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Lady of the Lake – Halloween quilt

With Instagram putting all the posts in what ever order they decide to, you are lucky if you get one in front of you which needs “immediate” action AND you are on time!  I was scrolling through my feed and I saw a post from the Fat Quarter Shop. They want to do tons of quilt alongs and blog hops and you could sign up ! Well.. of course! I love to sew and happily follow instructions. I find that when I have a low sew-jo I can get the juices flowing again by making some quilt blocks that I haven’t made before.

I got in contact straight aways and a week or so later I received an email asking if I was interested in making at least one block of the pattern they enclosed. I said yes and the next day I got the full instructions on how to make the block.

The block pattern is called “Lady of the Lake” and seemed easy to make. Of course I saw the half square triangles (HST) in the block…. and as always, I always forget the trimming part of HST is the pits ! But as I am typing this now… I have already forgotten about it and will tackle a new quilt with angles in a heart beat.

The organisers of the FQS quilt along said I only had to make one block…  a quilt would be nice, but not needed. I have been going through my fabric stash which is spread over two rooms for the last two weeks. Heavily destashing all the fabrics I just don’t sew with any more ( still bundles for sale – wink wink ) made me want to sew with the fabrics I currently do love even more. But do you sometimes get that mental block as well… what fabrics would go with a Lady of the Lake block… it sounded so … lady like…  hmmm what to do ?? And then i thought, my Halloween fabric pull !! Its been sitting there for weeks.

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So I grabbed my treasured Lizzy House pumpkin print and just did it.. I only have a teeny tiny bit of it.. but enough for a block !  I know its so hard to get, but I can’t take it with me when I die ( obviously I could but Im not sure if the urn will be big enough to carry my ashes and all my favourite fabrics as well ….) So i have to sew with it.

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This is my first Halloween quilt that I have made. My son loves it and although its not a big thing (yet) in Australia I totally get the fun of it. When I was growing up in the Netherlands,  we used to sing and collect candy / lollies / snoep on the 11th of November. Walk around your neighbourhood and get sweets … yes please.

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The one block I had to make turned out to be 18 blocks in a mixed fabric pull. No block is the same but I have my logic to the layout etc. I love scrappy …. but my scrappy is always a “controlled” one. In this case, i used the top part of the large HST also as top part in the little HST but the scrappy part was a non matching bottom part of the HST. Does that make sense ??

In the photo of the whole quilt hanging on the veggie garden shows the sharp eyed blog reader / photo examiner … that I do suffer from the flu. Whilst I was sewing the rows together at night I did one row wrong and had to un pick the lot… of course it was one of the big rows and some how… when I did unpick it and started sewing again I skipped a part along one block! Can you see it ??? When the wind started flapping the quilt I saw this big hole !!! Oh no… easy fix tho but still.. make sure you check your sewing when you are sick !

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The fabrics I used for these blocks are from Lizzy House ( candy corn, pumpkins, pearl bracelets, ghosts, star chart, etc) , Cotton + Steel ( Boo collection, black and white collection, basics etc )  and some others from Robert Kaufman , Alexander Henry and Art Gallery Fabrics.

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I hope you will enjoy making your Lady of the Lake quilt this month! I will be checking out the hashtag on instagram for sure!

Lets hope I will get this large throw quilted before Halloween is here !!!

Thank you for popping in.

Until next time,

Goodbye !!!

 

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