Tuesday, November 16, 2021

No Ring November - Mug Rug Blog Hop

 When Carla posted the notice for this hop my brain kicked in and I got the giggles.  So thank you Carla for not only coordinating yet another wonderful hop but also for putting me into such a fun mood.

I decided from the very beginning that I needed to design my own fabric for these little but mighty projects.

Mug rugs are a very important part of my daily routine.  I do get the occasional ring but I use them more to blunt the noise of smacking my mug on the table in the morning, waking up the house.

Well I did print my fabric and had a great time doing so.  I actually hated to cut it up, so silly.

One morning I got up and dug out some white largish scraps of fabric. 

 I then spilt some coffee into a saucer and dipped a few mugs into the puddle and then stamped them onto my white scrap. 

 I must admit I didn't foresee the amount of spread I would get or how light black coffee would appear on my fabric.

Next up, after supper that evening I repeated the exercise using red wine. 

Much happier with that outcome.  I will admit that I modified my approach using much less liquid for dipping.

I will admit that I should have had some paper towels handy for this process, but no, I had real need of mopping up what went through the fabric and picked up a cloth napkin, DUH

Thankfully it was a very busy napkin.

Picking out a Mug Rug designs was tough. Wasn't sure how big I wanted my Rings to be. Did I want my rings to look like I really needed the mug rug or did I want it to be just a fun use of home made fabric. 

Fun fabric won out.

Well this was another great event. I enjoyed it from the beginning and am sure I will continue enjoying it until I view and comment on the last post on the following list.

Thanks again Carla.

Please visit and enjoy all of the posts for No Ring November. Also please have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop

 Welcome, welcome, welcome foolish mortals to this our Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop being  coordinated by our lead witch, Miss Carol.

I've been blogging since March of 2011. One of the earliest blogs I participated in was The Ghastly Blog Hop in October of that year.  I was as extreme overachiever for that event.  I had something like 8 different ideas most of which were made in multiples and shown over and over again. (I've slowed way down over the years, this year only 5 different items, tee hee)

My favorite piece from that hop was this sweat shirt that I upgraded for the event with a fully lined pocket on the front and the sleeve for the cool NJ fall.

Or maybe it was the quilt.  Either way I still have them both and they come out to visit this time of year, every year.

Well when this Hop was announced I went hunting for my Ghastly scraps.  My niece who I mentioned back in 2011 had her birthday last week and I thought she might enjoy a new piece of Ghastly to celebrate with.  This is a Machine Embroidered piece using the free design from Kreative Kiwi

The design comes in 4 sizes and was really easy to whip up. This is the largest version.

The pattern has the option to add a pocket for a gift card.  I have made a couple that way but when I went to add it to this Ghastly gift box I didn't have a scrap of fabric that I could get to match my front or back choice and I didn't want to take away from them.  I included the gift in an envelope. It worked.

While I was in the Kreative Kiwi site I tripped over another freebie. This one was for machine embroidered redwork haunted houses.

Couldn't pass them up.  There are 10 diffferent designs. Each worked up in 3 - 4 minutes.  I stitched them all out without a plan. They were all so cute I needed to make something using them all.

I can't decide what I want to do with it, table runner or wall hanging.

Fun fact about this runner is that I didn't have the oomph to hand stitch the binding down.  It is currently being held in place with Elmer's glue.  My best guess is so long as it works it will never be hand stitched.

And then because I can never do one of something and these were so quick to stitch out I had to try a couple of my more traditional quickie projects.

Again no oomph so the opening on the mug rug is also closed with Elmer's help.  

And of course what collection of mini projects would be complete without a pin cushion

The opening on the pin cushion is closed with a pin (not the first and surely not the last that I complete that way).

And then last but not least are my Halloween greeting cards. 

Stitched the designs directly on the card stock.  Then added the Happy Halloween in permanent vinyl and colored in the bat and moon with colored pencils.

I now live in a huge retirement community and have gone from 400 trick or treaters to 0.  I am considering  my ideas in this hop as my idea treats going out to you my new trick or treaters. Please have fun pondering what you can do with my ideas and the ideas of all of the participants.

I am gathering all sorts of ideas for future projects on this hop.  Here is a list of all of the players. You'll be so glad to visit them all.



Creatin' in the Sticks


Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

Ink Torrents





Just Sew Quilter

Quilted Delights


Patchouli Moon Studio





Homespun Hannah's Blog

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World




Kathy's Kwilts and More

For The Love Of Geese

Quilt Schmilt

Words & Stitches

Home Sewn By Us




Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Selina Quilts

Ms P Designs USA

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

I'm Falling For You Blog Hop

 Hi everybody and Special thanks to  Joan of Moose Stash Quilting our wonderful coordinator for this fun hop.

I am participating in this hop but not with what I had hoped to make.  Last month I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for the term "Falling"  It was so brilliant that I drew it up and left it on the kitchen table and looked at it everyday and smiled. I knew exactly what fabric (I thought )I had in my stash. And felt I could knock it off  in a couple of hours.

So as we all know, the best laid plans of a quilter don't always work the way we hope. And wow is time just flying by.  I set September 19 as my sew day for this hop and I did manage to keep my calendar clear.   So mid morning with my diagram in hand I headed to my stash. 

The fabric I thought I had wasn't where I thought I would find it except for one piece, My cloud covered sky.  Ok so I had to make a quick switch from my falling snow ball that grows up to be a snowman.  I stared at my stash and hoped for something to jump out at me.

And low and behold the leaves popped out to join my sky.
My new vision was to have some falling leaves land on a pile of leaves.

My new issue was that the leaves on the  pile of leaf fabric were a little too big to go with my falling leaves.  So since I was aiming for a wall hanging I decided to shrink down my leaf size using my printer and some muslin. I took it down to 85% of the original size.

I added some aging grass

And now my leaves are Falling For YOU.

Since this hop was announced I had 2 fun things happen that fell nicely under this hop heading that I thought I would share with you cause everyone needs a smile.

I live in Sunny Florida. While it is not as hot as lots of the rest of the country we are currently at 90 plus degrees for over 100 days so far this year.  That generally means air conditioning and ceiling fans.  I love this whirly gig quilt while it was easy sewing it was a pain in the butt to get the colors placed correctly both color and angle.

I was using a very cinchy flannel backed vinyl table cloth and someone turned on the ceiling fan. Definitely Falling For Me

And last but not least yet another heat related item for this hop.
Yes that is a spoonful of  melting chocolate ice cream. my chin is at the tip top of the picture and that white knot is my waist.  Covered a lot of territory.

This is not the spoonful that fell.  This is the spoonful that followed 15 minutes later after the major clean up.  I'm guessing I was being punished by the powers that be. 😉😉

Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you have enjoyed the visit, I know I enjoyed having you.
For your hopping convenience I have included all of the participants in this event.  Those who have already posted have offered some very great ideas and beautiful work and I just know that the rest of the group will offer the same.

Take care and have fun.

Monday September 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More 

The Morning Latte

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs



Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

 Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling


 Friday September 24


Ms P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights


til next time...

Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Orange You Glad Blog Hop

 Welcome to my stop on the Orange You Glad Blog Hop.  Well I'm glad that Carla of Creatin' in The Sticks has come up with yet another  great hop idea and has taken on the coordination of this event.

Earlier in the year I participated in the annual Hands 2 Help project and was fortunate enough to receive a choice of quilt patterns from  Kristy Daum  for my participation. I choose  her pattern Floor Plan  The pattern was set up in 2 ways. One, my choice, was strip pieced and the other was in a traditional lay out.  Her pattern did not include the gray sneakers, those were my personal choice.

A better look at some of my orange stash and scraps

I received the pattern right around the time that this hop, looking for something Orange was announced. I loved the pattern and really wanted to make it immediately but I had no need to do's on my list.  Since I had no specific requests making a quilt in Orange was just perfect timing.  

I even found some wide fabric that had orange in it.

I must admit if you asked me before this hop was announced if I had enough stash in the orange family to make it I would have said no.  I was absolutely amazed with just how much orange fabric I actually owned.  This top was made entirely from my stash and scraps.

Last minute update:

This morning I read the Hop post by Tubakk (Densvendehimmel) and she mentioned always including a pin cushion in her hops and I realized I usually include a mug rug. I also realized that I didn't really have the time to make one. I did have time to hunt down a previously completed one in my pile of mug rugs that was at least in part orange

And while I was at it I pulled 3 pincushions from the pincushion bin that were also in part orange.
Orange You Glad (tee hee, tee hee)

The top one is the back of a pin cushion not just a boring pin cushion. I know I'm just a copy cat.

I hope you have enjoyed this hop so far and have been able to visit with all of its participants.  It is so amazing how creative a group can be starting with the same phrase and branching out in so many directions.  In case you need to see the group with their links,  here they are. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop

 Sometimes blog hop suggestions and internet tidbits run into each other with perfect timing.  Joan's idea for this hop about Fairy Tales and an article about an audio book series crossed my path in the same week.

To be honest when I signed up I had no idea whatsoever what I would do for this hop and I was pretty much going to do something regarding a traditional fairy tale with a Disney spin.  But then an article regarding Doctor Who audio books caught my eye and my personal fairy tale started to take form.

Yes what better tale could there be than spending time in the TARDIS. If you are at all curious about the TARDIS this link will get you to more info than you could possible want to know.  Otherwise it stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space.  Its the Police Public Call Box that the Doctor travels in. Its a Type 40 time and space machine from Gallifrey, his home planet.

This is an actual English Police Call Box

I have been  a follower of The Doctor Who BBC program for several years so the idea of making this quilt for myself was truly a Fairy Tale.  I just don't know why I never thought of it before.

I googled  TARDIS quilt patterns and was amazed at the choices out there in our universe.     

Really as a quilt pattern goes this one called   Relatively Dimensional   by    Hunter's Design Studio        was really incredibly easy. Lots of straight seams with 3 main fabrics and a couple of small extra pieces for the windows, lights and signs.  The piece finishes at 50 x 80.

The tough part was the wording. Especially the small wording on the white panel.  According to the pattern designer you could order a panel with the words for both sections from  Spoonflower  . The pattern did include a print out of the wording in the correct size if one wanted to embroider, applique or trace.  

Me I went to my other toys.  The wording for Police  Public Call Box is done with Heat Transfer Vinyl cut on my Scan N Cut.

It always helps to mirror image the letters for Heat Transfer as words and not just letters. DUH

There that's better.

and the door panel information was done by printing from my copier directly onto the fabric..

Not exactly centered.  Sadly I didn't even notice that until it was way past my ripping point. I think it was a combination of time of day and excitement.

I haven't gotten it quilted yet since I don't have a solid idea as to what I want.  Currently thinking scattered stars but not really sure.

So there you have the basis for my personal fairy tale.  Sorry but I can't share with you which of the Doctors I will be sharing  my TARDIS Fairy Tale with as I'm having a problem deciding if it will be 

David Tennant - the 10th Doctor

Christopher Eccleston -the 9th Doctor 

Matt Smith - the 11th Doctor


Last but far from least  my personal Dr. Who, MJ.
He is 6'3" so it's a good thing that the Tardis is bigger on the inside than the out.

One of them or maybe all of them, hummmmmmmmmm

 I'm sure whomever I choose,  my Fariy Tale will have a happy ending.

Joan thanks so much for coordinating such a fun event and making us all think and act upon such happy thoughts.

Please take some time and check out the other Fairy Tales being presented this week.  You will be so glad that you did.  Here is the complete list for your viewing pleasure. 

Monday June 21

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

Becky’s Adventurers in Quilting and Travel


Food for Thought


Tuesday June 22

Quilted Delights

Stitchin at Home

Karrins Crazy World

 Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!

Sewing Up My Fabric

Selina Quilts


Wednesday June 23

Just Let Me Quilt



Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Just Because Quilts

Domestic Felicity


Thursday June 24


That Fabric Feeling

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt

Patchouli Moon Studio

Days Filled With Joy

Goofin' Off Around the Block


Friday June 25

Quilt Fabrication

My Bumbleberry Life

Songbird Designs

Words & Stitches