I like Leslie's black and white version, but pictured more of a Halloween-oriented color scheme. I pulled some fabric from my stash, a beautiful autumn orange (with leaves even!), black flannel scraps for the spider and black with white music notes flannel scraps for the binding and backing. I thought the music notes would make a skeleton-type frame and it worked beautifully! I also found a yellow tinted button to use for the face and I like the touch of character it added.
Here's an outdoor pic:
and hanging on our wall with a closeup of the cute face
I also practiced my FMQ, using a great metallic silver thread for the webbing and an orange zig zag stitch for the spider's decoration. It really was a quick project that I completed in an afternoon.
Here's my takeaway lesson: When feeling frustrated with a project, walk away, take a break, do something fun. I had been working on the Farm Girl Vintage blocks and had gotten really frustrated with a mistake I made on the block I was working on; which made it a perfect time to stop and work on a quick, fun project. When I came back to my problem child block a couple of days later, everything magically fell into place and I completed the work on it quickly.
Here's a picture of the FGV blocks on my design wall:
I am making the 12" blocks and am currently on the final row, I think LOL. My goal is to finish the blocks before I start Christmas sewing.
But....guess what I received in my email yesterday? There's a 2016 Quilter's Planner Sew-Along!!!! Because I already have my 2016 Quilter's Planner (and not so patiently waiting for my 2017 Quilter's Planner), I have the Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt pattern by Lee Heinrich already. I haven't made a scrap quilt yet, so I'm going to use up some of the scraps from my FGV blocks and join in. Check out quiltersplanner.com for the details and join the sew along to conquer those scraps!