Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Sensations Blog Hop

Hip hip hooray!
I get to help kick it off, today.

Are you melting from the summer's heat?  
Here in the USA, most of us are.

Well, do I have a solution of sorts, for you....

It's a potholder Palooza!
It might not do much for the summer sun,
but it will sure help in the kitchen.

I just love potholders and all the crazy fun ways we can make them.

No matter if it's Strawberries



Funky Chickens


Happy Campers

Or a sittin chickin

They're sure to delight.
Many of these are from

You can find it right 
on Amazon

The "Happy Campers" is a free pattern from
You can find it right

If that's not enough of those heat proof hotties...

Check out all these at 
Crafty Staci

So keep your cool this summer with some 
quick and easy projects.

Thanks Marian for getting us together for another fun filled
hop.  Talk about one hot chick...
She's the firecracker who keeps us all together.

Oh and speaking of "all together".
Many of us have known each other for years thru blogging.
We've made many friends thru sweet comments left.

Want a way to really keep these special people in your hearts and 
hands forever?
Why don't you consider joining us in the

Simply Sign Me Swap.

Marian and I and jointly working behind the scenes for you.
You are making 4 1/2" blocks with signatures on them.
They all get mailed to me, and I will separate and mail them back to you.
The rule are simple, as YOU get to make most of them up!
Read more about it right

We'd love to have you join us.
I've even gotten Island Batik to sponsor my blocks!
Happy Dance...Happy Dance

 A big thanks to our sponsor for the  great give a way.
You can enter by leaving a comment below.
Tell me what's hot stuff in your world!

Be sure to visit my fellow bloggers 

July 21
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July 25
July 26

Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Row by Rowing Along...

...When the opportunity to take a little trip, to collect Row by Row patterns came along, I jumped at the chance.

Can you guess, where I went?

I never turn down and opportunity to take a trip to Alaska.
Call me biased, but I think they have the best rows this year!
I just had to have them all.
Or at least as many as I could collect while I was there.

Don't you just love that top row that I finished?
It's the row from Kenai Fabrics.
It's definitely my favorite and I made it up as soon as I got home.

We had the most fabulous weather all trip, but Homer
was a huge bonus.
There are few days that are this clear there.

The eagles were out enjoying the day too.

This mama, was sitting on her nest tending her little ones.

The Homer Spit is so much fun in the summer.

My youngest caught a 40lb king salmon on the Kenai River

 Hard to believe its almost 11pm isn't it?
I love this time of the year. 

The Cabbages love all that sunshine too.
This one is almost 2 foot in diameter.

Oh and yours truly even caught a Halibut!
It's hard to pick who is scarier in this photo, the deckhand or me!

Yes I even found a Moose and her calf!

The view from my friends deck. 
Can't blame anyone for not wanting to ever come home.

                            But all good trips must come to an end,
                            and these photos taken from the plane,
                              were the perfect way to top it all off.

What a great view of a glacier.

Till next time Alaska!

Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, July 18, 2016

Christmas in July with Island Batik...

Christmas in July...

It's like those "chips" where you can't eat just one.
Or those M&M's where you can't eat just one pound!
Oops, I promised myself I wasn't going to air
that dirty little secret!
I was going to take "that one" to my grave...
and no, not from M&M overload,
Thanks for asking!

OK, back on track here!

I got a chance to play around with a little art quilting.

I fell in love with straight line quilting, during our Modern Challenge last month. Then I stumbled on this fun tutorial from Julia Graber.
 It was all the inspiration I needed,  to sit down and play.
Out came the Island Batik Holiday Happenings fabrics and my Accuquilt GO cutter. I was off and running!

I love these 12" projects. You really can, sit down and finish them in a few hours.  It gives you a chance to get your feet wet,
 with new techniques.

You can read Julia's post on making this fun background fabric

and you can see Oops Lah's results

Between them, I just couldn't resist!

A big thanks to Island Batik and their yummy fabrics!

Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Christmas in July with Island Batik

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....
minus the snow
plus the 90 degree temperatures...
Well OK, maybe it's not really looking like Christmas,
but it's feeling that way, at the ole sewing machine.

This month Island Batik and my fellow ambassadors have taken 
 the holidays by storm.
There's nothing better than getting a jump start on those holiday
projects. Once fall arrives we blink our eyes and it's Christmas.
I'm never ready, are you?

Father Christmas.

This "father" is from Island Batik

Gorgeous fabrics to celebrate that special day!

If you are an "Angies Bits and Pieces" fan like me, you know that
she does a Christmas pattern every day in the month of July.
You can see more right
Loads of inspiration...
"Sew"...get busy and
show us your Christmas in July projects!


Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, July 8, 2016

In Our Garden Blop Hop Winner for July

Thanks so very much to each and every one of you, who have left so many sweet comments on my blocks this month.

I have a winner for the $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop...
Its Dawn T.
I've send you and email Dawn.
Congrats and thanks for visiting!

It's not to late to get the pattern for this months blocks.
You can find it right 

but it's only available til the end of the month!

I love seeing the blocks that your doing with this pattern.
You can join in the Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends group 
and see for yourselves.

A big round of applause to the Fat Quarter Shop 
for the sponsoring this give a away!

Keep on Stitchin'