Friday, November 21, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop Winner and pattern information

"Twas the Night" was a smashing success, don't you agree? Many many thanks go out to everyone involved. The gifts that were given...the inspiration that was got!  The tutorials and quick gifts were just over the top!  :-)    I'm sure many of you are just like me, and have a mile long list of "must do" projects now! Thank you all for that! ;-)


I so appreciated all the wonderful comments that were made about my Grinch quilt!
When I stumbled on this, on Facebook, I knew I just had to share!

Oh...and
I'm open to any and all bribes!
:-)



In the mean time...


With the help of none other, let me announce my give a way winner.



 Well, you don't say...

Random.org picked and early bird this time...
#9
Charlotte,  I've send you an email for your mailing info.
Congratulations and thanks so much for taking a little time 
out of your day to visit!

******

I've received some emails this week asking about the Pie Plate trivet I mailed to Deonn.
Somehow I managed to loose the pattern in my stitching cave...
but finally it turned up in a pile of  "must do" projects.
I'm sure some of you know just what I mean!
LOL!!


You can find it right HERE at Vogies!

It's very easy to do. Some clothesline, a glue stick and fabric strips. 
On that note...I have found that the clothesline that Wal-Mart sells is wonderful to work it.
It's a nice weight that stitches in your machine beautifully and it's much much less expensive
that the line that is marketed for bowl making!
Just my opinion of course.
;-)

Once again, I can't thank all of you enough.
Your support, inspiration and sweet comments, just keep me coming back for more!
Wishing you all the best in the holiday season!


 Can you just picture this with a moose in hand???????
LOL!!









Friday, November 14, 2014

Over the Shoulder Rice Bag Tutorial

Here is a quick little tutorial to create one of these marvelous rice bags.
I'm a visual person, so there are lots of photos,
but please read all the directions before you start.
:-)

I started out with a piece of paper 12" tall and 16" wide.
I folded it in half and marked a neckline, approximately 6 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" deep. 
I just "winged" it when it came to rounding the neckline, but on the outside edges I traced around a coffee cup.


Here is a photo of my pattern on a cutting mat, so you can get a general idea of the measurements.

I then took a double layer of pre-shrunk muslin (although your not going to ever wash this)
and laid it in between my outside fabrics. You want the right sides facing up on the top and down on the mat. Pin together and cut all 4 layers at once. With the muslin already inside, you won't have to move the fabrics in your stack.

Remove your pattern piece, and pin all the way around the outside edges of your bag.
 
 This will keep things from shifting as you stitch.
Once your all pinned, you will want to mark your first stitching line about 1/4+ below the lowest point of your neckline. 
 You can see a faint white mark in the photo above. I used a chalk marker. Stitch from side to side making sure you back tack each end.
From there, you are going to want to work your way up from that line, stitching rows  approximately 1 1/2" apart. You can remove the pins as you go. It's easy to keep your lines straight, as the ruler lines up with the straight sides. I stitch a row then draw another line, then stitch a row, draw another line, etc etc.
On this top part, I stitched 2 more rows. (creating 3 tubes) The outer most tube is a little wider, and when you have to add the binding a little later, you will be glad it is! :-)
 Once you have worked your way up to the top, you start working your way down. Same 1 1/2" rows.

Before we can fill these rows with rice, we need to stitch a line around the top (I've put a pin so you can see approximately where to start and stop) You want to give yourself enough room to insert a funnel tip when filling with rice. Stitch right around the top, from one shoulder, around the neck and to the other shoulder.  At this point I fill each of the top tubes with rice...nothing fancy, just what's in your cupboard.
 Stitch the top of each tube closed, as you go.
Word to the wise...you are going to want to leave at least 2-2 1/2" room at the top of each tube, or you will never get the binding stitched on later!
Don't ask me how I know!
LOL!
Once both shoulders are filled and stitched you can stitch down one side, and across the bottom coming up the side a bit just like we did on the top. Fill all your rows, stitching each one closed as you go. Your almost there.

Binding time.
For this, you are going to need biased binding. We have a lot of curves to go around. I cut mine,  2 1/2" wide, pressed it in half wrong sides together, and attach like I would any quilt, but since we have the bulk of rice, I suggest starting with a 45% angle and press under a 1/4", like shown below.
I've had to re-enact this, so please bear with me.
I used some scrap to show you. Don't let it confuse you. We are binding the actual bag filled with rice, not what was cut away.
;-)

Stitch down the bottom half of the binding, then leave open a little (as shown above). This will allow for tucking the opposite end in, once the binding is all stitched in place.  
 
Stitch around the entire piece with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Then tuck in the tail and stitch in place.
This is what it will look like when your done.
 You can whip stitch the ends together along the seam. Fold over and hand finish your binding.


Take your time in stitching the binding. You will have to start and stop, taking it out of your machine and shaking the rice to different places at times. I learned the hard way,  the joys of over filling.
I also experimented with running a basting stitch about 5/8" in, before filling with rice. After machine stitching on the binding you can remove that basting row before you hand stitch it down. It actually worked out pretty well.

Your all done. Pop that little guy into the microwave for 1 minutes then sit back and enjoy!


On that note...my youngest asked me to make him one to replace his tube sock full of rice.
Now that's a picture in my mind I'm not sure I want to see!
LOL!

So I broke out my special stash of Alexander Henry fabrics...

One for "the boy" and one to go into someones Christmas stocking!
LOL!!

I have tried to cover things the best I could. If you find you have problems or spot errors, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Enjoy!









Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop






And all thru the house. We are running like crazy, to finish that mouse...and  table topper, quilt, potholder, dishtowel, those PJ's,  oh the baking, and the tree...and  and  and  and...........

Oh but one smart Samm, came up with a way to make it all happen!  With help from a very special little "ELF" Marlene, we are going to have a few extra moments this holiday to sit back and enjoy!   Thanks you two, for all you do!

I received my package from Brandy over at Pampered Pettit.




Where to start, where to start?


Is it with this adorable little bag, with quilting peeking thru that just makes you smile?
 Lets face it...would be absolutely perfect for anyone.
Makeup bag, child's toy bag or pencil case, a project tote for quilt class.

 Best yet it's personalized. Is that the greatest?
I know I'm going to be busy, making up these little treasures for my quilting buddies.

OR

Is it this delightful toffee?
Oh, I'd love to tell you I will share...
but that just isn't happening!
I have no idea where they all went. They were on the plate, then they weren't.
Could it be that I ate them all!!!!
;-)

 I contacted Brandy, and she is willing to share the recipe for this yummy toffee! 
And I might add that yummy just doesn't do it justice. It's wicked good.


English Cracker Toffee 
(From the kitchen of Joan K Harris, my cousin)
1 C butter
1 C brown sugar
1 pkg saltine crackers
2 C chocolate chips
Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a jellyroll pan with foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease with butter.  Cover with crackers (~40).  In a sauce pan bring to a boil for 3 minutes the butter and brown sugar.  Pour over crackers and bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven, you may need to spread the toffee over the crackers more evenly at this point.  Turn oven off.  Let cool 5 minutes.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over crackers, place back in oven for 2 minutes, or until chocolate is softened.  Remove from oven and spread chocolate evenly over crackers.  Cool in fridge or let set overnight to harden.

She even shared the link for the free pattern for the little tote bag. 
You can find it right Here.




This little card just about says it all, doesn't it?

Thank you so much Brandy. What a great package to receive!

****

Now I started a quick little project for the holidays...

 This little mug rug was from Angie's Bits and Pieces Christmas in July patterns.
I talk about Angie all the time here. She has the cutest darn designs!

Some how I fell off the wagon of quick gifts!
You see the Grinch is one of my favorite holiday characters.
As I was stitching up the mug rug, I have visions running thru my head, but they were not sugar plums!
Oh no, not at all.  They were much more Grinchy than that!


After all, if he can steal one ornament, then why not 12 more?
12 little mug rugs stitched in a row, to make one big quiltie to warm toes below!
OK, so I'm no poet!
What can I say?

An online search for coloring pages, found find this handsome guy!
Just what my quilt needed.

I finally reeled myself in, and did a few more quick gifts.

I love these fabric key chains.
They are so easy to find in my purse.
The wrist strap is great if your 
not carrying a purse!
You can find the tutorial HERE
Thanks to The Idea Room.



Next up...



These hand sanitizer holders, are just perfect for this time of the year.
Elastic, that buttons onto anything, makes them so versatile.
You can find the tutorial for these HERE.
Thanks to The Inspired Wren.


Lastly, a little bit of relaxation...

I recently saw these "over the shoulder" rice bags. I rushed right home to draft one up, for myself.
 I just can't tell you how wonderful these feel when they come out of the microwave. Oh so soothing on your neck and shoulders. It's wonderful to wear when your stitching too!


Tomorrow, I will post a little tutorial for you, so you can make your very own.
And trust me, you are going to want one! 
 :-)

It's give a way time, and I have a gift for one of you...
Leave me a comment telling me about your best Grinchy memories, and you just might be the winner of my Grinch mug rug! (cup not included) It just won't fold up and fit into an envelope, but who knows what other surprises might!
;-)
I will pick my winner on  Nov 21st. The last day of the hop.
Till then I will be watching for all your great gift ideas.

Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers today, after all what's better than watching 
everyone open up their gifts online!

                                               Thursday, Nov. 13

                                                     Daisy Days
                                              Just Keep Swimming
                                               Words and Stitches
                                              Apple Avenue Quilts
                                                 Pampered Pettit
                                       Moose Stash Quilting (your here)

             




Monday, November 10, 2014

Tis the Season



Is this just beautiful?
I found it in my mailbox today.

 I was so excited to show you that I haven't even ironed it yet.
Is this panel gorgeous or what?

And all these delicious fat quarters to match.
 My head is spinning.

Connie Kresin over at Free Motion by the River had a give away, oh and I was so excited to be the winner!  A big thanks to Connie and Fabri-quilt for such a generous gift!

I need a day or two to mull over the perfect project for this.
Lap quilt, wall hanging, table cloth...decisions decisions!

What are your thoughts?

The winds blew thru and the snow started flying today. The temp's dropped over 40 degrees in just an hour...



What perfect timing for a holiday package to arrive don't you think?

And if it doesn't get better yet, there is a "Twas the Night" blog hop starting tomorrow.
There are just How many days left till Christmas????

;-)




Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Wildlife Sanctuary

Warning...
This post has absolutely nothing to do with stitching of any kind and there are a LOT of photos!

Some days I just need to get out and see the world around me. You know, that world outside of the throat plate of my sewing machine!  LOL!!

The weather was perfect, so we took a little venture over to the Wildlife Sanctuary

Having never been there before, I had no idea what to expect.
It's definitely not a thing of beauty...

 
 But someone gave it some good long thought, and it is probably the best plan ever for the animals and people alike.


You see the elevated walkways allow you to view the animals without being in their space. 
They explained to us as we entered that when people are at eye level with the animals they feel threatened. They don't seem to mind us a bit if we are above them.
So away we walked on the 1 mile of elevated walk. 
That's a 2 mile round trip stroll, but the weather was perfect for it.

Incredible view of the big cats!


Notice that culvert pipe?
I'll tell you about that a little later

Beautiful big waterfalls and ponds with streams for the animals to play in.









 This pride is not only all rescued animals, but they are a family that were able to stay intact as a unit.




I was surprised to see Bob Barkers name associated with this. 
He is a very big supporter we were told. 


These 3 guys just came in last week from Mexico. They are beautiful!



I love this photo, it shows just how gorgeous this animal is!



New tigers are kept separate until they adapt to the new surrounding. Then they are allowed to roam with the others.





Remember me mentioning the culverts above?
These 20' concrete pipes go underground, into very large concrete septic tanks that are filled with straw. It allows the bears to hibernate in the winter. There were over 30 bears in this habitat but only about 3-4 were out. The rest had already gone into hibernation.
Now that is some smart thinking. It keeps a constant temperature of about 60 degrees year round, and give them an escape from the heat of the day if they choose also.

  
Every habitat has these pipes in them, to allow any animal a place to get away from it all!
I think it's kind of like me, in my sewing room.
LOL!!



Snoozing in the warm sun!



Reading the signs and hearing the stories of how these animals happened to come here was as shocking as it was, sad to me.

In the distance you can see they are building a new visitor entrance. It's gonna be a monster size one too.  But... it's at least another mile away. That will make this walk a 2 mile walk each way.
I just might have to consider volunteering here. Not only for the animals but for a bit of exercise myself.  LOL!


Not everything is a big cat here...



But they definitely stole my heart!


These are all here due to some kind of abuse, or neglect. They were all either starved or beaten to perform in most cases, for people. 
Why is my question? When you see the face of the guy above, it breaks you heart.

There was no smoking on the property.
2 of the bears were addicted to nicotine.
Can you imagine? They were taught to perform to get their next fix.
Smokers know how hard it is to quit. Imagine an animal, 
who doesn't really understand what's is going on. 

Wow, is about the only thing I can say!

Hope you enjoyed my little trip to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
It was sure an eye opener for me
and I plan to go back very soon.
:-)

Now if this day could get any better...


This harvest moon was the perfect end!