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Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart Blog Hop - A Gift from My Heart

 Welcome to the first day of the
From the Heart Blog Hop.

I'm happy to kick things off with
Pink Remember Bear.

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt invited bloggers to make a small gift that you would give to someone and share a pattern, tutorial, or link if you have one for the gift idea.

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

This has been a very tough year for all of us.
When the pandemic shut down happened, I was scheduled for my annual
mammogram and had to cancel it.  Now it's way overdue and it's time to schedule it, but the covid numbers are so high here that I keep putting off going anywhere.

The gift from my heart to YOU is this pink Memory Bear that I'm calling a Remember Bear.
I hope you aren't like me and you have had your annual check-up.
But if you haven't, this is a gentle reminder.
It's October and it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Think of my Pink Remember Bear and schedule your mammogram today.

To make my bear, I gathered all my pink Island Batik fabrics and the pattern is the

I just love stitching Pauline's Funky Friends Factory soft toys
and this one was super fun to do.  
All the toys are so super cute.
Pauline's patterns are clear and easy to follow with checkboxes as you go.

During the lockdown, Pauline gave away the Calico Memory Bear pattern for free.
In fact, she still has the info on her blog HERE.
She is super generous and has great tutorials on her blog to help with all her patterns.

This bear is not small.  
It sits 12 1/2" tall from the table.  If you stretched his legs he would be over 16" tall. The perfect size, really.

Remember to take care of yourself!

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

October 26

Creatin' in the Sticks - YOU ARE HERE :)

Ms P Designs USA

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel


Selina Quilts

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Quilting Gail


Ridge Top Quilt

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Here is the rest of the schedule:

 October 27


Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen's Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia's Mum

 October 28

Just Let Me Quilt



Seams To Be Sew

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Bumbleberry Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

Quilted Delights

Den Syende Himmel

Life in the Scrapatch

Storied Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Food for Thought

I'm sure by the end of the blog hop, you will have more ideas than time.
There is so much talent in this line-up.

Giveaway Time!

I have 2 Island Batik stash builders of pink strips left
I would love to send them to one of you!
(bear not included)

I'm covering the postage so this giveaway is limited to U.S. only.  (sorry)
Entries are open until November 2nd
I'll announce the winner by November 3rd.

You'll never regret giving from your heart and a stuffed softy is perfect for everyone.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Scary Cat - Digital Embroidery Pattern

 There's another Scary Cat in town.

That's right, Scary Cat has a digital twin.

photo by Chantell Creations

Chantell of Chantell's Creations has digitized 
Scary Cat
for all embroidery enthusiasts.

Chantell has 2 versions,
Applique or Free Standing 5" x 7" and/or 8" x 8".

photo by Chantell Creations

Chantell offers many formats and has an
 introductory special right now

Just in time for you to have Scary Cat for Halloween.

It's been a lot of fun working with Chantell 
 I see a few of her digital quilting patterns in my future.

You can find the original Scary Cat
mini quilt post and pattern information by clicking HERE.

If you want digital, click HERE.

is perfect
in my
Halloween infested home.
Don't you want him in yours too?

Monday, October 5, 2020

Vintage Inspired SCARY CAT Mini Wall Quilt

 Halloween is one of my favorite reasons to decorate the house and porch.

I love stitching Halloween too!

Today I have a free tutorial and pattern to share.

SCARY CAT is a feature over at

I've been so inspired by the vintage Halloween decor I've been seeing
wanted to stitch my own.

Scary Cat is 9" x 14" 
is appliqued with

No tracing, the pattern is ready to print.

is the perfect complement to the witch stuffy I made last month.

Get the free pattern and tutorial
on the 


photo by Chantell Creations

Chantell of Chantell's Creations has digitized 
Scary Cat
for all embroidery enthusiasts.
Chantell has 2 versions,
Applique or Free Standing 5" x 7" and/or 8" x 8".

SCARY CAT is comfy in my 
Halloween infested home.
Don't you want him in yours too?

Monday, September 28, 2020

It’s In The Bag! Blog Hop with Island Batik and ByAnnie

 Today is the last day of the
4 week
where all the new fabric collections are being showcased
with bag patterns by Annie Unrein of ByAnnie.com

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I was able to choose which ByAnnie pattern I would like to use for the blog hop.

I chose Pocket Packers!!

Island Batik and ByAnnie set me up for success by providing everything I needed to make not just one pocket packer, but I was able to make all 4 of the Pocket Packer styles from one pattern.  There was even a coupon to view a video online to help me make Pocket Packers.

The fabrics are from the Island Batik Spring 2020 collection,
William's Garden, designed by Kathy Engle.
Aren't the colors fun?

Fellow ambassador, Carol Moellers is also playing with these fabrics today.  Be sure and check out her ByAnnie bag.

The fabrics are shipping to stores now!

I chose Pocket Packers to organize personal items when I travel.  

Pocket Packers has 4 styles in one pattern.  
Each style features one large zippered mesh pocket on the back.
The front has either 1,2,3, or 4 zippered vinyl pockets.  The pockets can also be divided into more than one section.

This is the back of the Pocket Packers.

The pattern has instructions for a short or long handle, but I chose the short handle so I can hang the bag on the back of a door and it will have all my essentials right there in clear zippered pockets.

The bags are also perfect to carry supplies to quilting classes.

The matching Aurifil thread shows the size of the pockets.  Even the Pocket Packer with 4 pockets has large pockets.

The Pocket Packers are 18 1/2" x 13 1/2" and are fun to make.
The pattern and support video made the zippers so easy.
Even the quilting was a cinch with this manageable size.
Each Pocket Packer was quilted with matching  Aurifil 50 wt thread.

The only tricky part for me was working with the vinyl.  Vinyl likes to stick to plastic, but a tip from ByAnnie to place tissue paper over the work surface of the sewing machine and painter's tape on the pressure foot made the vinyl slide and feed right across the surface smoothly.

I hope you have a chance to check out all the new fabrics by Island Batik and the beautiful ByAnnie bags made by the Ambassadors.

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Island Batik is having a giveaway too!

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When we get to travel again, I will definitely be putting one of my Pocket Packers in my suitcase!
Thank you Island Batik and ByAnnie for this fun month!