Sunday, July 3, 2022

New Blog Hop Sign-Ups Are Happening Now

You have the chance to sign-up for three blog hops!

I'll be hosting "Queen of Gadgets" in September and would love to have you play along!

The challenge is:
Use your favorite sewing tool to create a project. 
Tell us and show us why you love it.
Use rotary cutters, scissors, rippers, die cutters, etc. and show us what you made.

Email me if you want to add your name to the list.
Include your name, blog name, and blog URL.

Sign-ups have begun for "See Ya Later, Alligator"!
Carla will be hosting a blog hop called, "See Ya Later Alligator" in August.

The challenge is: 
Travel...anything from places to go, to how you get there, and anything in between.
Maybe even an alligator?

Contact her if you want to play in this hop.

Joan might have a few openings in the UFO blog hop this month. 
Hurry and check with her!

The challenge is: 
Finish a UFO or two (or three, four, or five.)

If you want to play along, drop her an email.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

World UFO Day July 2nd

Yes, it is World UFO Day...I never knew such a thing existed! July 2nd is the approximate date in 1947 that aliens landed in Roswell, New Mexico. Apparently people go out to watch the skies for UFOs. Interesting, though I think I'd freak out if I actually saw something!

I have made a few alien quilts over the last few years, so it seems appropriate to reshare them today.

A UFO in the quilting world is an unfinished object like a quilt that's not quite completed. Most quilters have numerous ones of those in their closets or drawers.

Joan at Moosestash Quilting is having an UFO blog hop this month. I'm sure we'll see lots of amazing finished projects, maybe even some with aliens on them. She might have some openings...check with her to see!

I have an UFO from 2016 I put yellow binding on yesterday. It's ready for the blog hop. That was all it needed and I just didn't around to it. I have a couple of those...crazy!

Happy sky watching tonight!

Friday, July 1, 2022

Cackling Stitches Creepy Critters July BOM

Joan from Moosestash Quilting, Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks, and I put our wickedly 
crazy heads together to create a Halloween BOM for Cackling Stitches on Facebook.
"Creepy Critters" Block of the Month ends this month and we're already planning on
a frightfully fun BOM for 2023. We're excited about that one, too! 

The July pattern for "Creepy Critters" includes the final assembly instructions.
Check out our Facebook page, Cackling Stitches, HERE, for all the info.

This is my version of "Creepy Critters" 

Here's how the BOM works at Cackling Stitches:

The BOM will run from February 1st to August 30th.
On the 1st day of each month we will release block patterns that will be free until
the next block(s) is released.
Once new blocks are released, the previous month's blocks will no longer be free.
They will be available in our Etsy stores at a cost of $2.
On September 1st the entire pattern will be combined and sold in our Etsy stores for $10.
We hope you appreciate the time we put into creating the BOM quilt and understand that we are keeping the costs to a minimum. If you're quick to get the patterns during the month they are free,
there will be no cost to you.

February - Rotary Rita can be found in my Etsy store, HERE.

March - Petey the Poltergeist by Joan can be found in her Etsy store HERE.

March - Jackie the Jockey by Carla can be found in her Etsy store HERE.

April - Tabitha by Joan can be found HERE.

April - Boo The Black Cat by Carla can be found HERE.

May - Melvin the Mummy by Joan can be found HERE

May - Frankie Lights the Way by Carla can be found HERE

June - Skully and Friend by me can be found HERE

June - Wolfman Wally by me can be found HERE

We'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Freedom Flight Mini Quilt

With June just around the corner, it is time to show some patriotic love for the freedom we enjoy.  Stars and stripes on display is a sweet way to show respect for our country. At only 6" x 12" in size, the "Freedom Flight" mini quilt was quickly assembled using my favorite products by ThermOWeb. 

"Freedom Flight"

These are my favorite go-to products from ThermOWeb:

Ironing Heat n Bond Light Weight Non-Woven Interfacing to the wrong side of fabric used in applique blocks can add stability and make stitching small pieces easier.

Once you cut out your designs, an Oliso iron makes the job of applying it to fabric a breeze! Place the shiny side down and press each area about 6 seconds.

Using Aurifil thread to stitch around the edges of your applique is a great way to show off those designs.

Adding Stitch n Sew High Loft Fleece to the middle of your mini quilt gives it just the right amount of loft.

The quilt holder is made by Ackfeld Manufacturing and measures 6" x 12".
You can find it on their website HERE.

You can find the PDF download for "Freedom Flight" HERE.

Check out the ThermOWeb blog for more project ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Here Comes The Sun Blog Hop And My Day

It's been a sizzling hot week of amazing projects for our "Here Comes The Sun" blog hop. I love all the enthusiasm and participation involved in the blog hops! It's just awesome to share the monthly blog hop planning/hosting with Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks and Joan at Moosestash Quilting. 

My project grew out of seeing Benartex's "Season of the Sun" fabric by David Galchutt. I love the bright colors and those sunny faces just made me smile!

60" x 60"

The sunny face is peeking out of the middle of the applique sun.

Our blog hop is just in time for the summer solstice. It is the moment in time when the Earth's tilt towards the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.

A summer solstice occurs twice a year, once in June in the Northern Hemisphere and once in December in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere the day of the summer solstice is the longest day of the year and occurs every year between June 20 and June 22.

Benartex fabrics used are from "Season of the Sun" and Superior Solids:

Superior Solids Black SKU#3000B-12

Prism Tonal Purple SKU# 13199-66

Spiral Shadows Yellow SKU# 13198-33

Spiral Shadows Red SKU# 13198-10

Sun Allover # 13192-12

Pebble Orange/Red SKU# 13201-38

Spiral Shadows Blue SKU# 13198-55

Spirals and Swirls SKU # 13197-12

Flow Stripe SKU# 13196-99 
Wave Texture Black SKU# 2966-12 (backing)

This print is gorgeous and was used in the outside border of the quilt!

These prints are so vibrant and perfect for the applique and piecing.

I love this print for the border!

Some fun flower, too!

The backing is Benartex's Wave Texture in black.

You can find "Here Comes The Sun" in my Etsy store HERE.

Check out the other "hot" projects!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Blog Hops With Suns, UFOs, Alligators, And Gadgets

You could never say that Carla, Joan, and I don't get creative with our blog hop ideas and challenges. I love how imaginative and inspiring those two are for me! They keep me on my toes for sure. This week's blog hop, "Here Comes The Sun" has been nothing short of incredible with so many amazing projects.

Check out these blogs:

June 20
You can find the Pinterest page for Here Comes The Sun HERE.

Next blog hop is hosted by Joan with UFOs as the challenge.
We all have a few of those in our closets...UFO projects, not aliens.

If you want to play along and haven't signed up yet, drop her an email.

Carla will be hosting a blog hop called, "See Ya Later Alligator" in August.
She'll start taking sign-ups after July 1st.
The challenge:
Anything from places to go, to how you get there, and anything in between.
Maybe even an alligator?

Contact her after July 1st if you want to play in this hop.

I'll be hosting "Queen of Gadgets" in September.
The challenge is:
Use your favorite sewing tool to create a project. 
Tell us and show us why you love it.
Use rotary cutters, scissors, rippers, die cutters, etc. and show us what you made.

Let me know if you want to play in this hop.

There is a blog hop once a month and the challenges are endless.
Come play with us and meet new blog friends!