I usually get an annual itch to make something for the fall season in the month of July. This year I followed my desires and finished up a few homemade halloween/fall decor items for our house.
I started this bat quilt last summer and wrapped it up this summer -- better late than never. I used this paper piecing pattern for the bats and pieced them together in a small throw-size quilt for the back of the couch.
To fill in around the bats, I used a variety of black patterned fabrics and put everything on an angle to make it look like the bats were flying. I put this quilt on the long-arm quilting machine and did a series of free motion circles and lines for the quilting. For the back I just pieced left-over yardage until I got the right size. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
I bought a 1/2 yard of this halloween fabric a few months back with no idea of how I would use it. I usually have a project in mind before I buy fabric, but I love when it happens the other way around. With just a couple of cuts, I made a simple halloween garland for my fireplace.
For the rest of the halloween fabric, I used it for the back of this skull pillow tutorial I found on Modern Handcraft. I'm just on a halloween roll now!
And lastly, I found these cute pumpkin placemats on Pinterest and figured out a way to make some that are similar. I actually taught a class on them at my mom's shop last week and it was neat to see them made up in a variety of color palettes and fabrics. We used a washable suede for the faces and good thing because my daughter has already spilt milk all over them!
OKAY, I think that's enough halloween for one post ;)