Halloween is coming!

Don’t let “Boo” become “Boo Hoo!” Our Halloween fabric is moving quickly–don’t wait!! Many manufacturers printed less Halloween and fall fabrics and are not reprinting. So if you see it and like it, don’t wait!!

Some of our staff fell in love with Halloween Row, (about a third of the way down the page) a Halloween wallhanging or lap-size throw, and decided they would each make a row. It is a scrappy quilt, so you can drag out all of your Halloween fabrics and your oranges and blacks, or we have conveniently prepared a fabric pak, all ready to go!! And it includes the stuff to make those fuzzy spider legs, too!

A number of the rows are very quick appliqué, and there are a couple of pieced rows.

They’re basic and simple: a log cabin, a star (easy made with flying geese) and a split nine patch. Working it a row at a time makes it seem so much easier to accomplish. Quick as a witch’s wink, you’ll have a great Halloween decoration or quilt to cuddle with as it gets cooler. (Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but you’ll have it for years to come!)

My daughter, Cathy, made a model of another fun Halloween project. It’s an inexpensive Witch Patternlet. (Almost half way down) You use a towel as the witch’s skirt, and her shoes hang down and dangle! For our model, she used one of our black homespun towels with two brown stripes.

Here are a few notes if you want to do the flat version instead of the ruffled version shown in the pattern.

* Start by attaching the cream to the towel as instructed in the pattern.

* Then fold & press lengthwise a 2″ strip of the orange fabric, putting raw edges together. This strip should be 3/4″ wider than your towel, to be able to wrap the ends around the back & stitch them down.

* Sew this to the front of the towel with most of it on the black, just barely overlapping the seam at the edge of the cream. (We show it in this photo with a basting stitch, but you would actually sew this with a regular stitch by machine.)

* Fold the strip down, covering the raw edges, and stitch down the folded edge. A buttonhole stitch would be a nice touch! A perfect finished edge and an easy technique!

We have a fabric pack for this project, and it contains enough fabric to make the plain or ruffled skirt trim.
Happenings at Erica’s:
Our newsletter is online! 55 pages including local news!
We will be at the Cal-co Quilter’s Guild Quilt Show at the Marshall Activity Center, 15325 W. Michigan Avenue in Marshall, Michigan on Sept 12th and 13th. If you’re at the show, please stop by our booth and say hello.
Sue Hausmann comes to Erica’s October 20th and 21st!
First Northern Indiana Shop Hop is October 29-31.
Sew-ins at the store to make pillowcases for kids with cancer, one a month through December. Join us if you can.
Sign up for all these events online.

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