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Monday, September 21, 2020

It's Day 1 of the Hello Fall Blog Hop

 Today we begin the

Hello Fall Blog Hop!

We are celebrating the fall season!

 The first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere is September 22nd.

That seems like the perfect reason to celebrate autumn with a blog hop.

So, I invited my blogging friends to
stitch something up with fall in mind. 

I'm excited to introduce today's line-up of bloggers.

Monday, September 21st

This blog hop is for everyone!
Have fun visiting each blog and making new friends.

They have worked hard to show us some new ideas, so be sure to thank them with 
a sweet comment!

Find the rest of the schedule by clicking HERE.

Follow the Pinterest Board!

Now for a

One of my favorite online fabric shops is 

One of my readers will receive a 
$25.00 Gift Card to go

Come back every day of the hop, visit all the blog posts of the day, leave a comment, 
 enter the giveaway.
(I've extended the time to enter to allow for everyone to visit all the blogs)

The winner will be announced by Tuesday, September 29th, 2020.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Falling Rock - Island Batik August Challenge

The August Challenge for the
Island Batik Ambassadors is
Try a Tool with Studio 180
today I am excited to share
Falling Rock.

As Island Batik Ambassadors,
we received a new ruler in our second ambassador box
to use in this month's challenge.

I received the Corner Pop III which is used to add
3 to 1 sized triangular pops of color in the corners of any block.

I chose the Island Batik American Frontier collection designed by Kathy Engle

and the Island Batik foundation solid Grey for the background.

I started with simple 4 patch blocks and sashed them to make 8" blocks.
Next, I used the Corner Pop III ruler to add triangles to the top and bottom of the blocks.
The ruler is designed to make 3:1 triangles on the corners on about any sized block.
It comes with very detailed instructions to make it super easy to use.
The "barbed wire" border was made with 2" squares and the Corner Pop III tool.

The blocks are oversized with the Coner Pop III tool and the trimming side
of the ruler makes it super easy to be accurate.

I did the quilting with my Handi Quilter Avante long arm pro-stitcher
using Glide Trilobal Polyester 40 wt grey thread. 

This quilt is the perfect throw size at 56" x 64"
but look how small it looks with our Hilltop Cowboy 
(metalwork by hubby)

I had a very enthusiastic helper on the photoshoot 
which makes this part of the challenge so much better.

She napped under the quilt on the way home.
I think I'll keep Falling Rock here in the Sticks
because we've already broken it in properly.

Check out the 
2020 Island Batik Ambassadors

Friday, July 31, 2020

Words to Grow By Block of the Month - Grow Stars

Are you ready to do a few pieced blocks for the 
Words to Grow By 
Block of the Month?

I have 2 of my 3 finished.

I know I said the Flower Bed Dream was my last design for the quilt,
but things happen...

The star blocks were going to be released in January 2021, but
due to unforeseen events, we have decided to take a break from the block of the months until next year. 
Just to be clear, we ARE NOT leaving you hanging with an unfinished project! 
We love our followers too much to do that.

From July through the end of August, each designer will release the remaining blocks, including the stars (they are here), and measurements for the border. 
They will be free through September for downloading, so be sure to grab them.

Our team of designers has enjoyed this
Block of the Month
loved showing new blocks each month.

You can find a list of the fabric requirements and more information about the
Block of the Month in this post.

Grow Stars is only free through September
and you can get the free pattern

 We have loved our time with you and will leave the Facebook page open so you can ask questions and show us your finished blocks and quilts. 
 There are over 3000 friends on the Facebook group.
Come and join us.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas in July Then and Now - Christmas Ornaments Pillow and Giveaway

the first day of the
Christmas in July Then and Now Blog Hop.

I'm happy to kick things off with
Christmas Ornaments Pillow.

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt invited bloggers to show an 
older Christmas project from "back then" 
show something new...anything Christmas related.

That was it, just make or show something Christmas.
Thank you, Carol, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

This pillow is my "now" but I've made these blocks before.

It's theThermoweb Holiday Quilt Block Series from 2017
this is the table runner I made with the blocks with

O' Christmas Tree by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics


I teamed with 3 other Thermoweb designers to create ornament inspired 
quilt block patterns. 
 Our hostess, Carol, was part of the design team, too.

The FREE quilt block patterns can be found on the following Thermoweb links:

Click HERE to see the way other designers put the blocks together.

But wait, I used these awesome patterns again to make another table runner last year
with different fabrics, I received from my local quilt shop.

With permission from the designers and Thermoweb, I taught a class at my local shop,
It was my first teaching gig and it was too much fun.

I pre-printed all the patterns for the class on 
(no tracing)
so the class could start right in with fabric selection and sewing 
to finish the blocks in the class.

Which brings me back to my Ornament Pillow.

For the class, I didn't know how much time I would have to stitch, so I made the blocks 1/2 size so I could still have time to teach. 
 I only managed to finish one block even with the smaller size.

So, thanks to this hop, I finished the blocks and made them into a pillow cover.

Be sure to check out all the Christmas projects over at these blogs today:

July 27
Here is the rest of the schedule:

July 28
July 29
July 30
July 31

Get all that inspiration to start your holiday stitching now 
so it's done in time for you to enjoy the holidays.
(Every year I say I'm going to start my Christmas stitching early and every year I wait till the last minute.)

At least I have a pillow cover ready...

I want you to have a chance to try 
so I'm giving away one package.

I'm covering the postage so this giveaway is limited to U.S. only.  (sorry)
Entries are open until August 2nd
I'll announce the winner by August 4th.

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