Sorry I have been away for a week! Man, time flies. Work is really kicking my butt lately. Things are really, really busy. And to top it off, I feel like I'm coming down with something. I'll try to do better than posting once a week. I miss it when I don't post. But forgive me if work just gets the better of me now and then! (I'm behind on responding to some of your comments and emails, too. I apologize!)
I do have a finish to show you today. (Blogging really does motivate me to get things finished. I didn't want to show you this until it was all bound, so that got me to finishing that this weekend!)
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Once again, Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts quilted it for me. I think she did a great job again! In the black borders, she emulated the ribbon candy. What a great idea. Love it!
I asked her to do microstippling around the hand embroidery. I am so glad I did. I think it looks fantastic. Shelly told me she was afraid she couldn't execute it. Um, Shelly, your microstippling is fantastic. Do I have some agreement here from the rest of you, or what?!
Here is a close up shot of all the microstippling and all the embroidery. I really love the microstippling. I washed the quilt after I bound it, and I threw it in the dryer. I wanted it to get all crinkly. I love how it crinkled. I think I lost a little black on the boot when I washed or dried it. But I still like the pale gray of the boot.
Here is the back. I used more of the white ghost fabric, and then I used a bunch of the oranges that I didn't use on the front, because I thought they were too busy. (Again, the fabric line is Guising, by Lizzie House, and I got it from the Intrepid Thread). Sweet Pea wanted me to use the candy corn fabric for the binding. I was going to, but I thought it might be too busy, with those bold, black borders. So, I went for a solid (reading) orange from my quilt shop instead. I used the candy corn for the sleeve instead. That seemed to appease Sweet Pea a little.
You know, many of you show photos of your quilts with your cats in the photo. You write how you can't get the cat OUT of the photo. I tried to get Spidey to sit to the right of the pumpkin (as you face this photo), but every time I put him there, he just kept running under my feet (which is where he likes to spend his time). I couldn't get him to stay IN the photo! You can see here, he went there by himself but he was about to scamper away when I got this photo. Haha!
Hope you like it! I'll try to be back tomorrow with some more Halloween goodies!
Have a great day!
Until next time,