Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Eerie Nights Blog Hop Day 5


Welcome to the fifth day of the Eerie Nights Blog Hop!
If you are new to my blog, welcome!

Special thanks to Marian of Seams to be Sew for organizing
and to Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy for hosting the hop.

I also want to thank the sponsors of the blog hop:


I fell in love with these Timeless Treasures fabrics:
Glow Webs by Gail Cadden, Glow Ghosts and Dark Clouds.


I decided I needed them for the blog hop.
I just love fabrics that glow in the dark.

I began crazy quilting in May of 2012. 


This was the very first block I crazy quilted. 
It has been safely tucked away for more than 4 years.


Loosely following this tutorial I found on Pinterest, I turned the block into a pocket on a tote bag. 

I used Dark Clouds fabric for the exterior, black cotton for the interior and the Glow Webs for the inside pocket.


I have wanted to try making a zipper pouch for over a year.
A couple of blogs I follow have shared this zipper pouch video on YouTube by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They looked like so much fun to make, but the idea of cutting a zipper intimidated me. 
It was SEW much easier than I thought it would be!


Before you try making one, let me warn you, they are addictive!

I made a second zipper pouch using the Glow Ghosts fabric on the exterior and the Glow Webs inside.


This time, I put pockets inside using a spider print from my stash.
I also added an optional wristlet strap, using the wristlet instructions found in step 2 of this tutorial.

For the tissue-pack cover, I loosely followed the tutorial I discovered through this Pinterest pin.


I must confess...
I was thrilled to see the zipper pouch glow in the dark. 

Seriously. It is the little things in life... 
Picture me finding my 16-year-old and 19-year old sons in the kitchen and insisting they follow me. 
Where? 
Into the hall bathroom, of course! 
There is not a window in there. 


We squeezed into the small half bathroom. I closed the door, turned off the lights and clapped my hands with delight. 
When I turned the lights back on, my boys were shaking their heads and trying not to laugh.


I have another confession. 
I needed to make a second tissue-pack cover. 

Why?

It's a little embarrassing, but last year I realized one of my bags did not have a good place to keep my license, debit card, gift cards, Safeway card, Fred Meyer card, library card, etc. 
Out of necessity, I pulled the tissues out of my tissue-pack cover and stuffed the cards in there.

It was perfect. 
There was plenty of space for the thick pile of cards.

Now I have one tissue cover for my cards and one for tissues.


I have read great things about Aurifil thread on other blogs.
Out of curiosity, I decided to try some. 
I really liked it!


I used the variegated yellow/orange Aurifil thread 
with this Halloween print from my stash to make a glasses case. 

To make this case, I loosely followed the tutorial 
I discovered through this pin on Pinterest
(I cut my fabric 3.5-inches by 8-inches to make it smaller 
so my smaller framed glasses would not keep falling out.)


To say I am thrilled to have a Halloween themed bag and accessories is probably an understatement.

(Did I mention some of it glows in the dark?!)


For next year, I may add another (smaller) zipper pouch 
to hold my coins and a second glasses case. 
(I do not want my sunglasses to get jealous.)


For the blog hop, we were asked to share something we already have that we like to use at Halloween. Every October these two tealight holders add some candlelight to our home. 

I do hope you will visit the other blogs participating today!

Living My Dream - me

Do not forget to enter the drawings!
(Please note: some of the prizes will only ship 
within the United States.)

Today's giveaway is from Aurifil.

You may enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wishing you all a Spooktacular Halloween.
Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


77 comments:

Anita said...

Awesome projects Renee!

Christine Barnsley said...

Love, love, love all your Halloween stitching.... the glow in the dark fabric is just brilliant! Christine x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Renee!! You really nailed this hop. I absolutely LOVE that green glow in the dark fabric. Using the Halloween CQ block for a pocket was a great idea. I love Halloween and everything you stitched.
xx, Carol

Dorian said...

A lot of fun projects you have made. That tote bag is darling, you did a great job.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your bags and pouches are all fantastic! And the glow-in-dark fabric is such a great idea, especially for a Halloween project!

Patty D from NC said...

Very fun bags. You should check out my Elm Street Quilts Bag It event - find a bunch of bag tutorials and a chance to enter the bags you make to win prizes!

KimM said...

Oh my gosh, Renee! How delightful! Love all your projects and such a sweet post.
Hugs
xxx

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You did a fantastic job on your pieces!!!! Love the tote...

Liz Horgan said...

What a great collection of Halloween bags!

Quiltsmiles said...

Great finishes and enjoyed your shadings. Brilliant idea of using a tissue hiker for those extra cards! I'll be checking out your link for the eye glass case as that's been on my want to do list for a bit.

Lynne Stucke said...

Love your story -- especially about the boys following you into the bathroom . . . and then laughing at you!!!! too funny; after all, THEY followed, didn't they??? Thank you for the smile you brought to my face this morning. (lynnstck[at]yahoocom)

Lee said...

I too love the glow in the dark fabric! Perfect for halloween fun! thanks!

Joyce Carter said...

All of your projects are so delightful. I really like all of them, especially the ones that glow in the dark. Thank you for sharing today.

anna brown said...

Very very nice ty for sharing your ideas .... happyness04431@yahoo.com

VA said...

That glow in the dark fabric is really cool!

works4me said...

You have been busy. What great projects. And the glow-in-the-dark adds such a fun touch. I quilted a Grim Ripper wall hanging for a friend using GITD fairy frost as the background and GITD thread for the quilting. The first few nights she was a little concerned about what was glowing at the end of the hall but now she laughs in delight when she sees it.

Dawn F said...

Hahaha, I love the glow in the dark! That just adds a whole layer of extra fun to the projects!

Julie said...

You have created quite a little pile of your own Halloween loot. I'm impressed! But I had to laugh about cornering your boys in the bathroom to see the glow in the dark fabric. That would/could have happened in this household already, but I consider it seeding the field. Even boys look back on those experiences and wonder how things are made. Maybe one will catch your sewing bug yet!

Needled Mom said...

What fun projects!!! I love the glow in the dark clutches and the crazy quilt block . I'm glad that you found a good use for the crazy quilt piece.

Tiffstitch said...

Oh my goodness... must not start quilting... must not... but those all look so awesome!

Heather said...

I have yet to try a zippered pouch, but, seriously...glow in the dark? FUN!

Calicojoan said...

Oh my gosh, do I love all your projects! Even had to laugh at everyone cramming into the little bathroom to see the glow in the dark fabric. That's what my quilt club did here recently! LOL! Fun projects. I really need to learn how to crazy quilt!

Lori Smanski said...

what wonderfully fun and creative projects. I especially love your bag.
thanks for sharing and HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Amy said...

I would have had my kiddos following me as well. The pouches are just adorable. I just love that crazy quilt block. I keep wanting to give it a try. Your blocks tempt me even more. :)

jade2night@gmail.com said...

Your Halloween themed tote and accessories turned out great.

Allison CB said...

Love the glow in the dark pouch!!! Hilarious!!!

Grandma said...

The crazy quilt block is great and using it as a pocket neat. I have witches all over my home, my birthday is Halloween.
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SHLyman said...

Love the block. I would never have of that for a Halloween quilt. Hope you do more.

SHLyman said...

Love the block. I would never have of that for a Halloween quilt. Hope you do more.

SHLyman said...

Love the little block. Hope you make more. What a cute quilt it would be.

SHLyman said...

Love the little block. Hope you make more. What a cute quilt it would be.

claudia said...

What cute ideas! I love your story about your sons...I would have done the same thing with my daughters and gotten the same reaction...kids, gotta love em!

Linda said...

WHAT FUN PROJECTS! THANKS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION+GIVEAWAY TOO!
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Charlene McCain said...

I love all your projects! I love glow in the dark fabric, too, but I didn't find any this year. Thanks so much for adding the tutorial sites. I want to try the zipper pouch. Yours are so cute!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I gotta say--I never have thought to have Halloween themed things in my purse--but how cute they all are--keep up the great work--
love and laughter, di

Quilting Tangent said...

Wonderful fabrics and great projects! 24Tangent@gmail.com

Shell - Little Orphan Stitch said...

What a great idea to use a fabric tissue holder to hold things like gift cards, etc! I have a wallet that I use for license, debit card, etc, but it seems that putting in the various gift cards makes it thick and hard to close.

Perfect excuse now to make a tissue holder, to hold gift cards!

Love your Halloween items, especially the glow in the dark!

Joanna said...

Did you say that fabric glows in the dark? :) Very cute ensemble. A little glow in the dark scarf would be a nice touch tied to your bag. Thanks for all of the neat ideas. Happy Halloween!

Teatime Creations said...

I love all your projects. Wonderful use of halloween fabric.

Summer said...

Very lovely project ♥

Sally said...

So cool, I need some of that fabric! Love your projects!

Pam McDonald said...

I love crazy quilting!! We have a class at our local quilt shop once a month. I am still working on a halloween center piece. Thanks for sharing your cuties! I think I need some glow in the dark fabric now. :)

Lisa Marie said...

You have made such cute things! I enjoyed your story about your sons' "enthusiasm" for your projects. I've had similar experiences with my son. Gotta love teenage boys!

desertskyquilts said...

Great projects and I love the tote bag on which you sewed the CQ block. Lookin' good!

Lisa J. said...

I love that glow in the dark Fabric. It's awesome and I guess your kids think so too.

Sonya Fetch said...

I LOVE the fabric you found. You have so many great ideas. Have a happy Halloween!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Too adorable! I have a friend who just loves Halloween, and making her a set of glow in the dark pouches for her purse would send her over the moon indeed! Great idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

Nancy said...

Thank you for all the tutorial links. Your projects look great and since I can go to the links, I think I will try a few.

Vicki H said...

I would have dragged my kids into the dark too. Great projects.

PK Sews said...

Thanks for sharing all your fun projects! I love the glow in the dark fabric!

Carol S. said...

That glow in the dark fabric in the zippered pouch is such a great idea! Love the crazy quilting you did!

Kathy E. said...

Wow! I didn't even know there was glow-in-the-dark fabric! I need to get some to make a few cute totes and card holders! Isn't pinterest wonderful? There are so many projects and ideas to explore. Thanks for sharing your goodies!

LJ said...

Wow, the idea of glow-in-the-dark fabrics sounds fantastic. I laughed when I pictured you and the boys in that small bathroom. The bag you made is my favorite - what a perfect way to showcase the crazy quilt block.

apple blossom said...

I love your tote.

GranChris said...

So many great projects. You have been working hard.

Queeniepatch said...

This is the most 'ghostly' blog post I have seen this season!
Spo many spooky things to look at, also for your boys in the bathroom, ha, ha!

beverly e said...

I LOVE all your little accessories and I totally relate to your fascination with glow-in-the-dark ANYTHING! The story of the "bathroom demo" made me laugh out loud. I have done exactly the same thing and got about the same response. Happy Halloween!

teachpany said...

What a cool idea to make pouches and organizers for your purse just for Halloween. I really want to get some of the glow-in-the-dark fabric. Fun! Thanks.

lefuntz said...

I love making zippered pouches in all shapes and sizes. Now I need to try some of that glow in the dark fabric. And I love Aurifil thread but for some reasons the rafflecopter won't let me enter.

Beth said...

What a great idea, to use the tissue holder as a place to keep your cards! I just pinned a tutorial for making one of those, and now I have another motivation to get busy making them!

Brigitte said...

A Halloween themed bag plus accessories - how cool!!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I understand your excitement over the glow in the dark thing and I'll bet your kids were equally impressed but it's not cool as a teenager to show it. Great projects!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

WoW! You went to town making so many awesome projects! Great job! Thanks for sharing with us.

Thanks for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

patty a. said...

I want to go and make some of those zippered pouches! I have made many in the past but none with Halloween fabric!

Sandra Walker said...

What a fun and enjoyable read of a post! I just grinned at your oh-so-spooktacular bag and contents, but the mental image of you and your boys crowded into the dark bathroom and you giggling in glee at the glow in the dark fabric made me crack a big ol' jack o'lantern grin! I, too, discovered glow in the dark fabric I didn't even know I had this summer: I sewed up a pair of Ninja turtle pj bottoms for my grandson from leftovers from my nephew's pants of 20 years ago, no lie, and whoa! They glow! and not with age, lol. Also last Fall when I sewed up the same grandson a Halloween quilt (per his request), I found glow in the dark thread--!! THAT was cool, and something you may like to add to your Halloween repertoire for the additions you plan to make for your bag. :-)

allthingzsewn said...

All are cute project but the CQ pocket is my favorite. Your CG must be fantastic now if this was done so long ago and looks this good.

Sarah@123quilt said...

Loved your post! There was so much good stuff in there and I have so much to say! First, that black cat candle holder is just too cute! Second, I love that you turned your crazy quilt block into a pocket on a tote bag. That's such a great idea! I never know what to do with blocks like that. Third, zippers intimidate me too! Every time I see someone say that and then say how easy it was I get a little more inspired to actually try using one! So thanks! Lastly, I can't even tell you the number of times there have been trips to the bathroom to check out some glow in the dark thing or another! Lol. Love it!

Mary Ann said...

What a cool collection of bags and pouches. I love all of them. Definitely need some glow in the dark fabric. That is cool.

Leah said...

That glow in the dark fabric is awesome! Love the bag you made with it. Everything is fabulous!

Theresa said...

Your bags are great and glow in the dark fabric makes them even better.

Danette Stankovich said...

So cute! I love how you had your kids go into the bathroom for the glow in the dark bag, awesome! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

OhioLori said...

Super projects!! Love the Glow in the Dark fabrics!!

minibea12 said...

Your glow in the dark pouches are so cute! Love the fabric!
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JANET said...

Love glow in the dark fabric! I try to use it for special quilts. LOve GITD thread also.

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Valerie Reynolds said...

I too enjoyed all your projects and am sooo happy you got that adorable Halloween stitched block made into a bag! Love the glow in the dark fabrics too!! Those would make fun pillowcases for little ones!!

Rebecca said...

Try out the glow-in-the-dark threads! They should delight you as well as the fabrics.

Don't forget, you will magically "become smarter" when the teens age!