Sunday, October 21, 2018

Needle Paper Scissors with Island Batik

This month's challenge for us "Island Batik" ambassadors is paper piecing.
I love a good paper piecing project from time to time.
So, I ask you...
What happens when you combine a paper piecing challenge,
 with my favorite time of the year?
Answer:  It looks like this.
Now, you've just gotta love that eyeball staring at you.
I do love Halloween as much as I love "Island Batik" fabrics.
The nice thing about them, is there are no tricks, just treats all around.
Best yet they provide tons and tons of fabulous "eye" candy which is calorie free.
Not something I can say about the "other" candy!
This fun little trick or treat mini is from "Art Quilt Designs".
 Janeen did this for a 2015 Halloween blog hop.
It's perfect for a confident beginner. 
This finished up to 20 1/2" x 20 1/2"
Perfect for a wall hanging or a table topper.
You can find the pattern at "Craftsy"
Check out her blog HERE, she's always up to something fun.
Thank you "Island Batik" for providing me with these beautiful fabrics.
It's a big treat for me!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Snow Hearts

I'm just a few days late, but my October Snow Heart is done...
...and he's already to let the trick or treating begin!
I just love this time of the year.
If you've been following along, you know that I've joined up with my Aussie blogging buddies
in getting these patterns off our computers and onto some fabric.
It's "sew" much fun to see how different they are, with our own personnel touches.

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

While these patterns are a few years old, "Bunny Hill" has re-posted some of them, 
so get them while you can

Wondering why I've been so quiet the past couple of weeks?
It was vacation time.
Happy dance.
Yet another reason I love this time of the year.
We took a little boat ride, up the east coast to see the colors.
While it rained the majority of the time, it was a wonderful way to spend the week.
 We spent a day in Newport Rhode Island, where we took a sailboat trip,
 thru the backyards of the rich and famous.

These 2 photos are of the ground that Jackie Kennedy grew up on. 
Humble little place huh?
What's even crazier is that "lighthouse" looking building in the first photo,
 was her play house.
The big square thing in front of it was an elevator they added, so her aging dog 
could get up in it with her.
Yep, it's way nicer than the playhouse my kids had.
Next stop was Boston, where we walked the "Freedom Trail".
Visited the cemetery where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock are buried.

Incredible history lesson. I've never visited there before, but I will definitely return.
On to my favorite "Acadia National Park"

The colors were changing and the views were beautiful, even in the pouring rain...
Our lunch was out of this world!

Next stop...Saint John New Brunswick, on the Bay of Fundy.
Home of the highest tides
We took a bus trip out to St. Martins to see the caves.
The tide was down 27 feet.
These boats would be at the top of the pilings in a few hours when that tide comes back in.
Fascinating place with some incredible bridges.
Last but not least...Halifax Nova Scotia.
My absolute favorite by far.
On a recommendation from Benita over at Victoriana Quilter,
we took a bus trip to "Lunenburg". That was the highlight of the trip.
What an incredible little town on the bay.
This is one of only 2 towns in North America, that's a UNESCO World Heritage site.
70% of the building are original from the 16th and 17th century.
Nothing in this town can be changed.
I'm in LOVE with this place.
Move over Alaska... I've found a new place I want to move to.
And the man of my dreams.
Some reason, hubby was not at all threatened.
tee hee hee
Yep, I see a new place I want to live, and it's affordable too.
I can live with the wild color houses. 
Heck, I want a lime green and purple house!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, September 29, 2018

October wild life

October is here, and so many have asked...
Will we ever see a moose on this BOM????
It's my month, "sew" let the da moose loose...
I "Moose" Go Camping
This big block finishes at 24" x 24"
You can find the pattern 
Remember it's free til the end of the month. 
After that, there will be a small charge for it.
Here's closeup of those sweet faces...
A big thanks to Lisa at "Primsy Doodle Designs" for so graciously, 
allowing me use her clip art for my block.
It was perfect to bring this forest block, to life.
No glamping's bare bones tent camping for us!
(Well, them anyway, I'm more of a Camper, RV,  or Holiday Inn kinda girl anymore)
Regardless...this wild life is shaping up nicely.
If your like me, your itching to stitch a few of these blocks together now.
Here's "our" layout. If you go with this one, you can sew the left side together.
Probably best to wait though...
cause there is more "wild" fun to come.
winky winky
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!
Here's what we have so far.
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

Life in the Scrapatch

Just Let Me Quilt

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!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'