Ghost Pillow Quilt Block

I have a new pattern out there! And until Halloween, it’s free!

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Does the pillow look familiar? It should! I just posted about it with the awesome pillow cube giveaway the other day! But today it’s about the pillow cover and the ghost block!

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Last year, I made the Bat pillows with the Bat Pattern that you can purchase here. This year I felt that we needed another one! But not another bat…. And despite the fact that tonight my husband couldn’t get comfortable on the couch because of all the pillows…Oops…. Oh, well, I did it anyway! I made a ghost to go with the bats!

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Earlier this year, I saw this glow in the dark star fabric and I knew I needed it. Need is key here, right? Then came the idea of the ghost. And of course, it needs to in glow in the dark fabric too! A solid glow in the dark would have been best, but I couldn’t find it.

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The pattern is a pretty quick sew! The head is a bunch of little pieces and can be a little bit slower, but once you get that done, you’re home free! Easy!

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The block is 6.6×8.5. I then added a bit more stars and the banding. The pattern does not include paper piecing instructions, but you can find the directions here. This could be an easy intro for the newbie to paper piecing!

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The pattern can be found in my craftsy shop and it’s free to you! But only until Halloween! So be sure to swing by and check out the shop and download your ghost pattern!

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Ghost Night Lights

This Pinterest Try is super easy and I don’t think anyone could turn this one into a fail! These little ghosts are adorable.

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This project I saw on the Family Chic website! I love her projects! They are usually those wonderfully simple projects that you see and think to yourself, How did I not think of that?? But she does! I’ve ‘pinned’ quite a few things from her blog. I saw these ghosts and ‘pinned’ again!

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Easy Peasy! You just need stuffing, balloons, tea lights and a sharpie. Cut off the end of the balloon, stuff it, then stuff in the tea light. I then trimmed the balloon down again on the bottom. Lastly we made thier faces! The kiddo thinks these are just adorable!

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I think they are adorable even when they aren’t lit up! I can’t tell if the originals from Family Chic are bigger than mine or not. These are only about 2 inches tall. Which adds to the ‘cute’ factor!

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5 little ghosts all in a row!

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I’m not sure what you can do with them, except as fun little night lights. I guess if you had enough, you could line a walkway with them. That would be awesome, but you’d need A LOT! Or maybe just a little ambiance at the dinner table!

 

Fright Fest!

If you live near Seattle, have you been to Fright Fest? A place to play in the park after dark every weekend in October: Amusement rides, haunted houses, and Booville bring chills and thrills!

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We got to go! We left the Fright out of the Fest for the most part becuase there’s a little kid in my family that doesn’t like to be frightened!

Fright Fest is what the amusement park, Wild Waves, turns into on weekends in October. We’ve never been to Wild Waves so I had no idea how huge the place was and all the fun rides for the kiddos! Wild Waves is bringing thrill seekers screams and scares at the 14th annual Fright Fest on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 2 through October 31. At Fright Fest, guests of all ages can navigate through two bone-chilling haunted houses, explore Booville, a scare-free zone for children ages 12 and under can even experience their favorite amusement rides in the dark.

Booville was a lot of fun! The kiddos had a great time riding all the rides. I have a strange fondness for taking pictures of my family in wooden cut outs, so I had to make them stop at each one for a little photoshoot!

There was supposed to be crafts for the kids, but we hit the rides first. When we came back there were only coloring sheets and eyeball stickers left. And just because the crafts were gone, don’t think we didn’t have fun with eyeball stickers!

And we had a milestone event happen!!! My kiddo got his face painted! He’s NEVER let anyone put facepaint on his face! And I don’t think he’s ever even put a temporary tattoo on his face. But last night he did! And the cute little guy did NOT want to wash it off when it was time for bed.

More than 20 rides—including crowd favorites like The Wild Thing and Timber Axe—will operate in the dark. Those who dare can enter The Chamber of Souls, a labyrinth of monsters and mischief, or The Playground, a 3-dimensional haunted house.

Park-goers can choose to complement their Fright Fest admission tickets with one of two R.I.P. passes. With an R.I.P. pass, guests can rest peacefully while waiting in a shorter express line. And I’d recommend it if you want to head to the Haunted Houses! The lines were outrageous! My husband brought a friend that would even attempt the haunted houses with him and they didn’t even try becuase of the lines! So even though I can’t stand haunted houses, I’m thinking these are pretty good since all those people were waiting to get in!

We had a good time! The kids had fun and I’d go back. But 2 things to know… They charge for parking. Which isn’t listed on the website and I do not like those types of surprises! And Secondly, eat before you go! Not only were the lines for the haunted house long, but so were the food lines. (And I’m hoping the haunted houses were better than the food that we did stand in line for!) Despite those two things, we had a great night with our family and friends!

There’s only one weekend left! Have fun!!!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

 

 

 

A Ghostly Pillow and a Giveaway!

I’m so excited about 2 things! One, I made a new Halloween pillow! And two, I got to review a fantastic pillow from Pillowcubes!

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First, What do you think about the ghost? Like I’ve said, I love Halloween. Last year it was bats…This year ghosts… I’m going to tell more about the quilt block this weekend, so stay tuned!

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And now… I’m so spoiled! When I usually buy pillow inserts they are not fancy from a big box store that I won’t name… But I don’t know if I can go back! The pillow that Pillowcubes sent me is the 90/10 Down Feather pillow and it’s AMAZING! So different from those others that I usually get! It’s just soft and cuddly. Perfectly made. And it looks perfect in my pillowcase!

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I recently posted about the American Made Brand and how it’s made in the USA. Well, so are Pillowcubes. They are made by real hands right here in the US in Tennessee! So cool!

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When I first started talking to Pillowcubes, they only shipped by the case. I don’t know about you, but I don’t typically make that many pillows at once. But the super cool thing is that now you don’t have to buy by the case! You can order just one if you want just one! And I recently priced it out to those other big box stores and to order the same pillow online was a couple of dollars less then buying at the store. And to be buying handmade from a real person…. Can you guess where my next pillow form is coming from?

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I always see design shows where they hand chop the pillows. You know what I’m talking about right? With the hand chop? Most of mine don’t really take the hand chop well. But this one does! Oh, yeah!

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Now the fun stuff! You can enter to win your very own pillow from Pillowcubes and feel as spoiled as I do! (the giveaway is for the pillow only, not the pillow cover!) And you can order your own pillows right now with the coupon code FeelinCrafty10 to receive 10% off your purchase! Oh, yeah! That’s for everyone!

Ready to WIN? You have FOUR ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Tell us your favorite PillowCubes! What’s your favorite size pillow? What’s your favorite stuffing?

2. My blog followers get an extra entry. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. Follow I’m Feelin’ Crafty on Instagram at @imfeelincrafty. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4. Follow Pillowcubes on Facebook. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 4 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Sorry, only open to US addresses. The giveaway will close on October 30th at 12 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Pinterest Try Tuesday (kinda) Bobble Head Ghosts

So this is kinda a pinterest try, but it’s an old fashioned kinda pinterest! I saw this in a magazine and tore out the page months ago… Remember doing that way back before Pinterest??? And I’ve held on to this project from the Family Fun Magazine since I think this past Easter!

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But as you can see, it’s not an Easter project! I took their Easter project and turned it into a Halloween project!

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The original project was for bobble head chicks. But, nope, not chicks here! Cute little ghosts in our house!

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Using the directions they had in the magazine, you just need sculpey,  some wire and glass beads. I used the sculpey and the wire, but I added a few extra materials. I also included a meat thermometer and glass top quilting pins!

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Why a meat thermometer you ask? To wind the wire around, of course! A pencil was too thick, so I went looking for something else and the meat thermometer was the perfect diameter!  First off you shape your head and body of the ghosts. Then wind your wire. I used about 2 inches of wire. You’ll want to keep the ends straight to push into the head and body. Then put the three pieces together, the head, the wire and the body. I also used the thermometer to shape the bottom.

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On this little guy I used some quilting pins with glass heads for the eyes and mouths. I cut the pins short and stuck them in!

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The wire needs to be heavy enough to hold up the head, but thin enough to wobble! In this picture I’m trying to show you that his head actually bobbles! Not an easy thing to take a picture of!

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Ok, so my first try wasn’t exactly a fail, but it wasn’t a real win either! I tried to make them with soft clay and perler beads…. I couldn’t get a smooth finish with the soft clay. I could make it larger, but not smooth… I also used pretty thick wire and didn’t get the bobble action. Then I started to make the eyes in the sculpey with the perler beads but realized they’d melt! That would have been bad!

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I’m pretty happy with them! I didn’t actually make these with the kiddo, but he was pretty excited about them after he saw them. So now I’m out to get more sculpey!

American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge

Did anyone else participate in the American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge???

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At first I wasn’t going to participate. You saw my fourth quarter goals right???? I have enough on my plate already! But… I love supporting local, so I’ve always loved Clothworks, the brand behind the American Made Brand. And who can’t love American Made fabric? One of the owners came to our guild and showed us the step by step process in making this brand and it’s quite amazing! And frustrating to see how much of our natural resources get exported for us to then buy back! But that’s a whole ‘nother blog post!

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And at our Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild meetup, there was this adorable little mini charm pack in our swag bags. So I had to go for it! I had a different idea to start, more of a spiral, but it didn’t turn out…. So this is what I ended up with. Not truly original, and that probably has one thing to do with why it didn’t win anything….

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I still didn’t have my own machine back yet and was using a machine that wasn’t real into the curved quilting. So it didn’t end up great there either… But I love the pattern! I wanted to contrast the squares and triangles with circles.

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The back is pretty simple and used a couple of extra half square triangles! And I also won a giveaway of American Brand green solids that I put to use on the back.

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Don’t look too closely, this one is not my usual quality of piecing or quilting, but…. I don’t have much wall space for mini quilts, so I like to use them for other things. I made this with two layers of batting to use for a hot pad. Even if I didn’t win, it was a fun little project!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Eraser Dot Halloween Shirts DIY

I am so excited that it’s October! And that means Halloween!! We love Halloween around here! AND… It’s been a while since I did my Pinterest Try Tuesday projects. So this month we’re doing Halloween themed Pinterest Tries. Starting with the eraser dot tshirts.

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Have you seen these around? WAY back, before my blogging days, I had a baby shower for a friend and I used erasers and paint to make the invitations and envelopes and all sorts of things. So when I saw these bat shirts, I knew I had to make some with the kiddo! Looking more into Cutesy Crafts, where my ‘pin’ originated, it appears she does these for every season! Be sure to check out her page! This would also make cute tote bags, too!

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This pinterest try was a real win! It’s quick and easy. Doesn’t require many materials. Fun!

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So you start with a freezer paper stencil. Since I got an orange shirt, my son said it had to be a pumpkin! So a pumpkin we made! We actually picked pieces for the pumpkin from online then put it together in photoshop to be exactly how he wanted it!

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Then you just need fabric paint and a pencil or two.

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Here’s how easy it is. Dip the pencil eraser in the paint and then on the shirt! Let it dry and remove the freezer paper!

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What design would you make? I was also thinking of a ghost in glow in the dark paint! Yep!

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The kiddo really like it. He was quite curious why we didn’t just use a paintbrush, though. But once we started he got into it! It got worn to school today and the plan is to wear it on Halloween FOR SURE! At least before trick or treating anyway!

 

Finish Along Quarter 4

This finish list of goals for the 4th quarter just might look familiar… It’s pretty much the same as last quarter! Sorry to be boring! I finished my beach quilt, but that’s about it! Part of it was my machine was in the shop all summer. But I’ve got it back and it’s humming along beautifully! Yea!! So here’s my list…. (again)

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Dad’s back is done, it’s been quilted by my friends at West Seattle Fabrics and now it just needs binding! I can do it!

 

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There were two that I was supposed to do this sumer… First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt. I totally missed the deadline on this one, but I still want to finish it!

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The second one was a baby minkie rag quilt and other nursery room accessories. I did actually finish it, but haven’t gotten to show it off yet!

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I also have another do Good Stitches Quilt to put together. This one uses my Inside Out Pineapple Block!! I can’t wait to see it all put together! I had to make an extra couple of blocks and as much as I love this pattern, it’s a bit time consuming!

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This is a new one to add to the list! I entered into the Michael Miller Glitz Challenge. I’ve got my fabric, but no clue what to do with it! hmmmm….

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Oh, and there’s the EZ Quilting Challenge triangle quilt challenge…. Also a Quiltcon challenge like the Michael Miller one. Again, I’ve gotten the ruler, but no clue what to do with it.

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OK, I am also working on two Block of the Month quilts that I’m hoping to finish this year…. The Technicolor Galaxy Quilt and the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month quilts!

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I’d love to get these two done too! But same as last quarter, no promises on these!

OK, I think that’s enough! I need to get to work!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 

Sew Ready to Play 2015 Recap!

Wow! What a great way to celebrate 5 years of Sew Ready to Play!! A huge thank you to everyone that participated in, what I think is, a super fun sewing series!
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It’s been so fun seeing what everyone came up with and what your favorite games are! In case you missed a day, here’s a recap of all the great tutorials!
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Thanks again everyone!!!!

Hopscotch with The Shaffer Sisters

Can you believe the series is almost over again!!? Where does the time go? Our last guest is Al, from the Shaffer Sisters! If I had a sister, I hope we’d do as many fun things together as the ladies behind the Shaffer Sisters blog!  They seem like so much fun and I love how they all craft together! They have been guests before and always make the sweetest dresses! So happy to have them back this year! Welcome Al!

This year when I considered the possibility of games I could choose from, I found myself daydreaming of simpler days. I remember spending hours upon hours outside with my cousins pretending with our red wagon and stick horses, playing hide and go seek, and kick the can at grandma’s house. As I reflected, I realized that this year I wanted my theme for Sew Ready to Play to be more timeless than the projects I’ve done in the past.

 

Hopscotch is one of those outside games that can be played anywhere with very little effort. A few weeks ago we were sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the local parade to begin when the kids found chalk in the stroller. Before we knew it, there were a few hop scotch designs down and the kids were contently playing instead of impatiently waiting.

 

I had started out this project with the intent to make another dress for my very girly daughter, but unfortunately the printer was set to fit and not to actual size. I ended up with a dress in which the finished bodice fit my 1 year old daughter instead of my 6 year old. I didn’t realize this until I was practically done and had spent hours embroidering the hop scotch design on the skirt. The simplest thing would have been to just have my baby wear it, but it didn’t seem fitting since there’s no way a baby can hopscotch.

I wanted to recreate the bodice the right size and stick with my original design, but I lacked the emotional energy to invest that much more time into it. So when life gives you lemons make lemonade, right!?

And on that same day her little brother cut some of her hair an inch long

I seam ripped the skirt off the bodice and attached it to some elastic that I’ve been saving for just the right project.

Ty in her hopscotch skirt and Sally in her butterfly tunic and polka-dot leggings

The detail on the skirt was done by lightly sketching the hopscotch design and then going back and adding embroidery thread of different colors.

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She is happy because it’s a skirt that flies when she spins and has plenty of room for movement to navigate the playground.

With love,

Al