i made it quilts


The November meeting of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild featured a holiday or seasonal potholder swap. I thought, “I ain’t make a potholder.” And then I inherited some fabric from a family friend, and I was like, “This is perfect for a fall-themed potholder,” and then I found a tutorial on Craftsy, and suddenly I had two potholders.

Leaf potholders

After I posted them on the internet, two other people loved them so much that I made two more pairs and sent them off before Thanksgiving.

more leaf potholders

So “I won’t make a potholder” turned into making six potholders. Whoops.

clothes dye i made it

A nice flowy shirt and some overdyed storebought clothes

Drapey ghost shirt

There was a customized garment posted on the AC Journal, an A-Line dress with sleeves added (“just trace the armhole”). But I’m lazy, and the tshirt is cut on the fold instead of having a seam down the front, so I started with that pattern and used the A-Line tunic as a guide to add length and width.

Fabric is the ghost print from Lizzy House Hit Parade Knits by Andover.

This was my sixteenth garment in 2015, and the last one I made for myself before the holiday makefest.

This was a bathrobe I found on the clearance rack in Marshalls. It was a marled white color, and the belt was missing. But it looked like it could be a perfect length cardigan with pockets, so I had to get it. I removed the belt loops and dyed it, and now I wear it like it’s not a bathrobe.

There are a few kinds of clothes I can’t get enough of. One is semi-structured jackets made from knit fabrics. This one was on the clearance rack at Anthropologie over the summer. It was originally white with wide horizontal pale blue stripes. I dyed it once then in a forest green dye, but it wasn’t really the green I wanted. I dyed it again in a very strong grass green bath and got it closer to what I was looking for.

i made it machine embroidery

Vulture embroidery

Finally polished off this guy when I was finishing up all the Drawlloween pieces. Everybody got backs and closed edges and a hanging mechanism.


clothes i made it

Alice’s Halloween costume

Alice got really into watching Octonauts in the fall, and learned about the vampire squid, and asked to be one for Halloween. Cool, OK. What do I do?

Vampire squid costume

Vampire squid costume

I ordered a dyeable hoodie, skirt, and leggings from Dharma Trading. Then I dyed it all plus some scrap fabric in maroon. I didn’t really make it dark enough, but she loves pink and was fine with it.

The vampire squid has a membrane that stretches between its tentacles, forming a sort of skirt. Underneath it are a series of spikes. The squid turns itself inside out to display the spikes when it gets scared. I sewed and stuffed a whole lot of little spikes, and stitched them on the underside of the skirt in rows. Then I cut tentacle shapes from the scrap fabric and sewed that to the outside of the skirt. If I had spent a little more time on it, I might have added a drawstring to the hem of the skirt to flip it all up over her head at once.

I cut pieces from the scraps to make those little flappy fins on the head. Then I cut some circles from green scraps, and sewed them down with glow in the dark thread and a little glow in the dark fabric paint, because vampire squid live in the midnight zone and have glowing spots on their heads.

Hers was, I believe, the only homemade costume in her whole preschool class, but she didn’t seem to notice or mind.

i made it machine embroidery

and WAY LATER.. drawlloween day 31.

drawlloween day 31: dragon

Day 31 of Drawlloween was DRAGON, and so here is a little dragon keeping warm on a nice toasty jack o’lantern.

i made it machine embroidery

drawlloween days 29 and 30

Do you remember the Scary Stories series? Of course you do. Because those illustrations probably still haunt your nightmares. Do you remember Harold? He is the only scary scarecrow in all of history. Except he scared people, not crows. This guy here? He is no Harold.

drawlloween day 29: scarecrow

Day 30 was spider. Bill told Alice a very abbreviated and edited version of Lord of the Rings. For some reason, she really latched on to Shelob, the giant spider who lives in a cave outside Mordor. Mainly she snacks on goblins, but she in the story she tries to eat Frodo and Sam. Alice’s love of Shelob has made her very disappointed that real spiders a) don’t have stingers on their butts and b) aren’t the size of our house. This piece is basically a valentine.

drawlloween day 30: spider

i made it machine embroidery

drawlloween days 27 and 28


I considered doing a picture of my mom in a witch hat for day 27’s witch, but I knew that day 28 was black cat and I would do Hugo, so I decided to do Linus instead. We like to dress the cats up for Halloween and put videos on YouTube. Linus has his own website. We’re just.. like that. Anyway. One of the videos features Linus in a witch costume on the dining room table. It doesn’t end well for him.

drawlloween day 27: witch

If you’re reading this you’ve probably seen the video, but hey. Watch it again.

And like I mentioned, day 28 was black cat. We have a black cat! Here, kitten Hugo charges his lasers!

drawlloween day 28: black cat

i made it machine embroidery

drawlloween days 25 and 26

I did not know what to do for mummy so I did this sort of clumsy thing with Lying Cat. This is not the best work! but they can’t all be winners. Lying Cat would very much like you to unwrap her now. “Get meowtta here!” and other bad jokes.

drawlloween day 25: mummy

And then we came to rat. Rats and rats. If you see one how many are you not seeing? White rats aren’t really that kind of rat, they’re more of a bred-by-humans kind of thing. I originally was going to paint these rats brown or grey, but then I loved how it looked when I left them unpainted, so it stayed that way.

drawlloween day 26: rat

i made it machine embroidery

drawlloween days 23 and 24

One of the people I’ve been following for Drawlloween suggested replacing ‘gore’ with ‘the Addams Family’ because gore is icky. And I get that, obviously, because I have definitely been bending the meanings of words and abandoning prompts I didn’t like. But I had an idea for gore that I didn’t think would be too bad. As I get older, I’m less and less able to look at gory stuff (real or not) without feeling a bit sick. That’s fine. I thought I could do an abstraction that might imply something fleshy or bloody. I thought about textbook illustrations of dermal layers.

drawlloween day 23: gore

Day 24 was skeleton. Skull was recent, so this felt a little redundant, especially because I chose another animal theme and made it black black blaaaaack. These are some of the skeletal remains you might find in an owl pellet.

drawlloween day 24: skeleton

i made it machine embroidery

drawlloween days 21 and 22

Day 21 was supposed to be “8 bit zombie,” and like, no? We already did zombie. We do not need to make a sprite out of everything. Instead, I went with the dancing pumpkin guy of KXVO. He is legend.

drawlloween day 21: not an 8 bit zombie

For day 22’s candy, a cross-section view of a Snickers bar.

drawlloween day 22: candy