Monday, October 7, 2019

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop


BOO!  
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.


October 8

40 comments:

  1. Both project are really festive. The detail on the Fortune Teller is excellent.

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  2. Wow I liked both ...But the monster in the bed was cool... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  3. Fantastic projects! I really love the gypsy!

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  4. you are one very talented lady. Love your monster quilt with its twist. And the fortune teller is terrific, I love that you used real makeup, made my day start with a smile.

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  5. Both are so cute. I think I would have had to convince your grandson that it wasn't a monster it was a dinosaur.

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  6. These are both SO cute!! You do good work! But I really love the monster on the bed -- that's hilarious! You're a good artist! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, they are both totally amazing! I love your grandson's response hahahaha, but he's really missing out because it is so cute. Your gypsy is really detailed...love it! Thank you for sharing these Witchy Stitchy projects and wowing us with your applique designs and inspiration.

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  8. What great projects. Your fortune teller is a lot of fun, and really well done. Your grandson is really missing out on the monster quilt. Such a fun twist and fa-boo-lous quilt.

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  9. Yes I would love the fortune teller!!! Thank you. FYI: you cannot post pdf's to blogs for some reason, you need to link it to some site that does pdf's. I am not that techy, but I do know that is why you couldn't post a pdf to your blog. The monster quilt is adorable! He is such a cute and friendly looking monster. Has your grandsons ever watched the movie "Monsters Inc"? Maybe you should watch it together so he can see how silly and cute those monsters are and then maybe he would love to have that quilt in his room.

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  10. I love your 'monster under/over the bed! What a cute cute project!

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  11. These quilt are sew cute and creative! You could illustrate a book with your quilts! That is one cute monster. Your grandson may wish he had it when he is older ... :) Pat

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  12. I thought your twist was going to be a story about a monster who had a boy living under his bed. LOL It's super cute and I bet your grandson will like it when he gets a bit older. The fortune teller is awesome. You did an excellent job on her face. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. Love your projects, they are amazing!

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  14. Love your projects! Especially the fortune teller! I would like the pattern if you wouldn't mind sending it. I think my email shows up on my comment. Thank you so much! Oh, also loved your door hangers from last year too.

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  15. I love your projects and would love the pattern for your fortune teller! Thanks so much for sharing your special talent!

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  16. You are quite the artist! Yes, I would love the fortune teller pattern. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  17. You are certainly an artist--I would like the Fortune Teller pattern. Thank you so much!!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  18. Your fortune teller is perfect to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I'm smitten by your Kid Under the Bed quilt!!

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  19. Hi Charlene! What a fun post. Your pieces have such personality. Your gypsy is just the one I would like to have my fortune told by!! And that monster, taking up the whole bed is just adorbs. I am certain that little boy under the bed looks very much like your grandson. Too bad he didn't want a monster on his wall - that will change soon enough. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  20. So very cute!Love the monster in the bed! Great fortune teller also! Sort of reminds me of the movie with Tom Hanks. Would like to have pattern if possible. Thanks for sharing! sewgood414@hotmaildotcom

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  21. Oh you are so very talented. The kid under the monster's bed, and the fortune teller's booth. You do an excellent job on the facial expressions.

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  22. I think your spin on the monster book made a very humorous quilt. I also like your fortune teller hanging.

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  23. Cute idea for the grandson, but I can understand why he didn't want it hanging in his room. It reminded me of a story I ready my youngest two kids when they were little. It was a story I found on the internet entitled "THE BOY UNDER THE BED" and you can still find it here: http://the-office.com/bedtime-story/boyunderbed.htm Your grandson might like that story too.

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  24. Oh, Charlene, these are amazing. Your monster idea is so creative and your grandson will love it for sure, some day. It is too cute not to love. Your gypsy is so good. I love her. Your creative mind has me smiling for sure.

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  25. I would love the Fortune Teller pattern please...deborchi@comcast.net

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  26. Love the twist on that story - have read it to my grands. A lot of work into this wonderful piece.

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  27. These are adorable projects!

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  28. I Love the Fortune Teller hanging and would like to have the pattern please & thank you.
    Sandra

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  29. I'm sure your grandson loves his monster he has taken over the bed. It really looks like a cartoon. So animated!

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  30. What fun door hangings and I love the monster quilt. I am sure your grandson is thrilled with his quilt!

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  31. These projects are so fun! I really love the monster who took over the bed - great twist!! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. What a great twist and fabulous wall hanging He looks like a friendly monster too! Your gypsy looks amazing and a bit mischievous too :D

    -Soma

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  33. I love your work, your ideas. Thanks of giving us that fortuneteller. She has great personality. I would like that pattern if possible.

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  34. Your projects makes me smile. So much creativity and talent. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Your designs are amazing. Thanks for sharing the little tips for success with projects. Love the glue dot idea.

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  36. I would like the pattern email is huewe@paulbunyan.net

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  37. I would love to have a copy of the pattern, thank you for sharing your talent! email: takemetooz@gmail.com

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  38. Oh My, such wonderfully cool projects here today. I'd love the pattern for the comment booth, but when you put the Monsters bed up for sale also, send me a note, I'll be there to buy it to... These are just cool. I do remember those booths myself at the fair when I was young and I definitely remember it from the movie "BIG" with Tom Hanks.. the movie that changed his career path. :)

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  39. I would like to have a copy of the pattern I think it is adorable thank you. maner.joanne@gmail.com

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  40. I love the monster in the bed - soooo cute!! xx

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