Monday, April 19, 2021

It Is My In The Kitchen Stitchin' Blog Hop Day

It is always fun to see what ideas my blog hop friend, Carla, comes up with to challenge us. This time she chose to get us creating with "In the Kitchen Stitchin'". 

The Challenge: 

Create something inspired by the kitchen.
It can be pot holders, tea towels, coasters, placemats, table runners, mug rugs, or even a toaster cover.
It's your interpretation of a kitchen project.
Maybe a quilt with kitchen gadgets or a color in your kitchen that inspires you.  
Anything kitchen.  You decide.

My kitchen could use new potholders and towels, but I took on a different challenge...sewing an embroidered hot pad and a Kitchen Witch. 

My friend, Nancy, let me use her fancy embroidery machine and designs to make this awesome bug for my hot pad. The design is from OESD, Scissortail Stitches Boho Soul Collection.

The collection has some other incredible designs in it that I'd love to make a whole quilt with.

It has been a long, long time since I've sewn a doll, so this was definitely a huge challenge for me. 

I already had a vintage pattern full of kitchen ideas, including a kitchen witch. Of course, I had to change things around a bit (no embroidered face or glasses) and I will never win a contest for doll making, but overall it was a good challenge for me. 

She looks pretty sweet in my kitchen.

My ancestors were Norwegian, so I was raised around a lot of their culture and history. A Kitchen Witch was a part of that along with homemade lefse. According to Wikipedia: "There is some debate over where the kitchen witch originated, some claiming Scandinavia and others Germany, but consensus points to older Northern European customs, as it seems to have been more widespread earlier. For centuries, Norwegians have hung this good witch in their kitchen." 

Striped socks are a must for a kitchen witch.

Now that I've sewn a doll after years of staying clear of them, I might take on making another one someday. Maybe...

Check out all these other kitchen stitchers:

Thank you for stopping by to see my Kitchen Stitchin' project! 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Riley Blake Designs "Gnome For Christmas" Project Tour

Riley Blake Designs new flannel fabric line, "Gnome for Christmas" by Tara Reed, has just the cutest designs that include, of course, gnomes! I thought it would be fun to add some appliqued gnomes in a 54" x 70" quilt called, "Waiting for Santa."

There weren't any reindeer hanging out where I live, so a few Bighorn Sheep offered to be stand-ins.

"Waiting for Santa" used 2 ¼ yards RBD Main Green Gnomes, 1 yard RBD Red Stripes, 1 yard RBD Red Snowflakes, 1 ½ yard RBD Confetti Cotton Riley White, and 1 yard RBD Confetti Cotton Holly. Miscellaneous fabrics were used for the gnome appliques.

Mixing cottons with flannel is totally possible! I used Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons to go with the "Gnome for Christmas" flannel.

Yes, that's a ruffle you see. The "Gnome for Christmas" Red Stripes were perfect for the ruffle and binding. The flannel almost looks like's so soft. Those gnomes are just the cutest!

The RBD Red Snowflakes are really beautiful.

The double napped flannel is by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs and is great for apparel, blankets, quilts and quilt backs. 

The prints feature scattered gnomes, presents, and holly on a textured background.

You can find "Waiting for Santa" in a PDF downloadable pattern HERE.

Applique is a breeze when using Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets*. I copy the designs by running the sheets through my inkjet tracing! Plus, the backing peels off without having to score it with a pin. I love that! *Affiliate link

For some more fun ideas on using "Gnome for Christmas" in your projects, check out these blogs!

The winter months near Las Vegas look like this. 
Santa still visits even without snow!

As always, I'm grateful for my "crew" and his help holding quilts. I'm not sure this "reindeer" was thrilled with the bull fighting stance of the "crew." Looks like he's waving the quilt for a challenge.

Thankfully, no serious injuries happened on this adventure.

I'm so glad you stopped by for a little gnome fun!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Just A Few Tree Frogs On My Table

It has been a week of frogs on the ThermOWeb blog and I had no problem jumping in and being froggy with the rest of the designers. I chose to get creative with tree frogs...I love their eyes! Now I have four of them in spring colors.

Four sweet tree frogs!

The tree frogs were appliqued on the table topper using Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets*. I ran the sheets through my inkjet tracing! Plus, the backing peels off without having to score it with a pin. I love that! *Affiliate link

Check out the details of my tree frogs on the ThermOWeb Blog HERE.

The Springtime Tree Frogs pattern can be found in my Etsy store HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Riley Blake Designs "Old Made" Fabric Project Tour

I have been a fan of J. Wecker Frisch and her designs for a long time, so her new Riley Blake Designs fabric line called "Old Made" was really exciting for me. I love the characters she creates! 

A road trip to "Bootleg Canyon" in Boulder City was where we headed for photos of "The Old Made". The quilt measures 60" x 60". 

The variety of fabrics in this line are so fun to sew with! 

There are even zippers printed on the fabric which I used on the border.

Look how amazing her "cards" are!

The panel is incredible, too!

I could have taken dozens of photos of the lady on the panel and those cards...they are awesome!

This cat is pretty scary!

A sewing witch, black hat, needles, and a black cat all in one, wow!

Miss Phatquarter makes a wonderful fat quarter.

To have the cards be the right size to go next to the panel, it worked great to add a border and then use a 12 1/2" square ruler to fussy cut them a bit wonky.

The wind was really blowing but it added to our adventure.

My daughter joined our adventure and snuck in a pic of me taking a photo...sneaky girl.

As usual, my "crew" risks life and limb to help me get quilt photos.
Yes, that's quite a drop behind him!

The "crew" even took a tumble on loose rocks during this shot on a bike trail. 
Whoops...sorry, babe! No pics of him because I was freaking out a bit. 
He was fine thank goodness.

You can find the PDF directions for "The Old Made" quilt HERE

Be sure to check out Riley Blake Designs blog for more ideas and inspiration!

I'm so glad you stopped by!