Tuesday, July 17, 2018

King

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things.
There are lots of projects due in the next few weeks.
I can share this with you.
This is officially my first Row by Row for 2018.
Don't you just love him?
He came from Quiltique in Henderson Nevada.
This kit is laser cut and includes the complete pattern in it.
For now, he's just fused, but once he's done, there are big crystals to be added.
There'll be a whole lotta shakin' goin' on!
LOL!!

I'll see you next Monday, at the"Just Let Me Quilt" Christmas in July blog hop.
I'm stitching down my binding today!
;-)

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'





Sunday, July 8, 2018

While the weather outside is frightful...

Like a million degrees!
LOL!!
Inside is quite delightful.
Cause it's like Christmas in July again, from "Island Batik".
Twice a year they send their ambassadors, boxes of goodies.
July, being a perfect month to get us thinking about those cooler weather projects!
Each time they are bigger and better, and this is no exception.
Aurifil, gave us tote bags and thread, color charts and stickers...
Hobbs bless their hearts, sent us not 1, not 2, but 3 packages of batting!
Then there's the fabric.
Glorious, glorious fabric!
The batik foundation bundle, is from the Basic and Blenders collections
They are available "ALL" the time.
I'm loving the new "Check it out" line.
So many ideas with checks running thru my head.
White, black, gray batik...
Must have's for your stash, especially if you love applique like I do.
The white is my new favorite. 
How many times to we say "@&$*", when we see colors showing thru our white fabrics.
;-)
Yards of delightful batik's.
5 yards of a neutral, we always need them.
I use this "almond" all the time.
My heart goes pitty pat!
Then there stacks and strips, so much beauty to the eye.
 
All of that and my favorite guy!
Oh how I'd love to show you, but as you can see,
it says Surprise and it will have to be!
A little hint, that I can share...
It won't be long before it starts looking like Christmas hare!
OK, I can't really come up with a rhyme for share.
LOL!!!

A big thanks to...
You guys are the best!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, July 7, 2018

When life gives you lemons...

You haven't heard from me in awhile.
We suffered a tremendous loss a little over a week ago.
One of my boys best friend from Kindergarten died in a horrible accident.
Normally I keep my blog upbeat with quilty fun, but as my blog is my personal story,
I felt this needed to be included.
My two and the "twins" have been friends since Kindergarten.
That's 30 years now. They grew up together so much, that they were like brothers.
There was nothing harder than getting the news.
He and my youngest had just finished their 8 day stint in the oil fields.
A tire blew, this truck went out of control...and the rest is history!
Our hearts are forever broken.

We are so fortunate to live just outside a big city, 
in a community with a small family feel.
The love and support was overwhelming for us all.
We planned for 250 to attend the service
 and were absolutely blown away when over 400 showed up.
Friends and family from as far away as the United Kingdom.
School teachers, some from their elementary school.
It amazes me that at 35 years old, 
they still remember and consider their students as their own.
It took my breath away.

These boys have always been considered as the brothers with 2 mothers.
And my heart breaks for them all.
I was asked to do the eulogy at the service.
Me???
I've never spoken in public before, not to mention under these circumstances.
How could I say no though? The Fushimi's give and give and ask so little in return.
I sat down with the task of writing it out.
I read it out loud until I could read it without busting into tears.
Yesterday, I put on my big girl panties, did a little praying for some help from above...
And delivered my speech.
I made it thru the entire thing without shedding a tear.

I wrapped things up with this...

Keegan’s death is not in the order, that life should work. A parent should never have to loose a child. That being said, as parents we always want our children to be OK, and be able to go on without us and make the best of their lives. I can’t help but think, that Keegan, wants the same for all of us. We are all family here, and I know in my heart he is with us all. Life is a process. It will look a little different from now on. We will each fall from time to time, but as family, we will stop and pick each other up when needed. 

I have to sit back and reflect on our online/blogging community as well.
We are there for each other, sharing and helping along the way.
That really is, what life is all about.

Rip Keegan...

We did have a shining light last week before all this happened.

We have a couple of new additions to the house.
Kenai and Denali
These two, sure have filled our hearts with joy!
Unless it's at 4am, when they want to play!
LOL!!!!!
As usual, they both found their favorite human BFF, 
when they walked in the door.
No surprise there, he's always a kitty favorite.
But I finally got a little love myself.
Guess they figured out who feeds em!
"Sew" life has it's ups and it's downs.
All we can do is put one foot in front of the other, and keep on moving.
Stopping along the way to help someone else!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's a "Wild" Life BOM

It is a Wild Life!
There is no getting around that fact.
LOL!!

This month sweet "Carla" from "Creatin' in the Sticks"
Brings the "bear" out in all of us!
I like to think of this, as "Yogi", fishing for little "Boo-Boo"!
For those of us old enough to remember them.
HAHAHAHA
What a perfect addition to our wild life gang!
A big thanks to "Island Batik" for the fabrics for my quilt.
These are from their "Basics" and "Blenders" line.
That mean they are always available.
No more scouring the planet for more, to finish a project!
Been there done that!
You can find this months pattern 
Remember it's free for the month of July only.
 After that the pattern will be available for a small fee.
Check out my fellow designers and see their blocks this month...

Make sure you post your completed block on our Facebook page
Amy has rounded up another fabulous give-away this month!
:-)
Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jennifer Jangles Sale

I've recently become a part of Jennifer Jangles affiliate program.
I just have to let you know about her sale that is going on til Saturday...

All her pin cushion pattern are on sale 30% off.
This is what I just bought.
 Are these just too cute?
 I'm in love with them all!
This iron is her latest!

Shes got more...
Just click the link on the right hand side bar. It will take you directly to her page.
Once your there you can click on shop at the top of her page, then PDF patterns.

Just wanted to pass it along.
winky winky!
Now I'm off to buy ink, so I can print them off!
LOL!!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sewing???

I'm so close to finishing my "Fabulous Freebie" project.
But... There's been a little distraction.

These two hooligans moved in with us last night.
Meet "Kenai"and "Denali", the newest to join the clan.
If only they were "Moose", but the state of Alaska refused to let us
bring a couple of them home...
so we chose Alaskan names instead!
hahahahaha
They are just 8 weeks old, and need a little work in the manners department.
It's been 10 years since we had a kitten...you forget how energetic then are.
And we have double trouble here!
:-)
They both claimed stake to their favorite human BFF about 20 minutes
after we got home...
Chopped liver again, I am here!

It seems like stitching is going to be taking a back seat for a little while.
But I've got a schedule put together for our "Fabulous Freebies" blog hop.
It's tentative yet, but I'm thrilled to have these great bloggers joining us...
Monday August 20

Tuesday August 21

Wednesday August 22

Thursday August 23

Friday August 24

There is still room for you...want to join us?
Email me with Fabulous Freebies in the subject line.
Calicojoan@aol.com
I need your name
blog name
link to your blog
preferred day if you have one

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, June 25, 2018

Frogs...

Frogs
snails and
puppy dog tails.
That's what little 
boys are made of...
This fun quilt is from the "Applique Garden".
I've long been a member of Angie Padilla's "Applique Garden"
 and "Angie's Bits and Pieces".
They are both subscription web sites with BOM's and tons of fun 
quilty things to stitch.
I always seem to find the perfect project when I need it, 
from my years of collecting her patterns.
Check out her sites for yourself...
Angie's Bits and Pieces
Applique Garden
PS:  She has a special on new membership at Applique Garden right now!
If your a "Halloween Junkie" like I am, your gonna love her upcoming 
"Halloween Cocktails" quilt.
There is an adorable "Bringing Home the Tree" Christmas quilt, coming too!
(winky winky)
Just thought I would share that fun info.
This little quilt went to the newest member of my extended family!
Congrats to all!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, June 22, 2018

Modern Batik Challenge with Island Batik

June brings the Island Batik ambassadors, the challenge of creating
 a modern style quilt.
I really had to sit down and think on this one, 
as it is out of my comfort zone, for sure.

Here's what I found...
Modern quilts are inspired by modern design. While there are many different styles, there are several characteristics that can appear in them. Some are the use of bold colors, and prints, high contrast areas and solid color. Improvisational piecing, which I have dabbled with in the past,
minimalism, expansive negative space for quilting are also seen frequently.
"Modern Traditionalism", when you update a classic quilt design, is frequently seen.
That last one caught my attention.
I pondered over the wording...these guidelines are not limited to...
So I took a leap of faith, and grabbed by "Pumpkin Patch" fabrics.
And I came up with this fun design, with
lots of space for quilting.
I found these two "Aurifil" threads to be a perfect match, for this quilt.
I do love quilting with "Aurifil" thread.
I get much less lint build up, and that makes my machine happy!
I'm no expert quilter, and it's hard to see the quilting on the front...
but with the solid backing I used, it does show up well.
Keeping the quilting limited to just the background, allowed the stars to pop.
Next time...I would probably choose to double batt it, for additional loft!
We never stop learning.
;-)
Thanks "Island Batik" for the gorgeous fabrics you have provided me.
I know its a little early to start thinking about fall and pumpkins...
but it will be here before you know it.
These "Pumpkin Patch" fabrics, will be available in August.

Just for giggles...
This was my modern challenge quilt from 2 years ago.
And this one was last years.
Modern in my mind, really does have a wide berth!
LOL!!!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'