Monday, January 15, 2018


Sometimes I am slower than Christmas 
posting timely blog posts...Sorry

SEW before I get to next Christmas...
I gotta little Ghastliness for ya!
(surprise, surprise)

This Ghastlies Christmas quilt began at 
a 2017 Spring Quilt Retreat 
using all the colors of the line that I had in my stash.

and I waited and waited for a snow fall...
to capture a Ghastlie Christmas moment!

NOT my first Ghastlies Christmas Quilt...I made this one
for a customer a few years ago.

And I love my Ghastlies Christmas Apron!

Made these Christmas pouches for a swap a few years back...

And yes, my Christmas stocking is very Ghastlie!

Monday, January 8, 2018


Any Outlander fans out there...

and exactly what is a Sassanech?

...nickname for an English person.
a term used by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles to
refer to the English inhabitants.
More important it is the name Jamie Fraser (Scotsman) 
lovingly calls Claire Fraser (Englishwoman) in the series.
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Cherie's ringtone is set to Jamie saying this!
I believe that makes Cherie, a bit more obsessed than me
about all things Scottish.  
And that would also include her sister, Terra!
She asked me to make them both an Outlander bag.
She came by to pick out patterns and look for fabrics.
Found some Outlander prints from Hawthorne Threads
and the Outlander plaids from 

Here is the beginning of a Supertote Bag for Cherie!

This turned out beautiful.
The tassel was made by Cherie and she wanted me
to include the "Coach" key ring, a gift from her sister.

Here is a close up of the tassel, with lots of leather, beads 
and charms that represent something from Outlander!

Inside the front pocket section...a custom cell phone pocket.

We selected the "Juliet Bag" pattern 
by Me and My Sister designs for Terra's bag.
 It came out amazing too!

This bag has two interior pockets.

Closeup showing the awesome tassel!
and I did a bit of fancy decorative stitches on the handles.

And here is Cherie (left) and Terra (right)
styling like all Sassenach women should!

All in all the bags were a huge success and
the we all have to endure DroughtLander til next season!

If you don't watch Outlander, may I suggest you
grab yourself a bottle of wine and binge watch til
you can't stand the heat!

It's a love story that goes waaaaay beyond love!

Monday, January 1, 2018


Wishing each of you a year filled with 
happiness, health, and lots of sewing!

I am headed to Ocean Isle Beach, NC
with this view for 3 months...
(if you live in the area, let me know
it would be fun to meet some kwilty peeps)

2017 was very good to me.

Some of my Ghastlie goodness was featured
in the Alexander Henry Booth at Spring Quilt Market.

And I had my first solo quilt show!
Lots of people visited and wrote in my journal...
and according to all was a success.

 I have a few things ready to work on.
Like these patterns...why reinvent the wheel?
There are great patterns out there!

My Painted Forest by Blue Nickel Studio
will be made with Cotton and Steel Spellbound & BOO
with a Black background....spooky, right?

My Pumpkins Quilt by Cluck, Cluck Sew
will have Orange, White, Gray Pumpkins
from a mixed collection I have been hoarding 
for a very long time.
And a White Grunge Background

You won't find any Bonnie and Camile fabrics
on my version of this pattern.
But it will definitely be right up my alley!
Stay tuned for this one!

I also have some knitting projects lined up

Here is a yummy yarn "Glen Coe"
which takes me directly to Scotland
and my fantasy with Outlander!

and the pattern I will use....
by Tetiana Otruta

I am also enjoy Game of Thrones and found
this Game of Throne Yarn called
"Castlery Rock"

Knit Faster...Winter is Coming...
ooops - its here!

I selected this pattern.
Both patterns are available on Ralvery

The Wave
by Kristen Finley

That's it for now....I need to finish packing!

And here is some New Years history for you.
"Auld Lang Syne" translates to
"For Old Times Sake"
It all started in Scotland when Robert Burns
penned the lyrics in 1788!

Happy New Year!