Monday, September 20, 2010

My Halloween Bolster Pillow

My Halloween Bolster Pillow, originally uploaded by rkkilmer.

So, I was in Sacramento recently and I was fortunate enough to visit several very nice shops in the area. In one such shop, I found a Halloween quilt pattern that I had to have. It consisted of various nine patches arranged in the center on point. Surrounding the middle patchwork was an elaborate pieced border of solid cream fabric. Embroidered onto each piece of cream fabric was some portion of the "Haunted Village". I have been scouring fabric stores in search of just the right fabrics to use. Of course, this search has lead me to purchase quite a few Halloween themed fabrics that I have no intention of using for my quilt, but still could not bear to leave in the store. So, at about 11 PM last night, as I was busy "petting" the newest members of my stash - I was also reviewing some of the blogs I follow on a regular basis. One in particular is There is a button on his blog that is for a pillow swap that he is a part of. I find myself reviewing the flickr photos of these finished beauties and before I know it, my Halloween bolster pillow was born. Mind you, it was now 2 in the morning. That happened befire I knew it too. My friend Robin has ablg that I follow as well. You can see her over there on the right hand side of my page, "Robin's Quilts" Every Monday she posts whats she's got on her design wall. SInce I completed this in the wee morning hours of Monday, I am calling this my contribution to Design Wall Monday :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halloween softie 2

Halloween softie 2, originally uploaded by rkkilmer.

Behold my new fascination! Does this ever happen to you? I was in my local Hancock Fabrics for sewing needles. That was all I needed. I had actually finished a quilt this past weekend, so I felt like I was on a roll. I had never machine quilted before. So, after the success of my last project I thought I would tackle an even bigger quilt. However, a funny thing happened to me while I was shopping for needles. The store had a display of all of their Halloween fabric right smack in the middle of the shop. Someone had taken a McCalls sewing pattern for "wacky creatures" and had a dozen little Halloween softies on display. I was hooked! I had to have them for my babies. I went home and made 4 by the end of that night. I ran out of stuffing, or I probably would have made more. The pattern was great. It came with 2 different body styles, 6 different arm shapes, 5 different ear choices, and 6 different leg choices. It was formatted in a mix and match sort of way. I simply chose what I wanted and I used my handy dandy pattern ease to create my little one of a kind creatures to use over and over again. I plan to embellish the next ones, but just went with a simple bow on this one. I knew my daughter was going to immeditely take it to sleep with her, which she did. Didnt want any buttons or what not coming off.