I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 11.

The “North Star” block was designed by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing. You can find the tutorial and pattern on her blog here.

Here is my finished North Star block.

I dug really deep into my stash for this block. I just KNEW that I had to keep that shiny (slippery) pretty (insert swear word here) fabric. See I am not a hoarder, I USED it. LOL. Anyway, I love how the star finished off.

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

Sandwich and baste your block. I used my quarter inch or walking foot for this one. And echo stitched all the way around the star, in a triangle shape. I deliberately chose white thread to contrast with the red, to (pretend) show light radiating from the star.

Then I stitched in the ditch around all the shapes in the star. Trying to match the thread color with the star.

Just love how the flange pops out.

All trimmed.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Now for the prizes for submitting block 11!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

http://www.doohikeydesigns.com/product-category/binding-babies and http://www.inquiringquilter.com/my-store.

Add your link on the linky party at Kathleen Scargle McCormick at kathleenmcmusing.blogspot.co.za. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

Block 10: http://blog.cwilt.co.uk/2017/11/i-wish-you-merry-quilt-along-block-10.html

 

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 10.

This fortnight’s block is a Christmas lantern designed by Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery. You can find the pattern and tutorial for the block on her blog here.

Here is my finished Christmas Lantern block.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

I started by stitching in the ditch around the lantern.

The blanket stitched around all the applique pieces. You can hand stitch or machine stitch this.

And finally I did from free-motion meandering in the background.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <—–That’s me!
Now for the prizes for submitting block 10!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Add your link on the linky party at Diane Lomax at Cwilt. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

 

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

And now for block 6.

This block is designed by Sandra Healy http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/.

Fabric selection for this block.

I chose a delicate colors for this block.

Here is my version of the block

Quilting the block

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the squares.

Then change to a applique stitch on the machine, you can also use a satin stitch or hand applique your block.

And stitched all the way around the stars and the angel.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Karen at Tuna Quilts

Now for the prizes for submitting block 5!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released. The link to Island Batik is here.

Add your link on Sandra Healy’s blog at http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

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Vanda Chittenden

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

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Welcome to the 2017 Row Along – Christmas Caroling Blog Hop!  

Thank you Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for all the work that you do to organize and host this hop.  Also, a huge thank you to  Vanda Chittenden for taking the time to post my row on her blog.

This is my second year doing the hop and has been a great experience in doing something a bit different with my Electric Quilt program.  My row this year is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.  I immediately thought about the verse…

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Had a very shiny nose,

And if you ever saw it,

You would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer

Used to laugh and call him names;

They never let poor Rudolph

Join in any reindeer games.

Hence, Rudolph is up on the hill looking down on the other reindeer playing ball.


My background is pieced with raw edge appliques on top.  I have not done much work with raw edge applique, it was challenging and fun.  I got to try out a lot of different stitches on my machine to embellish the edges.  I then used an assortment of beads, bells, trim and markers to get the effect that I wanted to achieve.  Hope you have fun with this one!

DIRECTIONS/TIPS:

Background – The long triangle for the sky (top) and snow (bottom) are the same as is the  shorter triangle for the 2 sides.  You will need to reverse 3 of the long triangles on one side as well as reverse 2 of the side triangles on one side.  Be careful not to stretch the bias.  The 2 single deer, rabbit and snowman also need to be reversed.  After printing, turn your paper over and trace the shape on the reverse side…write “reverse” on this side so you remember what side you need to use for the fusible.

Make sure you use double sided fusible, don’t remove the paper until you are ready to stick them on your background or if you are *pre-assembling.  Before peeling the paper off the fusible, place it on the back of the fabric and turn it over to ensure the pieces are facing the proper way before actually sticking the fusible on.  This will help you determine which side of the paper to pull off first.  Don’t peel off the 2nd side until you are ready to put the pieces together.

I found it easier to carefully mark ¼” all the way around without stretching the fabric.  You can place a piece of sandpaper under it, before marking, if you are afraid of stretching the fabric.  I then placed the snowman/tree on the right and the large tree on the left first. Place them just to the inside of your ¼” side seam marking in order to get all your pieces to fit.  You don’t want to get them stuck in the seam when you stitch your backing on.

*I found it easier to build the snowman, rabbit and deer on an applique pressing sheet or shiny side of freezer paper before place them on the background.  Check your paper for proper placement.

After all the pieces are on your background, place an applique pressing sheet or the shiny side of the freezer down over the top and gently press with no steam.

I also suggest using a stabilizer on the back of your row while machine appliqueing your pieces on.  This will stop your background fabric from puckering so much.

Stitch down using your favorite applique stitch and have fun embellishing!

Prizes

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Liebster Award

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Liebster Award

Thank you!

A very big thank you goes out to Kathleen McCormick from kathleenmcmusing. For choosing me for the Liebster Award. I first met Kathleen with the New Quilt Bloggers 2017 group, while we all work together learning new blogging skills. Please visit Kathleen’s blog and see the wonderful projects she has been working on, including quilting & knitting.

My favorite blog

Wow! My favorite blog right from the very beginning of my quilting life is Fandom in Stitches, Why?

Here is why. I release my geek very late in life. This is when I discovered Fandom in Stitches and it satisfied everything about being a geek. The website is filled to the brim and every expanding with quilt patterns (ALL FOR FREE) of any Fandom goodness you can think of. Do you like Star Trek? Or Star Wars? Any movies, TV shows, books, anime etc. You will find the patterns here. There are applique, paper piecing, piecing, embroidery and much much more. From Princesses to dragons to cars. You name it, it is on this blog. And did I mention it is all FREE. :))

Nominations

I had to search hard for a couple of blogs with less than 200 followers, most bloggers I know has huge followings.

So here they are;

Suzie from Soozspeak because I admire her strength of character during hard times and

Wendy from kwiltkrazy because she is a crazy quilting lady, plus she is fulfilling a dream of opening her own quilt shop.

 List of rules

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the follow:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
  1. For the 2017 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link by to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and every one. I visited a few hundred last year!!

If you have been nominated before at any time please share the love. Many people believe the Liebster award is similar to a chain email/letter and sure it shares similarities but the underlining idea is to help promote each others’ blogs.

Questions

  1. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most? I haven’t been to any country outside my own, so South Africa then.
  2. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done? White river rafting
  3. If you can take someone with you in your travels, who would it be? My son
  4. Bike or Train? Train
  5. What/Who inspires you to travel this world? David Attenborough, his documentaries is amazing.
  6. What is the best memory that you have while traveling? The aeroplane trip.
  7. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to? My parents
  8. Apple or Samsung? Samsung
  9. What is the scariest thing you have experienced while traveling? Big crowds of people pressing in.
  10. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have visited: Amanzimtoti Toti Beach, Winklespruit Beach, Warner Beach.
  11. If you could only take 1 more trip, where would you go? Orlando Florida to Wizarding World
  12. Does blogging replace or enhance journal-ling? Replace
  13. Do you think education, as it is today, does justice to life and learning? Definitely not
  14. When do you find time to blog? At night, after a bit of quilting.
  15. If you could be any super hero, who would you be and why? Super Quilter, so that I can make quilts super fast and give it to anyone who does not have something to keep them warm.
  16. What is that one post made by you that you like the most, and why? The start of the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along 2016. I received so many letters from people quilting along, who became closer to family, because of the quilt along.
  17. What is your favorite book or series? My favorite series is Star Trek
  18. What is the most ridiculous contradiction, paradox, or crime against logic you have ever encountered? (Eg Windows clicking on “Start” to shut down…) People calling their child Blackie White.
  19. Would you rather explore the deep ocean or outer space? OOOOOH Outer space please.
  20. How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse? Justify your answer! Forever, because I will be in outer space of course.
  21. T-Rex or dragon? Dragon
  22. If you were going to be a character in someone’s book, who would you like to write it? Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory.
  23. What would you do for a Klondike bar? What is a Klondike Bar?

Questions for my nominees

Prepare your brains to be analyzed! I will include my answers.

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world whom would you want as a dinner guest and why? Jennifer Ofenstein, because I really, really want to meet her in person.
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My parents continuing support.
  3. If travel was something everyone did as a rite of passage growing up where would you recommend they go and why? (one country only) South Africa, our mountains, beaches and wildlife parks is the best.
  4. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters: Blog regularly.
  5. What is your favorite dish? Mac n Cheese.
  6. Would you ever travel the world in a camper van? YES!
  7. What do you think of selfie sticks? Never had one, my arm is long enough thanks.
  8. When you have a writer’s block what do you do to work it out? I shut down the laptop and take a blog break.
  9. Who you gonna’ call? TTMT

Leave your posts here in the comments. If you’re not nominated for the Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2017, but want to answer any questions, I would be so happy to read them.

Till the next time.

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Vanda Chittenden

2017 New Quilt Bloggers

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2017 New Quilt Bloggers

Clicking on the button, will take you to Yvonne’s blog at Quilting Jetgirl. Yvonne plus Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne at She Can Quilt  is hosting the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers event this year.

So what is this event all about?

It is for a group of quilt bloggers who wishes to learn more about blogging, the hosts will help with advice and technical issues. Plus within our groups we will have a critique, where fellow bloggers will give friendly pointers to where you could do something different, improve something or maybe point out something they like or don’t like.

All of this will happen in a friendly environment.

I am looking forward to the critique starting next week, as I really feel my blog needs a bit of tweaking to make it a wonderful, creative place to visit.

Pattern designing is a lot of fun and turning my patterns into something that will be loved by my family and friends is even more fun.

As a result, I haven’t really been paying attention to my blog.  The menu needs re arranging, a new design maybe and my galleries need to improve.

But most importantly, the shop space I have worked on, needs to be finished asap. Yes, I do have my patterns on Craftsy, but I would like my OWN space to really get myself permanently woven into the fabric in the Creative Realm.

A lot of what I have tried to do with my blog is a guessing game for me. Since moving my blog over to a self hosted site. There has been a LOT of technical “things” I have to learn to do from scratch.

Picture me: Sitting with my admin site open, on a second tab, googling what a word means or how to do something on the blog. Yes! Peeps, that is me!

Now that I have the basics done, it is time to make things pretty and easier to find things for my viewers.

The other thing that is a major downfall for me, is me! I am a major introvert, the person who forces themselves to mingle with people, but who is the listener. I am not a talker. My friends always jokes with me about talking too much, NOT.

With my personality, I find it difficult to write a blog post that seems friendly or conversational. Looking back on old posts, I cringe at how short and to the point they are with bullet points.  With … no … personality …

I think I have improved over the last couple of year, it seems to become easier every time you write a blog post.

Then about 2 years ago, I made my first YouTube video, the first one was hilarious. It lasted less than a minute. And I looked like I was scared witless.  The videos is a major stepping stone, so far I have not made any tutorial on video, mostly just quilt and craft show and tell to get myself used to talking on a video.

But that will all change in the future. I will be starting a range of tutorials very soon.

Well, that is all from me today.

In the next month or so, there will be some changes on my blog, so please let me know if something doesn’t work, while I tweak a couple of things. I should also not be offline at all for any reason.

Have a happy crafty week!

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Vanda

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Summer Sensations

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Starting 21 July

What do you think of? When you think of summer sensations or holiday? I think outdoors, walks, green trees and a whole bunch more. What did I decide on for the theme of my quilt? Well you will just have to wait and see. My post day is on 21 July. There is a little hint in my comment above.  Plus there is a whole bunch of other quilt and crafty bloggers ready to share their ideas for this blog hop.

I hope to see you all here and at the other sites, while browsing through all the goodies showing summer sensations.

Here is the full list of bloggers for the blog hop below.

July 21

Quilt In Piece
Moose Stash Quilting
Bumbleberry Stitches

July 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Sally’s Quilts
Life In The Scrapatch
Thrift Shop Commando

July 25

Cloth and Paper Studio
Quilt Doodle Designs
Seams To Be Sew

July 26

Seacoast Quilter
TeaTme Creations
I Can Quilt 2

Please come back and visit my blog on Thursday, I will be making my pattern available to everyone until the end of the blog hop.

A big thank you to Marian from Seams to be Sew for hosting this wonderful blog hop again.

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Vanda Chittenden

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Haunting With Joan Today

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Let me introduce you today to Joan Wintersgill. She doesn’t have a blog, so I am showing her project here at Quilt In Piece.

Today, Joan is presenting us with a pattern she made that she got from Janeen’s blog at Quilt Art. She’s made this into a pillow to present to one of her co-workers mother who’s birthday is on Halloween. She lives in England.

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Halloween Haunts Countdown

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The Halloween Haunts countdown has started, 8 more days to go.

I have added the schedule with participants below. And the prize that will be given away to one lucky visitor.

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There is 49 crafty people creating wonderful things for everyone to enjoy.

Here is the full schedule for Halloween Haunts:

On each day below, those blogs will post their items for your enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to.

Featured Haunts on Friday, October 16
A Stitch In Time
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Ravelly
Words In Stitches
Quilted Delights

Featured Haunts On Monday October 19
Charm About You
Quilting Affection
Moose Stash Quilting
Gracie Oliver Arts
Kwilt Krazy
Debbie

Featured Haunts On Tuesday October 20
Quilt In Piece  –  This is me!!!!!
The Quilting Queen Online
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Apple Avenue
Quilt Doodle Doodle

Featured Haunts On Wednesday October 21
Tea Time Creations
Grandma’s Stories
In The Boon Docks
Just Because Quilts
Just Let Me Quilt

Featured Haunts On Thursday October 22
Quilt Shop Gal
Jane’s Quilting
U Can Quilt 2
RMS Handcrafted
Everyone Deserves A Quilt
Life In The Scrapatch

Featured Haunts On Friday October 23
Free Motion By The River
Quilt Art
Joan E
It Seams To Be Sew
From This To That

Featured Haunts On Monday October 26
Beads & Birds
Needled Mom
Fun Threads
Pampered Petit
Vrooman’s Quilts
Pam G

Featured Haunts On Tuesday October 27
Tweety Loves Quilting
Sandy
How Art You
Cate’s Place
Feather Your Nest
Why Knot Kwilt

Featured Haunts On Wednesday October 28
Bumbleberry Stitches
Meadow Brook
Sew Many Yarns
In Stitches & Seams
Seams To Be Sew

And the prize!

FatQuarterShop

The Fat Quarter Shop is giving a $25.00 gift certificate for each day of this hop, You can enter at any of the featured sites of the day. Marian from Seams To Be Sew will announce the winner daily, and it will also be featured on any of the blogs that featured the giveaway entry for that featured day.

And a reminder about the Christmas is in my heart blog hop later in November.

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See you all very soon.

PS: Don’t worry Star Trek followers, I have a LOT more patterns on the way. I will not fail you. If you have a specific request, please email me, you should have my email by now, it is on each of my patterns, or leave a comment below.

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Vanda

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Coming In October Halloween Haunts 2015

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Coming In October Halloween Haunts 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

Starting October 16, 2015

Look out for this blog hop, a lot of awesome designers will be hosting new patterns in various different types of craft.

I will be joining in on this, and can’t wait to get designing on some blocks.

See you soon.

Halloween or Hallowe’en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

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