I liked that part of Halloween, the kids so excited to go trick or treating. I would stay home while Woodworker Hubby, dressed in costume too, took them around the neighbourhood with their treat bags filled to the brim in no time. I loved handing out the treats to the small ones who came to the door, many dressed as clowns, bunnies, and their favorite story book characters. But please don't knock on my door dressed like a vampire, or a zombie, or a creature that is intended to scare me. Mmm, I think I just realized why I don't like Halloween...it is too scary!
You might see where I am going with this. I don't do much decorating for Halloween. I prefer to decorate for the Fall, and let Halloween come and go as quickly as possible. But when I saw the pattern for the "Not-So-Spooky" Table Runner by Kimberbell Designs, you could say it had my name on it. It was a perfect project for someone who doesn't like Halloween! After all, how scary could a pumpkin and a spider be?
Have a look.
I made this tablerunner for my daughter and included some matching towels and a package of serviettes.
I used the Wonder Under method of applique and machine stitched the spiders and pumpkins using a matching thread. Although the pattern called for ricrack, I used a narrow strip of fabric instead.
I decided to make the runner come to life a little by quilting it by machine...a lot! I did everything from crosshatching, stitch in the ditch, straight lines in a variety of widths, and I even tried some echo stitching.
I am thinking ahead of myself, but you all know how much I love Christmas. Can't you just picture this runner done in Christmas fabrics with ornaments and stars instead of spiders and pumpkins? Thank you, Kim at Kimberbell for an awesome design. Kim's web site is full of wonderful projects and ideas. Check out her Fall page HERE.
If you love Halloween, or even if you don't, you're bound to see some creative projects next week when the Wicked Blog Hop starts on Tuesday, October 22 and runs through to October 31. Host Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and cheerleader/host Wicked Wendy at Why Not Qwilt are determined to keep the cauldron boiling in blogland. I'll be watching from afar, probably hiding behind my sewing machine...
It's a great day for quilting!