Fall Halloween Pillow

Last week I showed this pillow very briefly and I mentioned sharing more about it this week.  It was a very last-minute project, so time was of the essence  Aside from the time it took me to do the hand quilting, it took me almost no time to put this pillow together.   I know you have plenty of scraps lying around and I hope to inspire you to make one for yourself once I show you how I made mine.

This pillowcase fits a 16″ pillow form.  The top itself finishes at 16.5″ square.  However, it will shrink a little because of the quilting.  My finished case is 15.0″ all around, which makes it look nice and fluffy.

All seam allowances are 0.25″.  I included measurements for all the pieces in the respective sections.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

I cut 14 times 2.5″ squares for the very top part.  If you have mini charm packs, they work really well too.

2.5 Square Quilting Rular For Fussy Cutting

Since I was using my scraps, I used this 2.5″ square ruler to cut my square pieces.  I used masking tape to cover 0.25″ on each side.  That way I could see exactly what would show after I finished stitching the sides.

Once I had my squares, I joined two vertical pieces together for each column and then joined the columns to each other.  That way I had to line up only the one point in the middle of each set of four squares.

The final measurement of that piece is 4.5″ x 14.5″.

Next, I cut a 1.75” x 14.5” piece of the border fabric and stitched it to the strip made of the finished squares.  This is a very scrappy pillow, so I used the same piece of fabric as I used for the border to add a little coherence to the whole piece.  I also chose a solid fabric for the same reason.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

The middle scrappy stripe was next.  For this one, I took any scrap that was at least 3″ in length and sewed it at random width to the next scrap until the whole strip was 14.5″ inches long.  Then I trimmed the whole strip to be 2.75″ wide.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

The final measurement of this piece is 2.75″ x 14.5″.  I stitched this piece to the first finished piece made of the squares and the solid strip.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

To balance out all the scraps at the top, I used an uncut piece of fabric for the following part.  You can use anything you like for here – an unused embroidered piece, a section of your favourite fabric, etc.

The measurement of this uncut piece is 6.5″ x 14.5″.  I stitched this uncut piece to the first two pieces.

All the pieces put together made a 14.5″ square.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

I wanted the patchwork part of the pillow to take up as much space as possible, so I sewed a very narrow 1.0″ border around it.

I cut two 1.5″ x 14.5″ pieces of the border fabric and stitched them on each side of the finished 14.5″ square.  After that I sewed a 1.5″ x 16.5″ piece of the border fabric on the top and bottom.

The finished piece with the borders was a 16.5″ square.

Note – If you want the pillow case to be a little loose, then you might want to cut the border strips to be 2.0″ instead of 1.5″.

I hand quilted all the patchwork areas including the bottom panel.  I really wanted the quilting to stand out, so I used ecru DMC Perle to quilt large stitches.  I outlined the squares and quilted a bunting shape for the middle scrappy part.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

My most favourite part is the quilting on the bottom piece.  I drew the leaves and the path of the wind freehand with water soluble marker and quilted using that as a guide.

Once all the hand quilting was done, I used my walking foot to quilt the middle solid piece by sewing two intersecting curving lines.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

Finally, I went around the border and free motion quilted tiny leaves joined by curved lines.  Since I don’t usually FMQ, quilting those leaves in that tiny area was not that easy for me!

This really was a last-minute quick finish for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop.  Keeping time in mind, I decided to finish this pillow with an envelope back rather than investing any more time on a zippered back.  I also thought of adding a binding, but then discarded the idea because it looked too busy.  The narrow border already looks like pseudo-binding.

Black Cat Halloween Patchwork Quilted Pillow

I can see myself making more seasonal pillows with this design.  I can even match the quilting on the feature fabric at the bottom with the seasonal theme.  There are so many possibilities!

Happy Sewing,

Cat Halloween Quilt Pattern

This is  Charlie.  Contrary to everyone’s belief, he has a sweet tooth that would rival anyone.  He would do anything to get a lick of ice-cream, watermelon, sweetened cream, or anything else sweet you can think of.

One day he learned that on All Hallows Eve,  if he puts on a wizard’s hat and a bow tie and sits very very quietly amongst the Jack-O-Lanterns, magic leaves will come and carry him to the land of the Seven Sisters who would give him lots and lots of sweets to eat.  So he came to me and asked if I would make a hat and a bow tie for him.  I was happy to oblige.


Pumpkins Halloween Quilt Pattern

As the evening approached, he wore his starry hat and bow tie, smartly walked outside, sat down in the pumpkin patch and waited very patiently.


Cat Eyes Halloween Quilt Pattern

Charlie has a very bossy sister and two very clueless brothers.  Although they keep a respectable distance from each other, they all love to play with Charlie.  His sister specially loves Charlie and keeps a wary eye on him at all times.   Charlie excitedly told her all about his plan.  She didn’t really believe him, but she was not about to let him sit outside all alone either.  Who knows what peril would befall her brother!  She was also not going to leave the other two out of sight, because then she would have to spend the rest of the night looking for all of them if they got lost.  So the bossy sister pushed the disgruntled brothers out the door and all of them surreptitiously waited a little distance away from little Charlie as the sun sank below the horizon.


Fall Maple Leaf Quilt Pattern

They waited and waited and waited some more.  Then, when everything had gone quiet, when all the kids had gone home after their Treat-Or-Trick runs and the Jack-O-Lanterns were about to go out, they heard a rustle and a swoosh.  Suddenly off they went, all four of them, carried away on gigantic leaves!  These were no ordinary leaves, of course!  On each one of them, a different adventure waited for the little kitties.  They stayed together, hopped around and rolled from leaf to leaf, played and had amazing fun.


Stars Quilt Pattern

All this time, while they were busy playing, the leaves carried them onward and upward to the Seven Sisters.  By the time the little kitties got there, they were exhausted.  They sat in the midst of stars and each had their favourite food to eat while watching the Jack-O-Lantern-lit Earth turning down below.  Charlie had his most favourite sweets to eat that day and nobody was going to stop him.  Slowly as the night got deeper, they fell asleep on top of each other and they were carried gently and silently back down to earth, down to their soft, warm beds.


Black Cat Crossing Halloween Quilt Top

My first-ever visit to a Pumpkin Patch

Black Cat Crossing Halloween Quilt Top

When I got my fabrics for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop, I knew I had to make something special with the set.  That’s when I started drawing, creating the layout, and designing the patterns for Charlie’s Adventure.  The Maywood Studio fabrics were absolutely perfect for recreating the story and I definitely had just as much fun as my little kitties.  Charlie was all right with sharing the story with all of you as long as he and his beloved Papa could have the quilt.


Black Cat Crossing Fall Halloween Pillow

At the last minute I also decided to make this little quilted pillow from the scraps.  I specially fell in love with the orange scene fabric and I really wanted to showcase it.  I will share more detail about the pillow next week along with its measurements so you can make one too.


My Kitty Charlie

Charlie sat here and supervised as I was writing the story.   Actually, he was trying to convince me to give him some sweet treats.  He was very disappointed when that didn’t work, “Nobody at home ever gives me anything!”  So he went off to bed to dream about his special All Hallows Eve adventure while snoozing with his pumpkin.  Supposedly the pumpkin gives him sweet dreams.  He wanted me to wish all of you a Very Happy Halloween!


Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop

As for me, I really love Halloween.  Needless to say, my ears perked up when I learned about this blog hop.  I wrote to Wicked Windy right away so I could participate.  In the meantime, Mdm Samm from Sew We Quilt arranged for Maywood Studio to sponsor this event.  The Black Cat Crossing fabric line is a delight to work with and I could really let my imagination flow with the prints.   Many many thanks to all of them for letting me be a kid again and have so much fun on my most favourite holiday!

My fellow Black Cat Crossing hoppers today can’t wait for you to visit them as well.  They are waiting to show you the lovely creations they have all concocted.  Enjoy the show!


Lovelli Quilts

Pampered Pettit


Whims and Fancies (that’s me)

I am off to enjoy a little more October magic!

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Quilt Pattern

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 …

A Halloween Cat Face Curved Jack-O-Lantern Quilt Pattern

…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!

Stars Quilt Patterns

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.


Halloween Cat Eyes Quilt Pattern

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.


Halloween Cat Eyes Quilt Pattern

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!

Download : Halloween Cat Eyes

Have fun!

Acrylic painting on fabric with Inktense pencils

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.


Pullover with Caron's Sticks And Stones yarn

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 Quilt

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 Quilt Top

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.


Ring of Brodgar - Orkney, Scotland

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.

-Shel Silverstein

Happy making in whatever medium inspires you this week!


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