It’s a wonderful time of year. July is a good reminder for us all that we should get started on our Christmas sewing and quilting if you haven’t already.
When I was single, I always waited to buy Christmas gifts till just right before Christmas, when I got married, I bought all year long, and now, I feel lucky if I get everyone covered, I’m really good at gift certificates now.
This year tho, I am determined to create all my Christmas gifts for everyone. I have a new grand nephew/niece due next February and I am very excited about being a Grand Auntie. I can’t wait to make his/her first quilt for her.
I was supposed to participate on Wednesday with this hop, but my day got shifted thankfully by the good people participating. I’d like to thank all of you who volunteered to switch days with me.
Who? Who you say is going to step up to the challenge this year of participating in one of the most fun events of the year. I’ve gotta admit, this is the one event I look forward to all year, the excitement that comes with Halloween alone, the goblins, and ghouls, the ghosts, and the witches, with winter coming and then Christmas. From scary to joy all in a less than 60 days.
Have you created something for Halloween that you’d like to show off? This is the time you can do that. Whether your a blogger or a non-blogger, everyone is welcome to participate. Of course, yes, it does help to have a blog, but if you don’t have a blog, your project can be hosted on this blog or any of the participating blogs.
Today is a fun blog hop hosted by Carla at Creatin In The Sticks. The idea of this hop is that we should have a flower somewhere in our project… It can be in the fabric print itself, the pattern, the quilting, or maybe even a project shaped like a flower.
When it comes to flowers, my favorite flower has always been Lilacs. I absolutely love the smell of lilacs, the pretty purple, pink and white colors I’ve seen them in and I love that they grow in a bush type shape.
I haven’t done lilacs for you today, but I have done another type of flower that’s shape has always fascinated me and they are…
Hi Everyone, I have a fun new project for you today featuring the X-Blocks ruler. When I saw all of the most irresistible patterns that you can make with these rulers I jumped at the chance to participate in this blog hop. I know I’ve said in the past that I dislike specialty rulers, but sometimes a specialty ruler can do more than just one pattern type and I’m always happy to have the options available to me in that respect. With these rulers, I definitely see the potential possibilities with even taking old blocks you may have made that let’s say didn’t piece correctly or are warped to the point you didn’t wish to use them in your project. X-Blocks blows that out of the water and lets you use the rulers to allow you to create something new and fun with those types of blocks.
My project today uses the Continue reading
Oh Boy, I have been waiting and waiting for this day to arrive on this really fun blog hop that Carla at Creatin In the Sticks has offered up for you in April 2018. It is a huge task to coordinate an event on the web and this one is no different. We were each given a choice of the block we wanted to do, and I chose block 20. I thought, this is so simple, I can whip this out in no time at all… and… to some degree I did… but let me tell you all about it.
First, I had to come up with something I like, now I didn’t care for the butting up of the same block over and over again with this block, it’s just not in me to want to see the same block over and over with what I’m going to say no real design to it. It’s just a bunch of squares if you want me to be honest… Don’t get me wrong, I love doing easy quilts, squares are as easy as it gets when you want to make a quilt. I decided right off the bat I was going to find another block to go with it to get more of a design. I played with several…
This is block 20…
Today 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
I’m so not a fan of not announcing hops that are supposed to take place without any advance notice, but this one has no advance notice to it other than the few mentions I’ve made on my blog about it. Until this morning I didn’t even realize a logo had been made for it. I should have just gone ahead and made my own because to me a post without any pictures at all is boring, boring and more boring. Who wants to read it without something that entices you to read it. Not me. I like pictures. 🙂 So that’s my little rant… a blog hop needs a logo.
This blog hop is for past Island Batik Ambassadors who want to “use up”their leftover fabrics. Continue reading