October IB Challenge and Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, fortheloveofgeese witchystitchbloghop, fortheloveofgeese










Welcome all. Today I am sharing my Island Batik Top It Off monthly challenge and it’s also my stop on the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.  On Halloween you can be anyone or anything you like, it’s the most creative time of the year. So thank you Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for the opportunity to join in. Her hops are always inspiring and so much fun.

(see disclosure)

The Island Batik challenge was to:

  • Create a holiday runner or table topper
  • Must use an applique technique ( hand or machine)
  • Any size

islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, hobbsbatting, accuquiltgo!, aurifilthread, fortheloveofgeese


The fabric I chose for the main project is the Islander Collection and the IB solid black. You may remember I used these in the IB September Challenge as well. You can view that post here,  (tutorial coming soon for the quilt). I loved these fabrics because the spray of colors remind me of fall.  They were all lovely and I did play with the blues as well.

This is going to be a long post with a lot of photos so grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte (or coffee) and stay a while.

Do you have an AccuQuilt fabric cutter?  Well, I’m sharing with you how I put together the runner. The Spider Web die is versatile, I quickly discovered you can make more than a Spider Web block using the Spider Web die.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

You can place up to six layers of fabric on the die. When making a project such as this you may want to cover ever either die shape to avoid overlapping your fabric. But let’s say your blocks are only 2 colors such as black and white, in that case you can just place 6 solid layers  of fabric over the entire die.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Enough fabric to make five Spider Web blocks. 2 with green diamond, 3 with orange.


fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Lay the block pieces in front of you as shown above. The tabs all go in the same direction. This is half of  the block.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Begin by piecing the center diamond and the solid black on either side.
fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Take to machine and stitch 1/4″ seam. Press seams open.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Add next patch, again stitching with a 1/4″ seam. Press seams open. Continue on the left side, then add patches for the other half. All seams open.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Half of block complete.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Shown above is 1 block.

Next piece the border blocks using green for the diamond. Both the 2nd and 3rd patches will be black. The 4th patch is orange. See the difference below.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Make a total of 3 whole blocks with orange diamonds and 2 whole blocks with green diamonds.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt









Joining halves. Line up your tabs and use a dot of glue or pin to secure. Sew using a 1/4 ” seam and press open.


fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Cut both green diamond blocks in half on the diagonal, see photo above. Do not cut the orange diamond blocks.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Add half blocks you just cut as shown in photos above and below using 1/4″ seam. Don’t worry about the dog ears for now.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Sew the half blocks (green) to the center blocks as shown above, then join the 3 sections. When you join the 3 sections match up the diamond top  point seams.

For lack of a better word we are going to square it up. Place each end point on (for instance) the 10″ cutting mat line. Trim at the 6″ and 14″ line to make the runner 8″ wide.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

If you like the shape, quilt and bind or keep going. Next using the 4″ finished half square triangle die from the Mix n Match 8″ Qube, place 2 layers of black fabric on the die and cut. These will be used on the ends to form a rectangle.

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador, accuquilt

Add a 1″ border and square up your rectangle. Prepare for quilting. For my runner I chose to stitch in the ditch.

If you remember the challenge required some applique. So…I have a double sided runner.


Using the AccuQuilt Emoji die,  fusible web and Island Batik scraps  I cut a circle for a moon, tear drop shapes in yellow and 2 in green for eyes, hearts, the smile and 3 tongue shapes, and large circles for pumpkins (that’s it I think) Once these were all cut, I cut designs for the eyes and mouth.

Again I used the IB black solid  cut to the same size as the runner, I made a quilt sandwich with scraps of Hobb’s batting. With  free motion quilting I attached the pumpkins and added detail. Then I joined the pumpkins half to the Spider Web front.

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

Recently I’ve been reading tutorials on flanged bindings and decided that would be perfect to break up all that black. Well, it wasn’t too bad until I joined the ends. See bottom left in photo below.

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

It would have been the perfect finish, but a flanged binding requires more practice on my part. So I replaced it with a black solid binding.

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

I love Halloween and I had more Island Batik scraps. Using the scraps, fusible web and the Emoji die I cut more shapes. For the pumpkin I decided to do a little trimming from the top of his head. Cut shapes from the Emoji mouth and tear drops for the eyes and mouth

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador









I drew a bare tree on fusible web and fused to the same green as my first project.  Remember those tongues?  Yea for me they are tombstones. The small circle from the Emoji die, a moon. Using the black solid I cut out a house, and from the same yellow as the mouth and eyes I cut windows.  I also used the shovel from the AccuQuilt Summer Medley die to place in the graveyard.

When my son was in grade school they made posters for the fall festival and I used his idea to create this wall hanging.

Be kind, I’m still a newbie when it comes to longarm quilting. I wanted a driveway leading to the house and my pebbles require A LOT of practice lol. Still, it looks like a child’s drawing.  I wish I had thought to add a spider web.

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador


accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

accuquilt, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

All products in this post were given to me as an Island Batik Ambassador and I thank them all. Given more time I probably would have created more projects for this post. There’s always next year.

What I learned

I definitely need more practice with pebbles if I am going to use a contrasting thread, practice practice practice.

Flange bindings are not as difficult as I thought and placed on my to-do-practice list.

That you are a dedicated reader if you made it this far into the post!!! Thank you.

October 7

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Quilted Delights

Kathleen McMusing

Quilts By Joanne

Whims And Fancies

Janie G. – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt


October 8

Selina Quilts

Vroomans Quilts

Days Filled With Joy

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Life in the Scrapatch

Just Because Quilts

Brenda’s Quilt Blog


October 9

Home Sewn By Us

Kathleen – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting


Seams To Be Sew

Sew Many Yarns

October 10


Homespun Hannah’s Blog


Cynthia’s Creating Ark

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Count it *all* JOY!

Bethni L. – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt


October 11

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Melva Loves Scraps
Patchouli Moon Studio

Ms P Designs USA

Karrin’s Crazy World

Patchwork Breeze

Words & Stitches



See what others are working on

View links to other Island Batik Ambassadors



  1. Wonderful! So much fun with all the little details. And your two sided table runner will last all through Fall. Perfect! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday wait Loss.

    1. Thanks Jennifer, I went all out for this Halloween. The non pumpkin runner blends so well with my decor I will make use all year. Thank you for the linky party. Hopefully I will have a new project to share in the coming weeks.

  2. It was easy to get all the way through! Everything you did was interesting. I really like how your pieced runner came together, and would never have thought to do that. Then the appliqué on the back was so creative. I also like your Halloween graveyard scene. Very clever work!

  3. Those are great projects! I really like those two dies you used. I may have to invest in those! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. They are great, I especially love the Spider Web die. There’s a couple more things I have in mind for the Emoji just no time for them right now. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Great projects! I really really like the long table runner, however the other two have an awesome whimsical charm as well. You rocked this project, you really did!

  5. Very clever uses of both your dies – you are definitely getting plenty of mileage out of them! I hope you you have a very happy halloween season this year, it looks like it is off to a great start for you.

  6. You did a lot of cute projects–the table runner is really nice–Thanks for the blog hop and all your ideas!!

  7. Love your pumpkins made with the emoji die, especially the heart eye! The scene inspired by artwork looks fantastic, really like the dark background, swirly stitching, and face coming out of the shadows.

  8. I just love the fabrics you chose. AND that you gave us some tips that you learned. I need all the help I can get 🙂

  9. Great projects! I love that you used Accuquilt for so many of the pieces. Fun colors and a reversible runner, great thinking!

    1. I love that the shapes can be used for so many different things. Thank you for stopping by, hope you are well.

  10. While i really like your table runner (both sides) and I would have it on my table even with the flange issue I am in love with your version of the cemetery. Boo to you for a job well done.

  11. Great projects! I especially liked the pumpkins and their funny faces. I don’t have an Accuquilt but your tutorial has made me think maybe I need one. Loved your wall hanging!

    1. Thank you Charlene. There are so many creative uses for their die’s. AND, you can order a custom die if they do not have what they want on their site.

    1. Thank you Teri, it was more precious as an art poster . But you know, kids really don’t catch our mistakes and it’s in a loving home.

  12. I started the blog hop with your post today, lots of cute things being made. I got out all my halloween Quilty things last week, I may need another table runner :).

    1. Oh no! I am so pleased with this die and it’s various uses. Did you see Gene Black’s September finish using it?

  13. I started the blog hop with your post today, lots of cute things being made. I got out all my halloween Quilty things last week, I may need another table runner :).

  14. Hi Denise! what a fun post. I just LOVE the second side – those pumpkin faces are SO cute. One with a heart-shaped eye and the other one looks a little sinister. And your son’s wall hanging is COOL. It looks scary, and what’s this about being kind about your quilting??!! No one should say a thing, in the first place, and in the second place it looks sweet. I love the zig zag for the ground – it makes it look uneven and like you would surely trip running away from the ghouls. The swirls in the sky make you believe the wind is howling and those pumpkins looks just like are laughing at you for even entering the cemetery. LOVE it. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Thank you Rosanne. I love all the quilting except for the pebbles but it gives me something I need more work on.

      1. Don’t be so hard on yourself! Next time you see a bunch of pebbles together, look at them. Really look! They are not circular at all – not a single one of them. And, only YOU look at them that closely. The rest of us see the overall picture and know what they represent. Truth! ~smile~ Roseanne

  15. Thank you for sharing all the steps to putting this together…it’s beautiful in the batiks! I love how you showed ways to use that die cut to create the pumpkin, headstones, etc. I use my Accuquilt dies and really like how easy they make some blocks. Thank you for joining in the Witchy Stitchy blog hop and giving us some spooky inspiration!

    1. Thank you Carol. I’m new to AccuQuilt and so far I am a huge fan and I love the Spider Web die.

  16. OMG you really had your thinking cap on for those pumpkins using parts of the Emoji Go Die! Good work Denise!!

Share your thoughts-I love feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.