Monday, October 31, 2011

Scary Scary Day

I'll admit it, I am one big scaredy cat.  Not about the spooky things Hallowe'en... but about applique.  Anything applique just scares the scraps right out of me.  I've been meaning to sign up for an introductory beginner's applique class at my local quilt shop... for quite some time... years, if truth be told.  And you know what they say about good intentions, don't you?

Today's MM block is a really fun spooky one, and it's so perfect since I'm making my Modern Monday sampler in Hallowe'en colours, but it's applique (sez I, in a rather timid and whiny tone) and I am seriously applique challenged.  You have no idea how pathetic my applique skills truly are.  I printed out the applique pattern and stared at it for quite a long time.  Sigh.  Now I will definitely have to learn how to applique, if only to make that block.  I'm going to try going it on my own.  Yeah...well... we shall see how that works out for me.  In the mean time, inspired by Jenifer's block and the eeriness of the day, I've made two blocks of a Hallowe'en theme using up some of the fast growing pile of itty bitty scraps in my project box.

A crumb pieced pumpkin

A Hallowe'en Kiss
I feel like such a wimp... 

I have some borders to cut out and attach on my Shady Lanes quilt.  That seems like a good way to avoid the applique attempt for a while.


  1. I'm with you, MIchele. I really avoid appliqué whenever I can. I did a small quilt once with 20 appliquéd hearts on it - and while it came out well, I swore off appliqué for a long time. I saw the little skull today, and since she gave us "permission" to do something else, I will!

  2. Hi Michele!
    Have a look at this blog:
    She makes applique a breeze, and has some wonderful tutorials as well.
    Lovely blocks!

  3. OH, sorry, me again. Here is another great applique blog:

  4. I'm with you, too, Michele. I don't know how many times I have applied the term "applique challenged" to myself.
    Love the pumpkin block!

  5. Love the pumpkin and the candy kiss! How creative and your colors are perfect!