Welcome To My Day on the IB Use it Up Hop…

Island Batik Use It Up Blog Hop

Island Batik Use It Up Blog HopToday I’ve chosen to make a small project for this hop. It is a machine embroidery in the hoop design using Island Batiks and fleece.

The design is created entirely in the hoop except for the small buttons and bows you use to attach the add-ons. I didn’t make the addons because I intend to create my own which I just haven’t had the time to do as yet, but the project is done and ready for them to be done, so when I have some time I’ll get them done. 

I’ve also created a little tutorial today for you on working with batiks when you applique. This doesn’t apply just to machine embroidery, it applies also to normal applique techniques. I hope you will enjoy it.

When you are working with batik fabric, there are some cool features of the fabric that you don’t get with normal cotton. Continue reading

Sue and Sam, Rhode Island, Texas and Nunavut Released with Cupcake OTM

Sue & Sam April Release

Sue & Sam April ReleaseWell, I finally got these patterns done and uploaded. I apologize to those of you who got to see the preview last night on Facebook. I got the free patterns done and went to start on this post… Frank called me downstairs to do something and when I came back up, I totally forgot about writing the post and instead just went to bed. So here I am first thing this morning… writing the post đŸ™‚

Let’s just get to the nitty and the gritty of it, the free patterns for this Sue and Sam release are, Sue In Texas, Sam In Rhode Island, and Sue In Nunavut.  The cupcake of the month release for April is also in this post.

Let’s go get those free patterns

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I’m Five, and Feelin Faaaaaaaaaaabulous!!!

Five & Fabulous

Five & FabulousHeya Everyone, I mentioned last week that this week was my blog’s birthday… She was five years old this past Monday. I’ve been very busy trying to get Sue/Sam ready for release and really didn’t want to post until it was, but I’m realizing that I’m letting time slip by as I try to finish those patterns up. So I am writing today to offer a little free pattern I created for celebrating 5 years of being a blogger.

With another 5 years, I should be able to make it to 1000 posts…

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2 New ATW Events & 30 Blocks in 30 Days Starts…

Hallloween

30 Days Blog Hop From Creatin' In The Sticks

I wanted to post a little note real quick today. 30 Blocks In 30 Days started yesterday, my day for this hop is April 20th, and I’ve got a great giveaway for you that day also. You will want to be sure you stop in and enter it that day.

In the meantime I’m posting the full schedule for you, it started yesterday, but ya’ll know how I feel about posting on weekends, I only do it when really really necessary.

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Easter Choo Choo Full Pattern & QQQ 2018 Winners

Easter Full Train scene

Easter Full Train sceneI apologize for not posting the winners and such before now, I’ve been trying to finish up the Easter Choo Choo full pattern so I could announce those winners also.

All winners have now been announced for Quilt Qwazy Queens and notified.

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Cupcake Of The Month Released…

Cupcake - March-Easter Basket

Cupcake - March-Easter BasketIts that time again of the month where I release the next cupcake. This months cupcake represents Easter for April. It’s a cute basket of eggs. I’m very happy with how this pattern turned out, I hope you to will like it.

I’ve also released 2 new pieced pattern sets, one with a Winter theme, the other with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

This months cupcake 9-inch pattern is free.

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Small, Smaller, Smallest …. Arrives Today At Seams To Be Sew…

Small, Smaller, Smallest at Just Let Me Quilt

Small, Smaller, Smallest at Just Let Me QuiltSo, it’s my day for this fun hop by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. When she first announced this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been thinking of what I could do for St. Patrick’s Day that is different from what I’ve seen done by others. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of shamrocks, Leprechauns, rainbows, green… A pinch of green is all you need to avoid the pinch on St. Patrick’s Day, and so this year I am following that tradition with my project for this hop.

I like to pride myself on figuring out how to create things that I need for small projects I’ve made, such as purses, wallets, towel holders, key rings, etc… Today’s project is no different. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s perfect, I can’t imagine what it would be like to make the perfect project. I took what I’ve learned over the years from building projects in the hoop, but in reality, only one part of this project was done in the hoop. Learning how to digitize allows one to put the things they love to use. You can do things in a machine embroidery hoop that aren’t as easy to do by a normal sewing machine or should be done by hand.  When I need an all-around design much like continuous line designs, I use my embroidery hoop, because a cross-hatching design or a spiral design can be done so much faster and easier and better in the hoop.

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