Something Wicked Blog Hop Day

Welcome to Rainbow Hare Quilts for my day in the Something Wicked Halloween paper piecing blog hop which is being organised by the very talented Soma who blogs at Whims and Fancies. Throughout October a different designer has blogged an original Halloween themed paper pieced block every day and there is even a flickr group where you can post pictures of any of the blocks you make and win some fab prizes.
Here is my Little Witch block. This was my first paper pieced design so I’ll begin with warning:
THIS IS NOT A TUTORIAL!!! I’m going to tell you what I did and say IN RED what I’ll do differently next time. Here is the pdf. Having recently gained a mac and lost photoshop and microsoft paint, I thought it was best just to make a single pattern piece because I was worried about keeping the pieces accurately sized if I added seam allowances etc by hand as part of the pdf. The pattern is 10″ wide and 7 3/4″ high. I made it this size so it would fit on one piece of A4 paper but you will need to add one strip of background fabric to the top and one strip to the bottom to complete the block.

Firstly, I traced the blocks A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K onto baking parchment. I marked the numbered sections and added a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then I cut them out.

Secondly, I transferred the pdf design onto freezer paper, cut out all the numbered shapes and ironed them onto fabric as follows:

Top Background colour = A2,A3,B1,B3,C4,C5,D1,E1,F2,F3,G1,H1

Bottom Background colour = I1,I3,I5,J1,K1

Hat colour = A1,B2

Sleeve colour = E3,G3

Tunic colour = F1

Boots colour = J2,J3,K2,K3

Hair colour = C2,C3,D2,H2

Face colour = C1

Hand colour = E2,G2

Stockings = I2,I4

NEXT TIME I WILL MAKE SURE I HAVE BETTER CONTRAST BETWEEN THE HANDS AND THE BACKGROUND FABRIC AND I’LL USE PRINTS OR DIFFERENT COLOURS SO THE BOOTS DON’T MERGE TOGETHER AND THE SLEEVES STAND OUT FROM THE TUNIC PART OF THE DRESS.

Thirdly, I sewed the numbered pieces onto the parchment blocks in numerical order, removing the freezer paper as I went.

Fourthly, I pressed the blocks and removed the parchment.

Then, I panicked because I was running out of time and I abandoned the paper piecing and sewed the blocks together. Afterwards I realized I had mis-joined the sleeve blocks to the tunic block and that is why my little witches neck is not quite right :(

NEXT TIME I WILL TRACE THE PDF DESIGN ONTO BAKING PARCHMENT AND FOUNDATION PIECE THE LETTERED BLOCKS ONTO IT.

Finally, I sewed one strip of background to top and one strip to the bottom to create a 10″ block.

Here is the pdfIf you would like this pattern and have a problem with accessing it, just drop me an email and I’ll send it to you.

If you’ve stayed with me this long – a big Thank you! And I’d love to know if you try this block. And a big Thank you to Soma for hosting this wonderful blog hop.

Don’t forget to visit these Something Wicked designers who will be posting a halloween themed paper pieced block pattern each day for the rest of the month…

26. Tracey Rampling, The Peony Teacup
27. Cyrille, Bubblestitch Quilts
28. Jennifer, Knotted-Thread
29. Allegory, {sew} Allegorical
30. Denise Johanneson, Hosted here at Whims And Fancies
31. Stitches and Kisses, ButterflyAngels Quilts

…and if you’ve missed any of the Something Wicked posts over the last three and a half weeks you can find links to them in this post.

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

 

23 thoughts on “Something Wicked Blog Hop Day

  1. Lori says:

    I love this little witch. She is adorabable. Thanks for the tutorial. Can I please have the pattern emailed to me? I cant find your email.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  2. works4me says:

    Adorable block. Well done. I can copy and paste the basics into Word but can't get the actual pp pattern. Can you email it to me please at kj_hahn(at)telus(dot)net

    I'd really appreciate it. I plan to do a bunch of these for a Halloween 2013 quilt.

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  3. Debby says:

    I think she is so cute. The only thing I will change that you mentioned is making the hands more visible. The shoes and sleeves work for me. You could stitch around them to define if you want. My problem is getting the pattern. I can not figure out what to do – any suggestions or could you email it? thanks.

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