Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter - Are You Ready to Make Like A Bunny and HOP?

Happy Easter Everyone!
I'm still busy designing eggs!
April Fools!

But I'm not fooling around when I tell you that April 1st,
 is day one of  Creatin' in the Sticks fabulous 

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and Sew Along

I hope you'll be joining in for the fun! Can't wait to show you my block on the 23rd!
Let the April fun begin!

Here's the schedule of who's who and when and what!

As for me...I've got 48 more eggs to paint!

Til later..... 

PS....I meant to let you know I'm trying really hard to get back here more often...
so far it's not happening but I'm not giving up! Ha
However, if you're on Instagram, you can find me most days there...

Come find me @thethimblemouse

(maybe one day I'll figure how to add the IG badge on the side!)

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and Sew Along - Schedule

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th
Block 19 - Weave

April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee

Friday, February 23, 2018

Would You Believe..... 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 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") 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....

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

$25.00 gift certificate
The Sept 8th Winner is
(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

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
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...
cut kits...

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 am I...perfect match)...

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

(that in itself sounds rather 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...
 (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!!!!!!!!!!!!
(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.

Really Trying To Get Back!
Have missed you all!

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


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