Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cats Meow


I just love when I find a pattern, that allows me to do lots of stash-busting.
The "Red Boot Quilt Company" has done it again.
(it's linked for you)
"Catnip"  is the name of this pattern.


Lots of kitties with "cattitude"!
LOL...


Even a mouse...


And a bird to keep the cats attention.


Seeing it come together, shows just how much of that "cattitude" it really has.


These guys found their way to Alaska for a very special little girl, 
who is "Koo-Koo for Kitties" you could say!
:-)
She turned into a teenager last week
Where does the time go?

I got word that it made her cry...
I used some of the fabrics I got from her "Nonnie", who passed away a few years ago.
She can now snuggle under her quilt and have sweet dreams of her.

As quilters, we all know just how special our creations can be, don't we?
Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The ABC's of Quilt As You Go with Island Batik


Every month Island Batik challenges their ambassadors...
This month it's QAYG
(quilt as you go)
Where you layer the backing, batting and top and quilt each block one by one. 
As you can see, I've even stitched down my appliques using "QAYG".
There are many ways to combine your blocks with "QAYG". My preference is with sashings. There are numerous tutorials on the web. A quick "Google" search will have you on your way.
This "monstrously" fun quiltie is from
"Happy Quilts" by Antonie Alexander
You can check it out
The background fabrics are from "Olivera" a new line of Island Batik fabrics. My "Island Batik" scrap bin held the secrets to creating these fun creatures.
Oh, how I do love a good scrap bin!!!

It got me to thinking about all the other "QAYG" projects I've done.
Just why do I love it so much???
My first "QAYG" project was a scrap buster inspired by a member of the
"Quiting Board". Did I bust the scraps. Bins and bins of scraps went into this one.
This behemoth quilt is reversible and very heavy. Heavy enough that you will certainly not freeze if the furnace goes out in the winter!  LOL!!
 The 120"x 120" size just would not fit on my long arm, so breaking it down into individual blocks, was the perfect solution. 
"A" ...It allows me to easily combine 2 quilts into one making it reversible, all while controlling both sides, block by block.
This "International  Sun Bonnet Sue" Quilt was put together using the "QAYG" method. It's my most popular quilt on "Pinterest".
Being new to free motion quilting, it gave me a chance to play with a much more manageable size on my domestic machine.
"B"...I have more control with free motion quilting, working on a smaller size.
In my "Orca Bay" quilt, I've combined "QAYG" with long arming to make a quilt bigger than my frame can handle. The top and borders were pieced and quilted separately. I like to call it, stretching a quilt to fit my bed!  :-) 
I use this method a lot since I only have a 10' frame on my long arm.
It's just not quite big enough for the size quilts I like for my king size bed.
'"C"...I can combine quilt styles and I don't have to buy a new frame for my longarm???  Eureka!!!!!

"QAYG" gives me the flexibility to use up many fabric scraps as well as batting scraps. I'm all about getting a project out of leftovers from something else. I like to think if them as "freebie" projects!
We all love that,  don't we?
;-)
Now, does this guy remind you of a watermelon or what???
He just wants to remind you, no matter if it's applique, string piecing, traditional piecing...the sky is the limit when it comes to "QAYG"!
"Sew" think about your next project...Can you "QAYG" it? I bet you can!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sun Sand and Sea BOM


Are you feeling a little crabby?
Well this guy is sure to change your attitude!

Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy has put together this delightfully "crabby" guy for us.
Now you know he just makes you smile!

You can find this block 
Get it before the month is over and it's free.

A big thanks goes out to
for sponsoring this project.
Don't you just "LOVE" it!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, July 28, 2017

Eye Spy with Island Batik

I was just driving by, and what did I spy?


Why a box on my porch, caught my little eye.


There were errands to run...
oh me oh my!
I so, want to open this little guy. 


Upon my return, I ripped open my package...


So many treasures, the brand new fall lines you see.


Here's a sneak peek, of the fabrics,
lots of projects I see.

So hang in there with me, I'll have plenty to show.
Cause I can't stop creating
don't cha know don't cha know!
;-)
 Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

AKA: one spoiled Island Batik Ambassador!

Monday, July 24, 2017

I Can Share...



It seems like I've gotten nothing done this summer...
but I have been working on things.
I can now share these two beauties with everyone.


Are they just about the cutest things you have ever seen?
My friend Kathie over at "Prairie Cottage Corner" has been busy designing fun things for us!
I'm not sure if it's the adorable bird and bunny that catches my eye, the fun flowers, or those wonderful top and bottom borders...
but combined they are nothing short of FABULOUS!!!!!


The roomy boarders give you plenty of room to play with quilting.


Yep you can say I'm in love with these delights!
Psssst...
I've got it on good word that Kathie is busy working away, putting the finishing touches on these patterns. You might want to hop over and put yourself on the waiting list. This is so, hot off the press, that there aren't confirmed names just yet, but I think Prairie Meadow Bunny and Prairie Meadow Bird are close!

**********************UPDATE**************************
Patterns are now avail able at Etsy
HERE
:-)
Craftsy
HERE
You can find Prairie Cottage Corner blog right
Tell her Joan sent ya!
;-)
Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'