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Trick or Treat Banners

May 7th 2015

Funny story: I was reminded about this post, seeing all the hoopla on Instagram about a Halloween Swap, and I couldn’t find it. As it turns out, I never hit publish! So here it is.  #TBT

Originally, one of my first “start to finish” quilts was a Halloween banner for my friend Amy – Hi! I hadn’t learned how to bind yet and Summercrafter hadn’t been born. The fabric collection I used for hers was Spooktacular by Sanae for Moda. I used a whole charm pack (42 pieces) and some FQs for cat and Frank and backing of course.

Halloween quilt, Halloween decor

Halloween banner 2010

Here I am, sewing on vacation in 2010, making it for her while practicing everything I had learned about quilting up until that point.

summercrafter in action

Elaine the Summercrafter: quilting on vacation

Last year, I was tickled when Miriam called me and asked me to make her one “just like that” referring to the one I had made for Amy. Here is the newer version I made with much more confidence and quilting experience. For this one, I used 2 Charm packs (each had 21 pieces) of Halloween Parade by Doodle Bug Design Inc for Riley Blake Designs (It seems I like everything they put out!)

Halloween decor, Halloween quilt

Halloween banner 2014

Here are close ups of the appliques. First the kitty. I blanket stitched around each figure. Whiskers are free motioned as well as background which is stippled. (Did you see the spider on his nose?)


I made template letters with the Cricut and used fusible to trace the letters BACKWARDS, and did a tiny blanket stitch around each letter. Did the smallest blanket stitch around these too. Everything was done with the sewing machine except the buttons.


Frank is always fun. I used Rick Rack for the top of his hair and a machine embroidery stitch for his scar, that’s my favorite part.


With the leftover squares, I made her this little mat for her candy dish.


It was so much fun to make it for her for ten minutes a day. She got it just in time for October!

Olympic Mug Rug Swap

February 17th 2014

Have you seen my Olympic Mug Rugs for the 2014 swap hosted by The Quilting Gallery?  Read all about it here!

The theme is in honor of the Winter Olympics going on in Sochi, Russia this year.  Amanda the Patchsmith is the genius designer behind these patterns which are also on sale in her Crafsy shop.



 After pondering about what fabric to use, I remembered that I have been hoarding saving some Mary Engelbreit fabric for a special project since 2008, before I got the knack of quilting. She has been such an inspiration for my creative journey, and it was complete serendipity that I discovered she even had a fabric line.

ME fabric shelf

Luckily, I was able to get several collections before it ran out!  For the mug rugs, I chose fabrics from a charm pack I had called Baskets of Flowers.


It incorporates her classic reds and yellows mixed in with some softer palettes and prints.  For the Swap, I was assigned a partner from one of my favorite places, Colorado!  I am so glad she likes Mary Engelbreit because I will be sending her the ones I made and she will send me the ones she made.


The Russian Doll (I call her Babushka) I made blond because when my daughter was a baby, my friend used to call her the Russian baby due to her fair coloring.

baby girl 8 mos.

And her is my dove of peace with some random Mary Engelbreit fabric(her classic “Fried egg flowers”)  I found last year.


Amanda has some other Olympic inspirational Mug Rugs here in case you missed them!