(Picture borrowed from the amazing Thelma of Cupcakes and Daisies here)
So now that the Spelling Bee is underway for the year, as well as some other quilt-a-longs I’m involved in (Oh Christmas Tree) I thought I’d get going on the Hallowe’en 1904 quilt. The pattern was found for me by Leslie, a fabulous reader, and I’ve already roped in one friend to do this with me. The quilt was designed by Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs. If you want to follow along, I’ve figured out how we’re going to get done by August, leaving you plenty of time to get it quilted and bound by October. My friend is doing it with me, so you may see some of her work here as well as mine.
So here is how I’ve envisioned dividing up the quilt into steps (yes, that’s me up there, conjuring up more time at the sewing machine):
Step 1: February 2016–buy all the fabrics and find the pattern. Mine was purchased from Common Threads in Waxahachie, TX (www.commonthreadsquilting.com). The quilt measures 90 by 90, which is too large for me, so I’m only doing nine blocks. Each block is 20″ square, and with the outer borders, that should come to roughly 65″ square. I may change my mind, but this looks good from here.
Step 2: March 2016–Cut out the quilt: the tan backgrounds of the squares, the border triangles, the smaller half-square triangles, and the piano key border
Step 3: April 2016–Assemble three blocks and add pumpkin appliques, using the pumpkin appliqué pattern. We’ll be adding the HST borders in July, so don’t worry about that now. Because I am not a big believer in re-inventing the wheel, we’ll use Thelma’s method (of Cupcakes and Daisies) for adding the curlicue stem. (NOTE: I’m making a smaller quilt, so will only be doing 2 pumpkins.)
Step 4: May 2016–Assemble two blocks and appliqué one cat, and one owl (refer to Thelma’s quilt).
Step 5: June 2016–Assemble the rest of the blocks. For me that is five blocks of stars. We’ll be using Thelma’s method.
Step 6: July 2016–It’s half-square triangle month–HSTs until you can’t see straight, and then you’ll sew them onto your blocks.. There are 24 HST for each block. In the pattern, and in the photo above from Thelma, they are mixed up and varied, but also harmonized (some have a mix of orange and black, some have just black, some have just orange.) Make your own rules and go with it.
Step 7: August 2016–Cut piano key borders and the four pinwheels in each corner. Sew them together and attach them to the quilt.
Ta-done! My job as a quilt-a-long crazy person is to lay out the steps and to get you (and me) to the end. From here you’ll do the quilting and the binding.
Hope you decide to join us, and finally have that Halloween quilt you’ve always wanted on October 1st. . . instead of the usual 31st. To keep in the spirit of things, the Hallowe’en Quilt QAL will post on the 13th of every month. . . whenever that is.
Update on Oh Christmas Tree QAL: I’ve updated Step: Prepare to include a couple more places to buy high quality wool felt. In addition, I’ve been working ahead on the circles, and have a few tips on how to construct them (from Wendy in New Zealand), so you may want to hold off on cutting the circles all out of felt, until you read the next post on March 2nd. Lastly, today I saw the Simply Moderne magazine at my local JoAnn’s store, if you are still looking for it.