Today, we have a visitor with a rockin' Halloween Quilt Top to share. Welcome, Janice!
Hi! I'm Janice, and I blog (very sporadically) at http://andanotherthing-janice.blogspot.com/. I was lucky enough to get into a quilting bee through Flickr last year, and have had so much fun making blocks with my Beemates! When MY month rolled around, I knew exactly what I wanted.
See, here's the strange part; I really don't like Halloween very much. When I was a kid, I was scared of EVERYTHING. I mean, there were episodes of Star Trek that I wasn't allowed to watch, because my parents knew it would just lead to nightmares. That's pretty bad! But I have this goal of having a quilt for every holiday, and I knew that if left to my own devices I would never make a Halloween quilt on my own. So this seemed like the perfect answer, and man, did those girls deliver! I can honestly say that I LOVE this quilt!
I sent out the fabric, (all bought on sale off season) and nine and a half inch squares of paper for paper piecing. I have to admit, some people weren't thrilled with the idea of making these rather labor intensive blocks. I LOVE string quilts, but it's definitely one of those things that you kind of forget how hard it is until you get the bug to make another one.
When I got them back, all those bias edges hadn't traveled very well, so to solve the problem I starched the ever-loving daylights out of them, (seriously. This quilt top could stand up on its own. It's like cardboard! But it'll all wash out.) and trimmed them all to a uniform size. I actually have one more row to add on, then it's off to my long arm quilter for some spiderwebs!
Thanks for stopping by, Janice!
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