Something Wicked----Day 7 Wicked Hop #3


"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
                                                           Macbeth, Act IV,  Scene 1--William Shakespeare


What fun this Wicked #3 has been!  Such creativity and general spookiness.  This bunch knows how to represent a theme presented by our head honcho hosted as always by Mdm. Samm of Sew We Quilt and our most fabulous cheerleader Wendy of Why Knot Kwilt.  Thanks to them for the continuous encouragement and support.  Sponsors this round are Reliable Iron (an orange iron!), Windham Fabrics and Bird Brain Designs, one of my personal favorites!  LOL, you will see why in a minute too.

I have made 3 items this round and just barely touched the mother lode of patterns I have stored in the computer in that ever expanding file labeled "Halloween" and a notebook full of holiday ideas.   Hopefully there will be a Wicked #4.  Using the signup to jump start something my friend Norma and I had discussed and planned last fall, I made this row quilt.



Several pattern sources were involved. 
  •  I had gotten a quilt kit from Connecting Threads last fall.  Some may recognize the fabrics or the "bones" of Spooktacular Row Quilt designed by Mari Martin for Connecting Threads.  I loved the expressions on the spider and cats faces!  Those had to go in.  
  •  The twister row and bat/star row was in a picture Norma had seen online  (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/100697741639428186/)  that originated with annalenaland.com.   I emailed Karen and asked if there was a pattern but she said it was a row quilt that someone had shared at retreat. 
  •  I used a re-sized bat from a Fons and Porter magazine pattern called "Bold and Batty".  The floating star idea I drew up in EQ and foundation pieced.
  • I was not crazy about the candy corn row in the kit pattern so substituted one that I had made last year from Joined at the Hip Button Up #19 Happy Halloween.  Only thing was, I had given away my pattern so had to scan the quilt to make another template.  They were strip pieced and then the shape cut on freezer paper.
  • I foundation pieced the Jack o' lanterns using a design in Sew Precise I believe.  The phrase?  Picked a font I liked in Word, set at about 200 pt. Fusible appliqued. 
  •  All but the cat and spider eyes were machine buttonholed. I did those by hand along with the hand embroidery when I was back in Illinois visiting with my family.   See a tip I posted earlier in the fabric prep HERE. 

Then the tombstones.   Those I enlarged from a graphics I found in a book called BOO by Harriet M. Wyant.  Try as I might, I cannot get a decent picture so you could read the epitaphs. Truth be told, you probably would not be able to read what they say anyway with my "old nurse and too many years of charting" handwriting.  I'll write them down here---
  • "How was I to know he would take it so hard?  After all....it was only a yard"
  • UPS was coming, so I raced to the door.  Bob tried to get there first, He won't do that no more!"
  • "The fabric was delivered, sweet hubby paid the bill, Guess it was too much for him, He rests here on the hill."
  • "The house was getting crowded and something had to go, Although I picked the fabric, I really loved you, Joe"
  • Here lies Sam, a real maverick. Peeked in the closet and found the fabric."
Now, I thought those were hilarious and so did the Bama Belles the day I was working on that at the meeting but somehow DJ was not near as amused!  LOL.  The little ghostie on block 2 from the left was necessary as I accidentally cut the fabric trying to get the freezer paper out.  OOPS!  He was a re-sized sweetie from a McCalls Ghoulies and Ghosties free pattern that I had in my files.  No more slit to be found.  Lorene showed a quilt she had made from this pattern yesterday.  

Project 2:  
I will be a little briefer, I promise.  Originally this stitchery piece was to be part of the row quilt with some pieced blocks on the side, spider webs maybe.  I decided to do the "something wicked" thing as I told Norma, "there was no way I could get all that stitching done in time"  Well, turns out I did---again on my recent 6 day trip.  I only had two motifs done of the 5 when I left home. The banner and part of the last witch was done once I got home.




The Patrick Lose border fabric is what I used for backing on the row quilt and the red-orange was in the star points.  The pattern is from one of our sponsors Bird Brain Designs and is called "Witches Hooray"  She shows it was a table runner with pinwheel blocks around it.   Last week Quilt N Queen used some of the motifs on towels  shown HERE.  I went with a wall hanging instead and used the opportunity to bust more stash by backing this piece with the ghost fabric featured in the row quilt.

Lastly, I whipped up my own trick or treat bag yesterday using some yardage featuring Licorice Allsorts that Norma got me for my birthday several years ago.  She had told me about them and I was intrigued with the idea of black licorice!  I also got a couple bags of them along with the fabric and used to be able to find them at a local Rite Aid Pharmacy but sadly, no more.  Orange polka dot was used for the bags interior  a black print from  accents my wild little envelope bag.  






I don't know the pattern source for this.  One of the Belles said someone at the JOY guild had shown the group how to make them and then she was showing some of the Belles.  I just had to remember what I heard as Donna guided several of the girls through the process.   I have pictures taken to share as a tutorial in coming days if you want to stop back and see how to whip one of these up.  


One last picture since this blog is called "life, quilts and a cat too".  When I took this autumnal quilt off the hanger to put up the stitchery piece, look who crawled up under the wall hanging?   The picture I wish I had gotten was him jumping off the couch with it still on his back, looking like saddle bags.  Once it fell off, he was on to diving under it using his paws and nose like a snow plow!  Too funny.


Now that you have seen all I have to share today, please go on over and see the rest of the group and what wondrous things they have come up with.  THX for the visit!

Wednesday, October 30th
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Comments

  1. WoW! What great projects! Love, love your row quilt, awesome job! I'm like you and have lots of patterns for Halloween and the holidays, I'm thinking I have the same Bird Brains pattern, hehe. Makes a lovely wall hanging. Darling purse as well. Thanks for sharing!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Wonderful wicked projects! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. aww so cute thanks for sharing

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  4. wow, you got a lot done.....all looks great

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  5. Wow some great projects there - I love the row quilt especially the spiders and those epitaphs are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I loved reading the tomb stones! They are hilarious! The spiders faces are too cute! Love your wall hanging too, the stitching is fabulous! Your cat has the right idea. That is what quilts are for, snuggling under.....At least, that is what my cat tells me! Thank you for your wicked post!

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  7. Wonderful quilt! Love each row. And your little stitching and bag are quite cute too.

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  8. Love the creativity used in your wall hanging. The spiders are great!

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  9. The wall hanging is just fabulous. I like everything about it. The stitchery is great too and hurray to you for finishing it in time. My daughter would love the purse. I guess I'll have to make one for her.

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  10. These are just wonderful! I love the row by row and all of the changes that you did to make it truly yours...also love the stitchery and the cute purse. Thanks for sharing the whole line up and I'll bet we'll all be back next year for another Wicked Hop!

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  11. It turned out fantastic!! Your changes make it your own

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  12. Your row by row quilt is fantastic! Great job on finishing your stitchery too! I love how you solved the ut-oh on the tombstone! Will have to remember that!

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  13. Your row quilt is awesome! What a great idea to combine all those patterns.

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  14. Ohhh Linda….you had me at the spiders and then rows came stitching in for such a wicked delight...

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  15. Very, very nice love all the colours

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    1. Rose, I will reply here as google plus is making you a no reply blogger! I appreciate your comment about the fabric colors. Most of the row quilt was from a kit but not all of it so I did do a bit of stash busting making my projects.

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  16. All wonderful projects - love that row quilt for sure! And since I'm an embroidery lover that's a favorite too. :) blessings, marlene

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  17. Your projects are perfect for the season! So cute!!

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  18. Very fun projects...love the little bag!

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  19. I love how you mixed and matched to come up with your very own design. Thanks for all the tips on how it happened. You've inspired me now!!

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  20. So many wickedly wonderful projects...love them! Your sayings on the tombstones are just hilarious.

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  21. What beautiful projects! I also want yo tell you that I truly enjoyed reading your blog. (I made a bag once, just for my cat and she would not go in it at all. She would rather go in a plastic or paper bag.)

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  22. Your row wall hanging is such fun. I love the combo of designs.

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  23. Great projects and I am still laughing at the tomb stones. I really enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing not only your quilting, but your hand work as well.

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  24. Wonderful projects! The quilt is great.

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  25. I love it all!! I have never done a row quilt but I love them and yours is delightfully Halloweenie!! is that a word? Well Done!
    Gmama Jane

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  26. I love your row quilt especially the way you used the twister row it adds so much movement. Each row is just delightful. Isn't it fun to use ideas from so many sources, really gets the creative juices flowing?

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  27. I love your row quilt. It's fabulous! Those sayings on the tombstones are hilarious! LOL! I like you sense of humour!

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  28. I really like all your projects but especially that cute row quilt - great job! The picture of your cat quilt helper is adorable!

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    1. Seeing your name I can see how you might like the kitty helper, LOL. Appreciate your kind comments about my projects. Replying here as you came back no reply blogger on my end.

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  29. Absolutely delightful post!! The bag is from the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of BHG's Quilt Sampler! I keep eyeballing it - so glad to see it made up. It really appeals to me.

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  30. Hahaha, I was rolling on the floor there for a bit at those tombstone quotes! Your cat is very silly :) Great job on making the Wicked Wall of Fame with your embroidery! That piece is beautiful, and I also just love your quilt, those faces are great!

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    1. THX Brandy. You are entirely correct about that silly cat. I knew that those tombstones had to go in there----too funny! The spider row is probably my favorite but the tombstones come close! No reply blogger so replying here.

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    2. Changed my mind, I'll leave you another happy thought! :D

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  31. Great projects Linda. I especially love the row quilt. And the fabrics for sure. lol ;o)

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  32. love your row quilt. what a great idea! isn't it wonderful when we see something in our minds and it turns out better than we thought? I love your quilt!!!! great job!

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  33. Congratulations on being in the top three today. Love your embroidery. The row quilt is wonderful. Happy Halloween!

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  34. All 3 of your projects are wonderful! Nice job!

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    1. I can't seem to find an address on the other end--open ID maybe. I appreciate your comments and visit today, Sandi.

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  35. What a great set of projects for the hop. I love everything about the row quilt. but for some reason I just keep coming back to the spider's eyes. They are so cute! I'm heading over to Bird Brain Designs to check out their patterns. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Thank you for sharing all those projects. I loved seeing them all. All very wicked indeed (but mostly cute!). I love it when the cats do things like that. ALways makes me laugh.

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  37. Awesome projects! I simply LOVE that row quilt!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  38. So many nice project. I love them. Yhank you for sharing

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  39. You had so much holiday fun! Great projects!

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  40. Terrific projects! Wonderful stitching !
    Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  41. Wow great projects. They all turned out wonderful.

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  42. Aw your kitty is super cute! And your projects are perfect! Love the hand stitching!!

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  43. Nice projects. Happy Halloween! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  44. Your Halloween project is so nice. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop

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  45. Congratulations on making the "Wicked Wall of Fame"! - ;)) You know that I LOVE your stuff - especially the spiders, cats, and tombstones - and all of that hand stitching! Thanks for the tip on designing the letters for the phrase using WORD - it's one of those "why didn't I think of that?" things - too easy - and that photo of Skyler is too cute! - ;))

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  46. What fun projects you made. They are all just wonderful!

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  47. Awesome as always! Love your row quilt. That is just too cute. Of course, your stitchery wall hanging is great as is the bag. Can't wait for the tutorial.

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  48. Wicked Wonderful Quilts!!! Every detail is just too Wicked and BOO-tiful. Thank you for sharing and joining this Wicked fun hop. Kitty is doing just exactly what kitties do...Wicked Fun.

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  49. Terrific job on all of your projects. I love the first quilt--so bright and festive for Halloween. You did such a great job putting different patterns together to create it. The embroidery work is very impressive, and I do love that envelope bag. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. The quilt is lovely and the purse is sweet but the blackwork is truely wicked.

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  51. I'm glad you took creatively to the pattern and made it your own. Really neat quilt.

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  52. Your projects are really awesome Linda! That row quilt looks like a lot of fun was had while making it and I love the epitaphs! The embroidery is lovely and I like your little bag too. Being a cat person, I can well imagine the antics that went on with yours. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  53. Love your design for your quilt. You truly made it your own. I wonder how many little ghosties are hiding little slips of the scissors. I personally know of a heart, a butterfly and a dragaonfly but I can't say a ghost has been employed yet. Thanks for sharing. Happy Halloween.

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  54. Awesome Linda ! Your cat thinks so too it seems.

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  55. Linda I love the embroidery and the row quilt. Both are spooktacular.
    xo jan

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  56. What great projects! Love them all -- the little bag is adorable! :)

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  57. All your projects are great! That row quilt is the best!

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  58. Nice post! I love the documentation on the row quilt! This will become valuable when i get around to working on my version. :) The trick or treat bag is darling! I will be looking forward to your tutorial on this one later on.

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  59. What a great row quilt. I am not sure I could pick a favorite row as they are all very unique. Your banner stitchery is super cute too and I just happened to see that pattern at a shop hop yesterday. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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  60. love your quilt and the stitchery and the bag is so cute - thanks for sharing

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  61. Wow, great projects. The quilt is so neat because you used so many different individual ideas. Thanks for sharing the tombstone sayings - they were worth the read all by themselves. What a hoot!!

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  62. Love your ag it is wickedly cute and I loved your row quilt. Really wonderfully done projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Your projects are wonderfully wicked Linda and I am ha[[y to see Sklar taking part. I just know he helped you.
    cheers
    maggie

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  64. Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects, they are wickedly delightful.

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  65. I love that quilt!! So cute. Your stitchery is so fun. Very nice projects!!

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  66. Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  67. You did an awesome job on all your projects. Cute cat pic too. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Spooktacular row quilt...all your projects are awesome. Thanks for participating in the blog hop...I'm hoping for a Wicked #4 Blog Hop too. Happy Haunting, Pauline

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  69. Congrats LINDA J, yes you won for top 3 in our hop…a bundle of lovely wyndham fabric, a pattern along with some goodies…please send details. to madamesamm@me.com

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  70. Somehow I missed this on the Wicked Hop - I think I missed a whole day! I love your row quilt - I think the spiders are my favorites, but the candy corn is too cute, and those tombstones - the ghost is absolutely essential, so glad you cut your quilt. =) What wonderful projects, all. If you had the widget for follow by e-mail, I'd sign up. I just never go to readers to read anything.

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