Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Mini Catagory



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What a wonderful idea for us all to enjoy the Quilt Festival.  Amy let's us show off our quilts in a variety of catagories and we all get to enjoy 'The Show of Shows' in my opinion.

I have participated in each Festival since blogging - always entering the Mini Catagory with one of my doll quilts.  But this year I am using another mini.


I made this mini for the Black Cat Crossing Hop, using up my final Ghastlies scraps along with some of my black strings and bits.


It all started with a dumping of the zippy bag of fun stuff that needed to smile.


I took a coloring page cat figure and enlarged it.  Then roughly drew a square in a square in a square in a square,etc..... to cover the cat drawing.  Then just using the 'flip and sew' method, covered him with all those fun bit of fabric.  Add some fuseable (Steam-A-Seam) to the back and cut him out - ready to add to a background.

  
A close up of the start of the square in a square.  That little center bit was the last of one of my grandpa's ties.  It reminded me of a cat's eye - black cats are quite mystical,  all knowing and seeing - so I thought this made for a purrfect start.


It needed a fence look - think the rhyme "The Crooked Man"  who had a crooked cat - who walked a crooked stile.  So I went with a mini braid bottom border.


And added some mini  log cabin blocks that blended into the 'Mellow Yellow' main background to give the illusion of steps.  We all know how cats like to climb.


I used one layer of Quilter's Dream cotton/poly and one layer of Quilter's Dream 100% cotton for batting.  Simple stitch in the ditch thru the braid and the logs and a meander for the back ground.  The cat was fused raw edge machine quilted with some outline details. 

Catagory:   Mini
Finished size - 15" square.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Black Cat Crossing

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First I would like to thank Mdm Samm for being the spooky inspiration behind this Hop and head cheerleader Wendy of  Why Knot Kwilt who has done a fantastic job in lining us all up.

Please be sure to visit these ladies who share my day:

VroomansQuilts - you are here
TeaTimeCreations      

'Black Cat Crossing' by  Maywood Studios was the fabric line to inspire us and as great as this fabric is, my year has been using up stash on the shelf. I went another route with a fabric that just screams Halloween and black cats to me.


I just love Sebastian the Cat and all the ghoulish characters in Alexander Henry's 'Ghastlie' line and 3 years of fabrics on the shelf and the new line 'The Last of the Ghastlies' - well, I just had to use this.  A farewell of sorts to a spook-tacular line of fabric.


The family album, Sebastian, webs, tombstones, family crypt, the demise of a cast of characters all together for the back (yes, back) of my final Ghastlie quilt.


I wanted to make this quilt from 'Pick Four'  by Sue Abrey - a book that has been on my shelf for some time.


It gave the purrfect twist to this fun and twisted fabric.


I wanted to use up all my scraps - this is the end of the Ghastlies after all.


A zip pouch for a bit of fun to go with the divided basket - pattern by Noodlehead.


I had a few strings of Spooky fun left and pulled out my zip baggy of black strings to play with them.


A black cat walking a crooked stile and log - a fun mini to hang for the Holiday.  And we say farewell to the Ghastlies.

And since they are all gone, I had to find something else for a give away....


A jelly roll of Moonlight Manor by Deb Strain for Moda.  I will ship international and comments will be open until Oct 31st,10pm(EST) - you can get a head start on next year's Halloween project.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMB - Blogaversary Winners



This is the second piece that I entered in the 'From Farm to Fabric' AMB contest.  For many years our farm (and several in the Valley) grew vegetables for Beachnut Baby Food - until the local plant shut down.  Peas, Beans, Carrots, and Corn were all up and down the Valley.  So I chose the block 'Corn and Beans' to represent our farm.


This piece was almost thrown in the bin - remember when I was upset with a piece being horribly scorched?  This was it!  Right down the center of the whole thing.    I had wanted this to be quilted beautifully by Sue Daurio - we even conversed on this project - then the disaster of all disasters.

Finally determined, I took the piece apart and  replaced all the scorched sections.  Being short on entry time, I just used my serpentine to finish it off.  Would have loved to have had this little quilt done the way I envisioned, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball - we have to grow from it.


Don't forget to visit these ladies today for the Black Cat Crossing Hop



WINNERS OF THE BLOGAVERSARY JELLY ROLLS:

Michele T said...
Happy Blogiversary!!! So nice of you to celebrate with this sweet giveaway!! Both fabric lines are pretty and if I won I'd be happy with Be Jolly!!
Gill said...
Congratulations Sharon!
Thanks for including us non-US peeps in your lovely giveaway!

I will be getting in touch with these ladies to get their JRs off in the mail.  Thank you all for your lovely comments.  There will be a give away tomorrow with my Black Cat Crossing post.

Don't forget that the Blogger's Quilt Festival begins Friday, Oct 24th - you can link up two projects in their respective catagory.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon



Monday, October 20, 2014

AMB

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Back in April American Made Brand announced their challenge with the introduction of their new line of solid cottons grown and manufactured in America.  I found it difficult to find the fabric because it took some time to find it's way into on-line shops and LQS, but eventually I managed to locate the amount and colours I wanted.

 
You could enter up to two entries and this is the first one I made.  Now I didn't follow instructions - design had to represent from farm to fabric - to me it spoke a feeling I needed to express.  Our  Valley was nearly wiped from the map with storm Irene.  We are a farming valley, farming families, farming community, we relate to the earth.


Broken homes, broken paths, some connected and some not.  Loss of some families moving on, others remaining to re-build because the Valley is in their heritage.


The black of the darkness of the night as the waters rose, not knowing what would be left come morning.  Red barns on farms that have been in generations of families.  The blue of the morning that came after.  Green fields that came from the re-birth and yellow for those who carried on the light.

I'll share my second piece tomorrow.

Remember to visit these ladies in the Black Cat Crossing Hop:

  
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon