Happy Friday! I can’t believe it’s already November! It’s been a crazy busy week and I’ve actually been able to accomplish some crafting and quilting. First up is Halloween (of course). I had one costume to make (the other two wanted Wal-mart costumes). When a kid wants to be a porcupine for Halloween, there’s really nothing you can do, other than get in line at Joann’s.
The construction of the costume wasn’t complicated – it’s a cape with a lined hood. The fur doesn’t unravel so no need to serge or hem. The tricky part was really the thickness of the fabric, so my machine was not happy when I put two sides together to make the hood. There was also no possibility of being able to gather the main body of the cape, as per the instructions. I used Clover Clips to approximate gathering and then hand sewed with perle cotton thread. It wasn’t beautiful, but it got the job done. With the puckers from the gathering and the quills, no one even noticed.
After you cut the fur, there’s a period of time in which there’s an incredible amount of shedding! My poor machine needed to be cleaned out and re-oiled immediately following this project!
The quills were made from three different lengths of black zip ties. I used a white Sharpie paint pen to get the white stripes and this part of the project went very quickly. Finally, I ended up using a clasp set from a barn jacket at the neck to keep the cap on – it was heavy duty and not too hard for a young porcupine to operate.
I also finished piecing the quilt top from one of September’s FPF. As I was trimming, I did wish that I had created a paper pieced pattern – I ended up with a few strange blocks! But overall I enjoyed the blocks and absolutely loved the fabric – especially the confetti ombre.
The wind was definitely not cooperating at my first location! This brick wall won’t be around for too much longer, which is too bad.
Fortunately there is another one that is also gorgeous and slightly more protected (and not as many people commented that they had seen me here taking photos!).
I only have one more ombre confetti jelly roll and I wonder how much longer I should hoard it for. It was so much fun sewing with this fabric because the darker colors were so beautiful!
Now, on to this week’s free pattern! It’s from Andover, which has recently come out with a bunch of interesting fabrics (plus they have Allison Glass)! I wish they had more pre-cuts. I don’t see their fabric lines in very many stores and I can’t see buying a bunch of bolts for my private use! Today’s quilt is using the Cats and Dogs fabric by Sarah Golden. It’s a super cute fabric line with blues, greens, pinks and grays.
Why should you save this quilt pattern? The size is big – it’s 62″x83″ and if you’re like me, the mini quilt thing doesn’t really do anything for you. If you’re making a quilt, it’s supposed to cover people up. This one does that!
The blocks are easy (the triangles are made with a template provided in the pattern) and the open setting is a wonderful way to showcase fabrics that you love. You could also have some fun leaving out some of the triangles or squares to have an even more modern look.
Finally, the quilt lends itself to an epic quilting explosion – either the blocks, the sashing, or both are wide open for you to experiment with quilting designs.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!