Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop with Island Batik

Back to school time...
and the Island Batik ambassadors are cracking open the books!

Homework assignment...
I need to find the perfect project to show off just how fabulous, Kathy Engle's 
 "Olivera" line of "Island Batik" fabrics really is!
You can see more of this incredible line right
After searching thru my shelves of books...
the perfect project, for these gorgeous fabrics was in here.

I put myself "back to school"a few years ago.
Every quilter finds that a class from time to time, 
really opens up their creative juices
of course as we all know, we never "stop" learning.
It's a time when we are "called" on our bad habits and taught new and fun techniques.
The class I took, was from the "Nickel Quilt" lady Pat Speth. 
WOW, does she know just how to teach and provide for a fun filled day.
(You'll find more on her at the end of this post)
I can't wait to share my "Back to School" project.
"Morning Star"
Skill level...easy
 (That's what we all, want to hear)
This quilt really shows off the depth and incredible array of color
in this line, don't you think?
(with the help of "ye old car pond" of course)
When you make stars, you have lots of half square triangles you trim off.
There was quite the pile, of these left over, but they are just too small to piece. 
I couldn't help but keep them, as it's my
"no scrap of batik left behind" motto.
The next challenge...what to do, what to do???

I found my perfectly matched "Aurifil" thread, and went to work,
 stitching down these little guys.
A skewer really helps keep those tips in place under the feed dogs
I know you've got to be thinking...
what the heck???
I'm not the kind of quilter who sits down and plans a project on paper.
No, that would be way to easy. I  just start cutting fabrics and sewing willy nilly.
There was a vision, but no "concrete" plan in my head.
I know it's silly, but what better than this frilly little pillow!
When it was all over,  there were still triangles left.
I went back to my old favorite, making scrap fabric.
I'd like to think it's my way of "saving the planet". The ultimate recycling...
but it's just plum crazy, I know!
If  your up for a little of that "crazy" yourself, check out  
"Dog Ear Fabric" under my tutorials link on the right hand side of my blog.
It's amazing what you can throw in, to make your own "unique" piece of fabric!

With the help of my Accuquilt GO "Sun Bonnet Sue" die,
I've got a little wall hanging to go along with everything.

Even if I feel like being outside, it's perfect for my glider by the pond!
 I can sit and keep an eye on those fish of mine.
Yes, apparently someone needs to...
I see there has been some hanky panky going on again this year.
I've got more baby fish.
A "School" I believe that is!
I promised a little more info on Pat, the Nickel Quilt Lady...
Pat has designed loads of fun quilts and written numerous books 
on just how to use those fabulous 5" squares.
(Stamps, as Island Batik calls em)
There's nothing better, than a class though, where she shares the best tips 
and short cuts. She's a stickler for a perfect 1/4" seam and teaches just how to achieve that, too!
You can read up more on her 
...and if you ever get the opportunity to attend one of her classes, I highly recommend it!
She'll get you on the road to busting thru your scraps.
It's giveaway time...
Island Batik is giving one lucky winner a fat quarter pack of "Anchors Away".

The moose, here in the stash "seam" to think we should have a give away too.
So one of you will win
4 fat quarters of these beautiful "Olivera" fabrics.
We will pick a winner here, on Friday Sept 29th. The last day of this hop!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
One final note:
There was a very unexpected bonus here...
This quilt, matches my living room wall hanging,
 done with some of my hand dyes perfectly.
It's been hanging up there for years!
How did those folks at Island Batik know that??
Could there be spies among us?????
All I can say, is spy away...cause I'm one happy girl!
Thanks Island Batik.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop with Island Batik

It's that time of year when many moms cheer...
Well, ok, maybe not that many, but I sure did!
I loved it when I had a little piece of the day, all to myself once again.
Now that my kids are grown, I must admit, I do miss those days.
But, I'm still cheering! Now it's because September means that
is rolling out their new fabric lines. :-)

Starting tomorrow the Island Batik Ambassadors will be introducing
 new lines and sharing projects.
You'll want to grab a "cuppa" and check out all the action, for the next 4 weeks.
It promises to be tons of fun, sprinkled with some inspiration, give-aways 
and maybe even a tutorial or two!
(winky winky)

Here's the schedule.

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts .
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
MooseStash Quilting (that's me) • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • Karen Overton


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts 
• Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter


Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party
Til next time... Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sun Sand and Sea BOM

Yikes it's Sept 1 already.
Did I really just miss the entire month of August?
Not BOM wise, but with everything else it seems.
That wildly talented  Carol over at 
has done it again.
This fun guy is a perfect addition to our quilt.
I do have to apologize for the lousy photo of this block.
It needs to be repressed and blocked but I just haven't had the time to get it done.
This month really snuck up on me!
None the less, he's a perfect addition to things, don't you agree?

These fabulous fabrics just make this quilt sing!
Thanks "Island Batik" for sponsoring me with these fabrics.
You can download this fun flamingo block free this month 

And a big thanks to Amy over At 
"Sew Incredibly Crazy" for hosting this BOM
You can visit her right

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wedding madness

Less than 10 weeks to go ...

10 cases of water have had checked flag tape attacked...

Plans are in place and the projects are in full swing...
We've been busy making treat boxes for the guests.
I've even learned a few things using the Cameo Silhouette. Shamefully, 
I've used it almost "never" since I bought it a couple of years ago.
 There really is so much you can do with them.

We are about 1/3rd of the way thru the boxes. 
Tomorrow we are heat setting more initials.
There was just no way we could decide on 1 photo,
so we used an assortment of engagement photos
These are centerpieces...
If you have no idea what your looking at... they are pistons from a car.
Trust me, if I didn't have car guys (and gal) around here, 
I would have no idea what I was looking at either!
Making them into centerpieces is a crazy idea I know but...
When you have 2 people who love racing,  each have their own race cars and met at the track,
it just seemed so appropriate.
So what better place to hold a wedding, right?
Yes, it's at the track, with
the track Chaplin officiating.
They will be married on the starting line after being dropped off 
at the aisle in their race cars.
Then drive off, down the track into the sunset, when it's over!
(I've had so much fun helping plan this crazy event)
This is a spark plug
(with a pin attached to it)
Any guesses what this will become?
This cool gas can will play a part too.
Thanks Eric for this great addition!

Pinterest has been a wealth of inspiration for us.
Oh the trouble I could get into!
Til next time...