Thursday, 20 October 2016

Eerie Nights Blog Hop.

Hi everyone welcome to the first day of the Eerie Nights blog hop


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Will you be going trick or treating this Halloween? I prefer to stay in doors and read or sew or watch TV. Here in London, trick or treat is a bit hit and miss. A few of years ago we had lots of callers and most of them were children, two years ago most of them were adults, mainly medical students at the local hospital and last year our door bell didn't ring even once. However just because trick or treat isn't a big deal doesn't mean we dislike Halloween or don't join in. A lot of people decorate their house and enjoy the festivities. When our children were younger we used to have a family party and play dunking for apples and other Halloween games. In the past I've made table runners especially for the party.


This one was great down the middle of the table and we used it for our Guide party as well.
Last year I made this table topper for my coffee table. I can't find the photo of the finished version and after Halloween my friend bagged it for her house this year


I loved the leaves on this as they were made from wool and gave a lovely different texture effect.

This year I'm making mug rugs for friends. The first one I have made several times before using slightly different orange fabric but sticking to the same colour combinations and backing fabric.


This one is staying home with me as I can't find my previous Halloween mug rug. The background was the same but the orange had pumpkins on it.

I've also almost finished the other two mug rugs. I have told my regular readers that I recently bought a new machine and so I decided to try it out by making these mug rugs. The making was a slow process because the machine operates quite differently from my old one. It is a lot bigger, computer controlled and looks like it may be capable of powering the USS Enterprise. I know that in the end it will be very quick and easy to use but at present it is taking a bit of getting used to......maybe reading the whole instruction book may have helped?  I'm pleased with the way the mug rugs have come out so far. I have a little hand stitching to do on them before I quilt them, mainly giving them faces!.


I used a narrow zigzag stitch to applique the pieces onto the backing. I also used glue stick to hold the pieces in place whilst I stitched. My new machine has a button for raising and lowering the pressure foot and I kept on forgetting this when I needed to change the direction of the stitching. I also forgot I was using the start/stop button and kept taking my foot off the non existent foot pedal and wondered why the machine was still working. The pressure lever is heavy to use so getting used to the button will be a great help.

I think I like this one better as the kitten is so sweet. He is going to have green eyes. I've pencilled in where I need to embroider his little nose. I used some wool fabric for the kitten as I liked the texture.


There are some fluffy bits around the applique that need to be trimmed but otherwise not bad especially for the first time using the machine. 

Several year ago I made mini tote bags to keep the treats in out in my hall. I managed to find one to use again this year. Ignore the fluffy character in the other bag he just likes photo bombing other people's pictures. These totes are really quick to make and make great gift bags.


Picasso our very own witches cat has been practising his moves recently. He loves to look a little menacing and can arch his back with the best of them. He likes Halloween, it's the perfect time for black cats.



Now you have 2 things to do.

The first is to enter the give away which is sponsored by Fat Quarter shop. This is running on all the blogs taking part in the hop.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then you need to visit the other people taking part today to see what they have created.

20-Oct
Thank you for stopping by and special thanks to Marian from Seams to be sew and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy for organising the hop and keeping us on track.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon and good luck in the give away.

Lyndsey

74 comments:

  1. Thanks for showing your previous stitchings, too. Love that pumpkin one. Hope you get it back! The mug rugs are so cute, and I can't pick one I like best.

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  2. Thanks for joining the hop and sharing your creations. Love the pumpkin table topper with it's leaves. Picasso is perfect for Halloween. Rina

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  3. Great Halloween projects, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Omg, such awesome eye candy for Halloween, thanks for sharing

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  5. Fabulous Projects! Love the kitty and pumpkin.

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  6. Love the kitties that u have in ur spooky projects!

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  7. Love the kitties that u have in ur spooky projects!

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  8. Thanks for the inspiring projects.

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  9. Oh how cute! Great job on your projects.

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  10. Halloween isn't my fave holiday but I must say I love all the treats that come with it! Thanks for sharing your inspirational projects!

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  11. Great Halloween quilting, love all. Mug rugs are fun to make and nice gifts.

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  12. Very cute! (lynnstck(at)yahoo.com)

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  13. love your table runners-too cute!

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  14. So many lovely projects. Thanks for sparking my Halloween creative side.

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  15. I love your kitty mug rugs! I, too, have a black cat. I call her my Halloween cat. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Cute runners and toppers, and Picasso...what a sweety. In 14 years in our home, we've never had a single trick-or-treater.

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  17. Thanks for sharing all or your projects! I'm ready to go tackle a table runner now!!!!

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  18. Things are looking "frightful" to me. ;-)
    Love love love your projects. Nothing better than a house full of Halloween goodness!

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  19. Spooktacular projects. Thanks for sharing and inspiring with your #CreativeGoodness

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  20. I love, love, love the table runner you shared! Your table topper is cute. The mug rugs are off to such fun starts. And the bags you made are adorable! I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

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  21. Cute. I love the applique designs, and the photobomber.

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  22. They are all so cute Lyndsey. Thank you for sharing today.

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  23. Pretty table runner. I really like the mug rugs in progress. I like to add to my seasonal quilty decorations every year. Halloween is a kids day for me and I used to enjoy taking my kiddos trick or treating around the neighborhood. Now I stay home and hand out goodies to the cute little ghosts and princesses and super heroes. Thanks for joining in the blog hop fun ... :) Pat

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  24. your projects are wonderful. i especially love the pumpkin table topper. thanks for sharing

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  25. I love your mug rugs! I thought about doing some of those for Christmas gifts. I should have done some for Halloween too! I don't get any trick or treaters. They would have to walk down a long dark driveway and probably would be spooked to go down it not knowing what is at the end. So, I save myself and my hips by not having candy in the house that I would be eating!

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  26. I loved seeing all your projects! I think I like the table runners the best. :)

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  27. I love all of your Halloween projects. All of them are adorable! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  28. I love the leaves on the pumpkin table runner and the kitty sitting on the witches hat mug rug. Too cute! I'm all for mixing up fabrics for different textures. Nicely done!

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  29. Enjoyed reading your post and seeing all you have made for Halloween past and present.

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    1. Picasso is my favorite and the kitten is a very close second. would like to see the finish. The expressions say so much.

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  30. Those are some cute projects. Love to see them when you've given them faces. Anytime is a perfect time for a black kitty. :)

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  31. So many fun Halloween projects and that black cat is a beauty! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. So many cute projects. I love the mini tote bags.

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  33. Love your table runner, so very cute! Your kitty, Picasso, is just gorgeous.

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  34. All of your projects are great! I think my favorite is the wool cat, but I like the witch mug rug, too. I have bought wool and a book to try my hand at quilting with wool, but that is as far as I've got. Your work is beautiful!

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  35. Oodles of spooky fun! Picasso reminds me of Panther, a black cat I had many years ago. Give him a little scratch for me.

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  36. Lots of great projects! I also love to decorate by using tablerunner, love yours! My sister is a big fan of Halloween and decorates her office. I should make her a mug rug next, hehe. Thanks for sharing with us, Awesome job!

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  37. I like all your projects but especially that black cat. Cute mug rugs.

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  38. Great projects!! Such a cute cat too!

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  39. Your projects are so sweet! I like the wool leaves too!

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  40. Great Halloween projects. I love those little gift bags.

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  41. Such cute projects! I love your dog and your kitty! I hope to finish a Halloween wall hanging before the holiday this year.

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  42. Very creative projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I love your projects. I have several to finish. I also want to make some mug rugs. I have never tried. Maybe its time to do a few. Thanks for sharing! Rebecca Ann Britton

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  44. I love your black cats, both quilted and real! Thanks for the fun!

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  45. I adore that spiderweb fabric... I bought a whole bolt.

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  46. Your Halloween sewing looks great! Have fun with your new machine!

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  47. I love your hallowe'en quilts. Thanks for sharing

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  48. Lucky friends! I too have a black kitty...we named her Midnight....Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I love all your Halloween treats!! Thanks for the chance to win a cool give-away too.

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    1. Ps I couldn't resist highlighting your table runner for this week's Halloween Tuesday archives theme.

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  50. I love decorating for Halloween. Nothing too spooky though
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  51. Love the mini totes and the idea of mug rugs as gifts is perfect. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  52. I love personality that you captured in the kitty appliques! I usually don't decorate for Halloween, but these projects are giving me second thoughts about that !

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  53. Great mug rugs and love the felt for leaves. The mini treat bags are super cute too. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Great mug rugs and I also really like the pumpkin topper and that wonderful runner. thanks for shaaring.

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  55. Those kitten appliqu├ęs are so darned sweet! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  56. What cute quilts and mug rugs. Your cat is also very perfect for Halloween, lol. Thank you also for the chance to win the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway.

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  57. loved your long table runner or cool wall hanging too... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  58. loved your long table runner or cool wall hanging too... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  59. Your table runner is great - loved all your creations!!! (and the cat!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. Great projects. I, too, love using a small zig-zag to applique small pieces.

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  61. Great projects. I, too, love using a small zig-zag to applique small pieces.

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  62. Oh that cat with the wotches hat is wonderful!

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  63. So many cute little kitties! And of course Picasso, who is very scary since he's been practicing his Halloween moves.

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  64. Awesome runner!!! You've captured the spirit of Halloween!!!

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  65. What a lot of great Halloween creations. So much fun!

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  66. Thanks for this wonderfully fun hop!

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  67. Nice assortment of items you have made! Love the first two the best! ndfromsd at gmail dot com

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