Hello friends, this is Jennifer Long from, Bee Sew Inspired, fabric designer with Riley Blake Designs and doll and quilt pattern designer. I am so happy to be here today to share with you a fun and Halloween project a fun and Halloween project!
Haunted Castle Mini Quilt with HeatnBond Applique
At Bee Sew Inspired this month, we released this Castle Quilt Pattern. We enjoyed making the Castle Block so much this month, that we decided we needed two of them! One Castle Block that would integrate well with all the other Story Blocks from Enchanted Story Quilt and another that could become a Haunted Castle – in a fun and not-so-spooky kind of a way – complete with ghosts, bats, spiders and Jack O’ Lanterns!
Imagine how pretty this would look as a huge throw pillow or a wall hanging using the colors you love for this time of the year.
Let’s get creative! Just gather the supplies below, then download the pattern/files. Don’t forget to share your project on social media using the hashtag #BSImakersclub and tag @beesewinspired and @thermoweb.
2. Print out the templates to create your Haunted Castle. We’ll be using these templates for a raw edge applique technique.
3. You can use a lightbox to trace out the shapes directly on the paper backing of the HeatNBond Lite. If you don’t have a lightbox set yourself up at a window, tape the template sheet to the window and then the layer of HeatNBond Lite so the natural light will help you trace the shapes. You can also cut out the templates and trace the contour of the shape with the help of your cut-out.
4. Fuse the HeatNBond to the back of your fabric and trace out the shapes on the paper backing of the HeatNBond. This makes it much easier to cut out tiny shapes with accuracy.
5. Once all your shapes are traced and fused to the fabric you’ve selected, you can relax on your favorite chair and cut all the shapes out on the drawn lines. Now you are ready to play!
6. Play around with the placement of your shapes. You can make more Jack O’ Lanterns than we have shown here in the example or you may want to omit the spiders in your Haunted Castle. It’s all up to you!
7. Once you’re happy with the placement of all the elements to be appliqued, remove the paper backing and fuse into place using your hot iron. You can now embellish using a blanket stitch around your objects or a triple stitch to keep everything in place. Work slowly for more accuracy in stitching into place.
8. All your spiders, bats, and little ghosts are in place but we need to add detail to them! Using an embroidery needle and 2 to 3 strands of embroidery floss make French knots for the eyes and use a backstitch to create the little spider legs and the ghost’s smile. Use the templates to transfer the spider web details etc for embroidery.
Jennifer Long grew up training to be a professional ballet dancer. She taught ballet and ran her own dance studio all the while sewing and designing costumes for herself and many of her collages and students. Jennifer is married and lives on a rural acreage in Prairie Canada with her husband and 4 children. She sold her studio to raise to raise her children and wanted to find dolls and toys for her children with healthy body images. She immersed herself Modern Rag Doll design and soon found she had a unique set of skills for Doll Making from all the years of costume design and aesthetic skills from the dance training. Her love of color and fabric has led her to become a professional Modern Rag Doll Designer and Quilt Pattern Designer designing not only under her own label (Bee Sew Inspired), but also for authors, fabric designers and International Companies around the world! Jennifer remains passionate about teaching and is the founder of two FREE educational FB groups Inspired Doll Making and Inspired Quilt Making. Come join her on this creative journey!!!
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