Monday, October 24, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Begins!


The Ghastlie Blog Hop Begins!
Behind the scenes we (54) Ghastlie obsessed
stitchers have been rather busy, you could say.
We all have been brewing some pretty Ghastlie 
projects, searching for a cure...
Your assistance is required...YOU are the
prescription we are looking for...
A comment of ohhs and ahhs 
will surely be the cure!

If you have this thing for Ghastlies
and they have tied you in a knot
and you wish you could get them out of your mind
than this may be a thought.

We heard her plea for a cure
Mdm Samm was pos/it/ively sure
that we could stitch the nights away
in hopes that we MAY----???
(all 54 of us)  
The side effects are Ghastlie
there is no mistaking too.
if you don't run this very minute
YOU too will catch the FLU...
We suspected all along 
this was her master plan
she did not want to be alone,
 with all YOU Ghastlie FANS...
HERE is OUR Schedule.....
each name will link you to our Ghastlie Sistahhhhhs!
Be sure to leave your prescription (comment) for each of the sistahhhhhs!
 ON Monday, October 24th
 ON Tuesday October 25th
 ON Wednesday October 26th

 ON Thursday October 27th
 ON Friday October 28th
 ON Monday October 31st
 ON Tuesday November 1st
 ON Wednesday November 2nd
 ON Thursday November 3rd
 ON Friday November 4th
Each day we will have a be sure to comment.
Some of my Ghastlie Sistahs may also have some special
projects to giveaway besides the daily BIG PRIZES 
from these sweeten the CAULDRON....

Some of our Sponsors
Alexander Henry Fabrics- lot's and lot's of Ghastlie Fabric
Colonial Needle -sewing basket 
Janes Fabrics -Kona fabrics in PINK -fat quarter bundle
Reliable Iron - orange Velocity 50
IHAN ( kelly )- aurifil threads
Coeurdalenegifts- 2 sets of Halloween lights
Forth Worth Fabric Studio - gorgeous gift set of Ghastlie fabric
Creative Grid -3 Rulers their top 3 
Blue FIG- wheeled bag in PINK
Beam N Read and custom Ghastlie Buttons
Be sure to visit each sistah's blog on their day for a chance 
to win some fabulous prizes and get Ghastilie inspired!
Winners announced daily on Madame Ghastlie’s blog.

Be sure to come back on my day, November 2nd!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Introducing Grammie Squares

Remember my personal challenge that I mentioned here? Well, here is the finished quilt using fabrics from my stash.  This is the 2nd quilt of my challenge and this one actually used up my entire stock of 2 different fabrics.  

The bright pink print was entirely used up where only tiny scraps remain. 
This print (inherited from my mom) is a cheater crazy quilt. 
The solid pink was left over from donated fabric from quilts I made with my church's youth group as a mission project. 

The backing is mostly made from a inherited piece I found in my stash. The pink and purple parrots are the perfect colors with just enough yardage when pieced with what was left from the top. Do you have a lot of inherited fabrics like me?   

The background and binding is Kona Champaign. 
(This was purchased for this project.)

All washed and crinkled...ready for snuggling.

I used a new to me binding technique. For years I was using a method that I was taught at my LQS but it is somewhat tedious. So I followed this tutorial from Julie at Jaybird Quilts. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? :D 
I really love how the binding turned out. Isn't it yummy!

The pattern is from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. She was a guest at Sew We Quilt  as part of the Wantobe Quilter Campaign and she taught this stack and whack technique.  I needed to change the dimensions slightly to accommodate my fabric yardage and I added the border. 

I straight lined quilted diagonally across the quilt and FMQ along the border. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

Coming soon is the Ghastlie Blog Hop! 

It is sponsored by Madame Samm over at Sew I Quilt (and that other one she manages ;) Be sure to watch for it!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Every year over Columbus Day, we head up to Door County, WI to enjoy the fall colors. We camp in Peninsula State Park with a rather large group of friends. Hiking, sharing meals, laughing and catching up around the campfire are a few of the great things about this weekend. But really, the show is of God's spectacular creation. This year is of no exception...take a look!

Sights along our hike.

A beautiful birch tree

Colors against the blue sky!

We hiked to the lighthouse...

and amphitheater...

where the kids like to perform for the adults :D

A recent storm left many trees down.

We found this friendly walking not the kind you use for hiking 
although there were plenty of those around too!

In town, we ate at the White Gull Inn for the traditional fish boil.

And breakfast at Al Johnson's

Fall reminders were everywhere!

I was able to finish these over the weekend too!

October's block and a new block for June. The original June block is too different from the rest so I will use it on the back as the label.

I almost have a another finish...I'm hand stitching the binding :D 
Stayed tuned!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just a quick post

Argh! We have had problems with our internet service lately... hate when that happens. I wanted to do a quick post yesterday but again no internet service. Finally they came out today and hopefully fixed our service.  
Anyways...I had a couple of finishes that I wanted to show. The first being this paper pieced picture of a hummingbird. 

It is framed in a 9" x 9" frame.  The paper piecing was a little different because of the curved seams in the wings and tail.  On my first attempt, I used too dark of a turquoise blue and the poor little hummingbird kind of got lost. I am much more pleased with my 2nd go around.

If you remember, a couple post back I showed a table runner kit I bought featuring Hometown by Sweetwater.  I finished set aside some other WIP's to sew this kit.

It goes perfectly in my dining room of deep red walls! 
And my favorite part...look closely and you can see my hometown. Here let me help you get a closer look. 
Right under Pittsburgh in the center is Chicago...yep!

It is fun to read all the different 'hometowns.' Have you found yours? 
Did you notice the giant rick rack trim? Too Cute! The pattern is Riff-Raff Runner by Silk Road Creations.  I am now waiting on more material to arrive so I can make matching place mats.  

A few other things are going on here but I can't say yet. So stayed tuned in.