Wednesday, 31 October 2012


who said:
You make getting up to see the blogs special, love your blocks and paper piecing I really enjoy. thanks for the give away. Happy halloween.

I'll be sending out an email to find out where to mail your winnings!!

October NewFOs

October saw a flurry of activity in more ways than one!
Not only did this month find me stitching up BLOG HOP blocks.

It's the 31st and I'm going to be trying to get the bindings on my 4 blocks today!
But my hubster gave me a one week heads up that we were taking a flying trip to Alberta
to see my Dad and our Grandkids!
Well I certainly wasn't going empty
I sewed and stitched and growled and cursed, I posted about my dilemma and some of the
best of the best blogging buddies came to my rescue to get the quilting completed on 2 quilts.
Grandson's flimsy
Granddaughter's flimsy
Here's the OTHER  flurry for October (this is still on the ground and there's more falling).
I'm sure hubster is growling while he's clearing snow and building a hill for the kids!
I wonder what Bullet is thinking about the snow?

Tuesday, 30 October 2012


You pulled these out on a rainy/snowy day and just coloured?
Have you seen some of the amazing works that have popped up in blogland
using the crayon technique?
I wanted to try this out but was, frankly, worried I was going to screw it up royally.
Wellll...I took the bull by the horns and grabbed a box of my boy's crayons
and coloured!
This is the result
How fun is this?
I drew in the shingles and detailed the picture with a fabric marker.
Can you see the difference it makes from the left to the right?
Then I took some black perle cotton and started to randomly hand quilt this piece.
I then stitched in 13 ( for  Halloween, heehee) stars around the picture.
I think the house was the most fun on this picture but I'm thrilled with the way it turned out.
My DQS partner was very happy too!!
Thank you, Jules!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Canadian Quilters Blogathon Coming Soon

As  I am Canadian I was elated when I spotted this button on

It's a call out to fellow Canadian bloggers that would like to meet and greet
other Canadian Quilters/Crafters.
I think this is fantastic, I get a kick out of coming across more Canucks in blogland.
I've met some of the absolute best people around from my adopted country.
There's going to be prizes and all kinds of fun.
If you'd like to be a part of this event grab you toque and click  the
"BLOGATHON CANADA" button in my sidebar


I'm such a little Devil (or am I?)
There's only 2 more days left for the
WickEd Blog Hop
my day was the 26th and I have a giveaway (wink, wink, nudge)
only 2 more nights until Mom let's me loooooose!
Heeheehee (woof) wink
On a serious note...look at what I got in a squishy today>>>>
My October Doll Quilt Swap!

Isn't this gorgeous? I just love it!

This little guy cracks me up and look at the extra goodies
Jules sent.

So if your still on the fence about joining the
Doll Quilt Swap
these might just tempt you to jump off that fence!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Do You Believe?

Some of you may remember this gal.
I had her on a post that was about bird nesting and backlash due to
my sewing machine having an extremely bad case of
"BUGGERED STITCHING" or "B.S." for short.(wink)
For those of you that have been lucky enough not to have experienced this
phenomenon with your sewing machine, this is what it looks like.
This is the back of a quilt for my Granddaughter,
see the mess of thread (pretty bad, isn't it?).
No matter how many times I re-threaded, ripped out, re-stitched, ripped out, re...
you get the picture?!
After the post, I had so many fantastic friends share their solutions with me that I was able to
complete both my Grandkids quilts!
Thank you all so very much!
The way I fixed the problem  was to cut out a small circle of
sew-in interfacing and place it in the bobbin case first
then my bobbin!! No more headaches!!
I may give the teflon discs a try yet but since I'm 45 minutes from the nearest retailer,
this solution was spot on!
You don't want to miss the next 3 days of the
Wicked Blog Hop.
Stop in to see "Spiderella" and enter my GIVEAWAY!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Wicked Blog Hop with a side order of GIVEAWAY!

Today, October 26th (double 13s), is my day to be just a little wicked but first
  THANK YOU to both


for orchestrating this devilishly fun 
Here's the list of the other "Trick or Treaters" for today
so grab a cuppa tea, coffee or whatever you fancy and get comfortable.
Here we go ~
Is it time for a refill or top up?
Go ahead, we'll wait for you!

Visit all these amazing blogs to see what marvelous eye candy awaits.
My first block is from a paper piece pattern by
I just kicked it up a notch with the wonky borders!
Hello, "Jack~OH~Lantern"!

Next, is another of Sonja's designs...
what would Halloween be without the
"Meowing Mistress of the Night"

This "Wayward Witch" is also Sonja's pattern,
this gal is shooting for the stars on her Nimbus 2000
unfortunately she's not handling the altitude all that well and is a little green
about the gills, poor Deary!

The final offering is one of my own designs!
Yes, indeed!
Hey, that feels pretty darn great to say that it's "my design"!
May I present,
She's  ready to get "Wicked" and have "Fun"
(note the blood red lippy Spiderella is wearing),
it helps to enhance her pearly white fangs, don't you think?
Yes, Spiderella will be the bell of the ball,
especially since she ate her competition!

Let's not forget that Halloween is all about 'Tricks or Treats"
and since I don't have any more tricks, that just leaves
TREATS of the GIVEAWAY kind, right?
How about some Christmas FQs and 2 mini panels (great for  mug rugs!)!
Christmas is tiptoeing up on us!

The rules are easy peasy
1) Leave a comment (please be sure I have a way to get in touch if you win)
I'm not running  all around  looking for you again! :O(
2) Click my "follow" button for a second chance and let me know,
if you already are a follower...leave a comment letting me know! :O)
That's It!
draw date will be OCTOBER 31 AT MIDNIGHT
I'll post the winner after I get up November 1st!
 I told you it was easy (I'm not a big fan of jumping through hoops myself),
now please go visit the other blogs listed above and have a spooktacular time.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

R U Watching Out For IT?

The wait is almost over.
tick, tock, tick, tock
Wicked Blog Hop starts October 22nd ~ October 31
See you soon

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Look Out...I'm ready to EXPLODE!!

Excuse me for this but
I am so pissed off right now I'm about ready to scream
or throw my machine out the front door!
"Why, Carolyn, what's the matter?"
you maybe asking.
This! This has been happening for the past three hours!
I quilt along, everything is fine then all of a sudden my machine
(whose name is Mud, right now) starts this.
Out comes the GrimRipper and we spend some time together.
I rethread, check bobbin case, take any little bit of fuzz and pluck it out,
say a prayer and try again.

Just when I'm feeling rather confident and think that,
"Yes, I will have this ready to take on Monday to my Granddaughter"!
Wait for it....
more of the same!!! Grrrrr!!!
I have a question for those in the know,
do the BOBBIN WASHERS help eliminate this from happening?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

1 = 10 NO! REALLY it does...

Instead of being  this guy
 all you have to do is click here for the answer!

Tell them sew.darn.quilt (that's me) sent you
and we will have a chance to win!
1 person = 10 entries in the CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY and it's

So give a click on The Learning Curve link and please tell them I sent you.

Monday, 15 October 2012

We're going when?

My hubster threw me for a loop on Saturday,
he asked if I wanted to drive out to see my Dad next week?
Seeing my Dad also means we will be visiting our grandkids!
We will be seeing our granddaughter, Payton, for the very first time no less!
Well we certainly can't go empty handed so Grans starts hunting through her
stash and found these flannels that needed to go on a trip! So, I got to it!
Cutting, sewing, cutting, sewing...all this in less than 2 1/2 hours!

for this technique that I learned from Cindy  :O)