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A bit late, but I just downloaded the camera to get the pictures.

Our own pumpkins were still green, so we went to the local pumpkin patch. It was pouring rain and the pumpkins were pretty well picked over, but we found one that would work.

Little Miss picked the face. Dad cut out the top and started the gut scraping. Em got to fish out the guts. Yum!

Here is the finished face. He was officially named Happy Happy Happy. He certainly appears to be. He is even now making the chickens extremely happy.

Em decided she wanted to be a dinosaur for Halloween. The pattern looked simple enough. I even read through the directions before I agreed to make it. How wrong I was. This pattern was, hands down, THE worst pattern I have ever tried to make. The directions were horrible. Who decides to make & stuff a four foot long tail and then have you construct the costume around it? I finally smartened up, used my common sense and unstuffed it to finish the construction. When I did finish the tail I added an elastic strap at the end of the tail so she could keep it from dragging in the mud. I didn’t stuff the tail to the same fullness they wanted either. There was no way she was going to be able to sit in a chair or the car with that monstrosity.

That being said, I think the costume turned out well for all of the problems I had. More importantly, she loved it! It looks pretty stylish with the polka dot rain boots too! You know all of the trendy dinos will be wearing them now!

We went to the local Trunk or Treat at the Improvement Club. A nice way for the kids to get to see each other’s costumes and not be out on the back roads in our area trying to trick or treat. We did stop in at the neighbor’s house as she really loves to see the neighborhood kids in their costumes. We also followed that up by donning the costume again on Thursday for a Trick or Treat trip to Nana & Grandpa’s after our speech appointment. Fun was had by all.


Thankfully that costume is big enough for next year too! Whooo Hoo!


witch shoe and cankles, according to my sister.  I did try to avoid that, but at least the shoes look great.

I have seen some of the other witch shoes & stockings that people are making for the swap, and my girl is a bit more of a fashion plate with her shoes. Although my guess is that is why she has such a foul mood. I can’t imagine walking in those babies, but I am more used to muck boots than heels in any case.

Purple stockings

I used the overcast stitch for the stockings on part of them and the satin stitch for the shoes and most of the purple-edged stockings. I tried using the tear-away stabilizer to reduce the puckering, and it looked really great, until I tore it off. It tweaked the fabric some anyway and left little fuzzy things in the stitching when it was torn across the grain. I was not too impressed. Perhaps I will use the embroidery scissors and just cut it free next time.

Spotty stockings

They are off in the mail with the bats and my sister’s brooms. These ought to make some fun quilts when we get them back.

Orange stockings

S.Sadie's Bats

I have completed the bat blocks for the Halloween Spooktactular Swap. They turned out pretty good. I only had a few hiccups. For some reason I looked right over the standard overcast stitch and went for the stretch version. That was a bit of a challenge. Thankfully I only did one or two that way before I realized that it was the wrong stitch. I did try the satin stitch, but it made the edges of the bats look blurry. Not my favorite look. I did enjoy making the circle moons though. The process did go faster once I figured out how to make it work. I still don’t think I got it down to 6 minutes, but who is counting?


These are the purple bats on the black sky. Yes, they really are purple. I was taking the photo in the evening and the light made everything look much more blue than it really is.


These are the other backgrounds with the faux leather bats. The material was easy to sew through, even though it didn’t like the heat for the wonder under. I was able to get the temp up to polyester and iron it from the back side to make it stick down well enough to applique down.

Now to put the finishing touches on the witch shoes…

OK, I don’t know why they call it a 6 minute circle. Mine took about 30 minutes, which, since I had never made one, I thought wasn’t too bad.

6-minute Moon

I checked out the Dale Flemming tutorial on the HGTV site for this. Parts of it are pretty vague. Like, let’s say the double layer of freezer paper. Is it glued paper sides together so both shiny sides are out, or is it just stacked on top of each other and stuck together with heat? (I went for the later.)

Backside of the moon I also think that the bigger the circle the larger you might make the interior cut. A half inch was kind of skimpy, but then again, you do have that left on the back of your block, unless you trim it all back to 1/4 of an inch. They might also think about putting the fact that you need to stop clipping 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the paper in the same sentence that tells you to clip the seam. I am sure if it weren’t 10:30PM, and I wasn’t trying to figure this out for the first time EVER from photos on the internet, I might have thought that through on my own. I don’t think they figure the time that it takes to get the fabric and the paper prepped in the count either. For the test block I had to cut the “sky” square and the “moon” square, as well as the two pieces of freezer paper. I do believe that they assume I have a circle cutter. I do not, so that added a few minutes, since I wanted a nice round shape for my full moon, instead of having it look like I hit the sauce a little too hard before picking up the fabric shears. (I am not very good with the wonky thing, I can admire it, but I have trouble creating it.)

Blurry bats & the moon All in all, I think the technique worked well. It made a lovely 7″ moon for my bats to fly across. I also ended up with a nice 6.5″ circle that I have no plans for.

Faux leather bats This set of bats its an experiment. It is some leather looking material that I found on clearance. It actually feels like what I would imagine a bat to be; slightly fuzzy and leathery. I have yet to applique them down. We will see what the sewing machine thinks of the fabric. This may be a one of a kind if the Bernina doesn’t want to stitch it nicely. I have some nice black tone on tone prints waiting in the wings for their chance if this doesn’t work out.

12.5" bat block

Here is the first attempt at my bat Spooktacular Swap blocks. The original pattern was 4 inches square, and I had to enlarge it to 12 inches for this swap. Not too bad. I have to work on a few of the template pieces to neaten it up. I think I will try one with a 6 minute circle as a moon and some applique too. A good excuse to try a new technique. Now, I have 14 more to go on this set of theme blocks, 12 for the swap and a few for private trades.

I have signed up for two separate groups for the Halloween Spooktacular Swap with Jane at Jane’s Fabrics. So I needed to make two sets of 9-patches. I had the bright idea of using some fabric I purchased at the end of last season. It is cute with the Mickey & Minnie Mouse figures. I had a problem with just slicing the fabric into 4.5″ and going with it. There would have been bits and pieces of the mice and that just wouldn’t do. So I decided to fussy cut each of them, and it was a better idea. More work, but a better idea.

This is how that batch turned out.

Mickey Mouse 9-patch

I found this “candy” fabric at a local quilt shop and tried to match it with several other colors. I settled on this orange with a swirled pattern as a simple complement to the pattern, and this is how that batch turned out.

Orange & Candy

I haven’t decided which group gets which. If you have a preference let me know. I’ll make the decision when I get ready to send them off.