Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sweet Tweets - Tree Bird Blog Hop


It seems like I've been flapping my wings
like a big pink bird...
since the holidays...


It's so refreshing to finally be taking the time to land...
stop...
breathe...
and play!!!


Welcome to day THREE of

It's my day to fly!

Chances are when you think about birds in trees...
a peacock is not the first feathered friend that comes to mind.

And then came "Duke"....
Wishing I'd had a better angle for the picture above...
and my real camera in hand instead of the one on my phone..
but yes...that indeed is a peacock high up in our pines.

Here on our gazebo roof...
a little closer, but taken against the light...
Do you see the "bird watchers" in the upper left corner?
I didn't remember an audience....
It took me awhile to realize they were actually "leaves".

Ah...finally a better angle...
and we have color!

We do not know if Duke has a home..
 but we are guessing he's just a wandering gypsy.
He will spend a few nights in the trees behind our house....
and then he's gone...
sometimes for weeks at a time.

When he returns...
it's always time for a treat.
He loves Grapes!
Quite the gentleman too as he delicately takes my offerings.

Duke often visits our front deck 
and will entertain us with a little dance....
spreading those awesome tail feathers...
such brilliant colors!

I've yet to have my camera or phone ready when he's prancing about.
Tho it didn't happen this time around...
one day I'll capture that moment...
and there will be a quilt!

So now my fine feathered friends...
the real reason you're here...
let the bird biz begin.

I really just wanted...
needed...
 to have some fun.

We have many wonderful fabrics from Elizabeth's Studios in our shop
but we can't possibly carry everything out there...
I've simply loved all the beautiful creations made from Tracy Lizottes'
Beautiful Birds collection.
Since we do not carry the line...
I decided to make my own sweet tweets.

With an idea in my head....
it was time to pull some fabrics....
Not all would be used...
and others would be added....
that's what quilters do after all!

We recently enjoyed the company of  Quiltville's Bonnie Hunter
at our quilt shop here in Florida.
She taught her fabulous
Crumb Piecing Workshop...
and tho as shop keep I wasn't able to sit and be a student,
I listened.....
and I watched.....
and I took mental notes!

And then I played!
Best of all.....I HAD FUN!

I grew a "crumb" tree....
Okay...our Quiltville gal didn't actually make a crumb tree...
but if she had...it coulda looked like that!


Then I...
snipped...
patched...
and  hatched....
some crazy colorful birds...
crumb style of course.
My birds were pieced willy nilly - but inspired 
by a wonderful wonky bird tutorial from Samelia's Mum.


Not leaving it to chance that you would not recognize the 'tree' or the 'birds'
I couldn't resist trying and including some fun letters inspired by Bonnie's workshop!


Added some buttons....
lookie look at this cute little frog!


Put it all together and whaddaya got????

Can you tell I had me some FUN?

I love little quilted diddies...
This measures about 12"x18"...
Just the perfect size to hang just about anywhere!


Thanks again Bonnie for reminding me I had Tonya's book in my stash!


As I said earlier...Bonnie's visit happened earlier this month.
Which means my fun little quilt was done within the last week
(the last 4 days if you want to get technical...lol)

BUT...

I did have bird on the brain earlier in the year
when this hop was announced.

Made for my sweet birdie sis and fellow quilt shop owner
Nessa in Bar Harbor,Maine....
This little bird probably once lived in a tree....


until he moved to a furrier nest....

A sweet hummingbird quilt...
for an even sweeter friend in CA.

A project tote for moi
Flamingos of course!

Last but not least....
Fun with the same flamingo fabric used in the above tote.
I follow Mickey Depre and am loving her Castle Wall blocks...
My first true venture into hand piecing...
Just one made so far...but I see more in my future!

Thanx for the visit!

Special Thanks to our
Fabulous Cheerleader Lana
 She kept our feathers in check!

And as always...Thanks to our
'tweet Mdm Samm of
Without her wonderful blog hop inspiration...
I wouldn't enjoy play time nearly as much!

Now spread your wings....
It's time to visit to our other birdie bloggers today:

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Back Again and Flappin My Little Mouse Wings

Dear friends....
You must be thinking I fell down the mouse hole.
Eeeeek!
Life has just been a crazy whirlwind since the new year began.
We've just finished up with a very special and successful event at our shop last weekend...
FOUR years in the planning...
(including an almost total classroom overhaul since January)
Here's a little sneaky peek...
Me & The Spouse
and a
Very Special Guest...

(If you think our friend here looks like Quiltvilles Bonnie Hunter...you'd be thinking right!)

I'll be back to tell you more about that when I can catch my breath....
but for now....

It's almost time for sweet tweets to begin!

along with
are the ones to thank for keeping our wings a flapping!


Won't you come fly with us?

The Tree Bird Blog Hop
began on Friday, March 13th.


Tweet Tweet....See you Soon!
Friday, March 13
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop - My Day

Twas the night....Marlene has the schedule
I'm so excited to show you all the fun I've had getting ready
for this incredible blog hop!
(apologies up front...this is a long one, a really long one...you've been warned...ho ho ho)


My little mouse heart is just going pitter patter!

First a HUGE HUG OF THANKS to
She has performed a Christmas Miracle..
I've never had 
this much done...
this soon... 
before Christmas...
eegads...
it's still only November!


If you've been following the hop since last week,
then you know our mission was to show you some quickie gift ideas...
things that could made in a flash...
or a dash...
even better if you can pull from your stash.
Silly Spouse...
not that kinda 'stash!

We also have a major swap happening,
so very carefully planned by our very own
Cheerleader Elf
I think Santa really needs to hire her to coordinate his deliveries!

She's such a cutie...dontcha just wanna pinch her little elf tootsies?

This is the time I reveal what the oh so wonderful
sent to me from across the pond.


Well....you know what they say about the best laid plans.

I KNOW whatever Lyndsey made is just absolutely Superb!
I know it's...
Totally Awesome!!!

What neither Lyndsey or I know as I write...
is exactly "where" the package is.
We know where it's not...
Here...
It was as close to me last week as our Post Office...
barely 3 miles away...
not anymore.
Lyndsey sent her package out with plenty of time to spare!
Somehow the PO couldn't find me.
True...I've only had that address for 26yrs...

By now it is probably back in London.
And you know what?
I've ALWAYS wanted to visit London!
Maybe this is fate...
Wouldn't that be fab?
Not to worry dearest Lyndsey...
I won't suddenly show up at your door..lol.


Some things are just beyond our control...
Good things come to those that wait....
and you all know how much I love anticipation!
Thank You Lyndsey...
I KNOW I LOVE IT!

Meanwhile back in wild and wacky Florida
we spent  a stormy rainy Monday afternoon watching for tornadoes...
(thankfully none in our immediate area)
as well as preparing for 2-3 nights of freezing temps.
Brrrrrr!
(if I wanted the cold weather I would be neighbors with dear Madame! lol)
So....
let's warm it up a bit!
Grab a cuppa tea...
(I'm a coffee gal...but let's drink to Lyndsey!)


Pip Pip
Tally Ho
Let's Go
Time for the Show!

My BFF Diane gave me this magazine last year.
She loved it so much...she bought it twice.
I found some of the cutest things to inspire me inside.

One was a simple drawstring bag.
It's been forever since I've made a drawstring bag but I thought
it would be the perfect thing to make for another swap I'm in.

With the scraps left over...I also made two "String Hot Pads"
and a Mug Rug...isn't that Santa Mug just the cutest?

Here's another Hot Pad...
It could also be a mug rug...with the right mug course.
I think Mr.Snowman is pretty perfect!

The 'string hot pads' (or if you'd rather you can call them potholders)
are about 9" square.
I layered:
1 background fabric (right side down - maybe 10" square)
next 1 thickness of "Insulbrite" (thermal batting)
and
1 thickness of Dream Cotton batting

I stitched on my 'strings' of fabric thru all the layers...
it's 'quilt as you go'
fast and fun!
I added some quilting you could see...
squared up...
stitched on binding by machine
but finished by hand...
Done.

If your eyes haven't glazed over quite yet...
there is More!
(did you doubt?)


That drawstring bag was so much fun...
I had to make another.

 But wait...
oh look...
it's a Bobble Head Christmas Mouse!
Can you believe it?
My BFF Sandie finds the cutest things...
(I'm such a lucky mouse with so many BFF's near and far)
Back to the bag...
which then led to the little scissor holder...
needlebook...
and
a mug rug that preferred to grow up and be a pincushion.


Which led to MORE pincushions...
needlebooks...
another scissor holder 
yes, one more 'string' mat Mr. Snowman is resting upon.

The scissor holders are fun and fast.
You can find a tute from the Moda Bakeshop here.

The pincushions above were made with one hexie block made
from Jaybird Quilts "Night Sky" pattern...
but instead of using the full size measurement...
I cut my pieces using a 1-1/2" strip...
if you have the pattern that will make sense to you.

Back of pincushions....

If another Christmas Miracle occurs...
I will return with a tute for my needleholder.
And if you're really good...
I'll even show you what it looks like...
"opened up"
(in other words...I forgot the picture! oops)

You do believe in miracles, dontcha?

Next up...
a couple more mug rugs...
ok...
no...it is not primitive....
yes...it is not finished.
again...Night Sky block
(using a 2-1/2" strip for piecing).

Jaybird Quilts "Tiny Dancer"...one made into a candle mat...

but alas....
I had no candle to sit on the mat....

Mr. Snowman gets around!


More Rug Fun!
The cat rug was the perfect time to play with a block I found in the magazine Diane gave me.

The birdie rug has flown around blogland....
thanks to Samelia's Mum for reminding me I wanted to make it!
It's really quick to make.
Check out her tutorial...
you don't have to wing-it.
(eggnog humor)


I fell head over heels in love with that retro cat fabric.
We are in the process of re-arranging the quilt shop.
We have the sweetest little table found at the antique shop behind us.

Purrfect fabric...
Purrfect timing...
Quickie experiment....
A mini runner....
Just focus fab and two borders, top and bottom....
Simple straight quilting.
Done in an evening.
(ok...started in the afternoon...lol)

Easy peasy!
Simple enough to adapt to your fabric and the size you would like.

That purrfect fabric had a friend....
which led to MORE Hot Pads!


You know cats are like bunnies....

Where there's two....

There will be more!

So Adorable!

Oh...dontcha just LOVE the salt & pepper shakers?
They were a gift from our good friend and of course "BFF" Debbie.
I noticed something 'odd' about their...uh...'bottoms'.

Have you seen these before?
Do you know what it is?
As luck would have it...
during the afternoon's photo shoot...
my friend Betty came by the shop...
and she recognized the 'shakers' right off.
Her grandmother had a set...
when you tipped them over...
they MEOWED!
Yes...that's a little kitty voice box....
in it's butt. LOL

My shakers...
unlike me...
are silent.

Ok...back to the hot pads...
another easy peasy make...
here are the dimensions...
I think that's all you really need.

Again...I love them 'thick' and used the same combo of
Insulbrite & cotton batting as I mentioned with the string mats.

Whew!
I think we're done.
And you can't even imagine the pictures I did not use!

If you made it this far...
Bless Your Ever Lovin' Heart!

Be sure to visit all the other amazing bloggers today
if you haven't seen them already.

Today-Tuesday, Nov. 18

Tomorrow you'll get to see what I made for that sweet Quilt N Queen!
And while I'm at it...
here's the rest of the weeks schedule!

(be sure to scroll to the end of this page...I just remembered something else! lol)

Wed. Nov 19th

Thurs, Nov. 20
Cate’s Linens

Fri.Nov 21

Not a quick project but I wanted to make sure to point out our 'Row by Row' pattern
from the 2014 shop hop is now available free for you to download!
Here I made it into a table runner with sewing themed fabrics.

Click HERE to find the pattern.
OK...
Now I'm really done!
((SMILE))

Thanks again my friends for the visit!


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