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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enter if U Dare - Skeletons

Marian ( always hosts interesting an fun Blog Hop, so I decided to join her Halloween Blog Hop also this year with TWO projects!!

Before getting into my projects, if you are new around here, WELCOME!
If you have been here before, I am glad that you came back!!! :)

If you are new here feel free to look around and you will find tons of FREE paper piecing patterns of very famous cartoon characters! :)
I also will be hostin a Skill Builder, Block of the Month QAL starting in 2018 called "Starry Bright Sky".

It features more than 20 different star blocks, made with 11 different techniques,
from applique to piecing to fabric folding!

If you are interested in learning more about this QAL and join the fun, leave your email address in the Google Form at the bottom of the QAL page (click this link).

Well, actually they are scary easy and fun! :)

Bonus challenge

When Marian asked us to participate in the blog hop, she proposed a challenge: to use one of the patterns designed by her to make a bonus project for the hop.
I picked the Skeleton pattern (that you can find in Marian's shop) and even if I liked the original pattern, I had to change it a little bit because I wanted a smaller pillow :)

I really like how the squares are big enough to allow some fun fussy cutting!!

My own project

Skellington McArdle, 20'' x 20'' 

Inspired by Marian's pattern, I decided to make a piece for an ongoing project, started last year for the Fall edition of my Art with Fabric Blog Hop.
I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this quilt project, I decided to pick several female artists whose work spoke to me.

Today's artist is the talented: Thaneeya McArdle.

She is an internationally-collected artist working in a variety of styles, ranging from photorealism to abstraction, and a whimsical combination of the two. I'm also a prolific creator of coloring books!

Check her work on this website (
I love her Positive Phrases, her animals, her colorful and cheerful designs... and her Sugar Skulls!! :) That is what I included in my piece.

All my quilt blocks are my reinterpretation of the artists through my love of Disney, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(
So in today's block I included Jack Skellington, from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

Each block is a 12''x12'' block, assembled with raw edge fusible applique, and surrounded by an interesting sashing, which will create a fun design with all the blocks together.
Each block is quilted individually and around each block I stitch a border of blanket stitch and I crochet around a row of single crochet: that's how I will join all the blocks! I created already 6 blocks and all of them will be part of a QAL in 2018 on Fandom in Stitches!!

So what do you think? Do you, like me, love mesh up point of view, ideas and create your own unique interpretations?

Finally, in this fantastic blog hop event, there are giveaways too... thank you Marian for setting this up! She is the one managing the giveaway so below you find are her rules!!

Timeless Treasures: a different bundle of fabrics each day
Today's bundle
Cost To Ship 7.19 USA/Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.

Blog Giveaway Guidelines
Please take the time to read it.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  • You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...
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  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

Finally, don't forget to stop by all the other amazing artists that are sharing fun and scary projects in this blog hop!

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations 

Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting --> YOU ARE HERE :)
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece
Ms P. Designs USA

Friday Oct 20
Creatin' in the Sticks
Adventurous Applique and Quilting 
Just Because Quilts

Monday Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Pumpkn Patch

Tuesday Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights


  1. Love the way you combined so many unique elements in your block.

  2. Great block--and you make a great point We need more women represented in art, in a matter of fact sort of way, so that kids will see it as normal (which it is) and girls, especially, will see that as a potential for themselves and not see themselves as "the woman behind the artist" as they are so often portrayed in books and on screen.

  3. Your version of Marian's skull pattern is wonderful. And your art project is a lovely melding of mediums and styles.

  4. Love the Halloween Blocks, looking forward to your BOM for 2018.

  5. I love your Skellington McArdle and the fabrics you chose. Thanks for sharing your work.

  6. Very cute! Thanks for sharing and the giveaways!

  7. This is wonderful. All Halloween. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I always liked Jack from Nightmare before Christmas.

  9. Great project! I still love Nightmare Before Christmas so this tugs at me.

  10. Great job with the bonus challenge

  11. Oh...I love this. It really captures the spirit of the season.

  12. Love the use of color in your skeleton block

  13. Love those spooky blocks! You chose the perfect colors to show them off! duchick at mchsi dot com

  14. I'm not big on skelly quilting but I like how you have used the different colors.

  15. Look at you - from one hop to another! I love Marian's hops (and yours too). *grins*

  16. I think you did a fantastic job. I love not only my skeleton, but the The Nightmare Before Christmas interpretation. I also really love sugar skulls, I think they give skeletons some life where as you normally only have 2 colors in a skeleton... These are awesome and as always Alida, you are an inspiration.

  17. Cute and very inspiring. I like your take on things.

  18. I love the skull :)

    Beth oneoldgoat1962 at gmail . com

  19. I love skulls and sugar skulls! So much about family!! Thank you!

  20. I like your interpretation of Marian's block. And most definitely like the creativity you used with Jack Skellington. Isn't it something to think that women aren't mentioned much in various history studies. There have been over the centuries women artists, but they might have had to work under a pseudo name of a man! Thank you.

  21. Awesome Projects!

  22. I enjoyed your projects! I wish I had more time to play.

  23. Love all things Disney!

  24. Your projects are cute as can be. Thank you!

  25. Love the purple skull..just my style.

  26. Love Jack Skellington! What a great block

  27. Thanks for sharing! Love the projects.

  28. You did a great job on your projects. Really like your Skellington McArdle

  29. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netOctober 19, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    This has been a fun blog hop and seeing all the creative things people are doing. Yours is no exception.

  30. So non traditional looking, pretty scary!!!

  31. I like your blocks...such fun fabrics too. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Thank you for the link to the artist, and sharing your sugar skull.

  33. Jack Skellington is a winner. Always a favorite in my family.

  34. I SUPER enjoy your Skellington quilt! Great design. Thank you for sharing with us. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

  35. Very cool great blocks and your colors where spot on....

  36. Very different. Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Thanks for the patterns--very different!

  38. Great skeleton block, reminds me of my son's 1980's He Man toys! Oh, did I just date myself!

  39. Lovely projects, thank you for sharing!

  40. Skellington McArdle is delightful!

  41. Love the skull - great creepy colors!

  42. Your skull turned out great and the Disney piece is perfectly scary!

  43. How cute with the fussy cutting!

  44. I love the colours you have used

  45. Great Halloween projects. Thank you for sharing!

  46. Two cute projects! Love the darker colors

  47. All these cute projects have brought delight to my days.

  48. I like the decorative Halloween skull done in purple with the orange background. rozz01 at cox dot net

  49. Cute projects! Thanks for sharing.

  50. Great projects! Thanks for sharing them.

  51. Great projects, and I love your focus on female artists.

  52. You have such creative ideas. Wonderful way you created the skull from the pattern. Nive fabric choice.

  53. Cute projects. I love how your bonus skull turned out.

  54. wonderful projects, Thank you for sharing!

  55. Thank-you Alida and Marian for a wonderful blog hop. And thank-you for pulling my name for a prize. These are such fun!!


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