Posts Tagged ‘postcard quilts’

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!

Small Quilts, Large(ish) Stash

October 1, 2014

The Challenge project for this month commemorates the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner, and includes a size requirement – at least 42″ on a side. “Self,” I said, “if you make the project a little larger you can turn it into a Quilt of Valor donation. You have too large a stash to make only small quilts.” Turns out, there’s a reason I make small quilts.

One more border, then backing and quilting

One more border, then backing and quilting

Large quilts are a pain in the patoot. And the shoulders, and the arms and hands. Slinging around long strips, cleaning off the ironing board to press the thing properly – yowza! I much prefer the elegantly tiny postcard quilt my friend Thea McCurry sent me.

Thea McCurry's creation

Thea McCurry’s creation

However, thanks to the excellent taste of the quilt store owners in my area, I have a lot of fabric to go through.

The purple drawer

The purple drawer

So, do I make myself a dozen more tote bags, blanket the country with postcard quilts, or stop my whining and make a few more large quilts to give away?

Luck and wisdom!