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« on: October 20, 2010 03:14:34 PM »

 Since it is the right time of year for things like this, I thought I'd post a project I did a few years ago.  It was designed for a mail order catalogues fall challenge.  I could only pick 2 fabrics, the rest came with the challenge pack.  I designed it by going through my Mom's quilt books and picking out a bunch of Halloweenish sounding block name.  Then I wrote a story, picking 9 block names to make up the quilt.  The 10th name is for the boarder.  I didn't think at all about different blocks being different sizes, so I must thank my Mom for re drafting a few of the blocks for me so they all fit together.  After all of that I made the quilt.  The monster in the middle is made from paper clay, dollar store nails, and a glass eye and covered with the same scaly fabric that I trimmed it with.  That was one of the fabrics I choose.  The other is the motled red/orange/blackish

                                              A QUILTER'S NIGHTMARE


     While out walking on a stormy Halloween night, I came upon a roughly lettered sign that read "ALL HALLOWS Eve Quilt Show.  This Way."  Never able to resist a quilt show, I quickly decide to follow the arrow that points into the woods.  I walk along the dark path hoping for another sign, but the woods only grow thicker and my nerves more raw.  I eventually realize the sign must be someones idea of a Halloween prank, so I turn to go back...but the path that I'm sure I came down is now covered in a wall of TANGLED BRIARS.  Panicking, I frantically search for a way out of the thorny clearing.  Soon I stumble over something covered in a thick, sticky SPIDER WEB.  I use a bit of a branch to scrape away the sticky mass.  Underneath, I discover an ancient chest.  As I begin to examine the chest, a chorus of THUNDER AND LIGHTNING rings out overhead.  I can just make out the words "PANDORA'S BOX" engraved in gold across the edge of the lid.  "What kind of BLACK MAGIC is this?" I wonder out loud.  Part of me is saying, "Leave as fast as possible", but part of me wants to understand what is happening.  Suddenly, as another burst of lightning shoots overhead, I am able to make out something small shining on the ground.  I dive at the spot I had seen the glimmer and grab a long, thin hard object.  The next lightning strike reveals a small silver SICKLE in my hand and, in the background, just beyond my hand and echoed on the lid of the box, the same shape.  Without thinking, I slip the sickle into the dark impression in the lid.  As soon as I do this, it is clear I should not have.  The lid of the box flies open and a cloud of FLYING BATS tangle in my hair and scratch at my face.  I want to run, but I seem to be rooted in place.  Then a terrible howling wind surges out of the open box.  The wind makes the briers grasp at my arms and legs as if the thicket was now a living creature. Screaming, I pray it will soon end.  It would have been better if I had prayed for it to continue forever.  The moment the prayer leaves my lips, the tornado of briars falls away.  A silence as dark as the grave fills my ears.  But soon, I begin to hear a horrible scratching, like iron nails on bone.  I can see something writhing in the darkness of the box.  A long silvery-green talon sprouting from a gnarled finger the color of clotted blood begins slowly to rise from the box.  A DEVIL'S CLAW!  Darkness swims before my eyes as my fear takes me into unconsciousness.  I wake in my bed tangled in my sheets and soaked with sweat.  A STREAK OF LIGHTNING lights up my bedroom as I untangle myself.  I laugh nervousely as I comfort myself, "It was only a dream, only a dream, only a dream", I chant as I try to push back the dread that nips at the nape of my neck.  Oh, please, let it only have been a dream.





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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010 03:32:50 PM »

 OH I just love it!! I am so thrilled to see this finally and so close to Halloween GREAT JOB LADY THIS ROCKS!! Oh, I hit that rocks button too  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010 03:35:23 PM »

GREAT looking quilt - love the story - hope you did well in the challenge!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010 03:52:20 PM »

That is so awesome!! (The story and the quilt). The Spider Web block is my favorite. Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010 04:46:24 PM »

My favourite square is the spider's web - awesome job!
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2010 08:42:54 AM »

Oh my gosh, this is great!!! I love the story that accompanies it!
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2010 06:02:44 PM »

awesome... i love the spiderweb
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010 05:33:09 AM »

You are so clever! Love it!
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2010 11:29:00 AM »

very creative. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2010 11:47:26 AM »

Thanks everyone Grin!  It has been hideing in it's spot for a few years, so it is nice to get some current feedback.

I didn't win the challenge, but they did mention my name and discribed my quilt and story in the results of the challenge.  It was a bit of a rush to see my name in print for sure.

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