Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last day of the Wicked Hop

                                                                  Happy Halloween

(if you like this guy , he is in a quilt one post back )
well all good wicked things must come to an end but first check out the last day of the Wicked hop.
Wednesday, October 31st

Hope you had the chance to stop by most of the blogs .... there were a lot of treats given away during this hop and it might not be to late to be included.
Thanks to all the creative minds that put together such a great hop for Halloween. Stay tuned to see what will be next. I know the next one I will be in  on is Holiday Lane Pillows in just a few weeks.... I best get busy with that.
I did get my FMQ challenge sample done ..... it was a fun tut playing with doodling and your name, all done in thread thanks to Teri Lucas and Darlene  for getting this one set up for us. I still have to check out the bonus tuts. It has been a great year for learning different ways to do our free motion quilting. Here are my samples.
my practice piece

and now on the sample quilt

I'll be linking up with SewCalGal pop over to see how everyone else did up their names.
As for my works in progress just some of the same ones just trying to give them some time. And working on my FMQing.
Pop over to The Needle and Thread Network  to see what the others have been up to.
Happy Halloween and happy stitching this week
in stitches

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Something Wicked this way comes..........

October 26 ...... It's my turn for ........

Welcome to the Wicked Blog Hop, we want to say thanks to  Wendy and Madam Samm ( the head sorcerers )  for get us all in the Halloween Spirit with our blocks and other goodies that we conjured up in the last little while.
I just know the hop will be a spook- tacular  success . I can smell the cauldrons cooking
Here is the line up for today's creations ..... be sure to check them all out. You do not want to miss any of the creations they have cooked up of all of us to view. There might even be a treat included with the postings.
Friday, October 26th

                        In Stitches & Seams   (you are here)

Robin - That Other Blog

Sew now it is on with my post and what I would like to share with you all out there
To get warmed up and in the spirit of Halloween I made a D9P  aka Disappearing 9 Patch, using Halloween themed fabrics. Just thought, it would be nice for the season as short as it is .... and the fact that I have been collecting a few pieces here and there ( some are very large pieces ) and it was time to get to work on them. I'll be using some of the bigger pieces to make the backing for this one.

Next the blocks that I had conjured up and now to make them up out of fabric. Seeing that this was leading to more and I could not decide on just one sew I whipped up 4 - 10 1/2 in blocks.

I could not leave them unfinished sew I added stripped sashings and 9 patch corner stones followed with a wonderful Boo fabric for the finial border.

Not sure but I think I will call it Beware of  things that go "Bump in the Night"
I am working on getting it quilted before Halloween and hopefully before my turn with Wicked.

                                               my giveaway treat for the lucky  blog hopper
                                         a little pack of squares from Moda's Harvest Moon
                                                       (2 1/2") long tweezers for your FMQ
                                                              and a Halloween mug mat
                                                 ( I shrunk my Candle mat pattern  for the mug mat )

And now for the last part of my post I would love to give a little treat to a lucky follower of the hop, leave me a comment with what your favorite part of Halloween is...... now my favorite part is seeing the kids come to the door all dressed in their favorite costumes. I sure hope the weather holds for them again this year.  At this point the kids are not snow lucky......
I'll make the draw on all hallows eve........ Oct. 31.....
Now off you go and check out the other sites to see what else was conjured up for you to view.
in stitches

Thursday, October 18, 2012

If your in the area

You really should check out the display at the Arts Council Building ..... The Gallery on Third.

In 2007 Carol challenged herself to made a new textile work every week for the year.
Sew there are 52 small art quilts that she designed and made during that year.
Artless Fabrications   this link will take you to Carol's home page . Check out her blog to have a peak at some of her work. I thought it was awesome.
I hope to stop by again later this week .... time/work permitting.  The hours that the Gallery on Third are Wed - Sat 1 -4 pm, her show is only here until the 20 of October.
This show is part of the OSAC Arts on the move program .... if you are in Saskatchewan check to see if it is coming to your area  or request it to come.
 Sew that's all for now
                    take care
                                      in stitches

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

just a quilting

Quilting Guide me Safely Home

Well I have been working on my FMQ and trying to get one of my quilts finished before the end of the month. I really want to get both of my McCall's Quilting  challenge quilts done to take for a little bit of a trunk show that I will be doing in Davidson in November. This will be something completely new for me as I do not feel that I am a great public speaker ...... but I  am willing to try and learn to step outside my comfort zone ... at least just a little.( I'm sure it will be just like having show and tell :)   )
I have also been finishing up my blocks for the Wicked hop that will start next week ...sew stay tuned to see some great ideas and blocks for Halloween.
just a peak of my things that go
"bump in the night" quilt

I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and Monika ..... stop on by and see what everyone has been up to .
And of course there are only a few days left to get your votes in on this years McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star 2012.
take care and have a wonderful day
in stitches

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tidbit Tuesday

It's been a while .... a long while scince I posted a tidbit. This one is for cleaning your Iron.
Last week while doing some fusible applique I happened to get some sticky on the iron. Just a bit but it was enough to make a mess of a project. I remembered about using a used dryer softener sheet to clean the tip of a hot glue gun and thought, why not.  It might just work for a hot iron with fusible web.
And it did. It took off allof black( burnt glue ) and any sticky residue and even shine up the sole plate of the iron.
all clean and ready to go again

I also received a package in the mail today form Angie from morgaine77.blogspot.com
she sent out a few fat quarters , a neat little seam ripper and tweezer and a fabric fairy magnet( I knew she was real just like the quilting fairy .... I found 3 new quilt batts on my door step once,)
Thanks Angie

We are down to the last week of the McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star 2012. Your votes will be counted until Sunday the 21 and the winner will be anounced on the 23.
Thank you to all how have voted once or daily. It has been a great experience and has helped me design a few more quilts. and the desire to do more. Next week in my Wicked post I will have one that I am thinking of doing a pattern for. I am taking little steps but I am going forward to see what I can do. Sew thank you for your support in my quilting.

Sew until next time happy stitching
in stitches

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Leafs Me Happy winner is......

Just a short note to say that my draw is over and the lucky winner was
comment #55 Robin.
I have sent her a note to get the mailing info and her package will be on it's way.
Thank you all for playing along and joining us with the Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop . It is great to hear from you all and see what everyone has created and shared with us through the hop. A way to get to know each other just a little bit better.
...... watch for the Wicked Hop that will soon be here. It should be spook-tacular....
Have a great day
               in stitches

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesdays..... fall is in the air, with a touch of snow too!

Another week has gone by sew fast. Not sure where it went just know that it is gone.  Sew what am I working on now.... samples for my candle mat class
candle mat samples

quilt for our son and items for another blog hop

both are hanging on my design wall

 and then back to the tomatoes and doing some fall cleaning around the house and putting up some fall / Halloween decorations
a friendly fall face

I am linking up with Monika and The Needle and Thread Network.
stop in and see what everyone has been up to this last week too.
And on the voting front with McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star ....... there are only 12 days left for voting, You can either use the link on the top of my page or go to there site www.mccallsquilting.com
be sure to check out both categories as they have great quilts in both.
Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to, have a great day ( bundle up if you are around my area as they are talking snow , brrrrrrr. Just sew long as it does not last like yesterdays snow we will be fine )
in stitches
P.S. remember this is the last day of the Leafs Me Happy Blog hop check it out an dget in on some of the give aways!!!!
Wednesday 10

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Leafs Me Happy Hop October 8, 2012

Welcome Fall ........ and all the falling leaves
Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian bloggers and followers
It is my turn to share with you on the Leafs Me Happy blog hop .
I would like to thank Madame Samm and Cherry Blossoms for organizing and hosting this blog hop. I know it takes a fare bit of time to get it all done ..... thank you .. thank you.....  thank you. We all appreciate it a lot.
First I would like to share the list of links for the blogers today .....
Monday 8

                              in stitches & seams  ( hi! You are here )

be sure to stop by and see what makes them all smile with their leaves.

Scattered Leaves

Well I decided to play with the leaf templates I have from one of my patterns for a fall banner/garden flag, called  Changing Seasons. As I played with my 12 1/2" block I thought it would be nice to have a pillow for the season too.

And to dress it up some I added a ruffle to the border .Finished size is 16" square. My first pillow in a long time. I just might have to make a few more now as it went together fairly quick, and was fun to make.

Changing Seasons Banner

I have also made up the banner and will have a copy of the pattern as my give away for this hop, I'll include a fat quarter or two as well. Just leave a comment, and follow if you like. You can enter until midnight on the 10 of October for the give away.

I have a pile of leavs in my living room!

My give away for the Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop

If you noticed the Voting link on my page it is for the McCall's Quilting  Quilt Design Star challenge that I have been participating in this year. I have had a lot of support from family and friends and have made it to the finals, sew if you are sew inclined stop on  by and cast a vote and also check out the other quilts that have been designed for this last round.

Sew that's all for now , thanks for stopping by
in stitches Annette

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

W.I.Ps Wednesday ...... & voting

I have been busy getting my block together for the Leafs Me Happy hop. My turn will be on Monday the 8th, Thanksgiving here in Canada.
I have a couple peaks here and next I will be working on the blocks for Wicked another hop,over at Sew We Quilt aka Stash Manicure.
It will seam strange not working on a challenge piece now. As the last round of quilting is done and the voting has started. There have been some great quilts designed once again. I have been sew blessed to be part of this group of quilters.Check out the quilts with my link on the side bar.
a few blocks for my son's quilt
I hope to see it growing soon
sew now it will be time to take out a bunch of my UFOs and work on them I have a quilt started for my son and that will be the first one I want to finish. He had told me to put it on hold while I was in the McCall's Quilt Design Star Challenge.
I received good news the other day .... my sewing machine is all better. It had broken while quilting Holding On... and I had to borrow a friends to finish. sad to say I have not had it 4 yrs yet. But it is fixed and I can play with it again. I had trouble with the take up lever ( thread tangling on it and breaking, this is what the trouble was caused from as it loosen the lever and it came off as well as the build up caused the needle to miss aline when sewing decorative stitches ) I will be taking it for a good test run when I get it home again.
The weather has turned a little cooler here and they have been using that 4 letter word  .... snow..... It's much too early for that, but if it comes it should not stick around just yet I hope.
Well that's all for now be sure to check in with The Needle and Thread Network to see what everyone else has been  up to, I'll be linking up with Monika there.
in stitches

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Holding On......

Holding On ......
theme "Opposites Attract"
round 3 of McCall's QDS 2012

Well the time has come for the Voting to start on the final round of the Quilt Design Star 2012
Our theme was "Opposites Attract", I chose young and old, I found a wonderful photo on line of a great grandmother with her great granddaughters hands. It was a challenge working on the hands but I learned along the way and I am very happy with my end results. I have also used the Log Cabin block in both a traditional setting with the red centers for the hearth ( heart) of our home in darker colors and then off centered and uneven in brights to have yet another set of opposites.
Welcome to my blog to the readers of the Watrous Manitou ( our local paper)
I have the voting link on the side bar to make it easy to find the page. Once there you could bookmark it if you like to have a shorter way to get to the page, or you could cut and copy the voting widget that they have on the bottom of the page.
Thank you all for your support in my quilt designing in this challenge. I have had a great year of learning as well as designing. It has been a wonderful journey that I will continue to take and share along the way. I would also like to say Thank you to McCall's Quilting for the opportunity and let you know that they will be hosting this challenge again next year....... sew if you quilt and love to design this could be for you too!   You'll never know until you try.
in stitches