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Happy Jack by UrsulaPatch Happy Jack by UrsulaPatch
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 there’s 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 can’t tell.

The beads were used between the open pleats on Happy Jack’s 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.

Materials:
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
Fray Block
All purpose thread and invisible thread
3 - Plastic rings

Measures about 10 inches by 19 inches.
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm with Vaia, I love how the satin gives it a fiery effect! :D Very cool!! ^^
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Glad to know fighting with the satin was worth the headaches! :D
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cindra24 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Interesting technique. Great results in very fun colors.
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thanks.
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justamom Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Love the use of satiny fabric for light.
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thanks. I just wish I had thought to stabilize the satiny fabric prior to starting the project.
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justamom Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
That can be a problem for sure. I learned that while making a flag.
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CyberSunbeam Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
That is really neat. I'm working on a project (well in the cutting stage) that uses pleats, too. Yours turned out very nice. I hope I have as much success. :)
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
I can't wait to see it. :-)
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minami63 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007   General Artist
This is so cute! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I'm having an absolute field day finding all of the treasures like this here on DA! :pumpkin: :heart:
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thank you!
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morbid-stitches Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007   Interface Designer
aw love it, you should join :iconcreepy-craft:!
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thank you!

I'll have to look into the club. Not sure how often I'll do "creepy" crafts though.
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vaia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I love how the satin shimmers like it's the cangles glowing from inside, and I LOVE that black fabric! :faint: Too cool! :D
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thanks Vaia!

I wish I had thought to stabilize the satiny fabric prior to starting the project. Being even a thread off the grain would cause all kinds of stretching.

I don't know if the black fabric is as cool in person. For some reason the photo makes it look shiny. :shrug: But there is metallic gold lines and dots around the swirls.
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vaia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
anything satin does that, I think :( It stinks.

I'm just a sucker for loud colors and weird fabric ;p
I'd wear that for a shirt if I had one, LOL.
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
:)
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adnileb Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe...how festive! ^_^b
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thank you. :)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work! And I like the title too. :D
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thanks! :)
I keep getting The Who song stuck in my head when I look at him.
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