Monday, August 1, 2011

More Halloween Blocks

I worked all week on my Halloween blocks. The ghosts were definitely the easiest; thank goodness I did them first. Then I did this cute jack-o-lantern.

He wasn't too hard, but there were lots of little pieces. Or so I thought. Next came the bat. Ohhh, the bat.

He's only 6.5 inches square instead of 12.5 like Jack.Some of those little pieces were 1.25 inch squares! Needless to say, the block is a little wonky (and sorry for the string that was somehow invisible when I took the picture but is now very obvious), but I think I can make it work once I piece the whole top. Then came this interesting block. Can you tell what it is?

It's the top of a witch head (mostly her hat). She will get applique eyes and a nose that hangs down onto the block below her.
And finally came these two star blocks.

See how they are opposites of each other? I really liked learning the technique for these blocks. Just take two squares of fabric and lay them on top of each other. Then make a cut through both blocks (where you see an orange strip) and sew one of each type of fabric to either side of an orange strip. Now you have two blocks that each contain both fabrics. Stack them on top of each other again, making sure to line up the orange strips as best as you can, and make another cut. Sew one part of the top block to the other part of the bottom block (with an orange strip in between). Keep doing this until you have made all five cuts and re-attached the blocks with the orange strips. If you took care to always sew one part of the top block to the other part of the bottom block and vice versa, you will end up with two blocks like those in the picture above. Easy peasy! (Next time I'll take pictures as I work so that the directions are more clear)


Mama Pea said...

Those are really cute blocks! For some reason, I'm totally into Halloween quilts and decorations. (I'm not that huge of a Halloween fan, so I don't quite get this about myself.) I have some Halloween fabrics for a quilt I can't wait to make. I had told myself that as soon as I finish something, I can start that project. So, now that I finished my house quilt, I can start it. Can't wait to see how this one turns out (yours)!

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