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Halloween Doodle Quilt

I love Fall! October being my favorite month with the color combination of orange and black being at the top of the list.

I needed a new throw in my office/tv room for the couch. I purchased a few really cute quick stitch Halloween embroidery designs from Embroidery Library last year and never got a chance to use them.

I wanted the throw to be simple, quick, show case the embroidery designs and most importantly made in  black and orange fabrics. Although you can’t see in the photo the black fabric is a tonal leaf pattern same as the orange.

Halloween 2017 Doodle

Halloween Doodle 2017 CUHalloween Doodle 2017 pillow

2017 Halloween Doodle Quilt Back

The quilt measures 52 x 52 inches. I’m so loving the black and white plaid fleece on the back.  I didn’t use any batting and the fleece was wonderful to work with.  I used a Sulky variegated orange rayon thread for quilting on the top and Aurifil black as the bobbin thread. I used my home machine and stitched quarter of inch away from the seam lines. I machine stitched the binding to the front and back.

Every sofa throw needs a matching pillow!

2017 Halloween courthouse pillow

This courthouse style quilt block pillow measures 20 x 20.  The embroidery design (also from Embroidery Library) was stitched on 8.5 inch square of Kona White cotton. I used 2.5 inch strips to create the logs.  The backing is a simple envelope style.

2017 Halloween courthouse pillow back

 

This Dresden quilt block used to be a pillow but I converted it to a wall hanging. I used a charm pack of Deb Strain’s Midnight Masquerade. The wall hanging measures 21 x 21 square. The embroidery applique design (BOO) was purchased from Embroidery Library also.

My office is completely decorated to finish out October!

During my packing/unpacking I found several rulers that I didn’t even remember that I had!  I’m slowing figuring out how to use use them.

First up : Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler

4 point star ruler

Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler

 

You can make 4 different style of blocks with this ruler in many sizes.  My first test was a 4 point star.

 

I used left over charm squares —  To create the star ( 4 blocks) I used 12 squares. I found the written instructions to be more helpful than the video. I had to take apart a couple of times before I got it right. After I finally understood how to stitch correctly it was easy to put together.  I’m looking forward to making something larger!

My finished size is 9 inches.  I plan to use as a mug rug.

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of Halloween – I’m not into scary things.  When my kids were small their dad had trick or treating duties.  If he wasn’t available I would take them to organized church events that had costume guidelines.. Yeah yeah I’m boring.

Eventually I got over my “Halloween Fear” and embraced it was only one day. I do love the orange/ black colors of Halloween and tend to decorate with those colors in mind.

Below are a few of the items I made for my home to celebrate Halloween 🙂

Throw  coin quilt for my couch, I used one charm pack – Midnight Masquerade.

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Midnight Masquerade Coin Quilt

Various Pillows:

  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun : front made completely with my embroidery machine
  • Chevron and plus pillow more walking foot quilting practice
  • Colorado block — two color pillow to emphasis the pinwheel center also quilted with my walking foot

 

 

Coasters:

  • coasters using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Periwinkle template
  • tutorial  if you want to make your own
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Periwinkle Template Coasters

Table Toppers:

  • Granny Square table topper made using 5 inch charm squares
  • Midnight Masquerade Dresden — one charm pack
  • Half Hexie Table Runner — another Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner

 

And lastly a little something for the front door!

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Boo Star Door Hanger

 

 

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Welcome

Thanks for stopping by my online journal.  From the time I was eight years old I’ve been a garment seamstress. My mom, grandmother, and aunts had a hand in teaching me.  I attended a Catholic High School, Fridays were the only day we didn’t have to wear our uniform — believe me there weren’t many Fridays that I didn’t wear a new outfit that I had made!

I was shopping at a JoAnn Fabric Store looking for supplies to alter a prom dress for the daughter of a good friend and stumbled upon a machine embroidery demo. OMG I was hooked and as they say the rest is history.

I opened Embroidered Treasures an Etsy shop selling handmade and personalized baby bibs, burps, and bodysuits. As my business grew I needed to buy an additional embroidery machine, we purchased a Babylock Ellisimo from a local quilt shop.  The shop offered a free beginning quilters class with the purchase of the machine. I have always admired quilts but never thought I’d ever want to make one myself.  I had visions of my grandmother and aunts getting together to hand quilt and thought how could that possibly be fun?!!

The quilting classes completely changed my opinion.  I love the idea that you can cut up fabric — stitch it back together to create art–AMAZING.

I started my first quilt in 2010– I combined machine embroidery with patchwork — never finished it– still have it and happy to share it with you.  Lots of mistakes but we all had to start somewhere 🙂

first quilt

first quilt

baby quilt 2010

baby quilt 2010

 

 

 

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