Sunday, October 30, 2011


I present for your viewing pleasure/amazement/horror my take on the fabulous "Ghastlies" fabric.   The plan was for a Scrapbook page, showing all the treasures I think the Ghastlie Family would collect.   So here goes.....
Melbourne weather is being very unkind to my photographic endeavours.    I ran next door and "borrowed" their fence in on brief burst of dry, yet cloudy weather, trying to get a good shot of the colours.    No sooner did we have the quilt up on the fence then it started to rain.   So if the colours are a little out there  I can only say "I tried".     


A snake in hiding...

 Is this the family business.....what the girls are brewing.

  A pink bow and a hammer, what more could a girl want.   Sebastian features in the cameo brooch here.
   Check out the feathered lorgnette - rose coloured glasses!
Another snake hiding ready to strike.    Silverware hanging  on a hook.... 
 A Victorian fan, heavily encrusted with Swarovsky crystals, the steampunk choker has crystals, pearls, silver flowers and a huge silver cross - slightly Gothic styling!     The black canary sits in his cage, surrounded by ivy leaves and pink crystals.   The velvet coin purse has a few family treasures spilling out.

 All the quilting between the family photo's is naturally spidery.    Hundreds of tiny spiders webs between all the treasures - I am thinking that like myself they have other more interesting things to do than dust for cobwebs!
Check out the cattitude being exuded from this slick black feline....

 Madame's silver dinner bell....
  3D ivy leaves, there are a couple of lizards and frogs hiding in amongst the leaves, and a spider has captured its dinner in the top corner.....
The bottom of the quilt is finished with continuous prairie points and a black daisy trim.
 Techniques used in the creation of this Ghastlie piece:

Applique, Machine Embroidery, Free Motion Embroidery, Quilting, Continuous Prairie Points, 3D Applique, Free Standing Lace Embroidery, Digitizing (the leaves, branches, cage, 3D ivy leaves, large bat in the top left corner were all done by myself), Fabric painting (well, I painted white lace daisies in shades of pink using fabric medium), beading, bedazzling (sticking crystals on), Couching,   and my personal favourite - shopping for costume jewellery  to chop up - oooh and I also learned how to use the Dremel for a bit of grinding  (removing some of the joiners on the jewels!).

This has been so much fun over the past couple of months - I spend hours wasting time   I mean, researching on the Internet looking for all those slightly Gothic/Victorian ideas.

As mentioned in the previous post, Madame Samm over at Sew I Quilt   will draw a lucky winner each day.   So leave a comment and make sure you are a "reply" blogger and you could be in the running for today's prize.     I will also send out a small gift to the second name drawn at the end of the day.    (My gift is a ghastlie memento bracelet).  

Here are today's other bloggers showing off their ghastlie creations:

If there is anything you want to know about my piece, don't hesitate to ask.  
Have a "ghastlie" day.    Don't forget the blog hop lasts all week.


I have a bracelet winner - lgentymk  from A Little Less of Me 
Abbeybeth has gone into the draw over at Sew I Quilt

Sunday, October 23, 2011


It's here, it's started - click on the link here or on the side bar to see who is in and have a chance to win some great prizes.    Madam Samm and her helpers have worked hard to make this a success.   It should be a very Ghastlie two weeks with 54 entrants doing ghastly things with fabric.    Alexander Henry should be pleased!

There is poetry courtesy of Madam Samm:

Behind the scenes we ( 54 ) Ghastlie obsessed
Sistah- Stitchers have been rather busy, you could say.
We all have been stirring up some pretty GHASTLIE
projects, searching for a cure...
Your assistance is required...YOU are the
Prescription we are looking for..
A comment, of ohhs and ahhhs
that will help our flu...Are you ready?
It all begins tomorrow morning at the stroke
of MIDNIGHT ....tick tock tick tock..

OH Ghastlie....

If you have this thing for Ghastlies
and they have tied you in a knot
and you wish you could get them out of your mind
than this may be a thought.

We heard her plea for a cure
Mdm Samm was pos/it/ively sure
that we could stitch the nights away
in hopes that we MAY----
( all 54 of us)

The side effects are Ghastlie
there is no mistaking too.
if you don't run this very minute
YOU too will catch the FLU...

We suspected all along
this was her master plan
she did not want to be alone,
with all YOU Ghastlie FANS...

Join the fun and be inspired  - I'm up on the 31st - Halloween.   Now I must go and finish sewing dodads and whatnots on before my time is up......

(I only just realized  Lizzie is my button - how positively ghastlie!)