This may be a little long but its chock full of Ghastlie fun. Madame Samm said to take lots of pictures and I follow instruction.
It all started with a Tea Cup Cozzie by Madame Samm. That’s all it took to get me hooked on Ghastlies. A trip to my local quilt shop yielded these 2 pieces.
I was on my way. Of course I then ordered a different colorway on line. And then I discovered that there was not only a Ghastlie but a Ghastlie Nights too. So I ordered more fabric on line.
I got like a kid with a book of stickers. I wanted to put a sticker (read Ghastlie) on everything I came across.
The first piece I made was a purse for myself using the tutorial for the Bento Box http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-lunch-bag.html I made mine a bit taller.
My niece’s birthday is in October and she is a Halloween girl after my own heart and I knew she would would want one too.
After being forced to admire my creations MJ came to the conclusion that his boss would really love one of them, so now there are 3.
Well my girl friend’s birthday is also in October and since she has had to listen to every Ghastlie detail of this Ghastlie adventure I felt it was only right to give her a Ghastlie gift. Her main gift was a book on knitting so I attempted to make a bookmark.
No imagination on my part so it was a bit lame. I needed to put the book into something so I came up with this great fully lined gift bag with a draw string top and the Ghastlie Knitting Bee on the front that can be used to tote around knitting projects.
Well then I needed a birthday card and gift tag.
Ok so I was on a roll after her card and tag. It’s amazing the things you can do with the little pieces. You don’t want to lose any of those Ghastlie faces.
One of the pieces was a good size and the drawings were right there to the selvedge. I bought a new car this summer and it really needed a trash bag at least a few steps up from the recycled food store bag. This is my first experiment with iron on vinyl. I used it on the inside surfaces. Kinda fun to work with.
OK so I am a quilter after all and I do make quilts. So once I got my other Ghastlie fabric in the mail I set out to make a small quilt, 40 something by 50 something I think. I just love it. I think it’s the pink, a color I generally have nothing to do with. It just sets off the Ghastlies perfectly.
Now back to the small stuff. As I mentioned durning the past month almost everything I saw I thought about making using this Ghastlie line. One of my favorites is the Dumpling. I found the free tutorial at http://keyka.typepad.com/my_weblog/tutorials/ It is a super easy pattern to follow. And as with almost everything I do I played with the size on the copier. I needed to make it a bit bigger to showcase the ladies to their best advantage.
Of course 1 of these and a card got sent to MJ’s mom for her birthday. As you can see Tink had to help out with the photo, such a newsy girl.
I realized that some of my favorite little things belong in my purse and I hadn’t made anything to go in my Ghastlie purse. I remedied that in record time with a new eye glass case, pouch (dumpling) and tissue holder.
Hang in there I’m almost done.
Last weekend we ( my sister and I ) went to NE PA to visit some friends and a stop in a great quilt shop The Endless Mountains in Tunkhannock. While I was there Sissie prodded me into picking up a pattern by Paula Hughes called the Potato Chip Bag, you can’t make just one. Sissie mentioned that I still had time to make a couple of them out of Ghastlie fabric before my posting.
I needed help in coming up with more projects like I need a hole in my head. Great pattern and easy. It took me about 2 ½ hours to make each one. I’m thinking it would take less time if you aren’t trying to figure out which Ghastlie you wanted to use for the flap.
By the way sissie put dibs on the one with the Ghastlie Castle. And for those of you who read this far I am giving away the bag with little Miss Ghastlie with her hammer on the flap for those of you who leave a comment letting me know what the giveaway is. Ghastlie of me don’t you think. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday morning 11/05/11 after the hop is officially over.
So it was late Sunday afternoon and I thought I was done with the Ghastlies, the flu was just about over and again that peskie little sister calls with yet another brainstorm. How about a sweatshirt with a pouch like on a hoodie. Her daughter (the owner of the Ghastlie purse) chimes in that if I make it for her (HINT), could I add something Ghastlie to the sleeve. It isn't just decorative, I lined it with fusible fleece for some warmth.
Totally exhausted fighting this flu. The biggest problem I see in my full recovery is that all of my Ghastlie sisters are throwing out terrific idea after terrific idea and I won’t be getting any rest any time soon.
Please keep following all my Ghastlie Sisters on this wonderfully Ghastlie Hop.
Thanks Madame Samm it's been a down right Ghastlie experience.
Ms Selina Ghastlie