Sunday, 20 October 2013

Felt Bat Template

Fall is officially upon us, which means it's time to start posting my Halloween projects. First up is the basic felt bat. This is a quick project that makes fun hanging ornaments. It's easy to embellish with embroidered wing details, vampire teeth, or anything else a bat might need. The template comes in two sizes, and is very quick to put together.

Click HERE for the bat template.

If you're interested in making a bat pin to wear, allow me to recommend this Felt Bat Halloween Brooch (with free template) from Do Small Things With Love. It has a big face with fun mismatched button eyes. I hope I'll have time to make one of these to wear on Halloween.

Looking for a low commitment Halloween costume this year? How about a bat mask? Susan of Living with Punks shares a very cool (non Batman) bat mask pattern that would work for anyone at any age.

Other fun ways to decorate with bats include making a felt bat garland, a paper bat garland, some bat-o-lanterns from painted pumpkins, or a creepy bat mobile using a branch.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Colour Blocks for September

On this Work in Progress Wednesday, I'm happy to say that there is finally some progress on my improv colour quilt. I was in the mood for something small and self contained this week, which made it the perfect time to try out a new block design. I still needed a purple block to compliment my improvised blocks, and came up with this:

I really love this! It's bright, modern and simple. I don't usually like making the same block over and over, but I would consider making more like this. Perhaps this one will be turned into a tutorial or pattern at some point.

While I had the background fabric laid out, I also sashed my remaining improv blocks from last year's Colour My World Challenge to get them ready for quilting. These blocks needed to be 15" square, so I added a bit of background on three sides to compliment the improvised look. Here are the completed pink crooked rail fence block and yellow convergence block.

This weekend, I plan to finish the quilt that has taken up most of my sewing time this year. It's my biggest finished project to date and I can't wait to share it. Seems it will be ready just in time for TGIFF OctoberQuest as well. Looking forward to seeing it all together!