Monday, May 22, 2017

Quilt Market

It was Quilt Market in St Louis...
but I wasn't there.
Although, I did send a couple of representatives!

Introducing "Ellie" the Elephant and
"Stu" the Sea Turtle.
Are these guys just the cutest?

These two are sporting the new lines of "Island Batik" fabric for spring.
Check them all out...

Patterns for these 2 are from the
"Funky Friends Factory".
is where you can find them and all their buddies.
They are all just "sew" darn cute!
Sign up for their newsletter and get a free Honey Bear pattern!

Why wasn't I at market you ask???
Well, it was my yearly quilt retreat in NY with my online buddies.
I can tell you a good time was had by all!
I'll have photos posted soon!

Till next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, May 19, 2017

Santa's on His Way

It's just a little bit too early just yet...
but I'll have a fun new quilt done by the time he does arrive this year.
Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, has made sure of that!

Does he just make you smile?

Such a fun addition to all the other blocks.
Check out this free QAL
Thanks Lorna!!!!!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cardinal in the Pines

I'm on a roll and getting these blocks done again.
They are just "sew" much fun!

This is another one of the fabulous blocks from 
Lorna's free QAL.
Cardinal in the Pines.

You can find more on the QAL

Be sure to check out the different options she has for using the blocks.
I love the cardinal table runner idea!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retreat Goodies

 You can't go to a quilt retreat empty handed!
So, I surfed thru Pinterest, and what did I find?

A lil' ole recipe, for "Quilters Moonshine"!
I don't know about your groups, but mine are all about a lil' moonshine!
...and not always the "fabric" kind, if you know what I mean.

Giving credit where credit is due...
This came from "Everyone Deserves a Quilt" blog.
You can find it right 
I've got to tell you...I absolutely love this stuff and it's WAY cheaper than that other high $$$ ironing spray on the market.
I made my own label and recipe card.
They are nothing fancy, but your welcome to download it, if you like

I did change the recipe up a bit. Instead of essential oil, I added
about a cup of scented "Febreze"
I stock up on Cranberry and Frost, at the holidays when I can find it.
It's my favorite and it smells heavenly!

The Grim Ripper!
This fun little guy is from Fons and Porter.
You can download the pattern free right
He's not just for Halloween!

It made for a perfect combo...

May the "Moonshine" bright and the "Grim Ripper's" visits be few!

Have some fun at your next retreat!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop...Hanging By a Thread

Nothing beats searching online for inspiration.  
With the Internet today, we can visit more museums and galleries
 in a few  hours, than most could in a life time.
As the fusible applique junkie that I am, 
 I've found that the world of artists that really speak to me, are the ones who's medium is "graphic art". One of my favorites is Janet Stever.
She is a life long artist and illustrator with a long list of credits. Her line of "Angels of Peace" art inspired something that I've wanted to tackle for quite some time now.

The piece I was about to embark on, revolved around this!
This little pin in a bag!
Now, that's got to have you wondering if I've lost my mind!
Last year I broke my wrist.
It was a dumb thing that I did, while loading ceramic tiles into the back of my car. Gravity beat me, when I managed to not clear the trunk with a heavy load in motion. That sent me flying one direction and the tiles another.
They shattered along with my wrist.
This little pin is what they put in, to stabilize things until it healed.
The day they removed it, I asked to keep it for a memorial quilt!
Crazy, I know!

A year later, and it's done. Thanks to this "Art with Fabric" hop.

The real angels, are the girls from the "Flying Quilters" quilt group. They kept me sane, when I was about to loose my mind. Yes, that's me...hanging by a thread at the bottom of the quilt.

The one who's hair looks afright!
You try doing your hair with the opposite hand.
I had the curling iron burns to prove, it was no easy task!

I've always loved, when the photos of a quilt, with one block hanging from the bottom, makes its way around Facebook.
I had to borrow that idea, for my "Hanging By a Thread"!

My guardian Angels...

Who thru "Love" and "Hope"...

...helped me "Believe" in myself again!
It might sound sappy, but these girls got me thru it all and I'm
forever grateful. They earned those halos.

I used some of my "cooked" cans for the flying heart.
I love, when I get a chance to add a little tin can art to things. 
These are soda and beer cans that are cooked over a BBQ grill.
(You can read more about that, under my TUTORIALS links
 on the right hand side of my blog)
It's easy enough to do and stitches down like a dream,
 with a regular needle and a sewing machine! life size hand with the pin in place!
Forever to remember.

All finished off with "mini" quilts hanging...
cause, that's what we do!

A big thanks to Alida, for bringing us all together to share.
She pours her heart and soul into this hop,  for us!
Your going to find some incredibly talented artists, sharing their creations this week. I know your not going to want to miss, any of them!
Here's the schedule below.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Friday, May 19th, 2017 

"Sew" put on your thinking cap and "art" something.
Heck if I can do it,"sew" can you!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'