Whoo hoo - have been so excited about this hop:
you might want to grab a cup of tea (I'm English don't you know!) as this is going to be a long post!
Remember for the Leafs Me Happy hop I said I was limiting myself to only one block as I am amassing a huge pile of these mini quilts (the scarecrow was my 19th!) well that all went completely out of the window for this hop. Probably because I love Halloween stuff or probably because I am just plain wicked - you decide!
Anyway my head was spinning with two ideas - I wanted a haunted house block and skeleton block - I started with the house:
I got a cut out of a sizzix haunted house and drew it larger by hand onto some freezer paper then drew a circle around it with a side plate. I then ironed on the freezer paper and cut out the moon, windows and house outline from the black material and added some yellow fabric behind. I then just straight stitch appliqued around the edges - this seems to be my go to favourite method of applique at the moment - I didn't have time to hand applique all my blocks and I am not keen on the blanket stitch my Bernina has, didn't fancy a zig zag either so straight was the way to go! I then decided the block needed a bit more (I was still trying hard to keep my blocks minimalistic as I do have a tendency to go overboard with embellishments and little extras but with what I had planned there was just too much so simplicity was key!). However there was far too much yellow space for me so a T!m Holtz witch was the solution - this is actually from his mask and not his die - I placed it on freezer paper, drew the outline and then ironed and cut it out of black fabric - then attached it the same way as the house.
One block down onto the next...
How cute is he! Found the picture on the internet - cobbled it together onto freezer paper and cut it out all in one piece of white fabric. I then stitched around all his bones and ribs etc to give him features. Eyes and nose are appliequed on the top and the mouth is stitched on.
By now I am on a roll and there is no stopping me:
Next came a cat who flies amongst the graves
Along with a ghost who has arms like sea waves
Then a pumpkin with a liking for hats
Followed closely by lots of flying bats
Then a witch flying high through the air
Followed by Frank - don't they make a nice pair!
And finally last, but certainly not least
A web that is home to a big scary beast:
Told you I went a bit overboard didn't I! The reason I did nine was because I decided that we all needed a nice quilt to cuddle under on All Hallows Eve:
Here it is bound with some left over halloween fabric I had from a kit I bought in the States in June. Also you will spot I added stitches to Frank's face - much better now!
I was going to leave you all in peace now and ask you all to come back tomorrow to see the back of this wicked creation but I have decided that that would just be too ghastlie of me!
So here it is:
whoo hoo finally got to use some of the ghastlie material I have been hoarding! I have come to realise that I have the same aversion to patterned materials as I have to patterned paper and that is I find them so hard to use! Give me a blank canvas and plain material/cardstock and the world is my oyster and my imagination is unstoppable but patterns - gosh where to start? As soon as you cut them you lose half of the pattern - so they take me way out of my comfort zone! As you can see from this I didn't change anything much but just cut out the pictures I liked and framed them with grey - but can you see that I have had a go at free motion quilting?? can you ?? so exciting!
Here is a close up:
sorry it's a rubbish picture - but I have quilted it with frankenstein stitches! Very pleased with myself although doesn't it take an age! I had no idea. Anyway I quilted this side only to the wadding - not sure if that's right or not but I didn't want the stitches coming through on the wicked side and as it's just me bumbling along teaching myself quilting in the comfort of my dining room I just decided to go for it. I then bound the wicked side to the ghastlie side with a black edging.
This was finished last Thursday and me and my two boys have been cuddling up underneath it in front of the tv since then so much so I had to iron it take the final photos!
Thank you for keeping up with me this far - sorry it's such a long post, also a big thank you to Wicked Wendy and Head Witch Madame Samm for putting together and organising all of this hop.
My fellow halloween hoppies today are:
Thanks for looking - All spooked out from Solihull