Monday, May 22, 2017

Quilt Market

It was Quilt Market in St Louis...
but I wasn't there.
Although, I did send a couple of representatives!

Introducing "Ellie" the Elephant and
"Stu" the Sea Turtle.
Are these guys just the cutest?

These two are sporting the new lines of "Island Batik" fabric for spring.
Check them all out...

Patterns for these 2 are from the
"Funky Friends Factory".
is where you can find them and all their buddies.
They are all just "sew" darn cute!
Sign up for their newsletter and get a free Honey Bear pattern!

Why wasn't I at market you ask???
Well, it was my yearly quilt retreat in NY with my online buddies.
I can tell you a good time was had by all!
I'll have photos posted soon!

Till next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, May 19, 2017

Santa's on His Way

It's just a little bit too early just yet...
but I'll have a fun new quilt done by the time he does arrive this year.
Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, has made sure of that!

Does he just make you smile?

Such a fun addition to all the other blocks.
Check out this free QAL
Thanks Lorna!!!!!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cardinal in the Pines

I'm on a roll and getting these blocks done again.
They are just "sew" much fun!

This is another one of the fabulous blocks from 
Lorna's free QAL.
Cardinal in the Pines.

You can find more on the QAL

Be sure to check out the different options she has for using the blocks.
I love the cardinal table runner idea!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retreat Goodies

 You can't go to a quilt retreat empty handed!
So, I surfed thru Pinterest, and what did I find?

A lil' ole recipe, for "Quilters Moonshine"!
I don't know about your groups, but mine are all about a lil' moonshine!
...and not always the "fabric" kind, if you know what I mean.

Giving credit where credit is due...
This came from "Everyone Deserves a Quilt" blog.
You can find it right 
I've got to tell you...I absolutely love this stuff and it's WAY cheaper than that other high $$$ ironing spray on the market.
I made my own label and recipe card.
They are nothing fancy, but your welcome to download it, if you like

I did change the recipe up a bit. Instead of essential oil, I added
about a cup of scented "Febreze"
I stock up on Cranberry and Frost, at the holidays when I can find it.
It's my favorite and it smells heavenly!

The Grim Ripper!
This fun little guy is from Fons and Porter.
You can download the pattern free right
He's not just for Halloween!

It made for a perfect combo...

May the "Moonshine" bright and the "Grim Ripper's" visits be few!

Have some fun at your next retreat!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop...Hanging By a Thread

Nothing beats searching online for inspiration.  
With the Internet today, we can visit more museums and galleries
 in a few  hours, than most could in a life time.
As the fusible applique junkie that I am, 
 I've found that the world of artists that really speak to me, are the ones who's medium is "graphic art". One of my favorites is Janet Stever.
She is a life long artist and illustrator with a long list of credits. Her line of "Angels of Peace" art inspired something that I've wanted to tackle for quite some time now.

The piece I was about to embark on, revolved around this!
This little pin in a bag!
Now, that's got to have you wondering if I've lost my mind!
Last year I broke my wrist.
It was a dumb thing that I did, while loading ceramic tiles into the back of my car. Gravity beat me, when I managed to not clear the trunk with a heavy load in motion. That sent me flying one direction and the tiles another.
They shattered along with my wrist.
This little pin is what they put in, to stabilize things until it healed.
The day they removed it, I asked to keep it for a memorial quilt!
Crazy, I know!

A year later, and it's done. Thanks to this "Art with Fabric" hop.

The real angels, are the girls from the "Flying Quilters" quilt group. They kept me sane, when I was about to loose my mind. Yes, that's me...hanging by a thread at the bottom of the quilt.

The one who's hair looks afright!
You try doing your hair with the opposite hand.
I had the curling iron burns to prove, it was no easy task!

I've always loved, when the photos of a quilt, with one block hanging from the bottom, makes its way around Facebook.
I had to borrow that idea, for my "Hanging By a Thread"!

My guardian Angels...

Who thru "Love" and "Hope"...

...helped me "Believe" in myself again!
It might sound sappy, but these girls got me thru it all and I'm
forever grateful. They earned those halos.

I used some of my "cooked" cans for the flying heart.
I love, when I get a chance to add a little tin can art to things. 
These are soda and beer cans that are cooked over a BBQ grill.
(You can read more about that, under my TUTORIALS links
 on the right hand side of my blog)
It's easy enough to do and stitches down like a dream,
 with a regular needle and a sewing machine! life size hand with the pin in place!
Forever to remember.

All finished off with "mini" quilts hanging...
cause, that's what we do!

A big thanks to Alida, for bringing us all together to share.
She pours her heart and soul into this hop,  for us!
Your going to find some incredibly talented artists, sharing their creations this week. I know your not going to want to miss, any of them!
Here's the schedule below.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Friday, May 19th, 2017 

"Sew" put on your thinking cap and "art" something.
Heck if I can do it,"sew" can you!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stash Building

I have a terrible stash building habit!
Considering all the evils of the world...
I'm perfectly fine with my fabric addiction!
Aren't these batiks wonderful?
This is what a "sample spree" package of "Island Batik" fabric, from Hancock's of Paducah looks like.

All with a price that can't be beat!
The pieces are approximately 9" x 12" (mine were closer to 18" wide.
 It's a great way to pad that stash for fusible applique or scrappy quilting projects!
Check it out right
Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, May 12, 2017

Partridge in a Pear Tree

I'm a little behind, but catching up.

This block is the Partridge in a Pear Tree block.
I just love this guy!
This guy was released on March 25th.
Oh, I really am a little behind aren't I?

Here's what I've got so far...
There are 15 blocks in all in this free QAL.

You can check it all out right

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Simply Sign Me Swap

It's been long enough now, that all our international participants should have received their blocks.
Now, I get to share.
This swap Marian from "Seams To Be Sew" organized, was so much fun.
What a great way to keep our online quilting buddies close!

Are these just too wonderful???

Here's what I sent...
or I guess I should say, these are a couple that I didn't send!
They seemed so appropriate.
Your always welcome for a "Cuppa" something here!
A big thanks to "Island Batik", for generously providing me with the fabrics for this swap. What better way to get them into the hands of
others. I LOVE these fabrics and can't help but spread that love!

That being said...there's a sale at
Check it out right 
Free shipping with a $70 order too!

Are you interested in swapping a 4 1/2" block?
I'd love to do a one on one, with you.
Let me know and we can swap addresses!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Modern Batik Challenge with Island Batik

New month, new theme.
I do love the monthly challenges, that "Island Batik" puts the ambassadors up to. 
They are always different and make us all work outside our comfort zone,
from time to time.

"Modern" challenges, for me are the toughest of all.
The requirements were clear.
Our projects must include one of the following characteristics:
                             1. The use of bold colors
                             2. High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
                             3. Improvisational piecing
                             4. Minimalism
                             5.  Expansive negative space
                             6. Alternate grid work

Whew, that's a tall order for this applique junkie and a traditional piecing quilter. What to do? What to do? 
When in doubt, "Google" it, or check out "Pinterest", right?
Google images, won out this year.


What better name for this bright and cherry...I mean cheery piece.
Best yet, I'm pretty sure it includes at least a couple of the requirements.

Giving credit where credit is due. When I found this image on "Google"
it was from a "Craftsy" class called 
"Contemporary Quilting" 5 Tips for using negative space"
The particular photo was uploaded from member "PaWo".
You can check this and many others out right
I even tried to incorporate some of "PaWo's" incredible quilting into my piece. I've got a long way to go, but it was nice to break out of my "box", all the way around. 

I used 2 extra layers of wool batting under the "piano keys", 
as I like to think of them.
This gave it some fabulous dimension, but with the good, comes the bad.
Hind sight, is always 20/20.
With that great texture comes shrinking. 
It must be that science thing...what goes up, shrinks up!
It took a lot of stream and blocking to get this guy to lay flat and almost square. Who knew? Oh... that would be me now!
I must admit that before I pressed it there was a certain "wavy look" that was really fun and funky...
I know, the quilt police would have a hay  day picking that apart! And I'm guessing that if I took the class at "Craftsy", I might have learned that!

Regardless, it stretched my imagination, and allowed for practicing new quilting techniques, all while getting to work with the best fabric around.
Thanks to "Island Batik" 

Til next time...
Stretch your imagination and...
Keep on Stitchin'