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Monday, June 17, 2024

Goings on In the Holler and Mini Flag Sampler Freebie

Rise and Shine , Sunshine! It's Monday already!

 May I start your Monday off with a wee patriotic sampler? 

The gorgeous fabric star behind the sampler was a darling gift from my dear friend, Patricia. I love it. ❤

It is a quick little stitch. Just grab your red , white and blues and stitch away. ๐Ÿ˜€ 

I stitched mine on Saturday while sitting on the porch. By evening time , my wee sampler was completed.

 This is s a" Choose Your Own Colors " chart, but if you are interested- I used DMC 815, Blanc, 930, 898, and 413 ( for the letters).  


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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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Strawberry Ice Cream Stamp is FFOd. Coming soon will be a header similar to the Spring and Autumn Stamps just in case you want to stitch them all as one piece. 

 Five more Whatch Ma' Call It Blocks are completed.  

They measure 15 1/2" unfinished. I shared the tutorial on this block in my April 29, 2024 post.

 Anywhoo, I will be pairing these blocks with The Flaming Butterfly blocks that I appliqued earlier this year.  

Summer Checklist is on the finishing table. I embroidered this prim stitch using 2 strands of DMC 898 floss. I will be adding a border and then it will be the hoop by the end of the day.  

 A sneak peek at a new sampler I have started- right now I am calling it the No Name Sampler ; I haven't thought of a name yet. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜

The beginnings of a new sampler.

 Are you tired of seeing Alabama Beauty? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜€ I am moving as slow as  molasses on it .  It is my 15 minute a day stitch though I often stitch longer on it.  









Isn't the blue star fabric pretty?  


That's what is going on in the holler- a little bit of this and that and a whole lot of nothing. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜€ If all goes well, perhaps I can post a house freebie this week.  Have a good one, Sweeties and... 

As Always...


Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa 

It's Monday! Time to sparkle and shine!!!

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much.. Love you , Amo. 

Fly butterflies! Fly! 

A dough bowl of minis. ❤❤❤

If you missed any mini samplers, I invite you to check out the links below. 

 Shamrock Mini Sampler   Red Heart Mini Sampler  Mini Apple Sampler,   Mini Sunflower Sampler ,  Mini Bee Sampler Mini Squirrel Sampler,    Mini Pumpkin Sampler ,  Mini Tulip Sampler,

Mini Bunny Sampler , Mini Strawberry Sampler 

I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needle workers to meet.

Angela of  So Scrappy  for Scrap Happy Saturday

Nina at Creations, Quilts, Art , Whatever by Nina for Off the Wall Friday

Frederique at   Quilting Patchwork Applique for Patchwork & Quilts - Saturday

Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

Kate at Life in Pieces for  Stitching Stuff ( Sunday) 

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap - Sunday 

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps for Sew & Tell- Sunday

Brenda at Songbird Designs for Monday Musings

Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday

Carol at Quilt Schmilt  for To Do List Tuesday 


Sunday, June 16, 2024

Amy's Strawberry Basket Sampler -A Very Special Freebie

Good morning, Sweet Friends. I hope your day is off to a very lovely start. Today is a very special day. Not only is it Father's Day, but it is my late sister's 42nd birthday.  You may have noticed that I dedicate every post to me sweet sis. I still can not believe she is gone .

I try to imagine what we would have been doing today if she was here. Of course , we would have had a grand party with cake, balloons and lots of food to fill our bellies. Amy would have been grinning ear to ear .  I imagine afterwards, we would have sat outside enjoying the day before heading out to my house to take a splash in  the pool .  

Amy was a spitfire  - full of energy ,love and always up for an adventure. She was so strong ,  confident and the most giving person that I know. I miss her so much. ๐Ÿ˜Œ❤❤❤

For the last couple of year's, I have shared a special stitch in her memory. This year is no exception.  







I have been working feverishly to finish Amy's Strawberry Basket Sampler for her birthday.  Amy loved the farm and dreamed of taking over the strawberry business.  She would often be seen down in the field picking strawberries in the early mornings along with the other pickers so a basket of berries was befitting for my dear sis. 

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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Other stitches that I have shared in memory of Amo are the following:

A Bouquet for Amy which I shared last year on her birthday. 

For her 40th birthday, I shared Amy's Pinkeep.

I have shared 2 Christmas angels. I did stitch her one last year, but have yet to post it.  

Prim Winter Angel for 2021


Always With Thee for 2022

 Amy Lou the Strawberry Picker was a stitch that I created in 2022. 


I am with you always was a mourning stitch that I created week's after she received her angel wings

I am with you always

After our Father's Day dinner , the family will visit Amy with flowers, and balloons. Amy's sons and nephews will write special messages to her and release the balloons so they can float to heaven to my sis. We do this every year. As we visit, I will look for signs from my sis. She always gives me a sign. I wonder what it will be today ?


 I will leave you with what, Amo always said ." Love ya' and see you later. " 
I am so honored that you dropped by for a visit. 

As Always...


Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa 

" A sister is a gift to the heart,  a friend to the spirit,  a golden thread to the meaning of life. "- Isadora James

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. You are always on my mind and will forever be in my heart. . I love and miss you so much.. Love you , Amo. 


Friday, June 14, 2024

It Happened Again and Bee Balm a Bee Freebie

 "I'm  going outside ," said Mr. Pinker as he slipped on his shoes.

 "Why? It is 11:00 at night? "I said with a puzzled look on my face. 

 "It is time to close the trap"  he said with a smile. 

 " Eeeeh! I mean Buzzzz!  Hip Hip Hooray!" I exclaimed . "BEEES!  By golly, are you telling me that we actually caught another swarm?! " 

"Yep," said Mr. Pinker as he headed out the door.  

Some of our older bees. 

Welcome y'all and Happy Farm Friday!

 Farm Friday is where I share a little something from the farm which often happens in just about every post, but anywhoo it is fun to have a day dedicated for farm posts . 

We caught our 2nd swarm  for the year right here in the holler. The next day, Mr. Pinker  put those little honeymakers into their new temporary home! 

The new swarm is in the nuc box. Sugar water is available for their drinking pleasure. 

 It is so exciting to have a new swarm in "Beeville". Mr. Pinker said he gently shook them out of the trap and soon they did a little march into the nuc box. 

As Mr. Pinker worked with the bees, some of the critters came to watch which included Gertrude the Groundhog who lives under the pig barn .















The babes watched from the field on the hill. 

But Edna.... Oh gosh, Edna could have cared less.  I guess it was too early in the morning for her. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿด

 In celebration, a new wee bee stitch is completed. It is called Bee Balm.

"Bee Balm" with Itty Bitty Bee Pinkeep and Aunt Bea's Summer Home

 Bee Balm was inspired by Mom's Bee Balm which  is in  bloom.

Isn't this a lovely color ? Do you grow Bee Balm? 

 I planted mine this year so I am waiting for it to put on a spectacular display of blooms like mom's . 

This little stitch has 3 busy buzzing bees visiting the Bee Balm; of course you could add  more if you chose to stitch it. 

Wanting to be thrifty, I searched the quilt nest for something to finish Bee Balm on. Soon I  found this Dollar Tree paper mache box that I had purchased a few years ago .

The supplies is ready to finish Bee Balm on the Dollar Tree box. 

 In addition , I   found the perfect finishing fabric for a good ole' country look as well. I ripped a strip of fabric and glued it on the box and then added the stitch which was laced to a piece of cardboard with 1 layer of batting on it. 

Wahlah! Another thrifty wee bee stitch to display for summer. 

I added a little ripped fabric bow and a string of buttons on a gourd pin for embellishment. 

 Oh, did I mention that this was a super quick stitch to work on? I finished  stitching it all in about an hour. 

Bee Balm with Beatrice's Bee Manor


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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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I will be starting a new bee stitch soon, but first, I must finish this little sampler.  If the sun shines and the creek doesn't rise , it will be a posted as a freebie in a few short days.  


 I better Buzz!  I know you have you are a busy bee as well so I wish you the most productive and joyous day and...

AS ALWAYS...

Happy stitching, ya'll
Melisa 

When you can be anything, bee kind. 

Hugs and Stitches! 

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. . I love and miss you so much.. Love you , Amo. 

Nosey says "Have a fabulous day! "

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Other Posts That Might Strike Your Fancy!

๐ŸŒžParade of Homes- Early 2024 parade of home freebies.
๐ŸŒžA Berry Nice Parade- A Parade of Past Strawberry Freebies   2024 Parade of Strawberry freebies as of May 2024
๐ŸŒžRoot a Toot Toot - A Patriotic Parade -  An early 2024 patriotic parade  of previous freebies. 
๐ŸŒžBuzz Buzz Busy Bee Parade-  An early 2024 bee freebie parade. 

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