October Giveaway and a Blog Hop

Two quick things:

One, I’m doing another giveaway over on the Plum Patchwork Facebook page.  This month’s prize is a fat quarter bundle of LillyBelle by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics!

Come on over and enter the drawing!  You just need to visit the page, then click on the Giveaway icon at the top of the page wall!

The second thing is that today is the first day of the Something Wicked This Way comes Paper Pieced Halloween Blog Hop over at Whims And Fancies.  Come on by – there’s going to be a new paper pieced block pattern available for free every day this month!  My block is coming up in a few days, and I’m so excited to reveal it!  Click on the button below to join us, won’t you?

Halloween

10 Ways To Use A Charm Pack

I don’t know about you, but personally I love buying charm packs. When I love a new fabric collection, but I’m not sure what to make with it yet I always buy a charm pack. They don’t cost a lot of money, but you get a little bit of every print from the collection. What’s not to love?

If you’re like me, you have a few charm packs stashed away and you’re not sure what to do with them. Of course, there’s tons of charm pack quilt tutorials out there, but maybe you’re not a quilter, or you just want a quick and easy project to showcase a favorite fabric. I thought I’d put together a little post compiling some of my favorite non quilt charm pack projects. Here we go!

Charm Pack Skirt

There’s lots of tutorials for charm pack skirts out there, but this is one from Polka Dot Chair is of my favorites because it has the cute little underskirt.

Charm Pack Skirt by Polka Dot Chair

 

Charm Pack Tote

I especially love this charm pack tote bag tutorial from Teresa Down Under because it has an interior pocket and that cute little bow detail. Cute, right?

Charm Pack Tote Bag from MyPatchwork

 

Charm Pack Pincushion

If you’ve ever wanted to make a cathedral window quilt, but were intimidated by the pattern, I recommend getting your feet wet with one of these cute Cathedral Window Pincushions from the Moda Bake Shop.

Charm Pack Pincushion by Moda Bake Shop

Charm Pack Table Runner

Again, there are table runner tutorials all over the web, but there’s something about this one from Serendipiti Joy that I really, really like.

Charm Pack Table Runner by Serendipiti Joy

Charm Pack Bunting

Everybody loves buntings, and the fabulous thing about this one from the Suppose blog is that it’s no-sew! Love it!

Charm Pack Bunting by Suppose

Charm Pack Coasters

I love the linen accent on these coasters from Craftsnob

Charm Pack Coasters by Craft Snob

And I also love the simplicity of these ones from Flossie Tea Cakes

Charm Pack Coasters by Flossie Tea Cakes

Charm Pack Notebook Cover

Craft Apple was one of the first craft blogs I ever followed, and it’s a wealth of ideas. This pretty little notebook cover uses just 15 charm squares!

Charm Pack Notebook Cover by Craft Apple

 

Charm Pack Wreath

This is actually kind of ingenious. It’s from The Material Girls, and it’s a great way to change up your décor with the seasons!

Charm Pack Wreath by The Material Girls

Charm Pack Flowers

I absolutely adore these charm square flowers from The Ribbon Retreat. They would be so cute appliqued onto a quilt or a girl’s t-shirt!

Charm Pack Flowers by The Ribbon Retreat

Charm Pack Pillows

If ya’ll have been over to the shop, you know I love me some Chevrons! This zig-zag pillow tutorial is right up my alley. Sarah at Fairyface Designs used an Accuquilt Go! Cutter to make her diamonds, but you could use a diamond template as well.

Charm Pack ZigZag Pillow by FairyFace Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little roundup of tutorials.  Now go use your charm packs!

Solstice Stars Blocks 1 & 2

I haven’t accomplished much in the past week, except for barely keeping up with school and work obligations, but I did get a chance to make a couple of blocks over the weekend.  I’ve joined up with the other quilters making the Solstice Star blocks over at Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I finished the Ribbon Star

I also managed to finish the Whirling Star block – I love this one!

I apologize that this blog seems to be the all Hope Valley, all the time channel lately.  I can’t help it – I just love this line!

Other than that, Kona and I have had a great weekend – he had a doggie playdate with my friend’s new dog yesterday, and I had a delicious brunch this morning with a group of really fun ladies.  I hope your weekend has been great too!

Note: This project may be linked up at some or all of the following parties, depending on my caffeine intake. Either way, you should definitely stop by!

Monday: Sew Modern Monday @ Canoe Ridge Creations

Tuesday: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story

Wednesday: WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
 

This Used to be a Quilt Blog

Oh my gosh, ya’ll.

I’m kind of embarassed to even go here, but it’s all I’ve got to write about, so here you go.

Block 4 of Rachel’s Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along. Yes, the one from January.  Of 2010.

I really, really meant to keep up with this one.  But life got in the way, it got set aside, I lost my sewing machine under a massive heap of crap fabric, and I’ve not done a ton of sewing since.  Believe me, I’m not proud of that.

I think the reason I haven’t been sewing much lately is because I feel like I need to finish this quilt before I start another one.  It’s been sitting around so long.  Plus, the fabrics (Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, of course) were from the FQ bundle my Mom got me for Christmas.  Of 2009.

There’s been a tiny bit of quilt guilt that’s kept me from starting anything new.

The sad thing is, I’m still in love with the pattern and the fabrics.  And this will be the first quilt I’ve made just for me (for some reason the ones made as gifts actually get done in a timely manner).

So, I’m back to work on my sampler.  My friend Ansje (who has long since given up nagging me about getting this finished) will be thrilled – or disgusted.  She cranks out like a quilt a week.  She’s amazing!

Anyway, here’s my block(s) 4.  I used a couple of my favorite fabrics for these since they stand out so much.  I must say, I love them!

What have you been working on?

I’m linking up at:

 
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Super Quick Cat Gift

If you’re anything like me, you may get a little carried away with gifts for the pet members of your family (let’s just say that Kona’s gonna need a bigger stocking).  Anyway, this year I decided to whip up a few handmade gifts for my animal neices and nephew.
I made this little toy for Pumpkin and Hobbes, the very energetic kitties who live with my brother and sister-and-law.  It was super easy to make and I think they’ll have fun with it.

 

First, I gathered a bunch of my scrap ribbon that was too short to be used for other projects (I knew I was saving those bits for some reason).  I cut the ends on a diagonal to help prevent fraying.

Next, I stacked them up with the widest ribbon on the bottom and sticking out about 2″ past the others.

I folded it over twice and sewed it in place.  Then I reinforced the tab with an X pattern.

Lastly, I took a lighter and held it just close enough to the end of each ribbon to melt the edge a bit, keeping it from fraying.

That’s it!  A cute little cat toy in two minutes!

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