Posts Tagged ‘bats’

Strips and Stripes for Halloween

October 15, 2014

The best part about uncovering my Halloween fabric stash is that most of the collection are scraps. Knowing I will never get a full-size quilt out of this stuff, I felt liberated. Not inspired, mind you. It took a whole lot of staring before I decided to use my go-to technique and assembled strips and stripes for the Halloween projects.

If you really see four moons outside your window, lay off the whiskey

If you really see four moons outside your window, lay off the whiskey

This is the easy solution for a landscape fabric – turn it into a scene from a window, complete with window case treatment and wallpaper.

Yes, those are eyes in the dark

Yes, those are eyes in the dark

I used a modified collage technique for this very small quilt. Some of the top is pieced, but most is layered and zig-zagged around the edges. I may put a string of silver sequins around the gray moon-lit square after I quilt the piece.

Lani Longshore spider card

Once I made the backings for the first two quilts, I had such small pieces left that I indulged myself with postcard quilts and embellishments meant for scrap-booking.

Cats A

Cats and Bat A

I’m more a dog person, but you can’t beat black cat batiks at Halloween, so I made two.

Cats and Bat B

Cats and Bat B

The embellishment started with a wreath for a handmade Christmas card. I glued on a bat button, and now it’s a spiderweb-covered cave entrance.

An October-December marriage

An October-December marriage

I also found the bat applique I bought years ago from B. CooleDesigns. This postcard quilt is for me.

Lani Longshore bat postcard

Last but not least, the traditional witches hat –

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Luck and wisdom!

Halloween

October 26, 2011

This is my second favorite holiday of the year. I haven’t had a chance to be as outlandish as I’d like, not since the kids started making their own costumes. Still, I take opportunities to be crafty and creative as they arise – which is why my stash of Halloween fabric is as large as my stash of Christmas fabric.

I had a meeting here last week, which I decided was close enough to decorate the table for the holiday. My husband asked, with some trepidation in his voice, if this was going to be the extent of the transformation. I assured him the purple fuzzy bat didn’t have any friends lurking in the sewing room.

As to progress in the sewing room, well, I did manage to get a little more done on another project. This isn’t the big project I mentioned last week, only one of the little ones that I have to finish so I can clean off the cutting table for the big project. Here is the lining for a chenille purse:

This is one outer panel for the purse:

I’m making prototypes of purses for a possible pattern line. If that fails, I may copyright the previous sentence and sell it as a tongue-twister.