Friday, October 24, 2014

Arching Cat-A Paper Pieced Pattern

Once again I've come up with a pretty creative name for my pattern haven't I?  

Despite that, I really like this little guy.  And like our last little kitty, he is not overly Halloweenish if you change the colors :).

Click on the link above to find out more about this pattern.  Hurry though, time is running out for the free Halloween patterns!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Party Fit For a Princess

Princess turned one last week and I had grand plans for her party.  But as usual, things came up and I had to scale it back a bit.

This is what we ended up with...


There were of course lots and lots of balloons  :)

Lots of presents...

 I had my special rice crispies.  I like to make mine extra gooey and add a touch of vanilla extract plus sprinkles :).  Princess punch consisted of Sprite and pink lemonade.

 Our cupcake cake was half vanilla, half chocolate and had pink icing with white lettering and silver ribbons and glitter.  I added the Little People Princesses to help tie it into the overall theme.  The castle (and the princesses on the cake) were actually some of her presents.  I found pink goldfish crackers at the Target by our house and I made Princess Popcorn by adding melted white chocolate and sprinkles to microwave popcorn.

And here is the princess herself.  That bow didn't stay on long so I'm glad I was able to get this shot!!

All in all I think it was a success!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


My Halloween Mysterytown cross stitch block is complete.  The pattern is by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and was released in four different parts.  I fell behind on this project soon after I started it and never thought I would be able to get it done in time to display it this year.

I have yet to decide what I'm going to do with it.  I keep going back and forth between a pillow (yes, another one!) and a project bag of some sort (possibly to hold my next project...I'm thinking Cloud Factory's Wacky Witches).

Now that this one is all finished I need to get back to work on my Once Upon a Time Sampler...and Gingerbread Lane...and the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler...and the Woodland Sampler...and the Kawaii Winter Wonderland Sampler...and those are only the ones I've already started, there are many others still waiting in the wings--obviously I have a problem!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Trio of Minis & a Sneak Peek

I've completed three of my paper pieced mini quilts so far.  Happy Ghost and Crouching Cat are awaiting quilting and Witch on a Broom is in the testing phase.

These are currently hanging in my office.  Trying to liven the place up a bit ;).

A close up of the quilting on the hat.  I was trying out a couple of new designs.  I'm really happy with how the swirls in the orange parts turned out--a little less thrilled with how the black ended up.  I think they were supposed to resemble eyeballs?  A large circle with a small circle inside touching one side...  Oh well at least I tried.

And the witch is in the works!  I have her partially pieced and I will warn you she is not for the beginner.  No incredibly small pieces this time but that's because she is HUGE!  More on her later this week...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pouncing Cat-A Paper Pieced Pattern

This cute little guy is the fifth (I think?) in the series of Halloween themed paper pieced patterns that I'm releasing this year.  The pattern can be found here.

This pattern is not overly Halloweenish...change the colors and it can be used for any occasion!

There are a couple of spots where I used the wrong fabrics (label your pieces before you start people!) but these were the result of operator error and not the fault of the pattern.

Like the others, this one is free through the end of October 2014 :)

I'm in the middle of testing another one for you so look for it toward the end of the week...

***Someone suggested using the hashtag #sewingwithsqueak when posting photos of projects (in progress or complete) on Instagram.  I love the idea of being able to see what everyone is making!***

Monday, October 13, 2014

Big City Bags for October

A bit of a late start this month but hopefully you have already started on your Honeymooners Suitcase! 

(Photos used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

The Rules
  • We will be sewing the books in the order they are in the book.  Only the bag for that specific month will be eligible for the link up.
  • The bag must be complete to qualify for prizes.
  • On the first of every month I will announce a new project and prize. 
  • You will have from October 25, 2014 until midnight on October 31, 2014 CST to link up your project for a chance to win that month's prize.
  • You can link up more than one bag a month as long as they were both made during the corresponding month
  • Join the Flickr group to see all the projects that have been made. 
This month's prize is courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop. The winner this month will have $35 to spend on anything in the shop.  They have so much to choose from...I wouldn't be able to decide what to get!!

Can't wait to see the finished bags this month!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Witch's Hat

The fourth Halloween themed paper pieced pattern that I'm releasing is the Witch's Hat.

This pattern is free until Halloween 2014 and can be found here.