Today is my day to share with you what I have been creating for my Haunted Halloween! A big THANK YOU
to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
for hosting this spooktacular
Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop! Carol's blog hops are always so much fun and, judging by the wonderful projects I saw yesterday, this year's hop is going to be a real treat!
Halloween is my favorite holiday! It is so much fun to play make-believe and dress in costumes. The candy's not bad either.
This year I made a wall hanging as a tribute to my grandson's favorite book about a monster who
lives under a little boy's bed. But mine has a twist.
The monster has taken over the bed! This was a really fun quilt to make. It is approximately 36" x 45" and is made using the raw-edge applique method. I started this quilt by making a drawing of my idea on the wrong side of old Christmas wrapping. When I was happy with the drawing, I traced the pattern pieces and cut them out of fabric.
I don't use fusible web; it makes my pieces too thick and hard to stitch. Instead I use tiny dots of Elmer's Glue to hold pattern pieces in place. It also makes it easier to lift up and readjust if I make a mistake.
Once my picture is the way I want it, I use a straight stitch to anchor the pieces down. For this quilt I used a zig zag stitch next and stitched around all the pieces to make them stand out.
I believe this wall hanging would have benefitted from some meandering quilting, but I'm not good at it, so I left it plain. Something to work on later.
I asked my grandson if he wanted this quilt to hang on his bedroom wall, and he said "No! No monsters!" You can't win 'em all.
But that's not all! I made a second project!
Last year I made 2 door hangings -- one of Dracula and one of Frankenstein. I enjoyed making them so much because they were small and I could get very detailed with them. They also looked cute on my doors Halloween night.
This year I decided to add to the collection and made a Fortune Teller Booth complete with gypsy. Do you remember these? When I was a kid they were at all the fairs and arcades. You inserted your money and the mannequin inside came to life and your written fortune dropped out a slot. Hokey but fun.
There's not much to this door hanging, just the evil eye and the gypsy. Again I used the raw-edge applique method and it went together very quickly.
Giving the gypsy personality was the best part. I used a straight stitch with black thread and stitched several times over her eyes, nose, and mouth. I did the same thing with gold thread for her earrings. And of course she had to have make-up!
The booth was easy to decorate. You can find the 8" x 10" colorful fortune teller print I used at Roxy's Tee Parlor https://roxysteeparlour.bigcartel.com/product/the-fortune-teller-print
. I transferred the print to a fabric sheet and sewed it in place. To finish I added a little fancy stitching to the booth and sewed on the binding.
So that's it for me, but there's plenty more to see. Check out the treats my fellow bloggers have created for the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop.