Saturday, February 17, 2018

I felt the "LOVE"

Remember our "Put A Little Love" blog hop a couple of weeks ago?
This was my project, and Carol our fearless leader loved it so much she ordered the pattern.
She commented on her order, that she had seen mine and fell in love.

Fast forward a few days and I get an email from the gals at Harebrained Happenings...

Hi Joan

Your blog came to our attention through Carol Swift when she order the Jungle Walk for a Cause pattern after seeing your beautiful version on your blog. 
  Once patterns leave here we don't always get to see the end results of our designs. Your version of Jungle Walk is so different from our original and many others we have seen.  The red background really makes a statement.  We would love to be able to upload these photos to our gallery on our website and want to give credit where credit is due. So we are writing to ask your person to share your photos and all your great sayings with our clients.

We design our quilts but are not bloggers but plan to follow your blog in the future.. Thanks

Trisha and Mary

 For me, there is just no bigger compliment.
Thanks Trisha and Mary, you girls have no idea just how much you made my day.
Check out their newly updated gallery 

I've got some shopping to do...
There's a moose in a row boat that's just calling my name!
Check out their adorable designs for yourself 

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mini Love with Island Batik

Happy Valentines day.
The Island Batik Ambassadors are showing the love this month, 
with our challenges.
While most people were watching the Super Bowl...
I was online shopping.
"Stitches of Love" had the perfect little "mini" pattern 
for Valentines day.
Sending you all loads of "LOVE" today.
I had to laugh as I was stitching...
when was the last time we sent anything in the mail for 18¢

I'm in love with these Island Batik fabrics.
They are fabulous fabric to work with, and the colors, oh my.
If your wanting an "eye" candy fix, check out their catalog 
It's heavy on the inspiration, and light on the thighs.
And that's a conversation I'll have with myself another day!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Galentine's Day with Island Batik

Galentine Day...
A day to celebrate with your gal pals!
The first of the Ambassador challenges, have begun.
Island Batik sent us these gorgeous fabrics,
with a challenge to make a "Galentine's" Day mug rug or post card.
Here's my "Love Letter" mugrug.
This pattern is from Angies Bits 'N Pieces.
I've long been a fan of her wonderful applique patterns.
You can see more of them 

It seemed like just the perfect little rug...
For us to share a bottle of wine and some truffles over.
Oh, secret is out!
Yes, my gal pals love a little bit of vino from time to time.
No matter what your favorite cuppa is...
Enjoy it with your gal pal!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Accepted the Challenge!

Remember these adorable little snow hearts that Bunny Hill Designs shared a few years back?
Well, a couple my Aussie friends challenged themselves 
to get those patterns off their computers and do something with them.
that got me to thinking.
I've been sitting on those patterns here, too.
So I joined in the fun and went to work
The blue one is January...I was a month behind now.
February is pink of course!
These Aussie girls really do fabulous embroidery.
I just don't have that knack.
So, I dug into my Island Batik scraps and went a bit of a different direction,
 with mine.
My hearts are felt, and batik.
The snowmen are made from batting scraps.
I really am not thrilled with the way my hand stitching looks on the edges, 
so that's coming out and going thru a re-do of some kind.

I'm so glad I took them apart and finished the edges differently.
This is much better.
Yep, we all have those days...
You just have to see what the other girls have done...

Karen from "Sunburnt Quilts"  
Shez from "I am"

Each so very different and fabulous!
Be sure to check out January's hearts, when you visit them.

How many of you have these patterns sitting in your computer too?
We are going to post our hearts the second Monday of each month.
That's Australia time,  here in the US, that would be on Sunday.
Anybody want to join in with us????
Now I'm off to fix my hearts!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'
(for some of us, that's re-stitchin')

Saturday, February 10, 2018

22 Pounds...

If your thinking this is a post about some fabulous weight loss...
Forget it, it didn't happen here.
Actually I gained 22 pounds.
Most people would likely not, be so proud of that accomplishment,
but for me, it's a great thing!
Not for my thighs of course, but for my fabric diet!
This weight gain was in products, given  to me by...
My Fed Ex man came early. I was still asleep, when he left this
 box of  new fabrics and goodies on my steps!
With this being my 3rd year as an ambassador for "Island Batik"
I thought I knew what to expect, but 
this time they were "BIG" boxes!
Really BIG boxes.
With a surprise tucked inside.
Do they know how to spoil us!
New lines of fabrics, and goodies galore.
Wowzier wowzier wowzier...
We gonna have some fun this year!

A big thanks goes out to "Hobbs" batting and "Auriful" thread for their addition to our boxes.
I've long been a fan of "Hobbs" battings, and "Thermore" in particular.
It's a very thin polyester batting that quilts up perfectly flat.
I hang quilts of every size and there is not a wave in site, when I use "Theremore" batting.
Ask my Quilt Club gals about the case of Thermore batting I bought at Quilt Festival!
Hauling a case of batting down the street...
it wasn't pretty, but I got it to the hotel.
Just for the record, it's not a legal carryon size with the airlines either!

As for thread...
what can I say...
Nothing pieces as nicely as "Aurifil".
I've tried them all, and the proof is in the pudding as they say!
Gorgeous colors, perfect piecing and multiple weights...
Oh ya, stitching bliss!
New Ambassadors...
New challenges...
New fabrics...

I just NEW know
your not going to want to miss a one.
12 months of inspiration is coming your way.
See you next week with my 
Yes, I broke right into those wonderful fabrics!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'