First up in this Table Runner or Wall Quilt is the Frankenstein Monster Two Face block. This block uses a light and dark color to contrast each side of the monster face. I am starting with the Frankenstein Monster this week, and will be adding monsters for at least the next three weeks to make a table runner. The monsters can be duplicated and the dark and light colors can be switched to give it a little different look to make a wall quilt. Below is an example of the Frankenstein Block we are doing this week.
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Here are some examples of what can be done with several blocks! As I mentioned I will be adding more monster blocks like Dracula and the Pumpkin in the coming weeks.
A fat quarter will make a block and depending on the interior applique, it could make two blocks! For example, two fat quarters will make the Frankenstein Monster block.
I have the pattern for the Frankenstein cutout in my FREE Resource Library which you can access below.
- Frankenstein Pattern from our Free Resource Library
- Two Fat Quarters of Contrasting Colors (Here are some ideas from Fat Quarter shop) – Green or Contrasting Colors
- Contrasting Thread for the Applique Stitching (I used Sulky 40wt Rayon Variegated Thread)
- Double side fusible webbing like Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
Following are the cutting instructions for each of the Fat Quarters
- Cut out pattern with the seam allowance on the pattern. (Available in our free resource library)
- 1 – 10″ x 6.5″ block from each fat quarter for the background
- 1 – 4″ x 9″ block from each fat quarter for the Frankenstein cutout
- 2 – 4″ x 9″ piece of fusible webbing
Start with fusing the fusible webbing to the 4″ x 9″ on each corresponding 4″ x 9″ piece of fabric. I peeled only one side of the paper off and pressed for 3 seconds just to stick it to the fabric. Next trace the Frankenstein pattern onto the fusible webbing that is on the fabrics. TAKE NOTE to flip the pattern over on one of the fabrics.
Carefully cut the monster out of the fabrics, and cut the eyes and teeth out of the fabrics also. Below is how the Frankenstein cut out’s will look on the contrasting fabrics.
Match raw edges of the background fabrics and the Frankenstein and fuse to the background per the instructions of the fusible webbing that you are using.
Sew the two blocks with the fusible faces together to make a complete face using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open.
It is now time to applique stitch the block. I would suggest using a contrasting thread for this section. It will serve as an outline to the features. I used a Sulky 40wt Rayon Variegated Thread for my applique stitching. I chose a tight satin stitch also for the outline of the features. Play with your stitch before you actually start to make sure you have the stitch exactly as you want it. Make sure the outside of your stitch is on the raw edge of the applique and you are stitching into the pattern and not the background.
I used coffee filters as a stabilizer on the back of my block. It is probably not needed with the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible webbing, but I still worry that my block will shrink. The coffee filters come off very easily because of the satin stitch.
Below is a video of my satin stitch on my Janome Horizon machine. My Janome machine has several decorative stitches, but I chose the satin stitch for this project.
The Applique stitching is the the last thing to do on this block and it is ready to get either duplicated or added to other monster blocks that I will be doing in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned to social media and to this blog for the upcoming monster blocks to make either a table runner or a wall hanging!
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Below is a video of how I put this block together.
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