Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween wall hanging

I haven't been a big Halloween fan since the kids left home and we don't have trick-or- treaters, so I don't decorate for it. But as I was scrolling through my emails and checking out some quick fall projects, I ran across a cute wall hanging project by Leslie at the Seasoned Homemaker.  I want to be sure to give her due credit and the link to her project is here:


I like Leslie's black and white version, but pictured more of a Halloween-oriented color scheme. I pulled some fabric from my stash, a beautiful autumn orange (with leaves even!), black flannel scraps for the spider and black with white music notes flannel scraps for the binding and backing.  I thought the music notes would make a skeleton-type frame and it worked beautifully!  I also found a yellow tinted button to use for the face and I like the touch of character it added.

Here's an outdoor pic:

and hanging on our wall with a closeup of the cute face

I also practiced my FMQ, using a great metallic silver thread for the webbing and an orange zig zag stitch for the spider's decoration.  It really was a quick project that I completed in an afternoon.

Here's my takeaway lesson:  When feeling frustrated with a project, walk away, take a break, do something fun.  I had been working on the Farm Girl Vintage blocks and had gotten really frustrated with a mistake I made on the block I was working on; which made it a perfect time to stop and work on a quick, fun project.  When I came back to my problem child block a couple of days later, everything magically fell into place and I completed the work on it quickly.  

Here's a picture of the FGV blocks on my design wall:

I am making the 12" blocks and am currently on the final row, I think LOL.  My goal is to finish the blocks before I start Christmas sewing.

But....guess what I received in my email yesterday?  There's a 2016 Quilter's Planner Sew-Along!!!! Because I already have my 2016 Quilter's Planner (and not so patiently waiting for my 2017 Quilter's Planner), I have the Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt pattern by Lee Heinrich already.  I haven't made a scrap quilt yet, so I'm going to use up some of the scraps from my FGV blocks and join in.  Check out quiltersplanner.com for the details and join the sew along to conquer those scraps!


  1. This spider wall hanging is not the work of a slacker...love it!

    1. Gosh, thank you so much for taking the time to check it out and comment Carol! I'm so glad you like it and thanks for not thinking I'm a slacker compared to you ;)

  2. Love that spider and would love to do the planner quilt along but I'm so busy I would be nuts to do it. I'm excited that you are doing it though!

    1. I'm so glad you like it Lisa! Leslie contacted me to let me know that her Spooky Spider Mini-Quilt is featured in Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts, how cool is that? I know I'm taking on more than I should tackling the quilt along near the holidays; but I'll try and if it gets to be too much, I'll take a mulligan ;)

  3. What a creative use of the music note fabric to make the binding look skeletal! I like the button face, too. So whimsical.