Saturday, October 18, 2014

 You can tell it is fall by all the darker colors being seen around quilt blog land lately.  But that is perfectly ok, it is all still great eye candy no matter the colors.

Yesterday my sister and I went to a local quilt show so I'll have some pictures to share with you this coming week plus I actually have a long awaited finish to show off too. Until then, enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

More Primary Bee blocks

Here are a couple more blocks my kidlets made for The Primary Bee.
The August Bee Princess was Amelia who's mom Pippa blogs over at Pippa's Patch. She requested a Friendship Star block in Hot Pink and Bright Purple. As is usual, when I asked if they wanted to sew, Sunshine was rearing to go.  Here she is sewing the HST pieces together.
I have to chuckle each time with how serious she gets when she is cutting apart the pieces. 
Here is the finished block.  She was obviously proud of this one.
She also received 3 more Bento Box blocks for her own quilt and wanted me to take a picture of her with them.  While she does like the fun fabrics used on the middle one, she is a bit confused as to why it isn't Purple and she is now considering whether she wants to keep it on the front of her quilt or so something else with it like add it to the back.
Second up was Jammer and as you can tell by his expression, he wasn't all cheery this day but he got the job done and off they went.
Then it was time for the September blocks which were for Thomas. He requested Bow Tie Blocks in Red and Blue. After pulling and cutting the appropriate fabrics for them, the kidlets got working.  Sunshine was of course the first to try her hand at it.
Her favorite part.
And the completed block.  She loved that this one was so easy to make.
I just had to show you one of the outtakes. She was full of giggles.
Jammer was actually eager to try this easy block himself.
He's getting so much better at guiding the fabric and he works the pedal totally himself though I do turn the speed down to the lowest setting possible.
I'm trying to teach him why it is so important to guide the fabric properly and sew an accurate seam allowance.  He didn't quite get it when I showed him this seam line but when I opened up the pieces and he saw how they didn't go together nicely, he understood better and didn't grumble too much when I made him redo it.
The rest of the seam lines were better and he at least gave me this 3 missing teeth smile at the end.
Jammer is the Bee Prince for October so his blocks should start arriving soon. Both kids also need to make the blocks for each others' quilt so those are the ones that we'll be working on next.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More Ghastlie mail

This time I get to show you what I sent to my partner Laura. Unfortunately Laura doesn't have a blog so I couldn't stalk her to learn about her tastes and likes so I just had to guess. 
Kwilty Pleasures
I considered quite a number of different ideas before settling on making her a mini quilt to display in her home. Here is what I packed into the box.
The goodies that I included with the mini quilt include some season themed stickers, a couple of cute note pads (one can never have too many of those), some fun Halloween clothespins that can be used to hold up the quilt, glow-in-the-dark bat mask, a appropriately eerie colored nail polish and a Boo Crew by Moda mini charm pack.
For the mini quilt, I momentarily considered making a Nested Churn Dash as so many others have across quilting blog land but as usual with me, I didn't want to follow the crowd but instead wanted to head off in my own direction.  And I'm so happy that I did. While hunting through block books for ideas I came across one that fit the bill perfectly and so I went to town.

Down in the fog enveloped streets of the old South, you'd come across a long dirt road lined with severely overgrown Cypress trees that eventually lead you to the ancestral Ghastlie mansion, where you'd find every living and not-so-living member of the clan in residence.

A number of the Ghastlie family gang became part of this piece including these miserable looking sisters Mildred and Minerva. I do believe that the last sister Magda was off having an argument with family matriarch Mathilda.
Here you can catch a glimpse of Mathilda and Prudence and the gaggle of witches surely spinning up plans for some ghastlie deed.
Ghastlie children certainly aren't happy children as evidenced here.  Two of these young Ghastlies are Cordelia and Cassius, the twins of Sebastian and Darla, and I guess I wouldn't be too happy either with a cat as a parent.
I wonder where Gunnar Ghastlie is pointing us to go? To the cemetery with him perhaps?
Look who takes center stage in this little mini quilt....none other than Sebastian himself.  Until this Ghastlie portrait fabric came out, I had no idea that he is actually the son of Mathilda and Gaspar.  While looking through my choices, I knew immediately that he would be so appropriate as the featured Ghastlie, with his "I'm not amused" expression. 

For the quilting, my own little ghastlie nature took over and I put Sebastian in a cage of sorts, quilting square spirals around and around and around until I got to the end. I figure if he ever got out of his cage, he'd get lost in this maze of quilting. 
I only marked the first square lines and then eyeballed the rest, stopping where I felt like it at that moment.  It ended up looking great with just the right amount of organic-ness, being not too perfectly evenly spaced.
Do you think Sebastian isn't too pleased with me for trapping him in like this? Too bad kitty! You're stuck now.
Here is the finished mini quilt.  With a 6 inch center, it completed at 24 inches square.  I originally planned on making this nested 3 blocks out but that would have made it 36 inches and to me that isn't a mini quilt as much as it is a baby quilt.

I'm calling this my Overgrown Cypress quilt. The block name was so appropriate and the construction lent itself easily to being exploded.
I already have plans to remake this quilt, exploding it out even further and writing a tutorial so you can make one too. Stay tuned.

I hope Laura likes all of her Ghastlie goodies.  I really enjoyed creating this for her.  Thanks again to Kathy for playing the perfect host.  I'll take part in another Ghastlie swap anytime.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Planning our eastern Pennsylvania shop hop

In a few weeks my sister Tina and I (and maybe my friend Alana) are going to hop around eastern PA, visiting a big list of shops in 2 days. While we aren't going to complete all of the 2 official hops (a few are just way out of the way unfortantely) we want to get to as many as we can. We had planned on doing this last year but had to cancel at the last minute and we don't want to miss out again.

 So here is where we need some help, if any of you reading this happen to live in the eastern PA area.
A route plan has been drafted but we aren't sure if it is really do-able.  What we'd love to know from you is if any of these stores aren't worth the stop. Of course we'd love to be able to visit every one but it might just not be possible. Here are the shops on our list. 

Poconos Sew and Vac, Stroudsburg
American Ribbon Fabric, Stroudsburg
Allentown Sewing, Allentown
Ladyfingers Studio, Oley
Country Quilterie, Effort
Wooden Bridge Dry Goods, Kutztown
The Quilted Crow, Lehighton
At Piece Quilting, Easton
Granny's Sewing Den, Glenside
Cloth & Bobbin, Narberth
Steve's Sewing Center, King of Prussia 
Sew Smart Fabrics, Doylestown
The Quilt Block, Exton
The Round Robin, Ambler
Byrne Sewing Connection, New Britain (I've been here, nice shop)

Any advice you can offer up would be greatly appreciated and if by chance you'll hopping to these stores too, we'd love to possibly meet up.  Being able to finally meet in person bloggy friends is the best, next to finding great fabric to add to my ever growing stash that is. Thanks bunches.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stunning Stitchin Sunday

 It looks like its been a quiet week for most people on the quilting front but that is okay.  There are still some great quilting eye candy to enjoy!  Click through each link to see more of these quilters' great work.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ghastlie Mail

A box arrived for me!
I honestly forgot that while I've been crafting something for my swap partner, someone else has been crafting a little goodie for me.
This swap was the brain child of my friend Kathy over at Kwilty Pleasures.
Kwilty Pleasures
My benefactor is Heidi and look at all the great presents I found inside the box (Yes I did open the box and checked it all out before I put it all back in so that I could snap the picture)
I cannot believe that Heidi made me a doll!  I love her. Now I have my very own Prudence Ghastlie to keep me company in my studio.
The details are fabulous!  She is even all fancied up with a great apron and lace scarf. At some point I might be tempted to make her a few other Ghastlie outfits so that she can have an alternate look when she wants to.
Her "hair" is very cool....ribbon and ric-rac.
The box also contained all of these other goodies....a couple of Halloween stamps, some stickers and cupcake liners, a list pad and some great pumpkin socks.  Oh how I love my themed socks (you can read all about that here if you haven't already.)
And last but certainly not least, also included was this fun pillow cover using the very first Ghastlie feature fabric.  Now I will get to look at this fun print all the time (you didn't really think that I'd actually put it away after Halloween is over, now do you?)
The pillow backing is the wonderful skull fabric. I didn't have a pillow form this size so I ran out to one of the local stores yesterday to get one and wouldn't you know it but they were all out. Drat!  I'll have to try the other one today.
Thank you, thank you so very much Heidi.  You certainly made my day and I will cherish these Ghastlie goodies. And a huge thanks goes out to Kathy for putting this swap together.  I haven't had time this year to join in many swaps but I'm sure glad that I did this one.

My Ghastlie package is on its way to my secret partner and since she'll probably get it early next week I'll post about what I sent to her then. I hope you all have a Ghastlie great day.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Stunning Stitchin Sunday

It's that time of the week again, time for my Stunning Stitchin Sunday showcase of fabulous stitching.
I'm finding new quilters to feature here all the time time and if you know of someone who's work you haven't seen here before but who you think would like to be, please let me know. The more the merrier at this party!

I hope you enjoy this week's roundup!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

R.I.P Lady Remington, happy mail, fun news and busy stuff

This is my 30+ year old lady Remington shaver that finally gave up the fight. As you can see, the little doohickie on the right that holds the blade on broke off. Considering how long I've had this shaver, I can't be upset that her time has come.  I certainly have gotten more than my moneys worth from it.
This is her replacement.  If she lasts 1/3 as long, I'll be a happy camper.  Even though I bought it locally, it got a lot of good reviews on Amazon so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  Of course, having a magical fairy show up with the funds needed so that I could get the laser treatments and not need one of these ever again wouldn't be bad either.  I hate shaving my legs, it is a royal P.I.A, but it has to be done.  Why in the world that leg hair has to bother growing in the first place is beyond me.  Isn't there a pill that I can take?
I know that I haven't posted much fun stuff lately and besides the fact that the past few weeks have been insane, I've also been buried under all of this.  It is the pile of stuff that I'm taking to the bi-annual children's consignment sale.  Yes getting all of this ready is a ton of work but so worth it.  If I sell all of it (which of course doesn't happen but I usually do pretty well), I'll net almost $900. Not bad for about a week and a half's work.
And now on to happy news.....on Friday morning I got the surprise email from Connie over at Freemotion by the River that I won her Block Party by Ro Gregg giveaway.  Look at these beauties that are coming my way. (Photos borrowed from Connie as they haven't arrived yet). Thank you so very much Connie and to Fabri-Quilt who sponsored the giveaway.
The winning includes the beautiful flower panel. I just love the colors in this fabric line.
I haven't decided yet if I will make a quilt like Connie's or do something else with them but isn't this quilt still just absolutely gorgeous? She came up with a terrific pattern/layout and if I don't use this for my quilt I'm saving the idea for future use with other panels.  I have a train panel that I need to something with for hub's train room.
And to make last Friday even better, I received a surprise package in the mail from my good friend Kathy of Kwilty Pleasures. I really was joking when I commented on her blog that one of her fabulous Ghastlie mini quilts should come my way. Well don't you know that she was planning on sending me a little gifty anyway for helping her plan her Ghastlie swap.
A gift for my assistance certainly wasn't necessary but I sure do LOVE it and will treasure it as I treasure our friendship.  She quilted it with Black metallic thread so it has just a touch of blink plus she even quilted the gal's clothing and the spooky trees. Very cool.
I've already sent Kathy my many thanks but I'm doing that again here. Let me just say...quilty friends are the best!

On tap for the rest of this week is some quilting the EMS quilt and more work on the blocks for the secret Horizon project.  I'm so happy to have the consignment sale work done so that I can get back to sewing.