Saturday, October 19, 2019

Blend Fabrics Junglemania Child's Bag

Therm O Web's designers had a fun opportunity to sew projects for Blend Fabrics booth
at a quilt show. This little bag was quick and easy to make, and the Junglemania fabrics 
were totally adorable.  Visit Therm O Web's blog today to see other fun projects like this!


I used Geta Gramma’s Geta’s Mini Belle pattern for this bag. Geta makes incredible bags and 
this is now my very favorite one. Sewing it with Blend’s “Junglemania” made it even cuter! 
 It measures 9” x 10½” x 2½” and I added a fussy cut “Junglemania” piece from the fabric 
panel. Isn’t that face sweet! I used two coordinating fabrics for the bag inside and outside:
Junglemania’s Jungle Pink and Sigrid Green.


Look at these cute faces!


Have you seen the cute new iron by Oliso? It's small and so easy to use
for quick ironing, but it works great for big projects, too.



Friday, October 18, 2019

Elephants In The Riley Blake Designs Designer Flannels Blog Tour

I can't think of anything more cozy and sweet than to snuggle up in a warm flannel blanket,
especially when it is as soft and beautiful as Riley Blake Designs designer flannels.
It's definitely a perfect cuddle fabric to use in a quilt or pajamas!

Elmer and Ema are little quilts for any toddler as they measure 26" x 36"
without counting the ears or paws. Just right for dragging around!


Elmer


Ema


I used two different flannel fabrics for Elmer and Ema:
Flannel Jungle Animals in blue and Flannel Kisses in orange.


Confetti Cottons are always a great addition to any quilt, including this one.
The eyes, ears, trunks, and paws are all made with Confetti Cottons.

Elmer has red suspenders with big buttons


Ema has a flower on her top...


...and a little ruffled skirt


Elmer and Ema are so easy to make!
You can find the patterns for both of them in my Etsy store HERE.


The Riley Blake Designs blog has a ton of amazing projects and inspiration!
Check it out HERE


I love using Heat n Bond EZ Print Sheets for my applique. No tracing!


I'm so glad you stopped by to see my elephants in the Jungle Animals flannel!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Santa Wishes And Treats Cookie Rug

Everyone knows that in order to get on Santa’s good side, it’s important to set out cookies
 for him on Christmas Eve.  I hear that chocolate chip is his favorite cookie and he usually 
likes  a glass of milk or warm cocoa to wash it down. Having this cookie rug to store the 
cookie and  a note full of wishes will definitely get Santa’s attention.


I'm on the Therm O Web blog today sharing instructions for making this...check it out HERE.


You can find the free PDF download HERE.


I made a similar smaller one a few years ago. You can find this pattern HERE.


I made this one for a blog hop a long, long time ago.


I really like to make sure Santa is happy!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

My First Pincushion Swap

I have to admit, not only is this my first pincushion swap, it's my first swap ever.
Beaquilter called for people to join her swap and I jumped in with a "yes."
All I have to do is swap three pincushions with three different people.

And then I panicked. What the heck am I doing in a pincushion swap!
I started freaking out that the first recipient, Holly, wouldn't like what I made.
Maybe it wouldn't be good enough. Yikes! 

I then I calmed down and said to myself, "GET OVER IT!"
Sometimes I have to step out of my comfort zone, so I did.

Holly likes Tim Holtz fabrics and a little steampunk...




I survived my first swap...whew!
Now two more to go. I'll be fine. I think. Maybe. LOL

Thursday, October 10, 2019

It's Day Five And My Day Of The Halloween Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

I've been so charged up with inspiration from all the incredible projects in the
Halloween Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop. Frankenstein would be over-the-top electrified with
all the happenings here! Now it's my day to share some of my wicked projects and
I'm so glad you've stopped by to trick or treat on my blog (no candy, sorry!)


If you didn't know it already, my phone ringtone has been the Munster Theme for over 15 years.
Yes, I do love everything Halloween!



"Wicked Party" 
Some of my favorite Halloween creatures are headed to the party!
50" x 50"



I finished this while I was at a day sewing retreat with friends.
My friend's house is amazing and has an incredible view of Las Vegas.
It was a smoggy day, so the view was not as beautiful as usual.
I might have gotten a little photo crazy...sorry.


Nancy's dog, Lily, is always such a good sport, but she was totally bored this time.


Brenda's husband makes brooms that are ready to fly...I'm in awe at the workmanship!




I bought the one on the left. I can't wait to take it out for a midnight ride!




It was fun to have Brenda blog hop and retreat with me!


I've been busy with a few other Halloween projects the last few months.






You can find patterns for my Halloween quilts in my Etsy store HERE.

Wondering how to do this blog hop thing?
Start with the first name on the current day and click on it.
Once you're at that blog, see all the Halloween goodness and then click on
the next name on the list (they will have the list on their blog, too.)
Keep going to each blog (comments are very much welcomed) until you're done.

Come back the next day and start the process all over. It will last five days and be 
full of incredible sewing and quilting inspiration. Not all of it will be scary, so don't
be afraid to check them out. You will be in awe of everything, I'm sure!

Ready to go to the next stop? 
I have a giveaway!

Quilt Taffy is one of my favorite online stores so I got a gift certificate
to share with one of you. Corrie has lots of things to choose from!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There's a Pinterest page for all this Witchy Stitchy madness HERE.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

It's Day Four Of The Halloween Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

My inner werewolf has come out during the Halloween Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop,
because I've been howling with joy at all the amazing Halloween inspiration.
I'm having the best time seeing what my favorite bloggers are making!



I'm hosting Bethni today because she doesn't have a blog.
I'm so excited to have her here today!

 Hi all!!  My name is Bethni Lee, and I live in Rougemont, NC.  I've been quilting (piecing, mainly)
 about 4 years. I have 3 daughters, the youngest of which has Down Syndrome.  Like many of you, 
I began quilting as a way to relax, and have some "me" time away from the stressors of parenting. 
      
This is my first blog hop, and the first I've shown my work on a large scale.  Though it didn't turn 
out perfectly, and I had issues quilting the thing, it's perfectly imperfect, and I hope you enjoy it. 

      Much of the materials came from my stash, but they are from recent collections of Halloween 
prints.  I first cut out my 3 pumpkin shaped, and drew on the faces, using the words Trick Or 
Treat for the mouths.  I then used reverse applique to place the orange/yellowish batik behind the 
pumpkin top, trying to give it the look of a candle burning inside.  This was done with fusible 
stabilizer, layering the batik on bottom, the already cut out pumpkin right side up, then the 
fusible with the fusible side facing down.  I then stitched around the outside of the pumpkins, 
leaving a small space open to flip them inside out.


 After flipping, this is what they looked like 


Seeing that the colors blended in quite a bit, I stitched around the cut out faces in black thread to 
make the words more prominent. That also allows the inside edges to fray when washed, and 
give that appearance of the stringy insides of pumpkins. I next sewed my 2 background pieces 
together, and measured the pumpkins out evenly across. 


I was looking for border fabric, and though I loved those cats, I thought the border would 
end up making the project too big. So I had to find another. 


And this is it!!  At this point I still had the quilting left to go, which has quite honestly been the
 most frustrating thing of all time.  My little Brother machine does not seem to free motion well, 
and I ended up with horrible tension issues - even after doing numerous practice tops, changing
 the needle, thread, rethreading, replacing the bobbin, cleaning the machine, and a whole host of 
things to try to make it work.  Unfortunately,  I ended up having to do some straight line quilting 
just due to time issues.  

My middle girl, after seeing me so upset, said "Mom, I love it.  Just like  you say, it doesn't
 have  to be perfect, but the best to your ability. And I think its beautiful!!" 
Thank God for those moments, huh? After finally deciding to outline the pumpkins and trees, 
and do a crisp cross in the border, I was on my way quilting with my walking foot.  Not what I 
wanted, but hey…. Gotta do what you gotta do.      I then put on a black and white striped 
binding, and….. My Finished Project!! 


Quilting (on the half decent side anyway)


I still need to wet and fluff the pumpkin edges, but that can wait.  I think I'll call this 
"What Do You Say?" after many times using that question while trick or treating with my 
young kids, prompting them to say "TRICK OR TREAT!". Thank you so much Carol, for
allowing me to join in the fun!  I had a great time, learned a new applique method, and learned
 some things about posting on blogs too. Be sure to check out all the other posts from fellow
 quilters doing the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop! 

Thanks, Bethni, for sharing this sweet (but spooky) project!

Wondering how to do this blog hop thing?
Start with the first name on the current day and click on it.
Once you're at that blog, see all the Halloween goodness and then click on
the next name on the list (they will have the list on their blog, too.)
Keep going to each blog (comments are very much welcomed) until you're done.

Come back the next day and start the process all over. It will last five days and be 
full of incredible sewing and quilting inspiration. Not all of it will be scary, so don't
be afraid to check them out. You will be in awe of everything, I'm sure!

Ready to go to the next stop? 

I have a giveaway!

Quilt Taffy is one of my favorite online stores so I got a gift certificate
to share with one of you. Corrie has lots of things to choose from!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
There's a Pinterest page for all this Witchy Stitchy madness HERE.