Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop

I love the fact, that Carol just can't stand to be idle.
Give her a free minute and her mind "seams" to go right
 to another fun blog hop idea!
I'm always ready to jump on board and bust thru some of my stash.
I think the reality that I have more stash than years to live,
 has started to settle in...Well, that and the fact that I just acquired 5 boxes
 of fabric from a gentleman who's wife passed away.
It's always a treasure trove when you go thru someone else's stash.
I found this 60" wide piece of sweatshirt material...
Fleece is a great backing on quilts, so why not try this?
Back in 2016, Pat Sloan had a pattern for a bumble bee pouch
that you can find it 
A plan was hatched and I was off and running!
Star blocks are so versatile. 
My favorite way of designing is to make it up on the fly...
ummm that would be "bee" in this case!
I made up enough blocks to fit the size backing I had.
Then played around with layout ideas.
A little backwards, I know.
I keep saying I'm going to learn to use that EQ program I had to have...
but even I know it's not going to happen anytime soon!
UPDATE...I've had a few of you ask about using sweatshirt material for the backing.
It worked great on the long arm, and I didn't use any batting, so it
makes for a nice lightweight "summer" quilt! This was a happy experiment,
and I will be looking at this for future backings!
It was not without one of those "oh crap" moments.
Sadly, they happen all more frequently than I prefer to admit here.
Now, if you've made star blocks before, 
you know there are lots of leftover half square triangles.
Being on that waste not, want not crazy...
I started stitching and trimming the extras.
What a fun way to use it, not loose it!
This bundle of joy measures 28" x 37".
Or would that be "bumble" of joy?
They looks so bright and springy in my back yard oasis.
We've been busy in the oasis.
Toilets to plant and a new bathtub to fill
This sweet new addition is Buster!
If you look closely, he is peeing in a bucket!
My family had him made for me for Christmas. 
For those of you who have followed me for awhile, 
you know my sense of humor tends to run off the rails, from time to time. 
This is another one of those time.
Yep, what can I say...
...but welcome to my crazy fun world!
My fellow bloggers have been gazing up into the stars 
and have lots to share with you too.
Stop in and see em.

May 21
MooseStashQuilting (your here)

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Playful Pillows with Island Batik

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are playing with pillows,
 in our monthly challenge.
Around here, that means the "moose are loose" again!
What could be more playful, than this wild guy.
You almost need to break out the "shades" just to look at him.
He is part of  the "Red Boot Quilt Company's" "Northern Exposure" pattern.
These "Island Batik" fabrics are from numerous lines. 
I love mixing and matching, because they play so well together.
Mother's Day was this week, and my kids spoiled me rotten.
He just looks so darn cute with all these flowers!
A bit of tip-toeing thru the tulips, you could say.
One of the biggest joy's of being an ambassador is getting to play with the fabrics
they send us. Thanks "Island Batik". It's quite a privilege!

til next time 
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May Snowhearts

May is the time, when flowers bloom.
This fun little "Bunny Hill Snow Heart" seems to love May flower too.

My Aussie blogging buddies are keeping me honest.
We are working on finishing these fun little guys together.
The best part, is seeing how different each of our versions are.
For me, it's a great way to use up those bits of Island Batik fabrics, I love.

Karen from Sunburnt Quilts 
Shez from I Am
Jeanette from Celtic Craft Girl

I know your going to love what Karen,  Shez and Jeanette are doing with their little "hearts".
If you have these patterns hidden in your computer, (they are a few years old)
 pull them out and join in on the fun.
It's part of our "get er done" movement!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, May 7, 2018

X-Block Blog Hop

Welcome to my day to share, in the X-Block blog hop.

I became intrigued with this ruler...and tried it out
in the "New Technique Challenge" with the "Island Batik" ambassadors.
I immediately fell in love with it.
Especially the great packaging it comes in.
What a wonderful way to keep things together.

After looking online at the other creations you can make with these rulers...
One in particular jumped out at me.
 I knew it would be perfect for my hand dyed fabrics, 
that I've been hoarding long enough.
Is this just the coolest?
The sun came out finally and I could get outside,
 for some wonderful shots of how the colors play, in this beauty.
This is un-be-weave-a-ble
Yes, it's spelled right! In fact right on the package it says it's an 
adj.'s no joke
I used the 6.5" ruler, so my quilt came out to 84"x96".
The pattern can also be made with a 7.5" ruler,
 and the instructions are in the pattern for both sizes.

Confession time... I've stayed away from things like this.
I am not much of a fan of wasting fabric.
Not that I don't have enough in my stash to last me 3 lifetimes...
It's the principle of it all.
Twisting and turning and chopping off parts of a block...I just don't know!
But what really made me appreciate these rulers, (especially the larger ones)
is the fact that you can create other quilts with what's leftover.
They refer to them as X-tra's.
Directions for  them, are included in the pattern too.
Now your talking!!!
un-be-weave-a-ble 2
This guy was made with 1/2 of the leftover pieces,
 combined with some batiks, I had in my stash.
It measures 50.5" x 62.5"
You can see how the block is created with the leftovers.
It kind of reminds me of a camera for some reason!
un-be-weave-a-ble    More
(I see Fireworks here)
This little guy used the other half of the leftover's, and measures 38"x48".
The only extra fabric in it, is a sashing around the outside edges.

The little extra pieces we cut off, go different directions.
Sort them out and, and you've got enough for both little quilts.
And that makes a world of difference to me!
Pretty darn amazing now, isn't it?
Thanks to Doris from Quilting Queen Online for the marvelous rulers.
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A big thanks to Amy from SewIncrediblyCrazy, for hosting this hop.

You won't want to miss what my fellow bloggers are sharing either!