TGIFF! - Hexed

It's a little early for TGIFF!, but it's Halloween here so I'll be a little busy later trick or treating with the kids in the pouring rain. Fun! Fun! Fun! Also, there's been a little change in the schedule again so I'm hosting this week and Laura will host next week.

I hope those who've been by this week already will forgive me for sharing Hexed for this week's TGIFF! It took so much time and effort that I'm going to milk this finish a little longer. 

This won't be a repeat of Tuesday's post though. I'll share a few process things instead.

Some of you might remember this little teaser sketch from a few weeks ago:


This is how it turned out: 

That purple iris? Fussy cut from a scrap of 1001 Peeps Scheherazzade fabric. I can't believe I forgot the freckles though. May have to add them in...

And then there was the cauldron dilemma. I used the same process to get the 'photo' effect as I did with Cheeky Pumpkin (tutorial here). Attempt number 1:

Attempt number 2:
Attempt number 3:

Then came some layout play. Pumpkin on top?
Nah. Pumpkin on the bottom.

I knew I wanted to do a fair about of thread embellishment aside from the quilting so I used a layer of batting to stabilize the first round of thread work. Look at those thread colours...so pretty!

Pretty much all of the thread details on the cauldron, witch, pumpkin and broom were done with this one layer of batting. When that was done, I added another layer of batting and the backing and quilted in the ditch around all of the motifs and did the free motion quilting in the background areas. I ended up having to do the steam on the cauldron twice! Ugh!





So yes, I'm very thankful this project is finished and hanging in our kitchen. One more reason for me to love decorating for Halloween!

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information on your process. I think you should milk this finish as long as possible!

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  2. the bubbly cauldron really turned out fabulous and the pumpkin too!

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  3. Love your wall hanging you did a lovely job with the thread painting it all turned out wickedly

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  4. Great project with great techniques- thanks for sharing about the process- I'm feeling inspired!

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  5. It certainly all came together in the end. It looks fabulous - so fun!

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  6. You're right! That cauldron change *is* perfect! I really love it. :)

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  7. Version number 3 is the best! I am so impressed with this and your skills! Rock it!

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  8. I just discovered your blog, your work is wonderful !

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  9. This is completely amazing! I love your cauldron solution but everything about this quilt is wonderful :)

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  10. I am not a Halloween fan, but I really love your quilt you did! Such great blocks with fantastic Details, WOW!

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  11. Wow MR....you did an absolutely amazing job on this quilt. I love how the witch's eye winks. Hope you Halloween was fabulous. As always, thank you for hosting the linky. Marie

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  12. milk it! I just love this one and will enjoy looking at it every time. All your cauldrons turned out great, and the thread work and layout and quilting - all spooktacular!

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  13. What a fun Halloween quilt. I love the eyes.

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  14. Wow! That wall hanging is just AMAZING! Your applique work is sew impressive, MR. And your thread work just leaves me flabbergasted! Yes, you should milk it!

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  15. This is an adorable Halloween wall hanging! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. This a great wall hanging. Love the sketch of the little witch.

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  17. That is amazing! how did you partner up with a hack quilter like me?!

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