Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spooky Steampunk lap quilt

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 d├ęcor 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 around off of the plastic side of the paper so I ended up just pinning the main piece and working around that. My lotion bottle tops turned out a little wonky but I decided to leave them like that.

Also worth a mention, I bought an 80/20 quilters batting at one of the discount retailers and it is just HEAVEN to work with. It was described as "preferred by hand quilters for its easy needling and smooth drape," and they aren't kidding. I didn't have to fight with it putting together the quilt sandwich. I had to use very few safety pins and no basting spray. I just smoothed out the layers with my hands and it stayed put! What a relief.

From paper piecing to pebbling, the style of free motion quilting I chose for the colored squares courtesy of mystery quilter's donation here. While I love the look of the pebbling, it was exhausting work. I would do a square at a time and take numerous breaks.

Here is the schedule of those participating in the hop:


October 20th


October 21st

October 24th

October 25th

October 26th

October 27th

October 28th


Linking up with the following blogs: quiltingismorefunthanhousework

Quilting is more fun than Housework
sewfreshquilts
Needle and Thread Thursday (can't get the logo to post)
crazymomquilts
Finish it Up Friday (can't find the hop logo)



Fall and Halloween being my favorite time of year, I have plenty of decorations, some of which have been highlighted on my blog in years past and worth a revisit now. 
These guys I believe are former McDonald's Happy Meal toys - I love them, they are forever keepers.

These resin figurines I snagged at a retailer at a deep discount after the holiday.  They reside on my windowsill for the month of October.

While the kids were growing up, we would always make a Halloween dummy to sit out front on the porch.

Re-posting this image from Fabric Therapy's post on the eye-candy-from-2016-aqs-chattanooga quilt show by Nancy LaPorte from Prattville, AL. Love the theme she chose. This is the type of detail work that I aspire to.


Pattern of the Day is an undated Butterick.


And a giveaway!
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What are your go-to decorations for Halloween?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hanging with Mrs. Brimble

So glad I found an Instagram challenge during October through mrsbrimbles.blogspot.com.

I am posting daily at https://www.instagram.com/tvonzalez/.
11-7-16 Post update - I have disconnected from Instagram, thank you to someone who decided I should not be posting during the Mr.'s recent hospital stay. Solved that problem, I am no longer on social media sites but have retained my blog.


The big reveal to my Spooky Steampunk lap quilt will be on October 20, Day 1 to the Eerie Night Halloween blog hop hosted by Amy at sewincrediblycrazy. A sneak peek of my creation will be on Mrs. Brimble's Day 5 prompt of "I Made This."
While I usually highlight baby dolls from shopgoodwill.com and their messed up mugshots, Bozo provides enough creepy for today's post.  He is an inmate at shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-Mattel-Talking-Bozo-Doll.
For my audience outside of the U.S., there have been reports of creepy clowns lurking around in cities across America.
Not the time to read Stephen King's book It.
Just enough weirdness to give you nightmares?!


Basting without Borders

This weekend's finds were fabric remnants nothing of note but good quantities and basic colors that will quickly find their way into one...