you can purchase them for $2 each block.  We have had emails and fielded many questions, so what is "new" this year, is that the entire pattern is now available in each of our ETSY shops for $15.  You no longer have to wait until it's over, to be able to purchase the pattern. It's also an option for those of "us" who just can't wait for the next months release. LOL!! 

We hope you appreciate the time we put into creating this BOM and understand that we are keeping the costs to a minimum for you. We ask that you respect our copyrights and do not share this pattern. Your welcome to direct your friends to our Cackling Stitches Group Facebook page HERE, or any of our blogs and Etsy shops

MooseStashQuilting ETSY Shop

Just Let Me Quilt Blog - Just Let Me Quilt ETSY Shop

Creatin' in the Sticks Blog - Create in the Sticks ETSY Shop

April Blocks

"Cauldron Cafe"
Blog - "MooseStashQuilting"

"Magic Wand Salon"

"Winona Grimm"

March Blocks

"Flying Lessons"

Witchville Gala Night

Flying Geese - free pattern throughout the BOM
Download the pattern HERE

February Blocks

Witchville Bakery 
An Apple a Day 

 January Block

Town Square

Now fire up your machines and start sharing your blocks with us, on our Facebook page!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, April 21, 2023

June Sew it-Show it Challenge Blog Hop Announcement

If you are like me, you have more than your share of projects laying around that haven't been finished.
Well, this challenge is for you.
The June challenge "When Pigs Fly" is the time to get them out of those bags, bins and closets!

PIGS - Projects in Grocery Sacks
UFOS -Unfinished Objects
WIPs - Works in Progress

Come on, you know you've got em!

Join the movement and "get er done"!
Then share them with the rest of us so we can all applaud your works.

If you want to play along, drop me an email with "When Pigs Fly" in the subject line and all your info, including a date preference, if any as well.

Never participated before...don't let that stop you.
We would love to have you join us and we are here to answer any questions for you.
If you do not have a blog, I would be happy to sponsor your post on my page.
(Limit 3) per hop.

Don't forget, Carol is hosting "Rose Colored Glasses" next month. 

It's not too late to join in on this hop. 
Just drop Carol and email!

As I ended our last challenge with...


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Say What? Challenge Day 4 Wrap Up and a New Challenge...


Yep, us bloggers sure have a lot to say...

  • Carol delighted not only us, but her adorable little granddaughter with a quilt make from a soft book panel. She also shared  a paper piecing project her still can't believe she said yes to. LOL!!
  • Karrin's heartfelt pillow and  framed piece brought a tear to our eyes today. She said so much, with such love. Beautiful work! 
  • Sandie was on the case today...pillow case that is! I love how she personalized them. 
  • Melisa took us on a trip to her families tobacco farm, with her incredible story of growing up. She hand appliqued and quilted a beautiful piece to remember "life" by. 
  • Brenda brought back my memories of days gone by with her Sheep quilt. I love her twist on it. Her coffee mugrug is too cute.
  • Joy created a sweet tote bag, complete with custom pockets to keep her crochet items organized.

This seems to be the best way to wrap up this hop...
I definitely am going to make this into something, because we never stop learning.
We just need to put ourselves out there.
I do hope this hop has inspired everyone to "Be Brave" and try something new.

A big thanks to all my blogging buddies for making "Say What" another wonderful hop.

I am not ready to stop hearing what us quilter have to say.
Because you all really do, brighten up my day!
Please make sure you comment on all the posts from the hop. Our bloggers love hearing from you.
Part of the whole online experience is to connect with each other. 
Their are great friendships formed online.

You can visit our Pinterest board to see all the projects from this hop

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Say What? Challenge Day 3 Wrap Up


Yep, us bloggers sure have a lot to say...

  • Gail delighted us with a fun quilty assortment of memes. But her "What Happens at Quilt Retreat, Stays at Quilt Retreat" wall hanging was the absolute best. She also shared an Iron on quilt label book that has me heading off to find one for myself!
  • Sharon blew my mind today when she talked about her and her guild creating a quilt starting at the borders. What a different way to approach a quilt. It just proves, we never stop learning.
  • Leah shared her crazy quilted project bags with us today and where to find the "Free" pattern. How many of you actually use those decorative stitches on your machine. I seldom use them, but that might have to change.
  • Moira shared her pieced circles and the link to the tutorial that makes them easy. I'm all about the easy way and will definitely be checking that out. She also finished off a beautiful heart mini that carried a huge message!
  • Sharon and Susan, our Ms P Design USA team shared a story of days gone by, when tea parties with friends allowed for story telling. Times may have changed, but their coffee, tea or me lineup of patterns make it easy for us, to stitch up our memories.
  • Kathy shared an adorable quilt for Emerson, along with different ways to incorporate words into our projects. She is the master of free motion writing.
Here's another "wordy" idea saved in my file of things to do...
Hopefully this isn't too off color for you, but it really made me laugh.
Maybe it was all those years, working in customer service at the airport.
There's a lot of stories there for sure!

Tomorrow is the final day of our "Say What?" hop. 
You don't want to miss what these bloggers have to say!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'