Moon Garden Stitch Along…Block 1

Our wool Stitch-Along is finally here!!! I am hoping you by now you have received your kit if you have purchased it though Primitive Gatherings.  I can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate the overwhelming response to this Stitch Along.  I know most of you have more projects than one person needs but you are still willing to spend your hard earned bucks buying out products…THANK YOU!

For those of you who are using up what have on hand we are supplying the pattern.  The pattern is downloadable but it may be tricky to print on a home computer/printer.  I am telling you this in advance because I cannot help you with your printing because everyones equipment is different….and I am a quilter, not a computer guru…You will have to bring your PDF to an Office supply store and get them to print it for you…The pattern is large and is set up for 11×17 paper.  If you do not want bother with this…you can order JUST the pattern from us for $5 plus shipping.  We trying to make it easy for you  Click Here to order the pattern Only.  Also if you want it every month you will have to re order the next one…there is some reason you can’t do it automatically which again is beyond my knowledge…

I STRONGLY suggest joining our Facebook page for Moon Garden…I will be posting videos and all kinds of funny stuff…for our stitching pleasures….it is an easier platform to host videos and keep things in our group…

I will post the first video this weekend…and these are the Facebook video posts I’m planning—

getting started…tracing , cutting, fusible, Fray check…when to use it?

Laying out your appliqués onto the background

Threading your needle without a needle threader and making a quilter’s knot.

Cross stitching over stems

Blanket Stitch

Colonial knots

Does anyone see something I might have overlooked?…I know there are lots of beginners so I don’t want miss something obvious…so please leave me a comment of what you need to learn…

Click here to download Moon Garden Block 1 Update…this block is not longer FREE here…please go to our websit to purchace Block 1…the current block is always FREE until the next block posts…Please subscribe to this blog to not miss a FREE block.

The blanket stitch here includes a long one in the indents of the flower petals.
Close up of how I cross over (X) over my stems…these and more will be demonstrated on Facebook.

I want to talk about fusible web…I am in the process of launching a new fusible…it’s a dream to stitch with…I love the SAS2 lite, but I am tired of defending it…Some people actually hate “their” gummy needles…and I can see their point.  I do not have this “gummy” experience myself, maybe a little when I first adhere down and start stitching…but I use tons of steam and let the block rest a bit before I stitch…then no issues…BUT….the one thing I CANNOT live without is the tacky-ness of the SAS2L for my stems/vines…the ease of bending them into place before I steam them is such a benefit I will continue to use it for the stems and vines.  As you can see you do not stitch into the stems…you cross over…so those of you who hate and have that gummy needle…this will not be affected…

We are figuring out packaging for the “NEW” fusible…I will be blogging when it is ready…

So look for those Facebook posts starting soon and I will help you along on your wooly journey!!!  I am hoping more of you get your blocks soon!!  I know it’s hard waiting…

my best…Lisa

 

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Let’s Sail Away!!!…this one is a doozy…

Well you have been asking…and this opportunity came up and we had to jump at it……Miami to Rome….14 days!!! We will have lots of time on the ship…we decided it is going to be a UFO cruise…we will have lots of stitching time…and I will be there for “help” you with your projects…we have the whole conference room again!

But here are the details… and FYI I think it is half filled already-a lot of the cruisers from our last excursion have re-upped…so do not hesitate…call that “special” person and get them to take a trip of a lifetime with you!!!

Best thing….super reasonable rates for the cruise…the highest priced room is under $100 a day…all rates are double occupancy…..we are also working with a travel agent on flights back home or you can book your own…but you could easily spend another week in Rome if you wish and come back when you are ready…so seriously think about this…plus..its less than a year away!!! Yay!!!

Here are the big details…the stops….

more details…Making Waves Registration Form

So this is a good place to share some of the pics from our last adventure!!!As you can see we had a big number of ladies to have some fun with!!!

Leaving the port…at Cape Canaveral…Cocoa Beach FL

First off…some sewing on Monday..all our kits were  precut so we got the the stitching very fast…

then some adventures on Tuesday…Labadee, Haiti

then again on Wednesday…In Jamaica…we got off the ship and “hired” our own guide…He took us to where he would eat…to a fishing village…church…school…and then the beach to relax and have a message…

back to stitching fun on Thursday…

Friday…Cozumel…Mexico…where we again…got off the shipped looked around…I found a native WI working and asked him what we should do…rent a jeep was the answer…we had a blast…but first on all…the jeep was a manual transmission…no problem…we all could drive one…he said first time ever he rented a jeep to women and all of them could drive the “stick”…he says…”only Wisconsin girls…even thou one of us was from UT…we’ll just let that slide…but the JEEP had no gauges…didn’t know how fast i was going …didn’t know if there was any gas in it…so it was quite the adventure…plus side…we had an escort showing us where to go…we seen ruins..climbed up a lighthouse (Yay Joyce-you did it!), we ate, swam and found sea glass at the beach…then we went tequila tasting…and let’s just say it was not what I suspected…First they make you a margarita…(now I know why they do this… so you will buy everything)  then on to the tasting…BUT is was just not tequila …they had flavored tequila’s!!! Came home with 4 bottles…Tequila Cafe…which is like Baileys….Guanabana…which is some sort of awesome fruit…Pina Colada- pineapple flavored and then 14 yr aged tequila – this was not like the tequila i know of…but very smooth…this will be for a margarita on the rocks this summer…I am sure your supposed to sip this…but…

Those of you who know me know I am not a “big” drinker…so for me to buy 4 bottles…yeh it was good…but then after all that…you get in the jeep and drive home back to the ship…it was a very fun day to say the least…

Carlos is looking GOOD…I think they all were named Carlos!!! no joking…

So lets just say there is more to life than just staying home and stitching…Come on…Let’s GO!!! I promise we will stitch too!!

Saturday…sea day…more stitching…and finishing!!!

This is Karen…she might have been my star stitcher…just because this was here first time with wool…she finished the star mat and look how far she got on her Rose quilt???!!!! I hope she got off the ship at the ports!!!

then there was Barbara….whoa!!!! Look at this woman stitch!!! She was my SuperStar!!!

I had her show me a bullion knot…I think I made her very nervous…sorry, no need for that…but hopefully when I try it I will at least have a better idea of what to do then what the diagrams show!!! Thanks Barbara!!

So at the end of the trip it is sad…to have to say good bye to all the new friends…I loved just listening to SallieAnn and Samatha & Amanda talk….they are all from the UK…I had coffee with Steve (Liz’s Hubby”) one morning…after my ship walk- we talked about Harley’s…I tried very hard to see the sunrise every morning…

I also loved spending time with Lexie a lovely 11 yr old lady( Heather’s daughter)…we were buds…she was my mini golf teammate…and we ate dinner together every night…sometimes all fancied up…boy she could look much older and pretty…Keck (Dad) is going to have to beat them off of her….I look forward to watching her grow up!!! I am determined she is going to love to stitch if I can help it…

Then there were the canadian ladies…uh hum…you know who you are…they were so funny…I am quite quiet and shy (lol)…so it was fun just to be around all these ladies…

There were the FL girls…major belly laughs there too as well….and there were groups of women from NE almost as many as from WI…but they came from near and far…and I loved getting to know them more and more…some we will see again in NC in September…but there are lots of opportunities now and will be in the future as this is way too fun not to do again and again!!!

Have a great Saturday and get ahold of those girls from Olde Green Cupboard and sign up…you will not go with a better group. (double pinky swear).

time to stitch…LB

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Local Kitchen Tour…

Looking for a fun day out of the house?  Especially since the weather is being so un-cooperative!!!!

This post is for my local following…I am counting on seeing some of you, my friends, old and new neighbors and especially my quilters!!!

THURSDAY APRIL 19TH FROM 10AM – 8 PM!

I am super excited about being a part of this event…I was asked to present in one of the homes on the tour…this house is the home of a quilter!!!  So we will be there promoting the “love” of quilting.  The most important thing about this event is it is for charity…we are raising money for the NMES- Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society…this group of ladies that been in exsistance for a long time…since 1906…Please read about them and the amazing things they have done in the past HERE.    Didn’t reading this make you want to be in this society?

You can order tickets online at the link below or pick them up at our shop…but I think this will be a blast!!! Get some friends together, have some fun, visit some really cool looking  homes, win some sweet prizes & eat some great food as well!!!  We may even have something special for those of you who tell me you read this post!

Click HERE to read ALL about the homes and the event!

Just a peek at one of the homes you can visit!!!

Now…how can i figure out to see this house and be at another???

my best…Lisa