BQF: Trick-Owl-Treaters mini quilt

Amy's Creative Side
It's that time of year again, when the wonderful Amy of Amy's Creative Side blog hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival! I can't tell you how much I enjoy all the quilty goodness that is shared on this online quilt show. You must check it out, and there's still time to enter (linky is open until 10/31).

For this season's BQF I made it in under the wire with my new little owl quilt: Trick-Owl-Treaters.

I started with a sketch of the 3 owls and then used the fusible applique method to pull this small quilt together. 

Here are some details:

 Owl Mummy (he's my favorite)

 Owl Witch (I may add a broom later)

 Owl Ghost...boo!

 I used my Cricut machine to make the letters - so simple!

I also did fusible binding with a pinked edge on both sides of the quilt 
(my favorite method of binding on small quilts like this) 

And there you have it, my "in the nick of time" Halloween quilt and Blogger's Quilt Festival entry. This is also officially my last Halloween decoration to go up for 2 whole days this year, LOL.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 16″x 24″
Special techniques used : fusible applique
Quilted by : Me!
Best Category: wall hanging

Thanks for stopping by!



CGM Podcast Episode 38: The Real 38

Listen to the episode HERE

Show Notes 
This is the "real" episode 38! The one titled "Wait For It" is really #36. Sorry for any confusion with me and my fat fingers!

Life Update:
  • Birthday Week of Giveaways is still going on. Thanks to all who have entered so far! Keep an eye out on the blog for more, since I am running behind on the giveaways I'd meant to post last week.
  • Halloween: the girls' outfits are ready!
  • Hurricane Sandy....not the Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us
  • The Banned Books Project: for complete details check out this blog post. Hurry and get your project in the Flickr group by 10/31 to be eligible for the $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate!!!
  • I finished Sam's knitted socks! Will post a pic of hers and Maddy's socks soon (I just cast on Maddy's sock).
  • Almost done with my "Trick-or-Treat" owl quilt, and it's a cutie if I do say so myself. Will post a pic of this one soon too.  
What's Making Me Happy These Days:  

Downton Abbey Season 3...no spoilers I promise, but it's so danged good! Can't wait for everyone here to see it too. I'm also enjoying Call the Midwife, currently running on PBS Sunday nights, and The House of Eliott, another British drama set in the 1920s.

 Magazine/Book Reviews:

 Quilting Arts Magazine Oct/Nov 2012 issue #59

 The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Thanks for listening!



Birthday Week of Giveaways #2

Thanks to all who entered the first of several giveaways this week! I will post the winners soon.

Up next is a copy of Little Stitches by Aneela Hoey. Absolutely adorable embroidery images fill the pages of this book.

If you are a fan of Aneela's fabric lines and blog, you're sure to love this sweet little book. If not, enter to win it for someone you know who is, or likes to embroider!

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The Banned Books Project: My Entry

Books aren't banned because they are terribly written. Nor are they banned because the authors are terrible people....Books are banned because they challenge people to think about things that are not comfortable. Books are banned because they make us re-evaluate what we think we know to be true. Books are banned because they show us ugly things that are real, when we'd rather continue to ignore reality. Books are banned because we think kids can't handle knowing about some of the less idealized things that go on in the world.....Here's the thing: kids know.      excerpted from"Why Are Books Even Banned?" 10/8/12 article by Marianne Kirby on xojane.com

Can I just say how much fun I've had combining my 2 favorite hobbies (quilting and reading!) in this project? You have started yours right? Come on! If you enjoy books and quilting, I can't think of a more perfect (and quick!) little project to flex your creativity muscles with this month.

Here's mine:

(Fusible applique using Wonder Under, hand dyed fabrics from 
my stash and the inspiration of the design is from this book cover of Blubber.)

Blubber was the first Judy Blume book I ever read, and it's still my favorite. Yes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is wonderful too, but something about the way Blubber addressed bullying and teasing at that point in my life, and the dynamics behind girl relationships stuck with me all these years later.....that and the fact that you couldn't pay me a million dollars to repeat middle school. Eesh!

Imagine my surprise (shock, really) when I saw that this wonderful and enlightening book for so many of my peers at the time, was on the Banned Books List as one of the most frequently challenged books in schools and libraries! I won't get into all of my reasons for supporting the Banned Books Week initiative. In fact, this article pretty much sums it up for me.

However, to bring this back around to crafting, I would love for you to join Sandy and I in this exciting project to show your support of READING good books! Post your finished project in the Flickr pool by 10/31/12 and you will be entered to win a prize. I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!!! Your project can be any size or type (tote bag, wall hangings, mug rugs, pillow, etc..) as long as it is a sewn object and we can identify the banned book it relates to.

Hurry and get your project made and post pics of it here!!!



Birthday Week of Giveaways!!!

Last year I had so much fun giving away my favorite thing (BOOKS!) that I decided it had to be repeated this year, in the week leading up to my birthday. Today I have 2 copies of: Free Motion Quilting by Angela Walters up for grabs.

Get up to 3 entries here:

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This giveaway will end at 12:00am on 10/24. Come back all week for more fun book giveaways as well as an update on the Banned Books Project, where you could also win a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate just for posting your project on Flickr by 10/31.

Thanks for stopping by!



Fall Fassett Quilt

I've had several Kaffe Fassett charm packs for awhile now...I think I bought them at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival earlier this year. I have had a love/kind of like/my-eyes-are-hurting-from-the-busyness-of-it relationship with all things Kaffe over the years. I have some very old (10+ years!) stash fabrics of his... I'm not even sure if you can get those prints anymore, that I have never cut into. You kind of need the "right" project for his stuff, you know?

Anyways, I decided to bite the little bullet and make myself a cozy lap quilt for Fall using only his prints for the top. Seeing as I already have a lot of projects going, I needed this to be a down-and-dirty quick quilt. So I did the simplest thing possible and just string pieced those 5" squares together.

Yep, it's busy. And scattered. And I LOVE IT! It's the perfect size for having on my lap while I knit and watch some guilty-pleasure TV. It also matches my family room decor pretty well as an accent piece on the couch.

I did straight line quilting in various widths from 1/2" to 2" apart, and then bound it with some Kaffe Fassett stripe fabric.

So there it is, my first Fassett quilt. While his prints are of course not for everyone, there's no denying the man has a killer eye for palettes and even the stand-out prints like the polka dots and stripes blend well into the florals and geometric shapes he uses. I also love the rich hues of his colorways, and think a couple of these lap size quilts would make good gifts for Christmas....let's see if that happens in 2013, LOL.



CGM Podcast Episode 37: Fall Frolic

Listen to the episode HERE

Show Notes 

Life Update:

  • I also finished knitting my first sock for Samantha, and have cast on sock #2 so I don't get sock-i-tis.
  • I talk extensively about The Banned Books Project and throw out my PRIZE for entering your finished project in the Flickr Group: here
  • Quilting the Fassett quilt for me, but I have a question for you all about your walking foot quilting bar: how do you keep yours from shifting while quilting?
  • I don't think I mentioned what I'm working on: Spiderweb Quilt, more owl mini quilts, and a knitted cowl.
If you enter by 10/31, I will draw 1 name and they will win a 
$25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!!

Book Reviews:
 Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Buferd

Thanks for listening!



Book Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to #31Mary Sarah! She is the winner of the advance copy of The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Hi Tanesha,
I would love to join in on the 2013 UFO challenge. I have a whole lot of UFOs to finish up. I got to watch Call The Midwife and love it.
I like to give to the United Way, the church food bank and a local charity for displaced mentally ill children. I always fear that I don't give enough, but have finally realized that every little bit helps in some way.
Thanks for your podcasts. I always enjoy them!
Mary Sarah

Thanks to everyone who listened to Episode 36 of my podcast, the comments answering the question: "Why do you give?" were wonderful and so thoughtful. I learned a lot about the mindset of giving, different charities I wasn't aware of, and of course we all know there are many many reasons behind they why of giving. What's most important is that we do. So thank you to all who give, whether it is of your time, your money, or your quilts - it all makes a difference!


WIP Wednesday

Here's what I'm working on this week:

 Quilting the Fall Fassett Quilt. I'm just doing straight lines of varying widths apart.

Made up this little guy, using a larger version of the owl I used for my first Fall Owl Quilt.

 I knit my first sock!!! This is a pair of socks for Samantha. 
I used the Magic Loop technique and also did Judy's Magic Cast On, all
learned from YouTube videos.

Also in the works:
  • I've cast on the White Caps cowl. This is a pattern from Purl Bee, and since I didn't have the yarns they used, I've substituted using Patons organic cotton and bamboo silk yarns.
  • I have made a few sketches for my Banned Books Project....have you heard about this yet? This is a fun project Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us and I are hosting this month in honor of Banned Books Week. We'll be giving away prizes, based on all entries in the Flickr Group. Check out my previous BBP blog post for more information and join in the fun! 
  • Several new mini owl projects are in process...they are turning out very cute if I do say myself! Can't wait to share them when I'm done.
What are you working on lately?


I'm linked up this week in the following places...check them out for some fabulous inspiration and ideas!

  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


What I'm Reading This Month

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
(on sale 10/16, I am reading an advance copy)

The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
(on sale 10/30, I am reading an advance copy
 AND giving one away HERE!)

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

What are you reading this month?



The Banned Books Project

You know usually when I open my big mouth I either know exactly what I'm going to say, or I say something that gets me into "trouble." Not the kind of trouble I got into when I couldn't wait to raise my hand in class before being called on, and told the teacher and my parents, "It's not my fault if the other kids are too slow or dumb to know the answer right away." And not the kind of trouble I got into one night in my early 20s when I said, "Sure, I'll do some tequila shots with you!" Thankfully, those days are long....long...past me now.

I knew exactly what I was saying and doing when I Tweeted earlier this week about my 110% support of Banned Books Week. It is one of the few "political" topics I feel very strongly about. What can I say, I'm a book nerd and quilter, not a Poli Sci professor folks! And when Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us chimed in with her fabulous Tweetments about Banned Books (follow her on Twitter if you aren't already!) I couldn't help but say, "Sure!" when she suggested a quilt challenge: make a quilt about your favorite banned book. Sounds fantastic to me! A "book" quilt is something I've been playing around with in my head and on paper for a very long time now. I've seen some excellent examples of book-related quilts on blogs too.

Like this:

Kitten's First Full Moon book quilt

And this:

Bookcase Quilt from Sew it Seams blog

Or this one:

For Mrs Z Book Club quilt from Urban Patchwork blog

And this little one with a tutorial!

Mini Bookshelf Quilt + tutorial on Don't Call Me Betsy blog

There Will Be Prizes!
In the month of October, in honor of Banned Books Week which is going on right now (9/30-10/6), Sandy and I are challenging our podcast listeners and blog followers, many of whom are also book lovers, to make a project based on your favorite Banned Book. For a list of the Banned Books from the last decade visit this link. For a list of Banned Classic Books visit this link.

Make your project this month and post a picture of it in our Banned Books Project Flickr Group: here. We will both draw a name and award a prize at the end of the month! There are no rules on size of the quilt (it can be anything from a mug rug to a King Size quilt) or style you use to make it. It just needs to be clearly identified as related to a Banned Book.

Have fun with this! I will be posting updates on my BB Project throughout the month, as well as let you know what I decide on as my prize to a lucky winner. Head on over to Sandy's blog and podcast for updates too!



Happy Owltober!!

Sketched this little guy in honor of my favorite month and season!

And turned him into this little quilt:

Here are some closer details:

I fused all of the pieces down with Wonder Under, including the binding!

For little art quilts like this, I like to give my binding a decorative edge now-and-then. I use a scallop edge blade in my rotary cutter and cut the binding strips approx. 1.5" wide with it, after applying the Wonder Under cut into strips the same width. Then I just fuse the strips all around the quilt, the same way you would sew them on. (I usually apply to the front first, then fold and fuse to the back.)

Would you like to make a project with my little "Fall Owl?" Here is a link to him in Google Docs. I'd love to see what you make so post it in my Flickr Group!

October is going to be lots of fun here on the CGM blog: more freebie sketches, sketch-to-quilt tutorials, podcast episodes, fun stuff to share, and my annual birthday week of GIVEAWAYS. So watch this space for a lot of upcoming action!!


I am linking this post up in the following places on the Crafty-Web:

Skip To My Lou

I Heart Nap Time

mop it up mondays

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