Happy Halloween!

After my last quilt, I was so excited to sew a little mini together for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween!

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When I first saw the pattern from Flamingo Toes, I was super excited about it and really wanted to make one. I don’t have an embroidery machine, but I do have an awesomely talented family member who does! She graciously agreed to do the spider for me on her machine.

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I’ve never made anything with embroidery before. I’ve also never made a Dresden before. It’s my first attempt at a Dresden design.

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I had a different fabric selection at first, but switched gears to this more colorful palette. And I did have to make a little Halloween fabric purchase to round out the colors!

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With the whole mantel. Although I forgot to hang my bats… Oops! (That’s what 2020 has done to my brain!)

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I’m so glad I was able to sneak in even a little Halloween sewing!

Halloween is going to be a little different this year for most of us, but I’m still excited about the day and evening and hope you are too! Hope you can find a little bit of normal today out of the crazy that seems to be going on all around us!

My Halloween Quilt! with a paper pieced pattern download

I know, most everyone has moved onto Christmas, but I’m still posting about Halloween!

I started this about this time last year. I had a plan. I was going to do one block each month… I was also going to make one Halloween and one Christmas placemat each month. Let’s just say NONE of those things happened! Oops!

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I didn’t quite finish in time for Halloween, but I finished 3 days later. So I’m calling that a win!

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I did intend for the stripe to go from top to bottom, not side to side… But I realized I didn’t have enough of the green fabric, so I switched gears mid stream. I actually really like having the stripe of pieced blocks along the bottom.

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Our Halloween guests seem to like it as well! They can still scare, but show off the stripe! ha! Who doesn’t love seeing monsters and skeletons cuddling under a quilt on the porch bench??? So sweet!

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For this quilt I did paper piece the stripe. That’s how I got such sharp points! Look at those points! I love it! You can download the quilt block here. It is a 12×18 page, so most home printers won’t print it, but your neighborhood office supply store will be able to. The block makes a 10″ square.

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How do you do binding? I sew mine onto the top and then iron it over to the back and hand stitch it to the back. I have not mastered the machine binding! Nope! And I love the time away from the machine to do a little hand stitching anyway!

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And the back. I made a few extra blocks with the scraps to put on the back. Then I just pieced all my scraps for as much of the back as I could. Then I just started adding larger pieces to make up the difference.

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Man, did this quilt almost give me a heart attack??? I was in the process of quilting it. I quilt on the dining room table. We had family friends over for dinner, so I just through my quilt and the machine in my son’s (also known at Lulu’s room, our 3 year old great pyrenees mix) room. Well, the pup got super excited about our guests, so we put her in ‘her room’ to calm down… When we go in the room, she has chewed up the quilt. I stifled my scream! we did still have guests… But luckily, she had just chewed the excess you add to the batting and back! So it was totally ok, but, man, did it scare me! And no, she didn’t get sick at all!

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My token label picture that I take for each quilt!

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I’m so excited to have it finished! And even though I have a list of more Halloween projects to do, I’m also excited to move on to handmade Christmas presents! What you working on after Halloween? Did you sew anything for Halloween?

 

My Halloween Quilt and A New Quilt Pattern

Halloween is so close and I”m sitting here on the computer instead of sewing! What??? But I’m so excited to share my Halloween Quilt!

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I bought this panel fabric years ago! I love it! I love the whole line by Sherri Berry. There are actually a few lines that use these characters, Trick or Treat Street, The Costume Club  and the Costume Clubhouse. Fortunately, I don’t know if any of these are still being made! Sorry!

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The panel has this spider web dotted in behind the tree and that is what inspired my quilting. I started in the center and just kept going around and around and around!

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As much as I love the panel and the front, I’m totally in love with the back, too! Next to the panel were these 5 masks. I think you can probably cut them out and make real masks, but I decided not to do that. They are perfect for the back!

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You might have noticed the little pieces pieced in… Another print in the series is this patchwork like fabric with these adorable little images. I decided to cut them out and piece them in throughout. There’s the scaredy cat on the front and the rest are on the back.  Which one’s your favorite? I think my favorite is the super-stitches one!

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And I used yet another print from the series for the binding. You might be able to make out what it is, but just in case, it’s the cute little ghost repeated over and over with fun colorful outlines.

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Part of the reason I stalled for so long was that I’m not really a panel person. I knew I wanted to use the whole panel, but I needed to add something. Then the bat thing came to me! You know my love for paper piecing and origami inspired animals… So I made a bat pattern!

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And I couldn’t add just 1! I also hand embroidered the little eyes on them inspired by the shape of the panel character eyes.

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And you can get the pattern in my etsy shop, here! This isn’t the pattern for the whole quilt. Just the bat!

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I’m making some pillows now! I wonder if I”ll finish them before Halloween??? What would you make the Bat Block?

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Is it spookier in black and white??

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Spiders, Bats, Cats, Ghosts, Masks, Costumes! It’s Halloween! I’m keeping this one, which is a rare thing at this Bat Cave!

A Couple of Wednesday WIPs!

I was realizing the other day that I took the Process Pledge, but lately I’ve only been showing things finished. Some things take longer than others, as you know! And these two projects are taking a while!

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The first one is my gator quilt.

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At the moment I’m kinda obsessed with looking at origami animals and translating them into my own quilt blocks! It all started with the little fox skirt and pattern I used. But now, I’m making my own!

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I wasn’t going to do a gator, but then I got this fabric and I knew I needed to make a gator! And so far I’m really liking it!

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I was going to do circles for eyes, but I couldn’t get them perfect so I switched gears. I decided to piece them together like I’ve done for everything else. Ends up that I love them this way. Plus I’m going to making 2 more gators, each one smaller then the other, so I knew that the circles would just get harder!

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The second quilting project I’m working on is my Halloween quilt. Working on the finishing up the binding now. I know it’s late for Halloween! Actually, I’m going to say it’s so early for Halloween! And I should be done for next October!

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I’ve had this fabric for about as long (if not longer) than I’ve had my kiddo! I love the panel, but have never worked with panels, so wasn’t sure what to do with it. I figured it though.

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Yep, it has another animal quilt block in it designed by yours truly! More about this one closer to Halloween! I’m leaving you on the edge of your seat I know!

What are you working on?

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