Thursday, October 31, 2013


Happy Halloween!

A witch hat I made from an old grapevine wreath.
Took the wreath apart, soaked the grape vines
to straighten them out, then attached them to a wire frame.  
All items are natural.

As October comes to a close, please remember to keep Breast Cancer Awareness and mammograms "front and center"

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I am sew excited that SEWCALGAL, wrote a post here
 about breast cancer awareness 
and featured the charity work I'm involved in at
The James Stitching Sisters (JSS) in Columbus, OH
stop over to see the kwilts. 

If you would like to find some inspiration please read these posts.

SewCalGal Goes Pink
(donations of fabric and blocks)

James Stitching Sisters Annual Quilt Day
(200 kwilters gather to make chairty kwilts)

The James Stitiching Sisters Sewing Center
(where volunteers create)

and on a funnier note...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013



On my design wall...

on the kwilting machine...

  I used a back and forth  FMQ design
in each quadrant of the blocks


Leftover fabrics inserted horizontally for the back.

A special thanks to my partner in kwilting crimes,
Kathy Guenther, who gifted the fabric to me!

This is my FAVORITE kwilt creation to date!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


I found these "stashing thru the snow"
Holiday fabrics while on vacation.

Hoffman fabrics "All is Bright"
just jumped into my hands,
along with a few FQs @ 10/$12.00

Riley Blake with Sheri McCulley designing this fun 
"Alpine Wonderland"

These are a combo of Michael Miller 
"Season to Hoot"  and "Tree Trimmers" 
with Robert Kaufman "Groove"   

 Tennessee Quilts, Jonesborough, TN
has a SALE ROOM not to be missed.
Fabrics from 4 - 7.00 / yard
How much fun can one have with 1/2 yard cuts!
(watch for a post on Tennessee Quilts...coming soon) 

Linking up with

Finding Fifth

hosted today by

Friday, October 25, 2013


Who are the Ghastlies?
They remind me of Edward Gorey's 
the "Gashlycrum Tinies"

Alexander Henry, the fabric designer, website says
In Ghastlie Manor on Ghastlie Street there's a Ghastlie family there to meet. 
Mathilda Ghastlie with husband too extend a Ghastlie hand to you. 
It's a Ghastlie day for a Ghastlie walk, under Ghastlie trees on a Ghastlie block. 
A Ghastlie time for Ghastlie things like Ghastlie pets with Ghastlie wings!

This orange fabric was one of the first lines made.
I don't have it and that is a NIGHTMARE!

I've been really WICKED
making 4 GHASTLIES kwilts 
in the last 2 months.

 "The Ghastlies" gray color wave
using the "Side lights" pattern (by Kari Nichols)
you can order it here.

Aanother gray version of the patter using   
 "A Ghastlies Night" and pink borders.
The gray and pink colors is what first drew me
into the Ghastlies household. 

 "The Ghastlies" fabric in mauve, my design.
I did use both "The Ghastlies" and "A Ghastlie Night"
for the sidelight blocks in this one. 

Love this little girls...and
I'm still looking for my hammer!

I couldn't find the orange Ghastlies fabric
so I made my own orange and black design by
fussy cutting centers and making wonky frames.
The orange flange just makes this one POP!

Here are some close ups of the blocks
showing the quilting and a better feel for
the actual colors..still working on the photogrpahy!
Maybe Santa will bring me a new camera?

AND last but not least...I designed a tote bag using
"The Ghastlies Family Gallery" fabric in gray.



And now....
You can check out the full schedule for this WICKED Hop
over at Wendy's "Why Knot Kwilt" or with Madam Samm at

Now creep on over to see all the other

Friday, October 25th

Kwilty Pleasures (wicked me)

What Halloween fabric is your favorite this year?

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Martha Cavasos Fipps over at
took on the challenge of organizing 70 swappers
and the outcome was spook-tac-u-lar!

Look at the goodies my secret partner, 
Lisa Krupa sent me the BEST swappies!

Love this mug rug!

A very zippy key ring 
and a huge pumpkin paper clip!

The Gordon's do love their candy corn...
this towel is SWEET!

A little ghost ornament that jingles!
Yes all those eyes, smile and spider is embroidered!

And a very fun magnetic note holder
perfect for my white board in the sewing room.

  I gathered them all under my little Halloween tree !
Thanks to all who made this swap sew fun.
The FB posts were pretty funny as some really scary sewists
kept the dialogue going!


Let's get WICKED!!!
You won't want to miss The WICKED blog hop 
that starts Tuesday!

I'm WICKED everyday but you can see
my projects on Friday, Oct 25th!

For a full schedule you can visit Why Knot Kwilt
with Wendy in her WICKEDNESS, 
along with Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt


Friday, October 18, 2013


Michelle over at Quilts from my Crayon Box
is the winner of this tote.
 Make sure to check out Mihcelle's's great!

Mr. Random Generator selected comment #34
and Michelle said...

Many thanks to all of my followers 
and the kind comments you left.  
You are my Kwilty Pleasures!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Getting closer to finishing my Ghastlies kwilt top design.

A combo of wonky, impromptu and some stashing to pull it together.
I have used 2 lines of the grays and white focus prints
Added lots of orange in the wonky blocks and black for framing.

Thinking I will add an orange flange and black outside border.
Like it?


Friday, October 11, 2013


This kwilt was in the works for a couple of years!
It all began as a swap with my work guild.
I finished the top and it went into my UFO pile!

Then finally it hit the "big" machine!

Meandering softened the view.

 All done.
I find it very difficult to get a good photo of batiks!
It is sew much prettier than my photos!

Any suggestions for photographing batiks?

This is a free ePattern (in several sizes) 
courtesy of, click here

Why not make it modern? Try solids. Leave off the borders.
 What about a baby kwilt?  Something masculine for
your favorite guy?  Team colors?  

Hope you give it a try...
it's fast and easy and mine is FINALLY FINISHED!
Linking up today...Friday links on my side bar!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Raining at the beach today with a chill in the air...
it was just ghastly.

Sew I made this top...
also just Ghastly!

Sidelights, by Kari Nichols 
of Mountainpeek Creations,
is my "go to" pattern for fabric like the Ghastlies. 
Let the scene be the star!


"A Ghastlie Night" fabric came out a couple years ago.
At least this family and Sebastian, the cat,  has dinner together.

I framed all the "side lights" with the same gray print
that just screams "Ghastlies" (you can use many prints if 
you want a more scrappy look)

A pink was perfect for the inside borders
to bring out the Ghastlies rosy cheeks and flowers.

Found a fun fabric in my stash for the border!

Today the Ghastilies brought me all the sunshine I needed.