Thursday, May 6, 2021

It Is Mom's Day All The Time

I think everyday should celebrate moms, but I guess here in the U.S. we have to settle for that one special day. This year is lands on Sunday, May 9th. I've shared how to make this wall hanging over on the ThermOWeb blog today. Checked it out!

It Is Mom's Day


It's made entirely with a layer cake/10" x 10" squares, including the back and binding.


I bought a layer cake, Felicity Fabrics by The Tiny Garden, Dotty Flora Licorice, during Sew Yeah's online Destash. It's on YouTube on Tuesday's and Wednesday with the three brothers running the show. It's so fun!

It was perfect for this wall hanging!


Hanging tabs on the back.



You can find the PDF for "It Is Mom's Day" HERE.


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Monday, May 3, 2021

Looking To The Future In Blog Hops

Joining up with Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks and Joan from Moosestash Quilting for blog hops has gotten my quilting excitement fired up. We've got a whole year of blog hops planned for you to join in or just watch for inspiration. It will be so fun for all of us and we'd love to have you play along!


What is a blog hop?

A blog hop is like being a part of a quilt guild, but not leaving your house to participate or pay fees. Participants "show and tell" their sewing and/or quilt related projects on their blogs with a related theme or challenge. 

Who hosts our blog hops?

Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks, Joan from Moosestash Quilting and me, Carol from Just Let Me Quilt, take turns hosting the blog hops and themes/challenges.  We post a challenge on our blogs and those who want to join in, email us their info (name, blog name, blog URL.) Your info is used for blog hops only and is not shared or sold.


After we get that info, we assign a date for them to post their project. We give everyone plenty of time to sew something. We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns. Anyone can follow along!


Here is a list of the blog hops for the rest of the year. Whichever one of us is hosting the blog hop is who you need to contact to sign-up. 

DON'T FREAK OUT THAT YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP RIGHT THIS MINUTE! 

You don't need to sign-up right now as we will announce them again about two months before each one starts. The list of blog hops is only to help your creative mind get moving with ideas. I'm okay if you want sign-up ahead of time for my blog hops. 

May
Born to be Wild - Hosted by Carol - Just Let Me Quilt
Challenge: Sew something that's jungle related....jungle animals, 
wild colors or designs, or jungle fabrics.

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June 
Fairy Tales - Hosted by Joan - Moosestash Quilting
Challenge: What's your fairy tale? 


July
It's A Guy Thing - Hosted by Carol - Just Let Me Quilt
Challenge: Make something for a guy or tomboy, or in 
manly-man colors of blues, grays, browns, etc.


August
Orange You Glad - Hosted by Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks
Challenge: Think orange, think citrus, think orange peel, or maybe 
the joke about "orange you glad we didn't say banana!"


September
I'm falling for YOU - Hosted by Joan - Moosestash Quilting
Challenge: Fall projects, falling in love, falling down stairs...check with Joan for her ideas!


October
Ghastly Ghouls - Hosted by Carol - Just Let Me Quilt
Challenge: Halloween things...quilts, dolls, bags, etc.


November
No Ring November Mug Rug - Hosted by Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks
Challenge: Mug Rugs! (or coasters if you prefer)


December
Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange - Hosted By Carol - Just Let Me Quilt
Challenge: This has been a yearly tradition of sharing favorite recipes, 
Christmas traditions, and Christmas projects.


If you don't have a blog, they are easy and free to create in Google Blogger. We can host you on our blogs, but those spots are limited.

Carla, Joan, and I also design and host a Halloween Facebook page, Cackling Stitches. Right now there is a block of the month going on. If you love Halloween, we'd love to have you join us HERE.


Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cackling Stitches "Hagatha's House" May BOM

It is May 1st so that means more blocks being released for the Cackling Stitches "Hagatha's House" block of the month. Yay!

Ghostly Stitches

Gorf

Here's how "Hagatha's House" BOM works at our Facebook Cackling Stitches group:


The BOM will run from March 1st to September 1st.

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 for each month's worth of blocks.

On October 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.

You can find the supply list HERE if you want to join along with the rest of us wickedly crazy Halloween lovers.

My version of the Hagatha's House BOMs


Joan's version of the Hagatha's House BOMs


March BOM - Hagatha's House - Find it HERE
Created by Joan Kawano from Moosestash Quilting


April BOMs - The Butler Did It - Find It HERE



May BOMs - Ghostly Stitches - Find it HERE
Created by Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt


May BOMs - Gorf - Find it HERE
Created by Joan Kawano from Moosestash Quilting


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Bird Did Not Die In A Quilt!

One of my readers, Mary Ann, left a comment on my post about my Sue Spargo bird quilt. It had us both laughing! 

She said, "Boy did I interpret that title wrong!!! I was trying to figure out how you killed a bird in a quilt!!!!"

The title said: 

"Crafter's Edge Sue Spargo Bird Dies In A Quilt"


Seriously, I did not kill off any of these cute birds! LOL 




Note: I changed the title so that no one thinks I'm a bird killer. I'm not, really I'm not!

Mary Ann, you made my day so much happier!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Email Subscribers, Changes, And Other Stuff

Google has decided to stop their email subscribing method so there's been a lot of us bloggers scrambling to find a way to let readers have an option for email notifications of our blog posts. 

Yikes! Just when things are running smoothly...BAM...somebody has to change things! I headed off to the internet to search for a new way to do things. I'm just a simple blogger and it's a scary world out there when you don't know what you're doing!

UPDATE: Here's a link that might help you!
 
I landed at MailChimp and set things up. Unfortunately, I didn't do it right so my sister emailed me this morning to ask if I'd been hacked because this is what she received. No link, just my logo. Ugh, ugh, ugh! I'm sure this wasn't quite what anyone cared to see.

So, back to MailChimp I went to fix the mess I had created. I thought I fixed it, but after having one of my sister's amazing techies, Jess, look at it...nope...it wasn't right. She used her magic fingers to fix things. Whew! Hopefully, those that want notifications will now receive them and those that want to receive notifications can sign up over there on the right.

I love getting emails with new post notifications from some of my favorite blogs, so I'm hoping those of you who still want them will receive them from me. My motivation and inspiration come from all of you and I want to keep it that way!

There have been some new blog hops I'll be hosting so if you are interested in any of them, let me know. Email me with your name, blog name, and blog URL. 


"It's A Guy Thing" challenge is to make something for a guy or tomboy, or in manly-man colors of blues, grays, browns, etc.


"Ghastly Ghouls" challenge is anything Halloween.


As always, I love having you stop by to visit!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Crafter's Edge Sue Spargo Bird Cutting Dies In A Quilt

I have to admit, I'm crazy about Crafter's Edge Sue Spargo Bird dies. They are cute, funny, whimsical, and look great in any project! I loved using them in my small quilt! 

Spring Bird Dance
39" x 44"


These three bird dies were used in my "Spring Bird Dance" quilt: #10, #5, and #24.

The fabrics are Moda Grunge and I went with really bright and fun colors to match the birds personalities. Seriously, they just make me smile!


Crafter's Edge Sue Spargo Bird #5


Crafter's Edge Sue Spargo Bird #10


Crafter's Edge Sue Spargo Bird #24


Preparing the designs for this quilt was no problem because I used my favorite applique adhesive, Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive, for all the designs. The backing peels of easy...no scoring with a pin!


One thing I do when I applique, especially where small pieces are involved, is to iron Heat n Bond Light Weight Non-Woven Interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric I'm appliqueing. It makes it so much easier to sew around the edges because it stays flat and stabilized. Just remember to cut your fabric a little bigger than needed and trim after applying and sewing applique designs. There can be shrinkage and that can mess with the size of the block. Ironing with a purple Oliso is a bonus, too!


There are so many great Crafter's Edge dies available for sewing and applique. The Crossover II allows for different pressure on the dies when cutting up to six layers. Another advantage to the dies...they are thin and take very little space to store.


Look close...those die edges are not sharp at all! 


The flowers and squares come in different sizes, which makes them so versatile. I used the 3" flower and the center circle along with the 5 1/2" square die in my quilt.



The lower half of the quilt was designed with a look of gingham using the Crafter's Edge 5 ½” Square die. 



The vine that the birds sit on was cut using the Crafter's Edge 1" strip die. 


Thin strips have never been this easy to cut! Because the strip is narrow, it can easily be curved as you iron it in place.


There is also a strip cutter for 2 1/2" strips, which was used for the border and binding.


You can find the free pattern for "Spring Bird Dance" HERE.


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