Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enter if U Dare 2017 Blog Hop


I am so excited!  It's my revealing day for the Enter if U Dare 2017 Blog Hop!  Many thanks to Marian of Seams to Be Sew for once again organizing and hosting a fun-to-share blog hop.  Be sure to visit Marian's website everyday at for a free pattern.

I have posted several Halloween projects already this month, but I have saved the best to share with you today.  I call it my Giggly Gaggle of Ghosts.  I do hope it makes you shriek with laughter instead of terror; that is my intention.

It can be a wall hanging or a table topper.   Because this is a small, whole-piece applique project, it goes together quickly.

To make a design like this, I start by unrolling a good portion of Christmas wrapping paper and draw my design on the back side.  I usually have a small sketch I use for inspiration.  Once I'm happy with the size and look of my design, I tape the paper "pattern" to a large window, then tape my fabric over that.  I can then trace the design, including all the details, onto a large sheet of white fabric.  The light shining through the window acts as a light box. 

After the design is transferred to the white fabric, I cut out the design.  It is then placed on top of my  background fabric and sewn in place by machine.  I use  the raw-edge applique method to outline each ghost and all the details.  Because I wanted the lines darker, I chose to hand-embroider all the details.   

Each ghost has his or her own personality.  I added bits of color here and there to break up the monotony of white.  I used my embroidery machine to print Trick or Treat on the purple bag.  The ghost's open mouths, as well as the pumpkin, cat, bird, moon and witch are all cut separately.  I use fusible web for these smaller pieces and iron them in place.  To finish, I raw-edge applique them in place.     

While adding the binding, I sewed a folded 5" square to each top corner for inserting a dowel, so I can use it as a wall hanging.  The overall size is approximately 34" x 35." 

But that's not all!

Marian created a batch of adorable Halloween patterns and asked if if we would like to create something with a couple of them.  I jumped at the chance!

No. 1:  A mummy mug rug, perfect for your desk at work to keep your October snacks neat.  I transferred the mummy design (finished size approximately 9" x 9") to fusible web, then ironed the pieces onto a black background.  Using black thread, I used raw-edge applique to sew the design down and add the details around his nose, eyes and mouth.  He looks like he's had a hard night, so I used my Brother embroidery machine to add "I want my Mummy."

No. 2:  The next design of Marian's was a pieced 20" x 20" pumpkin block.  I had so many ideas of what to make, but finally decided on a Halloween Advent Calendar.

To make the numbers come out right, I needed to make 3" pockets, so I cut a 1" border and added it to all sides of the pumpkin to make a finished size of 21" around.

For the pockets I used black fabric and cut 32 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares.  From various Halloween scraps, I cut out 31 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares.  I folded and pressed the 4-1/2" squares in half diagonally and positioned over the black square, lining up the raw edges.  You can see from the pictures that there is an overhang.

Once the pockets were sewn together, I cut away the overhanging bits.

To each side of the pumpkin I sewed 7 pockets going down.  To the top I sewed a strip of 9 pockets and to the bottom I sewed a strip of 8 pockets and ended the row with a black square.

Since I had my Brother embroidery machine set up, I embroidered the numbers 1 through 31 on the pockets and BOO in the last black square, but there are all sorts of way you can add the numbers, or it doesn't have to have numbers at all -- your choice.  The fun part is hiding a prize in each pocket and counting down the days until it's Halloween!

I hope you have had half as much fun viewing these "treats" as I did making them.  Make sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they have created for this fun blog.

Friday, October 20, 2017

And don't forget to enter your name for the giveaways! 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween UFO

While searching in my stash, I found a bag containing this old Halloween panel and accompanying fabric, plus a picture of a finished quilt.  The fabric was called Scribble Monsters for Clothworks. 

No pattern needed, just border the panel with bright Halloween fabric to make a cute table topper or wall hanging.  It was just too easy not to finish.   

Using stitch in the ditch quilting, a batty backing, and a dotted yellow binding, this 34" x 36" quilt was quick and easy -- a perfect afternoon project.

Jack seems to like it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's a Dog's Life

Not only is Jack stuck behind this barred gated, he's forced to wear this silly costume.

Oh, the humiliation!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Enter if U Dare Blog Hop October 18th


If you love October spookiness and Halloween fun as much as I do, you will love the  

Enter if U Dare  
Blog Hop 

scheduled to start 

October 18th 

Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew is again hosting a Blog Hop for those of us who love fall and all it brings with it.  There will be new sewing creations, spooky ideas, loads of laughs and fun, and a GIVEAWAY!!  
You don't want to miss this!  

Mark your calendar to visit this spook-tacular hop 
and see all of the craziness a bunch of bloggers can scare up for October. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


What is October without a patch of pumpkins? 


Another quick and easy quilt to make to celebrate the wonderful colors of Fall.  Just looking at it makes me think of hayrides and bonfires. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Silly Skulls

The weather here in Central California is just now starting to cool down from the brutal summer we suffered.  I don't think I am going to need a blanket to cover up with just yet, but if I do, I'm ready with my Silly Skulls.

This was a super easy quilt to make.  I bought several 1/8th yard cuts of Halloween fabric and sewed 3" strips of this fabric together, highlighted with prairie points made from 5" squares.  On the black cut of fabric, approximately 37 1/2" x 12 1/2," I appliqued the silly skulls using the raw-edge method.

It might never get cold enough to use this quilt for comfort, but it will be perfect to hide underneath if the boogeyman comes knocking.