Horse Dress

As you could tell by the WhiteBoard Wednesday this week I had two projects completed – both of Callee’s dresses. Monday, I blogged about her Feather Dress and today I will share her Horse Dress. This is the one I think she’s most excited about but in the end I think she will enjoy wearing the other more (I’m not sure why though).

Here is the finished project:

horse dress

Oddly, this is a dress I would love to have in my size. It looks incredibly comfortable for an adult. I’m not sure how flattering it would be on my figure but -eh…enough about me.

I put great thought into making sure all the horse were upright but in the end it is virtually impossible to cut a complete circle (the peplum) and keep them all straight up. Which is the one place my eye goes – where those two horse come together and make a blob. Reminds me of one of those ink blots – what do you see? I see, a huge, glaring mistake #UGH (are we back here again – see this post?)

N.E.Way….Oh, speaking of mistakes…

horse sleeve detail

The sleeves ended up with two stitch lines because one was longer than the other so one needed a narrower hem but they looked silly with one big seam and one narrow seam so I made them match with two stitch lines. Innovative? Maybe not, but it works.

I was just wondering …. why am I putting my mistakes on here?  You know why…so we can all learn from them. Maybe one day, you will have sleeves that one longer than the other and think now what? Oh I remember that time Rhonda had two stitch lines….I’m here to serve, and share my DOH moments.

I will be seeing Callee (and her parents) tonight so I will get some pics of her in her new dresses!

I’m off to my Angel!!!

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Callee’s Feather Dress

A few days ago I told you I needed to finish a couple of dresses for Miss Callee before I head out of town to meet her next weekend. Remember the fabric from Girl Charlee

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Specifically the feather one for this dress!

 

Today I finished one of the two – the Feather Dress.For this dress I chose a pattern by EYMM {Everything Your Momma Made & More} and it was very well written, simple and easy to follow. I would certainly purchase another of her patterns. The pattern I chose was called Girl’s California Dresses & Peplum Top. There was a great deal of variety packed into this pattern for the price.

Here is my finished dress:

feather dress

There are a lot of things I like about this pattern. In addition to the variety I mentioned above (see link), the way she has you face the arm and neck holes with contrasting knit fabric makes it look like it is piped from the front (see pic below). Honesty Hour: It may not supposed to be that way, and maybe I was supposed to turn it all the way to the back but I really like the way it turned out. **cheesy grin**

 

feather top detail

While the Honesty Hour is still in effect let’s take a look at our ABC’s…

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A) I’ve had this machine, and several others and this is the first time I have used a stretch stitch. Maybe if I had not been so lazy before and read a manual (prior to this week) I wouldn’t have been so blasted afraid of knits. #UGH

B) I’m pretty darn impressed with my new serger (even if all my kids didn’t pay me back for my Christmas present and I ended up buying myself a present AGAIN) BUT I am embarrassed to say I spent about an hour trying to figure out how to hem with it before my blonde brain kicked in and realized that is what a double needle is for. I had to go another route because I didn’t have a double knit needle – OH the horror. #UGH

C) You’ll love this one….When sewing with my regular sewing machine I sew right over my pins ALL THE TIME. I didn’t realize it until I was taking this picture but apparently I do it with my serger too! #DOUBLE UGH (Oh and in case you are wondering….yep, the knife just cut right through it)

I’m gonna close with that because you are either giggling or horrified…either way you are high on some sort of emotion and I am grinning.

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Serious Catch-up **UPDATED**

I have a great deal of catch-up to do today. I think it has been an entire month since I have posted. I could list a million reasons why but instead I think it’s more important to move forward (who knows maybe admissions will leak out as we move ahead **wink, wink**).

So, in the spirit of moving forward here is what is going on in Rhonda’s world:

1 – Let me start with the most important…Today is Sunday, March 1st…..which means today my girl turns 4…four, quatro, quatre, vier….no matter how I say it, she is growing up.

Here’s my girl being super silly the other day:

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2 – The cat did eventually get a name. I was so busy with snow storms, work and **oops, I wasn’t going to do that was I**. Ok, cat’s name. If you follow me on IG than you know she was dubbed Neuro. I know, its a strange name but it fits her to a Tee. She is the most Neurotic animal I have ever seen. For example, she will only eat food that is all the same shape, she scratches the outside of her litter box BEFORE and AFTER she uses it. That list could go on forever. She has many neurotic quirks. So, Neuro stuck. Of course, my husband rarely says it right (more to annoy me than anything) so I’m not sure she knows her name, but she knows her favorite room, my sewing room!

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3 – While visiting Miss Callee this month (I told you reasons would leak out) we decided I would wouldn’t go back for her birthday thereby making 2 trips to Michigan in about 2 weeks. Instead husband, daughter and I are meeting son, daughter-in-law and Callee about half way in just a couple weeks and spending a couple days. I can’t tell you how excited I am. All my kids (well, the birthed ones) in one place! Such fun.

The reason I am telling you this is because I have 2 dresses to make for Callee (Happy Birthday) and hopefully one for me (if time allows). I am using this fabric for Callee’s:

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They are knits from Girl Charlee. Now that I have my serger I am not afraid to work with knits. The feather print has some significance for Callee and I but she probably won’t remember it. Her and I found a feather once while on a walk. We saved it and petted it and she thought it was the coolest thing (I think she was around 2). I will never forget that moment so when I seen that fabric and her mom expressed interest in it I was sold. BTW, I don’t think I ever showed y’all the dress I made her for Christmas….

Callees christmas dress 2014

It’s made with Tula Pink Bumble Fabric that I purchased at Quilter’s Square and MadebyRae’s Charlie Tunic Pattern with the Dress Add On. I adore her patterns and have made a couple of them but own several. I will get around to the others eventually. She loves her “Bug Dress”. The one thing I will say about making Callee clothes….I wish she were closer so I could fit her BEFORE they are done. I had to make adjustments on this so she didn’t get it until February (when I went back to see her). BUT I did give her mom a measuring tape so hopefully we can avoid this issue in the future.

4 – Another big piece of new is I FINALLY HAVE A FINISH….

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I realize I am not showing much and that is because I can’t just yet. I need to finish the other 3 before I show them off. This is #1 of the Hero Quilts. I am sewing the binding on #2 and just about the start quilting #3. I NEED to finish these quilts for my own mental well being. I am sick to death of them!!!!

5 -In more news…. I have started a couple more quilts….UGH!!! I just couldn’t help myself. Hello, my name is Rhonda and I have a chronic starting problem!!!

I started a QAL with Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting. It’s called the Irish Chain Twist QAL and I am really enjoying myself. It is simple and the steps are minimal. Here are a few pics of my steps:

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Neuro doesn’t always make my sewing easier. But she does make life more fun!

 

I have also started a  Stereo Quilt by Jaybird Quilts. This one is for my spare room and while the bed is queen size I decided to make the quilt in King so you just have to throw it on there without much thought. The pieces are all cut, BUT just taking my time. Too many quilts….not enough time!  **UPDATED A COUPLE HOURS LATER – apparently I already told y’all about this but eh – such is my poor feeble memory**

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I have more to say but I think I am going to stretch some of this out for other days. I mean there is such a thing as information overload. This is simply what I feel y’all have missed.

Plus, I have a question that I don’t want to get lost in the mix so I will go and type up a couple more posts and schedule those…Hopefully I can keep this going. UGH!

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Callee

One of my fellow quilt bloggers (hello, PennyDog) made comment on my last post about how big Callee was getting. I then realized y’all haven’t seen much of her recently. What a shame! So, in an attempt to fix this very unfortunate situation (hehehehe) here you are….

Detroit Tigers Fan
Detroit Tigers Fan
New BackPack from Nana
New BackPack from Nana
Princess Callee
Princess Callee
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos
talking with Papa about life
contemplating life with Papa
waiting for the fish just like Papa said
waiting for the fish just like Papa said
Fashionista
Fashionista
Hunting Easter eggs with Rusty
Hunting Easter eggs with Rusty
On her way to school
On her way to school
making banana pudding with nana
making banana pudding with nana
T-Ball
T-Ball

 

And

a the fair - Captain America face painting
a the fair – Captain America face painting

And my all time favorite…..

 

Ready to destroy the bugs that bother her while making the porch pretty with sidewalk chalk!!!
Ready to destroy the bugs that bother her while making the porch pretty with sidewalk chalk!!!

 

Now you are up to date with Callee. Of course that’s not to say there won’t be more as early as tomorrow but at least I don’t feel sorry for y’all! hehehe

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Callee’s Pressies (and maybe one for me)

I have been working diligently at getting a few things ready for Miss Callee’s arrival….mainly her pressies!!!

The first thing I made (and if you follow me on Instagram then sorry for repeat photos) is her Faux Fur Vest. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this turned out. I bought the fur fabric on eBay at a reasonable rate (why is Faux Fur so expensive). I ordered a yard but for her size a 1/2 yard is plenty….now I need to find another someone to make a vest for! I used the Lux Vest pattern from Figgy Patterns.

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My favorite!!!

I also made her a new pillowcase. She used to use a smaller pillow on her bed but recently her mom was telling me they are about to upgrade her pillow size. So……a new pillow case was in order. I got this fabric from Super Buzzy quite a while ago and adore it!!! I used this pillowcase tutorial:

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The print on this has the cutest sayings “room to grow” “bead board” “tooth fairy” so funny!!

Another thing my daughter-in-law informed me of is Callee’s new love for Superheroes. This sparked a couple of projects the first of which was a cape. Don’t all Superheroes need one? Who else will save the day if not Super Princess Callee? I used the free tutorial and pattern created by Thread Riding Hood (well written):

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Zebra print – every superhero’s dream

Finally, I decided Miss Callee needed a new dress but not just any ordinary dress more of a Super Man inspired dress. One that would allow her to be proper when Mommy requested it but Super Princess Callee by simply stepping into a phone booth requesting a bit of help from said Mommy.

When I started out with the Tumble Tee pattern (created by the amazing Imagine Gnats) I was just going to make the one dress but due to a cutting mistake I ended up with 2 fronts and 1 back – so what was I to do but cut another back…

The first is the Minnie Cupcake Tumble Tee:

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Notice this dress is a reverse of the one below – a direct result in my cutting error

The second is her SuperMan Tumble Tee (the front is the same as above minus the applique):

Superhero Tumble Tee
Notice once you unbutton the cape its just a plain dress

This pattern was incredibly written as well as the other patterns I used. I might have made a few mistakes but the patterns were great!!

Then I decided I needed a new bag/purse. I wanted something I could use for my extra camera lense as well as everyday purse items and maybe a few other vacation-y things. When I seen the Pocket Tote tutorial by Flamingo Toes I knew this was the one I needed. The pockets on the sides will hold a lense and the other big pockets will hold miscellaneous Callee things. And the inside is big enough for my regular & extra bits.

 There is a problem with the fabric cutting pieces so if you use this tutorial (which I recommend) email me first (unless of course she updates the tutorial). UPDATE: Bev (flamingotoes) has updated the tutorial.

When I made mine I didn’t have any leather bits so I just used a contrasting fabric. I am certainly going to be on the look out for some thrifty leather purses/bags to cut up. I want to make a couple more of these especially now that I know the ins & outs of making one. I love it but want more:

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Well there you have my last several days in a nutshell! I gotta run, I have quilts to finish…my list is calling out for help!!

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Fun Stuff

Today I am going to rattle on about all kinds of “stuff”. The online Urban Dictionary defines stuff as “everything you can think of”. Well, I’m not going that far but I do plan on covering quite a plethora of things.

Let’s start with a party announcement! I have bragged on my online friend, Sarah of Narcoleptic in a Cupboard, before. And for just a minute I am only speaking to those of you that know and/or follow her/her blog. I am planning a baby shower for her. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention she is preggers? YEP!! She is with bean (click and read all about bean). N.E.Way….

In case you missed the announcement on Sarah’s blog, Susan and I planning an Online Baby Shower for her. There is much more detail on Sarah’s blog if you need it. BUT the jest of it is this….until the day of the event (sometime in November) – we will meet & chat in Flickr. The day of the event we will hold a TweetChat!

The FlickrGroup is private but you can request access via Flickr or by emailing me. I hope to see you there!!!

Let’s see, where to now? How about a picture of Callee wearing a shirt I made her? I love this shirt! I blogged about it at the end of July but this is the first I have seen of her in it…..

callee in circus shirt

Her mom likes the shirt and the way it fits so much she has requested more. So I am in search of some fabric for that. Which leads me to some recent fabric shopping. I simply need to brag about a couple shops!

Let me prerequisite this next section by saying all opinions are mine! I have no sponsors – not because I don’t want any but more because I am not sure I understand them. I mean I understand how they work for a blogger who designs quilt patterns or clothing patterns but for someone like me? How would that work? I have my ideas but never known a shop owner (in the US anyway) well enough to make that happen. N.E.Way….

Back to my fabric shopping….let ‘s recall my #swoon2013 quilt I have been working on. It contains all of Lori Holt‘s lines. Since she recently came out with a new line, Gracie Girl, I needed to obtain some of it so that I could ensure all lines are included. Normally I would simply go to Fat Quarter Shop since that is my “go to” shop. BUT lately I have been on a “save money” kick (I’ll explain this in a minute) so instead I went on a search to see what I could come up with.

Low and behold a quick search lead me to Fanciful Fabrics! Let me just say, she has some amazing prices. Seriously, I saved almost $20 on this FQ bundle. While that is substantial I was still hesitant. Hesitant because sometimes when things are cheaper they are (a) not what they appear or (b) slow to arrive. But I decided it was significant enough to take my chances.

Let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!!! I got my package SUPER FAST!! I immediately sent the owner an email praising her prices and her super fast shipping. She was ever so nice!! While not my story to tell, she has a very interesting and honorable day job! When referencing the prices here is what she said:

” I think that fabric is too expensive, so I try to keep prices lower so that people can enjoy this wonderful hobby but not break the bank, like I usually do. I cannot afford every print of every line, but maybe some day. 🙂 I do it because I enjoy it, not to get rich. LOL…..”

I did a quick comparison of some other bundles. I found some that were almost 1/2 the price of other shops online, jelly rolls and fabric by the yard at 25% less than other online shops. And if that’s not enough, she also has vintage items, notions, trims, buttons, handmade items and more. I think I’m in love!!!

I placed another order this past weekend. The wonderful Leanne is queen in our Modern Stitching Bee this month. She has asked for this block:

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Leanne’s example block!

See those low volume QST? Well, she has requested directional fabric of some sort. I didn’t have any – what better reason to shop? So I set out for a coupon code (it was a holiday weekend after all) and a shop with a smallish bundle of text prints (a void in my stash). I found this bundle:

and I found it at WestWood Acres who also had a free shipping coupon code for the weekend. The part I am here to brag about….My bundle arrived today! I placed this order on Saturday (maybe Friday) regardless, she had to ship my order the same day! I love that!! And it was a decent price. Again, into saving money!

My favorite thing about this shop is the created bundles. I love it when shop owners make their own custom bundles. For example Amanda has the following listed: In The Navy, Tarnished Silver, Text the Rainbow, and Solid Bundles to match other lines. I am not linking to each bundle but you can find them all in her shop!! Again, there might be some love involved!!

In summary, this weekend I found 2 new shops I would highly recommend!

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Now, about that saving money! I desperately want to FQRetreat….DESPERATELY!!!!! I have a plan to make that happen in 2014. Of the many things on that list to make it happen is selective fabric shopping. I also recently started making my own laundry soap, fabric softener, and many other household “chemicals”. When I calculate the amount saved it goes in a special account along with a designated amount each month. I am mixing all this with a bunch of prayer….serious prayer!!!

I will end today with another picture of Callee in the same shirt. I like this picture more because it shows her attitude. One that, dare I say, she comes by honestly:

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This picture is ME in a nutshell!!! And with that I end today’s post! Have a great day!

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Things Not on The List

I have been working on a few things that were not only July’s List. But I figured I have been such a good girl, it was OK.

First, my nephew (the one I took to the zoo) asked for a new lanyard. He said he needed to keep the key to his bike lock on. I found a great tutorial here, let him pick through my scraps, and away we went. This is what we ended up with….

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He was quite proud….

rj new lanyard

I also decided it had been way too long since I had made Callee anything. I mean just look….

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The poor thing is about naked…So, I made her a dress and a top….

Remember her love of Minnie Mouse? Well, I started there…

minnie Dress

I love how the polka dots on the ruffle are the same as the polka dots on Minnie’s bows. Here’s a close up of the ruffle…

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I have been saving this combo for just the right tutorial. I used this tutorial which was well written. It can be quite difficult to sew for Callee when she isn’t here especially when they say “measure your little one” or put the straps where you want them. I am generally guessing at that point. A good example is the elastic on this dress (around the ruffle part) is only pinned right now. When I send it or see her it will have to be cut to fit and sewn. OH and the tie straps….I sure hope those are in the right place…hehehe.

After the dress was done I remember some lovely fabric I wanted to use. You see…not too long ago the lovely Samantha of PatternCrush posted a shirt for her little one made of the same fabric on Instagram. I knew Callee needed one too. The name of the fabric is Vintage Circus and from knowledge is made for Hobby Lobby BUT you can buy it on Etsy. N.E.WAY I digress….

Here is the top I made for Miss Callee using this tutorial….

Circus shirt

And a couple close ups of the front & back bits….

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back

 

circus shirt up close

I have many more things I want to make for her but one must stick to the schedule. LOL

BUT before getting back on schedule my daughter needed a new ID pouch and lanyard. So….

lanyard wallet

UPDATED EDIT: I used this tutorial for daughter’s pouch & adapted this tutorial for the lanyard. The lanyard I made is narrower and one solid piece of fabric.

So there you have my unscheduled sewing. I have finished the Duckie Quilt but I will show you that on Thursday since tomorrow is WhiteBoard Wednesday. I really need to get busy now so I am off to start my day….back soon!

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Family Reunion

Well of sorts….I went to the zoo…hehehe

I took my nephew who is visiting from Michigan to the Knoxville Zoo. I am not a huge fan of the Knoxville Zoo but I will say this about it….it is a great zoo for kids!! It doesn’t do much for adults but they certainly cater to kids.

You see,  for the majority of my adult life, I have been taking my kids to the Toledo Zoo which had a nice mix for adults and kids, and I can say Toledo Zoo was GREAT (I hear it isn’t so great anymore).

Knoxville Zoo is great for the kids but leaves a bit to be desired for those of us over the age of say….12. Let me show you….

They have a Lego Room…

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You can spend as long as you want in this air conditioned room and play with their legos. They will display your finished project (2 pictures on right) and you can also kit out your item and purchase if you want or you can buy the kits they have there. VERY COOL room!!!

They also have Budgie Landing….

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Here, the kids can feed the birds. They get a stick and if they hold remotely still the birds will land on their stick and eat. Of course if you look at my daughter (lower left corner) you can see she was concerned about birds pooping on her head. My nephew got very bored with feeding the birds and decided to nap in their nest.

Other things they have that I didn’t photograph was carousel, petting zoo, playground, stream to wade in, and I am sure there is something I am forgetting.

Oh and animals….here are a few of my favorites:

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I just love the gorilla! He looks like I feel some days….UGH!!!!

Oh and according to my nephew, the best part of the zoo (I told you all about kids….) is the Splash Pad…

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But no zoo trip would be complete without a picture of Susan’s quilting…..

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Love ya Susan…..hehehe

All in all we had a great time at the zoo and I can’t wait to go back with Callee, speaking of I think y’all are overdue for a picture of her so I will close with some recent trouble she got herself into….she made it snow!

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May Finishes

I cannot believe how much I have gotten done in May, especially considering how busy May was. I have to admit, I am glad May is over. I can’t wait to tell you all about the last few days in my upcoming podcast (there just isn’t room for it on a blog post and I don’t think a post would do it justice).

So, let’s summarize May’s finishes. Here is the list I wanted to finish when the month started:

  1. Quilt Kaylah’s T-Shirt Quilt – DONE
  2. Make my mom an apron for Mother’s Day – DONE
  3. Make myself another skirt – Note Done
  4. Quilt The Revamp Top – Started
  5. Complete all my monthlys
    • Sugar Block Club – DONE
    • MSB (I am queen this month – nothing to do)
    • Toes in the Sand – DONE
    • Christmas BOM – DONE (I was mistaken I have another month left)

So, in summary I finished 3 of the 5 projects and started one of the two I didn’t get finished. I think that is pretty good. Now for the fun stuff, the pictures:

Sugar Block Club - May
Sugar Block Club – May
Christmas BOM
Christmas BOM

 

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Toes in the Sand - Block 2
Toes in the Sand – Block 2

 

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Kaylah’s quilt…notice my monkey trying to hold it down?

I am only posting one picture of Kaylah’s quilt for now as I will dedicate an entire post to it with all the deets very soon. I just needed to get it in this post to qualify for the Year of Lovely Finishes monthly entry. Yeah, Yeah, leave it to me to be pushing it to the last mintue. I have so many posts I need to do: the party, graduation, the quilt, the podcast….and the list goes on and on. But since I am just now catching my breath (I slept for 12 hours last night) I think I am doing pretty good. lol

I have some great pictures to share over the next few weeks. We had a photo booth set up at the party and had a great deal of fun. But in order not to bore you to death I will simply sprinkle them in here and there. So as a farewell today, here is one of my darling Callee and her parents:

Before Callee got ahold of the mask...
Before Callee got ahold of the mask…
After Callee got ahold of the mask...hehehehe (maybe she's mad because her daddy stole her crown)
After Callee got ahold of the mask…hehehehe (maybe she’s mad because her daddy stole her crown)

Ok…well, that’s it for now….

Linking up to

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Something to Shout About….

Every now and then I find something in my blog surfing that I just have to share with y’all. Today is your lucky day!!!!

I am a follower of Quilting Lodge. The Quilting Lodge (an actual online quilt shop) is lovely. Read all about their history here. Here is a picture of the quilt they designed and that you will have after this Quilt Along. It’s called the Texas Teardrops:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

Quilt Along Information:

  • Easy Pace….Weekly scheduled, starting tomorrow. You have time to gather fabric & miscellaneous notions. 
  • Fat Quarter or Scrap friendly. They have some great bundles in their shop for this QAL!!
  • There is a minimal $5.00 charge for the pattern on Craftsy….no biggie in my opinion – seriously look at that quilt!!!!!
  • Prizes!!! Who doesn’t love the chance to win cool prizes…I know I love the chance to win them. 

You can read all about this fun Quilt Along on her Texas Teardrops QAL page!

I think I am going to stitch along. I am notorious for falling behind but I will do my best to keep up. We will see how well I do….I think I am going to use up some Christmas fabrics I have in my stash. I am all about stitching out of my stash this year! So far so good!

As many of you know I have been playing with Callee for a few days and I have 3 more to go! Here are a couple of fun pictures from the last couple of days:

Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny (who has Limp Ear Syndrome)
Jump to Me
Jump to Me
Ride 'Em Pony
Ride ‘Em CowGirl

I will be back tomorrow to summarize my finishes for the Q1 FAL!

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