Monday, May 4, 2015

Travel EPP Kit

I have to say, when Linda over at UggaBear Cottage was looking for a few pattern testers, it took me about 2 seconds to shoot off an email to her, volunteering!


I just love this little Travel EPP Kit.


It's a perfect little size to keep all your stitching supplies in, when your traveling.

Approximately 6"x6" and 1" deep.
It all zips up to keep everything contained. 
(my favorite part)
:-)



Linda even covered mini Altoid tins to match her kit.
Altoid tins...what a fabulous idea!
Keeping those darn pins from poking you when you travel!
Love it!

***
My little kit looks a bit different...
You know the "boys" here in the Moosestash...

They demanded to be "cover boys"

Those spools of scrap booking ribbon, 
that never seem long enough for much of anything,
are the perfect size to go around this little kit.
You know those ones you can pick up in 4 packs at "Target" for a buck!

I appliqued a moose right over it all.
 I think personalizing it was half the fun, but don't tell those boys that.
:-)


You can see all the wonderful storage it offers. 
The center top, is a little pin cushion. Now just how convenient is that?
And the thread below stores on a ribbon that Velcros open and closed. 
"Sew" easy to change out spools.

Pockets, and pouches and storage, oh my!
I just love this little guy.
:-)

The carry strap easily doubles as a key chain. 

I re-purposed a little find from the Houston Quilt show last year.
It made the perfect zipper pull.

Everything I need at my fingertips.
Thank you Linda, for letting me play.
:-)

You can find this great pattern over on Pattern Spot.
(it's linked for you)
and HERE you can read more about it, and see 
another adorable tester version.

It's definitely one I recommend!

Now, I'm off to purchase a few of those little Altoid tins!
Have a great day.














Saturday, May 2, 2015

Easter Party Quilt-A-Long Block 2


I hope you had fun with block #1.
Those cupcakes made my mouth water!

This month it's all about those marshmallow bunnies!
;-)




Looks just like the ones in the grocery store don't they?

Have some fun and stitch in a few little details to dress em up.


Rice is the name of the background fabric I used. It's from the neutral collection at Island Batik.

 This is our color pallet this month.

Left to right...

111505165 from the Flower Fields Collection
111517075 from the Flower Fields Collection
111505190 from the Flower Fields Collection
111505170 from the Flower Fields Collection
111517141 from the Country Fair Collection
111505100 from the Flower Fields Collection
BE25-F1 from Blenders
Almond from Neutrals.


Here is what we have completed so far.
Don't you love it?


It's not too late to join in...
You can find all the information right

Happy Stitchin'




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Winner of our First Easter Quilt-A-Long, give-a-way


I hope you have been enjoying the beginning of our Quilt-A-Long.

With the help of Random.org,

I have chosen #30, Dody as the winner of
one of these lovely little strip sets.


Dody, I've sent and email for your mailing info, and will get it on it's way to you.

Thanks again to the folks at Island Batik.


You can check out the new catalogue right 

Lots of wonderful fabrics to inspire you, 
and a chance to meet the designers that bring them to life!


See you next Saturday with block 2.
;-)



Friday, April 24, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop Winner


Oh my goodness, did these Lovely "Latte" Ladies, just do a magnificent job, with amazing projects or what?   I can't tell you, what a privilege it was to cheerlead for all of you! Each and every one of you inspires me every day!

I consulted my crystal ball (also known as Random.org) and #19 was picked as my winner of the Have a Latte Blog Hop.   That would be none other than Super Mom No Cape.  Now if that isn't the greatest name I've ever heard. Speaks a lot about all moms, doesn't it.  I've already dropped and email to Super Mom for her mailing, and will be sending this little mug rug and some other goodies her way.

Thanks again Clothworks for the wonderful fabric.
It inspired so many!

And a round of applause to Madame Samm for her love of our community
and her willing to take on the monster project of keeping us in stitches!
Literally that is!
;-)

As for me...I just got back from a quilt retreat last night.
Whew, what a time.

Work, work, work!
No fun, at all


Oh crap, I forgot to edit out those wine glasses!
Not a laugh to be had...


Rats another glass, and the bottle to boot!


This was our entertainment.


...and did they deliver!


Sharon showed us a great disappearing block method.
Interesting, how we all started with the same size block.
And that was even before we broke out the wine
????


Here is lesson learned...
You can't drink and stitch. I was so proud of finishing my little top...
only to find that I stitched those blasted yellow block together wrong.
Where is that seam ripper anyway?


We did a little shopping in the Mennonite Community.
This is Weavers on Seneca Lake, a 200 yr old barn.


With an incredible view.




Gorgeous Quilts!


I have to tell you...
There is nothing better on the planet than these ladies.


And I don't think I have laughed so hard...at least since the last time I was with them!

Where did I find such an incredible group...
thru blogging.

Just goes to show, that we have the best folks on the planet right here in our blog world.
It brings each and every one of us a little closer together every day.
Even if we can't travel to be together, it's a daily retreat just to keep in touch thru blogging!

Wishing you all a fabulous day!

;-)








Saturday, April 18, 2015

Easter Party Quilt-A-Long Kickoff!

 Easter Party 
From Angie's Bits 'N Pieces

I can't believe the day is really here.
I hope your all as excited as I am about starting this Quilt-A-Long.

If you need a refresher on how this is going to work, 
 you can read all about it 

You will find the pattern at Angies Quilt Pattern Shop

Today, I'm going to jump right in and get started with the first block.
It's all about the color!
Bold, bright and beautiful colors!


Island Batik has such bright and cheery colors, that will tickle anyone's toes. 
These fabrics just make this quilt "pop".
From left to right, they are...

111518113 from the Country Fair Collection
111517075 from the Flower Fields Collection
111505101 from the Flower Fields Collection
111505100 from the Flower Fields Collection
111517141 from the Country Fair Collection
111504144 from the Country Fair Collection
111509193 from the Flower Fields Collection

The background for my blocks are going to be scrappy neutral colors.
It really give a quilt some depth.

 I'm starting with "Vanilla" from the Neutrals collection.

This quilt is applique. You can choose which ever type you prefer. For me, it's all about the fusible.
;-)
Remember to cut your background fabrics 1 inch larger, regardless of what type of applique you choose. It will shrink up a bit, as you stitch.


Cupcakes!  


This is your chance to go wild and crazy with the thread.


 It's a great way to practice a little free motion stitching too.


Don't they look great all together, on our background fabric?

I like to give my blocks a good stream pressing before I trim them down.
That way I know they are nice and straight before I cut them.



I love how they pop, on this cheery batik.
111501076 from the Flower Fields Collection.


So break out those threads and join on in!
The nice thing about this quilt, is that the blocks are easy enough to complete in just an hour or two.
You don't have to commit a huge amount of time to get it done.
With our busy schedules, that's what we all need!

Oh, and thanks to the fine folks at Island Batik, we will be having give-a-ways 
along the way...

How would you like to win one of these little bundles?

Grab my button for your blog...
(Ms Carol at FunThreads, worked so hard
 to teach this ole dog a new trick)

Leave me a comment telling me if your going to join in with us...
and what colors you love!
I will select a winner next Saturday April 25th.

;-)


Til then...
Happy Stitchin!