Sunday, October 19, 2014

Beware Of The Wicked Ones

There are lots of wicked quilters headed our way, so...
Trust me, you'll be spellbound by their creative magic!

Madame Samm is frighteningly good at coming up with amazing blog hops
and Wicked Wendy is swooping around on her broom to cheer us on for this one.

Maywood Studio is sponsoring this hop with their gorgeous Black Cat Crossing fabrics.
Thank you Maywood Studio for creating this beautiful line of fabrics!

Here's the list of the wickedly talented Black Cat Crossing blog hoppers:

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Monday, October 27  

Tuesday, October 28

Wednesday, October 29
A Stitch in Time     

Thursday, October 30

Friday, October 31

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gift Card Holder In A Snap

We took a short trip up the mountain to see some leaves changing colors,
and we weren't disappointed by the brilliant oranges (just in time for Halloween!)

There were lots of yellow leaves, too.

 Those spooky looking trees tried to scare me with their creepy limbs.

After we got home, I stared at my cute snap bags and decided I needed to make more.
FYI--I think the guys with the strait jackets should be arriving soon for my fitting.

Why, oh why, would I start anything new!
There is a stack of should-be-sewing-it on my left, 
almost finished projects to my right, 
and over in the corner is the just-put-it-away-already stuff.
And don't even talk about the thing hanging on the design wall!

But, who cares! It's Halloween
and these snap bags are so fun to make!

I needed some gift card/money holders for my Monkey Boys,
so I checked out the internet for ideas (there were tons and tons of ideas for snap bags!)
I took a little from here, there, and everywhere and made some small snap bags
that are perfect for gift cards or money...even some treats.

I started with two different pieces of fabric.
Cut one for the front piece - 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Cut one for the lining piece - 3 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Cut one fusible fleece interfacing - 3" x 8 1/2" and iron it to the wrong side of front piece.
Yes, it's smaller so the seams aren't so bulky.

Fold over the end of each lining piece 1" to the inside.

Center the front piece on the lining piece, wrong sides together, between the two 1" folded ends.
Fold the lining ends over the front on both ends and stitch close to the edges to create a casing.

To make the "snap" part of a Snap Bag you'll need a metal tape measure.
I dug out my old 1/2" wide metal tape measure and snipped off a couple pieces.
I used an inexpensive tape measure because my husband would get a little upset
 if he saw a couple missing pieces from his favorite tape measure. 
I would get upset if those pieces were missing from my favorite tape measure, too!

For this little bag I used two pieces that were 1/2" x 2 3/4" long.

To avoid slicing off a finger tip, the ends need to be rounded and covered with duct tape.
You can use painter's tape if that's all you have sitting around.
FYI--make sure those little metal pieces you clip off end up in the garbage not the floor.

Fold right sides together and stitch one side a 1/4" from the edge.

Slide the ruler pieces into the open side of the casing.
This is important! Face the number side of the ruler towards the lining.
This will create the "snap."

Sew up the other side of the bag. Be careful not to hit the metal ruler 
while sewing....not that I would know about that! Zig-zag or serge edges.

Turn inside out and stuff with money, cards, candy or toys.

Several websites have tutorials for small, medium, and large snap bags. Here's a couple to check out:
MooseStash Quilting has a cute snap bag tutorial with a pocket HERE.
If you want to add a ruffle to a snap bag, Just Another Hang Up shows you how HERE.

I need to go now, I have LOTS more snap bags to make for Halloween,
and then there's Christmas, and birthdays, and Easter, and, and, and....oh my!

I'm not sure if she's offering a trick or a treat!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's A Snap Hag...I Mean Bag

Yesterday was my quilt group day and Barbara had us making snap hags...I mean bags.

Hags, bags...whatever!

I spent a few minutes of my time with this model and she was quite the diva.

I heard her cackle this after the photo shoot...

That Comanche Lady, Vampira Vickie, sent me some Day of the Dead fabric a while ago.
It made the cutest snap bag! The fabric was purple...what's not to love about it!

The witch found it a bit distasteful and almost refused to be photographed with it.
She was mumbling something about skulls only being good for potions and spells.

It was a fun time with the ladies and snap bags!
I think I need to make more...yep, I'm sure I do!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creepiness Runs In My Family

I've been called "Creepy Carol" by Wicked Wendy and that Comanche Lady, plus
That Other Lady is well aware of my love of creepy and fully supports my creepiness.

Creepy Bunny with the Creepy Purple Spider mug...see, I told you he would love it!

My sister likes creepy, too, which was confirmed when she called me yesterday and said,

"Carol, hurry and bring your camera over! 
There's a spider on a web in my backyard!"

Of course, I ran right over!

It was just a garden spider, so there's was no danger it would jump on me (I was hoping it wouldn't), because I got up close and personal with this yellow and black striped arachnophobia-causing thing.

My sister had some flowers blooming and since I was already there with my camera..

More creepiness is coming soon!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just A Round Trick Or Treat Bag

My friend needed a place to store his stash of goodies, so I made him a Trick or Treat bag.

I think he's warning you to back away from the candy. 
He doesn't play well with others.

It's okay for him to reach for some candy, though.

The monster ghouls had their own bag, so he felt he should have one, too.

I didn't have any more of that RBD quilted cotton, so I made my own with two different fabrics, some
batting, and I quilted it myself using my favorite paint make my lines straight.

The letters and cat from AccuQuilt's die cuts made a perfect "BOO" and cat.

I used my pattern that's on Craftsy (HERE) but without the extra pocket...easy!

I use this bag ALL the time for taking my sewing items on quick trips.
It's about 12" tall and I love the clear plastic pockets to show me where my tools are!

Now if I can just get my friend to share a candy bar or two...or three.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Creepy Is My Kind Of Thing

That Other Lady knows I lean towards the creepy side of things,
so when this mug arrived I was in Halloween bliss with all its creepiness.
Did any of you hear me howl with joy! I did!

The Purple Creepy Spider might just find it's place next to Creepy Bunny...he'd love it!

The mug is sitting on my Black Cat Crossing project that I'm hand quilting.
I'm still working feverishly to get it done in time for the hop!
(That's Black Cat Crossing fabric from Maywood Studio peeking through.)

I've taken a little time away from hand quilting to sew pillowcases...I love making them!
As old as I am, how did I never make even one.

I think the Monkey Boys will love them!

Riley Blake Designs is still showing off their fabulous flannel 
and you can check out what everyone is making with it here:

 9/23 Sassy Quilter
 9/30 Fabric Mutt
 10/3 Just Let Me Quilt (me)
 10/10 Rose and Odin
 10/14 Sew We Quilt
 10/28 Flannel Queen
10/31 Lucy Blaire

I made a soft and cuddly nightgown and robe using it...I love that flannel!
(No creepiness went into the making of the nightgown or robe.)

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Little Ghoul Made Me Hand Quilt

I've been away from my sewing machine for a few days and took some time to smell the roses.
Okay, so they're not roses, but they were PURPLE and quite lovely.

Feeling slightly panicked that Black Cat Crossing is coming up way faster than I'm sewing,
I decided to hand quilt the project I had brought with me using some crochet thread.

What was I thinking!

I love the look, but I still have a long way to go before this project will be done and it's
been years since I hand quilted anything...oh my, oh my, what have I done!

I'm sure it was a naughty little ghoul who took over my brain to make me do this,
but I love to try new things so we'll see if I can beat the clock and get this thing done.

Sore fingers, hands, and I come!

At least my new header is ready for the Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop!