My niece-by-marriage, Stephanie, has decked out her house with spiders everywhere, along with Halloween decor. She is a young mother with small children. I, however, drape one thing around the house and call it done. I am an old mother whose children have grown and gone, and there are no grandchildren around to witness my pathetic Halloween decorationing.
I started this in August, hoping to have it finished by October 1st. I finished it last Monday, so just barely by the beginning of Halloween Month.
In the other post, you can read about how I put the striped fabric on the edges. To finish it off, I cut five 1-1/2″ WOF strips of spooky fabric, and used a bias seam to join them all together. Then I arranged my pennants how I liked the order, and sewed the binding right-sides-together, overlapping the corners of the pennants slightly, and sewed it on.
I decided to slip in some really narrow cording (used for pulling up blinds; you can find it at your local all-purpose fabric store) in the black binding, in order to strengthen it and so it wouldn’t stretch out.
I folded the binding up and over the pennants, and pinned the edge. It gaped slightly, so I used a stiletto to help coax the folded edge over.
Really, it’s a clay MudTool, specifically a Mudshark. I saw it last week when we were in DC at Michael Sherrill’s exhibit. I like how the needle tool folds up into the Mudshark: no stiletto caps to lose. Who says museum gift shops don’t have items for quilters? You just have to think creatively.
P.S. I decided to mail it home via USPS because I didn’t know if it would clear airport security.
You can see the backing fabric here, also by J. Wecker Frisch. I left a tail of about 14″ and also added a loop of fabric (cut 5″ long) so I could tie it up somewhere, and call our house decorated.
If I can find the box in the garage, I also have some spooky crows that will work with this scene (more importantly: IF I feel like getting it all out). Maybe if I stocked in the Halloween Candy early, I’d get into the season?
Below is a link to a video clip of Michael Sherrill talking about his work. I found all the videos in the exhibit fascinating, as he is an artist who is also articulate, and can talk about the creative process.