Monday, October 31, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day #7

Now don't you forget - visit today's Ghastlie Sisters:

Miss Daisy Ghastlie

Mrs Dana Ghastlie

Mrs Elaine Ghastlie

Mrs Gramma Sheri Ghastlie

Ms Suz Ghastlie

And I believe I heard this is the prize today..

These wonderful Auriful Threads from IHAN...Kelly at I Have A Notion
is sending 1 winner these....


Q. What do goblins and ghosts drink when they're hot and thirsty on
A. Ghoul-aid!!!

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 6

Are you ready for some more Ghastlie? Todays Ghastlie Sisters are:

Mrs Tonya Ghastlie

Mrs Tiramisue Ghastlie

Mrs Angela Ghastlie

Mrs Pauline Ghastlie

Mrs Karin Ghastlie

Mrs Barb Ghastlie

Todays Grand Prize Give Away is 2 sets of these candi lovely lights
( not edible, they do light up) from one of our very own Mrs Nancy Ghastlie
Courdalenegifts to light your way....OK, for next year, because it will take awhile to get to you ...

Winners of Day 5's Grand Prize were Manda and Danelle
4 Yards EACH of the GHASTLIE Collection from our sponsor Alenxander Henry


Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2011 - see side button - 400 quilts
12 Days of Christmas Sampler - see side button
Thanksgiving Dinner Challenge - see side button (just found this)
Crumb Along - wrapping up
Clover & Violet Stich and Quilt - wrapping up
Block Party - November - Sew We Quilt - see side button
Christmas Quilt Show - start planning - see side button
My Ghastlie Give Away - here - until last day of blog hop


Box #1 - Sarah just announce the winner - Shannon of NuNus QuiltWorld - so watch her blog for when she is ready to pass it on.

Box #2 - Linda of Stray Stitches is currently holding give away - open until Nov 4


I thought I would show you how I finish those small ornaments - perfect project these couple of days with our 'early' snow storm. Yes that was snow on the pumpkin, not frost!

Supplies: ornament - 3.5" square, 2 pieces of scrap batt 3.5" square (mine are a medium loft left from quilt trims), 2 pieces of backing fabric 2.5" x 3.5" folding one long side in 1/2" (I finger pressed, but you can iron), and one piece of thin ribbon cut 6"

First step: stack 2 batt pieces, ornament face up, fold ribbon in half and pin to center (leave 1/4" overhang from edge to be sure to catch secure in seam)

Second Step: place backging piece that has folded edge face down, lining up edges with ornament.

Third Step: place other backing piece face down, lining up edges with ornament and pin all in place.

Fourth Step: start on bottom edge and sew completely across, turn and start again from edge to edge - repeat all sides. Clip corners.

Fifth Step: turn and push out corners - I use an old chop stick. Sew your back seam with whip stitch or hem stitch or you can even use fabric glue if you don't like hand work.

Some of the finished ornaments. By doing this method, I don't have to stuff (evenly stuff) a tiny item - I use up my scraps - and my side seams are nice and straight (side hole turns make indentations) - and my back is nice and smooth.

I am working on some other Christmas projects, but can't share as they are for swaps and I know receivers are followers - gotta' keep a secret.


Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.

Knock Knock.
Who's There?
Gargoyle Who?
Gargoyle after every meal for fresh breath..

Sewingly Yours,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival : Fall 2011

I am pleased to make an entry into the Bloggers' Quilt Festival : Fall 2011. The hostess is Amy over at AmysCreativeSide. Take some time to visit the many lovely entries - you won't be disappointed!

My entry is 'Raggedy Friends' that was offered by the lovely Ms Kaaren at The Painted Quilt as a free block of the month. A delightful mix of Annie, Andy and their friends and shared loves. Combining wonderful stitcheries with scrappy block lay-out made for a cherished quilt. I chose to hand quilt with lots of hearts thru out the piece. And I searched for and saved lots of red buttons while working on this - for all those eyes and accents! *a few close ups*

Won't you consider joining in? AmysCreativeSide Bloggers' QUilt Festival - Fall 2011

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day # 5

On Friday October 28th - please visit these Ghastlie Sisters

Miss Trudi Ghastlie

Ms Deonn Ghastlie

Mrs Marlene Ghastlie

Mrs Kim Ghastlie

Mrs Tammy Ghastlie

DAY 5 Giveaway... And yes you guessed ... 2 more WINNERS for
Ghastlie Fabric... 4 Yards EACH of this GHASTLIE Collection from our sponsor
Alexander Henry Fabrics...

Just leave a comment with the day's Ghastlie Sisters and they will each submit a name into the caldron.

I was just like any ghoul in an ice cream shop - just 'delighted' with all the response to yesterday's post and look at all the new followers. Thank you everyone, you made me feel so special. There was a lot of requests for a tutorial on the diary cover and the tissue box cover. So in November, I will be presenting those for you lovely people as a thank you to your overwhelming response.

I did manage to get some sewing done inbetween answering all those
e-mails - yes I answered each and everyone! These are paper pieced ornament blocks (member of Carol Doak's Yahoo group) and I did get a dozen of each tree and ornament block. They need pressing and trimming before quilting and stuffing. I have 3 other designs I want to do also ------ AND why you ask Christmas projects during a Halloween Blog Hop?

Because we have been getting snow since early Wednesday afternoon and still snowing!! It has put me in a mood to get some gifties done, but I hope it stops soon.


Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 4

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,"

"And I have many curious things to show you when you are there."
"Oh no, no," said the Fly, "to ask me is in vain;
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

I originally was going to make pieces inspired by Sabastian, but suddenly is became about Prudence - who's name means: 'the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason'. Disturbing little child in a disturbing family - is she their stability? So I had to use some pink mixed in with all the dark and macabra.

And like any little girl who needs to make some order to her life - a diary upon the bed - oh, that rascally Sabastian will sneak in almost anywhere. Yes I made my own Prudence pattern - that's black lace from my great grans hat shop and I know she would love this - and the diary is a sleeved cover for a composition notebook, so once filled a new one can be inserted. And yes, a little pocket to hold a pencil or pen.

Extra pillows - some comfort to our poor Prudence in this disturbing family? A tissue cover showcasing the uncles and a candle mat (pattern 'Spider's Den Block' from McCall's Quilting)- both using up scraps from the quilt and other projects.

A self portrait - since the family is in fear of mirrors. Dear sweet Prudence, if we could only get that hammer out of her hands. Again using scraps from other projects - just didn't want to waste any little crumb. And I found the most delightful witch's hat hanger - would make her old knitting aunties happy.

** since so many have asked - the hanger is from:
Ackfeldwire **

And when no one is looking, we can change things up. My first use of Minky, I'll admit. But even a little girl like Prudence deserves some cuddly! There's that darn cat!!!

AH HA - caught that crookedly cat! Yes, I used one of the likenesses in the Sabastian fabric and designed my own bit of furry scarey. My own fur babies do not like Sabastian and give him quite the 'HISS & SWAT' attack.

Here is my collection of Alexander Henry's Ghastly fun. Reversable quilt with pillow case, two reversable throw pillows, mini wallhanging, tissue cover, candle mat, Sabastian, and Prudence.


I started this piece as a runner, then thought a window treatment. As you can see it was never finished. Also, 7 pieces of fabric for your own Ghastly fun. They range from a FQ to half a yard to a full yard. You do not have to be a follower, but I would certainly welcome you. Specify if you would like to be in the drawing in your comment(s), and I will ship interational (I will cover shipping). This will be open until the end of the Blog Hop and name drawn midnight Nov. 4th - will post on the 5th.

Please be sure to visit today's other guest bloggers and leave them a comment:

Mrs Katherine Ghastlie
Ms Sharon Ghastlie - ME
Mrs Gooden Ghastlie
Ms Selina Ghastlie
Mrs Melinda Ghastlie


Today's grand prize - These rulers always MEASURE up to the Ghastlie Standards - Creative Grid top 3 rulers....Whoo Hooo - Evelyn (Ontario, Canada)selected from my blog comments was the winner!!

**UPDATE - The 2 Winners from Day #3 are Sheri from Mrs Penny Ghastlies
Jackie from Mrs Karen Ghastlies..
4 Yards of this GHASTLIE Collection from our sponsor
Alexander Henry Fabrics...

Check in at SewIQuiltNow as Madam Samm has all the updated daily give aways and the full blog hop schedule. And share a comment with the lady who dreamed up this ghastly blog hop, I know she will love to hear from you.


Q: What do you call it when a witch's cat falls off her broomstick ?
A: A catastrophe !

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 3

I hope you have been hopping around and enjoying all the Ghastlie projects. There is still more to come, so visit these blogs today:

On Wednesday October 26th

Mrs Barb Ghastlie
Miss Karen Ghastlie
Ms Loralynn Ghastlie
Ms Jen Ghastlie
Ms Penny Ghastlie
Mrs Rhonda Ghastlie

DAY 2 Giveaway Winner! Congratulations to Cherise from Annies Ghastlie Fans. What's for Day 3????

Today we will have 2 winners...YES TWO ... and each will get...

4 Yards of this GHASTLIE Collection from our sponsor Alexander Henry Fabrics... So be sure to visit and leave a comment with each guest blogger.


Block # 3 in the Fat Quarter Star Quilt Along - side button - you can still join in and work at your own pace.

Block # 2 in the Blogger's BOM - side button for information.

AND the shirt my SIL was working on is DONE!! - Well, she has to sew the buttons on.



Ancient folklore - it was thought that a spider seen on Halloween night, it was the spirit of one of your deceased ancestors watching over you.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 2

Guest Bloggers on Tuesday October 25th

Mrs. Annie Ghastlie here
Mrs Doris Ghastlie here
Mrs Brandie Ghastlie here
Ms. Alidiza Ghastlie here
Mrs. JudyC Ghastlie here

And announced at Sew I Quilt
And the WINNER for this prize is........Lady of the Cloth ( from Kiries blog)Emil the bat remember...?

Today's Grand Prize is this BRIGHT PINK BLUE FIG Wheeled Sewing BAG for you... The PINK goes sew well with GHASTLIES. Check out all our Ghastlie Blogs today and see what they CREATED.
( Blue Fig will be mailing directly to you - no shipping cost for this win)
Big Thanks to Blue Fig !


The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Sewingly Yours,