|Perfect size for snuggling on the couch or taking to bed as an extra blankie|
the free pattern, I discovered it was a wallhanging only 28" square inside the prairie points. So I mulled it over in my melon, over the winter, collected a few fabrics, and when their visit was imminent, thought geez, Louise, I need to get a wiggle on!
First, I decided to make it 12 blocks. The blocks finish at 8", so that would still not be that big, but I would add the border. Then I decided to make the prairie points into another border to increase the coverage area, and that's when I thought, 'Well, it doesn't have to be a bed-size quilt; it could be a cuddle quilt!'
|This change in size from 9 to 12 blocks, as well as making the triangles border, required some math|
So I went ahead and put the sides on. The only problem with the no-waste method is you can't have total control of getting your wings fabric (mine is the bats) all oriented correctly. However, if you've ever watched bats swoop around at dusk, you will agree that sideways is okay. ;-) I was also a little concerned about the white background of the bats fabric; there isn't a lot of white in the quilt until this final border. Yet I think it works: it resembles the negative space there would be had I done prairie points as in the original pattern, and it also brings a bit of a pop to the ghosts here and there and to the owls' eyes.
Here is the finish, outside in the shade:
|This was on sale for $5/yard at Alma Sue's last winter, as were the bats and the purple owls |
fabrics. The other fabrics are all from my stash and scraps.
I had planned to do an all-over meander, fast and simple, get 'er done.
My sister, Linda, who has faithfully commented on every single one of my posts over the past 2 years, today, exactly, had a terrific idea. Yes, today is my blog's 2-year anniversary. Blog-iversary. More on that in a minute or two. Several months ago Linda said, "You should quilt his Halloween quilt with glow-in-the-dark thread!" I nearly forgot her suggestion, but thank goodness for reminder text messages from younger no-brain-cells-affected-as-yet-by-menopause sisters (thanks Linda!) and for four trips over the river to Detroit. Oh, I was in JoAnn's on the second trip over, never once even thought of the thread (see what I mean about the menopausal melon issues?) got super-excited over a Detroit Lions stuffed animal that turns into a cushion, that I bought for Brady, remembered to buy a variegated Coats and Clark thread in red to try on the Wings quilt, but did not even recall the glow-in-dark thread!! Next trip over, however, a couple days later, I did. Yay! You guys, it is AWESOME!!!!
Simple fast quilting....mostly out the window. I outlined all the jack-o'-lanterns to start with, some of the ghosts, the moons behind the witch and the vampire, some of the owls, a bat or two, and then FMQ-ed a bat of my own in one of the meandered areas. I nearly did the skull, but thought that might be too scary for a 7-year-old, to have a skull glowing in the dark.
With one spool of this thread, I did dot-to-dot in the flying geese, wove around the owls in the purple border, did a small meander in the bats fabric, and a larger meander in the blocks where I hadn't outlined anything. I ran out with about 12" left of the weaving around the owls.
|Brady got the surprise of finding the names in the dark!|
One evening Brady was allowed to spend a little time with me in the basement, sewing. Bella was very nice and left him alone. We had such fun: him on the sewing machine gas pedal, (how he LOVED that) me guiding the quilt, him running to turn the basement lights off, running back to me at the machine, then me turning my Ott-lite off, him turning off the sewing machine light, both of us waiting....intake of breath, and both of us would exclaim, "Oh wow!" as the thread glowed. Next year, I hope to get him on Avril. He was on MacGyver's bead roller. They created a (wait for it) skull out of a piece of sheet metal.
It crinkled up fabulously after washing and drying.
We did a shot similar to this last year, except that he was sitting on his Christmas quilt.
|MacGyver measures him each summer he comes; he grew 3" since last year!|
|Is this child a total ham or what?! Definitely not camera shy. At all.|
Pat Sloan's interview with Valori Wells? Did you see that one of Valori's family members is a pitbull? :-)
Pattern: Jack in the Box slightly modified from All People Quilt
Size: 36 1/4 X 42 1/2"
Fabric: bats and owls were Moda Halloween prints (sorry, did not remember to get their lines, didn't save selvages) and jack-o'-lanterns are Hallowgraphix by Jason Yenter for In The Beginning fabrics; the others are scraps and stash fabrics
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina (Avril and I need to kiss and make up... today)
Threads: pieced and quilted in the ditch with Gütermann 50 weight, quilted with Coats and Clark Glow In the Dark thread and a YLI(?) black thick thread
It really was such a great ten days.
|On the Jimaan ferry to Pelee Island in Lake Erie - yep we are huge Detroit fans|
IF you are still here, I mentioned that today is my blog-iversary. mmm quilts is 2 years old today. More on this tomorrow, as this post is puh-lenty long enough! However, there just might be a giveaway in the works over the weekend. Here's a teaser pic from last night of a WIP for this event:
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.