"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Autumn Leaves Wall Hanging

I had hopes of completing this Blowin' in the Wind project, the sandwich for the Modern Christmas Tree QAL and two blocks for the Stash Busters QAL all this weekend, but I spent most of yesterday ripping stitches from  the border quilting on this quilt. Finally, today it's done.  Except, I didn't applique the tree branches that should on the left.

This is the version that Chris Malone designed for Quilter's World.

It's not too late to add but I like my version as is. 
I quilted leaves throughout.
I've decided to enter this wall hanging in the Bloggers Quilt Festival
I've taken a peek at some of the entries and am amazed by the gorgeous quilts.  It's a fabulous show.  
FMQ is like writing by moving the paper instead of the pen.  It must be good for my brain.  Hand quilting makes so much more sense.
God Bless You. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Baby Lock Melody

189 built in stitches, including 3 alphabet styles, great warranties, hands free presser foot lift, lots of accessories included and it's a Baby Lock.  If this were my machine, I would be so happy.  It would be just plain fun to use.  Of course I want one.
Check out the entries at Amy's Creative Side .

Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's On My Design Wall

I've always wanted to say that.   However,  I did not design this wall hanging.  It is called Blowin' in the Wind designed by Chris Malone, and is in the August 2012 issue of Quilter's World.

I added one extra row.  Most of the fabric is Stonehenge or other Northcott fabric, except for three of the leaves, which are some other company's batik.

In case you are not aware, Northcott has a site called Fabric Circle which you can join.  Each quarter they have a drawing for a fat quarter pack for those who have posted a picture of something they have made using Northcott fabric.  http://www.northcottfabriccircle.com

I have never sewn with Stonehenge batik, but have to say it is lovely to sew with.  I love it.

One more thing.

God Bless You.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October Christmas QAL Post 6

Thanks to all of you who were able to join in the Quilt Along this month.  Next month Hazel of Hazel's Quilts takes over one more time, and then in December the originator of this wonderful QAL, Sue of Quilt Times, hosts the big reveal when we show off our finished projects. 

Have a wonderful October.  I took a walk this morning to kick some leaves and indulge my senses with the beauty of the colors and smells of autumn.  I'm definitely a cool weather person so I'm loving this time of year.

Thanks again for joining in. 
Enjoy your quilting time.

God Bless You.

October Christmas QAL - Post 5

This is my last hosting gig this year, so how about a Christmas carol.  I thought I was getting Brenda Lee singing Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, but instead I have Jose Feliciano singing Feliz Navidad, one of the honest to goodness toe tapping, happy songs of the holiday.

Hope you like it, too.

October Christmas QAL - Post 4

It's a gorgeous Sunday here in New England, cool, crisp and sunny.  Hope it lasts.  I'm unsure of what I'll be working on today, but I could begin to quilt the Plaid Nativity Quilt. 

In a bit I have to run out to pick up 30 dozen of party pastries for a church event this morning, and I'm hoping that will be enough.  That's 360 little sweets and they are the dessert.  If nobody shows up it will be too much; if lots of people show up it won't be enough.  Oy!  Maybe they'll fill up on the chorizo and peppers, beans and other stuff.

If you want to see something cute to make for the holidays check out Melanie's BonBon project at The Patchwork Robin.  Very cute.

Our Canadian friends are cooking and eating today, so I hope they are having a wonderful time.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October Christmas QAL - Post 3

I'm the hostess without the mostess.  I should have mentioned the linky tool on the Christmas QAL page (top of the blog) as well as the Christmas Challenge information that is posted there.  If you are a new reader, that is the place you should go to first.  If you're participating with the QAL, please sign in.  Thanks a bunch.

 I just sewed together my trees for the Modern Christmas Tree QAL hosted by Christa's Quilts.  http://christaquiltsblog.com/2013/10/09/christas-quilt-along-7-2-assembling-your-modern-trees-quilt-top/  I decided to use the tree layout because I don't have anything like that.  It went together in just a few hours today so I'm up to date on this qal.

October Christmas QAL - Post 2

I received this gorgeous postcard from Annette at In Stitches and Seams http://www.institchesandseams.blogspot.com/

Isn't it super?  It makes a nice decoration for this time of year.  Thank you to Annette for the postcard and to Sheila for organizing the exchange.

I have been working on this little purse this morning.
Beverly of Flamingo Toes posted this tutorial and when I saw it I wanted to try making one.  http://www.flamingotoes.com/2013/09/teeny-tiny-embroidered-key-chain-coin-purses/  I purchased my frames from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Frames-Clasp-Pattern-Silver/dp/B00CCF6ZA0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381588177&sr=8-1&keywords=purse+frames  and I think they are a bit bigger than Bev's but otherwise it's the same.  I quilted my case instead of embroidering.
 What that did was take in the fabric a bit so I was a bit short on the top.
So my next try I'll enlarge the pattern.  I didn't use any glue, just thick embroidering floss to sew the case to the frame. 
Once I perfect my technique I think these would make cute small gifts. 

October Christmas QAL - Post 1

Good Morning! and Merry Christmas!

Oh, wait a sec. It's isn't December 25th yet.  That's two months from now.
Yikes, did I say 2 months?  Yes.  It's coming fast.  If you have plans to sew something for the holidays, it's time to get to it. 

Hazel is thinking about us while she relaxes somewhere on her vacation.  Hope you are having a wonderful time, Hazel.  I hope Grumpy Uncle George is minding the crops.

Sue is home from her travels way out west, but we'll have to wait and see if she joins us.  She may need a vacation after her vacation.

I'm still on my first cup of coffee, but I have my plans for today's sewing. 
Melanie's already joined in, so hope to see what you are doing today, too.

Monday is Canada's Thanksgiving Day, so
Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

And one more note.
Could we keep Donna of So Sew Crafty and her family in our prayers this weekend?  See her blog for more info. http://www.sosewcrafty.blogspot.com

Friday, October 11, 2013

This Weekend is the Christmas QAL

The October Christmas Quilt Along is here at my blog this weekend.  Hope you will be able to join in at some point. 
I feel as if we are cascading right into the end of the year now. 
Lots to do.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Circle of Geese, Storm Signal and One Cute Cat

First the cute kitty.
From Carol Doak's site. http://www.caroldoak.com/index.php  I'm still working on improving my paper piecing skills and signed up for Carol's course on Craftsy. 

Circle of Geese was last week's block from the Stash Buster QAL hosted by Linda's Quiltmania.  http://lindasquiltmania.blogspot.com/  It's all paper piecing and took some time to make. 

Storm Signal is the 15th block of the Ben Franklin QAL hosted by Erik Homemade Coffee Break ezine http://erikhomemade.typepad.com/ 

This is the fourth set of 4 small blocks we've made for this quilt, and I'm curious how we will be using them in the layout.  Block 16 is next so I won't know any time soon.  It's a mystery:)
This weekend is the Christmas QAL here on my blog.  That means we have this month and next month and that's it.  December we show off our stuff.  Hope you will be joining in at some point this weekend.