Saturday, May 18, 2019

Little Dog Takes On Big Dog

We had Gage for a week and loved all 56 pounds of him.
The little dogs, Bruster and Bella, never took to him the way we did.
A 17 pound ten year old dog vs a 56 pound ten month old dog in a battle isn't good.
Bruster lost the battle with Gage and it wasn't Gage's fault.

We're not sure if Bruster's jaw hit Gage's hard head or caught his tooth on his collar,
but Bruster's jaw was dislocated and his tooth was broken. Of course, it had to happen
after the vet was closed so it ended up being a trip to the vet ER. Bruster had the tooth
removed and got three stitches in his mouth. He was in a lot of pain...poor baby!

Things didn't get any better, so we were lucky my son's ex-roommate wanted Gage back.
We miss him, but the constant vigilance to keep them apart has ended. Whew!
Gage was a great dog and without Bossy Bruster, he would have been a great for us.

Luckily, I'll still get to visit him once in a while!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Food For Thought Sew Along With ThermOWeb

Every other month at ThermOWeb has been a sew along where four free block patterns are shared
 and then a week or two later, four free projects are shared to use them in. This month's blocks have 
the theme, "Food For Thought" and all four designers must have had a sweet tooth because they are
 all yummy treats to sew. My block is "Every Day Is A Sundae" and it's dripping in hot fudge.

You need to go check out the other sweet blocks at ThermOWeb and get the block patterns!

These are the designers (including me)...I love working with these creative ladies!

Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt

Amy Warner from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Stephanie Brown Cunnyngham from Sissy Belle Sews

Carla Henton from Creatin’ in the Sticks

All of us will tell you that we LOVE using Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite Sheets when we make 
applique  projects. The adhesive comes in larger sheets, too. The EZ Print sheets can be run 
through an inkjet printer and then ironed on your fabric. No tracing all the pieces! Plus, the 
protective backing peels off so easy...I love that and think you will, too!

During the week of May 27th to the 30th we'll all be showing projects to sew.

May 27 – Carol Swift
May 28 –Amy Warner
May 29 – Stephanie Brown Cunnyngham
May 30 – Carla Henton

Here's a little snippet of my "Food For Thought" project with my new quilt model, Gage:

We'd love for you to join us in this sew along!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Riley Blake Designs Charlotte Fabric Blog Tour

Every time I receive a package of Riley Blake Designs' fabrics I think,
"This is my favorite!" That's exactly what I thought when I saw "Charlotte."
"Charlotte" fabric was designed by Michelle Yeo for Penny Rose Fabrics.

Flower Garden
Finished size - 50" x 60"

"Flower Garden" was beautifully quilted by Quilted Works in St. George, Utah.

I only used these fabrics from the "Charlotte" line, but all the other ones are amazing too!

Aren't they all beautiful!

I didn't do any tracing for these applique flowers because I used my favorite iron-on adhesive,
Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite Sheets. All you have to do is run the sheets through an inkjet
printer to print off the designs. They are ready to iron on your fabric with no tracing!

The appliqued flowers were perfect for the gorgeous "Charlotte" fabric!

You can find the pattern for "Flower Garden" in my Etsy store HERE,

I'm so glad you stopped by today!

A New Addition To Our Family

This huge hunk of dog joined our family yesterday.
My son sent me a message yesterday that said, "Happy Birthday. I gave you a dog."
I'd rather have chocolates, but this is okay for now.
Gage is nine months old, weighs 56 pounds, and is a mix of a Labrador and pit bull.
So, basically he is a Pitador, Bullador, or Labrabull. I like Pitador because I adore him.

He was a shelter dog who was rescued by a friend of my son.
That didn't work out, so my son took him which gave him two big dogs in an apartment.
My son is moving to a new place that will only allow one dog, so he's tried
to find a new owner for Gage. Twice people took him and brought him back.
He's a lot of dog that has spent most of his time in a cage and was used to playing ruff with 
my son's other dog. That's not working for my two little ankle biters...they don't like him!
We're hoping they adjust once Gage gets some training on his manners.

It's like having a naughty two year old in the house!
I watched him last week for my son and his allergies really flared up...poor baby!
It scared me to death to see those eyes and jowls swelling up, plus he had a rash. Benadryl 
quickly took care of the issues, but now I'll have to figure out what bothered him.

Luckily he's cage trained or I'd never get anything done, because I'm constantly supervising
his whereabouts and making sure my little dogs don't attack him and/or become a meal for him.
Life is crazy with this guy in the house!

P. S. I'm taking a little break from blog hops for the summer, but Carla at Creatin In The Sticks
 will be announcing one in July and I'll announce one shortly after that. I love the hops and
can't wait to jump back in after a summer break. I love being inspired by you!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Birthday Sale On My Patterns

My birthday is later this week so I thought I'd celebrate by having a
50% OFF SALE on my patterns!
It lasts until the end of the day on May 7th (which might just be my birthday.)
My daughter made this cake...maybe I'll have her make one for me.
Peanut butter and chocolate make such a yummy combination!

You can check out my patterns in my Etsy store HERE.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A Time For All Seasons May Block Of The Month

It's another release of blocks for A Time For All Seasons's and this time their
from Joan at Moosestash Quilting. They may seem a bit challenging, but they are
so worth it and are both fun and beautiful. I can't wait to see how yours look!

My May blocks...

Here's the optional finished quilt information:

62” x 74” quilt top 
5 rows across, 6 rows down
30 blocks (6 bonus blocks)
 2” sashings
 4 yards background fabric (allows for extra if needed)
2 ½ yards sashing fabric
Miscellaneous fabrics of your choice for appliques, etc. 
(A fat quarter bundle works great for this)

February blocks by Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy
can be found HERE and HERE.

Both of the March blocks by Just Let Me Quilt
can be found in my Etsy shop HERE.

April blocks by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks
can be found HERE.

May blocks by Joan at Moosestash Quilting
can be found HERE.

There's a Facebook page to share your finished blocks HERE.
Amy has a giveaway each month for those that link up their finished blocks
, too!

It's never too late to join in!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Be A Diamond Blog Hop Day Five

 It's day five of the Be A Diamond blog hop and it's been an incredible week of diamonds.
I've loved it and I'm sure you have, too!
My diamond project is made from one of my favorite fabrics, Dr. Seuss.
My sweet friend, Kris, from Kris Loves Fabric, sent me a big bundle of Seuss
fabrics because she knew it was my thing. They came in handy for this quilt.

 I used a 60 degree ruler for the triangles and can't wait to use it again sometime.
My quilt retreat friends jumped on using it and my Seuss fabrics, too. 

 The fabric I used on the borders and back had most of the Seuss characters on it.

Gotta love the Lorax fabrics, too!

The rules for the Be A Diamond blog hop were:
Make a project with a diamond block on it.
It can be a mug rug, pot holder, mini quilt, baby quilt, bag, etc.

So many diamonds happening on these blogs!

Today - April 26
You can find all the projects on the Be A Diamond Pinterest page HERE.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Be A Diamond Blog Hop Day Three

It's been a bright and shiny three days full of diamonds, diamonds, and more diamonds!
Have you been checking them all out? Oh my'll be totally amazed and inspired.

The rules were:
Make a project with a diamond block on it.
It can be a mug rug, pot holder, mini quilt, baby quilt, bag, etc.

Here's the list of diamond makers:

Today - April 24

April 25

April 26
You can find all the projects on the Be A Diamond Pinterest page HERE.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Be A Diamond Blog Hop Day Two

I was feeling all aglow with so many sparkly diamonds yesterday during day two
of the Be A Diamond Blog Hop. Seriously, there was a ton of inspiration in all those
projects. You really have to check them out and leaving a message would be nice, too!

The rules were:
Make a project with a diamond block on it.
It can be a mug rug, pot holder, mini quilt, baby quilt, bag, etc.

Here's the list of diamond makers:

Today - April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26
You can find all the projects on the Be A Diamond Pinterest page HERE.