Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween 2012 :: Episode I

One costume is complete!  Well, actually two, but I bought one of them.

Last year after Halloween my 9 year old decided he wanted to be Don Cherry for Halloween in 2012.  My husband jumped on board, so I found some great fabric on sale and bought a couple of great patterns from Kwik Sew (mens and boys).  I really like working with Kwik Sew patterns.  They have great instructions.  I would not hesitate to buy another Kwik Sew pattern.

Please welcome my husband in his costume, Don Cherry.
Don Cherry - Costume

The pants, shirt and tie are store bought (and already in his closet).  The jacket, hankie and hat are made by me.  The hat was very last minute.  My husband has longish hair and was not going to cut it for Halloween, so we decided a crazy Don Cherry hat would be in order.  Just a few short hours before the party we were attending, I measured his head and whipped up a hat.  I was very impressed with myself for being able to draft a hat in my head and sew it up.  I think it took approximately 45 minutes.  I made a witch hat last year (and a few others so I had an idea of what I was doing).
Don Cherry - costume 2

My costume is next, a ghost lady.  Again, I did not sew any part of my costume, but I am sharing because of my great find.  I found a previously worn wedding dress that was absolutely perfect for a ghost at a great deal.  It is classic, flowing and big bonus, it fit (I did have a little concern about doing up the zipper, but in the end it was perfect).
Ghost Lady - Costume
We generally try to dress up in a couple costume, but this year we went our own ways.  

Happy Halloween!
I will be back to share the wee ones costumes (that still need to be completed).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

No Sewing

I have not had a lot of time to sew, I sew/knit/crochet as much as possible, but life (and it is a good life) does come first.

This morning I woke up early to write minutes for my local community club.  This is one of my normal gigs.  As soon as I sat down, I found two little animals wanting to be by my side.  

I moved the pet bed to the kitchen, our home office is in the kitchen, and they happily slept beside me as I worked. 

While I would rather be sleeping at that time of day, there is something beautiful about being awake and experiencing the peace that is felt in a home full of happy sleeping children (and pets).

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cathedral Windows QAL Block 3 & 4

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Blocks 3 and 4 would have been done on the weekend if I did not run out of thread!  I knew I was going to run out and I still didn't pick any up when I was at the fabric store earlier in the week.

I struggled with fabric selection for Block 3.  I could not find anything in my stash that felt right and I gave in and bought a fat quarter.  The fat quarter is featured in the 3 squares. Apparently my local fabric store only has candy pink fabric, my existing fabric is not.  I found this at *cough* *cough* Walmart.  I am not proud, but it works.

Here is Block 3.

Cathedral Windows QAL Block 3

The instructions for Block 3 can be found here.

Block 4 looks wrinkly after I ironed it.  I am guessing I should not have done that.  Again, I am struggling to keep things all pink, this being such a plain block left me searching, I think it worked out well in the end.

Here is Block 4
Cathedral Windows QAL Block 4

The instructions for Block 4 can be found here.

Check out the Flickr group to see what others are making, or join in yourself.

Friday, October 12, 2012

2.5" Fabric Swaps

I have two fabric swaps to share with you today, both of which I plan to participate in!   Swaps are now closed.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A few more Farmer's Wife blocks

I built a few more blocks up.  I am sure my daughter wishes I had them all done, but I get too distracted.  I like to jump from one project to another, then back again.  Eventually I finish what I start!

FM 56 border

FM 31 border

FM 101 border

FM 13 border

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cathedral Windows 2

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I finished the second block in the quilt a long.  I am hopeful that I will have time to work on them all, but time will tell.

Here is Block 2.

Cathedral Windows QAL Block 2

So far I am doing well at finding fabric in my stash.

The blocks finish at 12" and there are 9 blocks in total.  Check out the Flickr group to see what others are making, or join in yourself.

The instructions for Block 2 can be found here.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cathedral Windows 1

I have always wanted to make cathedral windows and now I will.  
I have joined the Cathedral Windows QAL.

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I am not sure if I will be able to keep up, but I have completed Block 1.
Cathedral Windows QAL Block 1

I am using fabric that I have in my stash, I seem to have a lot of pink.  I have no idea where it all came from. It is not the best quality (the solids) but I think it will work great for this quilt along.

The blocks finish at 12" and there are 9 blocks in total.  Check out the Flickr group to see what others are making, or join in yourself.

The instructions for Block 1 can be found here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween 2012 :: wip

I am afraid my quilting will be slower than usual this month since it is October and for me, that means Halloween costumes!  I am working on my first one right now;  Don Cherry!  I bought a blazer pattern by kwik sew.  I was lucky enough to buy it while it was on sale.

Almost a year ago my oldest boy decided he wanted to be Don Cherry in 2012.  I immediately started watching for deals on 'loud' fabric.  Approximately 6 months ago I found the above.  Perfect.  I finally started to sew the jacket this week.  I have a few more things to do, finish the lining, hem the sleeves and bottom, add buttons and button holes.  I am loving it.

If you are interested in my family's costumes you can stay tuned, I will post them as they become available!

If you would rather look at some quilting wip, here is my hexie quilt.  130 pieces.

I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  There are always great blogs linking up, pop on over and check them out.
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