Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Spooky Finish for Fabric Tuesday

Hola, Cauldron Crafters!

I've shared through some WIP Wednesday posts that I've been working on a Haunted House Quilt using Riley Blake Design's Boo to You line from last year... it's finally DONE! I can't even share how excited I am.
This quilt started out by winning a bundle of Boo to You fat quarters in May 2010. I slowly added some fillers as I went.. just some basic purple prints from wherever. (One came from my grandmother's stash, so I don't even know what it is!)
Add 6 yards of Kona Coal and 2 yards of Orange Spiderweb Print from Boo to You..

Toss in some Wonky House blocks ala UnRuly Quilting, some Topsy Turvy squares ala Moda Bake Shop..

shake it all up, and BAM!
 

Are you totally in love? I am! To show you true love, lemme just show you for a second what I did to get photos of this beast...
I climbed this:

With a giant rope in my hand, in the rain, with a 3 year old running around underneath me, yelling "YOU OKAY, MOMMY?!"
Love, I tell ya.

I think my favorite part of this quilt, aside from the rad little Boo to You Characters, is the quilting. I was introduced to variegated thread by Aurifil and I am loving it! I used their Zebra variegated - black, white, and shades of gray. It couldn't have been any more perfect. A little stitch in the ditch around the houses and pieced border, then smoke coming from each of the little chimneys was just the start...

I tossed in some bats, ghosts, witch hats, tombstones, cauldrons, clouds, stars, spiderwebs and spiders, a night sky, a pumpkin patch complete with jack o'lanterns... oh, how beautiful!






Seriously, a blast to quilt. I used templates for some of my quilting - I have centered bats right in the middle of the top and bottom borders that were done with this Bertie Bat template.  They were super helpful in making sure the bats were consistantly sized and placed - plus they're cute! I did a lot of it freehand, but if you're worried about your designs turning out a little wonky, there are some really cool quilting templates you can pick up at http://www.quiltingcreations.com/ - and if you head on over and visit the Fabric Donkey, she has a coupon code just for the Cauldron Crafters (enter Halloween11 at checkout for 10% off)! A little bit of chalk to trace the templates with, and you're good to go!

I'm linking this up to Fabric Tuesday - go show some love to the other folks!
 Fresh Poppy Design

Also linking up to Celebrate Color. I know my Haunted House quilt is filled with lots of colors and some don't evoke thoughts of fall for everyone, but.. man, what better part of fall is there than Halloween? Love it!




16 comments:

Lynne said...

Cute quilt!

Sadie said...

This is such a wonderful quilt! I really love it :-)

Riel Nason said...

I am predisposed to like anything Halloween-related, but this quilt seriously rocks! Your quilting is wicked (pun totally intented). Love the houses mixed in with the blocks. All round great job!!!

susan said...

Your quilt is fantastic but your actual quilting is truly amazing!!

Megan said...

That quilt is awesome! The quilting on it is perfect for the pattern and prints!

Melanie said...

I love everything about this quilt! I can't get over the quilting! Very impressive!

Heidi said...

I always have loved the quilt...but that tree is pretty cool too!!!

Staci said...

Fabulous Finish!
Your quilting is just perfect! I love LOVE it!
Thanks for sharing your spooky creation.

Teje said...

Hi! I'm in love! Your quilt is one of those that I just can't impress myself in English! It is beautiful, amazing, wonderful colours, adorable blocks with houses etc. and the quilting is 'the cherry on the cake' - perfect! You have been thinking every detail and the result is fantastic!

Allegory said...

I want to steal that quilt so very badly! It turned out amazing.

kristastitched said...

saw you over at fabric tuesday (i'm also a follower!) and this quilt looks fantastic! i will say that tree is quite impressive as well, is that in your backyard? it's perfectly creepy for a creepy halloween quilt!
http://kristastitched.blogspot.com/

Val said...

I love your little ghosts (and all the rest too but the ghosts crack me up!)

Greta said...

That's an AMAZING quilt! And a spooky tree.

Svetlana said...

That's just too cool, great job! Love the spooky tree, too.

Jessica said...

such a fun quilt! I'm so impressed at your quilting details

Tonya Ricucci said...

whee, this quilt is fabulous and I love the quilting on it. congrats!

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