In the September 2007 issue (No. 395) of Quilters Newsletter
I read an article by Margit Morawietz (titled "Folds, Pleats, and Tucks") outlining her technique for inserting three dimensional folds into her quilts.
Reading the article I thought that the technique would make an interesting jack-o-lantern. So using some fabrics I had around the place I decided to give it a try. (I later noticed that theres a book for Halloween projects using folding techniques mentioned in a side bar to the article.)
I think the idea more or less worked. But there are several things I would have done differently. Odds are it would have the same end result, but it would have made life a lot easier.
The two orange fabrics and the black print were fat quarters that were part of two fat quarter bundles. The yellow fabric is leftover from the Superman Smoking Jacket Robe. [link]
I was hoping that the satin finish of the yellow polyester would make it look like the jack-o-lantern was lit. It seems to work in dim lighting, but in strong lighting you really cant tell.
The beads were used between the open pleats on Happy Jacks smile.
To give Happy Jack some hint of vines, the ribbon was wrapped around a pencil, pinned in place, and then saturated with Fray Block. It seems to be holding its curl.
100% cotton fabric (two orange fabrics, one black print, and scrap green watermelon print [link]
100% polyester black faux suede (used for the backing)
100% polyester yellow satin(?)
100% polyester batting
Toho Beads 8H81 - Metallic Hematite
100% polyester ribbon
All purpose thread and invisible thread
3 - Plastic rings
Measures about 10 inches by 19 inches.