Every year for Halloween, we get two pumpkins for each one of us to carve. I made two pumpkins for the Halloween quilt as well. Just like I wouldn’t carve two pumpkins the same way, I didn’t want the blocks to be repeated either. So I made a Jack-O-Lantern block …
…and a Cat-O-Lantern block. Cat-O-Lantern is made from the same Jack-O-Lantern quilt pattern. I only added whiskers and gave it a different mouth. I can even mix and match. This happy Halloween quilt pattern with both lanterns is available on my Craftsy and Etsy shop.
These are the last blocks I can show you before the Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop. It starts next week, during which I will unveil the quilty story on October 23rd.
See you then!
I am still working away on the Halloween quilt. Almost there, but not quite. Remember couple of weeks ago I said I was going to make the knitting-inspired stars for my Halloween quilt? Well, here they are. I reduced three of the star quilt patterns to 5″ and made two copies of each. I love the Aran Star too much, so that one is staying as a 10″ block. Although these beautiful star prints are technically Halloween fabrics from the Black Cat Crossing fabric line, I can’t help but think that they would make a beautiful kids’ quilt.
I am making this quilt for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop. Cat lover that I am, I had to incorporate something with a cat motif in it. If you ever had a cat who sleeps in the bedroom with you, I know you have woken up at least once in the middle of the night to a pair of eyes staring at you out of the dark. That’s what got me into drawing the Cat Eyes quilt pattern. After all it is All Hallows Eve, and I had to add a little bit of spook to the quilt.
That being said, these kitty eye colours are modelled after my own bumbling kitties and they are not spooky at all. I think this block would make a great pillow or two as part of Halloween decoration. A little spooky fun is always good for Halloween, so here’s a copy of the Cat Eyes quilt pattern for you to download, and it’s free!
Acrylic painting on fabric – this is me in symbols
I got an invitation from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs to participate in the Around The World blog hop. She is so wonderful, there was no way I could say no to her. Cheryl not only creates beautiful quilts from her original patterns, she also makes stunning sewing accessories. I also love her colourways.
It’s my turn to share a few things about myself. You already know what I am working on since I have been talking about it for the last few weeks. So I thought I’d share pictures of a few of my favourites – finished and unfinished.
My first knitted pullover made for my husband
How does my work differ from others of its genre? How does my writing/creating process work?
I create with camera, pencils, paint, fabric, yarn, music… well, you get the general idea. I read this somewhere many years ago about photography – When visiting something iconic, thousands of people take photos of it. Find a way to put your personal touch to that photo so it doesn’t look like everyone else’s. I try to apply that principle to everything I do.
Spring Kites make me want to fly away
“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman
Rock Music mini – waiting for a better name and a suitable quilting motif
Why do I write/create what I do?
It is very hard to say why I create! Although I am new to fabric-craft, I have been creating all my life. I have always found art to be a venue to channel my emotions and have always used art to find focus.
I am most comfortable with expressing myself through writing. It keeps me motivated and it is a journal of my thought process behind my projects. I have met many like-minded people and made new friends from near and far over this website. I have gotten some great ideas, encouragement and inspiration from interacting with you and I hope to return some of that through writing and sharing my work.
First ever Micron pen drawing – Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland
These three girls are amongst the chief instigators of many of my crafty projects and, unbeknownst to them, a few non-crafty ones as well. Other than creating beautiful original art and being the objects of my admiration, another quality they all share is that they are never afraid to try something new. I hope you will visit them and see for yourself what I mean.
Ruth from Ruthie Quilts is one of my oldest quilty friends. Last year we did a fantastic wonky house swap together with a couple of our other friends. Cheerful and fun are the words that come to mind when I think of her. I am hooked on snowshoeing because of her and I have her to thank for the all-over body aches that follow! If I know her well, she would accept that blame happily!
You can find Caroline at Trillium Design. She is a Jane of all trades and master of them too. My knitting is to her credit. She is always eager to share her knowledge and she is one of the most encouraging people I know. She is also the best partner a girl could ever ask for to organize a year-long Doctor Who Quilt Along.
Susan writes about her work at The Bored Zombie. She can get you into a lot of trouble but in an extremely good way. She shies away from following any rules and makes her own along the way. Her rules are always much better, believe me!!
I now leave you in their good hands.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Happy making in whatever medium inspires you this week!
For the first time in a decade and a half, I get to feel Fall again! I got a little taste of it last weekend with torrential rain, cool temperatures, fog and a beautiful sky with scattered clouds the very next day. Needless to say I am excited, despite this week’s high temperatures. It is also October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. I am making a Halloween quilt with 17 paper pieced blocks. Maple leaves made with Halloween fabric, a perfect marriage!
After the earthquake in August, I had a hard time doing anything creative. I found that the best way to motivate myself is to have a deadline. The Black Cat Crossing blog hop was just what the doctor ordered.
Also Mdm Samm arranged for Maywood Studio to give away fabrics from the Black Cat Crossing fabric line, and I was incredibly lucky to get half-yard cuts of eight prints. I had to make something very special. My day is October 23rd, and I can’t wait to show you what I am making.
Two of my favourite prints
Since I was going to make multiple paper pieced leaves, I made this maple leaf quilt pattern super easy to sew. There is only one point where the leaf joins the spine that has to be somewhat aligned. The rest of it? Easy peasy! I don’t need a seeing crystal to see a fall quilt in my future using this leaf pattern. Isn’t it great when the same pattern can double as a fall quilt pattern and a Halloween quilt pattern?!
I just had to add another photo of all the leaves together. Love the blocks on the wood floor in the diffused morning sunlight! I am feverishly making more blocks for this quilt. I will share more in the coming weeks as I finish a set of blocks. The pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy and many thanks to those who already purchased it even before I mentioned it here!
While browsing knitting patterns and attempting to learn about the history of knitting, I came across Aran knitting. I find the cable designs of Aran knitting to be incredibly intricate and beautiful. This is my Aran star – possibly my most favourite star among knitting star quilt blocks. The diamonds and the lines between them in this star are very much inspired by Aran knitting.
This was the initial block I made using the Grandma’s House Keys fabric for the background. I love to pretend that the “petals” are portals to different worlds. With a different key, a completely different world opens up through the same portal.
Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy
Although the Aran star is not nearly as complex as traditional Aran knitting, it can have that layer of intricacy by adding extra colours to the basic design.
The Fair Isle Star seemed like the perfect companion for the Aran Star since they share similar diamond shapes and lines.
This exact block is the reason for my having to make two of each! I made the Aran Star with the Keys fabric at first, and then I moved on to making this one. Once I finished the block, I realised that I had printed this one at 94%. Since this was going be used on a mini quilt, I needed this to be an exact 10″ block. By now I had completely run out of the keys fabric since I only had a fat quarter to begin with. So I had to switch to a different background fabric and I made the Fair Isle Star with the blue background. Since I couldn’t have just one star with a different background, I had to make another matching Aran star with the same blue background fabric as well.
To avoid future printing mistakes, I have started putting a 1″ square on every page of my new patterns. I am updating all of my old patterns to include that 1″ square as well. Hopefully no more printing mistakes for me.
I think I will make pillows with the keys blocks. They will go very well with the Fairy Door Pillow that I made earlier this year.
Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy
I could play with the colours on these two stars forever! I love how the look changes with the added colours on the straight lines. They look like Star-bursts.
Mini quilt layout with my knitting stars quilt patterns – Vale, Fair Isle, Aran and Argyle
Patterns on Etsy and Craftsy
In retrospect I am actually happy the mistake happened. Rather than having all four blocks with a green background, the blue blocks add more interest to the mini. I will be using Kona Bone for sashing. I really want to hand quilt this mini which will have to wait until I finish making the Halloween quilt. You will see these stars appear again on that quilt too. I am also nearly finished with the layout of the star quilt with solid colours as well. More on that later!