Hi Quilting Friends!
Welcome to the “Witchy Stitchy” blog hop, hosted by our friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. We’re excited about showing off our little Halloween project today, after a great week of hopping around to see the projects from the rest of the participating bloggers.
Halloween will be here before long! I wish that I could say that fall is in the air, but I don’t want to lie to you. It is still pretty dang hot, right here in Houston. Halloween weather is unpredictable. I remember years when my boys got all sweaty in their Bumblebee and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes, and other years when they had to wear a jacket to stay warm enough to go out trick-or-treating! Good times!
If you’ve visited us before, you may have seen our Halloween quilts with the whimsical trick-or treating animals! Each quilt design features five animal applique blocks and a “wonky” pieced block:
I’ve made a few small projects with the applique blocks:
This year I decided to use one of the “wonky” blocks, along with some colorful Halloween prints to make a pair of place mats!
I love the “Wonky Star” pattern, so that’s what I used for this project. I pulled eight fun Halloween prints from the fabric stash for my star points, along with two large-scale prints for the block centers and a mottled black fabric with tiny orange dots to use in the backgrounds.
After piecing a pair of “Wonky Star” blocks, I added a narrow border of my background fabric around all four sides of each block. Next I added three strips on each side of the piece to make the place mats into rectangles. Finally, I added another fun border around all four sides to make the 12″ by 18″ place mats.
I quilted in the ditch around my stars and along the outer border. I added a row of “fancy” stitching on each side strip, using one of the pre-programmed stitch patterns on my Bernina. And then I did a little free-motion quilting, with loops and stars, in the background on each block. The binding is a solid black fabric.
I think that the friendly neighborhood photo bomber approves. (Or maybe he’s just hoping for something tasty from the table, later on.) We often make a big pot of home-made chili for dinner on Halloween, and serve it with fritos, chopped onion, and shredded cheese. Yum, yum! I usually don’t have much of an appetite, since I am forced to sample the candy (if it is chocolate) and make sure that it is safe to share with the neighborhood children, LOL! (The photo bomber gets a nice bowl of kibble with a bit of cheese on top.)
If you’d like to make your own “Wonky Stars” place mats, you can find the pattern on the Halloween Quilts page in Ms P’s Pattern Shop!
Thanks for visiting today! I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my new place mats! Don’t forget to hop on over to the rest of today’s participating bloggers to see what they’ve posted. You’ll find a list with links below.