Monday, November 11, 2013

Flashback to Halloween

I realize that today is Veteran's Day here in the U.S. but I'm going to share a project I worked on just prior to Halloween this year.

My friend C~ purchased a set of Halloween blocks from a nearby guild's white elephant sale. She brought them to me and together we played around with possible layouts. This is the one we liked best:



Here's what one block looks like:


They are essentially a combination of six inch Nine Patch and Bow Tie blocks. Our guess is that this was a set of lottery blocks someone won and then didn't use. I suspect that the guidelines for the lottery were to use an orange print and a black print in specific placements within the 12 inch block. If you look closely, in the block below you'll see that the orange is actually a Christmas print!


It was pretty quick work to get the blocks sewn together. There was one spot in one block that had almost no seam allowance though, so I had DS put some Fray Chek on that area to protect it from raveling out. I added a three inch border all the way around...


And another top was ready to be quilted up for a child in Foster Care. :- )



There were some blocks that didn't make it into the quilt top, the block with the Christmas print being one of them! I took it upon myself to make a set of placemats for my DD and her brood out of the leftover blocks.


I took a couple of them apart and made a few new components to get what I wanted, then added side borders to make six 12" x 18" placemats.


Here's one up close so you can see the text print I used at the very edge. If you double click you should be able to get a nice big image for easier reading.


All it took was black to bind the edges and DD had a fun new set of mats to protect her dining table from the four little ghouls - I mean girls! - who keep her hopping! ;- )

Until next time, here's to those who have served, or are currently serving, on our behalf in various branches of the military. We appreciate your dedication and sacrifice.

2 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

What an awesome use for orphan blocks! Love the results!!!!!

Sharon said...

Cute quilt! I like the setting you picked too. And I love the placemat idea with the extra blocks! They came out really cute.