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!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

QS Red Hearts Update - September 2018

1,269 stitches were added to QS Red Hearts in September, completing Page 5. Six of nine pages are now complete. I love this artwork by Ching-Chou Kuik and it is beautifully charted by Heaven and Earth Designs.

This is how she looked at the end of August.

And this is how she looked at the end of September.

The project is 89.07% complete. (It was 86.37% in August.)

Pages 1-4: 100%
Page 5: 100% (It was 95.67%)
Page 6: 70.34% (It was 69.17%)
Page 7: 100%
Page 8: 41.24% (It was 23.31%)
Page 9: 7.03% (It was 2.4%)

October 19th - 21st is International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW). Last month 1,151 stitches were added during IHSW. We have a busy weekend planned, but I hope to make some progress. 

Wishing you all a great weekend!

IHSW originated at Random Ramblings. The goal is to set aside as much time as possible to stitch the 3rd full weekend of the month. There is an IHSW Facebook Group you may find here, if you would like to participate. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TAST Week 14

Week 14: Buttonhole Wheel
During Week 14 of TAST, the Buttonhole Wheel was shared as Stitch 13 in this post at Pintangle.com. (There has been one break week.)

I used one of Sharon B.'s Stitcher's Templates and marked the foundation side of my crazy quilt block to help keep my buttonhole wheels evenly spaced.

My stitches were worked with a single strand of DMC #605 size 8 perle cotton. As you can see, I still need practice keeping these stitches even...

Black seed beads completed the seam.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal challenge offered by Sharon B. at Pintangle.com to learn or work a new stitch each week.

Please note: I am not affiliated with Sharon B.'s templates. I did receive a set for an honest review, and I truly love working with them. My full review of the templates was published in the Summer 2016 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. (I am not affiliated with the magazine either.)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

CQJP 2018 April Block

The 4th block for my Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018 is finished! 

Once again, the fabrics were colored and heat set with Crayola crayons. (That process is explained here.) You may click on any photo for a larger view.

The first seam was rather simple with cross stitches that I spaced evenly using waste canvas. 

Next, I added seed beads.

The second seam used one of my favorite combinations - buttonhole stitches, detached chain stitches, and beads.

One of the templates I received from Sharon B. helped me evenly space these stitches. (I am not affiliated with the templates. They were received in return for an honest review. I love using them! My full review is shared in the Summer 2016 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. I am not affiliated with the magazine.)

For the first motif, I poked holes in the sketch of my block and created a dotted outline of the heart on the wrong side of my fabric with light pencil marks.

The flight path was created with a strand of purple embroidery floss and a running stitch. The butterfly was added with detached chain stitches, straight stitches and 2 French knots on the antennae. 

For the second motif, I created another dot-to-dot guide. This time, I was not confident I could line it up properly on the back side of the block, so I marked the front fabric (which always makes me nervous.) 

I still wonder if I should have used a computer font and printed out the words, rather than relying on my own handwriting for this section... The words were embroidered with size 12 black perle cotton and a stem stitch.

The last motif was created with green and purple size 8 perle cotton. Two straight stitches and 3 detached chain stitches created stems and leaves. Two sets of fly stitches created heart-shaped flowers.

Rather than individually stitching beads around the heart-shape on this block, I strung beads on a strand of floss and then couched that floss down between each bead. It was fun to try something new.

This block turned out very close to the sketch I made during the planning stage.

Four of my CQJP 2018 blocks are now complete.

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2018 (CQJP 2018) is a personal challenge to complete a crazy quilt block each month that measures at least 8 x 8 inches. You may learn more about it here. You may see the work others have created this year on the CQJP 2018 blog here or shared on the Facebook page here. Sign ups for CQJP usually open in November.

Thank you for visiting!

Related Posts:
Embellished CQJP 2018 January Block - here
Embellished CQJP 2018 February Block - here
Embellished CQJP 2018 March Block - here

My CQJP 2018 progress may be followed on this Pinterest board.

Sneak peeks of my progress are shared on my Instagram account

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 2018

Happy October!

September Accomplishments:
1. I began a project for the Peek a Who? Blog Hop and it will be finished in time.

2. My April CQJP 2018 block was pieced and embellished. I will share photos soon, but you may find a few work-in-progress photos on my Instagram account, here.

3. I pieced my May CQJP 2018 block.

4. Over 1,200 stitches were added to QS Red Hearts. I will share photos later this month.

5. Over 250 stitches were added to Fractal White Tiger. You may find my update on the 2018 Stitcher's Group blog, here.

October Goals:
1. Complete and share my Peek a Who? Blog Hop project. The blog hop is hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew and will be from October 22nd - October 26th.

2. Complete a block for the Spring 2019 Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.

3. See if I can make a Halloween fabric postcard in time to join the Halloween crazy quilt postcard swap just announced to the Crazy Quilt International Facebook Group.

4. Make progress with QS Red Hearts.

Wishing you all a fantastic month!