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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Free Kitty Blog Background

If you're looking for a new blog background and you like the one I'm using, you're welcome to use it on your blog too!

Free Kitty Blog Background for Blogger/Blogspot blogs




Copy and paste the following code into your HTML gadget:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4355/36371948715_1812e87f35_o.jpg); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }
</style>

<script type="text/javascript">
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.setAttribute('style',"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 30px; z-index: 50; width: 150px; height: 45px;");
div.innerHTML = '<a target="_blank" href=" "></a>';
document.getElementsByTagName('body').item(0).appendChild(div);
</script>

This will work on Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blogs.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block - Girl Scouts Of America

One of the happiest times of my childhood is when I was in Brownies and Girl Scouts.  I got to do so many fun things in Girl Scouts.  Crafts, baking, field trips.  So many nice things.  And of course, selling cookies!!!

My most recent crazy quilt trinket block represents those really fun years:

I still have my sash and my pins but I didn't want to take my sash apart.  I bought these little Brownie and Girl Scout pins on Ebay and I bought the patch on Ebay.

For all the years I was a Brownie/Girl Scout, I was the flag bearer for my troop.  I got to carry the American flag for all of my troops functions and all school assemblies.  I was so proud of that and it's I learned my respect for the American flag.

The flag pin in the top righ-hand corner is from the Bicentenial of the United States back in 1976.  I was in 8th grade then.  So that represents me being the flag bearer as well as the 200th birthday of the United States.

The little heart shaped watch is from my mom.  She used to have it hanging on her purse but she can't see it anymore so she gave it to me.  I represents the love I have for being a Girl Scout and the happy time that it was in my life.

Here's a photo of my sash:

Notice my first patch is for needlework!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 9

Before I talk about the next band, I want to make an announcement.  Due to lack of interest, I will be discontinuing the Never Ending Sampler project.  I will finish up Panel 3 so the handful of stitchers who are still working on this project can have a nice sampler.

Many of the stitchers who were working on this project have dropped out, maybe due to the fact that there are quite a few gorgeous stitch alongs available now.

I will keep the patterns available in case anyone wants to use them and on occasion, I will work up some more charted borders for anyone who likes to use them for their crazy quilting or on their own cross stitch projects.

I'm sorry if anyone is disappointed but please look around online for free stitch alongs because there are a ton of them out there.

Okay, so on to Panel 3 Band 9:

This band is worked entirely in cross stitch.  Try working the pansy in one color and the leaves and vines in another.

Here it is with the overlap for placement purposes:

And here is the entire sampler so far:

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block - Blue Avon Elephant Pin

Here is the latest finish in my Crazy Quilt Trinket block project:

The blue elephant is pin from Avon from back in the 1970's.  I had quite a few of these since my mom sold Avon back then.

I tried to give this block a "girly", pastel circus look.  I wanted it to feel whimsical.  I'm not sure where I got the little gold crown.  Mary Anne maybe?  I'm really not sure but it's the only one I had and it seemed to work perfectly on this little 6 inch block!

If you're new to my blog, I've collected little do-dads for years.  Saved things from my childhood, saved things that belonged to family members and friends who have since passed, collected things from flea markets and antique shops and garage sales....you know how it goes.  When you like little things, you just collect them and save them.  Well, a few years back I decided to start showcasing them on 6 inch crazy quilt blocks. 

For now, I'm just sewing blocks and stitching blocks and not really worried about putting a quilt together....but it that will happen eventually.  These blocks will at some point be made into several wall quilts.  I'll probably divide them up by season, theme and holiday.  I've done quite a few already, probably 40 or more and you haven't seen them all!!!  But you will!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Easter Blog Background

I just finished up my Easter Blog Background:

Free Easter Blogger/Blogspot Background
You're welcome to you it on your own Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blog.  Here's the code:


<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/808/39092242590_08005caf30_o.jpg); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }
</style>

<script type="text/javascript">
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.setAttribute('style',"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 30px; z-index: 50; width: 150px; height: 45px;");
div.innerHTML = '<a target="_blank" href=" "></a>';
document.getElementsByTagName('body').item(0).appendChild(div);
</script>

Just copy it and past it into your HTML thingy!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block Boyd's Bear Pin

My latest crazy quilt trinket block features a little Boyd's Bear pin:

Mom found the pin in her jewelry box but she hadn't worn it for awhile so she gave it to me to use on these squares.  It's quite heavy so I have it pinned on but also, I strung 3 small plain buttons with crochet thread and glued them to the back of the pin with E6000 Jewelry glue.  Once dry, I pulled the crochet threads to the back of the foundation and tied them on. That holds the pin in place and will help to keep the bear stable once this is sewn into a quilt.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 8

Today I have Band 8 for Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Project:

Here is band 3 by itself:

This band is worked entirely with straight stitches.  As always, feel free to add beads if you like.

Here it is with the Band 7 overlap:

While I'm at it, if you're stitching on this project, could you please leave a comment and let me know? I'm trying to determine how many people are still interested in this.  Thanks!





Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block Under The Sea Seascape

As promised, here is my latest completed Crazy Quilt Trinket block:

Obviously, this one has an under the sea seascape theme.  The large fish was a gift from my husband.  He bought it at an antique shop.  I don't know where I got the little fishes at the top.  They're small pins and I used to wear them on my jean jacket back in the 80's.

If you look very closely, there's a little bit of symbolism on this block.  Down on the right-hand corner, you'll see a tiny "Pizza Hut" pin.  I used to work in management back in the 80's.  That's where Scott and I met.  To the left of it, there's a tiny "diamond" ring.  I'm sure you can figure that one out!  He proposed to me back when we worked there.  We were married in 1988.

The little purple tendrils to the left on the bottom are tatted.  If you "cast on" all in one direction, you'll get these pretty little twisted tendrils which are perfect for seascapes!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Seascape Trinket Block

I've been working on my little 6 inch crazy quilt trinket blocks.  I can't believe how many I have done already!  I have a whole boxful with a lot more blocks to go!

My current block has a seascape theme:

This block still has a ways to go.  I have a beautiful vintage fish brooch that Scott bought me years ago at an antique shop down in Peoria Illinois.  That will go on last.  It's quite weighty so I'll have to make sure it's well anchored.

I think I mentioned last week that these blocks are the purpose of showcasing all the little trinkets and do-dads that I've collected over the years.  Things that go back to my childhood, things that were given to me, little things from loved ones long gone.  Some blocks will be for the sake of memories, others will represent things that I love and some may be just for fun.

These blocks will eventually get sewn into multiple wall quilts but I'm not focused on that right now. I'm really into piecing the blocks and stitching them to showcase my do-dads of which I have plenty!!!!  However, flea market season is starting next month.....need I say more?  LOL!!!

I'll post an update when I finish this one.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Never Ending Sampler - Panel 3 Band 7

Today, I have the next installment of the Never Ending Sampler for you!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band 7 by itself:

This is band is worked simply with straight stitches.  You can add beads to the points of the little leaves if you like.

Here is it is with the band 6 overlap for placement purposes:

Crazy Quilters - Don't forget you can use these bands for crazy quilt seam treatments!!!!



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