Sunday, October 18, 2020

Halloween Hoppin' Blog Hop

2020 HHBH


And welcome to the Halloween Hoppin' Blog Hop hosted by Marian at Seams To Be Sew.  Thank you, Marian, for putting together this fun and inspirational hop for all of us ghoul fiends! 

Today is the first day of this SPOOK-tacular hop, and I'm excited to show you what I've been working on.  We won't be handing out any treats this year because of Covid 19, so I focused my attention on decorating the inside of the house.

I found a cute trio of ghosts on Pinterest created by Bloomin Minds.  The dining room table needed a spot of festive color, so I created this bats and ghosts table runner.  They look friendly, don't they?  (I was going to applique fangs on the bats, but I didn't want anything scary.  We've had enough scary this year.)  

I drew the ghosts on a long strip of white cotton fabric with fusible backing underneath.  Once the ghosts were adhered to the background, I sewed around them in black to keep them secure and to give them some definition.  Their eyes are different sizes of black buttons.  Because I wanted their happy grins to stand out, I outlined them with Tulip Slick paint.  The bats were cut out and fused to the background, then outlined in white thread.  

So that's it for my Halloween project.  I am so glad you stopped by, but don't stop now -- there is lots more fun ahead.  Below is a list of the participants in this fab-BOO-lous hop that have brewed up some delightful treats for you.  

Monday, October 19

Samelia's Mum
Just Because Quilts
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Ms P Designs USA
Morning Glory Designs


Tuesday, October 20

Songbird Designs
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Slice of Pi Quilts
Just Let Me Quilt
Appliqu├ęs Quilts and More

Wednesday, October 21

Words & Stitches
Kathy's kwilts and more
Count It All Joy
Quilted Diary
Flying Parrot Quilts
Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hello Fall Blog Hop

When Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks announced she was hosting a hop for Fall, I just had to join.  Fall is my favorite time of year, when cool breezes blow out the summer's heat and brings us such fabulous colors, tastes, and smells.  Can't you just smell the spiced apple cider?  Thank you, Carla, for hosting yet another great blog hop.


I am so excited to share with you today my Fall project.  I chose to make a simple table runner accented by embroidered leaves.  

From my scrap pile, I cut 2 1/2" squares from various Fall-colored fabrics and made a checkerboard design using dark fabric squares in between the colorful pieces.   You could choose any number of squares to make your own table runner, but for mine I used 7 squares wide and 13 squares long.  

I cut 2 pieces of a neutral-colored fabric approximately 9" x 15" and embroidered an outline of Fall leaves on each piece for the ends of my table runner.  The black jumbo rickrack added a bit of movement to this otherwise super simple design.

I had a large scrap that worked perfectly for the backing, then bound the completed runner in black.

This was a super easy project that I think looks great on my table, and is one I can leave in place from September through November.  (The chances of that are slim.  Once October dawns, my thoughts turn to spooky and my decorations will reflect that.)

Well, that's it for me, but don't stop now -- go see what wonderful projects my fellow talented bloggers have created.  And don't forget to visit Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks for a chance to win a gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.

Thank you, Carla, for hosting this fun and inspirational blog hop.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christmas in July (Then & Now) Blog Hop

Greetings, everyone!  Today starts the Christmas in July (Then & Now) Blog Hop.  So grab a cup of hot chocolate and some decorated cookies and snuggle  up for some holiday fun.

First I want to thank Carol of Just Let Me Quilt who is hosting this fantastic hop.  When I first learned of the hop, I jumped at the chance to join.  Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I am always on the lookout for new trends and inspiration to make our family holiday merry and bright.  Thank you, Carol, for letting me join these reindeer games!

Carol said we could share a project we made in the past or a new one.  I thought it might be fun to share one of each.  

Then . . . 

I take pictures of the family every Christmas.  Last Christmas, I thought it would be fun to share some of those photos with the family on Christmas Eve.  I printed on photo fabric a few of my favorite pictures from past Christmas holidays, then sewed them around the edge of a round red tablecloth slated for my dessert table.  Everyone loved seeing themselves and remembering past holidays.  

I like setting a nice table and having a little something everyone can take home and hang on their tree.  Last year's theme was red and aqua.  The napkins were folded to look like elf shoes.  Tiny grapevine wreath ornaments were used as individual place settings, then taken home to hang on the tree.  

I pretty much decorate every room in the house, and the bathroom is no exception.  I found this cute reindeer made from towels on a Youtube video.  If you would like to make your own Rudolph , here is a link to the video:

Now . . . 

Penquins and snowmen!  (I'm not sure what penquins have to do with Christmas, except that they are cute and perky and love snow.)  This was a pretty simple quilt to make, using the flip and stitch method throughout.  It was a lot of fun to design the little guys.    

The penquin beaks and feet are prairie points stitched and sewn down. The snowmen carrot noses are scraps of orange fabric sewn using a zigzag stitch.  The penquins' eyes and snowmen's eyes and smiles are black buttons.  The bright scarves add a little pizzazz, and the button embellishments on the snowmen's hats and fronts are a cute addition.  It's lap size, so will be perfect to snuggle under this Christmas.  

Ho Ho Ho!  That's it for me.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas in July and hoping you find loads of holiday inspiration at the other merry makers' sites listed below: 

July 27
July 28
July 29
July 30
July 31

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Christmas in July HO HO HO

Are you ready for some Christmas Cheer?  I know I am!  On July 27, the Christmas in July (Then & Now) Blog Hop begins and is sure to inspire you for this upcoming holiday season.  Mark your calendars!  You won't want to miss the fun! 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop

Hello from sunny HOT California!  Today begins the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop, the brainchild of Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.  Thank you, Carla, for hosting this fun hop.  Just the name of it makes me smile.

It is expected to reach 102 degrees today here with plenty of sun!  How appropriate that Carla has us stitching sunshine!  For my sunshine project, I decided to make a welcoming pineapple table runner.  We love to vacation in sunny Hawaii where they are famous for their hospitality, symbolized by the pineapple.  We are still on partial lockdown here, so my invitation to visit has to be virtual.

Yellow is not a color I have much of in my stash.  A table runner was the perfect size to use the odd bits and pieces of my yellow fabric.  To add a little pizzazz, I threw in a few splashes of color.  For extra interest, I added prairie points to the corners.  

I'm not much of a quilter.  I usually just stitch in the ditch.  But I thought this little piece might be the perfect one to try my hand at some machine quilting.  For now though, I think I will call this project good, and head to the pool.  Be sure to visit the other sunshine girls and see what they're stitching this summer!

    Monday, June 22nd

Stay safe and stay cool!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

It's Cool to Be Square Blog Hop

Are you enjoying this hop as much as I am?  It is so wonderful to see all the creativity out there. 

Hello!  Today is my day to share with you my contribution to the It's Cool to Be Square Blog Hop.  It has been a trial lately because my computer has been out of order for awhile and then my sewing machine decided not to stitch.  Why now, right?  But everything seems to be in working order again, and I'm excited to show you my project.

A big thank you to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting yet another great hop. During this very serious pandemic we are all experiencing right now, it is such a relief to have something pleasant to think about. Thank you, Carol, from the bottom of my heart.

For my project I made a postage stamp quilt.  What could be more square than that, right?  I found this cute cat quilt on Pinterest and decided to make one, too.

When sewn, the individual squares are 2” and the completed quilt size is approximately 36” x 40” -- perfect for a wall hanging. 

I had some cute cat fabric for the back, and finished it off with a black fabric binding.

Jack decided he needed to put those kitties in their place, and claimed the quilt for his afternoon nap. 

This was a really fun project to make. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project. Be sure to visit the sites listed below for some fun and creative inspiration. 

May 20