Thursday, August 28, 2014

POLAR BEARS IN AUGUST?

Who likes red, white and turquoise color combo in a kwilt?
with an easy kwilt pattern?


I selected the Backyard Fun pattern
 from Precut Quilts book by Janie Vogel
Who likes polar bears?




and polka-dots!





Who likes a simple straight line kwilting...
across vertically and horizontally.



   Who likes a polka dot binding?  
Who likes a kwilt care label? 


 Who likes a fun stash backing? 



Who likes Polar Bears in August!  




I hope the who is YOU!
a 3QTR finish 
a possible Handmade Christmas gift for someone
a 2014 Stash Busting goal is met!  
and is available for sale in my Etsy shop.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

GHAST, STASH and RUSH!

Only 2 spots left for the Ghastlies Swap and
sign ups end (tomorrow) 8/25 



I am thrilled with the response from my bloggy and  IG friends.
Man...now I know what all the hoopla is about IG.
Y'all jumped on this like a bunch of Ghastlies on fire!  
I can feel the heat!


Now to the stashing at hand!
I'm a little slow in jumping on board with all great 
exciting fabrics that are constantly appearing everywhere! 
  I just ordered these Charlie Harper FQs
  I am a gardener and love these birds, bugs and leaves! 

  
I luv it when I find a great sale.  
Thanks Fabric Worm who recently offered a recent 25% off. 
And a 5.00 discount code!   Woot woot.  

By the time I get something made with it...
well it will be very old news.  
But it will be MY old news!  

In other RUSH HOUR traffic news...
I took this stack of 13 FQs and made 5 projects.


You'll have to stay tuned for the
My 5 projects are DONE
Go on...Call me an over-achiever
  I've been called worse!  LOL




Friday, August 22, 2014

GET YOUR GHASTLIES ON!




Only a few spots left so sign up today!

You can use any line of Ghastlies Fabric
Only have a small amount of it?
 Add your stash fabrics with it.
Check out these ideas...

From the GHASTLIES Christmas line...
What could you make with just one finished block?


Make a wonky design..
Ghastlies in the center as the star! 
... a pouch, a pincushion, a mug rug?



This block could be the pocket on a simple tote bag.





Have a piece of Ghastlies Fabric you don't want to cut?
 Hoop it and add embroidery enhancements!







A small to medium project won't take to much of your time
and we are gonna have a GREAT-GHASTLIE TIME!
I may be new at hosting swaps but 
I do know how to throw a party!

Click here for complete swap instructions and timeline!
Here are a few shops that I found on line that have
some Ghastlies fabric in stock now! 

Hawthorne Threads

Fashionable Fabrics

Fabric.com

Now get your GHASTLIES ON!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CRAYON COMMUTE

The school bells are ringing as kids head back to school
What better ride than via a "Crayon Commute" 


My commute began for me with this pile of fabric 
from one of my favorite designers, Alexander Henry
and a free pattern from All People Quilt
called Ribbons and Ric Rac



 The pattern had me at ric rac!
A fun addition for baby to find and fiddle with.


and I searched for fun colors to go with my "stash" fabrics



making this kwilt was a happy journey....
ending with a fun zig zaggy stash fabric for the border


the backing is also "stash"


the playful journey ends with this kwilt
available for sale in my Etsy shop


Another 2014 stash buster and 3QTR finish!

Linking up to Freshly Pieced...Sew Fresh Quilts...links on sidebar.

I luv making baby kwilts, so tell me...
What is your favorite baby kwilt pattern?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A HANDMADE CHRISTMAS - NIGHTMARE!

Just because you think you are ahead of the game...
does NOT mean you are!  Here it is August..
I have finished a kwilt for the



"BLIITZEN" (Moda fabric - Basic Grey) 
had been sitting in my stash for sometime.
 I decided it would be the fabrics to make a 
"MODERN" Christmas/Winter kwilt...for my house!


  I used the Turning 20 pattern (quick and easy)
 and loaded it on a long arm to kwilt. In just over a couple hours
the kwilting was all done right?  
NOT!


As I began to sew down the binding a nightmare unfolded!  
The thread on the back, over more than half the kwilt, was a tension mess! 
(even though I had checked it a couple times while on the long arm)  
There were railroad tracks to hell!   
I had thread demons that I was NOT going to put up with!  

I re-pinned the entire kwilt, and a section at a time,
ripped out the stitches and began to re-kwilt on my Bernina.

THEN - I had to take Ber-nee-nee into the shop 
cause she seemed possessed with the same thread demons!!!

But in the end...I drove out those thread demons 
and she is finally finished!

  
Ripping out the kwilting made me slow down 
and I found it very therapeutic 
Things do happen for a reason. 
I had been working like a maniac
on many projects and this demonic episode...
forced me to slow down.  


The backing has some batiks cause that was in my stash.


 Kwilting



more kwilting


red binding



just waiting on winter!



My DH likes it! 
Isn't he just too cute with his snowman kwilt!


Don't forget you can join in the Handmade Christmas...anytime.

I'm linking up to Insights at Sew Cal Gals Linky!
Sew Cute Tuesday and Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social and Freshly Pieced
 - sidebar links-



Friday, August 15, 2014

GET YOUR GHASTLIES ON - SWAP SIGN UP BEGINS TODAY






Instructions: 
·     Sign up now thru August 25th
o  email me at kwilty.pleasures@gmail.com
    subject line GHASTLIES SWAP  
o  Your Name
o  Address, City, State, Zip, Country
o  Phone number
o  Email address
o  Blog Name/URL
o   Willing to mail International or just USA?

·      Will you be a "Ghastlies Angel” and willing to make a little something extra in case someone has an emergency and needs to drop out.  

·      ALL participants will make 1 small to medium swap item using any  Ghastlies line of fabric (i.e zip pouch, mug rug, small bag, mini quilt)

·     You do not have to follow Kwilty Pleasures blog, but I will be providing updates there (as well as via email)

·   You don't have to have a blog to participate but you must have an email address and be able to attach a photo of your finished project and email it to me.

·       Optional – send additional surprises to your partner.      
     (i.e. Halloween items, sewing stuff)




Keep your commitment 
Your commitment is your word!  
What's your word worth?  It's priceless!


 Ghastlies Swap Tab at the top of my blog has all the details (timeline and instructions) anytime you need them 


Timeline:
Aug  15     Email Sign ups begin  kwilty.pleasures@gmail.com
Aug 25      Email Sign ups end at 5:00 PM EST
Sept 1       (on or before 9/1) participants swap info emailed out
Oct 11      Deadline to mail your project to swap partner
Oct 15      Email photo to Kathy for a  post on Kwilty Pleasures

Oct 30      or November - Kwilty Pleasures post showing  swap  items

You can go to my Pinterest Board and check out my Ghastlies Board for lots of ideas


Email me ANYTIME with questions or concerns.

 The first 30 emails I receive will 
 "Get their Ghastlies On" in this swap! 
I will also have a waiting list. 


Now get signed up by emailing me at




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A GHASTLIES SWAP - INSTRUCTIONS PREVIEW


I am more nervous about this swap
 than the rumor that the GHASTLIES END might be near!  
Because this is my first swap it is 
limited to 30 swap participants
International Ghastlie lovers welcome. 

Today this post reviews the swap "instructions"
and have created a tab / page at the top of the blog
that contains the Ghastlies Swap info
(timeline and instructions)
Easy to get to at any time.

ONLY 3 DAYS TIL SIGN UPS BEGIN!



Instructions: 
·     Your commitment is your word!  What's your word worth?  It's priceless!
·     You don't have to have a blog to participate but you must have an email address and be able to attach a photo of your finished project and email it to me.
·     Sign up (in 3 days)
o  email me at kwilty.pleasures@gmail.com
    subject line GHASTLIES SWAP  
o  Your Name
o  Address, City, State, Zip, Country
o  Phone number
o  Email address
o  Blog Name/URL
o  willing to make an extra item (be an angel)
o   willing to mail International or just USA?


·      “Ghastlies Family Angels” are willing to make a little something extra in case someone has an emergency and needs to drop out.  

·      ALL participants will make 1 small to medium swap item using any  Ghastlies line of fabric (i.e zip pouch, mug rug, small bag, mini quilt)

·     You do not have to follow Kwilty Pleasures blog, but I will be providing updates there (as well as via email)

·       Optional – send additional surprises to your partner.      
     (i.e something about you, Halloween items, sewing stuff)

·       Keep your commitment - make this fun and Ghastlie!  

Linking up to Let's Bee Social...button on sidebar. 



Thursday, August 7, 2014

GHASTLIES SWAP TIMELINE

 "A Ghastlie Swap Timeline"

If you are seriously thinking of
 "Getting your Ghastlies On" with Kwilty Pleasures... 
  Better have your fabric in hand soon and 
an idea rattling thru your head of your project! 

 Today I'm sharing the swap timeline sew you know if this
will fit into your schedule!
Please read it carefully to make sure you can meet
the guidelines and time deadlines.




Ghastlies Swap Time Line:


Aug  15     Email Sign ups begin  kwilty.pleasures@gmail.com
Aug 25      Email Sign ups end at 5:00 PM EST
Sept 1       (on or before 9/1) participants swap info emailed out
Oct 11      Deadline to mail your project to swap partner
Oct 15      Email photo to Kathy for a  post on Kwilty Pleasures
Oct 30      or November - Kwilty Pleasures post showing  swap      items


Since this is my first swap, I am limiting it to 30 participants.  
If more than 30 sign up - I'll put you on a waiting list.

If you don't  swap, then maybe you would 



I could use some back up if you could make
one small Ghastlies item to hold for me... 
in case someone might have to drop out 
due to an emergency!

Swap Instructions  - Next week
(and I'll have a reference tab setup for the swap)


 If you haven't already...grab my swap button and 
put it on your blog
Help me spread the word! 

Linking up to Anything Goes Momday - link on my side bar! 


Monday, August 4, 2014

KARMA + GIVEAWAY + GHASTLIES = FUN!

Karma is knocking on Dorothy Thornton's
sewing room door.  
Dorothy blogs at BFE MOM 
 and won my giveaway!



Congrats! Dorothy!
I have sent you an email for your mailing info!
I have been sew lucky recently in wins...
I had to pay it forward!

------------------------------------------

I want you to get ready for...


I am limiting this swap to 30 participants
sew I hope you show up early on Aug 15
to get your GHASTLIES on!

I'll have more details coming soon but 
final mailing date for the swap item will be in October
 sew you will have plenty of time 
to make one Ghastlies item!

 Please grab swap the button on my side bar 
to post on your blog and help me spread the word!