Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop Day 3

Welcome to our Wicked Black Cat Crossing blog hop!

Thank you to Maywood Studios for the sponsorship and 
to Madame Samm for the inspiration and support which lends
such deliciousness to the creative mixture in this hop's cauldron!

Following is the line up of those Wicked bloggers 
who are to share their creations with you today:

Wednesday, October 22

Please be sure to visit and share some sweet treats of comments for each ... you never know if by sharing your cheerful treats you may in return become the recipient of some pretty marvelous treats yourself!

If you are searching for the Wicked Black Cat Crossing table runner giveaway ... follow the bats to this post ...

Wicked wishes and happy stitching!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop Day 2

Welcome to our Wicked Black Cat Crossing blog hop!

Thank you to Maywood Studios for the sponsorship and 
to Madame Samm for the inspiration and support which lends
such deliciousness to the creative mixture in this hop's cauldron!

Following is the line up of those Wicked bloggers 
who are to share their creations with you today:

Tuesday, October 21

Please be sure to visit and share some sweet treats of comments for each ... you never know if by sharing your cheerful treats you may in return become the recipient of some pretty marvelous treats yourself!

If you are searching for the Wicked Black Cat Crossing table runner giveaway ... follow the bats to this post ...
Why Knot Kwilt's Monday Oct 20th post

Wicked wishes and happy stitching!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day One - Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop

Hello and welcome to Day One of the 
Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop!

I extend Wicked Welcoming Wishes to all who visit...

This year's blog hop is graciously sponsored by Maywood Studio's and their Black Cat Crossing line of fabric which you can see more of by clicking the link above. 

For my project, I chose to make a table runner from Disa Designs' My Runners Keep Going book.

 I chose to use the creams, greens, and blacks of the Black Cat Crossing fabric line for my project, thinking these colors lend well to a longer fall season that just a Halloween decoration.

 This is my fifth (or sixth ... {wink}) book from Disa Designs as her patterns are simple and, I believe, adorable ... each and every book has something that I want to make "one of these days" ... so what better excuse to pull out Disa's patterns than for my wicked hop assignment?

But, of course, since this is the Wicked Hop for which I am the hostess, I immediately thought of Patrick Lose Studio pattern Happy Haunting which I purchased several years ago and never got around to making.

I see that by clicking the above link, you can download this pattern if you wish.

I present to you my black cat who's happy to haunt your Wicked path:

My cat is hiding in the trees, ready to pounce on the next person to pass along it's path ... well ... not actually, but I thought it more fitting for this cat to hang around in the trees for this picture. It will soon find a home of a dear lady friend who enjoys Halloween decor just as much as I.
 (I do believe my walls and surfaces are becoming full of Wicked creations!)

And on that note ... a Giveaway Opportunity!

Should you wish to have the Black Cat Crossing table runner I created for this hop ... leave a comment on this blog post telling me so.  On November 1st I will draw a name for these comments and the runner will be yours. 

International visitors are just as welcome to enter the giveaway as my stateside visitors.

Please be sure to visit my fellow Wicked Hoppers who are sharing today ... I know they will appreciate your visit and kind comments:

Monday, October 20
Why Knot Kwilt? --you are here!

Many thanks go out to Maywood Studios for sponsoring this year's wicked hop and to Madame Samm for all of your support in pushing us forward and your continued inspiration for these hops!

Thank you for your visit, and I wish you all a wickedly wonderful day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Memory Triangles

As many of you know, I quilt for others and last spring I was asked to create a quilt from a bag of scraps ... literally, a bag of scraps which had been cut by hand with scissors along with a bunch of other bits and pieces collected over time.

Not that this is anything unusual to most of you, though I have to admit I'm such an OCD quilter that I have difficulties working with a bunch of scraps that aren't ever meant to go together, so yes, this did create a challenge for me. However, this bag of scraps had a story ... many stories, in fact.

256 HST squares - 4 1/2" blocks - end result 64x64

I was given this bag of scraps by a stranger whom I'd never met before who got my name from my LQS owner.  To her, every single piece of fabric in the bag meant something. As she and I discussed the possibilities of what materials could be used, and what kind of quilt could be constructed, my heart nearly broke as I watched her pull out each bit of fabric from the bag and cry as she told me what fabric was cut by who, and what fabric was from what project her mother and/or her daughter had used it with. 

You see, both her mother and her daughter contributed pieces of material to this pile of fabric.  This was a project that a grandmother and a granddaughter were working on together ... before both of them passed away.  Yes, both mother and daughter of the owner of the bag of scraps are gone and the lady was left with this bag of "memories."  

As most of the scraps were hand cut into triangles, my options were a bit limited.  I added the taupe fabric as a neutralizer and though I tried many layouts, I thought the end result of color blocks of triangles worked best. I was honored to piece this quilt together and as I constructed this blanket and quilted it, I could not help but think of all of the bits and pieces of memories this lady will now have to comfort her as she sits with this quilt. 

Memories are such a huge thing ... either something you see, hear, smell, or touch... memories can mean so very much.  Yes, sometimes memories hurt, sometimes memories make you smile, and other times memories can make you laugh.  Memories ...

So I share with you today this quilt of someone else's memories.  I hope she finds reasons to be happy when she sits with the work I created for her.

As for me ... well, I've got to get back to the sewing room and finish up another project or two which will be shared with those of you who visit me in a day or two for the Wicked Black Cat Crossing hop. 

Yes, our reason to be Wicked this year starts on Monday, October 20th ... I would enjoy another reason to visit with you and please know your comments truly do brighten my day ... making happy memories of your kind words for me to pack away to remember another day!

See you soon and until then, happy stitching!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Wicked path of Black Cat Crossing blog hop ....

As I sit here and contemplate the fact that this is the third year in a row that I have hosted this Wicked Hop, I think about why I so enjoy the timing that goes with our Wicked themes … Halloween to those of us in the US. I first need to thank Madame Samm of SewWeQuilt.com for her hard work and dedication in promoting, gently pushing forward, and always cheering us all along.  If you haven’t seen her recent guest post on Studio E Fabric’s blog … trust me, it is worth the read and you can visit it by following this link to Studio E Fabrics.

As for my enjoyment of Halloween, I have to explain that I'm aware some have said they cannot support promoting Halloween because of the evilness of magic, witches, and scary things.  I don’t see Halloween that way.  

I see Halloween as a time to return to the spirit of innocent fun of childhood.  So many children enjoy dressing up and pretending to be something they are not and most of us parents delight in their make believe fun.  Sweet treats and candy are enjoyed with abandon and as we all get older many of us begin to steer as far away from sweets and candies for health and weight reasons, but children almost never have to think about those reasons.  And most of all … Halloween is usually the one day a year when I can honestly tell my children that the scary things they are seeing … well they are just make believe.  Wouldn’t you love to return to a time of believing the things that scared you most are fake? That those scary things are just around for one day?  I know I would.

And the decorations … oh the fun and spirited decorations put up at this time of year are usually neither politically correct nor incorrect.  There is usually no worry about spending too much or not enough on things the gift receiver may or may not use.  And usually, there is not the utter disappointment or stress involved in the day as so many holidays have come to represent to us adults, unless of course you perhaps feel a bit too ill by eating too many of those sweets us parents pilfer from our children’s goodie bags.

Halloween for this girl is a time to return to the innocent joy of make believe and lots of laughter as I experience the fun through the eyes of my children… and as my daughters would tell you, I experience the fun just as if I haven’t grown up myself ... (which is an every day occurrence, but on Halloween I can pretend it's not {wink}...) The fun of decorating our homes with wicked witches, ghastly ghosts, and petrified pumpkins ... and let us not forget all those terrifyingly scary black cats!  

It is the Black Cat Crossing our paths by Maywood Studios which brings me full circle to my hostess duties of this year’s Wicked blog hop.  I find absolute joy and inspiration with the creations shared along this hop.  Certainly you too will find plenty of reason to smile. If not … return to me, your Wicked hostess, and I’ll just have to stir my bubbling cauldron to cast my wickedest spell upon you!

So with these thoughts to ponder, I am give to you the schedule that we will be visiting our Wicked hoppers starting on Monday, October 20th

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Monday, October 27  

Tuesday, October 28

Wednesday, October 29
A Stitch in Time     

Thursday, October 30

Friday, October 31

I am so looking forward to each and every wicked creation these inspiring hoppers share ... they are the web that keeps this wicked one spinning!  Be sure to come back to visit me on the 20th as I will kick off this hop with something truly frightening!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wicked Time of Year ... Black Cat Crossing

It is getting to be that time of year again...when we have reason to be WICKED! For the third year, I have the honor of hosting another Wicked hop with Madame Samm of SewWeQuilt.com who has brewed up another cauldron of fun for all of us by working with Maywood Studio and their Black Cat Crossing collection

Be sure to visit SewWeQuilt.com for more information on the collection and a chance to receive some of this frightfully fantastic fabric!  She also has links to several shops that have this material available for purchase.

I consider these hops a great way to share what we create, encourage those who participate, and be inspired by everyone who contributes.

If you would like to play along with us, please send me:

Your Email
Blog name
Blog URL

and be sure to include "Ready to be WICKED" in the subject line.

As always ... please read the Guidelines ...

  1. Anyone and everyone can participate in our HOPS.
  3. BE a cheerleader for all those who participate, there is nothing as heartfelt as your lovely comments.
  4. Please turn off your word verification the day of your post…you really do not want to miss any comments. YOU have no idea how that one comment can be a life changer.
  5. Be sure to add your post at midnight EST. WE have visitors all around the world who like to get up like we do in North America to your lovely creations.
  6. Please ADD everyone including YOUR blog on your post that day, so we can find everyone as easily as we found you.
  7. MOST IMPORTANT, commit, if you don't, you have taken the spot of someone else who I will be hearing about, trust me there.
  8. Add the button to your blog so everyone will note your Black Cat projects.
I look forward to hearing from you soon ... 
until then ... Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer is here and another Share

Looks like summer is truly here ... 

Goodness, here in my neck of the Montana woods, we even hit 93 degrees today.  A rarity I confess and not too hot by many of my internet friends' standards ... however, it just goes to show Summer is here.  When I saw how high the temp was to be today, I chuckled to myself because it wasn't that many years ago that we had snow on the Fourth of July ... several times that has happened in fact!

So, I will enjoy this fine weather and be sure to investigate many ways to get outside with my daughters in the coming weeks :) ... 
surely we can all find reasons to smile!

I share with you today a project I created over the weekend
in hopes of making another face smile ...

I call this "Whatever Your Direction" ... 
I named it thus not only because of the directions of the "arrows" 
but I also quilted into the borders ...

"No matter the direction life takes you, 
always know you are loved."

It seemed to me to fit ... I'm still pleased as punch with it :)

The origins of my quilt began with a quilt I found via Pinterest that I really liked and discovered that Jennifer Jenkinson of That Girl ... That  Quilt designed this quilt for a quilt along in 2011:
Obviously, having just found the quilt I didn't participate in her quilt along in 2011 and after a few weeks of searching, I could not find any instructions.  So ...

As is typical of me these days, I created my own version using a Moda Sweetwater Route 15 jelly roll and some other yardage ... I'm sorry, but the name of the additional fabric escapes me right now.

This is what the full quilt looks like:

Granted ... it does look different than the Chasing Chevrons I was inspired by, but with using strip piecing techniques and adding on extra borders, I think I came up with a good alternative. Let me know what ya'all think as I've been asked to write up the instructions for this, so perhaps I'll make it available upon completion. 
The finished quilt is roughly 64 by 78 .... 

I say roughly because I have packaged it up and
mailed it away to a young man who turns nine years old this weekend.
I truly hope it puts a smile on his face!

Thank you for visiting and I wish you all
lots of reasons to smile!

Until next we visit, stay cool ....

Sunday, June 22, 2014

AMB Winners

Friday brought the last day of our fabulous American Made Brand blog tour...I have to say I so enjoyed learning more about each state and seeing the fantastic plate designs was inspiring!

Thank you American Made Brand for sponsoring such a terrific hop!

As for my stop on the tour, I promised two winners.  One from the USA which AMB will ship to the winner a fat quarter bundle:
and one from my international readers for whom I will send a bundle of 5 1/2 inch squares cut from my remaining AMB cottons:

To that point .... my winners are:

American Made Brand blog tour winner as generated by Random.org:

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Result: 2Powered by RANDOM.ORG

AllisonJune 16, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Some day I'll get to visit Montana. Such a beautiful state! I live in the USA, in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia. There are some days when I'd love some wide open spaces.

I had seven international readers leave a comment and of those seven, the winner of my American Made Brand drawing as generated by Random.org is:

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Result: 2Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Beautiful! I live in a small summer village in Alberta, Canada. Thanks!

I sincerely thank each and every reader that left a comment .... I am sorry I have not replied to each comment yet, but I will try.  For those inquiring about pdf availability, I will contact you directly ... if you wish a pdf of my block, please contact meI cannot contact the no-reply blogger inquiries.
My thanks again to Clothworks and American Made Brand cottons for sponsoring this hop!
Best wishes til we visit again,

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Welcome to Montana on the AMB Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop along the American Made Brand blog hop tour.  I share with you the state I call home ... Montana.

When I first thought of developing my AMB block, I wanted to start by taking a look at Montana license plate designs ... however, after discovering that Montana has more than three times as many specialty license plates as other states in the region ... 

courtesy of KPAX.com
I decided I'd best design my block with my own ideas!

So, with that in mind, I give you a brief tour of my state with the hope of showing you what inspired my block:

I took this photo last month at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge just south of where I live.
Montana's name is derived from the Spanish word montaƱa (mountain) and, living in the western part of the state ... you truly see mountains in every direction ...  a total of 77 named ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains.

From Glacier National Park, 
the "The Crown of the Continent"  
courtesy of GORP.com
to portions of Yellowstone National Park, 
America's first national park, 
courtesy of paradisegateway.com
Montana represents the untamed, the wild, and the natural.  

Of course, with fifteen ski areas for winter recreation ....
courtesy of SkiMT.com
We have plenty of reason to get out and enjoy the natural splendor in cold weather also.

courtesy of Montana-Wild
Montana contains thousands of named rivers and creeks, 450 miles (720 km) of which are known for "blue-ribbon" trout fishing.  In 1992 the Robert Redford directed movie "A River Runs Through It,"  extensive fishing scenes were filmed in Montana's Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone River; south of Bozeman on the Gallatin River and south of Big Timber on the Boulder River. In 1998, Robert Redford returned to Big Timber with "The Horse Whisperer." 

Montana is ranked 4th in size, but 44th in population with 1,015,165 people living in Montana .... Yes, that is 1,015,165 people living in the whole state! Wide-open spaces anyone?

courtesy of Vital Grounds
Since forests cover approximately 25 percent of the state and Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states, I've included them in my block along with the state flower, the Bitterroot, and stems of grain to represent our economy.  With a 1/3 of our great state covered in mountains, that leaves the remaining 2/3 area covered with plains and grassy ranges and provides area needed for supporting Montana's economy which is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. 
Wheat Harvest - MT: aerials of wheat fields with grain combines at work
 courtesy of nbc.com ... Robb Kendrick  /  Aurora file

With this wealth of information, I attempted to make my block represent the whole state ... mountains in the west, plains in the east, river waters in between and topped by our great big sky:

So there you have it, my representation of the State of Montana in one 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch block. 

My thanks to Clothworks and American Made Brand Cottons for hosting this fantastic tour of our United States.
Clothworks is generously sending one Why-Knot-Kwilt commentor eight fat quarters from the 
American Made Brand Cotton Solids!
Grown and Made all right here in the
Good Ol' USA!!

In addition, I am hosting a second giveaway for my wonderful international visitors.  

Those of you from outside of the United States have a chance to win this bundle of 5 1/2 inch squares:

which I cut from the remaining Clothworks American Made Brand Cotton Solids not used in my block.

If you wish to enter the giveaways, please leave me a comment on this post, with the following information:

1) which country you reside;
2) where you live in your country of residence; and most important;
3) make sure I can contact you! 

If I cannot contact you, 
you will not be able to win.

Drawing will close on Friday, June 20th.

Please be sure to visit Bloomin’ Workshop who is sharing the State of Washington with us today.

Hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the state I've called home for the past 33 years. When my day is at an end, I have to admit...
courtesy of Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
 it is a pretty beautiful place to call home.

Until next we visit, happy hopping ~