Friday, 26 October 2012

Wicked Blog Hop - my first blog hop and give away

Hi, I'm Lyndsey and I'm pleased you hopped over to see what I created for the Wicked blog hop. Thanks to Madame Samm for organising the hop and to Wendy for being our cheerleader. This is the first blog hop I have taken part in and it has been a lot of fun to do but not without its stresses - would I come up with an idea of what I wanted to make and would I get it made in time. 

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.


I hope you are having fun visiting the blogs today. Here's a list of the other stops.

Sew Many Yarns This is me!

Did I mention a give away? I have 3 batik fat quarters.



If you would like a chance to win please leave me a comment. If you would like to follow my blog the button is on the side. If you do, leave me another message saying you are a member and you can have a second chance to win. I will get the random number generator to pick a number on November 1st. International visitors are welcome to take part.

111 comments:

  1. Just wonderful blocks that you turned into a super runner. Oh, a black cat - super wicked!

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  2. What an adorable table runner! I got a good laugh from your cat. Mine always hopes in my sewing chair when I go to set in it! They are wicked fun!

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  3. Excellent job Lesley and so glad you decided to participate! Wicked wishes to you!

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  4. Hi!!! Wicked blocks!!!! Wicked table runner!!! Love the story sounds like things I would do!!! Hee hee

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  5. I am a new follower and thanks for the fun give a way!!!!

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  6. Oooh Hello - I see you are from my side of the pond! Fabulous blocks all of them - I particularly like the hat one! Hope you enjoyed yourself at the show - I am off to the Malvern Quilt Show today (am sooooo excited!). Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Lovely blocks and congrats on your first blog hop, word of warning, it is addictive... I would do all if I could... I am on the UR Priceless hop coming up soon!

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  8. Great blocks and that spooky fat quarter is gorgeous - you wall hanging looks wicked :)

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  9. I love all your blocks and they look great all together. Cats and quilts just go together :D
    I would love to go in the draw for your give away.

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  10. I have joined up your blog.

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  11. My cat does that too! I get really scared that I will sew over her feet (she likes to swipe at the needle). I now use a plant spray (just spray once and wickedly watch the cat jump!). It seems to be working. I love your table runner, really fun. You did a lot of blocks for that one, my absolute favourite is the witches hat. Great work!

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  12. Your runner turned out great. I love the border fabric. What I like the most though is your appropriately black cat Picasso. They always have to be the center of attention don't they? I'm a follower.

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  13. Great blocks! My favourite is the bats!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Very nice job. Love your helper!

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  15. You have made very lovely blocks. And you have an awesome helper
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  16. ohhhh what wicked blocks. and your runner...awesome and your CAT...love the attitude...delightful

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  17. My cat looks exactly like yours. He drives me CRAZY when I am trying to sew. Absolutely MAD! I normally just give up and do something else for a while. Cats! Thanks for the giveaway. Vivian

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  18. So cute Lyndsey - perfect for this hop. And your cat - what can I say - he's precious! blessings, marlene

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  19. Looks like someone was trying to help you complete your wonderful project.

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  20. So fun! I like the ghosts and the bats the best. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Beautiful blocks and your runner is just wonderful.Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Your wallhanging is wickedly delightful! I am in love with the 'patched' witches hat. :D Great job. :)

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  23. I just found your blog today through this blog hop and I am now a follower. :)

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  24. Nice table runner. Ilove that pic of your cat peeking through the sewing machine too!

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  25. What a fun table runner! Each block is just wonderful!
    (Loving your little Picasso!)

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  26. What a great runner, I like it! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Your blocks are great and your kitty is super cute. Glad to meet you in this blog hop!

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  28. I love these blocks, especially the delightfully wicked witch's hat! Thank you for sharing!

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  29. I'm a new follower of your blog. I recently started my own blog (although I'm not sure what I am doing. lol) Come by and check it out and give me some pointers: www.justquiltit.blogspot.com

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  30. Great table runner! I love your blocks, especially the bats one:)

    Fawn

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  31. Oooo, that is a wicked runner--love it! The kitty peeking through your sewing machine is so cute. :O)

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  32. I love your runner especially the ghosts, they are too cute!

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  33. Cute blocks. Love the cat! Have a great day.

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  34. Your block's are gorgeous. thanks for the opportunity on a wicked draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail,com

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  35. You've done a fantastic job! I really like your blocks.
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  36. Picasso is gorgeous and so fitting for this time of year!!
    I'm a new follower too!!

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  37. Lyndsey-I fancy your blocks but especially your feline assistant. I have 3 cats, the little black female decided she like to "help" me by pulling out the round headed pins on projects I am working on! Isn't that sweet? She scared the living daylights out of me. Fortunately my husband observed her doing this at one end of a quilt while I was working at the other end. She keeps us "on our toes" as you never know what the expect from Tabitha. I guess she was named appropriately, not by us, but at the shelter where we picked her out! My daughter has a great eye for selecting cats and despite all her curiosities, we love her very much. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.

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  38. You did a great job...Your table topper is adorable. I think Picasso just wanted a little attentions. He was helping you get in the "Wicked" mood. Happy Halloween.

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  39. Great job. I am following your WICKEDness now. Come see me on this hop if you missed me earlier this week. Kwilty Pleasures could be a big scare!

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  40. Why do cats always think they have the right to use the sewinmachine, when you are using it? Love your pumpkin :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  41. Very nice table runner...love the witches' hat!!! Your kitty has the cutest expression...TFS!!

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  42. You have done a great job on your first hop...... and what is Halloween with out a black cat LOve the pic at the sewing machine.
    And waht a nice give away you have for a treat. thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  43. Rosemary B here:
    following and thank you for the give away

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  44. Rosemary B here:
    I adore your blocks they are really cute!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity!
    I have two kitties and one of them, Pierro< always sits ON my sewing chair! so, then when I want to sew, I have to sit on a tiny corner of the chair, with just like half my butt LOL

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  45. Very nice job on your blocks...they are adorable!!

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  46. love the Batiks too..I am a new follower

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  47. Love your table runner, and of course your helper! Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

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  48. Yay for new hoppers! I'll be doing my first blog hop with the holiday pillow and can only hope I'll do as well as you did! Your blocks are fabulous!

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  49. The best thing about blog hops is getting to find new blogs and creative people. Your table runner is just too cute and perfect for Halloween. Picasso fits right in with the theme and looks like he knows it.

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  50. You did a great job on your table runner. Love this blog hop getting a lot of ideas.

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  51. Loved the blocks in your table runner! What a wonderful job you did! hulseybg@gmail.com

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  52. Great job! Thanks for participating in the wicked hop!

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  53. Sppoktacular blocks! Your did a great job...love that Halloween fabric! Thanks!

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  54. Love your blocks. really a great job. Thanks for being a part of the hop.

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  55. Yes I am a follower. Thanks

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  56. I love your little witches hat.

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  57. Alot of new followers and Hopper in the Hop, We will see more of each other. Nice job

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  58. Following hope you follow me too . www.simplesew.blogspot.com

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  59. It is good to see I am not the only one who gets sidetracked while sewing! Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Wonderful kitty pictures and blocks! One of my cats used to like to floss her teeth on the thread as it went through my machine! pbstrand@msn.com

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  61. Neat table runner! I really like your blocks...nice giveaway too....love, love batiks!

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  62. Fun blocks! Love the picture of your cat peeking through.

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  63. Whaaaaaat? No "Smoke on the Water"? All those groovy tunes--they certainly put you in the right mood for making something special!!

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  64. Beautiful blocks and cute cat. Nice fabric for your give away. Have a Happy Halloween.

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  65. Well Lyndsey I see you must be a new blogger as I. Nice to be able to follow you.

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  66. Love your blocks & how the table runner turned out! It looks awesome! I get distracted all the time! Congrats for participating in your first blog hop, you did great inspiring us today!!

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  67. I'm following! Thanks for your generous giveaway! And I love the pic's of Picasso!

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  68. I like all the blocks and also your cat.

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  69. I just love your runner. I say move hubby's stuff out of the way and put it back on your table. Picasso is really adorable. My daughter would love him.

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  70. Thanks so much for your creative tablerunner. I like to "fake" applique and sew blocks too. Much faster but I love the embellishing with embroidery. Your kitty is adorable. Does he have a white spot on his nose? Have a wickedly good day. Thanks

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  71. Wonderful blocks and a great project.

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  72. Great table runner , perfect for Halloween and your kittie is so sweet and so curious . I am a new follower , thanks for sharing !

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  73. Love your cat - adorable with the head in the machine! Your table runner is beautiful ... the patchwork hat is awesome!!

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  74. wicked work thanks for sharing!

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  75. Thanks for the story and the blocks are terrific. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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  76. Love your blocks, your cat, and your taste in music!

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  77. Now I'm wondering if there might have been a spell floating around in your studio because of all your inability to stay focused. Hmmmm... Have you checked out Picasso? I mean, how many people have their very own Halloween cat?!! Wonderful blocks - I love the witch's hat! The blocks made a darling runner.

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  78. I love your blocks and how you put it to a table runner, its great !! Love the pictures of Picasso, he's cute.
    Thanks for the wonderful give away.

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  79. And I'm following your blog now.

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  80. Your runner looks lovely! Lots of great Halloween goodness there!

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  81. What a wicked great able runner. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  82. Great blocks and a wonderful runner. I love how your cat helps too!

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  83. Love your Wicked tablerunner, Lyndsey. It's fabulous (as is your helper, Picasso ;o).

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  84. What a great table runner! Your helper is beautiful!

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  85. Great project! Your blocks are spooky.

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  86. I have been a follower for a while.

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  87. Looks like Picasso wants to participate in the blog hop too. Your table runner is too cute.

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  88. Your table runner looks wonderful! Picasso is a cutie too.

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  89. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  90. You really kept sewing, even with all the interuptions! Nice blocks, and beautiful runner. thanks for sharing.

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  91. I love your blocks -- what a fun runner they make!!! Your cat has the sweetest face ... how in the world could you get annoyed with him?!? LOL!! :)

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  92. I love your blocks! Thanks for sharing with us all, and welcome to your first blog hop. Careful, they're addictive!

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