Saturday, October 28, 2023

Cathedral Pillow - Halloween Style

Check out these fun Halloween Pillows!


I made similar versions a few years ago for an Island Batik Ambassador project and gifted that set to my mom.  Since then I have been itching to make a set of my own.  

For my set I opted for some fun Halloween colors. I pulled out an Island Batik strip pack called October Twist and cut out two inch squares.

Traditional Cathedral Window quilts have only one fabric print for the windows. Everything else is solid. This version pops color out every where.  

I wanted all the orange prints to show up in the melons so they got put on the bottom and each of those prints got topped with two black squares folded on the diagonal.

This method does leave raw edges on the back though, so you'll need to cover those up.  My pillow back does that for this project this project.

I love the orange peaking through before the black fabric is peeled over.

The darker prints in the set went on the top for the windows and I glue basted them down.

Next step was to peeled back the black folds and machine stitch them down.
Avi, is taking his new job duties very serious, giving the stitching a close inspection. 

The Island Batik Spider Web fabric makes the perfect pillow back.

I am in love with these pillows.

Belle appears to like them as well.

And they match one of my older Halloween Quilts

And did you know there is a Pillow category in the SC State fair? I noticed it as I was looking through the categories this year and entered one the pillows. My first time entering a pillow and it won a blue ribbon! Wahoo!!

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Monster Mash Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of the Monster Mash Sew It - Show it Challenge, hosted by Joan of Moose Stash Quilting.

Today I want to show off my finished Bat quilt!
Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.

I started this project in 2021, cutting out most of the pieces. 

And showed off some of the blocks during last year's hop.  

Last year the plan was to quilt it in time for the family Halloween party, but a couple folks got the flu and the the party got canceled.  With no deadline, the quilting got postponed... till now.

I had two kitties help quilt this one up.  My orange kitty, Avi, and my black kitty, Boonky.
Two perfect kitty colors for Halloween.

The quilting was rather quick, a meandered a zig zag ish type stich.  Sewing straight lines then changing direction every now and then while trying to keep a similar distance between lines.

Boonky was in charge of the final inspection.

This is actually Bat quilt #1 of 2.  I made two tops last year.  Both were neatly folded and stored away waiting their turn to be quilted.

Version 2 is already loaded on the longarm so it is definitely next on the to do list!

I used the last of this Halloween print for the back and paired it with an orange dot fabric.

This was a fun pattern to make.  The bats sewed up pretty quick.
I definitely recommend it if you need a quick Halloween quilt.

If you missed any, make sure to go back and visit the other participants!  They have shown off some spooky fun creations!


Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Island Batik Ambassador and Accuquilt Challege.

This month Island Batik Ambassadors worked with the North Carolina Star die sent to us by Accuquilt to create anything they wanted.  All we had to do was use any part of the block in our project.  

It was suggested to also use fall colors for our project.

I chose the reds, yellows, and oranges of falling leaves.
Most of these are Island Batik Blenders and Basics given to my in my Ambassador boxes,  a couple of the prints are from older lines from my personal Island Batik stash.

Colors are Boonky approved.

I really love the Accuquilt dies for odd shapes, and this block has lots of odd shaped triangles.
With the die I can cut them out perfectly every time and when sewing, everything lines up and fits together perfect.  Sewing with accurately cut pieces saves a lot of time and avoids having fudge wonky sewn pieces together.

I stuck with most of the original shapes for this block, but changed the coloring of the pieces to avoid having the rectangle in the block.  I used EQ8 to help me with the layout.  This center block looks more like an Ohio Star. I love Ohio Stars.

Boonky falling asleep on the job again.

Again, I love the accuquilt for cutting triangles.  They are always sew up so straight.  When I cut them with my rulers I always have some the are either too wide or too skinny at the top and end up fudging some pieces together.  With the die they sew up perfect every time.

Boonky trying a new position for inspecting my work.

Another napping break.  It's a wonder I got this project finished in time with all this napping.

Hmm, this look says it's not time to get up yet.

The corner pieces on these square sections were the only altered shape of the block.  This piece was supposed to be one solid piece of fabric, but when I put four blocks together it, I didn't like the look of one big plain block next to all the smaller pieces, so with the help of EQ8 I spilt that part into three sections.  These were done with paper piecing.

I made twelve blocks.

And sashed them with some stretched out diamonds.  These were paper pieced as well.

Boonky is back on the job.

Assembly line trimming is the way to go when you have this many pieces to trim.  I had 31 sashing pieces.

The cornerstones were paper pieced economy blocks. 
They finished at 2.25 inches.  I had 20 of these.

I trimmed these in an assembly line as well.  They look liked flower pods to me with the papers folded back for trimming the seam allowance.

There were lots of pieces in this quilt from the blocks to the sashing.  When it was finally ready for quilting, my newest quilt inspector had a good time helping me load the quilt on the frame.

I pieced and quilted everything with Schemetz microtex needles.  I like the 80/12 size.  

They go great with the light orange Aurifil thread I used for the quilting.

I sewed together two left over pieces of Hobbs Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting. This batting is so soft, it's one of my favorites!  It quilted up nice and smooth.


I was going to quilt an all over meandering leaf, but my leaves ended up looking more like fire and heat waves, so I went with that.  I don't know if I captured the essence of fall or the heat of the summer with this quilt, but either way I love how bright it is and I enjoyed sewing all these pieces together.

The quilt measures approximately 56 x 70.

We don't have many leaves changing colors yet in my part of town, but the weather is starting to cool down.

Happy Sewing!