Monday, June 29, 2020

"Which grocery store?"

I hear this sometimes . . . "which grocery store? What's on our list for that store?"
I admit it.
I'm a BHE; a Bargain Hunter Extraordinare.
I peruse the flyers from the grocery stores and then make a list so I can capture the bargains at each separate store. Then on my FIOWs (Forays Into the Outside World), I can make good use of my time and my fuel!  I make certain that I don't go out of my way on these excursions, but I can make a loop sometimes to include several grocery stores, and I combine FIOWs with Necessary Errands. Then I feel good about donning my mask and charging out there, like a soldier on a mission. (Grin)
Does this ring a bell with any of y'all?

Of course, with Covid lurking around, I also have become more of an online shopper. Not for groceries, mind you, but for other Extremely Necessary Things. I'm still shopping my stash for projects, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right? 
Sometimes you need a notion or a supply. 
Sometimes there's a sale that you look at -- and you see The Perfect Fabric for that upcoming project!
And lo, and behold, it's on sale!
That one is a no-brainer!
And that means that I apply my Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire skills to my online purchases, as well.

And that brings me to my point -- Lilypadquilting has a new sponsor! And I think you are going to love 'em!

I found Pineapple Fabrics and I love their unique way of packaging projects and fabrics for us quilters!
First of all, they have what they call their Bonus Quarter . . . What is that, you say? I'm glad you asked! Most of us know and collect, er, hoard, er, love our fat quarter yards of fabric: they are extremely versatile and we can cut other sizes from the (usually) 18" x 22" pieces of loveliness.
Pineapple Fabrics' Bonus Quarters are cut at 21 inches square -- that's right, 21" by 21" and you can cut sixteen five inch charms from that! 

Ahhh, think of the possibilities!  Of course, they also offer the standard fare of fat eighths, charms, and more! Take it easy, now, this stuff is gonna have you drooling on your keyboard! Now, if you suddenly slip from your chair and your hand hits the keyboard, and when you regain your seat you realize that you purchased . . . .oh, I'm such an enabler!! (And if you purchase, it won't cost you a penny, but I will receive a tiny affiliate commission to help us bring you more fun and frolic here at the Lilypad!)


That lovely batik is Nirvana by Hoffman; the stacker of ten inch squares is Handiwork by Alison Glass; the fan of fat eighths is Happy Flower from RJR; and the stack of five inch charm squares is Viva La France by French General (Moda).

Secondly, they have packages of fabrics called "Pineapple Packs"! Intrigued? It's a really cool idea!
Pineapple Packs are quilt shop quality pre-cut fabric collections -- the fabrics included are coordinated by the Pineapple inhouse designer for the best possible variety of color and patterns. Each pack includes a free pattern that is designed for the pre-cuts in that pack.  
Do you sometimes love a collection of fabrics but then "hit a wall" when selecting a project for them?
Or do you love to just grab some great fabrics and create as you go?
The Pineapple Packs will work both ways!
There are six different choices!

Alice -  5 bonus quarters plus a free pattern
Bella -  20 2.5 inch (43 inch long) strips, 20 2.5 inch squares, 5 bonus quarters plus pattern
Carla -  20 5 inch squares, 20 2.5 inch squares, 5 bonus quarters plus a pattern
Diana - 10 6.5 inch (43 inch long) strips, 2 pieces each of 5 fabrics, plus pattern
Ellie -  20 10 inch squares, 20 1.5 inch strips, 5 bonus quarters plus pattern
Fran - 20 5 inch squares, 20 2.5 inch strips, 20 2.5 inch squares, plus a pattern

Let's take the Bella Pack as an example, OK? Each Bella Pineapple Pack contains a total of 2 3/4 yards of gorgeous fabrics! Here's a link to the Bella Packs page

Now, when you tap on "Early Bird," for example, you will see all the fabrics in the pack, and at the bottom of the page, there are FOURTEEN possible projects to consider! Everything from quilts to tote bags to jackets to a kitty igloo!!

And of course, you can wing it with these Pineapple Packs and make something totally yours! Use another pattern or just dream up something of your own!
Any way we look at it, a Pineapple Pack plus YOU equals an awesome project! 

Pineapple Fabrics' Notions section has rulers and scissors and the BIGGEST selection of Creative Grids rulers I've seen! 
There's a huge selection of quilt backs, and you'll find fabulous prices in the clearance section!

I just know that you will find some lovely things that will spark your creativity, make your fingers itch to sew, and make your heart sing!

Hop over there to Pineapple Fabrics using one or more of those links up there! HERE IS A LINK TO SAVE YOU SOME CASH!!! Click here for 5% off, sitewide!!!

Have fun!!


Friday, June 19, 2020

Three more blocks finished!

Drum roll, please! 

Or a celebratory trumpet blast.

Or just a happy dance.

I just finished piecing three more of my Summer Moon project blocks!

Check these out:

You may remember, we make three of each block -- one finishes at five inches; the next is six and a half, and the largest one is eight inches.

These scrappy orange blocks make me happy!

What's under your needle lately?  If you'd like to work on these fun blocks, here is a link to the Summer Moon book from the Fat Quarter Shop! (I'm required to let you know that's an affiliate link, but it costs you nothing!) 


Sweet stitches

Just a quick update on my block of the month I'm working on. It's the Psalm 23 BOM from Jenny Elefantz. I'm enjoying the hand embroidery and applique combinations on these blocks!

You'll have to excuse the lighting here; a thunderstorm popped up and I want to let you see this (so I'm taking the pictures inside!). 

Here is the entire block: 

Here are a couple of closeups:

Stay tuned, everyone, we are working on a blog reboot, and will have more merriment and mayhem coming your way soon!


Friday, May 29, 2020

Of peeps, and masks, and blocks

What a springtime!
I hope that all of you have stayed safe and healthy!

When I wrote the post for Memorial Day, I was amazed at how long it had been since I posted.
I'm sure that y'all have been busy, too.
Don't even get me started on the severe weather and the clean up that we needed to work on . . . 

But life does go on, right? We do still get to have some fun!

First, there were peeps to make, to make our mantel more cheerful:

Then, there were masks to make for first responders:

Lastly, I finally got some time in my sewing room and put together some more of the Summer Moon blocks! These are the Twin Star blocks -- aren't they cute?

What have you been up to?
Leave a comment and do tell!!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Hope y'all have a happy Easter!

I'm ever so grateful to have all of you blogland friends. Our digital buddies are more important to us now than ever before, no?

I'd like to wish ALL of you a very happy Easter!

For those of you who don't celebrate, I hope that you have a lovely holiday of spring blossoms, warmer breezes, and contentment.

For those of us who do celebrate, I hope that we enjoy a holiday of reverence for the gift our sinless Savior gave; He showed us His endless love by dying on the cross for us; He showed us He was God in man by rising from the grave to offer us eternal life!

I hope everyone will find a way to give a virtual hug to those we love -- we live in an amazing time as far as technology goes! We can phone, skype, FaceTime, and more!

Maybe we can save the egg hunts for later? (Grin)

My wish for y'all is peace, joy, and a time of counting our blessings -- now hurry and find those eggs before the rascally rabbits make off with them!

Much love and Easter joy to all! Stay safe! Stay healthy!


Monday, March 16, 2020

Keep calm, pray, and stitch

I'm always one to give credit where credit is due, so thank you and BIG KUDOS to Amy over at Diary of a Quilter . . .

Love this quote:

I'm asking all of the peeps who pause here sometimes to be careful -- not panicked -- and take good care of yourselves!

I intend to do more of our business by telecommunications; no travel or hopping about for this froggie! And that just may give me more time for embroidery, crochet, quilting, and reading . . .

And as I stitch, I will be praying. Asking God to help us unite and to help us beat this virus! Join me, won't you?


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Now, THERE is progress!

What a difference a great tutorial makes!

And better materials!

And taking one's time!

OK, so here is the full story . . .

First of all, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU!! to all of you who left me such kind comments! Many of you gently pointed out that I need to not be such a perfectionista, and I totally admit that is one of my downfalls! I've taken your advice and slowed down and am truly enjoying the process now.
I've been working in the evenings on a lovely Elefantz Design stitchery . . . this is Block One of her new Psalm 23 stitching series.

Wow! I'm pretty proud of the progress I've made!

I put a link up there at the top to the great tutorial that helped me a good bit. My stitches are much more even, and I'm getting them made correctly - no more faux chain stitch! (Grin)

I also followed Jenny's advice and got some Robert Kaufman Essex linen blend to work on. It's made a big difference for me! 
And the Whisperweft! Awesome! I love how it's so thin and drapey -- I hardly know it's there behind the stitchery, but it helps everything look much better. Plus, it's easy to adhere -- just iron it on.

Here's the problem - where to find it? I did manage to get a yard of it from a supplier link on the Elefantz site. I went to a (ahem!) local store that shall remain nameless and they had no clue. They offered me a product for backing my embroidery that felt like I would be stitching through a sheet of printer paper! (Grin)

I know that some of you swear by the stabilizer that washes out, but my one experience with that was not a really positive one . . . I was picking out pieces for quite a while. 

Any recommendations? Sure would appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by! You're always welcome here at the Lilypad!


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Viewer discretion advised . . .

I've mentioned before that I'm enjoying some stitcheries from our talented friend "down under," Jenny of Elefantz . . . 

I'm warning ya right now, viewer discretion is advised on this post! (Grin) Some of these are downright shocking! LOL
(You can zoom in on all of these, you know, the old "spread or pinch" maneuver with your fingers!)

In an effort to be totally transparent and honest (and a chance soon to toot my own horn as I make progress) I'm showing you some pretty bad stitching!

I will admit to being in too much of a hurry.

I will also admit to not wanting to take out stitches. 
I am rationalizing that it's going to go on the kitchen table where it will not be noticed as much, since we'll be putting a centerpiece there, place settings around, and we'll be concentrating on our food!

And more importantly, I'm resolving to do much better in the future. I'm going to follow Jenny's lead, and relax and contemplate the words I'm stitching. I'll allow myself the "luxury" of taking time to remove errant stitches. 
So, here they are -- honest photos of stitching that will be improving soon!

Some of the arrows are for stitches that are just not lined up correctly. Those should have been pulled loose and done again.
Some of the mistakes are where I was not doing the backstitch correctly -- they look more like chain stitch in some places! (Grin) 
And of course, in some places you will see: small stitch, small stitch, BIG stitch, small stitch!!
All of these are from her free patterns on her site, so hop over and check out all the lovely things there! She also has great tutorials, which have helped me immensely!

I'll be back soon with some better stitching! The weather lately has kept us inside, instead of working outdoors, so the stitching continues!


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Yes, half square triangles are our friends!

I wanted to re-introduce you to my fave ruler as I have been working my way through these Summer Moon blocks: the Bloc Loc ruler is awesome!

See that groove in the center? Here is how it works . . . grab an unsuspecting half square triangle that you just finished, and lay the Bloc Loc on it, shifting and wiggling it so that the groove nestles in the diagonal seam, like so:

Let's say we want our finished squares to be two inches -- slide the ruler so that it covers a little more than two inches. See up there?
Now, grab that rotary cutter and trim the two exposed sides of the block. Like this!

Now you want to trim the other two sides, but DON'T PICK IT UP! (Just kidding, you can if you want to.) But you can also just slide it along the seam and rotate the whole block till it looks like this:

Now you can trim that bad boy's last two sides and you have a lovely, perfect, exactly two inch half square triangle!

And the possibilities are endless!
The next block for Summer Moon is the Split Nine Patch and it's nothing but HSTs! Here are mine:

Here's a close up:

This is sew much fun!
What's under your needle these days?