I decided I wanted to incorporate the usual Halloween party goers, witches, ghosts, bats, pumpkins and black cats. I looked round blog land which was full of lovely patterns and gave me several ideas. I also knew I wanted to use appliqué rather than paper piecing.
So I started with a background fabric of 8 inches by 71/2 inches and then cut out my shapes and attached them with a fusible. First there was a pumpkin
Then the bats with a moon.
Closely followed by some ghosts,
and a witches hat.
I also wanted to use some of a FQ I had bought at the Stitching and knitting exhibition earlier in October. Because this was patterned I wanted it to have a narrow black border.
Next I added the machine appliqué and an orange border. I started by completing the pumpkin. Unfortunately I got side tracked whilst stitching it and went searching for pumpkin recipes. I had to stop myself from cooking until I had finished.
Next the bats and whilst working on these guys I found myself humming Bat out of hell by Meat Loaf so I had to stop and search through my I pod for the track. The green works well for the eyes.
Yes you've guessed it I got sidetracked again. My ghostly choir sent me of searching for Procol Harum's Whiter shade of pale.
Finally stitching the witches hat reminded me of a story I read my daughter many years ago about a little witch who couldn't go to the Halloween party because her hat was torn and dented.
My blocks were all sewn together with the beautiful Halloween fabric in the middle and then I added a border of the fabulously wicked Moda Happy Howloween fabric. The table runner was quilted in the ditch and I echo quilted the items on the individual blocks. unfortunately it doesn't really show up in the photo except on the hat block. I would love to have shown you a photo of the table runner on my dining table but unfortunately my husband has his marking in the way.
Our beautiful cat Picasso likes to help with any sewing that is going on and he really enjoyed poking his head through the arm of the machine.
He really couldn't understand why I was getting a little annoyed with him.
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