Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Halloween Quilt


One of the first big exposures I had to the world of quilting blogs was Amy's Creative Side's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  She hosts them twice a year, and stumbling onto one of these, a year ago was a huge revelation for me!  I've made so many on-line friends by connecting to some of the fellow bloggers who have posted quilts on her link-fest, and I've even been able to meet a few in-person!  I've also learned a ton, and been so touched and inspired by countless other bloggers' posts.  Thanks Amy!
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The timing couldn't be more perfect!  I just finished up this quilt yesterday, and thought it'd be fun to post it on the Fall 2011 Quilt Festival.

It all started in September during a lunch and fabric shopping trip with a friend, right after our kids started school for the year.  I'm not a big home decor kind of gal.  In fact, we moved here 2 years ago, and just look at my bare windows (blush).

Needless to say, I don't do a whole lot of holiday decor either (sigh).  When I saw this Halloween fabric at the quilt store, it didn't initially "grab" me, but once I found out that IT GLOWS IN THE DARK,  I HAD to get some, which meant that I had to make a quilt LOL!

I based the quilt on the "Children's Delight" pattern in the book, "Quilts From the Quilmaker's Gift".  I've made a lot of quilts from patterns in this book, including my recent Project Linus Quilt.  It's an easy pattern, which came together fast, which is great, because more and more, I've been enjoying the process of the actual quilting more than the piecing.  My machine has been a bit naughty lately, so I did about half of it free-motion quilting, and about half of it is done with a straight stitch, or decorative stitches that anyone can do quite easily, even when your machine is not behaving.

My photographer was my tween son..  It was windy, which made it a bit challenging, plus my dog wanted to be part of the action too, so here's the great picture of the back that he took (he took the top picture too)!
Here's a few details of the actual quilting.

Can you see the spider web in the corner (all done with a straight stitch)?  The narrow orange border used a decorative stitch that reminds me of "stitches", and when I started the green binding, I still had orange thread on my machine from my Project Linus Quilt, and was thrilled at how it looked... a happy mistake.  I liked it so much, that I decided to use orange "fangs" to machine stitch on the binding.
And did I mention that it GLOWS IN THE DARK?!?!
I hope you'll take a moment, if you haven't already to check out all of the other amazing quilts on Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival!!

22 comments:

A.J. Dub. said...

Fun Becky!
Love the "fangs" :)

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh I love it. I posted a Halloween quilt too. I considered doing a zig zag on the edge. Yours looks great! Thanks for sharing it.

Eileen said...

What a fun quilt! I thin i need to do something similar as i don't have a fall or halloween quilt. Great quilting to go with it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

The Thompsons said...

It's such a fun quilt! The fangs and glow in the dark effect just tip it over the edge to awesome!! :) Funny, I think one of the first times I saw your blog was from the quilt festival last time.

Kit Lang said...

Love that candy corn fabric! :)

Heidi said...

FUN!!! I just love your spider web detail! And way to go using your machine's regular blind hem for "fangs"! Totally a happy mistake! Now I am disappointed that my Halloween quilt that I just finished doesn't glow like yours!

Shari said...

How fun is this quilt!! I envy you your candy corn fabric. We couldn't even get the real candy corn in Oz this year - something about a contamination scare or something. But I just love this quilt and the little touches like the orange thread on the binding.

Beth said...

now move the curtain rod to a blank wall and hang the quilt!!!! Instant decor. Great Quilt!!!

Sandra said...

Perfect design to showcase the glowing pumpkins. What a fun quilt, great job.
Come see my entries: #29 miniature applique reproduction quilt and #31antique 1850 star quilt.

Patrice @ Shrimp & Grits said...

I love this quilt! That spiderweb is ingenious. Great job!

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. It is very pleasing coloring. beautiful stitching.
What is the fabric of the lighting?

quilthexle said...

How cool - a quilt that glows in the dark! And ... I can sooo relate to the "no-home-decorating" thing ;-))

Leanne said...

What a fun halloween quilt, I too love that it glows in the dark!

carol fun said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the detail on the binding and the quilting in the blocks - and the fact that it glows in the dark is perfectly spooky! LOL

Martine Kuciel said...

superbe quilt car le choix des tissus est réussi ,félicitations

Lyanna L. said...

That is awesome that the fabric glows in the dark. Great quilt!

H2Ogirl said...

glow in the dark! WOW! Any kid (of any age) would love that.

Katie said...

Glow in the dark fabric? How perfect for Halloween! It's a great quilt and I love the quilting you did. I will never look at those decorative stitches without seeing fangs and stitches again!

hanna said...

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Sherry said...

What a fun, wonderful quilt. Love it!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I love this! I love the fabric, the fun design AND the glowing in the dark. So cool...

Martha said...

Wonderful quilt...so fun..thanks for sharing.