Friday, November 9, 2018

QS Red Hearts Update - October 2018

In October, I really hoped to finish page 6 of my Heaven and Earth Design's "QS Red Hearts" cross-stitch project, based on artwork by the talented Ching-Chou Kuik. Mission accomplished!

This is how she looked at the end of September. 

1,324 stitches were added in October. 

7 of 9 pages are now complete!

This is how she looked on October 31st.

The project is 91.89% complete. (It was 89.07% in September.)

Pages 1-5: 100% 
Page 6: 100% (It was 70.34%)
Page 7: 100%
Page 8: 48.99% (It was 41.24%)
Page 9: 17.04% (It was 7.03%)

November 16 - 18 will be International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW). I hope to make significant progress on this piece then! (In October, 930 stitches were added during IHSW.) 

To meet my goal of finishing this project in 2018, I need to stitch 1,910 stitches in November and December. We'll see! It's a bit trickier now that I am working full time.

IHSW is an event that takes place the 3rd full weekend of the month. It is an opportunity to set aside as much time as possible to stitch. You may learn more about IHSW here. There is an IHSW Facebook Group that you may find here.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 2018

October Accomplishments:
1. I shared the step-by-step process of completing my CQJP 2018 April block in this post.

2. Projects for the Peek a Who? Blog Hop, hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew, were completed and shared here.

3. September's progress on QS Red Hearts was shared in this post and 1,324 stitches were added in October. I will share an update later this month.

4. I created a block and submitted photos to Pamela Kellogg for the Spring 2019 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. I will be sure to share it here in February. (I am not affiliated with the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. The Winter 2018 edition is now available at MagCloud here, and through Pamela Kellogg's Etsy shop here.)

November Goals:
1. Complete at least one more CQJP 2018 block.

2. Add stitches to QS Red Hearts.

3. Finish a Christmas gift.

4. Finish my last block for the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM.

5. Start working on my goals for 2019. (Can you believe how fast the new year is approaching?!)

6. Decide if I am going to participate with CQJP 2019. (You may need to scroll down through the posts to find it, but details have been shared on the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018 Facebook Page, which may be found here.) Piecing the blocks seems to be the stumbling block for finishing my CQJP challenges on time each year, so IF I am able to piece the 12 blocks for 2019, I will sign up.

I hope you all have a fantastic month!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Peek A Who? Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 3 of the Peek A Who? Blog Hop!
I want to thank Marian at Seams To Be Sew for hosting annual Halloween blog hops. 
It is always so much fun to see the craftiness shared by other bloggers.

I love Halloween fabrics, especially the ones that glow in the dark!
This year, I used a few scraps of Halloween and fall fabrics to create fabric postcards.

I also love embroidery and crazy quilting. Each postcard was hand embellished. A few of the threads even glow in the dark. You may click on any photo for a larger image.

The eye and spiderweb fabrics glow in the dark. The pumpkin was part of an earring. And the orange spider was created with glow in the dark Kreinik thread.

Here it is in the dark.

"Boo" was added this Timeless Treasures Glow Ghosts fabric.

It still shows up when the lights are out.

Creating embroidered spiders is always fun!

Especially on Timeless Treasures Glow Webs fabric.

These are even creepy when the lights are out.

This Peanuts fabric in my stash was screaming to be included. I embroidered a bit of a Charlie Brown tree in the upper-left corner and added a few leaves with beads.

Fabric postcards are fun, quick and a bit addictive to create! 

If you want to make your own, I found this tutorial at Patchwork Posse very helpful (there are a lot of ads though), and I generally follow the finishing instructions on this fun fall postcard tutorial at Quilted Delights.

I recently shared a 6-part tutorial to create treasure chest postcards. You may find that and a link to a PDF file for the postcard back on my Tutorials and Free Patterns page found HERE

If you make a fabric postcard, I would love to see it!

Do you have a favorite Halloween memory? 

My favorite Halloween memories include trips to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins with my boys and their grandparents, and the Halloween parties we hosted when the boys were small. Making Mummy Dogs, Spider Cake (filled with green Jell-o), and Graveyard Pudding was always a treat!

The full blog hop schedule and Rafflecopter giveaways are below.

Peek a Who? Blog Hop Schedule:
Monday, October 22, 2018
Just Let Me Quilt / Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Words & Stitches / Melva Loves Scraps 
Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Songbird Designs / Quilt Doodle Doodles
Made By Marney / SewGoldenAChance
Ms. P Designs USA / Seams To Be Sew

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
MooseStashQuilting / Hand Stitched Treasure (you are here!)
DesertSky Quilting / Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Just Because Quilts / Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Patchwork Breeze / Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew

Friday, October 26, 2018
Kathys Kwilts and More / Quilted Delights
Seams To Be Sew / Bumbleberry Style

I would love to thank Timeless Treasures and the Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity. The giveaways below run all week long.

My dear friend at DesertSky Quilting did a great job sharing the
Giveaway Rules and Guidelines at the end of her post here.
Please read through them. Thank you!

There is a free pattern available at Seams To Be Sew each day of the hop - each one is available for only 24 hours, so you will want to check in daily to collect them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for visiting.
I wish you a spooktacular day!

Peek A Who? Blog Hop Day 2

Day 2 of the Peek A Who? Blog Hop

Marian at Seams to Be Sew is hosting another great blog hop.
You may find the blog hop schedule HERE on her blog.
She is also offering a free pattern each day during this event.

My post is scheduled Wednesday. I hope to see you then!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Peek A Who?? Blog Hop Begins Today!

The Peek a Who? Blog Hop begins today.

Marian at Seams To Be Sew is hosting this Halloween blog hop.

You may find today's schedule and the free pattern of the day HERE at Seams To Be Sew.

You may find the full schedule HERE.
I will share what I made on Wednesday.

Wishing you all a spook-tacular week!