Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day Two ~ Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop & a Give~Away!

Welcome Friends to Day 2 of our "Wicked Black Cat Crossing" Blog Hop!
Our Annual "Wicked" Blog Hop this year is Sponsored by Maywood Studios and their "Black Cat Crossing" Collection.   Thank~You Maywood Studios

 A Grand Thanks to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, the impeccable Genius behind our Hop.  For her 4th year in a row, the one and only Wicked Wendy of Why Knot Kwilt, our Wonderfully Wicked Leader!!  

I was elated when I saw the "Black Cat Crossing" Collection on Madame Samm's Blog, I saw some colors that were perfect for a very Special Gift that could be used all year long in my Family Room or Living Room.  This Special Gift is for my Hubby who celebrates a Birthday every year on Halloween!!

A little background before we start.  My Husband is the Perfect Gentleman, full of Humor that makes me laugh and very quick witted.  After 5 months of trying to make a date(many years ago) as our after work lives were full of commitments, finally the day came and I have to say by this time we knew each other quite well.  After opening the car door for me, and strapping in my seat belt, Nick said "All set Miss Kitty?"  I replied "Well yes Chester, Thank~you".  Hence, as you will see below "Chester's" Black Cat Crossing Quilt.
Out of the Collection I chose all of the Black and Tan Fabric Designs and the Panel too.  I did design this Quilt with one I saw on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog, I believe it was called Fat Quarter Fizz.  One day I will make one just like theirs but since i wanted to include the Panel here and Borders, I did keep theirs in mind when designing mine.

With the help from Madame Samm and Gmama Jane of Grandmama's Stories, I was able to add an embroidered Border at the top and Bottom of the Quilt.
In Black Presencia Thread I embroidered "Chester, How do I Love thee, Let us
Count my Wicked ways.  Miss Kitty"
I typed this saying out in Word, made it Bold and printed it out.  Then I just taped it to my cutting mat and laid my Fabric strips over the top, taped them down too, and traced the words with my Frixon Pen.  Very easy!  I used the basic Stem Stitch on all the Lettering.
I also embroidered the Center Panel,
outlining the Tree, Fences, Stars, and Gravestones with the Stem stitch and Precencia Threads as well.  The Black Cat I outlined with Hand dyed Black Mohair. 

I am an avid crocheter with specialty fibers only purchased at yarn Boutiques.  For the past 4 years I have been buying my Wools, Mohairs, and Merino's from a Shop here in Shelton, WA.  Fancy Image Yarn owner Myra Garcia just does a Gorgeous job with color.

The Quilt is lined with Pellon 80/20 Natural Touch and backed with a very Plush Jet Black Throw I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  I was worried about it being to slippery to quilt with, but it sewed up beautifully.  Hint:  when using fabric very plush like this, cut off all the hemming just before binding, or you will have bits everywhere.  Thank heavens I knew before hand to do this.
Here on Nick's Chair for when he returns from his trip, folded up though, but this is his first time seeing it too!
The Quilt measures 52" x 70", and will keep him nice and warm this Winter in his favorite chair as he watches evening Television.

One thing about Nick, once he sits down here, it's a little snooze, then he likes to snack!  So with some extra pieces I whipped him up a reversible Rag Style Snack Mat and Coaster Set,

In the evenings though, it will look like this,
One of his favorites an Apple Lattice Pie, and a Caramel Latte.

I thoroughly enjoyed working and designing with this Collection, I hope you enjoyed your time here as well!!

Now for our Give Away, from my New Blog Sponsor of our Blog Hops,

A Very Generous $25 Gift Certificate

When I get busy on a project I get sew involved I can forget about eating, and I have to make sure I have a healthy snack close by to graze on.  Lately, because our Washington Apples have been so plentiful,
I have been slicing them, drizzeling a little Sugar Free Caramel Sauce over the Apples, and adding some chopped Honey Roasted Cashews on top.  With a fork there is no mess or sticky fingers.

So for our Give Away, let me know your favorite fall snack if you have one in your comment.  That's it, the Give Away will go until the end of the Hop on October 31, 2014
I'll announce the Winner the following day.

Please Visit my "Wicked" Sisters today, they have incredible Projects to share:

Tuesday, October 21

Wishing you a Very Fun & "Wicked" Halloween my Sweet Friends!!

Huggs, Nancy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

eerie, spooky and down right WICKED!!

Are you ready for this?


It's Coming, Oh YES IT IS!!


Your Daily Wicked Host~

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Monday, October 27  

Tuesday, October 28

Wednesday, October 29
A Stitch in Time     

Thursday, October 30

Friday, October 31
Follow along with us for a WICKED Good Time!!

Huggs, Nancy

Monday, September 29, 2014

RUSH HOUR ......Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of RUSH HOUR 

a wonderful Fabric Collection from Studio E, a Great Blog Hop theme and vision from Madame Samm of SewWeQuilt.com, and our fearless Organizer and Cheerleader extraordinaire Carol of JustLetMeQuilt.com, a warm Heart Thank~You to all of you!!

These days in our home just about the only thing we Rush for are for our Children and our Precious Granddaughters, and Granddaughter Number 3 will be arriving in February!! *Big Smile*
There is nothing I enjoy more than helping out my daughter with her Girls and spending time with them is true Bliss!
With Number 3 on the way we realized we would be needed more this Winter helping out with Johanna 4, and Audra 2.  With School delivery and pick up, picking them up to give Mommy and Daddy some much anticipated Quiet time, what ever the case may be transportation would no less be involved.  

Thus Rush Hour Bliss evolved.......
A great piece of Red & White numbered Fabric from Studio E's Rush Hour Collection as a Focal Point, surrounded by Fabric from the Bliss Collection in the remaining required fabrics Black, White, and Greys.  Would become a Cozy Car Quilt for each with a Fun Matching Pillow.

I drew up my pattern
Both Quilts would be the same with one simple Block Change to make them a little different.  I used Aurifil's Clear Thread(and it is so soft) so the fabric pattern would not be interrupted, a Pellon Batting and a Plush Grey Backing.

Audra's quilt I quilted each 4" square and each 12" strip

On Johanna's I quilted each 9 patch and Strip sections with a Shooting Star effect.

Please let me know if these 2 techniques have proper Quilting Names.....my first time doing a multi fabric quilted piece(I don't know all the Names)



The 12" x 12" Center needed a little something in the center, something a little girly.  So I created Layered Posies for each.  A bottom layer of there Mothers favorite, White Eyelet.  Then a coordinating fabric layer, topped with Red & White Polka Dot Ribbon(like Minnie Mouse, a favorite) Star with a Vintage Black Button in the Center.


Now, Cozy Car Quilts needed fun little Pillows, I made these with the remaining Fabric and purchased Royal Majesty Non Allergenic Pillows to stuff inside as I made envelope style Pillow Cases for easy removal and washing.

Audra's Pillow
Down the center where the Fabric overlaps for the envelope I added 3 more of the same style Posey.  The second layer here is a White and Black Damask Satin Ribbon.  I made Bows instead of Stars out of the Red & White Polka Dot Ribbon and added White Heart Buttons on the top and bottom Posey and a Vintage Grey and Black Button in the Center.
The back of the Pillow for a sleepy head....

Johanna's Pillow
Johanna's Posies are the same with the exception of the Grey and Black Vintage Star Button in the Center Posey.

Now, let's see a little Magic.......
Audra's Pillow
Johanna's Pillow

I stood the Pillows up, Notice anything different????

The Posies all Changed too!
Any Guess's?????

All the Posies on the Pillows and on the Quilts I attached with Velcro so they can be removed during Washing(they will need a little hand washing if required).

I hope you enjoyed this RUSH HOUR Bliss Collection as much as I had making it!!

I have 4 Fat Quarters to Give Away here in Red, all you need to do is leave a comment, and if you like follow me and leave a second comment that you did and where you are following me.

The Give Away will end on October 3rd, 2014 and I will announce the Winner here the Following Day!!

Again my Sincere Gratitude to Studio E, Madame Samm, and Carol!!  It has been a pleasure participating in the RUSH HOUR Blog Hop!!

Please Visit the other Wonderful Ladies Today with their Version of 

Monday, September 29

Thursday, September 25, 2014

RUSH HOUR Blog Hop & Date Change

Welcome to Rush Hour Blog Hop, Thanks for stopping by~

Our Date has been Changed to Monday September 29, 2014.  I am really looking to share with you our RUSH HOUR and a Give Away!

Please visit the other Ladies today September 26, 2014

Friday, September 26
Coeur d’Alene (moved to 29th)

Have a Wonderful Week End Friends, and I hope to see you all back on Monday September 29th, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Winner! Winner! 'See You in Sept' Give Away

Thanks to all of you who stopped by during the 'See You in September' Blog Hop~  I have been sew blessed by each and every individual comment.  I really enjoy the Blog Hops presented by the very Special Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt! and the Cheerleaders who keep us all on track.  I think you do too! *wink*

Sew without Further hesitation the WINNER of this Give Away is:

#13  Dorian from Ridge Top Quilts

Need to Rush now, "Rush Hour" is a mere week away, I hope to see you back again......

Huggs, Nancy

Friday, September 5, 2014

'See you in September' Day 3 & Give~Away

Welcome Friends New and Old, I am so very happy you stopped by to see me for Day 3 of our 'See you in September' Blog Hop!!  

Don't you think this was such a fabulous idea from Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, and our Head Cheerleader Shari of Living with Purpose?  I do!  I have had a Grand Summer filled with New Beginnings.......

Until Madame Samm announced this Blog Hop, I was Gardening Away with a New Potting Bench my hubby built me for Mothers Day.  Planting Perennials around the New House that will be with us in years to come(Blog Post), and for our Veggie Garden this year, I did 85% of it in containers(Blog Post) and it hasn't affected the yield at all.  In between that it was crocheting and spending cherished countless hours with my Granddaughters.

While Pondering what to do for the Hop, I was introduced to Massdrop.  Massdrop offers various items at a reduced price depending on the number of committed buyers they have for a offered Product.  This is where I found Stitching Designer, Nancy Nicholson.  I picked up her Teapot Design,

Her kits come complete, even in a Fabric Bag that you can also embroider.  When I saw this I thought 'What have I gotten myself into'!  As you can see though the top and bottom of the design has symbols for all the stitches in the design.  Pretty Cool.  I did contact Nancy once through her Etsy Shop as I didn't receive a color card with all the thread I received in the Kit.  She responded with be creative or follow the picture card.  I could do that.

This is what I finished with, it is currently being framed as it will be a Christmas Gift.  So I folded back the sides to give you a pretty good idea.

Next up was my Kitchen Window, it needed a New Valance.  The one that came with the house was plain white.  I have White walls and I wanted Aqua/Teal in the Kitchen with the White.  Several Months back I had ordered a Aqua/Teal Ticking for the Valance, and a coordinating Aqua/Teal Toile for the eating area(project for another time).  Fabric was all cut and I was going to hand sew it when I received a call that I had won a New Sewing Machine(Blog Post).  Lots of Happy Dancing and Happy Tears were flowing here.

Once she arrived, I was on my way
I have a 72" wide Window, and I added a Front Rod Pocket of a 4" Dark Tan Dupioni Sash that I had in my stash of Trims.  I had to double layer the pocket so the Rod wouldn't show through, but then that added another benefit to the look
You see the Dupioni sash was wired so once hung I just pulled the two layers apart for another Ruffled look.

Bless you Riley Blake Designs for having a Aqua Gingham for my Towels.  I Love making pretty Towels for my home.  
I used the Medium Aqua Gingham for the Ruffle, and the Large Gingham for the Lower 6".  Now with the New Machine I purchased Oodles more of RBD Gingham in assorted colors for more Towels for Gifts and for my Etsy Shop.

Let me introduce you to Mrs. M. and Mrs D. (they have a long history together, sometime I will post a story that I wrote about them for Victoria Etc. Magazine)

Mrs M.(in Red) is wearing a Kimono Jacket I had started upon returning from China 4 years ago.  Mrs. D. is wearing a Quilted Scarf (pattern from 2 Peas in a Pod)I wanted to try.  No batting just a very plush back from a thick Burgundy Blanket(New).  

The fabric, a Vintage White Damask Tablecloth from my Mimmie.  It is the Perfect weight for cool Spring Mornings and now Fall evenings.  This was suppose to be a Pattern I wanted to play with, but it turned out so well it became a wearable finished product.

The Front Fabric of the Quilted Scarf is Robyn Pandolph's Boxwood House.  This was a Twice the Charm pack.  I love Robyn's Collections, she offers such a variety of Patterns in her color story.

I added some Vintage crocheted Lace from my stash in various places.  The scarf measures 6" x 72".  It will wrap nice and warm.  I have started more of these for adults and some in Children's sizes too. 

A bit more than the required 3 projects for the Hop but I have enjoyed every minute creating and sewing.

Now for the Give Away!!
I have picked up a few things to build my Quilting Stash, so I thought I would pick some up for you too!

Makin it Cute 'The Petal Pack' by Me and My Sister Designs
Easy Friendship Template by Omnigrid
Miniature Block Combo(2" Block Template & Fussy Cut) by Martelli Notions
A Pair of Measure Snippet Scissors by Martelli Notions
A Cute Measuring Tape(not shown, will be here by end of Give Away)
What would a Coeur d'Alene Give Away be with out a set of our CandyLight Light Strands!
Apple Harvest Light Strand for your Fall Decor!

All you need to do is leave a comment, the Give Away will be open until the end of the Hop on September 16th, 2014 at midnight.  I will announce the Winner the following Day.

Please visit these Wonderful Blogs today too!

Thank You so much for coming, I have thoroughly enjoyed your visit!!  Please contact me if you have any questions about what you have seen here today!!

Madame Samm & Shari, Thank~you again sew very much!!

Huggs, Nancy

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