Monday, 26 October 2015

My Finished Halloween Houses Quilt Top

The Halloween Houses Quilt Along ended on Saturday. I actually did it! I finished my quilt top before the end of the quilt along. It was finished on Saturday at 10:30 in the morning. :)

Halloween Houses. A free pattern and Quilt Along by Daydreams of Quilts.
 The only person to link up their finished top in my link-up was Anita Sharp. She automatically won the $25 US gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. Thank you so much Anita (same name as me! :) ) for quilting along with me and keeping me on track with my Halloween quilt.

So here is my Halloween Houses quilt top on the front of my own Halloween House. We finished decorating this weekend so we are all set for the big night on Saturday.
I am so happy with how my quilt turned out. It really show cases the fun fabrics. The one street with the green sky is the street where all the spooky witches live. All their spells going up their chimneys turned the sky green. I love the two cul-de-sac blocks breaking up the overall houses too. :)

I am going to take a break from blogging for a couple of weeks but I will be back with a couple of projects that I am working on for Fat Quarter Shop in November.

Monday, 19 October 2015

The Halloween Houses Quilts Along Link Up!

Hello Halloween Houses Quilt-a-longers! :) Today is the day that the linky opens so you can show off your quilt tops or completed quilts that you made using the "Halloween Houses" quilt pattern. (Free pattern from my Craftsy shop.)

You have until Saturday October 24th to link up your finished tops. Or, finished quilts if you've made it that far! Quilts and/or tops can be any size. If you've made more than one project you can link up more than once. A random winner will be chosen on October 25th to receive a gift from Daydreams of Quilts of a $25 gift code to the Fat Quarter Shop.

I am still working on mine! I have been swamped with sewing for a Craft Show coming up soon in my town but I am determined to finish my Halloween Quilt before Halloween and before my linky party closes on Saturday. Positive thoughts sent out to me that I get it finished are appreciated. :)

Okay, so fingers crossed that I did all this correctly - it's my first ever link party on my blog! Please link up an good luck!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along Blog Hop

Today is my day in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop. I am a bit late getting my post up because I was thinking tomorrow was my day. Today is certainly better than waiting until tomorrow though because I am so excited to tell you about Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts! Since it's high time I put the spotlight on another Canadian Pattern Designer for my "Spotlight on Canadian Pattern Designers" blog series the timing is perfect.

Lorna is a fantastic Canadian Quilt Pattern designer. I mean really, really good. She is one of my all time favourite pattern designers. Her "Dog Gone Cute" pattern is my most favourite pattern so far. I am a major dog lover and this is just adorable. The pattern comes with eight dogs in two sizes (small and large) but the possibilities for different dogs are endless. You can sew them with ears up or ears down. Change up your colors. Use solids or prints. It's so much fun! Each dog has very clear diagrams and instructions every step of the way. They are actually quite easy to put together and I haven't had to unpick a single seam. All the pieces are named with a letter so I use "Alpha bitties" from The Fat Quarter Shop to keep everything straight and that really speeds up the process for me.

Dog Gone Cute dogs 1, 2 and 4.
 My sewing time has been quite hectic and stressful lately. Not relaxing as it should be. I am disappointed that I only have three dogs sewn up to show you but I am very pleased with these three. My plan is to make a baby quilt for my dog loving baby girl and hopefully a large quilt for my sister too.

The first dog I sewed was dog 4 because he looks like my old Jack Russell Terrier that we had to put down last June.
Morey, the crazy Jack Russell Terrier, panting after chasing his ball.

How you use your fabric can make the dogs look like different breeds as well. There were a few comments on my Instagram feed about what dogs people thought these were.

Dog Gone Cute dog 2.
So far all my fabrics are Kona Cottons but I think I will change it up and add in prints for some of the other dogs. Some of the dogs I've seen made with prints in the hashtag on Instagram - #DogGoneCuteQAL - have been so cute!

Dog Gone Cute dog 1.
Make sure you click over to Lorna's blog Sew Fresh Quilts to see what the other bloggers on the hop are up to and visit her online shops to get your copy of the pattern. And speaking of Lorna's shops. Oh my goodness! I cannot rave enough... you've got to check out her other patterns. I've bought four of them so far I think but I want them all! The Elephant Parade pattern is really popular and that is another one I plan to sew for my baby.

You can grab this cute Quilt Along button on her blog and put it up on yours to let everyone know you're part of the quilt along. There's still lots of time to join in as this is only day 4 on the blog hop.

Sew Fresh Quilts

Here is the schedule for the blog hop:

Tuesday, October 6
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Kris of Kris Loves Fabric
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting it Out
Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Thursday, October 8
Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
Nina of Inchworming
Doris of The Quilting Queen Online
Brandy of Pampered Pettit
Leena of Creative Instincts

Tuesday, October 13
Ruth of Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel
Kathy of Kathy’s Quilting Blog
Deb of New Creative State

Thursday, October 15
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts
Gina of Quilts and Cakes
Beth of Words & Stitches
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable

Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Gayle of Pedal Sew Lightly
Kathy of Kayak Quilting

Thursday, October 22
Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room
Heide of Heide’s Quilty Hugs
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion

Tuesday, October 27
Teje of Nero’s Patch and Post
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Valerie of Val’s Quilting Studio
Ellen of Georgia Florida Studio
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts

Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Jenn of A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Anne of Batiks by the Bay
Susie of Susie's Sunroom

Tracy of Tracy’s Bits N Pieces

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Time is Fluid and Hard to Grasp - A Halloween Houses Update

Well, here we are almost at the first Friday in October. I have been waiting to write a Halloween Houses Quilt Along post until I had some "good" photos but I am realizing that I will never get a post up if I do that. Please pardon the iPod photos in this post but I didn't want another week to go by without checking in with my Halloween Houses Quilt Along peeps. :) If this is your first time hearing of this Quilt Along please click the "Halloween Houses Quilt Along" button in my sidebar to find all the posts. The introductory post has the link to my free pattern.

I have been so busy since the start of school. I knew being the volunteer Hot Lunch co-ordinator at our school was going to be a big job but I didn't fully understand the amount of time I would be putting in. I think I have things running smoothly now though so should be able to get back to more blogging.

So here is where I am at with my Halloween Houses blocks.

I couldn't even get them all in the frame despite standing on a chair (as you can see in the bottom of the photo). I have decided to do 9 rows of eight with two cul-de-sac blocks (which would equal four houses once the two inch border strips are sewn on). I just need 8 more houses and one more cul-de-sac. Fingers crossed I can get them finished before the long weekend. :) It's Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend so "Happy Thanksgiving!" if I don't get another blog post up. :) I am thankful for all of you and I am thankful that I get to sew so many fun projects. I am also thankful for my Mom who is cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

Another project keeping me busy has been the Polaroid block swap that Johanna and I started over on Instagram. If you didn't get in on that but would like to make your own Polaroid blocks you can click here for an image with the cutting measurements. This is a handy reference that Johanna made for our swap participants. Below is a photo of some rainbow Polaroid blocks that I made for Jaclyn in my Canuck Bday Club. She was the September birthday girl and she likes Heather Ross so I made these into a rainbow "Skinny Mini". (And there's my thumb in the bottom of the photo.) I will post a finished photo as soon as I get if off the memory card in my DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. (The one I'm supposed to be using for blog photos. *wincing face*)

Speaking of rainbows, this gorgeous sight was something to behold from our back deck during a "sun shower" we had recently. How fantastic!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have seen these photos already so I hope you don't mind seeing them again here. As I eluded to in my title, time has been escaping my grasp these days. Since I need more time to finish my Halloween Houses quilt I am going to guess that you do too. I will host my first ever Linky Party here on the blog from October 19th to 24th and you can link up your Halloween Houses (or Christmas Houses or whatever theme of houses) for a chance to win a prize. I will tell you what the prize will be when the linky opens (I'm not quite sure what it will be yet.)

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you are quilting along and planning to link up. Also, please give me suggestions for a prize. Would you like a book? A handmade gift from me? A shop gift certificate code?