Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween and Welcome Quilt Festival visitors!


I thought I would share some details on this quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. (Thanks, Amy!) I made this quilt purely for fun. It came together quickly and I can't wait to have it on the walls for next Halloween. Since I just finished it yesterday, we won't get to enjoy it for too long this year being that it is Halloween today.


hubby dressed as a quilt for Halloween :)

Pattern: Late Bloomer from Thimble Blossoms, out of the Australian Homespun mag

I had the fortunate chance to be in Australia when the Australian Homespun mag that contained this pattern was on the newsstand. I immediately knew I would make it since it was both cute and fairly easy. A while later, I happened to see a Chic or Treat layer cake on clearance and a lightbulb went off that it would be perfect with this pattern (well, what fabric line wouldn't be, really). I've had the material and pattern sitting there waiting to be made for a year. I talked a little bit about my process of picking out the border and ric rac color here.

I agonized for a bit about not doing the applique circles, but felt the quilt didn't need it since the fabric was so graphic and colorful. I also ended up stitching down all the edges of the ric rac so it would lay smooth. This was a first for me with the wavy edge on the bottom and it is so adorable.


fun graphic polka dots, candy and spooky houses

Fabric: Chic or Treat layer cake by Moda, spider web from Alexander Henry and some orange polka dots from Hobby Lobby

I love the fabric. Cute, but not toooo cute. I hope the polka dot fabric from Hobby Lobby will hold up. It actually feels just as nice as my quilt store cotton and  was just the perfect color of orange and I couldn't resist those jumbo polka dots.


grey polka dot backing fabric and beautiful quilting

Quilted by: Deb Geissler

Deb did such a great job with the quilting and her turnaround was lightning fast. It is the second quilt she has done for me and I wouldn't hesitate to send her all of my larger quilts. The batting is Hobbs and I like the way it is lightweight but still gets lots of crinkles after it is washed and dried.

13 comments :

Joyzelle said...

Love the cute and fun Halloween quilt. Great job. It will be a fun treasure to pull out each year and enjoy

Shellie said...

I love your Halloween quilt!! it will look fabulous next year. Perhaps I should start one myself - you're inspiring :)

Linda said...

This IS a fun quilt! Happy Halloween!

Quiltbenaco said...

E' una trapunta molto simpatica!
Ciao Domenica

Kate said...

That is a really fun quilt! Yes my platypus is in the same issue. How exciting to see one - I hope to one day!

Riel said...

The big squares are perfect for showing off the fun Halloween fabric and the polka dots are a great compliment to it all!

Melinda said...

So cute! My nephew is a Halloween baby and I am definitely thinking about a cute novelty quilt for his next birthday. I am going to have to remember that spider web edging. :)

AnnieO said...

This is a terrific Halloween quilt--charming without being too kitschy. I love the dots and the rick rack and the curvy bottom. Its a great design! Stitching both edges of the rick rack would be my method of choice too, I don't like it to curl up. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

bethanndodd said...

A fun and beautiful quilt that you and your family will enjoy for years to come! Now, I want to make a Halloween quilt too :)

Sherry said...

What a great Halloween quilt. Rick rack is always a fun touch to a quilt. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

Great Halloween quilt! I love the ric rac and orange and polka dot fabric!

Claudia said...

Too cute. I love the big ric rack.

Diane said...

Love it! And I agree that this standa on its own and needs nothing further. Love the wavey bottom too. To be honest, I love anything with rick rack!