Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It's A Shark Quilt!

I'd made a shark quilt a while back using Riley Blake Design fabric and it
was quite a hit for a cute boy I know, but he wanted a bigger one in the same fabric.
He helped design it and drew a label for me to add.

It's A Shark!


We took a trip to "Grandpa's Pond" in Hurricane, Utah, to take photos.



I love the quilting by Quilted Works!


I added some applique to the label he drew and stitched his signature.
Yes, it took me since January to get this totally put together, but at least I finished it!


I think he'll be a happy boy to know I finally finished his quilt.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Virtual Cookie Exchange (And Other Christmas Stuff) Blog Hop

I've been doing the Virtual Cookie Exchange blog hop for several years and
it still excites me to see what everyone shares in Christmas recipes, traditions, and quilts.

It's not just about the cookies anymore!

The blog hop is at the end of November so this gives you plenty of time to decide what to share.
I'd love to have you join the fun this year!


If you don't want to bake anything, that's okay...you don't have to.
THE RULES for the Virtual Cookie Exchange are simple and should be stress free:

Share a Christmas cookie recipe, tradition, and/or quilt.
Recipes can be a favorite from your childhood or a current one.
Traditions and quilts can be old or new.

Post your project on your assigned day.

Have a giveaway or don't have a giveaway. It's totally up to you!



Add a tutorial or just post photos...again, it's up to you.

Visit everyone's blog on the list and leave a sweet comment.

That's it! 
Email me with the following information if you want to play along:

Name:
Email:
Blog Name:
Blog URL:

My email address is:



Monday, October 1, 2018

Dracula Says "Velcome To My House"

Maybe Dracula didn't actually say it should be "Velcome To My House", but he would have
if he was visiting my blog during the "Welcome To My House" blog hop.
I hope he never REALLY comes to my house because that would be a bit scary!


With this being my favorite time of year, Halloween of course, it’s time to drag out all the 
decorations to cause  shrieks, screams, and scary scenes. That’s what Halloween is all about at
 my house! As a kid, I never  liked watching vampire shows because they scared me way too much. 
Bela Lugosi was one scary Count Dracula back in the olden days! 
I always looked away when his eyes went into “come-to-me”  mode…yikes! 



Looking back, those vampires were pretty lame compared to today’s television and movie 
trendy-looking vampires. Some of them are very handsome guys that could easily lure me into
 their waiting fangs! The “Velcome To My House” wall hanging or door hanger goes together
quickly using Heat n Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft and other ThermOWeb products. You 
can have it ready to hang on your door just in time to “lure” those visiting neighbors or 
trick-or-treaters into your home. Luckily, he’s not too scary


Check out all the details over at the Therm O Web blog today HERE.
You can find the PDF pattern for "Velcome To My House" in my Craftsy store HERE.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

It's A Wild Life October Block Of The Month

Joan at Moosestash Quilting let her moose loose a little early for the
"It's A Wild Life" October Block of The Month...loving it!

Here's my version using Riley Blake Designs fabrics:


Sew Incredibly Crazy has a giveaway each month, but you have to make the block
and link it on her blog. It's easy to do and the giveaways are always amazing!


I'm using Riley Blake Designs fabrics in all my blocks, including
Confetti, Kisses, and Crayola. I love all their fabrics!


My blocks from each month's design:

October - I Moose Go Camping - Moosestash Quilting - Pattern info found HERE



September - He's So Foxy! - Just Let Me Quilt - Pattern info found HERE



August - Home At The Cabin - Sew Incredibly Crazy - Pattern info found HERE


July - Lunchtime - Creatin' in the Sticks - Pattern info found HERE


June - Owl - Life in the Scrapatch - Pattern info found HERE.


May - Bear Paw - Moosestash Quilting - Pattern info found HERE


April - Big and Little Tree - Just Let Me Quilt - Pattern info found HERE



March - Deer - Creatin' In The Sticks - Pattern info found HERE


February - Maple Leaf - Sew Incredibly Crazy - Pattern info found HERE


There's bonus blocks, too!

Just Hanging Around can be found HERE


Hot Dog Anticipation can be found HERE



Canoe Time! can be found HERE


There's a Facebook page for information and sharing, too.

It's never too late to join in on It's A Wild Life!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Riley Blake Designs' "So Ruby" Fabric Is Beautifully Red And White

Making a red and white quilt has been on my to-do list for a long time, so when I was asked
by Riley Blake Designs if I would sew something with "So Ruby" I was totally in! It's red,
it's white, and it's beautiful...it made my dream come true for a red and white quilt.

Ruby Rabbit's Garden
Finished size: 42" x 50"



"So Ruby" has a lot of variety in its red and white fabrics by Carina Gardner.


A little checkerboard look for Ruby Rabbit's Garden.


A ruffle is a sweet addition to this garden.


Fabric flowers and buttons...a great combination!


The flowers are easy and fast to make:

Cut five 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares for each flower.

Fold squares in half diagonally; press. Fold in half again diagonally; press. 
Repeat to make five petals.

Using embroidery thread or a double strand of thread, sew a basting 
stitch along raw edge of all five petals to join them.

Pull needle to gather thread and petals together into a circle. 
Sew a small knotted stitch to join petals. 
Stitch flower in place and sew a button over opening.


Here's the list of Riley Blake Designs "So Ruby" blog tour participants:

September 28 - Just Let Me Quilt - Me
October 5 - Jedi Craft Girl
October 12 - Why Not Sew?



You can find the entire "Ruby Rabbit's Garden" pattern in my Craftsy store HERE.


*Just a note about washing this quilt: Yes, I washed it before taking this picture. No, the colors
did not run because I threw a Shout Color Catcher into the wash with it. I love these sheets!
Prewashing red fabrics is usually a good idea, but I didn't do that. I put a lot of faith in these
sheets and have never had the dyes in a quilt run. Let's hope there's never a "first time", but so
 far I'm happy using them! You can find them at grocery stores, Target, Walmart, and Amazon.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wandering Camera In September

I did a lot of wandering this month, but not to any exotic locations.
Most of the time was spent near my home or with family.
Life was good this month!

It's been a very busy time in my quilting world...lots of projects happening!


There's was rainy weather, flash flooding, and flowing rivers near
a favorite restaurant with amazing views. They have yummy breakfast treats!



Then there was less water and more hot temperatures later in the month at the same location.



Some flowers will bloom no matter how hot it is. There's joy in that!


A birthday celebration brought the family together for good times.


Even at 14 years old, he's still a little boy at heart.


This little guy kept posing for the camera, dirty face and all...I love him tons!
I remember years ago overhearing a young couple with no children observe a small child
with a very dirty face and runny nose. They said when they had children they would
NEVER allow them to have a dirty face. I still laugh at how naive they were. 
Kids almost ALWAYS have a dirty face and a runny nose and we love them anyway!


One day my sister and I happened upon this shack in our neighborhood.
We couldn't believe we'd lived here so long and never seen this!
I took my husband there to take photos of a sewing project and enjoyed
the adventure of looking around. There was no graffiti...surprise! 



Thanks for stopping by today for a quick view of my September Wandering Camera.
Check out Soma's amazing camera shots over at Whims and Fancies!