Saturday, October 29, 2011

Warm & Spooky

Hi - I joined a quilt festival! Check out this link
to see lots of other fun quilts: http://amyscreativeside.com/

I had a little extra time this summer - OK, LOTS of extra down time in bed waiting for my foot to heal. So what did I do? I learned to embroider. I actually finished this quilt a few months ago but I was lazy, um, no I was just waiting for the right time to post it.

So, by popular demand (by one friend - but hey, she's popular), here's the skeleton quilt!

This is the first time I've ever made up my own pattern. The blocks were easy, but the skeleton faces were not. I based them on a pair of pajama pants I got at Target a few years ago. Really! See if you can find them in this post.

I ironed on the white skulls first and then all other fabrics before I got busy embroidering. The ironing is not permanent - sad - so everything had to be stitched on. Sure I could have used the sewing machine but apparently I was feeling up for a challenge. It took a long, long time, but hey, I had plenty of that. My mom taught me a few stitches when I was a kid but I didn't really remember them so I found some good tutorials online, none of which I can remember right now. If you want them, let me know. I can search again.

And here's a lovely close up of some of my favorites. I gave all the skeletons names, by the way. Can you guess which one I called Bret Michaels?


And because I still had more healing time I did a crazy back. I love this one too. Isn't there a book about an elephant that looks something like this?


I just googled "patchwork elephant" and look what I found. Who knew I took inspiration from colorful jungle animals as well as pajamas?

Finally, here's the binding. This might be one of my favorite parts of the quilt. A good orange polka dot might be my new signature fabric.

So that's the quilt. I hope you enjoyed it. I'd love to make you one but then I've have to break my foot again and considering the fact that it's still not all the way healed from the first break I'll have to pass.

16 comments:

Herlehy Family said...

OMG...that is the cuttest quilt I have ever seen! You are AMAZING!

April said...

You have some serious talent lady! That is amazing. You should enter it in some sort of contest!

amy smart said...

Amazing! I'm glad at least something this fabulous came from all of your foot woes. The back is equally as cool as the front. Well done Ms. LBCarruth!

NaDell said...

That IS a lot of work. Great job.
Yeah, don't hurt yourself more just to make another cool quilt...

Jessie said...

This is so much fun! My 2-year-old is obsessed with Jack Skellington and skeletons in general; she would love it.

Ly said...

This is totally a cute quilt -- love it! I can't believe you embroidered it all but wow good job. I enjoyed finding your blog - it's one of my favorite parts about the "festival"

Issabella The Cat said...

Very Dia de los muertos, beautiful quilt well done!

Angie said...

Very cute - love the Dia de los Muertos theme! Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

What a cool quilt. Pretty impressive for your first original pattern and applique-kudos. I'll bet you could sell a lot of patterns.
Come see my entries #29 miniature applique reproduction and #31 antique 1850 Bethlehem Star.

Indianna said...

I love this quilt design - I like things to be different and not run of the mill. I'm just starting a Pirate quilt and think I will put a skull on the back now - thanks for the idea :o)

Kriza said...

what a stunning quilt, I really love it!
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

MN2NM said...

Awesome quilt! Love it. That elephant's name is Elmer :)

stitchinpenny said...

So cool. I am in awe of your creativity. I bet the kids love this.

Laurie said...

My friend you are awesome!

Emily said...

AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I swear there is nothing you can't do!

Aunt Spicy said...

For this being your first pattern it is adorable!

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