10/5/14

Flash Finish

After I finished getting the house ready for my friends' visit tomorrow, I had a little time to sew today. While it was tempting to get started on my "Let's Book It" project for the month, I decided to do something quick and fun. I've had this project on my to-do list for at least a year...ever since the free pattern appeared on the Fons & Porter website last year: The Grim Ripper.


Isn't that a hoot? I didn't really expect to finish it in one afternoon, but one thing led to another and then...



Ta-Da!

This is made completely from scraps, including scrap batting and scrap binding. First I fused everything down.


Then I had to decide how to top-stitch the applique. Eventually, I decided on a straight stitch, but I made the quilt sandwich first so that the top-stitching also serves as the quilting.


It's always hard to photograph such a dark background, but I think you can get the idea in the image below.


I used metallic thread for the blade of the seam ripper, and then gave it a little gleam at it's pointy tip.


Then I decided to quilt a spiderweb into the upper left corner...just to make it ever so much scarier.


And then I stitched on the binding and voila!


This will be my NewFO project for the month, even though I broke the rules and finished it.

2014 NewFO Challenge

And speaking of the NewFO Challenge, you have until one minute before midnight tomorrow to link up to the September linky party. Link up with your new projects for September, finished or not, to be eligible to win the schoolhouse quilt block lapel pin.



After tomorrow, the party's over.

Finally, I'm happy to report that I managed to score five more pounds of Roma tomatoes at the farmer's market yesterday. I'll add in the final tomatoes from my own greenhouse and make some more tomato chutney. That stuff is so good!


That will have to wait until Tuesday, however, because tomorrow I'm welcoming good friends Deb and Tom into my home for the night, and I am so excited to see them. Their daughter recently moved to Oregon, and so I'm hoping to get to see them more often now.

Oh yes, and also on tomorrow morning's agenda...the big squash. Is there a better way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month?



If you're due for your big squash, what are you waiting for?

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vicki W said...

That's really cute!

littleorphanskein said...

Love the grim ripper! We've looked at that pattern a few times up at the local quilt shop here.

It may end up one of the near future projects, yet altered a little.

Kate said...

How fun! Love your Grim Ripper! Enjoy your time with friends tomorrow.

quiltzyx said...

I love the gleaming blade of the Grim Ripper's tool! That's a fun little quilt. :D

Have a great time with your company!

Tami C said...

That little fella is cute! I just might have to make one myself.

Michele said...

Very cute and so appropriate for the season.

Margaret said...

I made this Grim Ripper last year using Fairy Frost fabrics. It is really cute.

LynCC said...

So cute! And that tomato that thought it's a pepper is cracking me up. :) I miss home-grown tomatoes so much, that I'm determined to build a greenhouse the HOA will approve of and the deer and foxes can't get into!

Quilter Kathy said...

So fun... love it!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is too cute!! And NewFO start and done - wow.

Heidi said...

Haha, love it! He is like a friend to remind you to be fearless - a seam can simply be ripped afterall!

Susan said...

Cute. Ill admit I read it as grim reaper at first. Thanks for the link to the pattern.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I like your Grim Ripper. Cute.

Junebug613 said...

I love the Grim Ripper. I downloaded the pattern when you showed it to us before. I forgot about it, but maybe I will add that to my projects I hope to do in October.

Ann Bassett said...

What super cute pattern. I love your Grim Ripper. Have fun with your company.

Marie Auclair said...

That is so flippin' cute! I love it!