Wow!  I can't believe how much sewing I have done in the last couple of weeks!  I think that perhaps it is trying to take the place of knitting....not sure yet, but it is definitely filling the gap I have right now in between knitting projects.  

Anyways, what have I been doing??  I decided I needed some Halloween linens and created my own table runner and placemats.  For the table runner, I took inspiration from this quilted design to get a layout for my fabric.  The placemat design is from this tutorial.  However, I just made guesses on the measurements, based on the length of my table and placemats I already own.

Until now, the only other thing I have quilted are coasters.  So I just made things up as I went along.  I used Excel to create a pattern so I could visualize how many inches of fabric I would need and where to place the fabric.  This helped me to get prepared so I didn't go crazy chopping away at my Halloween fabric!  There were a few "oops!" along the way but I was pleased with the outcome.   
As you can see, it is also reversible!  And here are the placemats...nothing fancy, but fun to look at!
I really enjoyed making Riley's trick or treat bag!  I learned how to make a double bag (a bag inside a bag) and was reminded about how much I enjoy doing embroidery.  I am already eager to begin another project involving embroidery!
Next, I have a craft project I have been wanting to do for quite awhile now:  Halloween countdown blocks!  I was ambitious and prepared two sets of countdown blocks so that I can also make a Christmas countdown set as well...those are yet to be finished.  If you like these cute blocks, you can find the tutorial here.
Finally, I have glowing Jack O'Lanterns that I made 2 years ago.  They are from the same crafty lady as the countdown blocks, over at the Not So Idle Hands.  I may decide to make a monster set to keep these guys company!
Do you have a favorite Halloween craft??  

10/25/2011 5:08pm

Hey, I was looking at those blocks! I want a set, too. yours turned out really cute. the runner and placemats turned out terrific.


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