This quilt has to be the most "unnecessary" quilt I have ever made. And the most fun! It all just fell into place so instinctively, and I enjoyed every minute of the process. Let's face it, normally I utter more than a few curse words in the quilt-making process, but this one was smooth sailing!
Truth be told, I don't even really like Halloween. But when I was introduced to Alexander Henry's The Ghastlies while at Sewing Summit last fall, I loved it, and bought a half hard with no particular plans. I started making some wonky blocks with it last fall, inspired by Thumbelina's quilt. I thought I would just make a wall hanging, but as the blocks accumulated, I ended up with more than enough for a quilt, especially once adding the wonky border- this thing finished at 65 by 75 inches!
Once the top was made, I instantly had visions of quilting it with a large, sprawling spiderweb. The epicentre is to the top left of the quilt (you can click on the photo to enlarge and see the quilting better). I used a thick Aurafil thread in a yellow-orange shade so that the quilting is quite pronounced.
I used the same thread to topstitch the binding for continuity.
I even love the back- found this perfect spiderweb fabric at Fabricland on clearance for $3.50/meter. Score!
It was Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday, and we headed out to rural Manitoba to have dinner with The Hubs' family. This "Haunted House" is just down the road from their farm....all perfectly rusted and falling down! Even the day was grey and rainy and desolate...perfect for photographing a Ghastly quilt. I have to give a shout-out to The Hubs for climbing over barbed-wire fences, avoiding the multiple cow patties, and patiently holding this up in the rain while I gleefully took photos!
Wishing you a SPOOKTACULAR day!