Friday, December 6, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019 Day Five And My Day

I always feel sad on the last day of any blog hop, but especially the Virtual Cookie Exchange.
It's so fun to see the yummy goodies and sweet projects that make us all smile.
I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have!


These are one of the Monkey Boys favorite recipes and I have to agree, I love them, too!

Indoor S'mores Bars


I did some designing for Therm O Web's "Christmas Joy Sew Along" recently and so that's what 
I'm sharing today. The blocks are free and each block, appliqued and pieced, will measure 
unfinished at 8½” x 8½”. You can use them in a 50” x 58” quilt, “Christmas Joy”, which will be 
released December 11th. Click on each design to get the PDF downloadable pattern. 

Snowman (make 2)


Santa (make 2)


Christmas Tree (make 5)


Stocking (make 4)


There are pieced blocks in this quilt, too. 

HSTs (make 12 for quilt)

Cut 6 – 9½” x 9½” dark squares (hourglass block)
Cut 6 – 9½” x 9½” light squares (hourglass block)
You’ll need one light square and one dark square to make two blocks. 

Draw a line diagonally on wrong side of light square. 
Place right sides of squares together. Sew a 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line. 


Cut the block along the drawn line to create two blocks. 
Open and press fabrics to the dark side.

On one of the blocks, draw a diagonal line opposite from the seam on the wrong side of fabric.  
With right sides together and nesting the seam, sew 1/4" along both sides of the drawn line. 
Cut the blocks along the drawn line. Open and press seams toward the side. 
Trim blocks to 8½” x 8½”. Repeat to make a total of 12 blocks.

For the whole quilt you'll need:

White – 1 5/8 yard
Dark Green – 7/8 yard pieced borders or 1 1/2 yards borders cut lengthwise
Yellow – 3/8 yard
Red – 1 1/2 yards pieced borders or 1 3/4 yards borders cut lengthwise
Light Green – 1/4 yard
Black – 1/8 yard
Quilt backing – 3 3/4 yards (add extra if needed for quilting)

This is one of my Christmas patterns in my Etsy store HERE.



We've already done our traditional gingerbread house making event.
I found some already put together houses at Target and it made things so much easier.
No crumbled messes! Messes, but they weren't the houses...just candy.

Fun times with all the family!
Yes, I went crazy taking pictures, and yes, there were dinosaurs and toy cars
thanks to my son-in-law, Eric. He's just a big kid like the rest of us!













Monkey Baby enjoyed decorating his house this year!


There's a giveaway, too! 



I love Quilt Taffy's online store and I think you would, too. After you visit all the
blogs, you might just want to take a look around the store...so many fun things!
One lucky winner will win a $20 shopping spree in Quilt Taffy's store..

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Look at this list of amazing Virtual Cookie Exchange blog hoppers!

December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th



The Winter Blues Blog Hop still has openings!

Find more information by clicking HERE.
We have big plans for next year!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit all the blogs!
There's a Pinterest page for this year's Virtual Cookie Exchange HERE.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

I Like Thursday Post #4

It's another "I Like Thursdays" with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.
Last week was a busy Thursday, so I missed out on posting.

It's been a busy time because we spent two weeks out-of-town.
There were a lot of likes happening!

I like birthdays...
Birthday celebration of Monkey Boy #4. He turned seven...where has the time gone!
His mom made his cake just how he wanted it.
We also celebrated birthdays for Monkey Boy #2 and the Monkey Boy's mom.


I like seeing old friends...
We went to our friend's funeral. It was bittersweet because we got to see so many long time
 friends, but such a broken heart to have him be gone. It was like a family reunion to be together
 with all of our friends. We grew up with most of them while raising our families.
The good news out of it was the planning of a reunion in April. It will be so sweet!

I like family adventures...
Ethel M's in Las Vegas has a beautiful Christmas light show every year.
We've missed it for several years, but made it happen this month.
It wasn't as freezing as it usually is, so it was really enjoyable to walk around.





I like my big sewing machine to not be broken...
I did some sewing while I was gone, but my big machine was still broken so it was hard to quilt
the bigger quilts I needed done. We got home today and picked up my sweet machine as we 
headed to our house.  I did a very happy dance as I placed it in it's spot in my sewing room. 

My poor sewing room is a disaster from trying to hurry and finish things before I left town 
and then dumping everything in there when I came home. Wowzers! 
This is awful and needs a good organization and clean up to happen!


I like traditions...
We got together for our traditional gingerbread house decorating.
Yes, there were dinosaurs!




I like pincushions I don't make...
I came home to two cute pincushions from Beaquilter's pincushion exchange.



I like airbags more than ever now...
My daughter got in an accident and every one of the airbags went off. 
She had a slight concussion and some soreness, but she was lucky!


I like concerts watching the Monkey Boys...

Monkey Boy #2 plays the cello. He's right there in the middle on the edge.


Monkey Boy #4 was mixed in among tons of other kids to sing Christmas songs.


I like pizza and I'm glad Monkey Baby does too...


I like blog hops...
This week is my Virtual Cookie Exchange that's full of recipes and
Christmas projects. Check it out if you get a chance!


There were a lot more likes during the last couple weeks, but I'll go for now.

Thanks for stopping by!

Virtual Cookie Exchange Day Four

We're almost to the end of this incredible blog hop that's full of recipes,
Christmas projects, memories, and lots of fun ideas. Please visit them all
and leave a sweet comment. They will totally appreciate it!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Riley Blake Designs Lumberjack Aaron Flannel

There's nothing sweeter than wrapping up in a flannel quilt in the winter to keep us toasty and
warm. Riley Blake Design's "Lumberjack Aaron" flannel and Designer Flannels are perfect
 to snuggle in! They are 100% cotton and are great for quilts, apparel, or home decor.
It’s such a sweet fabric line by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin Design Co.

Lumberjack Camp
40" x 50"



Lumberjack Aaron fabrics used in this quilt:

Riley Blake Designs Lumberjack Aaron Flannel F7793-CREAM
Riley Blake Designs Lumberjack Aaron Flannel F7795-BLACK
Riley Blake Designs Lumberjack Aaron Flannel F7795-RED


Other fabrics used:

Riley Blake Designs Cotton Kisses-Redwood
Riley Blake Designs Cotton Putty
Confetti Cotton - light brown, dark brown, black, gray, cranberry

Look at some of the other designs in the Lumberjack Aaron line!


The applique was simple with a cabin, trees, and logger truck in cottons and flannel.


RBD Redwood "Kisses" is one of my favorite cotton basics!
I found some RBD Brown Buffalo check flannel in my stash, so I added it to the back.
The whole quilt is definitely ready to snuggle in.


The trucks full of cut lumber, saws, cabin, and Lumberjack Aaron are just too cute!



Crisscross straight stitching made it a quick finish!


Free motion quilting around the applique makes it stand out (I think so, anyway!)


You can find the link for "Lumberjack Camp" HERE.


Riley Blake Designs has so many designer flannels to choose some...check them out HERE.


For more ideas for quilting and sewing, visit the Riley Blake Designs blog...you'll be glad you did.