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I wanted to bring to your attention a contest that is going on over at “The Printed Bolt” website. They put out a call to anyone who was interested in designing fabric to enter their Repeat: A Design Competition.  I found out about this competition after they had already chosen their top ten competitors, but I think it will be a lot of fun to see what the challenges are, and see how all these aspiring fabric designers interpret the challenge. I find this fun because I think about designing my own fabric and with a graphic designer in my house we are really interested to see what designs come out of this AND how the judges look at each design.  All the designers come from different walks of life, some are artists, some are graphic designers, and one is a regular person like me, so I am very interested in watching how this whole challenge and competition plays out. Read the rest here -→

Final Baltimore quilt finished

The Mary Werner-Stone Baltimore Quilt that have I have been working on is finally totally complete.  I became stuck on what to quilt in the border, but when I was browsing some of Karen Machetti’s (Creative Longarm Quilter).. I saw a bamboo pattern she made in an Asian quilt for a customer and love it.  I also have bamboo hard wood floors throughout my house, so I had great inspiration and reference! I machine quilted this on my Janome Horizon machine.. I probably have at least 10 hours in the machine quilting over the course of a few weeks.  The machine quilting was probably the most fun I had on this quilt, trying to come up with a pattern for each individual block was very challenging. Read the rest here -→

I don’t do a lot of piecing.  The AQS Mystery Quilt was piecing without paper, and this Mariner’s Compass was piecing with paper!  When I learned paper piecing I really enjoyed it.  It is a great way to make points look perfect! Read the rest here -→

Welcome Ghastlie Fans Ghastlie Fabric Giveaway….Alexander Henry Winner- Grand Prize…. the Lady of the Cloth from Kirie Ghastlies Shape Winner of Canary Quilts Ghastlie Mug Rug is… Jacque from Thanks so much for visiting, and enjoy the rest of the Ghastlie Blog Hop!


Behind the scenes we (54) Ghastlie obsessed Stitchers have been rather busy, you could say.

I will be as surprised as all of YOU.  I cannot wait to see what my Sistahs have created.

 Thanks to all our sponsors for this wonderful, creative blog hop!

Alexander Henry Fabrics- lot’s and lot’s of Ghastlie Fabric Colonial Needle -sewing basket  Quilt Taffy $51.12 Gift Certificate. Janes Fabrics -Kona fabrics in PINK -fat quarter bundle Reliable Iron – orange Velocity 50 IHAN ( kelly )- .aurifil threads Coeurdalenegifts- 2 sets of Halloween lights Forth Worth Fabric Studio – gorgeous gift set of Ghasltie fabric Creative Grid -3 Rulers their top 3  Blue FIG-  wheeled bag in PINK Beam N Read and custom Ghastlie Buttons 

Please click on the GHASTLIE tree on the right to see all our bloggers and follow me on facebook, I will update who is blogging each day so you can check out all their GHASTLIE projects!

For the Ghastlie Blog Hop participants the following grand prize October 24 is!!! :

4 Yards of this GHASTLIE Collection from our sponsor  Alexander Henry Fabrics… They are sporting a BRAND NEW look too.! YOU can VIEW these from samples they have posted!  (shipping cost responsibility of winners, this will be mailed out of the US) ..And now for Ms. Carrie Ghastlies’ Sickness..

I am Ms. Carrie Ghastlie and my Ghastlie sickness started this summer when I saw this fabric at a quilt show.  Unfortunately they did not have any fabric to sell.. so I promptly came home and got on the internet and found the fabric.. and well the rest is a Ghastlie history as you will see.

Here are my GHASTLIE offerings, sew if you can’t find the cure here, then the undead will be welcoming your arrival… SEW enough with the formalities and on with the sickness!  Below are all my projects, the last one is my giveaway!

First up is my Twisted Block Ghastlie Lap Quilt.  I looked through EQ7 for a block I could use to highlight these GHASTLIE figures, and go figure it was the “Twisted” block that worked the best.  This was foundation pieced, the first time I used EQ7, and the first time I have done sashing.

Twisted Block Lap quilt featuring The Ghastlies (click to enlarge)

To even get more GHASTLIE.. This is an AMY Butler Chelsea Tote that I had a pattern for and thought I would check out how GHASTLIE my material looked on the tote.  I ended up making the tote taller than the pattern called for to frame my favorite characters.

A Ghastlie Tote in Mauve Reversible (click to enlarge)

A Ghastlie Tote in Mauve (click to enlarge)

A Ghastlie Tote in Mauve (click to enlarge)

Yes, I have to admit I do have a GHASTLIE sickness.. Next up is a slouch purse that I have made a few times, but since I love the purse and I love the GHASTLIES, it made a purrfect match.  There is a zipper pocket on the outside and pockets on the inside.

The Ghastlies Tote Bag Front with Zipper (click to enlarge)

The Ghastlies Tote Backside (click to enlarge)

Sew now that you all know that I have plenty of ways to Tote my stuff around, what about getting some much needed sleep or I may just look GHASTLIE in the morning.  Yep.. I made a pillowcase (actually two)… to lay my sleepy head down at a retreat when I have stayed up most of the night sewing!

A Ghastlie Pillow Case (click to enlarge)

On these last few project I get show off my GHASTLIE applique, where I get to pluck these GHASTLIE figures off the fabric and put them in their place. This little art quilt is 12″ x 12″, and puts these GHASTLIE knitters in their own little room to knit and gossip on all the GHASLTIE happenings.  I also added charms to the wall as wall pictures, and the wallpaper is also done with a decorative stitch on my machine.  The floor boards were done with free motion quilting.  All applique is raw edge (my favorite).

A Ghastlie Knitting Bee (click to enlarge)

Next in this GHASTLIE sickness is a Crayon Tote that I did for a 3 year old for her birthday.  I appliqued the GHASTLIES onto the pink background, put the pockets on the front for the crayons, and filled it with some crayon books for her birthday.  I added the feathers and fringe onto the bottom just for her(MOM) because they are very girly and love pink!

The Ghastlies Crayon Tote, holds crayons in the front, and coloring books on the inside. (click to enlarge)

Crayon Tote backside. (click to enlarge)

Finally, is a mug rug that I did in honor of The Ghastlie Blog Hop with the little Miss sickly GHASTLIE, and her pictures in the background, with her cat, and that lovely little girl.  I also added a charm as a wall picture to this GHASTLIE mug rug.  All applique is raw edge.

A Ghastlie Sickness Mug Rug (click to enlarge)

THIS IS MY GIVEAWAY!  A Canary Quilts Ghastlie Mug Rug! Please leave me a comment letting me know which project is the most GHASTLIE, and follow me on facebook to keep up with the blog hop and all my postings!  I will post here and on facebook tomorrow morning the randomly chosen winner from all my comments. Winner of Canary Quilts Ghastlie Mug Rug is… Jacque from

Thanks to Mdm Samm and all her helpers over at ‘Sew I Quilt‘ for recognizing this wonderful GHASTLIE problem we all seem to be suffering from, and giving us a forum to show off our sickness! Thank you soo much for visiting and don’t forget to visit all the other blogs in this blog hop over the next ten days!

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I have been very busy with The Ghastlies Blog Hop that I am a part of starting October 24, 2011. Please come back and visit my site on October 24th to see what I have done with all my GHASTLIE fabric!  I will be having a give away prize for everyone who follows me on facebook and leaves a comment! But I have also finished a few projects, which I wanted to show you here.Following is a tote that I showed a young woman how to make.  It was the first time she has ever been at a sewing machine and the first time using an iron.  She came over to my house on two separate nights and I showed her how to cut out the materials, free motion quilt the material and batting and assemble the bag.  She did a very nice job for the very first time at a sewing machine.  I would rate this tote as a medium sewing project.  I also introduced her to Aurifil threads for piecing everything together.  It is a nice strong thread that has no bulk to it.

Alexa’s Tote

The next project was inspired from a drawing my son did of Marty McFly and Doc Brown from the movie Back to the Future.  I used materials from my stash to create this little mug rug. I think that it would have turned out better if I had enlarged the picture and used better quality fabrics, especially the fabric that I used for the skin portions.  This fabric was from the stash table at a retreat and I thought it would work well, but it just didn’t want to behave in such small portions.  It works well as a Mug Rug though and I learned a valuable lesson about fabric.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back to the Future.. Inspired from a drawing my son did.

The following is a Mug Rug I did, that I couldn’t resist doing.  I had the fabrics and it was a nice cool blustery fall day when I created this one.  It is a simple raw edge applique.

Fall Mug Rug

This is a Mug Rug I did because I really wanted to thread sketch the cat.  I think it turned out pretty good except for the background fabric.  Again I used only what was in my stash and I wish I would have had a solid or light color background I could have used.  The bat in the moon turned out pretty cool and it was pretty easy, and the Happy Halloween in the upper left corner was done with 30wt Signature thread.  This was a new variegated thread I bought and really wanted to try it out.  I really liked the way the thread behaved for me, but again it doesn’t show up on this background very good.  It is also used in the stem of the pumpkin.

Happy Halloween Mug Rug

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