Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Yes, I guess I am jumping the gun on that greeting by about 30 days, but I am so excited to share a couple special mini quilts with you today!

This year I've started swapping mini quilts with the wonderful ladies of the MQTS flickr group.  This is one talented group!  I'm still amazed they let me in, and just thrilled they did.  We recently had an Autumn/Halloween swap so we could all be ready for the season.  My swap partner and I both made spooky themed mini's.  Would you like to see?  I am pretty sure I see you nodding yes!

This is the quilt that I made for Laura.  She mentioned she liked Frankenstein and all the old time movie monsters.  After changing my mind about what to make several hundred times, I remembered that I have a copy of Amy Bradley's fabulous Halloween pattern.  I decided to shrink down and adapt two of the blocks for a very special wedding album snap shop.  

Let me present to you, 
"Mr & Mrs. Monster"! 
Aren't they just the epitome of a happy couple?
Mini Measures 12.5 inches square.

Here's some information about what went into making this mini.  First, the original pattern was resized and shrunk down.  All the items in the 'photo' portion of the quilt are raw edge appliqued with either a button hole stitch or straight stitch using either Auriful or Metler Silk Finish thread.  I used Steam a Seam Lite to adhere the pieces to the foundation.  Every bit of fabric in this mini came from my stash or scraps.  Mrs Monster's eye make up is actually crayon tinted, my first time using that method. 

I'd like to give a special shout out to my friend Patti, aka Bouncy Poodle.  She held my hand and talked me through using some unfamiliar techniques as well as helping me when I made a goof and needed to correct it.  She's my mini quilt guru!  Thank you, Patti!

Mrs Monster is a modern girl and needed some bling for her special day.  I spent over an hour one day scouring the various departments of a huge Hobby Lobby store until I found the perfect accessory for a modern monster girl-- Ta Da!  
Bolt rings!  
'Cause where else is a girl with no ears supposed to hang her earrings??  

May I just add that I think I'm lucky the people in Hobby Lobby didn't call the authorities on me?  I went through the store giggling over these little skulls and must have looked like a complete lunatic! There might also have been a little happy dance in the jewelry findings aisle....
Mrs Monster's sparkly skull bolt rings

Here's a peek at the back and the quilt label.  Isn't this fabric fabulous?  I couldn't resist when I spotted it at the shop during the summer.  At that point I had no idea what I'd do with it, but it is the perfect backing for this mini.  The label is hand embroidered 

We always send out mini quilts with some little presents in the package.  This is what I sent my partner.  A few Spooky fat quarters, an LED glitter pumpkin, an orange tape measure, a couple spools of themed ribbon, and a monster zip pouch.  The pouch came from Target during the back to school sale.  It zips all the way out until it is just a strip.  I fell in love with them and bought several in different colors.  It seemed perfect to go with in this mini package.  Lastly, I wanted my partner to know where the mini came from, so a little San Antonio magnet for her fridge went along.  

Now it's time for me to reveal the wonderful mini that arrived at my house from Laura!  It is so Spooky Cute and I just love having it hung up in my sewing room.  

Here it is: "Spooky Stars"!

I am really impressed with Laura's quilt.  I've never attempted 5 pointed stars and have always been intimidated by the entire idea. Aren't Laura's stars just perfect?  Look at the adorable fussy cuts in the center of each star as well as the center of the mini!  She did a beautiful job on this darling little quilt! 
"Spooky Stars" by Laura Van Vleet.
Measures just 13.5 inches square.
 Laura put some fun things in the package for me.  She made that darling little bat card, which is now hanging on my bulletin board.  She thoughtfully included scraps from the project as well as a couple larger pieces of themed fabric.  Can't ever have too many spooky scraps, right?

This is the backing of the mini quilt.  Isn't this the cutest fabric?  Laura sent along a chunk of this for me.  I keep thinking I need to make a little mug rug with it.  Laura signed the mini on the striped binding.  

I'm sure you'll agree, I am a lucky girl to have such a creative and talented swap partner!
So, thank you Laura! It's a special little treasure. 

Talk to you later this week!
I've got another finished quilt to show you.



Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Both of these minis are delightful. I can see great use of the fabrics in both of them. I would have laughed at the skull earrings too!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Both minis are Boo-tiful!!

margaret said...

like both these minis so good to see some friendly spooks and the stars too like the fussy cutting that went into them

Archie the wonder dog said...

Two great minis - I particularly like Mrs M's earrings!