HocusPocusVille – Quilting – (344)

So, I can’t believe I’m actually quilting HocusPocusVille, remember this quilt from a few years back? I’ve had the top done for ages…I LOVE how it finished. This is the original pattern front.

Here’s what we did at Pastimes, we changed the layout by adding the orange floss and then repositioning the blocks so the stitcheries were the focus and the 9-patches were the borders…I’ve decided to quilt this immensly so it’s taking a while. I picked stitches call “wormhole” and “mctavising” and “pumpkin patch”. All of thse stithces are from Leah Day and her amazing guidance with her step by

step instructions and videos.

Plus outlining and surrounding all of the cool stitcheries to make it enhanced. it’s coming along don’t you think? Have you quilted yours yet? I’ve seen Jen’s and it’s stunning and inspirational, to say the least.

Happy Birthday Pastimes Online (267)

Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to yooouuuu….Haaaapppy Birthdaaaayyy dear Pastimes Onliiiinnnneeee. Happy Birthday to YOU!!

(photo curtesy of Google/SweetBeeBuzzings Blog)

Well another year has passed and boy has it been fun – 4 block of the months done

Journey of a Quilter

A Kittens Tale

HocusPocusVille

{still have one kit left if you’re interested}

TrulyScumptious

Many countries have received goodies from our store

Japan

USA

Canada

Austria

Australia

New Zealand

Denmark

Germany

United Kingdom

{just to name a few}

And totally looking forward to another year…THANK YOU all for following my block, signing up for my newsletter and keeping me inspired with your creations. Here’s to YOU!!

Entries for April Blocks (227)

Jen – Life is Beautiful Blocks

Jen – Crazy Christmas Blocks

Jen E – HocusPocusVille Blocks

Karen – HocusPocus

Danielle with Truly Scrumptious

Kathy S – Pies and Tart Blocks

Heather – Life is Beautiful 

Heather D – Truly Scrumptious Block

Charlsey – Crazy Christmas 

Shannon – Crazy Christmas Blocks. She has a bit of a disaster this month with her blocks – which I’m sure we can all relate with…She ended up sewing both of her finished blocks together, when she went to do the decorative stitching on them…she ended up sewing the two of them together 🙁 not just once but 3 separate times…aww Shannon, what a pain but your blocks look great and they’re finished on time!!

Beth  – just under the wire. Beth’s an accountant and during tax season it’s hard for her to find time for herself – but she did get her blocks finished, nice going Beth!!

 

And the winner is…{drum roll please}

Heather D – Congrats Heather!!

You win a pair of Machine Quilting Gloves by Fons and Porter let me know if you’re sized small (red) medium (blue) or large (yellow) and I’ll drop those in the mail to you 🙂

 

Entries for March blocks (219)

Okay we have some great buy-in to our block of the months this year – check out these entries…

Elke D HocusPocus Ville Month 3 (sorry Elke not sure why this photo won’t go the right way it’s weird)

 

Isobel C Pies and Tarts

 

Jen E Crazy Christmas

 

Kathy B Life is Beautiful

 

Jen E HocusPocus Ville

 

Jen E Life is Beautiful

 

Kathy B HocusPocus Ville

 

Kathy S Pies and Tarts (cute layout Kathy)

 

Robyn Y Crazy Christmas

 

 

Shannon M Crazy Christmas

 


Kathy B Crazy Christmas

 

Danielle R Truly Scrumptious

Beth S Pies and Tarts

 and the winner is….

Shannon – she wins this quarters edition of Quilters Connection Magazine.

Entries for Month two and Prize!! (213)

Holy Schmolly – do we have some great entries this month and a GREAT PRIZE!!

Jen E – HocusPocusVille

Karen C – HocusPocusVille

Heather D – Life is Beautiful

Heather D – Truly Scrumptious

Kathy B – Life is Beautiful

Robyn Y – Crazy Christmas pic 1

 

Danielle R – Truly Scrumptious

Beth S – Pies and Tarts

Viv B – Truly Scrumptious

Prize for Month 2 {drum roll please} goes to lucky number 10 which is Danielle R – congrats to you my friend!!

these fantabulous scissors…super sharp point, spring loaded perfect for all of our stitching and embroidery…enjoy!!

BOM’s Month Two – (203)

Sew here’s the month 2’s that we’re working on now…

There is still room to sign up for some of these if you’re interested just email me or leave a comment and I’ll be in touch!

First: Life is Beautiful, an awesome applique technique, adorable stitchery and a journal about life

Next: HocusPocusVille – easy patchwork, and amazing stitchery…with some beading if you feel so inclined 😉

Truly Scrumptious – simply the cutest stitchery I’ve ever seen 

Pies and Tarts, English Paper Piecing with foundation papers, easy applique and stunning results

cute little plastic storage for the tarts

Crazy Christmas this month we will be completing 3 blocks instead of 2 – how cute are these penguins?

Have I inspired you to maybe try one if you arn’t already? Come on board, lots of good fun and many techniques to help you along:)

Until next time, stay warm, happy and creative!

 

All in for the DRAW – (201)

Sew as some of you know if you belong to our Block of the Month Clubs…we have an excellent incentive program IF you get your blocks finished by the last day of the month and a picture sent to me your name goes in for a draw…

12 entries in total – that’s pretty great!!

Here’s our entries for Life is Beautiful Month 1

Jen E entry 1

Kathy B entry 1

Heather Darin entry 1

 Isobel C entry 1

 Jen E entry 2

Candace C – entry 1

Kathy Burns entry 2

Vivian Bales entry 1

Entries for Truly Scrumptious:

Anita from Austria – entry 1 

Danielle R entry 1

Pies and Tarts entries

Beth S entry 1

Now, what would you like to win?

How does one of these goodies sound?

1 roll of these – choose your favourite

OR one pair of these: I currently have med (blue) and large (yellow) in stock – but if you really want a red (small) pair they’ll be in my next order

 OR Quilters Tea 1 – 20 gram size – yummy for all those late sewing nights.

 OR Kites for Kids – pattern x 1,

raw edge applique, adorable border and name plate for your favourite munchkin

or 2 – Dupioni Silk Quarters – you pick the colours.

Sew the winner is…(drum roll please)

4th entry:

Elke D – please contact me with your choice 🙂


HocusPocusVille – Month 1 (196)

HocusPocusVille our new Block of the Month (bom) club is now underway… I’ve packed up the first month’s kit and waiting for Floss then it will go in the mail to all of you gouls and goblins who love Halloween.

What is the definition of Halloween anyway?

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)”.[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.[1]

Here’s another tidbit I thought was interesting:

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o’-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory.[5] The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America where pumpkins are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips.[6] The American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration[7]and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.[8][9]

Complements of Wikipedia Search: Halloween read more here.

 

Until next time, stay happy and creative with this tip:

Begin quilting by finding and using the very best materials you can afford.