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!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop Is Next Month

Though I'm very excited, it's hard to believe Halloween is coming next month. Time has flown so quickly! The Ghastly Ghouls blog hop will be happening October 18-22 so if you haven't signed up for it, now would be the time. It's always so much fun to see your Halloween creations!

Ghastly Ghouls - Hosted by Carol - Just Let Me Quilt
Challenge: Halloween things...quilts, dolls, bags, etc.

Email me if you want to play along:

Here's a list of the remaining blog hops in case you want to join the fun:

No Ring November Mug Rug - Hosted by Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks
Challenge: Mug Rugs! (or coasters if you prefer)

Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange - Hosted By Carol - Just Let Me Quilt
Challenge: This has been a yearly tradition of sharing favorite recipes, 
Christmas traditions, and Christmas projects.


I'm falling for YOU - Hosted by Joan - Moosestash Quilting
Challenge: Fall projects, falling in love, falling down stairs...check with Joan for her ideas!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Thanksgiving Turkey Dash

Another class is on my schedule for Sew Yeah Quilting, so that meant a new sample of "Thanksgiving Turkey Dash" for the store. I love teaching classes there!

Runner 16" x 40"

That turkey sitting in the truck is oblivious to where he's heading off to...Mom's Diner to be a Thanksgiving dinner! He's a cooked turkey for sure. At least one of them was smart enough to run the other way.

At least one of them was smart enough to run the other way.

I wish you could come to my class, but if you can't (darn!) the pattern is in my Etsy store HERE.

As always, I used my favorite iron-on adhesive, Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive

Friday, September 3, 2021

Riley Blake Designs "Coffee Chalk" Project Tour

Feeling the need for a cup of coffee, a good book, and a quiet corner? Adding a quilt to wrap up in would make it an even better combo! "Snuggle Up With Coffee" is made with Riley Blake Designs "Coffee Chalk" fabric and would be just right to snuggle up in.

Snuggle Up With Coffee
54" x 66"

The lightbulb fabric is so amazing and was perfect for the center block!

Ideas for coffee, anyone?

"Coffee Chalk" by J. Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Designs is 100 per cent cotton and is great for quilting, apparel and home decor. The fabric has beautiful designs of cups, pots, and lightbulbs...so fun!

The designs in black are incredible!

The fabrics I used from the Riley Blake Designs "Coffee Chalk" line were: Cafe Blackboard Aqua, Polka Dots Red, Cafe Bulbs White, and Border Stripe Black. Confetti Cottons from RBD's Basics always come in handy for accent fabric. I used Black, Brown, White, and Pewter.

Polka Dots Red made a fun border and binding.

The border fabric has such cute cups.

I see little hands peeking over the top of the quilt!

These little monkeys were excited to stand on the kitchen counter as part of my photo crew. They love to climb on anything and everything, so they jumped at the chance to do it with permission this time.

You can find the PDF downloadable pattern for "Snuggle Up With Coffee" HERE.

I used my favorite ThermOWeb product, Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets, for the applique in the quilt. So easy to print in my inkjet printer (no tracing!) *affiliate link

Check out more projects using "Coffee Chalk":