Thursday, October 29, 2015

Barn Bat Pillow {Quilted Pillow}


"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween"


I think I've mentioned it before, but my love for Halloween decorations can probably be correlated to the fact that I grew up in a No Halloween/ No Trick-or-Treat house. Every year I end up making a pillow or a quilt for the holiday.



I thought doing my nails would be enough. But it just didn't satisfy my need for a quilted thing. 


Thankfully I had this special stack of scraps that my friend Lindsey had sent me. I really was trying to stay strong and not buy this amazing Witch Hazel line from Riley Blake. I'm still sad I didn't buy any. 


I knew it would have to result in a pillow or some abstract quilt. Luckily, I stumbled onto Elizabeth Hartman's Barn Bat Tutorial. I had the right dimensions and only needed to add four solid black blocks and one Essex linen block.

I adored the bats with the very first strip.   


Before I knew it, I had made a pillow top, hidden zipper back, and binding. 


I decided to just outline the bats in black thread on my domestic machine.  Stitched the front and back together and attached the binding. I love using the binding like a piping. 


I'm already thinking about next year's Halloween project. 

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