Monday, October 18, 2021

Things Are Brewing Today With Ghastly Ghouls

Yesterday was a spooktacular day of Halloween inspiration in the Ghastly Ghouls blog hop...I loved all of it! Today things are brewing with even more creepy, crawly projects.


 Don't be afraid to click on the links below! 
You will find some wicked and incredible quilting ideas.


OCTOBER 18

You can find the Pinterest page for Ghastly Ghouls HERE.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Begins Today!

This will be such a spooky, scary, creepy, and amazing week of Halloween inspiration...I'm sure of it! Are you ready to be wow'd with Ghastly Ghoul blog hop creations? I am!


Don't be afraid to click on the links below! 
You will find some wicked and incredible quilting ideas.


You can find the Pinterest page for Ghastly Ghouls HERE.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

There Are Ghastly Ghouls In The Making

Next week it will be spooky, kooky, and wickedly crazy times with the Ghastly Ghouls blog hop...I'm so excited! This amazing group of stitching bloggers never disappoints with their blog hop creativity, especially at Halloween. Check back on Monday to be enchanted with spooktacular fun!


Monday, October 11, 2021

The Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Sign-Up Time

It is only a couple months until Christmas...where did the time go! I have no idea, but it's time to start thinking about Christmas cookies, quilts, and gifts. My annual Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange blog hop is just the place to get new and fun ideas.


What is a blog hop? It's like a "show and tell" online or like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks, Joan from Moosestash Quilting, and I host blog hops featuring sewing and quilting.  We post a challenge on our blogs and those who want to join in email us with their blog info. 

After we get that info, we assign a date for them to post their project. We give everyone plenty of time to sew something, usually two months. We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns. Anyone can follow along! 

There have already been some ready and amazing participants joining in and I think you need to add your name to the list...come on, you know you want to!

What do you have to do? It's really easy. 

Let me know you want to include your blog to the blog hop list.


Share any or all of the following:

Christmas recipe (cookies or something else food related)

A favorite Christmas memory

Christmas quilt or gift idea

Look at who's already signed up!

December 6

Friday, October 8, 2021

There Will Be Ghastly Ghouls This Halloween

Halloween is coming and I hear there are some "Ghastly Ghouls" getting ready to scare and delight you with their sewing skills during the blog hop October 18 thru October 22nd


What is a blog hop? 

It's like a "show and tell" online or like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks, Joan from Moosestash Quilting, and I host blog hops featuring sewing and quilting.  We post a challenge on our blogs and those who want to join in email us with their blog info. 

After we get that info, we assign a date for them to post their project. We give everyone plenty of time to sew something, usually two months. We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns. Anyone can follow along! 

There are still two blog hops left in 2021, so if you're interested we'd love to have you join us. Carla is hosting a mug rug blog hop...so fun! Check out how to join her hop HERE.


My annual Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange will be December 6-9. It's not all about the cookies as it also includes Christmas projects. I'd love to have you join in!


Carla, Joan, and I are already thinking of some fun blog hop ideas for next year...I'm so excited! 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Monkey Boy #2 Learns To Sew

You'd think I'd be better at teaching my grandchildren to sew, but I'm not. Each of them have sewn their own tooth fairy pillow, but that was while they sat on my lap and sewed. This is Monkey Boy #2 in 2010 making his tooth fairy pillow. 

He is very focused!


And very happy with his accomplishment!


This same cute boy needed a service project so I helped him decide to make a donation quilt. He jumped at the chance to sew. This is the first time he's sewn by himself and with a few instructions and a 1/4" foot, he was off and sewing. His stitches were almost perfect!

Here is Monkey Boy #2 eleven years later and just as focused as he was at four years old.



He had no problem setting those seams.


A couple rows done and he's a happy guy with a proud grandma!
He only has a few more rows to sew on the quilt and it will be ready for quilting.
He was amazing and learned very fast! 


Sunday dinner with the family involved all the Monkey Boys surrounding their
Aunt Andrea. Where's the Monkey Girl going to sit when she arrives?


My son-in-law just started a career in the service and this was his first Facetime call home. So many happy faces! 


Life is definitely crazy around here, but I think that's how it's going to be for a while...and I love it!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Restless Raven's Room Mini Halloween Quilt

It's almost October 1st which means it's time to get the Halloween decorations out! Woohoo...I love this time of year! This was a fun mini quilt I created for Wicked Wednesday on our Facebook Cackling Stitches group page. Joan, Carla, and I like to surprise the group with a free/paid pattern every once in a while. 

12" x 14"


You can find "Restless Raven's Room" in my Etsy store HERE.


Check out Cackling Stitches for fun Halloween projects and BOM's. 
It's an amazing group to be a part of!

There's a Halloween blog hop coming soon, too!


Friday, September 24, 2021

Christmas Is Coming Table Runner At Sew Yeah

I know, I know, it isn't even Halloween yet and I'm posting a Christmas project. It's only because it's for another class I'll be teaching at Sew Yeah Quilting in November. The runner is updated from one I made a while ago. New fabrics always change things a bit, don't they!


The truck is there to carry the present


The trailer carries the tree


The star reminds people to not bump into the tree while driving


And the little blue bird supervises the whole production!


I wish you could come to my class, but if not, you can find
"Christmas is Coming" in my Etsy store HERE.

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