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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

My favorite time of the year. You know, when I can fly on my broom, and no one seems to notice!

                                            Just the way I like it!

Speaking of like, don't you love these photo layouts? 
I did it with "My Memories" software.
It's a great way to share your albums. All "blinged" up the way you like em! 
Even if it's batty bling, like mine! :-)

It's not too late to get in on the give-a-way. "My Memories", is generously giving one lucky reader,
a copy of "My Memories Suite" digital scrapbooking software.  Thursday morning I will be announcing the winner.
So if you want to win, you've got to comment.
Not on this post, but the one dated Oct 26th.
Click HERE and it will take you right to the post.
Be sure to tell me what your favorite design packs are!

                                             Now meet Mr. Skeleton!

 Is he too cute or what?  I used glow in the dark fabric for the bones, which makes it so fun when the lights go out. (note: the little Boo box was a free Facebook download from My Memories last week!)

You can find this free Skeleton pattern on the Babylock web site.

                                                       Click HERE

 And be sure to take a look around at all the freebies they have
to offer. There are some quality projects there.
Did I mention free? For Pete's sake, you can't beat that price in todays market!

So have a great Halloween, whip of a skeleton of your own,
and scare the bejeebers out of your Trick or Treaters tonight!!


PS:  Just kidding about the Bejeeber thing!!
My bad!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Psssst I hear a rumor that it's Amy's blog hop time again

Could it be??  Amy's, blog hop time!! I love this time of the year. Nothing can inspire me more than seeing what everyone is up to.  With those holidays right around the corner, I need all the inspiration I can get, so I can get my projects underway for my friends and family.

I am delighted to share a PIG  (project in grocery sack) with you that I finished in honor of the hop.
                                       And thanks Amy for that little shove!!

It's so darn cute, that I am having to ask myself, just why it took so long to finish.
Trust me when I tell you it wasn't because it was difficult. Actually, it just managed to get shuffled to the bottom of my grocery sack. That darn sack is way too big, but it's getting less and less full, I am happy to say. My PIGS list,  posted on the left side of my blog, keeps shrinking, which makes me happy

This quilt "Under the Stars" from "The Rabbit Factory"  was just about as fun and easy as it gets. Once I started on it, it was done in a day.  It's a perfect scrap buster too.  :-)

It's a busy time in the MooseStash, what with blog hops and the likes, I sure do hope you see something that you like and join in on the fun.
My goal is to inspire, as well as entertain you, as we travel down this "crazy" quilting road together.
Hope you join me!!!

Thanks Amy...   
and all the wonderful sponsers!
Now hop on over to Amy's yourself, by clicking HERE and join in the fun!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's Give-a-Way time again!

They said it was coming

But I did not believe...

Monday it's 80 degrees!

Tuesday I find the lone last bloom on my bush, that should have stopped blooming a month ago.

The fall colors are still with us!


The planter by the pond is looking pretty sad,
 but the stock tank heater is ready to go to protect the fish.
Is this all really necessary???


24 hours later, I guess the weather man knew what he was talking about!

We finally got our electricity back a while ago, after being without for 10 hours,
 but there are 82,000 in the city who have not been so lucky yet.

Having heat is feeling pretty great to me right now!


I can go sew again! Yeah!!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Ultimate Wish Book

Have you seen this?  
This is the absolute bomb!!!
 It's the best wish book in the world.

Even if you will never be able to afford it, there is nothing better than dreaming. It's got loads
 of great quilting articles, and lots of free patterns to download, so  hop on over to
                                  Quiltposium and sign up for your free subscription too.

We can all dream of traveling down Route 66 with Ricky Tims for 14 days, or taking that Bali quilting trip with Bonnie Hunter. Of course there is that Alaska Cruise with stops in Seattle and Vancouver Island that immediately caught my eye.   Ohhhhh the dreams I can dream. 

Guess I need to go back downstairs and just continue cleaning up my quilting cave!
Darn it!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

If you have this thing for Ghastlies
                                            and they have tied you in a knot
and you wish you could get them out of your mind
than this may be a thought.

We heard her plea for a cure
Mdm Samm was pos/it/ively sure
that we could stitch the nights away
in hopes that we MAY----???
( all 54 of us)
The side effects are Ghastlie
there is no mistaking too.
if you don't run this very minute
YOU too will catch the FLU...
We suspected all along
this was her master plan
she did not want to be alone,
with all YOU Ghastlie FANS...
(I suspect there will be a CURE somewhere
in one of these blogs...)
HERE is OUR Schedule.....
each name will link you to our Ghastlie
Be sure to leave them some comments
that will have their FLU....
ON Monday, October 24th
ON Tuesday October 25th
ON Wednesday October 26th    
ON Thursday October 27th
            Mrs. Katherine Ghastlie             
ON Friday October 28th
ON Monday October 31st
ON Tuesday November 1st

 ON Wednesday November 2nd
ON Thursday November 3rd
  ON Friday November 4th

Each day we will have a giveaway...
Some of my Ghastlie Sisters have made some special
projects to giveaway and we will have daily BIG PRIZES
from these sponsors....to sweeten the CAULDRON....
Some of our Sponsors
Alexander Henry Fabrics- lot's and lot's of Ghastlie Fabric
Colonial Needle -sewing basket
Janes Fabrics -Kona fabrics in PINK -fat quarter bundle
Reliable Iron - orange Velocity 50
IHAN ( kelly )- aurifil threads
Coeurdalenegifts- 2 sets of Halloween lights
Forth Worth Fabric Studio - gorgeous gift set of Ghasltie fabric
Creative Grid -3 Rulers their top 3
Blue FIG- wheeled bag in PINK
and of course some sweet surprises from our
Guest Ghasltie Sissssssssssssters..!
So you definately don't want to miss in on the fun. I've had a sneak peek at the prizes and they will be Ghastlie. I look forward to seeing you for some rip roaring fun at each blog! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In Bloom Halloween Style

Now that my work schedule allows, I can go to Monday classes at my favorite LQS, with all my quilting buddies.  Yeah!!!  This month we did this Timeless Treasures "In Bloom" quilt.

The actual quilt as designed looks like this. It's a beautiful floral, but not really my style, and with a stash the size of mine, I decided that I was going to shop my stash for this quilt. I had a fun Halloween border print that was going to work just right for it. That being said, it "was" a good plan, but once I started pulling out fabrics to go with it, I just didn't have what I really thought I needed, so off to the quilt shop I go. Even the best laid plans at times, seem to fail us. I had an idea that I would applique a design of some kind, in the center.

 Low and behold while I was waiting for my fabrics to be cut, I spy this wonderful book from Brandywine Design. I love all the adorable little critters and it's perfect for my quilt.  I have done baby quilts with their Dancin in the Moonlight book. That, and the children's book Goodnight Moon, is one of my favorite baby gifts to give.

Check out their books. They have the cutest little animals, I have ever seen!

It took only a few adjustments to make it fit the
format of my quilt center, and I am love the end results.

It always amazes me, how different fabrics can completely change a quilt.  If you can keep an open mind when looking thru the free patterns online, you might just find that perfect pattern for your stash, or at least part of it!  :-)

Next month, I am doing it again with another online pattern. It calls for a toile background, but I am using a black and white polk-a-dot. Maybe some really bright colors to go with it. We will see..

                                I believe the saying "rehash your stash" fits nicely for these projects! 
                                                            :-)  What do you think?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ghastlies Blog Hop

                     Have you heard??? The Ghastlies are having a blog hop. :-)

Actually the infamous Madame Samm from Sew we Sew (aka) Stash Manicure and Sew I Quilt, her own personal blog,  is hosting this fabulous event. I just can't imagine how she has the time to put together another event. That's one incredible lady she is!

So be sure to join the 51 of us, yep you read this right 51 blogs, for a rip roaring good time paying our personal tributes to the wonderful Alexander Henry Ghastlie fabric.  From Oct 24th thru Nov 4th, you will be in for tricks and treats from bloggers every day! 

Now you know you can't miss this, don't you????? 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Happy Mail Call and Saving for fabric fix

 You can't imagine how delighted I was yesterday when the mailman brought this package to me. You see, Janet over at What Comes Next, had a give a way. Guess who won????
I did, yippee!!!!   I knew the fat quarters were coming, but I had no idea she was throwing in a book and the thread to go with it. Wow Janet, this is a great package, and I do promise to do something special with it.

Now take note of the great post card she sent along with it. Made out of a paper bag, an applique flower and rubber stamps. It is just toooooooo darn cute!

Then,  Linda over at Scrapmaster shared a post about her new fabric acquisition, and light bulb went off. You see Linda saves her change and when there is enough, she goes shopping for fabric.

In my, prior to quilting life, I was a crafter. I made fabric dolls, country style bunnies, bears, pigs,cows and a few moose too. Then I got the wood bug, and added wooden dolls to my collection, which ended up branching out to many different wood items.

Fence pickets soon became one of my favorite things to work with. They were inexpensive and precut. I learned to make many different things out of them. That was long ago now, and most have gone by the way side. I still have the change box that I made. It sits by the door and makes a great place to throw change as you come and go. It also doubles as a great doorstop.

Mine is tall, about 3 foot. I only wish it was full, but there is enough in it to make it harder than heck to move. (note the moose, seems they are everywhere around here!)

Now just how much fabric could I acquire with that??????    Hummmm...   Thanks to Linda, my mind is going like crazy! And it's probably NOT a good thing!  :-)      I promised her I would not share with hubby who gave me that great idea. He cringes when he sees bags if fabric come thru the door... and that's another story all in itself!  :-)

Saving for fabrics, what are your ideas on that??  Please to share. Better yet, make a change collector for yourself and show us what you did!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dog Gone Cute

Don't these guys just make you smile!  Coasters, they are.  The Whole Country Caboodle is the creative force behind these cuties.  I see them making adorable accents to a scrap quilt. Maybe enlarged a bit and making blocks with them, or borders...  What's your vision? I would love to know. They have a such a great line of fun patterns. I've just bought the Gone to the Dogs, and after these guys, it's burning a whole in my quilting mind!!  :-)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October is here... October is here

My absolute favorite time of the year. With that being said, it was very difficult to decide of a Tuxedo for our tiles this month. So many choices and I am the biggest Halloween fanatic around.  You will likely see a few different tuxes this month, but lets kick it off with this one.

Again I found a pattern over at Quilt Blocks Galore, my favorite web site and "FREE" can you say Hallelujah, I struck gold!!  :-)  

Tesselcats! Now is that perfect for a not so scary Halloween treat!  Call it the bright colors, the easy paper piecing, great scrap buster or whatever, but make sure you check out this pattern. Click HERE to be magically transported to this fun little guy. 

Just a few tips. When piecing this, start with either piece 3 or 5, piece across for the ears then add piece 6 the body. This block is a 6" block. If you add a 1" strip around all sides, it will fit our 6" tiles perfectly. I painted my eyes on with regular acrylic paints, but applique (fusible or needle turn would work just great!  You can even stitch a few little whiskers if you like.  So what do you think. Ready to jump in and try it?  Or better yet,  how about a fun little wall hanging with a bunch of these guys?

Make sure, you share your projects with us all. We love to see every ones different take on things. You can post them in our Flickr account by using the link on the left side of my blog.

                                                  Now show me what you got!  :-)