It's time for another Block Mania Blog Hop free block! If you aren't familiar with the Block Mania Blog Hop, every month a group of the quilting industry's top designers each create a free 12" block that all fit within the same theme and color palette. All blocks are posted on the first Tuesday of the month and you get to hop from blog to blog, learning more about each designer and collecting your free patterns.
This month's spooooky theme is Halloween! I created this block called Batty and Happy, and it's available FREE on our website here: Batty and Happy.
We are also offering a SVG File for sale to cut the applique shapes on a fabric cutters such as the Cricut Maker. Here is the link to purchase this
Batty and Happy
This month, I wanted to take you behind the scenes on how I select fabric for my projects. Here is the video showing just how I chose the fabrics for this block.
Here are the final fabrics I ultimately decided on. They are a combination of fabrics from Benartex and Windham basics.
Recently I've been using my Free Block design to test out new ways of using my Cricut Maker. It's led to some pretty interesting discoveries and useful tips on how to more easily cut fabric for applique with the Cricut. I've documented some of these tips in a series of YouTube videos that you can watch here
Once we have all of our fabric pieces cut and ready to assemble, it's to move to the iron!
Here's a shot of our adorable bat coming to life. I am using an Appli-fuse mat to make easy work of this. Did you know we now have these available on our website and have a video on how to use them here?
Now that we have our block assembled, it's time to pick our favorite Aurifil threads for the finishing stitch. This month I got up close and personal in a video on how to finish the edges of the applique ,as well as my trick for using a machine stitch that looks like embroidery for the stitch around the bat's mouth.
And finally, here is our adorable Bat out collecting treats! Happy Halloween!
I hope you have enjoyed this month’s free block. Make sure to visit our website, www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com for more whimsical patterns and our YouTube channel for more quilting tutorials.
Here are the links to my fellow designers on this Blog Hop. Have Fun!