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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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaves – The flowers of Fall

This past October son #1 married his lovely fiancee. It was a beautiful celebration for both families.

 

2016 George Heather

 

2016 George Heather

2016 George Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 George David

2016 George David

They had a Las Vegas destination wedding.  The ceremony was held in the Garden Chapel at the Flamingo Hotel. The chapel was most definitely a tropical setting with waterfalls, palm trees, flowers, trailing ivy and of course lovely flamingos!

George and Heather shared their special moment with 45 friends and family — My son’s good friend from Taiwan was able to attend. It was such a pleasure meeting and spending time with him.

I hadn’t been to Las Vegas in several years and it was my husband’s first visit; so we planned a vacation around the wedding. We visited the really awesome Madame Tussauds wax museum, toured both Hoover Dam and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Pete with his favorites — Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer (wax museum)

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Tour at Hoover Dam and Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge

 

West Rim Grand Canyon

 

 

 

The kids bought a new home in April. The basement is my son’s “man cave” and is decorated in earth tones. I made a quilt for them to snuggle under while in the basement.

I used the Double Slice Quilt Pattern one of the many inspiring tutorials from Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company. This was a great pattern for me being quilting newbie. Double Slice is super easy and pretty quick. I used one layer cake – Robert Kaufman’s Grove Artisan Batiks for my 50×60 quilt. I fell in love with all of the fabric — the colors of the leaves match each season! My hope for George and Heather – may their love continue to grow as each season changes.

I definitely plan to use this pattern again — adding borders to make it a little larger. I love using precuts because they give your quilt the organized scrappy look.

If you like to make your own click here for the tutorial.

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