Sunday, March 18, 2018

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop

It's a party and we are all celebrating "International Quilting Day" by showing off
 and finishing up our UFO's.
Oh they are not the flying kind...
It's the kind that we have stashed in our sewing rooms.
Those drat-ed unfinished objects we hide from ourselves.
What better way to celebrate the day, than getting them done!
I'm ashamed to say, my pile is so big...
bins and bags, and totes and shelves...
You've seen them here before, and I can't bare to share them again.
I'm happy to say, dug thru my PIGS (projects in grocery sacks)
and went right to work.
First finish is my Amy Butler camper quilt.
I started this 2 years ago at a quilt retreat.
Seeing these campers come together, kept us in stitches for 4 days. 
before they went into that dreaded grocery sack!
Amy's pattern had 8 different campers in it.

Each with so many different fun details.

I wanted to use mine in my camper, so I wanted it bigger.
 A game plan to add in 4 additional "holiday" theme campers was hatched.

Combing thru my novelty prints
I was able to add elements 
To bring each of them to life.
Oh, what fun it is to play.
Topping off my quilt, is the the whole "fam-damily"!
Tell me I'm not the only one!
(just kidding family)
This quilt is made on denim for extra warmth. 
I don't know if you have ever made a denim quilt, 
but they are incredibly durable and very warm. Perfect for the camping life.
Along with that, comes a considerable amount of added weight.
 I've found a QAYG (quilt as you go) method works best for me, when using denim.
Additionally, I finished up this quilt.
I shared my progress during Marians 
"Enter if U Dare" Halloween blog hop.
Yes,'s finished and I LOVE it!
Heck, now I'm a bit motivated to finish more...
A big thanks to Studio 180 for today's great give away.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And the Fat Quarter Shop for their generous give away for this hop.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I've got a lil giveaway myself.
Interested in learning a new technique or two?
I'll be sending these 3 previously loved books to one person.
Unfortunately, with the postage rates climbing, 
 I must limit this to USA only unless your willing to pay the postage.
I'll be picking my winner on Wednesday Mar 21, the last day of this hop.

Seams To Be Sew

Just a reminder...
Now that your finishing up all your projects, make sure you put a label on them.
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is offering a 15% discount just for reading my blog.
use the code
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This discount is good until April 7th.
No I don't get any kind of commission, I just love the product!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy St.Patty's Day!

I do have to laugh when I think about the fact that St. Patrick's day, 
is a day that honors "St. Patrick", one of Ireland's patron saints.
It's thought that he passed away in the year 493.
I wonder if he ever saw this day,
 turning into the crazy fun celebration that it has become.
Somehow I just don't see him ponying up to the bar, to order green beer,
 with silly shamrock glasses on his face. 
Chicago, dyes its river green.
Denver, has a big parade and green bagels are the rage.
What St Patty's fun does your city have?

For's all about these silly Leprechaun Pant treat bags!
I can pass of the beer and I've never heard of green wine!
Darn it.
Just fill up these pants with chocolate and I'm a happy girl.
My treat bag sits on a field of shamrocks...
Yes, that is an "Island Batik" fabric.
Perfect for the day.

You can find the pattern for these fun Leprechaun Pants
Oh, and there is also a bunny pants treat bag, 
and Easter is only a couple of weeks away!
Maybe you can fill his pants with these delights!
These are Thin Mints!
Not the Girl Scout kind, but a very close runner up.
These are made with "Ritz"crackers and almond bark.
Almond bark melts and covers much better than chocolate chips 
or the Wilton Melts, and it comes in white, light or dark chocolate. 

Just melt 1 package of almond bark in a double boiler on the stove, 
mix in 1-1/2 teaspoons of peppermint extract.
You can add food coloring at this point if you like.
Cover your "Ritz" crackers and let dry on wax paper.
I use a fork to do this. It helps with shaking off the excess.
I found these green candy shreds in the Wilton department at Wal-Mart.
They have all different kinds of fun things you can sprinkle on top, to jazz them up.

The recipe was shared during the virtual cookie exchange blog hop.
Unfortunately, I can't remember just who it was who shared it, but they are awesome!!!!!
I do apologize for not being able to give credit where credit is due.
Let me know, and I will update this post!

Come back and visit me on Monday!
It's my day for the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop, where we are sharing our UFO's
for International Quilt Day.
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gnome for the Holidays Block 2

I am absolutely loving this free BOM  from Fat Cat Patterns.
Here is my block 2.

If you remember last month, I said I had a game plan...
yes, I'm happy to report that it's working for me so far.
Having my fabrics pulled, makes for half the work.
It's those decisions on fabric that slow me down!
Is this just the cutest pattern?
You can find it 
Join in on the fun...

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Snow Hearts - March

If you remember last month, I stepped up and decided to get those patterns
 out of my computer and...
get er done as they say!  
I'm joining my Aussie friends in showing off a new Bunny Hill Snow Heart
 each month this year.
Here is March
Have you every heard that saying "in like a lion, out like a lamb"?
To me, it's a March weather-ism... but I found some interesting folk lore...
Check out what by online buddies have done with their snow hearts.
We are each going a completely different direction with them. It's "sew" fun!
Karen from "Sunburnt Quilts"  
Shez from "I am"
Have you make up these guys yet? Join in on the fun and show off yours too.
Let me know and I'll add in your link!!!!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Try a Technique with the "Island Batik" Ambassadors

New challenge.
Island Batik has challenged us to try a technique that we have never done before.
For many of us, this was a difficult one.
We've quilted for years, and found what personally works best.
Now we have to throw caution to the wind,
 do something completely out of our comfort zone,
and share it with the world?
Yikes, that's just scary!
Timing is everything and for me...
I had just been approached to participate in a blog hop 
for X-Blocks.
Having never used these before, I decided a practice run was in order.
Pulling out my "Island Batik" stash...
and using the smallest template 
I was able to create this 22 1/2" square table topper.
These batiks sure put the zippidy into my do-dah, don't ya think?
Each individual block finishes at 2 1/4".
If you study can pick out the individual blocks and see what 
creates the overall design.
Talk about great packaging...
Storage for your templates and patterns all in one.
But there is more...way way more.
You won't believe what you can do, with these things.
Make sure you catch the X-Block blog hop next month.
I've got more to share
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'