Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Whimsical and Wonky Challenge with Island Batik

Whimsical and wonky...
There's nothing more fun to piece.
After all, what's better than not having to match seams for a change?
On a non-sewing "Quilt Club" day, we made a little road trip
 and I stumbled on a pattern that was perfect...
A little bit wonky and a whole lotta retro!
This funky fun pattern is  "Mod TV"  from "Colourwerx".
You can find it
HERE for paper patterns
HERE for a downloadable PDF patterns
This gorgeous "Paisley Dot" stack, offered up just the right amount color!
And you can get 1, TV and antenna from a 10" square piece of fabric.
Whoop whoop!

As I was putting this together, I couldn't help but think, what a fun photo quilt this would make.
The TV screens are 4"x6", a perfect photo size.
Can you see it now? 
What a hoot, that would be!
It's been a great year, being an "Island Batik" ambassador.
I love the fabrics they have provided us and 
 hope I've inspired you, with the monthly challenges.
Next month is our final blog hop for 2018, where we will be sharing,
 the new lines of fabric headed to your favorite quilt shops!
It'll definitely be a "must see" hop.
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Holiday Hanging and Linky Party

I love this time of the year.
Out comes the Christmas quilts.
"Merry and Bright"
This pattern is from "Red Boot Quilt Company"
I finished this quilt in 2015, but it welcomes me into my sewing room every Christmas.
The stockings actually hang from the buttons sewn on the mantle!
Here are some of my other favorites...
"I Believe", an "Art to Heart" design.
"Snowman Soup" from "Angies Bits and Pieces"

Now I showed you mine...you show me yours!

Disclaimer: By submitting a link to this party, you are allowing authorization for your projects to be shared and/or featured on social media and my blog. All features will be linked directly back to the original site. Any links shared will link directly to your post.
Have fun and thanks for playing along!

Friday, November 30, 2018

December wild life

Can you believe there are only 25 more days till Christmas!
I do hope your ready for it, cause I'm not at all.
I'm still trying to figure out where the year went in such a hurry.
About the only thing I am caught up on is my "Wild Life" BOM.
Amy really knocked it out of the ball park with this block.
This little bandit eating a chocolate chip cookie just makes me laugh.
I added an additional birdie from Carla's March block, 
flying in the opposite direction, just because! 
Finally, we get to start stitching things together!  
Happy dance, happy dance.
Are you just loving it?
I braved the cold to get photos outside in good light, to show how these
 batiks really make things sing!
Lighting makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it?
Some of you may have noticed that I changed up my leaves and bear paw block.
Once I layed out everything, I decided to change out some colors on those blocks.
I was so excited to get this stitched together, that I completely forgot to take 
photos of the new blocks. 
As you can see, there is just 1 more row to be added to the bottom next month.
That will wrap up this year of "Wild" fun.
A big thank you to "Island Batik" for providing me
 with these gorgeous fabrics for this hop.
They are from their Basic and Blenders collections, and are available all the time!
Have you missed anything?
It's not too late...
For a small fee you can still get these blocks!
February-"Sew Incredibly Crazy"
Pattern can be found
March-"Creatin' in the Sticks"
Pattern can be found
April-"Just Let Me Quilt"
Pattern can be found
Pattern can be found
June-"Life in the Scrapatch"
Pattern can be found
July-"Creatin' in the Sticks"
Pattern can be found
August-"Sew Incredibly Crazy"
Pattern can be found
September-"Just Let Me Quilt"
Pattern can be found
Pattern can be found
November-"Just Let Me Quilt"
Pattern can be found
December-"Sew Incredibly Crazy"
Pattern can be found

January-"Sew Incredibly Crazy"

Thanks, to all of you, who inspire all of us designers every day!

Carol at "Just Let Me Quilt"

Make sure you post your finished block in our Facebook group for a chance to win
a wonderful prize from one of our sponsors!

While you have been stitching along the past couple of months,
we have had our heads together working on next years BOM.
No, I can't  "spill the beans" just yet...
...but I do believe you are going to love 2019!
(winky winky)
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

It's that time of the year, when the baker in all of us, come's to life.
Oh that Carol...she  just loves to share the calories with us.
There are some incredibly wonderful bloggers,
all to willing, to join in and share their favorite
goodies for the season...
So, let the hips and thighs start to grow...NOW!
Snowball cookies have long been a family favorite here!
I wanted to share the recipe in a fun way, so 
I googled how to make an online recipe card and found "Adobe Spark" website
Is this just the cutest recipe card ever? 
I had so much fun playing with all the options. 
You know I'm old school, and I get really excited when I stumble on things like this.
Best yet...the free version offers loads of fun things you can make.
Check it out for yourself.

I recently stumbled on another "snowball" recipe on Facebook.
Not being able to find the post a week later...
Google came to my rescue, once again.
While these technically are not "cookies"...what's better than Cheesecake bites?
This is recipe is a google image, that said it was from Pinterest.
I'd love to give credit, but it took me down the rabbit hole, 
trying to get to the source.
There are many websites with this same recipe on it. Some with nuts, some not.
I personally made one little change. I added a little powered sugar to the mix.
I love the sweetness it brings out.  It was one of those "dump" things, 
so I can't tell you exactly how much, but it was less than 1/4 cup.
 Make sure you drain your pineapple extremely well, and push out extra moisture.
I suggest you put the mix, in the freezer a bit before rolling into the balls.
It makes them much easier to work with.
This is how many of these heavenly bites you get from 1 batch.
What perfect little quick and easy dessert for the holidays!

So with 2 snowball choices...the battle for the favorite begins...
...and I'm throwing one at you virtually.
I've got one more issue, to get off my mind!
I don't remember who it was last year, who posted the chocolate mint coated "Ritz"crackers...
But I am holding you personally responsible, for my increased size this year!
Those are absolutely, hands down the best things I've ever eaten.
Who would have guessed?
I can't tell you just how many people have fallen in love with them.
I know I should take responsibility for my own actions, but really!
Who can eat just 1?
Ignorance "WAS" bliss!
You won't want to miss one of the fabulous recipes,
 my fellow bloggers have to share.
You can find the complete schedule

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'