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How to turn a place mat into a wall hanging.

my studio

Fall is my favorite time of year, the crisp air, the beautifully colored leaves, candy, and of course Halloween!! Every year I make myself a new small Halloween themed quilt to hang on the wall of my studio. When quilting for myself I tend to stick to smaller projects that are faster to complete so that I have more time to spend on client quilts.

This year, I decided I wanted to quilt a fall or Halloween themed panel as I didn’t really have the time to piece anything. I wanted a simple and fast project.

So I headed out to my local quilt shop and I found fall themed place mats! They came as a set of four.  The moment I saw the sample hanging on the wall at Sew Many Quilts (located in Bend, OR) I ‘knew’ I just had to quilt it.   I bought the panel, and cut it up into the four mats…and then I quilted two (one for my wall, and one to hang elsewhere). I saved the other two for another time.

When it came to quilting them, I loaded both onto one black flannel backing then I dropped the belts on my Statler and free motion quilted them. It. was. so. much. fun.

Halloween Quilt

Using matching thread, I traced over each line in the pumpkins, and stitched more definition into each of the raven’s wings.

I then used orange thread to “outline” the spiderweb border. Basically stitching in between the printed web lines.

You can really see the custom free motion quilting when you look at the back of the place mat wall hanging. back of quilt

When I was done with the actual quilting and binding, I wanted to add some bling to the quilt, really make it catch people’s eyes. If you know me in real life, you know how much I LOVE glitter. But it’s not very feasible to add glitter to a quilt. So I did the next best thing, and I took out my stash of hot fix crystals and my little hot fix crystal iron.

I played around with different size crystals and different colored crystals, as well as possible places to glue the crystals to within the quilt. After a few minutes of playing with the crystals, I had the perfect plan in place.

First, I added deep orange/reddish hot fix crystals to the eyes of each of the Ravens. I feel that the color contrast between the Raven and the crystal on it’s eye really makes the Raven stand out better. halloween quilt

I really love how the Ravens turned out. So next, I turned my attention to the pumpkins. The smaller pumpkin in the foreground already had black dots in it, which were begging to have crystals.  I didn’t cover each and every dot, but I did add a bunch of black hot fix crystals on top of some of the dots.  Just enough to add some sparkle and draw your eye in.

Not wanting to over-do it with the crystals, I stopped there.  As much as I love them, I still wanted the quilting to be the overall star of the show. But the quilt still was not “done” there was one more section that I felt needed to be enhanced a bit.

cyrstal quilt

 I wanted to embellish the spider. I did quilt him by outlining his body and tracing over each of his legs but he didn’t stand out as much as the Ravens. He is small and got a bit lost with all that’s going on in the quilt.

 I wanted him to really pop and stand out.  I didn’t want to cover him in crystals, and I thought about putting an applique on top of him. I toyed with the idea of a fuzzy fabric over his body, but that didn’t seem to be what I was looking for.

Then I got the idea of a spider ring! I had a bunch of those inexpensive plastic spider rings in a drawer, leftover from a previous Halloween party. So I dug them out and I cut the plastic “ring” part off and glued the just the spider part to an old pin back. Once dried, I simply pinned him to the quilt.

I love the end result. That little spider “ring” adds the right amount of 3D texture to the quilt.  It magically completed the quilt and pulled the whole thing together.

spider quilt

And…just like that I turned a place mat into this year’s fall/Halloween themed wall hanging! This is fast and easy project that you can do to! If you make one, share photos with me on Facebook!



Here is a glimpse at the quilt hanging on the wall in my studio. It matches my coffee cup nicely, if I do say so myself.  I hope you enjoyed this post. 

my studio

Thanks for reading!    -Kat  🙂

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Make Up Bag SVG Project

This video teaches you how to cut out fabric using your scan and cut, while making a Make Up Bag! By the end of this video you will have learned three things:

#1. How to cut fabric using your Scan and Cut.

#2. How to cut and apply Heat Transfer Vinyl

#3. How to install/sew a zipper

The SVG files that are used in this video are available here:

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We did it! We reached our goal! Thank you!!

Free Quilt Pattern

Thank You!! We did it!!!
We reached our goal of 200 subscribers to our YouTube Channel.

As promised our thank you gift for helping us to meet our goal of 200 subscribers is a free quilt pattern.

Click HERE to download the free pattern. The pattern will only be available for two weeks so be sure to download it today!

Free Quilt Pattern

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You might be a quilter if….

Quilting Tutorial

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A few year ago my husband  was making fun of me for doodling free motion quilting designs in a notebook during a 2 hour car drive (and in the restaurant while we waited for our lunch). He said..and I quote:

“Hey Scribbles, am I gonna have to start bringing a coloring book and crayons with us when ever we go someplace?”

I started to tell him that I use PENCIL not crayons..when what he said really hit me. A coloring book!! What a fantastic idea! That will really force my brain to think differently when it comes to choosing designs for spaces. I went out and bought coloring books the very next day. (This was back before coloring books for adults we trendy, so I bought a child’s book)

To this day I’ll pull out a child’s coloring book and just doodle in it and all around the lines. Pretending that each black line is another color of fabric and I have to quilt in or around it. It’s a great way to get those creative juices flowing!

Free Motion Quilting Practice

So next time you see a 40ish year old woman without kids doodling in a child’s coloring book. Don’t judge…she just might be a quilter.

Seriously, coloring books have helped me practice free motion designs for years, it’s a great way to learn “pathing” (taking a designs from one space to another) and it helps to doodle out your free motion designs before quilting them.

A nice set of colored pencils and a coloring book make excellent gifts for quilters.I prefer to use children’s coloring books, because they have more open spaces to doodle in. I like to practice my quilting designs in those open spaces, whereas adult coloring books have lots of fine lines and tiny spaces. They lack open white space to practice in. Adult coloring books are great if you want to actually color, and not work on pathing and designs.

Here are some of my favorite coloring items:  (click on the photo to view the product directly)

Happy doodling and quilting everyone!

-Kat  🙂

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Fabric Panel Art – adding lights to a Panel

panel art

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This video teaches you another way to use fabric panels aside from quilting them. Hang the finished artwork in any room! This would be adorable in a baby’s nursery.

Supplies used in this tutorial: