I have been preparing for this hop for months - once the Eerie Nights hostess announced the theme, the criteria being to make something new and show your go-to Halloween décor hosted by Amy at sewincrediblycrazy.blogspot.com. For my spooky steampunk lap quilt, I first bought some retail fabric since I had absolutely none in my stash. I also asked a quilting co-worker if she had any remnants from a Halloween quilt kit (and she did, some purple background Mr. Chillingsworth). I also found a quilt-along with some free patterns at flyingparrotquilts.com, link to her Epic Halloween quilt. One of the patterns I snagged was the variable potion bottles, my first attempt at paper piecing. Potion bottle attempt number 1 is the one between the skeletons, with corrected the lotion bottle top in the final. Attempts 2 through 4 are in order, my technique improved by potion bottle number 4 in the lower right corner.
While the freezer paper seemed a good idea in theory, my little scraps kept slipping a…
The uglies I am referring to are the fabrics that are, well, just plain ugly. I recently organized my fabric remnants by color and got rid of my uglies - sent to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond.
I am certain other quilters/fabric artists do this. I mean you can only hide so much of the uglies scrapping them out. Here is a perfect example of what I consider to be uglies offered through shopgoodwill.com. That poppy fabric I think is the best of the bunch, but the rest - uglies.
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Ending the post with baby doll mugshots, tore up 1 and tore up 2. Both inmates at shopgoodwill.com. (Yes, I spend way too much time on that website.)
Having finally landed a public sector paralegal job, I wanted to give a surprise gift to my supervisor who had agreed to act as a reference. She had also given me the print material in the right and left corners of the image below. She had asked me if I could use the material and I said, "yes" all the while planning to do something special for her.
My "sup" is also involved in feral cat rescue so I made her a quilted kennel cover. The cat-related fabric was the basis for a quasi strip-quilt top. She uses blankets over cat carriers as temporary homes for captured feral cats. Once the animal is either spayed/neutered, treated for any ailments, they are released back into the area from which they were captured. Some are recruited as barn cats in rural areas.
It seems to meet with my cat's approval. Quilt sandwich layout. I cut it close on that batting but supplemented it later. Rather than put a separate binding on this, I kept 3" leftover from backing, brought…