Star Trek Row Along News Flash

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Star Trek Row Along News Flash

Star trek quilt along news flash

I am super excited to announce the Star Trek Row Along starting January 2019 and will last until March 2019.

The Row Along will be hosted by Fandom In Stitches

Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked and myself will be designers of all the rows, and the patterns will include paper pieced patterns and embroidery. Plus full layout ideas will be shared.

Save the date and please join us for this Row Along.

Happy Sewing!

Vanda

Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

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Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

Yesterday started the Enter If you Dare Blog Hop, a Halloween theme.

I had so much fun, making the mug rugs, and wall hanging for this event.

But first!  A big thank you to Marian at Seams to be Sew for planning and running another awesome event. Be sure to visit Marian blog every day to get the pretty awesome patterns she is giving away.

The Bonus Blocks

Ok! yes I am starting this post a little back to front.

Marian asked all the bloggers if they were interested in making some of her bonus patterns to show off during the hop. (The free patterns mentioned above). And I jumped at the chance.

Here is my two that I chose for my day.

This one looks just like a ghost emoji. I think it is so cute. Click on the photo to go to the page where all these patterns are shown.

I chose a black background, as you would see your ghost during the night, and bordered it with a green to match his eye. A super easy applique pattern, I chose to machine applique the pieces to the background at the same time quilting it through the quilt sandwich. I then back stitched the features in the face. You can just make them out in the photos, I do wish I had chosen a darker green.

This one above is a traditionally pieced pattern of Frankenstein. Mostly squares.

I chose to quilt this wall hanging (20 x 20″) in a criss cross pattern, and think it turned out very well.

Click on the photo to go to the pattern page.

My contribution

Alright, I need to confess something here.

Every single hop and quilt along I have taken part in, I have designed something new.

But circumstances in the last couple of months had been against me for this one.

The patterns I am showing today, is both free and new to me. Freshly made, quilted and bound, hot of the presses.

But not designed by me. Both these blocks below can be found free on Fandom in Stitches and is designed by my friend Jennifer Ofenstein, these patterns can also be found on her own website called Sewhooked.

A list of other bloggers during this event.

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations
Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece – this is me
Ms P. Designs USA
Friday, Oct 20
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Just Because Quilts
Monday, Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday, Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights

The best part – The Prizes

a $75.00 gift certificate,

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Timeless Treasures bundle of fabric.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cost To Ship 7.19 USA / Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.

Blog Giveaway Guidelines

Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

 

Happy sewing!

Vanda

Celebrate International Craft Month

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Celebrate International Craft Month

Celebrate International Craft Month

You can not imagine the excitement I felt, when I was included in the blog hop for International Quilting Month.

Here is the whole list of bloggers taking part in the event. Please go and visit everyone, you never know what you might find.

And don’t forget to leave and comment and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to win a prize. There are19 prizes to be won, the full list is available on Quiltshopgal. Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

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But what to do?

I wracked my head for weeks until it dawned on me, that I can share my inspiration. The whole reason why I am addicted to quilting, in particular paper piecing or foundation piecing as it is also called.

Did you know, that I only started quilting and paper piecing January 2015. It feels as though I have been quilting forever.

The quilt that got me started was a quilt along that started in January 2015, it was paper pieced and it was magical, to say the least. Never in my whole life, did I think I would be able to make any of the things that was posted.

Here is my finished project from The Project of Doom quilt along, a Harry Potter inspired Quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Project of Doom, a Harry Potter inspired quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Harry Potter inspired quilt, number 2

Jennifer Ofenstein is the mastermind behind these awesome patterns. And best of all, these patterns were shared with us for free.

Jennifer runs a website called Fandom in Stitches, where you can find all of these patterns, plus a lot more.  The website has any genre you can think of to satisfy any fandom, geek or nerd.

What is even more inspirational is a lot of these quilts are donated to the Linus Connection (their mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in our area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.) You can also find Jennifer on her own website Sewhooked.

This has also inspired me to work on my own quilt along, which is why I didn’t have time to make anything new for this hop.

I can’t show anything to do why my qal yet, but here is a blog button.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Now for the rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See everyone soon and enjoy the blog hop.

LLAP

Vanda

PS: to comment from my front page, the comments is at the top of the page under the heading, just click on the word comments.

If you click on the heading and go to the specific post, then the comments is at the bottom and the top of the page.

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My Favorite Things Block 1

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My Favorite Things Block 1

Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked has a block of the month running this year called my favorite things.

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Here is my first block, making three, but showing 2 so far.

My Favorite Things Block 1

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My 12″ block.

I am having so much fun with this bom, and can’t wait for the next block to arrive. Which will be on the 1 of February 2016.

My decided she didn’t want a quilt, but she wants a quilted sewing bag, with these blocks in it.

I will be making a quilt for myself.

I hope you will click through to Sewhooked and see what Jennifer’s got going on her site. She has some really awesome patterns.

Till next time.

Vanda

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Project of Doom Week 14

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Project of Doom Week 14

Harry’s Wand,  Elder Wand and Voldemort’s Wand.

This weeks blocks was based on all the important wands in Harry Potter, I was quite excited about this block and ultimately decided to make all 3 variations.

All 3 patterns can be found at Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.

Voldemort’s Wand block, I made with black and green colors to represent Slytherin.

Tom Riddle’s wand was 13 1/2″ in length and belonged to Tom Riddle, the wizard who later became known as Lord Voldemort. The wand was made from yew with a phoenix feather core.

It was manufactured by Garrick Ollivander and was the “brother” or “twin” of the wand of Harry Potter, as their wands share cores. It was with this wand that Riddle murdered James and Lily Potter and countless others, including Muggle Frank Bryce, Amelia Bones, and Ministry of Magic ex-employee Bertha Jorkins. On Voldemort’s orders, Peter Pettigrew used this wand to kill Cedric Diggory in June of 1995 as well.

Harry Potter’s wand block

Harry Potter: “I don’t want it.
Ron Weasley: “What? Are you mental?
Harry Potter: “I know it’s powerful. But I was happier with mine.
— Harry giving up the Elder Wand in favour of his own

Harry Potter’s wand was 11″ long, made of holly, and possessed a phoenix feather core. This was described by Ollivander to be an unusual combination of wand core and wood. The feather was donated by Fawkes, Albus Dumbledore’s phoenix. It was revealed by Garrick Ollivander that Tom Riddle’s wand core also came from Fawkes, making the two wands “brothers”. Harry’s wand was described as being “nice and supple

The Elder Wand block.

Hermione Granger: “You — you really think this wand exists, then, Mr. Ollivander?
Garrick Ollivander: “Oh yes, yes, it is perfectly possible to trace the wand’s course through history. There are gaps, of course, and long ones, where it vanishes from view, temporarily lost or hidden; but it always resurfaces. It has certain identifying characteristics that those who are learned in wandlore recognize…Whether it needs to pass by murder, I do not know. Its history is bloody, but that may be simply due to the fact that it is such a desirable object, and arouses such passions in wizards. Immensely powerful, dangerous in the wrong hands, and an object of incredible fascination to all of us who study the power of wands.
— Ollivander and Hermione discussing the Elder Wand

The Elder Wand is one of the fabled Deathly Hallows. In the “Tale of the Three Brothers” it was the first Hallow created, bestowed on Antioch Peverell, supposedly by Death himself after the wizard requested, as his bounty, the most powerful wand in the history of wizardkind. According to legend, whoever reunited it with the other two Hallows, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility, would become the Master of Death.

It is said to be the most powerful wand that has ever existed, able to perform feats of magic that would normally be considered impossible, such as mending another wand damaged beyond normal magical repair. It is known that the Elder Wand’s core is the tail hair of a Thestral, a potent yet tricky substance to master that can only be handled by a witch or wizard who is capable of accepting death, since only by such can it be seen.

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Project of Doom Week 13

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Project of Doom Week 13

Monster Book of Monsters and Quirrell’s Turban is this weeks options in the Quilt Along.

I took some inspiration from other members of the group and decided to make my Monster Book of Monsters “Fluffy”. In hindsight, if I had to make the monster book again, I would NOT use fleece to do it again, keep to nice and safe cotton.

Saying that, doesn’t he look adorable, I named him Snuggles.

A vicious guide to monstrous creatures.—Description

The Monster Book of Monsters, by Edwardus Lima, is a particularly vicious textbook that is used in Care of Magical Creatures while Rubeus Hagrid (who thought the book’s aggressive nature was funny) was the teacher.

The book will attack anyone who attempts to open it. The only way to subdue the book is to stroke its spine, upon which the book opens placidly.

Then we have Quirrell’s turban.

Petrified, he watched as Quirrell reached up and began to unwrap his turban. What was going on? The turban fell away. Quirrell’s head looked strangely small without it. Then he turned slowly on the spot. Harry would have screamed, but he couldn’t make a sound. Where there should have been a back to Quirrell’s head, there was a face, the most terrible face Harry had ever seen. It was chalk white with glaring red eyes and slits for nostrils, like a snake.—The thing behind Quirrell’s turban.

Both these patterns can be found on Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.

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You can find me in the following places:

Craftsy Shop
Pinterest
Quilt in Piece Facebook Group
Fantastic Beasts Facebook Group
Instagram
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LLAP,

Vanda Chittenden

vanda@chittenden.co.za

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Project of Doom Week 12

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Project of Doom Week 12

This weeks blocks are the Basilisk Fang, Butterbeer and Cooking Sherry.  Once again I just had to make all three options, since I am making a queen size quilt. What can I say.

All the free patterns for this weeks blocks can be found on Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.

Here is my blocks based on the patterns.

Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks, it’s a bit cold, isn’t it?
—Hermione Granger inviting Harry Potter to the Three Broomsticks Inn.

Butterbeer was a popular wizarding beverage described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” It was served at numerous locations in the wizarding world and had a very slight alcoholic content.

And here is 5 different recipes to make it, I found these online.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #5

This is my own recipe, modified from another I found online.  The original called for root beer (root beer?? There’s not even a hint of root beer flavor in the Harry Potter butterbeer!).

Butterbeer Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 quart butter brickle or vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
  • 32 oz of your favorite cream soda

Directions:

  1. Place 4 (16-ounce) glasses in freezer and chill for at least 20 minutes
  2. Mix ice cream and cream soda in a blender until combined
  3. Divide between the frosted glasses
  4. Top each glass with whipped cream, if desired
  5. Serve with spoons and straws

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #4

This one’s from the Food Network.  This one is served warm according to the recipe, but you could just as easily chill or freeze the drink before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch topping
  • 2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda

Directions:

  1. Combine condensed milk, butterscotch topping, and butter in a glass heatproof measuring cup.
  2. Heat in microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Remove and stir until butter has melted and incorporated into mixture.
  4. Meanwhile heat cream soda in another heatproof measuring cup for 1 minute 30 seconds.
  5. Divide butterscotch mixture between 2 (10 to 12-ounce) mugs.
  6. Fill mugs with heated cream soda and stir thoroughly.
  7. Serve garnished with an old-fashioned butterscotch candy stick.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #3

I found this one on e-How.  Again, hot and again, you could freeze or cool before serving.  I liked how this one used butterscotch chips and the coffee creamer.  Adds a real different dimension that still stays on track with the Harry Potter theme park version.

Ingredients:

  • 10 OZ of Cream Soda (1 & 1/4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp of Salted REAL Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 Cup Original Coffee Mate Liquid Creamer

Directions:

  1. Put the Butterscotch Chips and Butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and Heat for another 30 seconds.  Now add your Creamer to the bowl.
  2. Microwave in 30 Second increments again. Stirring each time.   It usually takes about 4 times (2 minutes) to get the right consistency.  Set your mixture aside.  The chips and butter should be a thick stir-able paste.
  3. Heat Cream soda in the microwave for 90 seconds.  BE VERY CAREFUL!   Microwaves times vary.  Make sure not to over heat the Cream Soda or all of the fizz will be gone.
  4. Pour Butterscotch mixture into heated Cream Soda.
  5. Stir & Serve!

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #2

Again, one that I modified to fit the requirements of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park version.  This one just sounds delicious!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bottle (24 oz.) vanilla cream soda (very cold)

Directions:

  1. Allow ice cream to soften, about 30 minutes, and bring butter to room temperature, about 2 hours
  2. Blend butter, sugar, and spices in large bowl
  3. Add to ice cream and freeze
  4. Heat cream soda in a pot until warm but still carbonated (at least 3 minutes).  You could also just go with the very cold cream soda (my preference) and have a more frozen/slushy drink.
  5. Fill each glass with a scoop of ice cream mixture and pour warmed or chilled cream soda over ice cream
  6. Serve!

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #1

This was the recipe put out by AP, FoxNews, and just about every other site after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park opened.  Seems to be the most likely ingredients, but doesn’t serve it cold or frozen, like the park.  The final result does seem to be most like the park version, just needs to be frozen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Ok, Here I decided to make it poisoned cooking sherry. Why not!

Somewhere in one of the movies, someone sent a bottle of poisoned wine to Dumbledore, but Ron ended up drinking it and nearly died.

When Professor Sybill Trelawney was on probation under Hogwarts High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge, she was drinking plenty of sherry, as Harry Potter could smell whenever he crossed paths with her. She was using the Room of Hidden Things to hide her empty sherry bottles.

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Project of Doom Week 11

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Project of Doom Week 11

In week 11 of the quilt along, the patterns Hedwig, Eagle Owl, Errol, Pigwidgeon is based on the owls in the Harry Potter films and books.

I couldn’t resist or rather decide which one I was going to make, and ended up making all 4 of them.

All these free patterns can be found on Fandom in Stitches or Sewhooked.

Here is my blocks from these patterns.

I’ve got to keep him up here because he annoys Errol and Hermes. He annoys me too, come to that.
—Ron Weasley

Pigwidgeon (also known as Pig) was Ron Weasley’s first pet owl. He was a Little Owl, or Athene noctua.

Very smart owl you’ve got there. Arrived about five minutes after you did.
—Tom comments on Hedwig’s intelligence

Hedwig was Harry Potter’s pet Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus).

In August 1991 Hedwig was purchased from Eeylops Owl Emporium and was gifted to Harry from Rubeus Hagrid on his eleventh birthday. Owls are used by wizards to deliver mail, but Hedwig was also an important companion as Harry was initiated into the wizarding world. She continued to be one of his closest companions until her death in the Battle of the Seven Potters in 1997.

That bloody bird’s a menace!
—Ron Weasley

Errol (f. 1992 – 1994) was one of the Weasley family’s owls. He was a Great Grey Owl, or Strix nebulosa.

Eagle owls are a species of owl. Wizards are known to keep this species as pets; the Malfoy family owned one and they can be bought at Eeylops Owl Emporium in Diagon Alley in London. Eagle owl feathers have magical healing properties and are used in potion-making.

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