Friday, February 23, 2018

Would You Believe.....

Sew......it would appear that almost 3 years ago I went out for a pack of charm squares........and man, did I get lost finding my way back!

I've really missed y'all and I was absolutely THRILLED when Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks reached out with an invitation to her upcoming Blog Hop in April (also see the post on right side bar).

It only took me 30 minutes to remember HOW to get that post there - and 24hrs to remember to come back and add the pic above! eeks .... apparently I've lost brain cells over the last couple of years.....but I've been so wanting to begin blogging again. Please bare with me while I re-learn the basics of blogging, re-freshening things up along the way as I go. It might take a little time...but that's okay cuz in my heart, all that matters is.....I'm back!

And just FYI: Same Mouse, Same Spouse, Same Shop and House.......
just a little older,  but OH so much Better! *wink*


PS...Thank you Carla for giving me the nudge I needed 😍


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

EQ Seasons Row-A-Long

Welcome to a most fantastic Row-A-Long where you will find amazing quilt rows
designed just for you by several fabulous quilt artists! 
EQ Seasons Row Along

I am soooo excited to be participating....
 and want to give a special shout out to the gal who first invited me to play along....

And very special Giant HUGS and Quilt KISSES for the exceptional

Marian has devoted countless hours preparing us all
and I exaggerate NOT when I say I couldn't have completed this post without her expert help!


Now on with the show....
Let's Row.....A - Long!



For my season I chose "winter" and have prepared a most delightful row of Holiday Packages.


I designed the each block using EQ6 (my favorite EVER program).
Imagine this row in your holiday quilt - or maybe even by itself as a festive table runner.

Thank you to Northcott Fabrics for the simply luscious Toscany fab you provided for our backgrounds!
As you can see I used lots of Northcott Holiday prints and wonderful Artisan Spirit as well.
More holiday goodness from my Quilting Treasures stash!

Use fabs from your stash - you don't need very much for each package. I used less than a fat quarter of any one print for the multiple pkgs you see above. 
Wouldn't this look just scrap-a-licious if you used a different print for each giftee-treat?

To find a simple simple instruction sheet for the
PDF Pattern Click Here

If you are an EQ user (6 or higher)
Click HERE for a PJ6 file
Reminder...click on the "Notecard" for each individual block to see all info.


One of the items I used to help me lay out each block and keep things straight
(always a challenge...especially with our kittehs running round)
was a wonderful project board a made following
a super tutorial from
Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.
I've made several boards - just right and oh so perfect to keep little pieces together,
and super easy to transport to the sewing machine for stitching.

Above you see one of the blocks as I laid out the pieces to form the block.
All the "pressies" are made with squares, rectangles and the magic corners!

You might also notice on the top right sidebar is a link to the 30" 2014 Row by Row pattern
I designed last year for our shop give away.
Yes, it was surely the inspiration for this row-a-long design....
because really....
Who doesn't love MORE presents?

Here is the list of today's Row - A - Long'ers....
Be sure to visit each one and be prepared to be amazed!


Thimblemouse & Spouse
(you are here - 
no need to clicky click...
but continue to read for the "goodies")


Remember...you can visit
anytime for the fully loaded scoop
and the daily scheduled bloggers...
Along with the
many, many, many
WONDERFUL Sponsors...
the list of names is almost endless...

In honor of all the great gifts being given away
through out this event....
I thought it was time to dig out one of my favorite
Holiday pics....


GOODIES BELOW!
HO HO HO!
GO! GO! GO!
UPDATED SEPT 8TH
Submissions for my giveaways ended at midnight Sept. 8th.
Take a look at the winners below.
There are still chances for more prizes as the
Row A Long Hop continues.
Be sure to visit Marian's page (link above) for the latest schedule.


Northcott Fabrics
(submissions now closed for this giveaway)
is giving 1 lucky recipient, 6-8 pieces of fabric at 1 yard lengths each.
Value $60-80.00
The Sept 8th Winner is
NORMA BOSLEY


$25.00 gift certificate
The Sept 8th Winner is
Yvette
(Email has been sent)


 a free pattern of choice - Value $10.00
The Sept. 8th Winner is
Dolores S
(Email has been sent)


You can still be a winner
See continuing contests below!

As An Incentive To Participate By Making Blocks and Rows

Craftsy
A Class of your Choice
Value $40.00 based on average cost of Quilting classes,
but the value goes up if you choose lets say a sewing class.
3 individual winners
and
Nancy's Notions
2 individual winners
$10.00 gift certificate

When you add a unique block/row to the Flickr Group that you've created from any of the patterns offered each week, you will get one entry into the drawing.
You can enter at any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of this Row-A-Long until
October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.
Winners Announced October 14, 2015
If you enter both giveaways, you need 2 unique blocks per each day you enter.
Duplicate Entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
Filler Rows Do Not Count. These to will be disqualified if entered.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Trying To Get Back.......

Helloooooooooo Friends....
Eegads....I knew I'd not been here for awhile....just didn't realize HOW long it's been.
The Spouse and I are doing fine....we're in the midst of the

Life since the end of June has been...
eat...
sleep...
cut kits...
repeat....

I'ld mentioned several posts back that my dear little red lap top computer was nearing the end... 
we did manage to keep her on life support for several more months....

She finally gave up the ghost and now I'm dealing with trying to make friends with my new/old Dell...
It's a love/hate relationship... 

And then today this happened....
Sharing a post I just added to Facebook....

And so it goes......
"Still in mourning over the demise of my longtime assistant Ms.Della 
(my little red Dell Studio LT)
....relations with her replacement have not been all that amicable.

I have used Print Shop - 4EVER...don't judge...
it's what I KNOW!

Trying to load the program since last evening...
only to realize how really antiquated it is 
(then again...so am I...perfect match)...

Error messages that some "Framework" NEEDED from Microsoft 
is NOT compatible with my 'platform' 

(that in itself sounds rather personal...how dare they judge my platform!)

Did some googling...
found advice that I could in fact download said "framework"....
learned how to fool my 'now' laptop' into thinking they were just made for each other......

....I read the steps

.....and decided to visit our computer geeks next door for help 
(I know I'm a quilter...NOT a computer gal...I'm ok with that)....

.....they offered to help but not until next week...
maybe...
 (that's ok I know they stay very busy)

Decided to give it a whirl and try on my own...
after all the worse that could happen is that I'd just uninstall what didn't work 
(computereze peeps...I hear you snickering)....
but guess what?

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
I.AM.AMAZING!
(lol...still humble but everyone deserves 5 seconds to be a Rock Star)

I still have to upload a ton of files from my old gal...
sadly they are being held hostage in Ms Della's oh-so-hard-drive

We will need the aid of our computer neighbors with that one.

Meanwhile...
Really Trying To Get Back!
Have missed you all!

And now....we return to our previous scheduled program....
Row by Row
Cutting Kits 101





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:

Tuesday, March 17
























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