'Tis Just the Wind (detail)

Feeling Wicked Today…Though ‘Tis Just the Wind…

Wicked Blog Hop at sewwequilt.comTruthfully, that Wicked feeling has been here since last week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting with all the bloggers on the Wicked Blog Hop and seeing all of these amazing and inspiring projects! Special thanks go to Wicked Wendy for cheerleading and organizing this Hop, Madame Samm for organizing and making these hops possible, and to the awesome sponsors Madame Samm rounded up: Wyndham Fabrics, Reliable Iron and Bird Brain Designs!

Onward! I had so much fun with this project I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll just share my favorite bits in pictures before I share the whole thing (click if you want to see them bigger!):

Heh, okay, I have a LOT of favorite bits! 😀 Here’s the whole of it:

'Tis Just the Wind...
‘Tis Just the Wind…

I’m just gonna say it again: this was fantastic fun! That raven embroidery caught my eye on Facebook and then when I saw the Michael Miller Nevermore fabric, it sealed the deal on where to start. I had no firm plan for the whole quilt, but I started with my Feature It! pattern (that you can get free here) because it’s just so quick to make and easy to customize depending on what fabric and techniques you use. I just added the embroidery elements and inked lettering and other things as I went along and came up with ideas. I’m sure you can tell I fell in love with Urban Threads embroidery designs and the whole Gothic/Steampunk/Nevermore theme just a little bit!

I’ll probably go into more detail about the construction techniques I used at a later date (some of which were really experimental for me and way outside my boxes!), but here’s the quick list of techniques and some of the supplies used: machine piecing, machine embroidery, free motion unmarked machine quilting, inking, painting, distressing, Mettler, Sulky, Iris and Aurifil threads, Tsukineko Fabrico Markers and Pigma Micron pens, SoSoft Fabric Paint, beads, watch parts, ribbon, floss, and Hobbs Heirloom Wool batting.

I really love how this quilt turned out–I think it’s one of my favorites that I’ve ever done, but then again, I’ve probably said that about each quilt I’ve done…until the next one! 😉 ‘Tis Just the Wind…It may have to find a permanent home on the wall year round and not just at Halloween. Or maybe I’ll just leave it there on the hall tree, since no one ever hangs anything else on it anyway!

Now I have a giveaway for you! Leave a comment to let me know you’ve been here and tell me what your favorite quilting technique is! I’ll enter you in a drawing for my Inchie Quilts book and InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set. The lucky winner will be drawn randomly on Sunday, November 3 at 11:00 p.m. EST. I’ll ship anywhere!

Inchie Quilts and InchieSee& InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set
Inchie Quilts and InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set

Here are the other blogs on the schedule for today’s Wicked Blog Hop:

DreamWeaver’s Quilts You’re here!
My Quilt Infatuation
Just Keep Swimming
Quilts From My Crayon Box
Daisy and Jack
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Tomorrow’s Treasures Today
Why-Knot-Kwilt
Just Let Me Quilt
Sew We Quilt

Be sure to visit them!

I hope you have enjoyed the Wicked Blog Hop as much as I have. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back soon!

Update: Thank you all for your comments and compliments on my quilt. Your kind words caused lots of Warm Fuzzy Feelings over here! I’m pretty sure I answered each of your comments by email, and I hope Outlook didn’t make any comment emails disappear. If I did miss anyone, please know that it wasn’t intentional!

Also the giveaway is now closed! According to the random number generator, congratulations go out to Vicki H. for posting the winning comment. 🙂

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98 thoughts on “Feeling Wicked Today…Though ‘Tis Just the Wind…”

  1. Although I like machine piecing the best, my favourite quilting technique would be free motion quilting, especially if it compliments the fabric and piecing.

    Lovely quilt…so over the top!!

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  2. Oh my! This is my favorite of the hop! Your wall hanging is FAB-U-LOUS! I have to say in the last year or say I have come to love steampunk and I going to have to find some of that Nevermore fabric. Totally inspiring!

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  3. I love your quilt! It’s right up my alley. I love the gothic, steampunk line from Urban Threads, too. I’m a new quilter, so I’m still pretty much just piecing.

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  4. I’d have a hard time deciding between machine quilting and machine trapunto – I love them both! Your quilt is amazing!

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  5. Like Christina, I like piecing best, but I also enjoy adding hand stitching to small quilts.

    Your design is quite spectacular and your quilting choices are very unique.

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  6. Ooooooh my! That is a stunningly beautiful quilt! And creepy at the same time. I love all the details in it. I could sit and look at that for hours! Did you put a spell on it? Or rather A CURSE? If so: Wickedly well done! Thank you.

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  7. That has to be one of the most creative and lovely quilts I’ve seen in a long time! The colors are perfect. You captured the birds so wonderfully in those log cabin blocks. And your quilting – just awesome! The bat: we just don’t give them as much credit as they’re due. They are THE KEY to the delicate balance in our ecosystem (tho I certainly wouldn’t invite one into my house); they keep the zillions of pesky bugs in check! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous quilt today.

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  8. I love to do hand work as I find it very relaxing so I am very happy to hand quilt smaller pieces of work. Thank you for a fun giveaway too.

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  9. I did not know it was you who did the inchies! Your inchies are a hit over on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum. There is a group over there who swap inches from time to time.

    I LOVE your quilt! I don’t just LOVE your quilt… I REALLY LOVEEEE your quilt! it is the most fantastic Halloween design ever!

    You are so inspiring!

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  10. I just love, love, love your quilt. It is truly spooktacular. I find so far that I love piecing the quilt together but as soon as I get my longarm up and running, I’m betting the FMQ is going to change all of that. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. I really like the piecing process…love seeing it all come together. AND….I LOVE your quilt. I have to say that is the best Halloween quilt I have seen…just love it:)

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  12. Nadine this piece is simply stunning. I love the different quilting patterns you chose to highlight each piece – I’m afraid I’m an all-over regular machine quilter. I have arthritis in my hands so hand quilting is out for me now but I can do loops or stippling or straight line quilting on my home machine. Someday I’m gonna’ branch out from those. 🙂 Wish I were close enough to take lessons from you! blessings, marlene

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  13. Oh my goodness, what a great project! Beautiful! I am still a new quilter — I’ve pieced a few things but have only done straight line machine quilting. I want to learn to hand quilt, just so I can claim the title, lol. 🙂

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  14. Love your Table Runner. It is sew Wicked cute. My favorite quilting technique is applique but I have really been drawn to paper piecing lately. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  15. Your quilt is amazing. I don’t really have a favorite part of quilting. I just like how everything seems to come together in the end.

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  16. That is one fabulous wall hanging! Excellent work on all levels. I like piecing and applique, but I think applique is my favorite. I love that raven and the lock and keys–I’ve never seen them before. You do beautiful, beautiful work. Thank you for the free pattern. I can see it has many possibilities from the simple to the complex like you did, and thank you for having a great give-away, also!

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  17. Love your quilt!! It is perfect. I will have to pick up some of that nevermore fabric. My favorite technique is applique.

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  18. Never-more never-looked sew good. I have your “Inchies” book but have not taken the plunge to make then yet. Should I win the book will become a door prize for my guild members. Nice way to pay it forward. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. Oh my, that is just about the most deliciously wicked thing I have ever seen. I do love those Urban thread embroideries! FABULOUS quiltie you have designed.

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  20. Your quilt is so wonderful. I love everything in it. My favorite quilting work is appliqué
    but I am falling more and more in love in FMQ, but I have no long arm and it require long practice before I will be satisfied with the outcome.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and a great give away.

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  21. What a beautiful, fantastic quilt. I love it.
    My favorite quilts are machine pieced, machine appliqued, hand embroidered and custom FMQ. I am addicted to doodling, practicing and applying new quilty motifs everyday. I love the whole process of this quilt journey I’m on.

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  22. That looks great. It’s hard to believe it is fussy cutting. I guess my favourite technique must be stitch in the ditch because I’m not brave enough to try anything else. 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this wall hanging. Just made my jaw drop and I am anxiously awaiting your techniques. Can’t rally say which ‘nique was my fave since they were all great, but if I had to pick one over all else I would say your machine embroidery is the bomb!

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  24. Your wallhanging is gorgeous and I would leave it up year round! My favorite part of quilting is the piecing. Thanks for the chance to win your book and ruler.

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  25. Oh, the part I loved best on your project is the free standing lace…no wait, the part I loved best is the embellishments…nonono, the best is the color selection…nononoNO the quilting….oh heck, your project is just plain bootiful…it is the spookiest of the wicked hop! I would keep it up all year too! Thank you so much for joining the hop! Oh and for the giveaway, too…inchies? How cute!

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  26. Gorgeous quilt! I have a couple friends whose house décor would match perfectly 🙂 My favorite quilting technique is chain piecing, it makes life so much simpler! Thank you for sharing, and for the giveaway.

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