Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meet the Ghastlies!

Finally, I am posting my favorite quilt to date. The Ghastlies!!! Wouldn't you love to meet them:
I was inspired by this quilt, with a few differences. I went for muted oranges and fabrics that were not necessarily "Halloween." I love that fall weather is here now, I get to snuggle under the Ghastlies every evening. Here are my favorite Ghastlies:
 I love her hammer, such a sweet angel!
I love that I cut this guy out like he is in a coffin.
I quilted around the wonky log cabin blocks in each layer using my free motion foot. It was much easier to use this to make the "straight" lines than to use the walking foot and rotate my quilt. It was way too bulky. I got the hang of it after a few squares and only had to quilt one square. In other words, my perfectionism compromised so that I could finish this guy by October.
Hopefully you can tell from these two pictures that I did a crazy scribble quilting in the sashing of the quilt. I tried to mimic the scratchy scribbles from the Ghastly Bramble fabric that I used in the blocks. It created a nice texture on the quilt and allowed me to be crazy and wild as I quilted it. It was nice not having to worry about where my stitches were going and overlapping as I free motion quilted. I imagine the Ghastlies wouldn't care if their quilting were perfect and would overlap their stitches. It was carefree quilting, but it sure did use a lot of thread!
You can see the texture the quilting created on the back. I pieced together a strip of fabrics used in the log cabin blocks for the back with uneven pieces cut at diagonals. Then I pieced together light gray, dark gray, and black fabrics to finish it up. The binding is a fabric with uneven stripes of shades of gray and black if goes great with the back of the quilt.
In this picture you can see that the dark gray and black stripes of the back were cut at a diagonal then pieced together. My husband had to help me do some calculating for this because I was running low on fabric and really didn't want to make an extra trip to the store. I think this shot shows the textures a little better too.
I probably looked a little silly when I took my dog to the park with a quilt and camera to take some photos of this guy. Penny didn't mind waiting in the car as I got a few shots in though, we enjoyed a great run afterwards too. I love my Ghastlies quilt!

Monday, October 1, 2012