Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Hoppin'...and a brand new hop!

I hope you have been enjoying  the
"Wish Upon a Star"
blog hop that Carol from "Just Let me Quilt" is hosting this week...
Oh my stars...the inspiration my fellow bloggers have to offer!
Next month sweet Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks" is hosting
July brings us back to Carol again, with
You know I can sit on the sidelines and root on my blogging buddies all day long!
But...I had an idea...
We have an incredibly talented group online, who are always willing to share.
So I'd like to host a "Fabulous Freebies" blog hop.
A place where we can show off our favorite "quilty" pattern, or tutorial.
Even my button is free compliments of okcclipart.com

The rules are simple, if you sign up, please follow thru on your day to post.
There is nothing more disappointing than no-shows.
It can be your own design or a favorite you found online, but they must be free
and they must have a current working link, or a tutorial in the post, so we can all enjoy them.
Give credit where credit is due. If it's not your personal design or pattern,
tell us who's it is!
(It's always a nice courtesy, to let said person know
 your going to use their pattern for the hop)
Quilts, throw, bags, totes, mugrugs...
Whatever your lil fabric lovin' heart desires!
Are you in???
If so, email me at Calicojoan@aol.com
Subject Fabulous Freebies
Your name,
Blog name,
Link to your blog
Any date preferences. 
(I'll do my best to work around them)

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

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!
LOL!!!!
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.
LOL!!
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.
LOL!
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!
LOL!!!!!
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!
hahahahaha
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.
LOL!!
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!
LOL!!!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'