Sunday, March 19, 2023

Little Green Apples Is Happening All Week

It is always such a treat to see how creative everyone gets with the Sew It - Show It blog hop challenges. It boggles my mind how different our ideas are. From bags to quilts, you continue to inspire me every month!

The challenge:

Sew something with green or apple fabric (or a combo of both!)

Little Green Apples

Wind and clouds everyday make for rough photo sessions. 

In case you're wondering (or not), I did have the song "Little Green Apples" stuck on a repeating cycle in my head. Not a bad song to have in my head, but over and over is a bit much. It has been sung by
many different people but to show my age, here is Dean Martin singing it. I loved his voice!

In reality, I don't like green apples...way too sour for me!
But this was a fun quilt to make as my answer to the "Little Green Apples" challenge.
It's green and it has apples. It's a win!

You can find the "Little Green Apples" Pinterest page HERE.

Check out the other blogs to see how they met the "Little Green Apples" challenge!


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

New Blog Hop Coming - Rose Colored Glasses

Are you a "Rose Colored Glasses" kind of person? 
Do you think things are better than they really are? 
Do you think positive most of the time? 

I'm usually a glass-half-empty kind of gal, but I'm all for having a blog hop with that name!

What's the challenge?
Your sewn project must have one or more of the following:

Rose/pink fabric
Positive Words

Let me know if you want to play along by sending me an email.

Next week is the "Little Green Apples" blog hop. It's a big one that's full of some
amazing and creative bloggers/quilters/friends. Be sure to check it out starting Monday!

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

My Day On Dust Off A Quilt Book Blog Hop

Bea at Beaquilter is hosting her annual blog hop called, "Dust Off A Quilt Book" that got a lot of us sneezing as we searched through those old dusty quilt books we've held on to FOREVER. I got rid of most of my books when I moved. Luckily, I held on to a few of them.

I have a thing for Art Deco/Art Nouveau type things, so I had held on to this quilt book. It was time to blow off that dust and crack it open!

By Bea Oglesby - Published in 2006

The quilt on the book cover is the one I liked best.

The directions were okay, but I failed to think about reversing the pattern I traced.
I admit, I am terrible about reading directions. I'd rather follow the picture.
Which is what I ended up doing. I think it was just fine backwards!

What Defines Art Nouveau? "Art Nouveau was a compelling and energetic style in the visual arts which spanned from around the early 1890s to the First World War. Art Nouveau artists, inspired by plant forms and nature, took organic subjects and flattened and abstracted them into sophisticated, sinuous and flowing motifs."

This is one of my favorite Art Nouveau paintings, "Woman in Gold". There is a movie about it which stars Helen Mirren, and the story is fascinating. "Woman in Gold" was a painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer who was painted by Gustav Klimt. It was stolen by the Nazis and the movie tells the story of how it gets returned to her family. Robert Kaufman just released some Klimt fabric. It's gorgeous!

My grandson held my quilt in front of my Art Deco cabinet. It's nice having him around!

I wish I could say I'm a master at free motion quilting, but other than a meandering stitch, I need guidance of some sort. This time I used my chalk stencils. It was fun doing the clam shell stitch! 

Fabrics: Moda Grunge from my stash.

Check out all the other dusty book projects that were made:

Have you participated in our Sew It-Show It Challenge/hops?  
Come on and join in on the fun! Here are our themes for this year.

Sign-ups are announced about 2 months prior to the start. You can read all about them HERE
You can even download the schedule HERE and start making your plans!

April brings us Joan at Moosestash Quiliting...

There's still room if you're interested.
You can read more on it HERE
Just drop Joan an email with "SAY WHAT" in the subject line and the following information:

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Which Way To Witchville BOM - March

"Which Way to Witchville" March blocks are here! 

Which Way to Witchville
48" x 64"

I used Benartex "Halloween Spirit" and Benartex "Cotton Shot" in my quilt.
I love to use solids when I applique!

Check out Joan of Moosestash Quilting's version HERE and Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks HERE.
It's amazing how different it can look with other fabrics.

January block:

"Town Square" by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks can be found HERE

February blocks:

"An Apple A Day" by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt can be found HERE.

"Witchville Bakery" by Joan at Moosestash Quilting can be found HERE.

March blocks:

"Witchville Gala Night" by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt can be found HERE.

"Flying Lessons" by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks can be found HERE.

Flying Geese by Joan at Moosestash Quilting can be found HERE.

How does our Which Way to Witchville BOM work? 

The 2023 "Which Way to Witchville" BOM runs from January 1st through September 30th. 

All block releases happen on our Cackling Stitches Facebook page HERE.

We even give you the fabric requirements early to help you conjure/gather your fabrics.
You can find it HERE.

It's not a mystery BOM. We show you each of our finished quilts!

On the first day of each month, we release a block pattern (sometimes it's more than one)
 that is free for the entire calendar month. After that, those blocks go into our
ETSY shops where you can purchase them for $2 each. 

New and free block(s) then appear for the new month...and so on, and so on.

 So, what is "NEW" and never been done by us? 

Beginning January 1st, the ENTIRE pattern is available in each of our ETSY shops for $15.
We've had so many people ask us if they can buy the whole thing at once, so we decided to go for it.
If you can't wait for each block release or you don't have a Facebook page, this is for you!

We hope you appreciate the time we put into creating this BOM and understand that we keep
 the costs to a minimum for you. We ask that you respect our copyrights and do not share the 
pattern with others. You're welcome to direct your friends to our Cackling Stitches Group 
Facebook or any of our ETSY shops so they can get their own patterns starting January 1st.

Just Let Me Quilt Etsy Store HERE.

Moosestash Quilting Blog HERE.
Moosestash Quilting Etsy Store HERE.

Creatin' in the Sticks Blog HERE.
Creatin' in the Sticks Etsy Store HERE.

I hope you have a lovely holiday season and are ready to get back to sewing in January!

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

It Is Time To Be Sweet On You

Joan at Moosestash Quilting had the perfect idea and challenge for February.
"Sweet on You" in the month of love gave us lots of ways to be creative!


Are you sweet on treats?
Are you sweet on stitching a special project?
Are you sweet on, well anything you love?

As an ambassador for Benartex, they sent me some beautiful Valentine fabric to sew with.
I am definitely "sweet" on "Be My Gnomie" fabric!

Love and Kisses
55" x 75"

 "Be My Gnomie" is full of "sweet" designs, that's for sure!

Benartex Chalk Texture Pink and Light Pink, and Superior Solids White went great with it.

I went with a simple wandering stitch for quilting and yes, I machine quilt all my bindings.
Hand stitching those bindings are way too much for these old hands!

This is another project using "Be My Gnomie" that I made.

Look who else has been sharing their "Sweet on You" creativity:

Monday Feb 20


Karrin's Crazy World

Quilted Delights

Selina Quilts

Sew Cute and Quirky

Days Filled With Joy



Tuesday Feb 21

Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

Creatin' in the Sticks

Quilt Schmilt

Ms P Designs USA

The Crafty Grammie

Vroomans Quilts

Words and Stitches


Wednesday Feb 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilting Gail

Just Because Quilts

Bea Quilter


Kathy's Kwilts and More

Lynns Blog


Thursday Feb 23

Just Let Me Quilt


Quiltery-For the Love of Geese

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching


Purring Cottage

Thank you for stopping by!