Candy Monster Trick or Treat Bag

Halloween is just around the corner and I was looking at photos online trying to find ideas on making a princess trick-or-treat bag. Julie will either be Sleeping Beauty or Snow White for Halloween. She has not decided yet. I stumbled across a cute monster bag and showed it to my little princess. Of course she requested that hers be PINK. There was no pattern. I just made it up as I went. If you make one please send me a photo or a link. I would love to see your version.

Doves Nest Designs is selling them on Etsy if you would like one. They are great for any time of year. My 3 year old loves to feed her monster plastic fruit and veggies, blocks, and even socks!

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88 Visiters and half a snowball

For many of you 88 visiters may be a small potatoes but on Oct. 14th I had 88 wonderful people hop over to see little old me! Amy from Amy’s Creative Side featured me on her blog. I love Amy’s blog and always check out her Blogers Quilt Festival. Click HERE to visit Amy’s site and read her post.

       

So now on to the half a snowball. No there is no snow here yet in New England (thank goodness)! I was asked by a few bloggers about my Hugs and Kisses Quilt and what the pattern was. Well….I made it up. I saw a photo of a quilt I liked and said “I can do that”. I put a five inch food square face up and a 2 1/2 inch white square diagonally in each corner. then I marked and sewed corner to corner on each white square. I cut off the ends and flipped and ironed the block flat. That is the only block in the whole quilt! Yup it was that easy!!!  If my directions seem a little fuzzy scroll down and click on the link to Lyn’s blog. I called my quilt hugs and kisses because I made it for my daughter and when we sign Christmas and Birthday cards we add oxoxox (hugs and kisses) with our signatures.

Hint: If you look closely at my blocks they do not match. Each and every block does not line up by 1/4 inch. I did not realise that would happen until all the blocks were finished. You should cut your white fabric at 2  3/4 inches instead 2 1/2. I am not a math mathematician and I sure wish I had found Lyn Brown’s website before I started sewing my quilt. Please visit her HERE. She has a great tutorial on how to make this quilt.

Happy Quilting,

Nicole

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Witch blog name did you pick?

Dawn over at As Sweet A Cinnamon is having a What’s your name? giveaway. Visit her at the link below to see entries by our fellow bloggers. It sure is fun to read about how a name came to be.

  http://dawnhaydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/whats-your-name.html

SEW Daughter is actually a play on words and here is my story…

My mother took a few quilting classes at our local quilt shop. There she heard about the North Parish Quilters Guild. We decided to attend a meeting together. I did not know any one there but my Mom recognized several faces. All of the ladies were so nice. Since the we have become members. At one meeting a few ladies came up to me throughout the night and said “I did not know that your Sylvia’s daughter!” Then they commented how great it was that mother and daughter quilted together. The next day I was trying to come up with a savvy, creative, inspiring, super great blog name……I was stumped! I love creative blog names like sew creative where the “so” is replaced by “sew”. I also follow Quilt Dad and Sew Mama Sew. Both great names that are easy to remember. I put all of those ideas together in one big pot and give it a stir and SEW Daughter was born. My Moms initials are S.E.W and I am her daughter. It is east to say and I feel that as a new quilter I am like a daughter learning from all the great quilt Moms and Dads in blogland.

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Pay it Forward FUN! FUN! FUN!!!

                     

As I was blog surfing on my favorite blog website Quilter Blogs this morning and I cam across this awesome idea from Sharon over at http://lilabellelane.blogspot.com/

 Who doesn’t love a surprise parcel? This is the thing: I promise to send a surprise gift to the first three people to comment on my post. This gift will be made with my own two hands and sent sometime within the next year. I do like to be organised so you are more likely to get it sooner rather than later but exactly when will remain a surprise.

Of course there are some rules in this game. Here it goes:

Rules:

1. I will make a little something for the
first 3 people that comment on this post. It will be a surprise and may arrive
at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the
giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first
three people that comment on your blog post.

3. You must have a blog.

4. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog
to spread the love.

I only have a hand full of followers so I am counting on the power of Quilter Blogs to spread the word for me! When you comment, I’ll email you and get your address and then you will get something from me sometime before next October.

Looking forward to
hearing from my new friends!

Nicole

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Halloween or Christmas?

Halloween or Christmas???

My hubby seems to think that because my wall hanging has a green border that it must be Christmas. Even after I explained to him that the green fabric has witches, bats, and pumpkins all over he still replied with “Halloween should be orange and black”. I then explained to him that he does not have to like it because I love it! I also promised that next year I will make an orange and black one for him……little does he know that I will be making him a wall hanging of a large witche’s behind!

 

        

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Christmas Sewalong Fabric

A couple of days ago I posted that I am very excited to join the SewHappy Christmas Sewalong hosted by Lesley Boost. So… today I raced out to my local quilt shop and picked out the perfect fabrics and embroidery floss to match. It does not get much better than white on white snowflakes and holly berries! I think I will dig out my Christmas music for next Friday.

 

The holly berry fabric is Once Upon a Christmas by Susan Winget for Benarte.

I chose DMC floss #347. It is a mellow red and matches perfect with the berries.

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Cute Fall Name Tag

Here is the name tag that I made to feed my embroidery addiction for my September quilt guild meeting. I have lots of fun creating a different name tag for each month. The pattern I chose is actually not a pattern at all. It’s a children’s online coloring page.

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