This is my work from the Tahoe Quilt Chick retreat… I started with the Union Jack bunting, then onto the Haunted House with witch blocks contributed from friends. At the bottom is a picket fence, which will surround the house on all sides. Later I made strata for a filler, and used flying geese to make “hats” for a border (with a strip under the triangle portion of the hat!”)
A few years back, Ethan drew this awesome house, complete with goblins peeking out from the basement and a pumpkin in the attic. I tried to stay true to the design and coloring, but sometimes straying a bit, for a better composition. That’s why my roof is black and the sides are dotty. Yet I did manage to keep the basement spooks and the neat brickwork.
Taking a break for the actual day here… another sunny California day meant a mild night & no coats to wear over costumes! Our neighbors always do it up big! Next door, Heather conjures up a hockey themed character, sporting a bandaged head injury and black eye.
Across the street, Tricia has the best display each and every year. She starts in late September and fine tunes all month. Contrast with me, I rushed to get all my lights up on Halloween morning. I even sewed two Halloween-themed buntings that day – WHY? I couldn’t resist adding one more decoration. We had dinner guests, one celebrating a birthday, so I felt compelled to do it up.
I was really planning on making Christmas-themed bunting this year, but the opportunity presented itself. More on that later, but if you’d like to get started, I drafted a triangle pattern just 7″ wide at the base by 8 1/2″ tall at the center. Using shiny contrasting-colored rayon thread, I zig-zagged 2 pieces, wrong-sides-together. Next, I trimmed the triangles with pinking shears (LOVE that jagged edge!) Lastly, I inserted them into packaged wide binding and top-stitched down the bias strip. Practically instant fun!
Having camera difficulties, this pumpkin photo didn’t turn out too well, but that’s all I have to show. The very next day, after spending the night inside, our good Jack got weepy and collapsed. Maybe sleeping outside is best after all?
Until next year….. missing the bright colors of pumpkin orange, limey green, punchy purple, and of course, go-with-all black.