Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ghastlies quilt top

I had never even heard of The Ghastlies until I was let loose on a bunch of genuine quilt shops in Salt Lake City during Sewing Summit last year.  I am not much of a Halloween person, but when I saw this fabric I couldn't resist picking up a bit, just in case.  I managed to put together a couple blocks last fall and decided to pull it out again to see if I could make some progress this year before Halloween came and went again.  My intention was to make a wall hanging for our front door, but I was having too much fun and soon amassed more than enough blocks for a full quit!

 

I did the individual blocks with no rules or measurements in mind, just added fabric until I felt they were fun.  I added some purples, pinks and marigold oranges from my stash for pops of color along with the greys and blacks, and I love the combination.  I spliced the blocks all together very free form with some Alexander Henry Heath (I am sure there is an easier way to do this than what I did) and then decided to frame the collection with a wonky border in the coordinating fabrics.

Some of my favorite characters! Of course the knitting sisters are featured in there :)






Even spliced a few extra ghastly folks in along the borders.


I had fun every minute making this quilt top.  Now to decide on some fun quilting...I am thinking spider webs??

25 comments:

Amy Friend said...

Very fun! A friend of mine is having a Ghastlies blog hop--I am going to send her this link.

Susanne said...

Spiderwebs would be cool. I just used them on my Ghastlies Mug Rugs :)
http://suleon.blogspot.de/2012/09/ghastlies-mug-rugs.html

Susanne

Katy Cameron said...

Hee hee, love this!

alidiza said...

I am so obsessed with the Ghastlies;-) This is fabulous, I love the way the yellow makes it pop. Spiderwebs are perfect but start now... they take forever!!!

Katie B. said...

Spooky! I love this quilt! Dang it, you're making me think I need a Halloween quilt.

Svetlana said...

wow, Kristie, what a fantastic quilt- and that comes from someone who can't stand Halloween.

QuiltyGirl said...

I love it! Spider web quilting sounds great!

felicity said...

Spiderwebs for sure! At least a few in any case. Love this quilt!!

Kati said...

Your quilt is perfect for this fabric! I love everything about it--the layout, the border, the blocks! Such a fun quilt.

Poppyprint said...

I agree with Kati - this fabric can be a bit hard to use in a quilt and you've done an amazing job of it! I love the heath and pops of colour and fully support spider web quilting!

kat129 said...

This is INCREDIBLE!!! I love everything about it - from the improv blocks and splicing together - to the wonky strippy border to the color palette! Mos def go for spider web quilting. Great quilt!
cheers
-k

Marla said...

I hadn't seen these fabrics before either. I love the block with the old ladies knitting.

bethanndodd said...

Love it, want it!! Must try to get my hands on some!
Smiles~Beth

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Your quilt is simply spooky and awesome. I love it! Didn't really think much of that Ghastlie collection until I saw your quilt, now I have to get my hands on some and get to sewing. Spiders would be perfect. Great job and thanks for sharing.

traceyjay said...

fabulous my friend...simply fabulous...

Elizabeth S. said...

SUPER CUTE! I love the wonky frames! I've seen lots of projects with the ghastlies, but this is by far my favorite. I think part of the problem (generally) with the ghastlies is that the projects seem to always be to busy - there's no place for the eye to rest - but yours has a nice balance. Thanks for sharing.

Michele said...

Love, love, love it. I have a big pile of Ghastlies too and a quilt is just one of the things on my To Make list.

ashley said...

That is an awesome use for that fabric! Love that quilt!

Karen said...

I just found your blog, I think via Mad About Patchwork's blog,but I have been rambling around blogland for the morning o it's hard to say for sure. I just had to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! So well written, with beautiful pictures, and a pleasure to read. And then I read on and found you're Canadian too! And from one of my favourite Canadian cities. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and creativity. Best wishes from another Canadian, obsessive crafter, and quilter (newbie in my case).

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Oh man!! I have some Ghastlies hoarded in my stash jsut waiting for the perfect idea to come along. I might have to make one just like this one! Brilliant!

Jacey said...

Oh, I love this TONS. It's so fun, and I agree; the pops of colors are so fun. I especially dig the orange!

Julia said...

Love the improv look of this quilt. Great work!

Kelly said...

It is fabulous!! I think spiderwebs sound perfect

Beth said...

This is great - I like how you brought in the yellows and purples!

Kristan said...

This is stunning! The colors and the way you pieced the blocks..Great!!