I am generally terrible at decorating for the holidays. I have good intentions, I just always procrastinate then never get it done. But my kids are getting to the age that they notice these things and really get excited about decorations, so I've decided to put forth a greater effort.
I bought a few Halloween fabrics with the plan to make some sort of table runner with them, but again found myself putting off actually making it. Well the other day I went to Kohl's and they had their Halloween decor on sale (sidenote: is there ever a time that things aren't on sale at Kohl's?) so I bought a big Trick or Treat bowl to use for our candy. I set it on top of the cabinet where I wanted it but thought it needed something underneath. At first I thought about just making a simple felt mat to put under it, but then realized that this was the perfect time to use some of those Halloween fabrics.
My only problem is that now I don't want to cover it up with a bowl, so I'll have to find somewhere else to put it. Most of the fabrics are from the Matilda line by Cosmo Cricket. The candy corn and spiderwebs are some that I found on vacation in Wisconsin. My plan was to make it a little more asymmetrical, but apparently that is a problem for me when I am actually trying to do it.
For the back I used a print from Alexander Henry's "The Ghastlies", so it is really kind of reversible.
Friday morning I was in my sewing room trying to get some things ready to ship and my two year old picked up my pinking shears and asked where I got them. He is kind of obsessed with asking that right now, so I didn't think too much about it until I heard the sound of fabric being cut. I looked up to see him taking a big snip into the edge of my little quilt.
Deep breaths were necessary.
Later when I got the chance to work on it again, I decided to just stitch it up and move on, because the binding would hopefully cover most of it.
Turns out, the binding didn't cover most of it, but I really don't notice it that much since it kind of blends with the creepy smiles. Kind of.
A big thank-you to Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations for hosting the party! Please visit her and check out some of the other wonderful guests while you're there!
Another thank-you goes out to Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts who is hosting a party for mini-quilts. Go see her and check out the other minis being made at:
And yet another thank-you being sent to Jenna at Sew Happy Geek for hosting Manic Mondays:
One final thank-you to the girls at Quilt Story, Heather and Megan, for hosting Fabric Tuesday, an awesome collection of sewing projects.