Sunday, October 21, 2012


Welcome one and all! This is my very first blog hop!

 I have been meaning to make things for Halloween or Octoberfest, as they now refer to it here in Florida. This is just the push I needed. It all started with the Bowls with Borders. I came to the party late on that blog hop. I really was intrigued with those bowls.  I wanted to play too, but could not.  So I did my own thing. I freehand cut a bowl and then had to figure out what I wanted in the bowl. I put white on the lip so it looked like a spillover and then thought about a cat. Why would a cat risk getting wet? To chase a mouse!! So a quilt was born. I added a spider web, a spider, some beads and buttons! I am not a hand sewer but it really did need those beads.  I donated this to Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative for September. Quilt #11864 The Mouser. I make a least one block a month for AAQI. I am hoping for a cure before I get there!

Since I got this done before “Wicked” started I felt like I was cheating. So I got busy. My oldest daughter has been after me for 4 years now to make a fabric replacement of a foam board pumpkin I had made her when she lived in FL. She is up in the Catskill Mountains of NY now. I took on the challenge to make one in fabric.

This pumpkin is 24 x 24 inches. All free hand. Click here for Tutorial. She received it in the mail yesterday and loves it! 
I made my middle daughter a mini wall hanging for her cubicle at work. She loves owls and rainbows. So I used one of the owls from a pattern by Lavender Rabbit called “Happy Owl O Ween! I will make the full pattern another time.  This one will knock her socks off for sure! I fused the leaves so that there is fabric on both sides and sewed them down the middle making them 3D. She received them and they are already hanging in her cubicle! First thing she did after saying Thank you, was request more for all the seasons and Holidays. Scoundrel! LOL!

After all this fun, I decided to finish a couple of UFO’s. I have many. I had to stop after 3. I will never get to my Christmas UFO’s at this rate!
The three stacked pumpkins were started by my middle daughter in 2000. I think it is a pattern from a magazine like Woman’s Day but I can’t remember. I found it among my UFO’s so decided to finish it and send it to her with the Owl and other wall hanging.

The Witchy wall hanging is a panel that I cut up and reassembled. It came out cute. I kept one for my grandson and sent this one to DD#2.

 Finally I finished this Pumpkin wall hanging that I made in 1999. I have hung it up several times without being quilted. I was determined to finish it at last. I hung it up but my 2 year old grandson kept asking what happened to the Witch!

He loves all the Halloween wall hangings. I think the Witchy one is his favorite!


I am giving away this cute children's quilt kit called "Fantasy Pony" by Ellen Edith. It includes 5 Fantasy Pony blocks, 3 coordinating 1/2 yards of fabric and a border print.
Drawing will be on  November 3, 2012. Just Leave a comment and Join my blog to enter!

A  great big thanks to Madame Samm and Wendy Witch for doing this terrific blog hop!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Would love to see what you think of my little quilts!
Please visit our other “Wicked” participants!

Monday, October 22nd
The Quilting Alleycat (that’s me!)

Friday, October 12, 2012

AAQI is Houston Bound

Just re-posting for Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. 
They are on their way to Houston to sell some quilts and spread the word...!

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is offering more than 2,100 Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts for sale at International Quilt Festival in Houston. Please head over to the front of the Exhibit Hall, Row S and buy a few quilts (Oct 31-Nov 4). All profits fund Alzheimer's research.

If you would like to help sell quilts, rope people into the booth (it is Texas after all) or generally lend a hand, they need you. Sign up for a 2-3 hour time slots (and get free admission on the days you volunteer) or join their Text Brigade and help "as needed." Learn more and sign up here: this quilt! The AAQI is launching a newsletter to keep supporters informed. One lucky subscriber will win a beautiful little quilt made by Martha Wolfersberger. Sign up here for a chance to win and keep tabs of what the AAQI is up to. The newsletter is free.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative® ( ) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006.

Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.
Can't go to Houston? Donate a quilt or buy a quilt! Everyone can help! Do it today!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Flower Power AAQI Oct.

I made my mom a square table topper with a medallion design in 2000 in white and pink. I had a baggie of pieces left and over the years I tried to make something out of it. Never enough scraps. I took those pieces and made a background. All the while thinking about the photo I have of Mom and Dad napping in a recliner together on Christmas Day under that table topper. They really thought it was a very small lap quilt. Over the years mom had tried to soften the quilt by washing it to death but I had used a stiffer material for the table topper. I didn't realize that she still thought it was a tiny quilt and would nap with it on point! She is 4' 10" so I can see why she may have thought that it was just for her. That is why I couldn't throw out those scraps. They made me smile every time I ran across them. Yes, I did make her a lap quilt to replace it, long enough to go over her head and under her feet. She was ecstatic.

AAQI October
Flower Power

I have 8 quilts going to Houston. I am very happy. I hope they earn a lot of money for Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

Make a quilt today for AAQI