Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stitch It And Gift It Blog Hop Day

I love blog hops because it gives me the pleasure of visiting my favorite bloggers and soak in 
their inspiring creations. It's like being a part of a quilt guild without leaving home! This blog hop, Stitch It and Give It, is a wonderful hop created by my friend, Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks. 
She always rocks my world with her creativity!


Coming up with something to stitch and give wasn't hard at all. Most of my quilts end
up in the hands of other people anyway. I've given quilts to almost all my nieces and their
children, so I decided it was Beth's turn to get a quilt. She wanted shabby chic. Hmm...

What stumped me about the shabby chic thing was that though Beth has been called a
"Princess" from time to time, she's a police officer that I definitely wouldn't want to mess with.
I love this feminine side of her!

Riley Blake Designs "Granny Chic" seemed like a perfect fit for this quilt.


It has been years since I've shown an unfinished project, so I apologize on this one.
It was bigger than I could quilt and the quilt shop has a nine week back-up on quilting.
Whoops...I waited too long! Luckily, we stopped at the park for a quick photo
of it before I dropped it off for quilting. I'll show it when it gets finished.



I used my new Crafter's Edge Crossover II to cut my favorite border pieces.
The squares and rectangles were perfect and then sewed together without any misshapes.
I love how small the dies are and how easy they are to use and store.


There's been a few Christmas celebrations where I went big on the gifts, but we've also had
our share of small gift giving. Sometimes it's because of money, or lack there of, or because
 we just wanted to keep things small and not have it be overwhelming.
That's what I want this year.


I've made these small bags and whatever will fit in them is what they will get.
Of course, I might throw an extra gift or two towards the youngest of the Monkey Boys.
They might not understand small gifts from grandma.

They are big enough for a gift card, ornament, money, or a note telling them to
"go to the garage for your new car." LOL That's not happening at my house!


The bags can be made any size but because I wanted small, I cut my squares at 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

What you’ll need: 
1 fat quarter or scrap of fabric at least 6½” x 6½”

Fabric cutting instructions: 
Cut 2 – 6½” x 6½” square

Sewing: 
All seams are sewn 1/4” unless otherwise noted.

Draw Strings: 
Ribbon or string, 1/4" to 3/4’ wide, cut one 20”


Be sure to visit the other blogs for some amazing gift ideas to sew!

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I'm so glad you stopped by!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday Likes Because I Missed Thursday Likes

Thursday in blog world is such a pleasure because of postings of "likes" by so many people.
Leeann at Not Afraid of Color started a series called "I Like Thursdays" that has bloggers 
sharing all kinds of likes...fabric, flowers, pets, grandchildren, etc. Have you seen these posts?
Reading them makes me relax and enjoy the positive things in life.

Though I may not always comment (yes, I am just a stalker sometimes), I love the posts.
In my mind, I always think "next Thursday I'm going to post things I like." I just can't seem to 
get it together to do it. Maybe I need to set an alarm on Wednesday to remind me.
I'd probably forget to set the alarm.

I missed Thursday (of course) so here's a late I like Thursdays on Friday list.

I like that my daughter takes me on some of her adventures (she takes a lot of them.)
She found a cave, but since she was alone at the time she wouldn't go in.
Her dad and I were more than willing to go with her to check it out.


It was actually no big deal and didn't go anywhere except a small cavern inside.
The graffiti and litter were disgusting. What's wrong with people!

If it can be climbed, she will climb it. She's over 40, but you wouldn't know it by all the
adventurous things she does. I wish I'd been more like her at that age.


I like that Ron can be just as adventurous at his "young age."


I like that my family loves Halloween as much as I do.
My adventurous daughter doctored up the family pic for Halloween.


I like that my youngest daughter makes sure she dresses her family appropriately for Halloween.
Villains and superheroes rock! 


I like this Monkey Boy's pose and that he always makes us smile.


I like that my daughter took me on this adventure to a petting zoo near Zion. 


This Monkey Boy liked it too!


I like when I run into random flowers in a mess of weeds.


I like when these two cuties come to visit and make me laugh.
We were at Chuck-A-Rama, one of their favorite eating places.


I love new toys. This Crafter's Edge Crossover has been fun to play with!


Thanks for stopping by to see my likes. Hopefully, I'll remember to do it again.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Riley Blake Designs Blog Tour Of Designer Knits

Riley Blake Designs has gorgeous cotton fabrics, but they also have Designer Knits 
 that are 100 per cent cotton, soft, stretchy, and are perfect for quilting, apparel and home
decor. I used "Something Borrowed" by Christopher Thompson for my projects.

This nightgown and pillow using "Something Borrowed" are ready to snuggle a size
five little girl. The fabric is beautiful in navy, gray, blue, and white.


My mother was the queen of sewing with knits. She made clothes, but also nightgowns
and pajamas for my children with knits and flannels. They loved them! She would
have loved all the amazing choices of knits by Riley Blake Designs.

The pattern for the nightgown is McCall's 7221 and was very easy to put together.
When sewing with knits, it is recommended to use a serger and/or a narrow zig-zag stitch.



The pillow is 20" x 20" and I used Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive for the flowers. To make sewing
 knits easier in pillows and quilts, use a light weight interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric.



I used three different knits in the pillow and nightgown:

Something Borrowed Main Gray


Something Borrowed Main Navy


Something Borrowed Petal Gray


If you want to see more beautiful projects using knits, visit Riley Blake Designs blog HERE.


Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Fat Quarter Shop Remix With A Rotary Cutter

The Fat Quarter Shop has a remix happening with some of their older projects that were popular
and well liked. This is a fun and HUGE rotary cutter that is easy to make and looks fabulous in
solids or prints. I used my favorite solids, Riley Blake Confetti Cottons to create my rotary cutter.


The solid fabrics I used in this rotary cutter remix is a great match for the smaller version of the 
Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Rotary Cutter by Olfa. I love Confetti Cottons for sewing
and you can find an amazing variety of them at the Fat Quarter Shop!

I used four Confetti Cotton colors in my rotary cutter:


A big rotary cutter requires a big pair of scissors!


You can find Fat Quarter Shop's remix rotary cutter pattern HERE
and more remix information HERE.


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 1, 2019

A Time For All Seasons November Block

November 1st is here which means a new Time For All Seasons block.
Joan at Moosestash Quilting created the cutest blocks that totally represent
Thanksgiving and Fall weather. I know you'll love them!

I sewed two of them...one more to go!





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 (or you could use 1" sashings for a smaller quilt)
 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)


Do you want to sew all the blocks? Check out the links below:

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



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.



June blocks by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
Dad's Tie Overload HERE


Sailing Into Summer Solstice HERE



June Bride and Groom HERE



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



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



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



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



November 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!