Halloween Happenings and FREE pattern
Not sure why I have so many Halloween quilts, but I do! One of my favorites is a simple one made with my bat appliqué. Here she is finished. (OK. Maybe they're boys and girls; I'm not sure.) I ran this pattern back in 2012. It's time I ran it again, right?
Now for some steps and I'll give you the pattern, too!
First, a TRUE story:
When my husband and I were newly married (1977), living in Africa, we used to play guitars together after dinner. We would sit on the edge of the bed and croon our tunes. Out of the corner of my eye I caught some movement on the bed and then fear gripped me. A BAT WAS CRAWLING TOWARD US. Yikes! Phil took care of it and then when we went to the kitchen, we found another one floating in our pan of dishwater. Seems they came down this open vent and were looking for a warm place to settle down. Bats are NOT my favorite creature, but they do have a vital place in our ecosystem.
I transferred my appliqué to freezer paper and cut out. Ironed it to black fabric that has fusible webbing on wrong side.
|I made a freezer paper template and cut black bats from fused fabric.|
Cut out bat . . .
|Here is one black bat with garlands of pumpkins and tiny bats.|
Auditioning 3 bats on background fabric . . .
|3 bats scattered on my 12-1/2" background square.|
I finger pressed diagonal lines on the background square and then aligned the bats as shown. This bat has appeared in several of my Block a Day Calendars and I re-sized it so it would work with this size square.
Since it's just a small one square project, I was able to quickly free-motion quilt it. Here it is from the back.
I took my finished block outside for better photography. I grabbed a few glittery spiders for "mood."
And without the spiders, in case they scared you.
|Four bats in a circle. Note the beautiful secondary design in the center.|
|You can see my quilting better from the wrong side.|
|Bat Wreath block with striped binding and a few scary spiders|
|Bat Wreath block minus the spiders (in case they scared you)|
Here is the free appliqué template for the Bat. Please DO NOT reprint for others. Give them this url and tell them to get their own.