Saturday, August 11, 2018

Pets on Parade

This is the first year I've participated in the "Pets on Parade" blog hop.
My old cat, Ms Murphy really didn't love having her photo taken, 
or even spending time in my quilt cave with me. 
She had her own agenda, and it frequently didn't involve people! LOL!!
She passed away on Mother's day night.
"RIP"ole girl.
That left us with a very quiet house and a hole in our hearts, 
especially my hubby, the only one she adored.
We were petless for a month, and then it was time to bring new life in the house.
In came these 2 little bundles of joy.
Making their way to their new BFF, as soon as they walked in the door.
Ms Kenai
Mr Denali
Yes, they are named for a couple of our favorite Alaska places 
and we had to switch their collars once we found out what they were.
Boys really don't like pink, I'm told!
LOL!!
They had a rough start. They were barn cats that had been socialized, but...
 came with worms, ear mites and runny eyes that turned into rip roaring respiratory issues.
This brother sister team, do love each other though, and have grown to love everyone else around.

BUT...

Are they helpful with my sewing?
Well, ask this one who had to be cut out of the cone of thread,
 he managed to tangle himself in, as I was sewing.
Help with binding???
Not so much.
If the stare down doesn't work, I'll just bite the thread as you stitch.
Checking it out...
and knowing he wants it to stop.
Only to find that these quilt things, are pretty comfy after all!
If you want to see the top of this quilt...
I shared it Friday in the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog hop
Quilting is tough now...
One won't let me sit down to sew...
And the other tells me, I'm not going to do any long arming either.
What is a quilter to do???????
LOL!!
This is our adventures with Kenai and Denali.
They are getting better every day, and my vet bills are growing.
But I think we are finally on top of it all!
Now just teaching them to love quilting...
I don't think anti-biotics will help there!
LOL!!
The things we do, for the pets we love.
Please check out all the other cuties over at Lily Pad Quilting
You can vote for your favorite!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin!
I'll try to do the same here!
hahahahaha





Friday, August 10, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik

I'm so happy to be able to finally share...
We get a fabulous surprise package twice a year.
It's almost 6 months before we can show it off.
That's a long time to keep that secret!
But the cat is out of the bag now!
LOL!!
My "Bearly Tracks" with Vintage Morris!
I couldn't think of anything more appropriate than "Bears" in the great outdoors...
(Well, aside from moose that is)
tee hee hee
This quilt, is a combination of 2 patterns, that were in my huge stack of things to do.
Anyone else have those issues?
LOL!!
I just couldn't decide between them, so I combined them
 to create this unique take on my 
"Great Outdoors" project.
I used "Glad Creations Inc" "Bear Tracks" pattern
This pattern is perfect to show off the incredible depth, these "Vintage Morris" fabrics have.
and "Java House Quilts" " We Barely Made It" pattern
giving it just the whimsy needed, to bring it all together.
I just love the addition of these adorable little bears and fish.
Just look at how beautiful, these fabrics are.
What better place for a photo shoot, than the ole car pond. 
I'm sure my fish were quaking in the pond, at the thought of those bears lurking above!
:-)
A big thanks to 
for providing the fabrics for this project.
That one of the incredible perks, of being an ambassador.

The other big one is being able to share with you.
Speaking of sharing...
How about a give away?
In the process of combining patterns, I've cut these 5" squares that I didn't use.
I'd love for "1" of you, to win them.
UPDATE:
Rafflecopter didn't play nice, I'm so sorry about that.
My internet and phone service has been up and down.
It's likely going to be next week before it's resolved.
Leave me a comment telling me what project you would like them for.
I will pick my winner next Friday August 17th.
I will ship anywhere in the USA. 
If your international and don't mind paying the postage, 
let me know in your comment, please.


Island Batik also has a give away you can enter
One last look at "Bearly Tracks".
I just couldn't resist showing off my beautiful hibiscus plants.
They are about done for the summer,
 but they sure were beautiful.

We've got a month of fabulous to share.
You won't want to miss a one...

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Blog Hop Heaven

I'm sure you've all heard of "dead heads" from the Greatful Dead Era 
and crack heads from, well, you know...
I like to think of myself as a "Hop Head"!
One who is addicted to Blog Hops.
LOL!!!!
I just can't pass up the chance to find fun projects that fit the theme.
Right now the Island Batik ambassadors are showing off the newest lines
 of fabrics about it hit the shelves, with the "Great Outdoors" blog hop.
I'll be sharing on Friday...and I just might have a give-away planned.
winky winky
Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts
Starting on Aug 20th
We promise your a great adventure, with
We have searched the internet high and low and are showing off 
a "Fabulous" collection of free patterns.
Who doesn't love a freebie, am I right?

Monday August 20

Tuesday August 21

Wednesday August 22

Thursday August 23

Friday August 24

September brings me to "Welcome to my House" blog hop, from "Just Let Me Quilt".
My project is under way...
I bet there is time for you to get in on this, too...
Check it out at the bottom of her post
Then comes October...
my favorite time of the month.
You know I just can't pass up a chance to make another 
Halloween project. 
You can sign up for this one with "Seams to be Sew", until Aug 22nd
Why don't you join us?

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'



Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It's a Wild Life BOM

We are a few days behind...
but it's up and we are rearin' to go!
Amy at "Sew Incredibly Crazy" has been sick for a few weeks now, 
but this was certainly worth the wait, don't you agree?
Here cabin in the woods is perfect for our BOM.
This block is free for this month only
After that there will be a small charge.
I'm so excited to see this start coming together.
Thanks to 
for sponsoring these gorgeous fabrics.
These are all from their basic and blenders line...
That means they are available all the time.
Just the way I like it!
;-)

Thanks, to all of you, who inspire all of us designers every day!

Carol at "Just Let Me Quilt"

Make sure you post your finished block in our Facebook group for a chance to win
a wonderful prize from one of our sponsors!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, August 3, 2018

Who Let the Dogs Out

Arf, arf, arf, arf!!



Do these guys just make you smile?
This is a smaller version of "Hound Dogs", from Antonie Alexanders book "Happy Quilts".
You can find that book 
If you saw my Patchwork Elephant quilt earlier this year, its the same designer.
Antonie also is known as "Red Boot Quilt Company"
Her sense of whimsy and color just blow me away.
Just add baby and this photo would be complete!
As this quilt is a commission quilt, for someone who is having a little boy very soon.
I hope he will grow up to love his new litter of puppies to play with.
LOL!!
But I get just one more "Happy" view of this sweet little bunch of puppies, myself.
Check out the Red Boot Quilt Gang on Facebook.
for loads of inspiration and "Happy"

PS: Hope you don't have that crazy song running thru your head all day now!
hahahahahaha

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'