I have decided to officially start Halloween. My grinch of a husband won't let me decorate the apartment until October, so I'm going to blog my heart out. You might say, but Tonya, you've already been showing us a Halloween quilt for ages. That's true, but I haven't started on my stockpile of quilts and decorations.
In the fall of 2003, my husband and I were in a temporary apartment waiting for our move to Cairo. That was in our life before cats. I had hardly any of my quilt and craft supplies and I was going nuts. So what to do? Go buy more. I bought this fun Alexander Henry fabric and decided to use it as the basis of a crusty.
Buuuut... I just wanted to focus on three jack-o-lanterns and not have the background cluttered with more. Just wanted black with hints of purple. What to do... I embroidered over it in my typical thready fashion. And it turns out if you're going to do all that background, you better do the foreground too.
So I threadied the whole thing. And then covered most of it with buttons so you can't even see all that work I did. This is 3 Jacks:
It was a lot of work. I might just be insane. Unsurprisingly, this is the wobbliest piece I've made. It's not very big. The center jack measured 6" across before I started work on him. [this piece is in a box somewhere and I have no idea how big the whole piece actually measures.]
By the way, I was photographing the fabric and the picture of 3 Jacks was on the computer monitor and my husband realized that I'd used the fabric for the base of the work. His comment? "So it's basically paint-by-numbers." Yup, just that easy. sigh.
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