Thursday, October 27, 2016

Eerie Nights Blog Hop

Welcome to my day on the Eerie Nights Blog Hop!




It's the last weekend before Halloween!  I've been enjoying seeing all the decorations around my neighborhood.  I am amused by the skeleton bones "climbing" out of the lawns, and all the "cobwebs" and blow-up lawn decorations.  Do your neighbors decorate?


Thanks to Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marian at Seems To Be Sew for coordinating this fun hop.  There are great prizes and lots of inspiration.  Enter, if you dare (insert squeaking door sound, lol)  


I also had a challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador.






We were asked to create something with a pumpkin.  Between the Ambassador posts and the other Eerie Night posts, it's been so inspiring to see what everyone has been creating! Search the hashtag #IslandBatikPumpkinFest for more from the Ambassadors.


I picked 4 orange batik fabrics, and put it with solid black.  I used a gorgeous green Island batik for the leaf and stem, and added a border from Fabri-quilt that is for sale in my etsy shop.  The pattern is Pumpkin Grins by Quilt In a Day..  And I created a smirky grinning face after looking at some suggestions on Pinterest.  

I like mixing batiks and regular cottons.  I've done it before, and it's fun, and it looks great.
Some of the "big" name designers do it, and the oranges from the batiks are a great match to the pumpkins in the print.  






I used Aurifil clear nylon thread to quilt spider webs to the pumpkin.  And I added LED lights. There's a small pocket on the back that holds a flat battery pack, and has a switch.  I've done quite a few lighted pumpkin grins, and they are always so much fun to create.  


I put a hanging sleeve on the back, so it can either be on a wall, or you could add magnets to hold it to a steel door.  If you look at the close-up you can see the tiny light bulbs.  I had a friend who put Fibre-Optics in some of my quilts, and made these small LED light sets for me.  

So, I hope I've given you some ideas, and that you've enjoyed the hop.  Please remember to enter the give-away below for the Quilters Dream batting!  Just tell me your favorite Fall activity.  

And check the others posting today to check out the other give-aways.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  


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86 comments:

Kathy E. said...

Wow! I was impressed with the smirking Jack o' Lantern just as it was on the wall hanging, but when I got to see it lit up with lights....that was just over the top cool! I'm wondering how you got the lights to attach to the quilt. Are they hung from behind with small holes to poke through? Brilliant however you did it!

Amy said...

Mr. Pumpkin is too cute. Love how you added Fiber Optics to the face to make him glow.

PK Sews said...

What a fun pumpkin! Visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards is one of my favorite fall activities.

Camille V said...

The lighting in the pumpkin quilt gives it a true Halloween look.

Charlene McCain said...

Your pumpkin wall hanging is so cute! I love how the design pops with your use of bright batiks against a black background, and making his face light up was a great idea! Your spiderweb quilting is beautiful.

Anita said...

Awesome pumpkin, the lead lights make him perfectly spooky!

Michele T said...

Super cute wall hanging!!! Love the light too!!

Betsy said...

Wish I had more time to make some fall wall hangings. Yours is adorable

rosemaryschild said...

I do like that smirky grin-just fantastic! The cooler weather has arrived and time to work in the yard. I love the crinkle of the crispy leaves under my feet as I check my plants around the house and garden. Wonderful!

Dorian said...

What a great pumpkin! I love the LED lights to light it up. Great job!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your wall hanging is really great. I think the batiks work so well for the pumpkin, and the lights are a unique and interesting accent!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh my soul...love it!!!! The led lights are so clever!!!!

Patty D from NC said...

What a unique project - never saw led lights being used on a quilt before.

Vicki in MN said...

What a cool idea to add the lights to your cutie pumpkin! My favorite fall activity is seeing and decorating with fall colors inside and out!

Sherry VF said...

Wow! You went all out for your quilt with the LED lights! Great idea.

Patsy Cash said...

Love the crooked smile on your pumpkin!
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Liz Horgan said...

I love happy pumpkins! And lighting it up is a great idea!
Happy Halloween!

Joyce Carter said...

WOW! Your pumpkin looks so cute as a wall hanging and so spooky when it is lit up! Great job! Thank you for sharing.

VA said...

I have a Christmas tree wall hanging with lights, but never thought to do this for Halloween--clever!

Danette Stankovich said...

My favorite Fall activity is baking. I just love pumpkin pie and pumpkin roll. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

QuiltE said...

Love the light effects! I too wonder as to the how to attach the actual lights ... Thanks!

Dawn F said...

Wow! I like the combo of batiks and solids. It makes the pumpkin pop. Even more so with the lights. Good work!

Carol S. said...

That pumpkin is amazing and adding the lights gives it a creepy, but adorable, look. Thanks for sharing!

works4me said...

Love your pumpkin grins quilt. I have a question about adding the lights. Do you use grommets or something to keep the fabric from fraying where the lights come through? Or Fray Check? or an eyelet stitch on your machine? My favourite fall activity is a yearly 3 day driving tour put on by a friend. It is great fun with great people.

Melody Lutz said...

Love that smirk on your pumpkin, I want his toothpaste-his smile lights up, so clever!

Melody Lutz said...

Love that smirk on your pumpkin, I want his toothpaste-his smile lights up, so clever!

Lynne Stucke said...

Cute . . . I wouldn't have thought of using log cabins to create a pumpkin ... but it works beautifully! My favorite fall activity??? Well, I really miss the summer activities, but I guess I still enjoy my walks. The crisp air is invigorating. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

Kristine said...

We love apple picking! I always get too much but we made pie, cider, and candied apples this year. I love the fall season! Thanks for sharing hour beautiful pumpkin!

Quilting Tangent said...

Cute Jack o Lantern! 24Tangent@gmail.com

Calicojoan said...

Such a happy guy and those fabrics...to die for! Love those lights that bring it all to life!

Sewgirl said...

That is such a cute pumpkin... and I love the lights! My favorite fall activity is a neighborhood party for Halloween. Our kids are grown and gone, so it's so fun to see all the little kids in their costumes. It's a very fun event and a great chance to mingle and get to know the neighbors. We're crossing our fingers we don't get rained out this year!!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a cute pumpkin and the lights add so much! Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

How cute is this Pumpkin! Thanks for sharing!
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beverly e said...

What a great idea... the lights are too clever. I love Halloween and enjoy decorating the front porch for Trick-or-Treaters!

Mary Ann said...

Love this pumpkin. The lights are really cool. Something new to me. Thanks for sharing.

Janie said...

Love the lights! The wall hanging is beautiful especially how it draws the eye. Thank you for the inspiration!

Teatime Creations said...

I love the way the oranges and batiks work together. And the lights add Halloween spookiness. Cute project

Sarah@123quilt said...

So clever to used lights! I also love those quilted spider webs. This is such a fun project! Happy Halloween!!!

patty a. said...

Those lights are so cute!

Seacoast Quilter said...

Your pumpkin is so cute, and I love the lights. I also mix batiks and printed cottons with no problem. I think it adds interest!

Lisa Marie said...

What a wonderful quilt for Halloween! The Jack-o-Lantern itself is super cute and the lights really make it special.

cjmont said...

love the lights on the pumpkin quilt.

Karen said...

I love your batik jack o' lantern, and the lights take it over the top!

OhioLori said...

LOVE the fun pumpkin! & cooool surprise that it lights up!! Spooky!! giggle...

Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! :)

Sally said...

Nice version of Pumpkin Grin, great pattern. Adding the lights really made it spooky! Autumn fun for me is taking a cruise!

Donna Cutting said...

Great pumpkin, love the mix of oranges and the lights are so fun.

apple blossom said...

oh, I love your jack-o-lantern quilt and awesome making it light up. nice.

Julie said...

It's a nice touch to have a light up, and would look good in a dark hall as your Treat or Treat-ers come in for candy. I think the adults would actually enjoy it just as much.

tac73 said...

Love this pumpkin. I need to start collecting more orange.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I love your lighted pumpkin! (And he won't get smashed on the sidewalk).

I love going for walks and seeing the coloured leaves.

Emily C said...

I love to go for a drive and see all the colorful leaves.

Leah said...

Very Cool! Love the lights!

mangozz said...

Besides enjoying the foliage, I love to quilt!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Cute pumpkin and very clever giving him a lighted smile. My favorite fall activity is making apple cider with family and friends but after 5 weekends of it and a bumper crop of apples to deal with, I'm exhausted! kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

anna brown said...

Sweet I have made that pumpkin but the lights are cool..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Cloud 9 said...

The spiderweb quilting is the perfect touch.

desertskyquilts said...

It's great as a wallhanging, but the lights just add something ... um, spooky? Super project, thanks for sharing it. My favorite thing to do in the fall is leaf peeping.

sam said...

Your pumpkin is awesome. Love the face. Thank you for sharing him.

Vicki H said...

How awesome your pumpkin wallhanging lights up. My grands would love it.

Lori Smanski said...

This is so fun and creative. I love to bring in the garden and can for winter.
I also love to go to the pumpkin farm for the day.

LJ said...

That's totally perfect to add the lights to the pumpkin. The batiks are solid-like but with such a rich color.

MaryBeth said...

Your little pumpkin quilt is SO cute. Happy Halloween.

minibea12 said...

Your pumpkin is so cute! Love the lights!
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Renee said...

This is just entirely too cute! The LED lights send it over the top. How incredibly FUN! (Ironically, my favorite fall activity is making and freezing pumpkin puree from the pumpkins in my garden.)

Beth said...

My favorite autumn activity is taking pictures of the changing colors here in the Pacific Northwest. By the way, your LED-lit pumpkin is so clever!

GranChris said...

Mr. Pumpkin is just too cute.

GranChris said...

I forgot to mention I love picking apples.

Pamela said...

Cute quilt, but with the lights it is amazing!

JANET said...

During the summer it is so hot, my brain is just a blob. I love the fall when the weather is cooler and creativity kicks in.

Allison said...

I love the pumpkin! I keep planning to make a Halloween quilt but just haven't gotten to it yet. Your pumpkin is great inspiration!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Love the lights! A perfect idea that I had forgotten about. Great Post. Thanks for blogging and thanks for being a stop on the hop.

Quilting Tangent said...

Cute Jack o Lantern. Happy Halloween! 24Tangent@gmail.com

delaineelliott said...

I love the way the pumpkin wall hanging lights up! My favorite fall activity is actually the yard work that needs to be done in the fall. Thanks!

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Heather said...

I love taking hikes in the fall! Love your log cabin jack...he's adorable!

MissPat said...

Great pumpkin. I mix batiks with regular cotton fabric all the time. I like leaf peeping and eating fresh crispy apples, and having more time to quilt once the gardens are put to bed.

sisylyn2 said...

What a fabulous pumpkin wall hanging. I wish I had imagination.
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Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

What a terrific idea to put lights on your pumpkin quilt! It makes it so special. Awesome idea!

Katy M said...

Love the LEDs!

bestjlb said...

That's one cool Jack-o-lantern!

QuiltShopGal said...

Your quilted Jack-o-lantern is beautiful, but I'm impressed how the lights make an impact. I've not yet used lights in any of my projects. Stunning in yours. Total #CreativeGoodness

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Claire Sutherland said...

Absolutely love it and the LED lights are fab x
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sewlost said...

Great job. Love how you added the lights. Thanks for sharing

JanineMarie said...

Well, how about that. The quilt looked fun as a wall hanging, but the lights take it to a whole new level! I love mixing all kinds of fabric in quilts, and the fabric police haven't gotten to me yet. :)

lalaluu said...

In the fall, I love just taking a walk with my dogs in the cool air!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Fun!

Adele Mogavero said...

Maryellen, the lights are fabulous, but I really love the jack-0-lanterns face. It's really a cute project!