Wednesday, February 22, 2023

It Is Time To Be Sweet On You

Joan at Moosestash Quilting had the perfect idea and challenge for February.
"Sweet on You" in the month of love gave us lots of ways to be creative!

CHALLENGE:

Are you sweet on treats?
Are you sweet on stitching a special project?
Are you sweet on, well anything you love?

As an ambassador for Benartex, they sent me some beautiful Valentine fabric to sew with.
I am definitely "sweet" on "Be My Gnomie" fabric!

Love and Kisses
55" x 75"


 "Be My Gnomie" is full of "sweet" designs, that's for sure!


Benartex Chalk Texture Pink and Light Pink, and Superior Solids White went great with it.


I went with a simple wandering stitch for quilting and yes, I machine quilt all my bindings.
Hand stitching those bindings are way too much for these old hands!



This is another project using "Be My Gnomie" that I made.


Look who else has been sharing their "Sweet on You" creativity:

Monday Feb 20

MooseStashQuilting

Karrin's Crazy World

Quilted Delights

Selina Quilts

Sew Cute and Quirky

Days Filled With Joy

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday Feb 21

Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

Creatin' in the Sticks

Quilt Schmilt

Ms P Designs USA

The Crafty Grammie

Vroomans Quilts

Words and Stitches

 

Wednesday Feb 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilting Gail

Just Because Quilts

Bea Quilter

SameliasMum

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Lynns Blog

 

Thursday Feb 23

Just Let Me Quilt

crazy'boutquilts

Quiltery-For the Love of Geese

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Inflorescence

Purring Cottage


Thank you for stopping by!


Say What? A New Blog Hop

 That Joan...she can really challenge us, right!

It's time to get "Wordy" on this one...check it out!


Sign-ups are now open for our April Challenge hop.
Say What?
We have all heard that our quilts speak to us, so just what are they saying?
Join our April "Sew It - Show It" challenge blog hop and tell us your story.

You can share a story or show us a project or technique that you can't believe you tried. 
Or how about a quilty word project. 
There are so many different ways you can interpret this hop.

We would love for you play along, so if you want to participate,
Send an email with "Say What" in the subject line. Your name, your blog name, 
your blog address (https://...) and a date preference, if you have one. 


Go sign up now! You know you want to.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Making A Seam Ripper Is So Fun

It really is possible to teach an old dog (like me) new tricks/crafts. My friend, Susan, told me about a class at Sew Yeah where you make your own seam ripper. I'd been sick for a month, so I hadn't gotten out much which made me initially say, "no." Luckily, I changed my mind and went for it.

Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks was coming into town and it worked out perfectly for her to go. We had so much fun! I was even brave enough to go first. 

Carla and me ready to rock that lathe machine. Her glasses are cuter than my goggles.

This is the beginning piece of wood.


They actually trusted me with this...scary! I've never used a lathe before. Yikes.


Zach was a great teacher! When he first started showing us the machine and telling us how we were
 going to make the seam ripper, we were all a little nervous and wanted him to just make it for us.




I love all the colors in this.


My seam ripper finished and ready to take on those sewing mistakes of mine.


Carla, ready to show off her skills.


That's Susan in the back. 
She's supervising Carla and Zach since she already finished her seam ripper.



Nancy was serious about making her seam ripper. 


The final products!
Left to right: Mine, Susan's, the other Carol's, Carla's, Nancy's.
The bottom one is Zach's demo.


Definitely a treasured adventure for me!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Which Way To Witchville BOM's For February

February means a new block...woohoo!
Which Way to Witchville has new blocks for you and they are so fun!


Which Way to Witchville
48" x 64"


I used Benartex "Halloween Spirit" and Benartex "Cotton Shot" in my quilt.
I love to use solids when I applique!

Check out Joan of Moosestash Quilting's version HERE and Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks HERE.
It's amazing how different it can look with other fabrics.

The January block:

Town Square by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks can be found HERE


The February blocks:

An Apple A Day by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt can be found HERE.


Witchville Bakery by Joan at Moosestash Quilting can be found HERE.


How does our Which Way to Witchville BOM work? 

The 2023 "Which Way to Witchville" BOM runs from January 1st through September 30th. 

All block releases happen on our Cackling Stitches Facebook page HERE.

We even give you the fabric requirements early to help you conjure/gather your fabrics.
You can find it HERE.

It's not a mystery BOM. We show you each of our finished quilts!

On the first day of each month, we release a block pattern (sometimes it's more than one)
 that is free for the entire calendar month. After that, those blocks go into our
ETSY shops where you can purchase them for $2 each. 

New and free block(s) then appear for the new month...and so on, and so on.

 So, what is "NEW" and never been done by us? 

Beginning January 1st, the ENTIRE pattern is available in each of our ETSY shops for $15.
We've had so many people ask us if they can buy the whole thing at once, so we decided to go for it.
If you can't wait for each block release or you don't have a Facebook page, this is for you!

We hope you appreciate the time we put into creating this BOM and understand that we keep
 the costs to a minimum for you. We ask that you respect our copyrights and do not share the 
pattern with others. You're welcome to direct your friends to our Cackling Stitches Group 
Facebook or any of our ETSY shops so they can get their own patterns starting January 1st.

Just Let Me Quilt Etsy Store HERE.

Moosestash Quilting Blog HERE.
Moosestash Quilting Etsy Store HERE.

Creatin' in the Sticks Blog HERE.
Creatin' in the Sticks Etsy Store HERE.

I hope you have a lovely holiday season and are ready to get back to sewing in January!


The "April Showers" Blog Hop Starts Today

Joan at Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month's blog hop, "April Showers." JOAN'S APRIL BLOG HOP CHALLENGE:  "APR...