Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Witch Is In

The start of the school year means a slow down of the creative process. At the end of each summer I
say, "No matter what, I'm going to sew  as much as I can during the school year. " Well that never seems to pan out. So here we are at the beginning of another  school year meaning less blog posts until vacation time. :(  I'll blog when I can, but I can't promise anything. Those of you who are school teachers will understand completely.
As the weather cools down here in the northeast it's time to dust of the decor of the season or in my case  put out  the ones I created this past summer. Although I finished them weeks ago, I've been waiting until the "season" to post the finished products.
This first one is a pattern from  Joined at the Hip which I've had for many years.  I love their patterns and when (if) I retire I'll make more. I decided this was the year to finally make this particular wall hanging.

I love the bright Halloween colors, especially the purple and burgundy. I can't tell you where the fabric is from, except from my halloween stash.
It started out very simple. Basic block and borders.
The applique was straight forward. I used wonder under for the witch hat, legs, shoes and well, everything.

The photos were as much fun to make as the wall hanging.
I machine appliqued as directed on the pattern.

I am so glad I have a Cricut. Cutting the letters was a breeze. I just love this machine.

Now comes the part I was a little nervous about, but  now was as good a time as any. I've been practicing my stippling with and without my BSR foot on the machine. I honestly can't make up my mind if I like to do this  with or w/o the BSR; however, this project was done without.
I was very nervous because it was such a small area. I would like to learn to do larger meandering and I'm trying to get my nerve up to do it on a quilt I have ready to go.

I think for this first attempt I did pretty well. I love doing this. There is something about it that is very relaxing (although it seemed like I had to unclench my teeth many times).
I love this project. This will be hanging on my door for many Halloween's to come.  If something ever happens to me, a very special person will get this wallhanging.

Here's a sneak peek at another special Halloween DIY coming in the next couple of weeks. 

Lessons Learned: 
1. When using the cricut, don't use the ultrabond  Heat n'Bond. A lighter weight will do just fine. 
2.  The first few letters  were appliqued without any problem. As I continued, I became more and more frustrated because the tension seemed to go way off. I just had to stop. I took apart my machine, cleaned and oiled it, put it back together and the applique went much smoother. Listen to your machine! 
3. I'm not really happy with the bright orange applique around the hat band. But, Oh Well, it's too late.  Next time I'll try to pick a more neutral color. 

Do you have a favorite halloween wallhanging or DIY decor? 
Thanks for visiting This and That from One Twenty Seven. 
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So happy to have this project shared by Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio @


Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Love your wall hanging. The bright orange is perfect, matches her shoes.

Anonymous said...

This is such a fun quilt. We do not celebrate Halloween in a big way in Singapore. I am always fascinated with the celebrations that take place during Halloween.

Tracy said...

Yes it does and that's the reason I chose it. I am probably to critical of myself when projects are finished. Thanks for commenting.

Tracy said...

Thank you Sandra. Yes, it seems as if there is so much going on during Halloween here in the states. Thanks for commenting all the way from Singapore. :)

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your Halloween wallhanging turned out great! It will be such fun to display this fall.

Tracy said...

Thank you Super Mom. Yes, it is something fun, not the typical pumpkin.

Lindsey said...

What a sweet wall hanging! I love how festive it is! We featured your wall hanging on the FWFS blog! Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

-Lindsey FWFS

Tracy said...

Aww Lindsey, I'm doubly surprised and grateful for your honor. Thanks for featuring The Witch. These linky parties are just so cool!

Jackie said...

I found you through the Fort Worth Fabric Studio's blog. Love your little quilt! Made me smile....