After a very long search for a Halloween themed table runner, I decided that I really needed to make this one! The pattern is "Spooky House" by Lynette Anderson Designs, and I couldn't find the pattern here in the UK, so ordered the pattern and fabrics online from Lynette's shop Little Quilt Store in Australia. These fabrics are from her Happy Halloween collection. I decided to try out those gorgeous hand dyed Valdani threads for the embroidery, mixed with some DMC threads too, and they were just perfect for this project...
...the original pattern has embroidered windows, but I decided to use these wonky star buttons from my button tin instead, and love they way they look a bit like "eyes" peeking out! The cats were made with wool felt, which I'd bought from Eternal Maker. I have really enjoyed working with wool felt, and love the added texture that it gives to this project. I used the cobweb designed fabric for the front of the table centre piece, and used the spooky house feature fabric for the backing. This has a very thin layer of pellon felted wadding inside, and once the centre was appliqued into place, I quilted around the two circles to hold all the layers together...
...I managed to do a quick photoshoot in the rather overgrown courgette patch in Mr F's garden, along with Winnie the Witch and a rather spooktacular tealight holder. I made Winnie a few years ago, and both Winnie and her pumpkin had some crushed cloves added to the toyfill stuffing, so they smell rather nice, and the pumpkin stalk is a cinnamon stick!
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