Thursday, October 31, 2013


I hope all of my pretties enjoyed the Wicked Blog Hop the last 2 weeks.  I know I enjoyed participating and sharing with you my wicked projects.  I promised you a tutorial on the Wicked Welcome Halloween Wall Hanging I made so lets get started.

Yardage: You will need 1/2 yard (or a scrap) of black fabric for the center
                        1/2 yard orange fabric for pinwheels
                        1/2 yard purple fabric for pinwheels
                        1/2 yard lime green fabric for inner border and binding
                        1 1/4 yards border print fabric (if using a border print type) or 3/4 yards if not.

Cutting:  Black:  Cut center panel 16 1/2" x 20 1/2"
     Orange:  Cut 4 strips  3 1/4" x WOF (width of fabric)
                         Sub cut into 44  3 1/4" squares
     Purple:  Cut 4 strips 3 1/4" x WOF
                         Sub cut into 48 3 1/4" squares
     Green:  Cut 2 strips 1" x WOF
                         Sub cut into 2 strips 1" x 16 1/2"
                                             2 strips 1" x 21 1/2"
                                             4 strips 2 1/2" x WOF

     Border Print:  Cut 4 strips 45" x 4 1/2" or what ever width is pleasing to you with the border print you have picked out.  (If you're not using a border print, cut 4 strips 4 1/2" x WOF)

Piecing:  Sew a 1" x 16 1/2" green border strip to the top and to the bottom of the black center panel.
Sew a 1" x 21 1/2" green border strip to each side of the black center panel.  (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step.)
Pinwheels:  Draw a diagonal line on the back of 44 orange 3 1/4" squares.  Pair them with a purple 3 1/4" squares. 

Stitch 1/4" from the drawn diagonal line on each side.  I like to chain piece mine.

Cut apart. 

Press seam to dark fabric (I always press my seams open on half square triangles as I like the way they lay flatter and it's easier to quilt).  Trim to 2 1/2" half square triangle. 

Sew 4 half square triangles together as illustrated to form a pinwheel block. 

I like to do the "twisty" thing in the middle.  Here is a video that shows you how I do it.

Make 22 of these.

Sew 4 pinwheel blocks together to form a strip of pinwheel blocks.  Make 2 of these.
Sew this pinwheel strip to the top and to the bottom of the center panel with borders.

Sew 7 pinwheel blocks together for form a strip of pinwheel blocks.  Make 2 of these.
Sew this pinwheel strip to the sides of the center panel with border.

Now add the border print to the top and bottom.  I mitered my corners.
And add the border print to each side. 

You're ready to quilt it or send it to your favorite wicked Quilting Queen.  Once quilted, add the binding.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This is my first online quilt show entry. It's the Bloggers Quilt Festival and it coincides with the 2 major quilt festivals of the year.
  Blogger's Quilt Festival -
My entry in the "Throw Quilt" category is my Winter Wonderland quilt I finally finished. 

It took a long time to do all the hand embroidery on these block.  I usually would only work on it in the car during our 10 hour trip from Texas to Missouri to go "back home".  It took me over a year to do them.


 Along the way, I collected fat quarters of blue snowflake fabric to do the blocks. 

I collected this border fabric long before I even bought the pattern or thought about making this quilt.  I was just waiting for the right pattern to go along.
Lots of different snowflake patterns from lots of different Statler Stitcher Pattern designers were used.

I used Glide Light Torquioisse Blue thread and Glide White thread.  I just love how Glide
 thread looks quilted out on a quilt.  It has just a hint of a shine or glisten.  Just what I needed for the snow.

 Sometimes the back of the quilt is almost as pretty as the front.  I love the random blue quilting that shows on the back. 


Monday, October 28, 2013


Welcome my pretties to my first ever blog hop and it's a Wicked One!  I'm so pleased you stopped by to see all the wickedness that's going in here.  A special thanks the Madame Samm and Wicked Wendy our cheerleader.  And our sponsors Wyndham Fabrics has supplied us with some lovely Halloween bundles, and will you look, Reliable IRON has supplied us appropriately with an ORANGE IRONand Look Bird Brain Designswanted you to be prepared for next years Wicked....Some lovely patterns to keep you in the Halloween spirit. 

I love Halloween.  It's my favorite holiday next to Christmas.  I'm not sure why I love Halloween.   I don't like scary things.  I refuse to watch a scary Halloween movie or go to a Haunted House.  I like the cuteness of Halloween, all the cute little goblins that come trick or treating, and oh the candy.  But maybe it's my favorite because it's two days before my birthday, or maybe it's my favorite because there are usually lots of parties... Whatever the reason, I love Halloween.  However, as much as I love Halloween, I don't own a single Halloween quilt or pillow or wall hanging of any kind.  It's time to change that and now, without further delay, my project.

You know as the wicked Quilting Queen, my project would include quilting of some sort.  I bought this quilting pattern a while back and this wicked blog hop was the perfect nudge I needed to get it done for myself.

Now, what else goes with it.  Some wicked Halloween border fabric of course.
I had quite the time getting this wicked project completed.  You see, I took my project to MO with me to work on it and have it ready to quilt when I was suppose to returned home.  I got the first project pieced but decided the purple I used from my stash was too dull so I pieced a second one in record time using a different purple I purchased at the LQS.  But that's where the trouble began. My plans were changed by the FFA Instructor who ask me to chaperone the FFA trip to National Convention in Louisville KY Oct. 28th - Nov. 2nd.  And now I'm not scheduled to return home until Nov. 4th.  How am I going to quilt it when I'm in MO and my machine is in TX and post about it on Oct. 29th?  Georgia Stull of Heartland Quiltworks to the rescue.  Georgia lives in Harrisonville MO and is a Gammill rep.  She was gracious enough to loan me her machine for a couple of hours to quilt it.   THANK YOU GEORGIA!  So now "A Wicked Welcome Halloween" is complete. It's not a large project, only 33" x 37" so it's do-able in just a day.

I will post a tutorial on how to make this wicked project in the next day or so and you can send it to your favorite wicked quilting queen to quilt it for you. 
Then while at the Calico Clippers Quilt Show, my dad won a door prize and I was the wicked daughter that took it away from him. 
Well what timing is this?  A wickedly cute little pattern and the wicked fabrics to make it.  I made the first one and this is how it turned out.

Don't you love the spider on her shoe?
But I thought it needed more wicked cuteness so I made another one using the lime green background. 

The bows on shoes are just too wicked!
Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite thing about Halloween is and you can win one of these wicked pillows.  I will randomly draw a wicked name from the comments on the 31st after the blog hop is over.  And don't forget to hop on over to the other wicked blogs today and see what wickedness they have created.
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Everyone please meet my new grandson, Kameron Ross Kelly.  He was born yesterday (which is today's date here), October 28th, 2013 at 9:38 a.m in Yokosuka Japan .  He weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz., and is 20 1/2" long.  Everyone is doing fine. 
This is his sweet momma Hollie  on Sept. 24th, 1986.  Hmmm.... I think there's quite a resemblance there.  Sorry dad, he looks like mom. 
And this is his sister Little Miss Raliegh on May 10, 2008.


Friday, October 25, 2013


Two days ago I posted a QOV (Quilts of Valor) Quilt top I completed and told you I would share how I put it together.  So here it is.

Start by choosing 12 coordinating fabrics.  Cut 2 strips 5" wide by the width of the fabric (wof) or selvage to selvage of each of the 12 coordinating fabrics.

Piece the 12 strips together into a strip set using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Make 2 of these strips sets.  Press all the same direction.  Pressing isn't a big deal though as none of the seems with intersect and you won't have to match them to anything. 

Now sew strip #1 and strip #12 together to form a tube.  Do this for each of the strip sets so you have 2 tubes.

Next you will sub cut the tube into 2 1/2" segments.  I think I got 16 tube strips from each tube set.

Now you are going to sew the tube strips together to make the quilt top.  Begin by cutting the seam allowance off of the tube set at fabric #1 and #12 on one tube strip only.  I know it seems like I just told you to sew them together (and I did) but trust me on this one. I'm now calling this tube strip A.

Now cut the second tube strip fabric #1 block in half as pictured below.  I'm now calling this tube strip B.   Sew tube strip A to tube strip B together, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Now lay a third tube strip next to the sewn strip set and cut it in half.  Notice how the placement of the colors begin to for the "stair steps".  I always lay the tube strip set I'm going to cut next to the sewn tube strips to make sure I'm cutting in the proper place.  One time you will cut the seam allowance off and the next time you will cut the block in half.  But don't cut all the tube strips at once.  Do them one at a time to make sure the placement is correct before you cut anything.

Repeat this process until you have sewn all of the tube strips together to make the quilt top.  My quilt top measured 54" x 66".  You can add a border(s) if you so desire to make it larger but I thought it was big enough for a QOV without any borders. 
I have made a smaller version of this quilt using only 1 strip set instead of 2 and adding borders.  I've also made it using a 3 1/2" strip and another quilt using a 4 1/2" strip.  In other words, I used whatever size strip I could consistently get from my 12 fabrics I picked from my stash.  And I've also done it with less than 12 fabrics.  I think I had 9 or 10 but I can't remember for sure.  Other than the finished size, the end result was the same.  It still made the stair step or zig zag. 
And then I got to thinking... You could also make this with 3 or 4 fabrics and just repeat the strips instead of having 12 different ones.   The possibilities are many! 
Quilts of Valor is always in need of quilts and quilt tops for our wounded soldiers.  This is a quick and easy quilt top that can easily be pieced in one day.  Won't you piece one today and give it to a soldier.  It's a very small token of appreciation for their sacrifice and service for us. 

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