Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jack'o'lanterns

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. From the quilt Happy Howloween:

Close-up so that you can see the seams:

An orphan jack'o'lantern that didn't make it into the quilt:

Just sketching some different ways to piece jack'o'lanterns. I seem to have a thing for giving them just one tooth. Wonder if that means anything...

Now that you've seen the face tutorial you know how to piece jack'o'lanterns. They're really quite easy. Give it a try.

I figure one of the best reasons to make Halloween or monster quilts is that it gives you a chance to play with techniques and if they don't come out right, oh well. They're supposed to be goofy, remember. After you've made a few spooky faces, you'll have more confidence to make a self-portrait or one of your children...

Here are a few more Halloween faces, just for fun:



The sun has come out for my birthday, woohoo. I'm going to take a marvelous walk, even though Netflix gave me three "presents" AND my gorgeous beautiful Craft in America book arrived yesterday. Ya'all take care.

31 comments:

QuiltingFitzy said...

Happy Birthday friend!

Tracey in CT said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

The 3 eyed monster is so cute!

jude said...

happy happy. love all these doodles...

Patti said...

Have a wonderful special birthday Tonya!

Julie aka "Quilt Diva" said...

Love the 3-eyed monster...

Savor the sunshine and have a WONDERFUL birthday!!

joyce said...

Happy Birthday. I am still waiting for my book. I guess I can blame Canada Post.

Kristin said...

Have a great birthday, Tonya! What I wouldn't give for a fantastic walk around Paris today!

Kim said...

Have a wonderful Birthday Day!!!
I love the eye beady- I'm forwarding it to my daughter to see if she'd like to make one with me :)

Laura said...

Thank you, thank you for sharing how you make your fun Halloween blocks. And a very happy birthday to you!!!!

Sue in western WA said...

Your sketches are just as much fun as the finished quilts! Is it okay if we try making blocks from your drawings?

It's amazing how many of the same books we own. (I started a Library Thing account but am finding it pretty tedious to list even just my favorite books.)

Hurray for sunshine on your birthday!

jmbmommy said...

Happy Birthday! Great faces...watch out I may be making some gholies too!

ROZ said...

A visit to Lazy Gal is a visit to quilt school. Thanks for the ideas.

Gypsy Quilter said...

How fun!

QuiltMom said...

Hi Tonya,
I hope that you have a wonderful birthday and that the year brings you all your heart's desires. May you experience good health and happiness as you embark on the next leg of your life's journey!

I loved your faces and the sketches inspire me to try and use them as an art project with my kindergarten students. They can play with line and be successful too.:)
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

Marge said...

Tonya,
What a great day for you and us! A beautiful day in Paris for you to enjoy your birthday and a tutorial for us.
Happy Birthday!

Dawn said...

ooo - I like that 3 eyed guy! I know Laura would too!

anne bebbington said...

Happy birthday Tonya - love the pumpkins

Cascade Lily said...

Happy Birthday! I am going to try your wonky piecing - but one of your teapots - you posted about it aaaages ago and it's been 'stewing' away in my brain :)

Yvonne said...

Happy Birthday Tonya! I've been a lurker on your blog for ages. Love the pumpkins. Have a wonderful day!!!

de vliegende koe said...

Happy birthday!!! Thanks for the Halloween drawings!

Brigitte said...

happy Birthday, Tonya - enoy the day AND many thanks for your funny Halloween instructions! You are so generous
Brigitte, German in Poland right now

Katie said...

Happy Birthday and much great quilting in the next year.

Finn said...

Hey Ton, Happy Birthday from one spooky pumpkin lover to another! Hope the day was a fantastic one!!
May your treats be HUGE and the trick itsy-bitsy!
Love the drawings...and the Frankie tutorial is just the best! Hugs, Finn

comicbooklady said...

Happy birthday!!!Love all the faces and your tutorials! You're a great teacher! thanks!

Alexandra said...

LA MULTI ANI _ this means Happy Birthday in Romanian, Tonia. I wish only joy and sun in your life.

Willeke said...

Happy birthday to you 3x!!!!!

Willeke said...

In Dutch: we sing:
lang zal ze leven, Lang zal ze leven, lang zal ze leven in de gloria, in de gloooooriiiiaaaaaaa, in de glooooriiiaaaaa!
Hieperdepiep...Hoera!!!!!!

Tanya said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonky day!
The Great Pumpkin hasn't shown up in my part of the world. I may have to make mine this year!

Lynda said...

We don't really make a big fuss about Halloween over here in the UK, so I've not felt the need for a Halloween quilt/hanging. However, I feel a need to try one of your fantastic pumpkins - just keeping my fingers crossed that I've got some orange in my stash!

atet said...

Ooooh -- love those face sketches!

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