Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OMG It's Finished: October!

With one week left for October finishes, I must finally admit that my own quilty goal is just not happening this month.
Now more than ever, I need to see your finishes, so that I may live vicariously!
I have managed to stitch a few rays of sunshine this month.
Usually, I make two Kite Tail blocks each month, for Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
I need extras though, to total 24 blocks. So this month I made a third, with the yellow and orange colorway for October RSC.
These blocks require a lot of cutting and apparently this third block was just one too many for me. The day after I pressed and trimmed my strips for the 'extra' one, my wrists swelled and gave me grief like never before. I am still unable to cut, and only very limited computer time. I have managed to stitch the third block together, in five minute increments, over the past two weeks.

Hopefully, I can figure the exact cause of this soon, but for now I hope you understand if I seem quite anti-social! I regret that I will not be able to reply to comments until I am comfortable once again on the PC. I will be able to read your posts, and want you to know I am cheering for you, and that I am so very appreciative of your participation!

This is the FQ bundle I put together for the OMG, October prize-pool!

Please take a few moments to visit our monthly OMG sponsors!

 Fat Quarter Shop: $25 Gift Certificate (Flash Sale Link HERE!)
Bagmaker Supply: $20 Store Credit 
Please visit Bagmaker on Facebook! Let's help this awesome shop reach 500 followers! 
Did you know Bagmaker is now stocking hardware kits to coordinate with SWOON Patterns, and with Bag of the Month Club!

Thank you for sharing your October goal with OMG!
Much Luck for success!

Looking for more info? Read about One Monthly Goal.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Handmade Halloween: The Bat in the Moonlight

How Bat That?
I finished my mini with three hours remaining to write this post and catch the party!
I appliqued this fun piece for The Crafted Applique Bloghop, back in May!
It finished right around 20".
I chose an easy-peasy finishing method:
After quilting with a muslin backing, pulling threads to the back and tying them, I cut a new backing, black, 1" larger than the quilt.
Next, I stitched them (right-sides) together, but only along two opposite edges.
Turned it right side out and pinned the unfinished ends over.
Finally, I top-stitch all the way around.
Perhaps crude, but it sure makes a nice finish for a table mat!
Variegated purple thread from Superior, a 40wt from old stash, plus wool batting.
My funky quilting really stands out!
This is one block from the Carolyn Lynch pattern, "Something Wicked This Way Comes". All of the blocks can be seen at Carolyn's website, Articles of Merit Not Listed.

I found the single-block pattern, titled "The Bat in the Moonlight", published in QNM, OCT 98 issue. 

Are you ready for Halloween?
Costumes set yet?
Check out the Handmade Halloween inspiration party!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Winners: One Monthly Goal

Winners were contacted yesterday for the September OMG Giveaways, but one of them has not responded! Maybe we should all visit Ellie's blog, Ellie at Color My World and leave a congratulatory comment! While you are there, check out her Handprint Quilt! It returned from the quilter's, and Ellie will be binding it, as her October goal.

Ellie won the $25 Gift Certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop!

Next up, the ISpy Charm Pack:
Congratulations to Barbara at Cat Patches!

Barbara has a giveaway of her own going on, open for entry now through the 7th, where one lucky winner will win the whole set of Bag Ladies! The patterns can be used for the upcoming QAL: 
Cat Patches

$20 Credit at Bagmaker Supply: Congratulations Lena, at Quilt Art by Olena. Have fun shopping for zippers, closures, kits and such, Lena!
I made this quilty dot to replicate the Bagmaker Logo and included it with Quilty365!
Lena shared a tutorial for the cutest Pumpkin Cannister at her site yesterday, and I ripped a picture to show ya'll!

If you love giveaways, (and who doesn't!), Amy, who joined the OMG linkup her first time this month, is offering a lovely charm pack at her site: AmyScrapSpot 

 Also, Val has an Engelbreit-inspired give-away going on this week, in conjunction with her Tuesday Archives linkup!

Val's Quilting Studio
Thank you all for another great month!
Now get to work! Let's make a dent on October goals!
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