Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cross Stitch Wednesday # 2 ~ Halloween Stitch Progress

Cross Stitch Wednesday ~ Progress

I have the number 3 done and number 1 begun.

I started this last week ... 

Cross Stitch Wednesday Started Here

As you can see, I am a very slow stitcher and one day a week may not be enough to 

get this one done for this Halloween.

I hope to have it finished, but I am okay if it is not.

Time will tell.


Happy Fall Stitching! 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hello Fall Blog Hop ~ My Day!

Hello, Fall ~ Welcome to my Scrapatch! 

I have two new pillow covers to show you today
that I made from fabrics from my stash.

Quilty Kitty Katniss has approved this project.
Here are the four pieces I sewed to make these two sided pillow covers.

I found these fabrics a year or so ago at one of my favorite online shops,

 The little deer leaping through the sunset trees is still available,
as are the textured yellow, green and terra cotta orange fabrics.

The focus print is not, but if you want info on the fabric,
contact Bernie and she may be able to help. 
Here is the selvage info. 

I started this project on National Sew A Jelly Roll Day 
The piecing was made easy using my 

Cozy Quilt Designs Strip Tube Ruler

I find this free printout very helpful when using this ruler.

Strip Tube Free .pdf Guide

Here is the layout for the pillow top center.

Then I added  2.5" border strips. 

Sample Idea: 

This setting could also be used to set any 12.5" block on point.

The large pillow is 21" square, plus binding.
and covers an old european bed pillow. 

Then I used the reverse triangles and the end pieces to make a scrappy front
 to cover an old 13.5" by 19.5" pillow.

I used leftover strips and a rectangle of the focus print of the back of the small pillow.

I used my plastic snap plier to add decorative and functional closures
to the envelope backs.

If you are interested in how to add snaps to a pillow back ...

... check out my Free Tutorial Here

I love my new pillow covers for Hello, Fall ! 

Please visit all my blogging friends today for more wonderful fall inspiration:

This blog hop is organized and hosted by the lovely 

Thank you for visiting me today! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Scrapatch Cross Stitch Wednesday # 1 ~ Getting Ready for Stitchtober


Loving this adorable purple gingham "OCT 31" cross stitch motif! 

I am starting a new weekly post series.

This will be a weekly update of my cross stitching progress.

I have chosen Wednesday because every Wednesday I enjoy 

Fat Quarter Shop Flosstube with Kimberly Jolly

It is live at 9:00am Central US Time.

It is so inspiring!

I will never be able to stitch all the wonderful projects that I see here.

I do like to pick one and slowly stitch along at my own pace.

This time I have chosen the

The layout is a free .pdf, but you would need the 
and the other Lori Holt Cross Stitch Patterns listed on the pattern sheet.
Lori Holt's cross stitch patterns are my personal favorites and I have many of her patterns
and will substitute a different motif if I am missing one.

I have to use 10 or 11 count Aida cloth, a large needle and six strands and my bright Halo Go LED light, to see what I am stitching.

I purchase most of my cross stitch supplies at

Fat Quarter Shop Cross Stitch

where I am a small blogger affiliate. 

I was a customer for many years before I became an affiliate.

I am happy to have finally found some "Misty Grey" hand-dyed 11 count aida cloth.

It is from Garibaldi's Needleworks.

I am not affiliated with Garibaldi's. I am just a very happy customer.

I ordered this hand-dyed cloth on September 7th and received it this week

with plenty of time to work on my Halloween cross stitch project. 

This cloth is two sided, one side a little darker than the other

and it is bound on all sides with zig zag stitches.

It is soft and easy to stitch.

I like to use a Q-Snap plastic frame to hold my cloth. 

I am hoping to have this done for Halloween and am happily sticthing along with


Happy Fall Stitching! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sweet Fabric Kisses

This is a new favorite textured tonal fabric in my stash. 

It is ...

Kisses by Riley Blake Designs

The Kisses Basics come in both tone-on-tone colors 

as well as colored Kisses on a white background.

This fabric is a little more light weight than some fabric, but it has a nice weave to it 

and blends well with other quilting cottons. 

For more info and project ideas click on this ... 

Kisses Roundup @ Riley Blake Designs

I bought my Kisses fabric at my favorite online quilt shop,

Kisses @ Fat Quarter Shop

where I am a small blogger affiliate.

If you purchase via this affiliate link or via the "Shop Now" button 

at the top of my left sidebar,

I receive a small percentage of the sale at no additional expense to you.

Fat Quarter Shop is the only shop with whom I am affiliated.

A big Thank You to anyone who has shopped my affiliate links

and helped me to keep the fabric rolling into my little scrapatch.

Every little bit helps ... :)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sights and Tastes of Fall

 It is cool and sunny and a good day for fall quilting ...

... and baking apple crisp. 

Hope you and yours have had a lovely Sunday. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sew A Jelly Roll Day Fun!

I am sewing strips today because it is ... 

National Project Jelly Roll Day

I am using my favorite ruler for strip projects, my Strip Tube Ruler.

It you are unfamiliar with this ruler click on the links below:

Cozy Quilt Designs Strip Tube Ruler

I find this free printout very helpful:

Strip Tube Free .pdf Guide

You can purchase this ruler in many quilt shops, including:

Strip Tube Ruler @ Fat Quarter Shop

I love jelly rolls!

I bought these recently with a coupon code at

Fat Quarter Shop

They have another coupon today.

So Shop Here Now 

if you are wanting some new jelly rolls. 

I will show what I am sewing with these strip tube triangles very soon.

May you have a happy time sewing 

for Project Jelly Roll today!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

I Like Thursday # 66 ~ I Like Fall

Autumn has come to the Scrapatch.

Mr Scrapatch and I have planted fall mums in out windowboxes and pots.

The orange, yellow and red colors are my favorite.

I am going to try to winter some of these this year.

I did successfully winter this purple aster in our garden for the last three years

and it is big and full of blossoms this year. 

Fall mums and asters are normally annuals in our planting zone

but they sometimes come back another year in a sheltered place.

I have hund one of my favorite fall quilts in my dining room.

This was one of my early quilts and one of the first featured Here on my blog.

This is a panel in the middle and I designed the borders myself.

These were my very first flying geese blocks. 

I love fall quilts.

If you like Halloween Quilts you may like the free quilt-along happening at this new 

Cackling Stitches Facebook Group

where theres is lots of inspiration in the group 

and a free quiltalong this month.

All Blocks may be found here ... 

Trick or Treat @ Just Let Me Quilt

Download all the blocks now while they are free.

The pattern will be $5.00 after the end of the September.

I have not started this one yet but I am saving it for next month.

I have this Halloween Jelly Roll and Grunge Layer Cake.

The jelly roll is

Scaredy Cat by Amanda @ Jedi Craft Girl

and there is a free mini quilt pattern in the link to her site.

I like the touch of minty green in this fabric line.

Maybe I will use these for this quilt.

Last weekend. Mr Scrapatch and I went to a favorite farm in nearby New Hampshire

where we found this happy pumpkin guy.

This photo was taken in Hollis, NH, at

Brookdale Farm

There is a photo op place in front of their farm stand,

that I edited as I did not want to show the kids and people standing in front.

We bought some very tasty cider, corn and other veggies 

and some baked goods.  Yum!

I love the sights and tastes of fall, especially home baked bread ... 

Here is the Sourdough Bread I baked this week from my

Sourdough Starter from last Thursday's post.

Last week's loaf was also leavened with a tablespoon of yeast.

This one is made with just my sourdough starter.

It made yummy grilled sandwiches with soup for dinner one night.

It has been a peaceful, happy week here in the Scrapatch.

It is time to give thanks and enjoy all the thnakful posts from my friends for

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color

who once a week choose to find and share happiness.

May you and yours have a Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall Project ~ Sneak Peak


Quilty Kitty Maestro and I are working on fall projects.

The fabric is from Twigs and Berries by Sentimental Studios

and has been in my stash fro many years.

 I love fall fabrics and colors!

Are you working on fall projects?

Friday, September 11, 2020

Read Twice, ~ Measure Twice ~ Cut and Sew Once

I made this block for a block lotto.

It is a free block found in the link below.

Tulip Nine Patch Block @ Quilters Cache 

I admit I had some difficulty and had to make this section of the block twice.

Mostly because I failed to read this carefully.

Word to the wise ... 

read twice ... 

measure twice ... 

cut and sew once. 

Not my best block, but it is to size.

Hopefully, it will play nicely with the other blocks in my friend's quilt.

Happy Sewing to You!