Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Spooks Holiday Lane

Trick or Treat, fellow quilters!  I didn't participate in the Holiday Lane blog hop last year, but I certainly enjoyed all of the beautiful Christmas projects. The pattern was really cute and was free from Jillily Studios.  Afterwards, I used the pattern to make a wall quilt for my Secret Prayer Partner at church.  She is a " Mary Engelbreit"  sort of lady, so I chose bright colors and cats and dogs for her gift, and I was very pleased with the outcome.

I loved this pattern and thought it would make a great Halloween wall hanging, as well.  Here is my "Halloween Spooks Holiday Lane" rendition of the pattern:  First, I found a tree to support my project.

                                         Then, I found a friend willing to hold it up for me:

The trees are grey, but they didn't stand out as much as I would have liked against the black houses.  I machine appliqued around the houses, using orange for the black houses to set them out from the sky.  I found the buttons I used at JoAnn's.  I looked on line for some ideas for trees and the witch; then, I drew them free-hand on my fusible webbing.

This was my first halloween wall quilt, and I am really happy with it!  Thank you, Jillily Studios, for making it available to me.

I'm working on a table runner to be included in a basket to be auctioned off at our church's district conference.  It isn't complete yet, but I wanted to share it.  I made one like this a couple of years ago, but I have lost the pattern.  I traced over my first table runner for the applique patterns and measured it for the backing and borders.  I need to finish machine appliqueing it and then quilt it by this weekend.

Today's schedule can be found here, so if you are working your way backwards,  fly on over and see the other ghostly projects for today:

Thursday, October 24th
Just Quilt It  (That's me)

Now, for you trick or treaters who are still with me, a give-away for fall--2 fat quarters of fall fabric, one brown and one orange.  Just leave a comment for a chance to win.  I will ship anywhere.  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SEW and SHOW blogs

I'm excited to be part of a "sew and show" quilting community.  We are given a pattern or a topic and encouraged to participate by signing-up.  On our assigned day, we get to show our project(s) to those following the hop.

 Being part of this community has really stretched my talent. It is made up of professionals and new quilters, alike.  It has encouraged me to complete projects by a certain date and given me great ideas for future projects.  Participating is a win/win situation.  We learn new techniques or patterns, get to view other quilters' interpretations, and we encourage each other to succeed.

Thank you, Madame Samm at for organizing these fantastic hops for all of us!