Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 38 ~ My Bats & Boos Quilt is Done!


Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 38!

My Bats & Boos Quilt ~Started Here is finished! 

I completed the binding on Monday and took it out for a few photos in natural light before packing it up for its journey. I am sending this to my daughter and here family for a sofa snuggle quilt. I am happy they will be able to enjoy it for the full month of October. 

This started as a quilt along project. 

The center blocks are all from the 

Bats & Boos Quiltalong @ Fat Quarter Shop

All of these block patterns may be found in the link above.

The Ghost Block @ Center Street Quilts ~ Link Here

This block is my own design. My Witch Hat Block ~ Tutorial Here

The colors in this quilt are so vibrant even on a gray day.

It had rained most of the day but I completed the binding 
as the sun appeared briefly through the clouds just before it set.

This quilt makes me smile.

For more linky party fun I am linking up this month with

Favorite Finish Monthly Link-Up @ Meadow Mist Designs

What are you working on this week?

Please join in the linky party fun 

so your pretty projects will add to my smiles this week.


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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Binding My Bats & Boos Quilt


My Bats & Boos Quilt, clipped and ready to bind. 

Today I added this bright check binding to my quilt and am slowly hand stitching the binding to the back of the quilt.

As always, Katniss is my faithful quilty kitty inspector for this part of the process.

This is one of my favorite parts of making a quilt.

I love sitting and hand stitching.

My favorite moment is taking that last stitch on the back and turning over my beautiful finished quilt. 

Hopefully, that will be sometime tomorrow.

Linking up tonight with 

Slow Stitching Sunday @ Kathy's Quilts

where there is always a lot of wonderful inspiration in the links.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Bats & Boos Is Quilted!


The quilting is done on my 

Bats & Boos Quilt ~ Started Here

I had not used my long arm in a few months. 

It is sew nice to be back to quilting.

I started by quilting a spooky cauldron smoke swirl in the borders and background. 

Then I added special quilting on each bock.

Here is one of the bat blocks.

Pumpkin Block

Ghost Block

Witch Hat Block

Center Block

I really enjoyed quilting this colorful quilt.

Time to bind my quilt.

I hope to have this on the way to its new home on Monday.

Have a Happy Quilty Weekend! 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

I Like Thursday # 109 ~ Happy Fall!

Good Morning and Happy Fall! 

The changing colors and harvest goodies 
makes fall one of my favorite times of the year.
I love everything about fall.

I love fall colors and quilts. 

 I love quilting fall quilts. 

I love the tastes of fall ... 

warm homemade soups and sourdough bread and croutons ...

... apple crisp made with fresh picked apples.

Happy Fall to all my blogging friends!

Linking up today with the lovely

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

May your days be happy and full of friendship and fun.

Have a Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 37 ~ Back to Quilting


Welcome To Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 37

I have been quilting my Bats & Boos Quilt.

Nutmeg has been my ever present quilty helper and inspector for this quilt. 

This is the first quilt that I have had on my long arm since early this year.

Where has the time gone?

Even Nutmeg looks puzzled.

Katniss is unconcerned.

As long as Katniss has her basket in the window, she is a happy cat.

I am quilting all over swirls of cauldron smoke on the backgrounds.

For the blocks, I am adding some custom free guided quilting.

It is good to be quilting again.

Last Saturday I started a new project for Sew A Jelly Roll Day

This was intended to be a quick weekend project with a purchased pattern.

First I decided to make a Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block to add to the project.

Then I decided to design another block for this project: 

Mini Pumpkin Blocks

 Of course, I decided I had to perfect the pattern. 

More on this soon.

Back to quilting bats and boos today.

What are you working on in your happy place?

Please share! 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Making a Better Mini Pumpkin Block


New and Improved Mini Pumpkin Block

Same small size

Same pretty fabrics

Looks more like a pumpkin ... ;) 

Many More Mini Pumpkins

(an Mini Pumpkin Tutorial)

Coming Soon! 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Making Mini Pumpkin Blocks


Mini Pumpkin Blocks 

These little blocks measure 3.5" unfinished.

I am making more of these blocks for my patch of pumpkin blocks.

More soon ... :) 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block ~ Free Block Pattern

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block ~ Free Tutorial

 Here are the cutting instructions for my

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block

to celebrate Sew a Jelly Roll weekend. 

Thanks to this event, I take one of the sale jelly rolls off my shelf and sew something with it.

This block was hand drawn on graph paper

and I figured the cutting as I sewed.

Cutting Instructions:

From Jelly Roll:

Cut 6 strips 10.5" by 2.5" for pumpkin

Cut 1 square 2.5" for stem

Cut 1 rectangle 2.5" by 3.5" for leaf


(may be cut from jelly roll strips)

Cut 4 squares 2.5"

Cut 1 rectangle 2.5" by 5"

Cut 1 rectangle 2.5" by 1.5"

Cut 2 squares 1.5"

Cut 2 rectangles 1" by 10.5" 

I started by sewing the leaf unit.

I like to use my 1/4" seam ruler to cut off the corners before I sew.

You may prefer to draw a line and cut the extra fabric away after you sew.

After I sewed the leaf, I assembles the stem and leaf row.

After completing the top row, I sewed the pumpkin section.

First I sewed the corners of the outside pumpkin strips.

I used the same, cut and sew method to round the corners on the pumpkin.

Then I sewed the pumpkin strips together

 and added the narrow border strips to the side.

Nutmeg was my quilty kitty inspector for this block.

She helped me press the block, too. 

Here is how we pressed the seams in this block.

This Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block measures 12.5" unfinished.

I am working on more blocks for my Jelly Roll Challenge Quilt.

I am also quilting my Bats & Boos Quilt.

I love fall quilts! 


For another of my Free Jelly Roll Day Blocks, click the link below for my

Jelly Roll House Block

Hmmm ... according to my post, this block was intended to be the first in a series of jelly roll house blocks.  I think I sewed others. 

 I need to find them and renew this project someday.  

So many quilts to sew ... sew little time. 

Happy Jelly Roll Sewing!