Sunday, August 21, 2016

SEASIDE SUMMER BLOG HOP - Free Pattern, Charm Pack and Island Batik bundle Giveaway!!



Anytime I think of the beach, ocean, or sea, I think of Amerika Samoa and truly miss the wind, smell, and most of all friends.  So this Blog hop brings back a lot of fun memories and the fabrics I was given was right up my alley.



What a Splash of Fun!!

If you have been following this blog hop, then you will know that there are some extremely talented Island Batik Ambassadors.  Even better is the fabulous....FABULOUS FABRICS!!!

The fabric I am representing is:

                                                                     TRADEWINDS


        
Here are just a few of the fabulous fabrics that I have chosen to use for this:

I call this Gecko Invasion.


Here are some close ups.


Don't you just love this fabulous fabric?


Now you might just laugh or roll your eyes but as a young girl I loved this when going to the beach.  Maybe I was just so hungry from playing so hard but.....

Here is my peanut butter and jelly recipe.

Take Peanut butter of choice and jelly of choice

scoop both into a bowl and mix.

Place on the freshest bread you can find

and there you have it, a cheap delicious treat for the beach.

Even tho there is Burger King, McDonalds, Kentrucky Fried...don't give up on the PPJ.

If you had some cold milk it would be even better.

 I will be giving away a Charm Pack


If you win, you can experience the awesome fabrics that Island Batik makes.
Just leave a comment.  Most of these Fabrics are from the Tradewinds collection but I had to  add a few from another line.

Then Island Batik is giving away a Fabric Bundle, to enter just enter the rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


HERE’S THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BLOG HOP.

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts
Tuesday Aug 16 – Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine
Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2
Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting
Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds
Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts
Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Adele Mogavero
Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter
Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive
Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja
Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting
Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea
For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze
Thursday Sep 1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake

Friday, August 19, 2016

CANNING JARS QUILT

Several people have posted the canning jar quilt on my facebook so I decided to make me one.

Unfortunately, my internet was giving me fits so I was not able to see the quilts.

I think I am going to go and round off the bottom of the jars.  That being said.



I decided to put some things in my pantry quilt that would probably be there in mine for real even down to the mouse.

One more row is needed.

I have food fabric but I want different because if these jars were in my pantry they would be with like items.  Maybe I can just put the like items under the jars above.

The quilt that was shown to me on facebook had the jars closer together.  When I was trying to decided how far apart to put them I just took the plunge.  Then I thought I should take it all apart and make them closer but then I said to myself "Are you crazy or what?"....

So....it is what it is.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, ASK A BUSY PERSON TO DO IT"


Needless to say that I have had a lot of projects that needed to be done asap.

My son dropped his son (my adorable grandson) off for three days last week.

I just sighed and thought....oh well...back burner for a while on the asap items.
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Did I regret it....NO

Did I have fun....YES

Would I drop everything again....
in a stinking heart beat!!!!!

Then this week a little friend needed someone to watch her infant baby girl while she worked or she would have to call in......fun fun fun.....


In between all of that I made a few bags.



these bags are by ithinksew



I did a few things differently but overall enjoyed the pattern.

I actually got a free day today, a free day for me is.....there is nothing I am expected to do today.
So I finished my Island Batik Blog Hop project....

Here is a sneak peak.
                 The Island Batik Ambassador Blog hop Starts this coming Monday....whohoooo

HERE’S THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BLOG HOP.

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts
Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2
Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting
Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds
Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts
Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Adele Mogavero
Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter
Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive
Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja
Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting
Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea
For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze
Thursday Sep 1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake

Sunday, August 14, 2016

FLOODING IN BATON ROUGE HITS HOM

A lot of you that have been with me since the beginning of my blog know that I have a sister in Baton Rouge or maybe know her as the
                                                      Average Quilter

I do not have pictures, well I do but they are on my phone(don't know how to get from phone to computer) but her house is totally flooded.  Her and her husband had to be rescued by boat.  They lost both cars as well.

She had one of those very expensive quilting machines that is computerized and does the quilting for you.  She had a commercial embroidery machine, she had way more fabric than I do and if you have seen my stash then you know she has lost a lot....a lot lot lot.  She just retired and was going to start up her business using both machines.  

As quilters we all feel the loss if our machines or fabrics have been taken from us.  Does anyone know if the fabrics and her million quilts can be restored?  My husband says they can't because of the smell.  One can only hope.  The other things can be replaced but the quilts...

My heart goes out to all those who have suffered flooding in Baton Rouge and there abouts but this truly hits home for sure.

She and her husband are safe and we count our blessings for sure.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

MUST DO FOR AUGUST (UF0)



Many Many Moons ago in a land not so far away

I purchased this book. 


For the sole purpose of making this quilt!

73" x 109" (measurement for this quilt) 
FLYING HOME IS THE NAME OF THIS QUILT

I loved this quilt and still do.

It was and is intended for my third son.  His graduation.

Am I hanging my head in shame?

YES!!!

This young man is now a father and his graduations was 11 years ago.

Did I hear someone laugh??

Not too nice ya know.

So I am planning on at least finishing the border on this quilt.  I have always thought it was too long for any bed.  I took off the top border because it was really long then.

Maybe I can take some of the flying geese and put them on the sides?

Anyways.....this has been my dilema for years and still is.

I don't know if you can tell but the sides are barely touching the sides of this king size bed and then the length is touching the floor and that is even with me taking fabric off the top.

This is probably about my 10th quilt I ever made...give or take a few and my mother helped with the geese when she was visiting me.

What are you working on?









Sunday, July 31, 2016

Who doesn't love a free bag pattern and one with a bow no less....

When I saw this bag pattern on line, I just had to make it.  Not that I didn't have enough to do but I put everything aside and got to it.



You can find the actual bag pattern here:  Cheri did a great job on the pattern and with her tutorial

I did not follow any of it....we had a thunderstorm last night which kicked us off the internet until a few hours ago.  I did have the pattern already printed but couldn't get it to work so...

I went off on my own.

So what you see here is my version of her bag.

I actually wanted a smaller bag but hey....it is done and I actually love it.

Maybe I will do a smaller one later...or maybe not.

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Thanks for all of your kind comments about the Fabric Shop and my patterns.  I really am over it....and since thinking about it come to realize it was just her personality.  I have been in her shop before and she truly has not been overly friendly and maybe she was just too busy with what she was doing to pay too much attention to what I had to show her.  Or maybe she was just tired of people wanting a piece of her.  What ever the reason it is ok....life goes on but I sure appreciate all of you and your kind words and support.

Friday, July 29, 2016

HAVE YOU EVER DONE SOMETHING THAT YOU WERE AFRAID TO DO?

                                                   Well...
                                                       I
                                                    Did today!


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I went to the fabric store here in town (fairly new).  I
Took a few of my patterns in.
Asked her if she would be willing to sell them.

She has maybe 4 patterns all together in her store.

She didn't even look up from what she was doing.

She said that she has people coming in all of the time wanting her to sell items like crochet (yes, that is the example she used).

She said if she said yes to me she would have to say yes to everyone else.

I was in shock....crochet.

This is not crochet...these are patterns.

I told her well....I thought since these were patterns.

Still NO!!!

It took every ounce of my being to just walk in there and ask.  I have been meaning to for months, got my patterns all ready....and finally took the plunge today

and she says no.

She would come out on the winning end.  She has no money invested.  And.....where does she get her patterns from?

Oh well....I still feel kinda raw from it and my insides kinds shake but tomorrow I will be over it.

So if you own a store, where do you get your patterns?  Do you accept people off the street?

That is my soap box for today.

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Making Chocolate Chip cookies.....

Tomorrow is another day.