Monday, September 20, 2021

Falling For You Blog Hop And My Day

The summer has been hotter than normal (or maybe it is just me) and I can't wait to feel some cooler breezes. Fall and that sweet cool weather is just around the corner, so Joan from Moosestash Quilting had a fun idea for a blog hop to get us all in the cooler weather spirit. 

The "Falling For You" blog hop is just what we needed! Thanks, Joan!

Fall means family and Thanksgiving to me, so "Gnome for Thanksgiving" seemed like the perfect "falling for you" project to share.

Gnome for Thanksgiving
50" x 50"


Fabrics are Benartex Blushed Houndstooth...so many beautiful colors in 100 percent cotton!
By Cheryl Haynes of Prairie Grove Peddler

Benartex Blushed Houndstooth used in quilt: 
Lt. Turquoise, Leaf, Sage. Aquamarine, Honey, Yellow, Buttercup, Salmon, Almond, Biscotti 


Benartex Superior Solids used in quilt:

Fern, White, Vanilla, Gold, Black 



This gnome is ready with his pumpkin to make some pie.



The fabric colors are really soft looking and almost look like flannel.


A little bird is hitching a ride to Thanksgiving dinner. 
Luckily, he's not big enough to be on the menu.


Turquoise is the background fabric in the center block and Sage is the border.


I love the Blushed Houndstooth Yellow in the flower center!


The Sage looks lovely in the modified hourglass block.


The star in this folded quilt is beautiful in Salmon and Almond.


That pumpkin he's tightly gripping is in Superior Solids Gold.



I did a little digging for an older Thanksgiving photo of my family and found this one from 2009. It only has two Monkey Boys (there will be seven monkeys in February) and we all look a lot younger. Fun memories!


You can find "Gnome for Thanksgiving" in my Etsy store HERE.


Using the Crafter's Edge Crossover II and triangle die cuts made those stars a breeze!


No dog ears to cut off...nice!


They easily sew into half square triangles!


So many sizes to choose from.


Of course, I used my favorite iron-on adhesive for the applique, Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets. Easy printing with no tracing!


It's time to go visit some other "I'm Falling for You" projects...so many fun ones!


Monday September 20

Garden Of Quilts And Falling For You Blog Hop

Last week was full of inspiration, beauty, and friends at the "Garden of Quilts' and I loved it! I'd never been to it so this was really exciting. The biggest treat was that I got to hang out with LV quilt friends and my partner in quilting fun, Joan from Moosestash Quilting, who brought along her friends. 

My hubby and I arrived at the hotel on Thursday night. It was fun to see that they were ready to welcome all the quilters for the "Garden of Quilts." Those balloons were their idea of a quilt.


Friday was hot but still beautiful at the Garden of Quilts. It was my day to hangout with LV quilt friends.


Thanks for the laughs Brenda, Susan, Nancy, Vicki, and Letty!


The flowers and plants were gorgeous along all the pathways. It was breathtaking no matter what direction we looked!




It was a pleasure to finally meet Julia Frazier from Riley Blake who keeps all us project designers in fabric and on schedule. Talk about a talented and nice lady...she rocks them both!


I was on my own looking for water to drink when I found a shady spot overlooking this beautiful waterfall. Incredible...I could have sat there all day!


The LV group and I went to a cute quilt store in Draper, The Quilter's Lodge, where I was compelled to purchase some fabric. This little pink bundle was perfect for the recent info I had received just the day before.


There's a new monkey on the way and it's a girl! With six brother's she will be so spoiled, I'm sure. I know I'll be spoiling her!


Joan was planning on arriving Friday evening at the same hotel as me along with her friends, so I texted her a photo of where her room was compared to mine. I'm terrible about using the marker on my phone, but I did the best I could.


Saturday was our day to hangout and I was really excited to see her! Funny thing happened about this staying-at-the-same-hotel thing. We decided to meet downstairs for breakfast on Saturday so we could leave for the Garden of Quilts right afterwards. This was our text messages for the breakfast meet. At 6:51 a.m. the texting began:



We both had waited for the other one for about a half hour. Our breakfast was free and so we went ahead and ate without them because they were slow coming down. They thought I'd gone back to bed or something because I wasn't showing up. Different hotels but we had a good laugh over it!

Her friends, Deb and Joi, were hilarious and I went hoarse from laughing and talking. So fun! It was a rainy day and a little cool. A nice change from the day before. All the quilts had been moved under tents instead of flying freely in the outdoors.


Joan and I look like twins in our almost matching shirts. No, we didn't plan for it. It was hard to give a normal smile around Joan because I wanted to laugh the whole time. Neither of us wanted our pics taken, but that Joi was a pushy photographer! I'm glad she was, though, because it's worth it.


We were in the right place at the right time to see Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilts. She is hilarious, inspiring, and so worth listening to.



I took Joan's group to the same quilt store and enjoyed some time with them just sitting on the porch attached to the shop. After that, Joan took us on a wild ride to find a place to eat. Everywhere was busy and we were starving! So starving that we accidently locked Deb in the car and she couldn't get out when we were checking out a restaurant. Wish we'd taken a picture of her pitiful face begging to be let out of the car.

Thankfully, Chuck-A-Rama had a table for us. Afterwards we met Deonn Stott from Quiltscapes to give her a quilt to do magic on. I love that lady! We had extra time with her because she lost her keys among the class materials in her car. She had taught EIGHT quilt classes at two different events so her car was packed full. What an amazing lady she is! No photo with her, though...dang!

Sunday morning had us on the road to Vegas. So sad to leave! That skeleton was in a gift bag from Joan. She had given me one of her java jackets in Ghastlie fabrics. Check all of them out HERE...so cute!


Now that I'm home and caught up with almost all my emails, it's time to visit blogs for the "Falling For You" blog hop hosted by that lady I just hung out with...Joan. Blog hops always inspire me and I'm sure they will you, too. Joan and Carla always keep me motivated with their blog hop challenges. Thanks ladies!

Check out who's hopping this week!


Monday September 20

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop Etc. Sign-ups

All the blog hops for the rest of the year were posted HERE, but now we're getting down to the nitty-gritty deadline of the last few hops. If you signed up for the remaining blog hops...YAY! If you didn't, you still have time. Maybe you can't remember if you signed up. That's okay, just email us or leave a comment and we'll check it out for you.

It's a week away until Joan at Moosestash Quilting hosts the "I'm Falling for You" blog hop. I can't wait to see what amazing projects get shown! It is never disappointing to see how creative quilters can be with our blog hop challenges.


The next blog hop is in October, hosted by me, and it's all about Halloween. Guess that's kind of obvious because of the name "Ghastly Ghouls." You can still sign up for this one...come on, you know you want to!


November will be a fun blog hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks. She's challenged us to make mug rugs. This would be a great time to look for small Christmas gift ideas. Everyone loves a mug rug! Check out her blog for more info and to sign-up.


The last blog hop of the year will be during the first week in December and it's been an annual event on my blog for a long time. It's the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange but it also includes Christmas projects. Let me know if you want to play along. I'd love to have you join in!


Carla, Joan, and I will be putting our heads together soon for next year's blog hop challenges. Fun times ahead!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Just A Little Wicked Halloween Mini Quilt

As a designer for ThermOWeb, I love when it's near a big holiday because that means our assignments are usually directed towards that holiday. With Halloween close by (YAY), that means it's all about spooky home decor. I get so excited about Halloween!

"Just A Little Wicked" is hanging out on the ThermOWeb blog today. Check out the blog for all the other Halloween projects you can make!

Mini Quilt - 12" x 15"


A witch hat and spider


Potion and snake


This mini quilt is so easy to put together, especially using my favorite ThermOWeb products.


Ironing Heat n Bond Light Weight Non-Woven Interfacing to the wrong side of fabric before adding applique designs gives it stability when sewing, especially when sewing small pieces.


Trace your applique designs on the Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive or print it on Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets.


Once you cut out your applique designs, peeling off the back is a breeze...no scoring the paper to remove it! 


Iron the applique design adhesive side down to the right side of fabric.


Sewing around the edges of the applique designs with a blanket stitch, straight stitch, or zig-zag stitch will hold the fabric in place even when washed. Use black thread for all of the stitching or use threads that match the fabrics. Either way can really accentuate your designs. 


Before quilting, hand or machine embroider designs. You can get as creative as you want! 



If pinning your quilt layers together doesn't sound fun to you, try Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive. Lightly spray the layers of fabric and Stitch n Sew High Loft Fleece to hold them in place. Let dry and it's ready for quilting.


Create corner pockets on the back using two 3½” x 3½” squares of fabric and Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive. Follow package directions to iron the adhesive to wrong side of squares. Peel off protective paper and fold the squares in half diagonally; press on fold. 


Place raw edges of folded corners in top corners of wall hanging back; glue in place using iCraft Liquid Fabric Fuse



Let dry and baste. 


Add binding using your favorite method. Place dowel between the two corners. 


The dowel hangs easily on a nail on a wall.


You can find "Just A Little Wicked" mini quilt PDF downloadable pattern in my Etsy store HERE.


Halloween is just around the corner and so is the Ghastly Ghouls blog hop.
Email me if you want to play along!


Thanks for stopping by!