“I’m melting…” Wicked Witch Melting Cupcake Block

Something happened between thinking I would have a lot of time and the arrival of October 7th – time goes quickly. Last week, I spent my days in Medford prepping for the show (Wednesday and Thursday). Thursday evening was show setup and Friday and then I was at the show a good part of Friday/Saturday. Sunday, I did take some time to put together a witchy cupcake!

You remember the wicked witch, screeching “I am melting”. I was playing in Electric Quilt 8 * and came up with a cupcake block with the witches hat & broom. Then it dawned on me how to color it as I was now sure who the inspiration was…the wicked witch was melting! Her face was green and when I started playing the cupcake, melted face hat and broom all came together.

Photo Credit: Keith Luke/Unsplash

Another fun fact is that Margaret Hamilton, who played the wicked witch, spent time in Maine on an island in Maine (just like me). The above picture is of her house and the island, Cape Island. It was affectionately known as “Witch’s Island” because of her taking residence there in the summers. And, another part of the story says that people found her to be unlike the character; she was a sweet natured woman.

Pieces pressed on the appliqué teflon sheet

A little about the particulars for this block. More often than not I like skipping the tracing step and using fusible sheets for printing – I used the Print N Fuse Printable Fusible Paper*. I assembled the piece on my Goddess Pressing Sheet*. It makes it easy to move everything to the background.
have attached a template if you want to have fun. Both these things seem to speed up the whole process.

Pieces pressed to the background

There is no final plan yet, but I will gave you the appliqué pieces in case you want to go ahead with making these cupcakes.

I used a 12 1/2″ background and may turn this into a table topper. They are all Island Batiks and this would work for my October project, but I am not sure. It could even be a little door hanging for Halloween; time will tell. [ an afterthought – If you want an 8″ block for a potholder, reduce the printing size to 67%.] Finishing it will be my OMG!

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  1. Carla
    October 7, 2019 / 1:01 AM

    How cute is that cupcake? I can see a whole quilt of them. A very witchy idea and perfect for the hop and so nice of you to give the recipe for the cupcake too.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 11:53 AM

      I know, right. I am thinking it will be fun for folks. I also figured out you could use shredded wheat and a pretzel stick on a real cupcake…an addendum must follow.

  2. October 7, 2019 / 6:59 AM

    Your cupcake is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the applique pattern with us.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 11:53 AM

      You are welcome. I hope you use it!

  3. October 7, 2019 / 7:11 AM

    Hi Katleen! I just LOVE your I’m Melting block. I love that movie and watch it whenever it comes on. I was scared of the flying monkeys as a child but they don’t scare me any longer. HAHA! What a fun bit of trivia about Margaret Hamilton, and I’m glad she wasn’t like her character at all. I not only skip the tracing step in most appliquéd pieces but I also skip the interfacing as well. You can print right on the wrong side of the fabric . . . cut it out and you’re good to go. I would think that would work with raw-edged or turned-under appliqué. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:06 PM

      I love that movie too. I am totally about fast these days and since I am going to go right to appliqué/quilting when I finish I like the fusible. I did figure out if I ever had to bake them (doubtful) I would use pretzels with a piece of shredded wheat attached for the broom! Such creative thinking so early in the day.

  4. KJ
    October 7, 2019 / 8:04 AM

    Such a whimsical block. Thank you for sharing not only the block but also your inspiration and the pattern. A block would make a fun Halloween potholder/hot mat.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:07 PM

      Yes, I did add that you might reduce the size from 12″ to 8″ by 67% when printing in case anyone wants to do it! Still deciding but I am loving the helpful comments from all the readers.

  5. October 7, 2019 / 8:16 AM

    What a fun applique! I love that house of Margaret Hamilton too! Wouldn’t you just to spend a weekend there? Such a peaceful looking place. Lucky Margaret to have spent time there.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:09 PM

      It is a beautiful spot. I can’t complain about where I am (except that I am not right on the water). I only have peaks of water in the winter but it is still magical.

  6. October 7, 2019 / 8:27 AM

    This is HILARIOUS! I love it … although I’d be hesitant to take a bite out of that particular cupcake. I get the feeling that the creamy center wouldn’t be a sweet treat at all! LOL! Your design *is* very sweet — and creative! Thanks for sharing the applique pattern! 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:11 PM

      You reminded me of my brothers’ trick to twist oreos apart and put tabasco in…life was dangerous in my house. Glad you are enjoying the pattern.

  7. Vicki in MN
    October 7, 2019 / 8:39 AM

    Super cute, I think you should use it on your door!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:11 PM

      I am thinking that, too. Hubby isn’t so into whimsy so I think a door hanging may be perfect for my studio!

  8. October 7, 2019 / 8:52 AM

    Fun cupcake! I do small door quits for decorations on the front door and this could be a fun one!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:18 PM

      I think you are right, Emily. I am just thinking whether there is another one in me before the end of the month!

  9. October 7, 2019 / 9:17 AM

    Such a creepy melting cupcake…I love it! It will be perfect in any project you decide to use it in. Thanks for sharing the cupcake pattern and the photo of the house. She was the queen of witches, that’s for sure. I’m so glad you hopped with us in the Witchy Stitchy blog hop!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:17 PM

      I always love participating and wish that I had the time to make up my mind to finish, but it is still so much fun. She was the queen of witches, and now I want to make cupcakes – with pretzels and mini shredded wheat brooms!!

  10. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    October 7, 2019 / 9:18 AM

    That is an adorable cupcake, Kathleen! Thanks for the pattern! I can see all kinds of fun with this! LOL I think a small door hanging would be awesome!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:19 PM

      I think you are right about the door hanging!

  11. October 7, 2019 / 9:20 AM

    That is such clever imagination. Ding Dong.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:19 PM

      Now, the ear worm begins to keep me entertained for the day.

  12. Teri
    October 7, 2019 / 11:12 AM

    What fun! Thank you for sharing this cute block and the inspiration.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:21 PM

      You are welcome!

  13. Quilting Tangent
    October 7, 2019 / 11:38 AM

    Unique cupcake! 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:21 PM

      Thank you!

  14. Cocoa Quilts
    October 7, 2019 / 12:08 PM

    The melting cupcake is perfect. Glad to see you in this hop.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 12:22 PM

      Always fun to hop! Thanks for stopping by.

  15. October 7, 2019 / 12:08 PM

    What a fun idea! Your opening picture just has the hat and a bit of green show up in my screen view, so I got a good laugh after scrolling to see it was a cupcake – too cute! And your story fit perfectly. I didn’t know Margaret Hamilton lived on an island in Maine – it must have been along the coast. Like the two of you, I was fortunate to also live on a Maine island, though it was in a lake, near Oxford. I have fond memories of that time.

  16. October 7, 2019 / 12:59 PM

    What a great block for Halloween! I envision this on a Halloween apron with lots of ruffles and spooky fabric. Thanks for the inspiration! I really enjoyed hearing about the wicked witch actress. She is certainly an icon!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 7, 2019 / 1:27 PM

      I am liking that idea…now my brain is working in a new direction. Time will tell happens – I will imbibe the right potions in order to make the correct decision.

  17. Karrin Hurd
    October 7, 2019 / 1:03 PM

    What a great block- I love it. My DH who is 76 now, years ago so Wizard of Oz as a little guy and hid under his chair when this witch came on! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. kathleenquilts
    October 7, 2019 / 1:26 PM

    My brother was terrified by the monkeys! I may be married to the only guy who has never seen it! When we talked about it yesterday he said, I never read the book. I still love him!

  19. selina
    October 7, 2019 / 1:39 PM

    Wonderful memories for one and all. Thanks not only for the great idea but for also sharing the tid bit of witdhy history and the applique pieces. Great piece.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 8, 2019 / 8:39 AM

      You are so welcome!

  20. October 7, 2019 / 2:36 PM

    Great design! I love the Wicked Witch, although she was too scary for me when I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 8, 2019 / 8:40 AM

      I am amazed how scared we all were! Things are so much scarier and real-er now – I would never sleep!

  21. October 7, 2019 / 4:09 PM

    I think that was one of my favorite parts of the movie. Now we know what happened to her after she melted. Haha.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 8, 2019 / 8:42 AM

      Glad to have solved that question for you!

  22. farmquilter
    October 7, 2019 / 4:46 PM

    Your melted witch is perfect!! This definitely would make an adorable table runner or quilt!! Thanks for the extra 5 pounds I’ll be gaining with the recipe!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 8, 2019 / 8:42 AM

      Oh, I thought this was a calorie free blog…

  23. Sharon Gullikson
    October 7, 2019 / 6:31 PM

    The Wizard of Oz was my FAVORITE movie as a child, so I loved reading about the actress, and seeing her house in Maine. THANK YOU. The cupcake project is really cute, too 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:07 AM

      It is fun to find out something new (or forgotten) about things we enjoy. Glad you enjoyed the project, too.

  24. Dixie Mcadam
    October 7, 2019 / 8:04 PM

    Thanks for the great fun witch melting cupcake! Appreciate you sharing incentive & creativity for the blog.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:06 AM

      I love sharing ideas and do hope it sparks some fun projects.

  25. Colette
    October 7, 2019 / 8:53 PM

    What a sweet witchy idea. Thanks for the history lesson too. I have wandered into Maine the past two years. OMG it is gorgeous!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:06 AM

      Glad you have made it into Maine – it is beautiful.

  26. annalutzbrown
    October 7, 2019 / 9:01 PM

    Haha would make a great table runner ty for cool idea. …. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:06 AM

      I think a table runner is still in the running.

  27. October 8, 2019 / 1:26 AM

    Very cute (and clever). Thanks for sharing

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:05 AM

      Always fun to share on these hops!

  28. October 8, 2019 / 1:44 AM

    Adorable cupcake block. Thank you for the pattern.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 10:02 AM

      You are so welcome!

  29. October 8, 2019 / 2:00 AM

    What a SWEET treat quilt block!! I loved the island and story of the not really wicked witch as well. I always figured she was probably a very nice lady. Thank you for sharing and Happy Halloween!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:05 AM

      It is nice to know that she was a sweet person and really typecast!

  30. Ronelle
    October 8, 2019 / 3:56 AM

    Your melting cupcake block is so awesome – I love it. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with us.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:04 AM

      I like to share patterns on my blog; hope you use it someday.

  31. Patty
    October 8, 2019 / 8:36 AM

    Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:04 AM

      Always a pleasure to link up – now to decide.

  32. October 8, 2019 / 10:07 AM

    I love your cupcake. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:04 AM

      You are welcome!

  33. Joan
    October 8, 2019 / 10:20 AM

    Too cute! I can’t wait to see what you decide to do with it. How fun to see a photo of witch Island. I just saw wicked this year, and that put a new spin on everything. She really was a sweetheart

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:03 AM

      I have yet to see Wicked…I must do that.

  34. Mary Ann
    October 8, 2019 / 12:10 PM

    One of my favorite lines from the movie! I scare my grandson when I do the laugh. LOL Thanks for sharing this cute project with us.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:03 AM

      My mother used to do that laugh to scare us, too!

  35. Barb K
    October 8, 2019 / 6:34 PM

    Very neat ” Cupcake-Witch” pattern–Thanks for sharing such a cute pattern and for the Blog Hop!

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:03 AM

      I love sharing patterns with my quilty friends.

  36. October 10, 2019 / 8:34 AM

    Your cupcake is great, and thanks so much for the pattern

    • kathleenquilts
      October 10, 2019 / 9:02 AM

      Glad you like it and hope you put it to use!

  37. Thunder Quilts (BarefootThunder)
    October 11, 2019 / 10:31 AM

    great design, I think it would be wonderful for a door hanging, pot holder, mug rug… add sides to create place mats…could even add letters on the sides. ding dong would work vertical!
    thanks for the pattern

    • kathleenquilts
      October 11, 2019 / 2:24 PM

      Ding dong is rining my bell!

  38. October 11, 2019 / 4:07 PM

    Heya Kathleen, thank you for the pattern and the absolutely adorable cupcake pattern. What a lovely treat. I’ll post a note also about the coming bloghop in November on my blog for you also.. I can’t wait to see what treats are in store. If it’s anything like the recent QAL, I know it’s going to be great.

    • kathleenquilts
      October 11, 2019 / 4:55 PM

      Thank you! I hoped to have a little more but thought the idea was cute enough. So grateful for the cross posting on the November blog….gotta come up with that…while I am working on my first catalog quilt for Island Batik. Better get moving!

  39. dezertsuz
    October 13, 2019 / 9:44 PM

    Thank you for the little extra knowledge I didn’t have before. I love the house on the island in Maine. What a wonderful place that would be, summer or winter, I think, though I’m sure it is cold and frozen in the winter! Your melting witch cupcake is a wonderful idea! Don’t you love when ideas come together like that? Thanks so much for the templates. I can see this being a lot of things!

  40. October 19, 2019 / 11:32 AM

    I do love it when things come together. We spent the week on the Island, hoping to get somethings done. We lost power for a few days and even dealing with email was difficult, so apologies for the late response. It should be done soon!

  41. joymcd305716439
    October 20, 2019 / 1:50 PM

    Oh my, sooo cute!!! Since I am not into halloween I may just adapt it a little and make it a cupcake quilt! Or mug rug… or place mat.. or… or… thanks so much for the pattern!! xx

    • kathleenquilts
      October 22, 2019 / 12:01 PM

      I am so glad you enjoyed it! Adapt away…..

  42. October 27, 2019 / 8:14 PM

    This is super cute! Such a fun spooky project!

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