Friday, October 22, 2021

Jack O Lantern Runner

Welcome to my day of the Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop! I'm excited to introduce you to my newest friend, Jack O Lantern.

black pumpkin silhouette on orange fabrics

This easy runner is not only cute and adorable, it has just the right amount of spookiness for Just Let Me Quilt's Halloween themed Ghastly Ghouls blog hop - Carol and friends always come up with the best hop ideas!

black raven on a brown background with a spider web

Though I love Halloween (probably because of all the orange), I'm not a big fan of zombies, ghouls, goblins, or anything too creepy, preferring to keep the holiday on the lighter side with the traditional pumpkins, bats, witches and ghosts. 

black pumpkin silhouettes on orange

With that in mind, here's a little creativity background: When the Halloween themed hop came up, of course I had to join in. I certainly couldn't resist playing with all the orange fabrics I've accumulated - they were my inspiration. Lots of different oranges, from pale to dark, and yellow to red for a ton of variety.

orange squares

After stitching all the oranges together, the final touch to my Jack O' Lantern runner is the addition of the pumpkins. Reversing the traditional pumpkin color so that the shell is black lets the oranges of the background shine through the eyes, nose and mouth. The appliques make for a nice twist on the traditional carved pumpkin!

two black pumpkin faces on orange fabric squares

For the quilting, I decided on a straight line - pointy - triangular fill. Think of stippling, but use straight lines and points instead of a flowing curves.

quilting close up

And that spiky quilting was the perfect touch to make my Jack O Lantern a bit more spooky!

Now, if you're just finding the Ghastly Ghouls blog hop, the list of all the quilters over the week can be found on this page at Just Let Me Quilt. For a quick check of today's ghoulish projects, visit my other fellow quilters:

Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Fabrication
Selina Quilts
Ms P Designs USA

And there's still plenty of time before Halloween to make this super easy, beginner friendly runner. The Jack O Lantern pattern includes two additional faces, in full size templates, and is available at special pattern launch pricing now through Halloween night, October 31.

Happy Haunting!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Midweek Makers 302

Welcome to Midweek Makers - let's do some sharing! I've got these lime green scrap blocks for RSC2021, 

lime green scraps around a black square

which finishes up the colors for the year, according to the RSC2021 page at the SoScrappy hostess site. November and December are designated for assembly and finishing, which is good cause I haven't decided how I'll set my blocks. Then with the new year, we'll start the RSC challenge all over again - yay to using scraps!

I'm also sending out another reminder that my National Cat Day linky party is next week, Friday, October 29. Grab any cat themed quilt item and/or your cat and start getting those cat-themed posts ready. Let's see if the love for cats can beat out the love for dogs!

While we're on the subject of cats and dogs, these pets showed up last week.

From Scrapbox Quilts, an in-progress dog quilt,

from Sew Preeti Quilts, an endangered species project about the Iberean Linx,

and from Time 4 Stitchn, a retro Halloween kitty panel.

Now it's your turn to share - come link up!

  • please link directly to your post not your homepage
  • please link a quilt related item
  • visit with the other guests and leave some comment love
Have fun!

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Monday, October 18, 2021

FREE Sew Much Fun Quilt Blocks 9 - 12

There's more FREE sewing themed quilt blocks to be had from Quilting Around the Block

This post covers blocks 9 thru 12, and you can find pictures and links to blocks 1-8 at my FREE Sew Much Fun post back in September.

Now, here's blocks 9-12.

Block 9 is a fun seam ripper from Katie Mae Quilts,

blue and grey seam ripper

while with Block 10, you can get your groove on with these headphones from Always Expect Moore.

grey headphones on a teal background

Scrapdash brings us Block 11, a cute spool and bobbin block.

And for Block 12, it's bobbins from Penny Spool Quilts, just so you don't run out.

This should now bring everyone up to date on the FREE Sewing blocks, with more still to come. I'll be back again in a month or so with the next group. Until then, 

Happy Quilting!

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