October 31, 2012

We Have Winners!!!

The winning limerick and winner of the Christmas tablerunner!!
There once was a department store dummy
Who fell in love with the Halloween display mummy
On All Hallows' Eve
They pilfered the keys
And ran off to a place warm and sunny.
I could just picture in my head this really happening and it gave me a chuckle!! :)   Congrats!!


The winner of the Halloween towels and tootsie roll pops is...
Love your witches. Paper piecing and I don't get along much either. The background fabric is perfect!!

Congratulations on your win! 

Thank you all for entering by commenting on my blog!  The limericks for the one contest were awesome! I so enjoyed them all!!

Christmas TableRunner Up For Grabs!

Who loves tablerunners!
If you do and you would like a chance to win the one I am offering, just follow the rules and you will be eligible.  

To enter...

Write a limerick in your comment about Halloween.

A limerick is a funny little poem containing five lines. It has a very distinctive rhythm and rhyme pattern. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines all rhyme with each other.  And the last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. 

 The first, second, and fifth lines all have one rhythm pattern while the third and fourth lines have a different rhythm pattern.

One limerick entry per person!

I will choose my favorite limerick from all of the entries on Halloween!

What will the winner win?? 

I have a Christmas tablerunner that I want to gift to someone this year.  I am going to make a new one for this holiday season so this one needs to be gifted to a new owner.

How do you like my witch tablerunner???
Candy is ready... Now I need little ones to scare! hehe!!

October 29, 2012

Crazy Quilting!

My friend Colleen and I are in a crazy quilting round robin together and her requests was for linen, old lace, and old metal things.  I think I hit the mark.  I am right proud of this block and I hope she likes it!  It is headed to the next person in line and then her set of blocks will go home to her. :)

Yes... those are washers and old rusty screws in her button cluster!
Trust me, this is right up her alley and I hope it makes her smile. :)

October 27, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival!

Amy's Creative Side

Wanna see some pure inspiration!!! 
Head on over to Amy's!

Helping Debbie!!

At last count we had 87 packages for Debbie!

As of October 27, 2012 we now have

94 packages!!!

And the stack continues to GROW!!

This is amazing!! 
My heart is bursting!!!

October 25, 2012

The FIND Of A Lifetime!

I LOVE to Ebay!  There is no telling what you might find on any given day of the week there.  More things to tickle your fancy than you can shake a stick at! I was browsing crazy quilts last week when I just happened upon 2 auctions very near to finishing.  They were both crazy quilts from the late 1890's - very early 1900's time period... both from the same family. I could not believe my eyes at where the price was when I looked at the close up photos!  These quilts were far superior to most crazy quilts that I had ever seen!  The work was highly impeccable! I HAD TO BID!!

I waited until the last few seconds and bid on the first. I won!! I then went to the 2nd quilt's page and bid there as well.  Someone ran the bid up over the final 2 minute period but I still paid FAR FAR less than what it was worth!

I actually hit the mother-lode!

I received these quilts yesterday and my first initial reaction was tears!  HOW could the family members allow such treasures to go outside of their family??  Upon closer inspection of each block and the embroderies on them, it is clear to me that they surely must be blocks made by friends and families for a certain couple that married and then put in to a quilt.  That just sent shivers down my spine!  There were actually so many blocks made that 2 quilts came from them.  There is no doubt they were made at exactly the same time by the same group of people.  The fabrics and colors tell that story loud and clear.

These quilters painstakingly took hours of their time to create these blocks!

I sent an email to the Ebay dealer and asked him to call me.  he did and I asked for some family history if he had any. he said he would try and find anything he could and get back to me.  These need to be documented!   I have googled the names Samuel Pierce and Blanchie Darst and have sent a couple of emails out to family members I found.  I have one distant relative calling me this afternoon.  I am excited to talk to them.

I know there is no end to how far the internet can reach so if you know of family relatives of this family please let them know about this blog post.

Please enjoy the photos...

 Samuel Pierce and Blanchie Darst Pierce Family Crazy Quilt

October 23, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Witch!

hehehehehehehehehehehe Come here my pretties......

Today is day #2 on the Wicked Blog Hop dreamed up by Madame Samm and  hosted by Wicked Wendy !  This is going to be an awesome blog hop for all of you Halloween lovers!!  There are going to be witches and goblins and black cats a' plenty!!  So come on in with your costumes on and enjoy the party!  I have my witches cauldron brewing and will be serving up some spider cider tonight! yum yum! 

I just got word that there are some other quilters handing out Halloween candy today so when you are full of spider cider, take off to the other parties to see what they have for you!!

Terrifying Tuesday
23rd of October

My first initial idea was to do a witches hat in the crazy quilt design but then I heard there might be some other crazy quilting going on and I wanted to do something different.  I love working with batiks and black fabric.  I googled free witch patterns online and found Sonja's blog with this wicked witch all done up in paper piecing! arrgghhh
As much as I hate spiders!!
So, I improvised! ha!!!
A little Steam A Seam lite does the trick!!  I traced around the paper pieced pattern shape and ironed me some fusible to the black fabric and in no time I had me some witches flying on their brooms! ha!
I wanted to do a table runner but 4 turned out to be too long but 3 was just perfect!
I will have to make a candle mat with the 4th block!
I wanted to show you a little quilt that my friend Donna sent to me last year.  I think I blogged it but don't remember if I did so I am showing it anyway.  I just love it and it has Halloween written all over it!  
It plays so nicely with the witches. :)
And I must show you a beautiful witch dotee doll that my friend Lois made for me!  Art of this caliber should be shared and it doesn't matter how many times! :)
The backside of her dress is so pretty!

Spider and all!
And look... She is holding a pig charm in her hand!
She better not put him in her cauldron!!!
I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween Wicked Party!!
I have something to give away to one lucky reader!!
These 2 Halloween towels and a bag of Tootsie Roll Pops is going to come flying in on my witches broom to one lucky person!  Yes, you aren't seeing things... My hubby ate your candy!!  BUT, I will buy another bag!  I promise!
Please leave me a comment to get your name in my pot!!  
..... and make sure your email is available in your profile and if it isn't, leave it in your comment!  
Happy Halloween everyone!!