Handmade Christmas: Halloween Quilt

We love holidays in my family, and Halloween is one of our favorites! I have been hoarding Halloween fabric for years, and decided I wanted to use some of them this year to make something for my mom. She has downsized her Halloween collection recently, so I wanted something useful and different from what she already has. I made the advent calendar for her last year (that I finished the end of September) and it was a huge hit with the whole family, including my 18 year old brother.

Because I had random fabric, I needed a scrappy pattern. I settled on a traditional Broken Dishes Half Square Triangles pattern, as explained by Any Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I also got some help from a local quilter guru, Flora Gillman. 

Most of my fabric is from yard sales or Joann’s. I had tons of small yardage of Halloween prints, and filled in the plainer colored fabrics with fat quarters. I had to piece the back as well because I bought the whole remaining yardage of this awesome owl fabric, and it was still too small. But, I love the back almost as much as the front. 

I quilted the whole thing by hand using big stitch, or country quilting. It is a running stitch that I did along all of the edges of each triangle. This is my first real quilt, and I am so proud of how It turned out. I might even enter it into a quilt show next summer. Enjoy!

Handmade Christmas: Johnny Cash cross stitch

My younger brother likes to play cowboy and has always loved Johnny Cash. For Christmas this year, I decided to make a cross stitch Johnny Cash for him. 

I located an image on Google that I liked, and made some changes to the background and edges in Photoshop. I then uploaded the image into Stitch Fiddle, a website that allows you to create your own patterns for free. I adjusted it for the size and level of detail that I wanted. The site currently doesn’t allow you to set symbols for different colors, so I couldn’t make a print out. I used the computer and would highlight the color I was working on and change the squares to green as I stitched them. 

It was just over 11,000 stitches in total and about 30 colors. I love how it turned out and that it looks like a photograph from a distance. Enjoy!