Don't Get Spooked When Learning How To Sew Quilts!

November 1, 2012     Sophie had a great night handing out candy to the kids and was impressed with some of the costumes that she saw. Now it's time to put away the Halloween decorations, bring out Thanksgiving decorations and continue learning how to sew quilts. Halloween has come and gone, but I just want to show you the Halloween quilt that I finished before I store it away.  I learned to make part of it during my lessons on how to sew quilts and also a technique I learned as a little girl while watching my Auntie Ellen do hand embroidery on dish towels. At night when I'm watching TV and even during my lunch hour, I like to do hand embroidery or any kind of hand work.  When my hands are busy sewing, they are not busy putting snacks in my mouth.   I won't guarantee that you will lose a lot of weight, but some of your projects might get completed. This pattern is from CrabApple Hill and is named "Hocuspocusville".  The pattern was very easy to follow, even for a person like me who is still on the beginner side of learning how to sew quilts.  The center is just nine patches that are set on point.   Around the outside of the nine patches are designs of old "spooky houses" which are stores such as "Witches Stitches Quilting and Needlework".  There are 12 of these blocks that are hand embroidered using mostly the basic backstitch or stem stitch.  Each design is transferred using a .01 brown Pigma pen and stitched using #310 DMC black embroidery floss.  I did change mine up a little by using orange on the pumpkins and some of the signs so they show up more.  Also I used a fine point Sharpie permanent pen to fill in some of the designs such as the black bats. (click on photos - to enlarge)                     Even though I am still probably considered a "Newbie" on how to sew quilts, I am going outside my comfort zone and trying new techniques.  If you don't mind me bragging..."I think it turned out pretty darn cute"! Find the Hocuspocusville pattern On Sale at  in the patterns category. Would you be willing to try something like this? We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo:  1.) At bottom of  "Leave a Reply" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File".  2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files.  3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment.  4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or  "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet.  5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment. Visit us at to see why Quilting