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Monday, April 19, 2021

In the Kitchen Stitchin' Blog Hop This Week

 We've all spent a lot more time at home the last year.

I've spent more time cooking than I ever have.

I've realized my kitchen could use a few new pretty things so I've invited my blogging friends to show off some kitchen stitching projects to inspire.

In the Kitchen Blog Hop
is this week.

What is a Blog Hop?

It's like a "show and tell" online.
Our blog hops feature sewing and quilting and are like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. 
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt and I come up with a challenge
and invite bloggers to email with their blog information if they want to join our hop.

After we get that info, we assign a date for them to post their project. 
We give everyone plenty of time to sew something, usually two months. 

We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns. 
Anyone can follow along!

I can't wait to see all the projects!
Check out this great group of bloggers that are
In the Kitchen Stitchin'
Be sure to visit and leave some comment love!

In the Kitchen Stitchin' Blog Hop Schedule:

The May blog hop, Born to be Wild, will be hosted by Carol.

The June blog hop will be announced soon and I will be hosting.
Stay tuned...

Friday, April 16, 2021

In the Kitchen Stitchin' Blog Hop - Next Week

  Next week we are celebrating the kitchen
with projects during the
In the Kitchen Stitchin' blog hop.

I've invited a great group of bloggers to show us project inspired by the kitchen and for the kitchen.

There will be 
pot holders, tea towels, coasters, placemats, table runners, mug rugs, or even a toaster cover.
It's the bloggers' interpretation of kitchen projects.

What is a Blog Hop?

It's like a "show and tell" online.
Our blog hops feature sewing and quilting and are like joining a quilt guild without leaving home.  Once the theme (challenge) is presented we set to work sewing.
We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns.
Anyone can follow along.

I'm excited to cheer for
this awesome list of bloggers
who are ready to show kitchen-inspired projects.

In the Kitchen Stitchin' Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday, April 19th

Tuesday, April 20th

Wednesday, April 21st

Thursday, April 22nd

Follow the Pinterest Board for all the links.

Don't miss this fun blog hop with a little something for everyone
including a giveaway or 2...

See you on Monday!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Miles of Beach - Salt and Sand

  Welcome to the first day of the

Salt and Sand Blog Hop!

I'm happy to kick things off with
Miles of Beach!

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt has invited bloggers to make an ocean/sand-themed project. 
After all, we are all dreaming of vacation and the beach would be a great place to escape.

Thank you, Carol, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

Visiting with my hubby one day, I told him my favorite place to run is on the beach.
His response was, "I'll take you to the river bed where there are miles and miles of beach!" 

That's where the name of this quilt comes from.

We have lots of sand with no water here in Dodge City, Kansas.  You see, our river is dry.
The Arkansas River runs through Dodge and although it has lots of water to the west in Colorado and 30 miles to the east of us there is water, here there is none.  
Just miles and miles of sand.

So I took my ocean colors to the river bed for some sand pictures.

I'm working on scrap management this year so I pulled my blues and cut 1 1/4" strips.
I randomly made log cabin "ish" blocks, wrapped them in sand-colored fabric, and cut them wonky.  The border is from the strips too.

The completed quilt is about 62" x 72".
Perfect to lay on the sand...

if you can avoid the traffic.  haha

Yes, those are tire tracks.  
That's about all there is to do at the river, 4-wheel drive in the sand.
The sand gets quite loose and deep in some areas.

I can only dream of a trip to the beach with real water.
But for now, I will live through my friends.
Check out the other bloggers posting in the
Salt and Sand Blog Hop:

I'm sure by the end of the blog hop, you will have more ideas than time.
I always end up that way...

Now you can say you've seen the great beaches of Western Kansas.
Yes, I'm living the dream...

Heart Within - Project Quilting Season 12, Challenge 6

   This is the sixth challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  Ab Intra

My entry:
Heart Within

this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the Latin phrase, Ab Intra, which means from within. It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

I'm on a roll with paper pieced pincushions (this is my 6th)
I kept with my season 12 theme and made a pincushion with super tiny pieces.

I created a pattern to show my colorful heart within trying to get out.
I'm always inspired by color and create from my heart so I created my pincushion to represent.

The finished pincushion is 4" square so you can imagine how small these pieces are.
I've had inquiries into what I use for foundation paper piecing - 

I can print the pattern on the sheet from my computer and they are tough enough to allow me to stitch tiny pieces without falling apart, but I can remove the pieces easily.

Here is the back before it became a pincushion.
All those 1/8" seams took foreveeeeeeeeeeeer!

And while I used so many pins to line up the seams, it's still not perfect.
But, either is my heart.
Guess that makes it perfect. Ha *insert smile*

Heart Within

Project Quilting Season 12, Challenge 6 - Ab Intra

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 4" x 4"
Foundation paper piecing, pattern making, Y seams, and
stuffed with crushed walnut shells

And now the challenges for Project Quilting Season 12 are finished.
I'm happy to say I completed all 6 of the challenges with a set of pin cushions
I love every one of them.
Thanks to Kim for a great season and I look forward to next year! 

You can see all the other "You're Crazy" challenge projects
by clicking HERE.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Crusin' with My Peeps Applique

 I'm so happy to share a new pattern for Easter.

Crusin' with My Peeps

I'm over at Thermoweb today with this free tutorial and pattern.

It's such a quick and fun pattern to dress up a tee for Easter
make it a quilt block.

It only takes a few things to make this super cute tee in an afternoon:

HeatnBond Soft Stretch Lite Fusible Web Adhesive


1 - Cotton t-shirt pre-washed (this one is 4T) 

Cotton fabric:  blue – 6 ½” x 6 ½” scrap for truck

Small scraps of yellow, pink, grey, light grey, and black 

Aurifil 50 wt thread:  #2692 

Ink Jet Printer, Iron (I love my pink Oliso), Permanent Marker for tracing, Sharp scissors, Sewing Machine, and general sewing supplies

 optional – fabric marker for eyes and nose

A great Easter egg hunting outfit or anytime leading up to the big day.

Have fun "Crusin' with My Peeps"!