Saturday, May 31, 2014

Scrap bustin

I absolutely love scrap bustin.
When I had to move things in my sewing room, I realized just how many scraps had managed to build up again. They are like bunnies, I swear!
It was time to do a little house cleaning and use up the old stuff.

Out came the civil war fabrics and a little bit of wool.
I even found the perfect place for these cool buttons, I bought a very long time ago.

This little cutie is just 27.5" square. A nice little doll quilt size.

  Buttons and Bows by Jenifer Gaston.

That being said, I have a HUGE file of patterns I have downloaded online. 
I'd love to share where I found this at, but for some strange reason, I can't seem to locate it.
I have the copy I printed out with the above information on it...but I can't find a link to it.
I'm so sorry. Maybe one of you is better organized the me and can help solve this problem!

Till then...
I'm still scrap bustin!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A little bit of this and a little bit of that!

                   It's been a weird weather year so far this year...
            Mothers day brought us over 24 hours of rain and snow.
Who would have thought, that we would have managed to collect this much show in May!

Once the snow stopped it was pretty chilly for days.
I took advantage of the low temperatures to shovel rock

That's 5.5 tons of rock. 
And yes I shoveled every bit of it myself. 
Oh it was heaven, working in 40 degree weather.
I will never have rock brought in again when it's warmer than that!
Best exercise I ever got.

Oh the finished results, were well worth the work!
We took out a lot of overgrown bushes and broken down raised flower beds.
I'm much happier with the clean look and low maintenance now.

Then, last week it was tornado's and hail. Thank goodness I was out of town for this event, but friends posted photos from the airport on Facebook.

 Why is it that we go thru all this tornado training, and the first thing everyone does is run to the window to see it????  So much for heading to the shelter away from flying glass. Thankfully it didn't do any damage to the building, but there was plenty of hail damage to planes on the ground.

But finally last weekend, we had sunshine and warm weather. Enough so, that I headed outside to start on my yard.

First up, my swinging bear planter box. This has been in the back of my mind for a few years now.
My youngest bought me this bear, at a chain saw carving event at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque a few years back.
Finally this year he got a good home hanging out over my new flower box.
Yeah, I split the wood...guess I will have to replace it, LOL!
It was the first time I have had the wood working tools out in years, so one little split didn't really bother me!
It did get my interest peaked in woodworking again.
It's been way too many years...

Next up...for those who just don't have enough toilets to clean!

 My toilet planters!
I think I only had 1 last year, but this year it was joined with a friend!
It's the ultimate in recycling!

I think the pink and blue snails make it.
Oh, I know it's not for everyone...
It takes a certain sense of humor!

I do not have a green thumb by any means, so seeing even a few flowers in my garden makes me very happy.

 Oh and I took a fabulous class from Pat Speth, the Nickel Quilt lady!
I have traded and saved these things for years...

 While my nickel quilt is in progress, I couldn't help but be captivated by "Trashcan Treasure".
I dumped out my scrap drawers and collected all my strings to make these strip sets.

 Turned them into these blocks!
It looks like "Trashcan Treasure" is a pattern you have to attend her class to get, but you can find other great freebies on her web site.

and, you can visit her blog for her 365 quilt blocks she is designing.


Soon I will reveal both of my quilts!

Oh and did I forget to tell you, and in the midst off all this,  I got an email from a friend a couple of miles away, sharing these photos...

Yes, it's a fairly normal looking neighborhood, only with news crews and police everywhere...

4 doors down from her all this chaos erupted!

Yes, you see it right!  That's a plane that flew thru her neighbors house.
 The pilot got out and walked out the front door. 
It was big news for a few days...accident you say, maybe, but it turns out the pilot used to live in this house. There has to be more to this story here...
It dropped out of the news as fast as it dropped in!

So who says there is no excitement around here?

Happy Summer!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival Applique Entry

Moosestash is my name, but applique is my game!  I have long loved a great applique design. I love telling a story in fabrics, and for me applique does just that.

My entry for this category is my Arabian Nights Quilt. I recently finished this fun little lap quilt. What a story it does tell...Aladdin and friends all together again!  :-)

The Wizard

The Guards

 The Monkey

Every one's favorite hero...

The Parrot

The Sultan

And Genie

 The whole game framed by beautiful scroll work

 This was my first time cross hatching.

 So much to little time!

Thank you Amy for allowing us to all be a part of a wonderful sharing experience.
Be sure to visit all the other wonderful participants!
So much eye candy...

Bloggers Quilt Festival Art Quilt Entry

Don't you just love this time of the year...when that wonderful Amy brings us all together for the best quilt show on the planet. One where we all can participate and view all the pretties without leaving our home. No traveling to far away places, no crowds, just fuzzy slippers and a big ole cuppa!  Thanks Amy, you make our lives complete!  :-)

This time around, I played with a little art quilting. If you have visited me, you know I am an big applique "junkie". This time, I took it to a whole new level. Being the huge coffee lover that I am, I started collecting the bags it comes in. I had a vision...and a few years later it came to pass!

This crazy guy was born!

 Never having approached anything like this before, it took some brainstorming.
I started with tracing my design on fusible web, and ironed it onto the back on my coffee bags.
The plan in my head was great, but in theory, it didn't work out so well. You can't peel the backing off the web and leave any of it on the coffee bag, with the slick surface!

But it did allow me to cut out my shapes, then
 I  resorted to using a glue stick to keep my pieces together.
It was a very daunting task, but it worked.

Carefully moving it to my background fabric, I was able to zig-zag each piece down.
I was delighted, how nicely those bags stitched!

And so much fun to see it come to life adding different bags.

  It became all about the placement of each piece on the coffee bag...

To frame off my little guy, I added some Herky Jerky coffee cups.
Have you ever Herky Jerkied before???
It's sooooooo much fun!

There you have my coffee inspired friend!
Background quilted and stretched on a canvas, hanging forever in my kitchen... My "homage" to the coffee gods. Reminding me that I drink way too much coffee.
But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Straight up, no cream no sugar.
Your welcome to stop in and share a cuppa anytime!

Just a note:
I think the biggest challenge of this entire project was taking photos. Nothing reflects more in a camera lens than those darn shiny coffee bags...who knew!
So sorry about some of the photos. I did my best.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed.
I myself, am off to see what everyone else has been up to.
See you there.
Thanks again Amy!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Handmaids Challenge

When Joy Studio posted a challenge, I jumped at the chance to once again work with this delightful line of fabrics. Never did I expect to be one of the first 30, but I was!  Happy Dance, happy dance.

We were send 2 fat quarters of fabric from the line, and we had to add others to the project we choose to do...   I have always wanted a cover for my long arm!   This was going to  be perfect!

The 2 fabrics I received were the black print and the yellow print, which I chose to turn into ruffles to frame one of my favorite prints from this line.  This made for the perfect front to my long arm cover.

It took some thinking and some careful measuring to make it fit over not only my machine head, but the rails on my table.

But to my delight it worked!

Years ago, I took a Gail Garber class on designing your own crazy flying geese. I knew this was going to be a great way to show off some of those wonderful tape measure fabrics that are part of this line. It accomplish that I had to draw out my cover on paper. 

From there I freehand drew out a design that I thought would work well, considering where the bars on my long arm would go thru the cover.
After that, I drew 2 more copies, one reversed, cut them out and paper pieced the geese.
(yes I did piece it all then cut away the opening for my bars)
Too much fun!

Then I added in some more of those adorable panels.

Now, I have to admit, I cheated. I should have stitched that crazy geese chain into my fabric, but no way was I going to try to make those curves!  LOL.  I stitched them down on the top and used a bias tape to finish off the edges. Oh, the true sewing enthusiasts are going to have my head on a platter!

Here is back view of this cover.  

Lastly I left a slit in the top to accommodate my thread stand. 
A couple of pieces of Velcro attach that slit together to keep it nice and snug!

There you have it... Pattern designer I am not!  LOL
                                                     But it works and I love it!

It was really fun to stretch myself, and my cover is a great addition to my little trash can and my doorstop in my studio 
From the "Sew Who Sews" blog hop!

Heck I've been so coo-coo over this fabric line and embroidery design,
 that I have done many things with it.

 Thanks Joy Studio!