The calendar turned to September 22nd and Mother Nature brought in fall with force yesterday. Temperatures dipped into the 60’s. Suddenly a jacket or sweater would be required. The air was still, perfect for taking in the transition to the new crisp weather. I grabbed my fall wreath and quickly put it up as well since the temperature finally felt right.
I embraced the change of weather by grabbing a comfy sweatshirt and working on a new Halloween quilt. Last weekend at quilt guild a member had a layer cake of Patrick Lose’s Happy Halloween fabric. It’s rustic, feminine, and perfect balance of spooky.
During this past week I sorted the fabrics and decided that a large half square triangle quilt would be right for this. The fabrics were sorted into black/white and orange. Then I just cut each on the diagonal and pieced them together. One from each stack.
Yesterday I started pressing the seams towards the orange and decided to see if I could finish before heading a friend’s house at 6pm. I love a good time challenged project. Soon I had the entire top pieced and ready to start thinking about backing.
In my stash was a lovely black and white tiny houndstooth print. It’s perfect for a backing since the print can look a little overwhelming. I pieced together a strip of halloween fabrics I had in my stash that coordinated with this layer cake. Piecing the back and pressing it took the longest out of the entire process, even quilting.
For quilt I opted for loop de loops with free motion quilting. It just blends into the quilt, allowing the fabrics to be the showcase.
I was able to finish quilting and use the remaining houndstooth for binding. Lately, a 2 inch single fold binding has been my go to. I piece the binding onto the back and turn the fabric on the front of the quilt. It’s the perfect width.
The quilt was quickly put in the washer at 5:42pm last night. Just in time for me to make it a friend’s house at 6. Once I was home I put the quilt into the washer. This morning I ran downstairs to grab it. The sun wasn’t quite up yet and it was the best time for pictures. Not too far from my house is Locally Grown Gardens. They turned an old gas station into a neighborhood produce stand with delicious locally sourced foods.
Their pumpkin selection is amazing and most years this is where my pumpkins come from. I ran over there this morning to grab a few pictures of this quilt with their gorgeous pumpkins. No filter or editing needed on the photos with the pre-sunrise light. Those blue pumpkins are my favorite and I will have to go back and get one.
The quilt measures 53″ x 53″ and is a great lap sized quilt. It is available for sale if you’re interested. P doesn’t think we need another Halloween quilt, but I think he’s wrong.
Buy this quilt and enjoy some snuggles all your own under it. Everyone needs a Halloween quilt. Email me if you’re interested.
If you like Halloween and fall stuff check out my other projects.