Have a booooo-tiful Halloween!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I've said this before, I do my piecing upstairs in my tiny sewing room on my Bernina. But I do my quilting downstairs on my dining room table with my Juki. In a previous post, I showed the quilting leaf I made for my dining room table to enable my Juki to sit down in a sunken box with the machine bed level with the table surface. Quilting is soooooooooo much easier this way!
Boy, you should see what a mess the black border is... covered with white lint from the edges of the exposed Warm & Natural batting. Of course, later, when it's done and being used in my family room during November, it will then be covered in white dog hair from my Westie, Yogi.
P.S. GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
So I trimmed and squared up and sewed on the bindings at night after work. I had some serious house cleaning to do because bee was at my house on Saturday. We had an unusual bee as it was just Linda and I for most of the day. Suzanne is ill and Lorraine's mom was unexpectedly in the hospital. Although she and her daughter Erin did make it to bee by late lunch.
I made chili because the weather was predicted to be cold and rainy... well they got it half right. It was rainy....but too warm for anyone to appreciate the chili... sigh.
But Linda and I chatted the morning away as we both worked on finishing bindings on quilts. I finished all three by Saturday night! I still need to make the label and sew it on the Kaffe quilt.
This pattern is called "Bobby Dazzler" from the Sweet Treat company. I love the vintage looking fabrics. I fussy cut the centers of the stars. This quilt is made with 8 fat quarters then yardage for the borders.
I especially LOVVEEE the backing print!! I have enough leftover to make a Halloween vest!! I just love the polka dotted hats on the pumpkins!! So 50's looking to me!!
This quilt design I just made up! I used scraps and stash Halloween prints and fussy cut the block centers from a cute border print. The skeletons in the black print have cute tennis shoes on!!
I love using stripes for mini-borders and bindings, don't you??? This border is really cute with green monsters parading all around the edges!! I named it "Monster Parade".
So, did you all have a productive weekend??? What did you work on???
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This pattern although from 80's, I really love. Super easy to make with these raglan sleeves and shirt tail hem. Incredibly comfy, too. Can you believe I've made 15 different new tops already and still have 2 more cut out yet to be sewn up! Bring on the cold weather!! Now, I'm ready!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I used graph paper to design it. I used half square triangles to create the eyes, nose and curves on outline and mouth. It was all made from scraps from my stash. I used orange prints for the pumpkin, black ones for the eyes and purple prints for the background around the pumpkin and multicolored prints for the border.
It was really fun to make and the orange flannel on the back makes it really cozy and warm!!
She's giving away this awesome quilt kit. A nice pattern and fabric to make the top!
So, go to her blog here
and leave her a comment and become a follower for chances to win this prize!! But, don't get too excited... I wanna win it, too!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This first one is a Turning Twenty with some of my favorite Halloween fabrics. I especially love the green Charlie Brown fabric with Linus in the patch waiting for The Great Pumpkin. A definite childhood memory for us baby boomers... waiting to watch those favorite seasonal shows that we only saw once a year!
This is another jelly roll quilt from the field of Flowers pattern. The border looks pieced but it was simple a patchwork printed fabric! There is a pumpkin quilted on each green setting triangle!
This little quilt was made from the Quick Crazy quilt pattern where you stack up the fat quarters and lay a cutting paper on top and cut through all the FQ at once on the printed cutting lines then move the pieces around in the order and come out with squares with all different pieces. Then I put the blocks together "shaggy-quilt" style so the edges are ruffled after washing. I made this years ago one fall when my sisters Cyndy and Patty came to visit from Florida and we sewed this project together! I do so wish we lived closer so we could do that allot more often!!
This Jack O' Lantern quilt was a pattern I made from a Fons and Porter magazine when I first started quilting. I love the pieced faces!! I fussy cut the green corner stones and added yellow and black buttons in the eye triangles. The backing is a super soft black and orange flannel print! The kids used to fight over who got to use it while watching TV...
So, do you have several Halloween quilts? I have so many already and yet there are 2 due back from the longarmer any day now to add to my collection. One can never have too many Halloween quilts or Halloween fabrics for that matter!! My bee friends all love Halloween, too, so we are always on the lookout for new Halloween fabrics at show and shops!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My secret swap partner was Dorothy (aka Dot) from Illinois.
Check out her blog - http://pawsforstitching.blogspot.com/
The envelope was bursting at the seams with fun cool stuff! The bag, of course is totally awesome. I love the great Halloween fabrics Dot chose. I have some of them in my own stash!
There is an adorable pair of Halloween socks and a packet of Orange flavored hot chocolate mix... sounds yummy, huh?? Wish it was calorie free! :-(
Also in the package was a cute notepad with a little pencil, just perfect for my purse!!
But my favorite thing in the package was this cute little sand -filled pin cushion! So great! It does make me smile...no GRIN, every time I see it, Dot!! Thank you so much, Dot, for being my swap partner!
Monday, October 12, 2009
I went through the comments you all left, went out and saw those bloggers who announced my givaway on their blogs and went through my now 37 followers (smiling) and wrote all the names on slips of paper and put them in a big jar I have in my kitchen. Shook them up for 30 seconds and drew one out!
Thank you to all who entered the givaway and those who chose to follow my blog!! You all ROCK!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
So, I decided to do something fun to celebrate! I'm having a givaway! I've never done this before, so I went to other blogs I read that have held their own givaways and got ideas of how to do it!
Five Christmas fat quarters from Loralie and a new book I just bought at retreat this past weekend- "Six Halves Make a Whole Christmas". It's got some really beautiful and easy to make quilts in it!! So, here are the givaway requirements-
1. For five chances to win, you must become a follower of my blog.
2. For an additional chance to win, leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite season of the year and why.
3. For another additional chance to win, tell about my givaway on your blog or Facebook page with a link back to my blog!
The winner's name will be randomly drawn and posted on my blog on Monday, October 12th.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and allowing me to share my love of all things "quilty" and more!! Good luck to all who enter! Maybe you will be the winner!!
Monday, October 5, 2009
This little Christmas wall hanging was made by my dear friend, Susan. I just love the lime green and teal blue in this Christmas fabric collection.
This was the first project I made at retreat. I bought the Autumn Bounty fabric panel online and used the pattern in the latest Fons and Porter magazine to make this top. Except for the panel, it was a stash quilt.
Here is the very same Field of Flowers quilt pattern made up in a Halloween jelly roll by my friend Marianne! She chose not to put a border on it. Isn't it awesome in these fun fabrics?
Here's just one of many baby quilts made at retreat by Jean and her daughter Mandy. Mandy's baby is due in December and she's gonna have a whole bunch of bright pretty new quilts to be wrapped in!! Hope she likes bright colors!!
Another Terri showed us 2 quilts she just picked up from the longarmer. This one was a mystery quilt! Gorgeous, isn't it?
This maple leaf quilt is so stunning. Her whole bee made them after seeing one I had made a few years ago! I just love the fall leaf colors against the blue sky!!
And last but not least, Cecile completed the "wall hanging from h _ _ _!! It took her all of Friday afternoon and half of Saturday to get this project sewn together....lots and lots of little pieces. Then, Saturday night, she told us a story of Mr. Moon, a patient of hers back when she was in nursing school. We all laughed the rest of the night just thinking about poor Mr. Moon. :-)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The quilt inside is beautiful. Done in American patriotic colors of red, white and blue. The three flowers are hand appliqued with exquisite hand-stitched blanket stitching around them.
The grass and stems are also hand stitched , as well. The quilting is done by machine. Love that awesome red and white binding!
Don't you just love the cross-hatching quilting? I do! And the 2 borders, too. :-)
My new friend, Simona from Croatia also sent me some beautiful doilies and fat quarters, as well as some neat sewing themed stickers and a postcard of her home town.