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Hallowe’en 1904 QAL–Step Five • Giveaway

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Okay, see the rest of the post for the backstory.

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When I was at Quilt Market, I stopped to see Alma Allen of Blackbird designs in her booth in the Moda section and asked her if she had any remaining Hallowe’en-1904 patterns.  Because I’m running this QAL, I get a lot of questions like, “Where can I get the pattern?” for as you know, they’ve been rather elusive.  Downright scarce, actually.QMarket_ModaDesigner4

 (Alma is shown above with her newest quilt, The Raven.)

“Well, actually,” she said (and I paraphrase), “I was going through the warehouse and found the last box of those–didn’t know I had them.  There’s twelve.  Would you like them?”  Gulp, golly. . . YES! for I knew that a lot of people had been looking for them.  I walked over to Lisa Bongean’s Primitive Gatherings Booth across the way (Lisa is the nicest person ever), and since it was the last day of Quilt Market stammered out my request asked her if she would buy them and get them for us?  Yes, she said.  And she has.

So here’s a link to the LAST REMAINING 12 PATTERNS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH that you can buy.  Get over there right now and get them.  Alma does not intend to make this available as a PDF file after these are sold, so if you want one, you know what to do.  Well. . . actually there’s only 11 now.  (I just bought one.)


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And yes, I do have a giveaway today, but it’s not the pattern (go and get one, NOW, before they sell out).  Read through to the end to find out what our giveaway is for today. Now, on to the business of our Quilt-A-Long.


If you remember, I left you with the instructions to get your wonky/appliqued stars done and get them assembled into a block, and add those corner triangles.  This month, you are going to make half-square triangles (HSTs) until your rotary cutter falls apart.  I’ve updated the previous post about making wonky stars, as I refined the method as I went.

After making all these wonky stars, I just have to say it’s probably about similar the work in terms of appliqué vs. wonky.  You’ll be sick of either method by the time you are done, but you’ll also be an expert in that method, too.  (Making gives, and making takes.)

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I laid all the blocks on my kitchen floor to motivate me to get going again.  Notice that three of the “starry” blocks have orange stars, one has black stars and one is a mix.  The big triangle borders are varied; I used deep green triangles on that one in the second row to the far right, but it’s so dark, it reads as blackish.

Now it’s time to make half-square triangles until your hand falls off. . .or your rotary blade needs changing.  I use Bloc-Loc rulers to make my life easier in trimming, as it has a groove in the underside that nestles onto that fold of your seam, keeping it from moving around while you trim.  I can do a whole bunch at one sitting and I think they are more accurate.Halloween4_5

Now commandeer the guest bedroom, and lay out your star blocks.  Lay out your HSTs around the edges.  Because we use the 8-at-a-time method (talked about in an earlier post) I have multiple sets of 8 identical HSTs.  I used three sets per block, swapping out a few here and there to keep the eye moving around my quilt.Halloween4_4

Sew them on, as discussed in Step Three (that earlier post I keep referring to).  Halloween4_6

Because I had four appliquéd blocks, it was a no-brainer to put them in the position above for the initial run-through of placement.  One by one, I put up the star blocks, auditioning them.  Of course, I could have planned out where the dark triangles were and the HST color placement, but I didn’t.Halloween4_ninesquares

This is how I ended up, complete with a whoops: Halloween4_7ooops

I’ll fix that today.  But now I’m caught up with our QAL, and getting ready for the last step (yes!!) in our quilt making: the borders.

Here’s our schedule:

Step 1 (Preparation): February 13, 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 13, 2016–Cut out the quilt: the tan backgrounds of the squares, the border triangles, the smaller half-square triangles, strips for the wonky stars, but save the piano key border for later.

Step 3: April 13, 2016–Assemble four blocks and add large appliques; use Thelma’s method (of Cupcakes and Daisies) for adding the curlicue stem. Make and add half-square triangeles (HSTs) around these blocks, using the 8-at-a-time method of HSTs.

Step 4: May 13,  2016–Cut and make the wonky star blocks from templates and strips.  I’m doing five blocks, so will need to make twenty wonky stars and true them up.  Add on the large outside triangles.

Step 5: June 13, 2016–Assemble the rest of the star blocks, by adding their HST borders. In the pattern, 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 6: July 13,  2016–Arrange the blocks on your design wall and stitch together.  Cut the pieces for your borders.  Make the four corner pinwheels.  Sew borders together and attach them to the quilt.

Yes, I combined the last two months, so we’ll be done early–so you can get it quilted!

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Steam-A-Seam 2 giveaway

When I was at Market, I talked the people at the Steam-A-Seam booth (The Warm Company, who also make Warm and Natural Quilt Batting) telling them how much I liked their fusible product for the quilt I’ve been making (I used it on all the appliqué parts). I also used it on my Christmas Tree Skirt and really am a fan. Next thing I know she’s handed me some packages for a giveaway, so here I am, giving it away.  There are two packages of Steam-A-Seam 2 sheets (5 sheets, 9 x 12 inches in size) and two packages of Lite Steam A Seam 2 (8 sheets of 9 x 12 inches).  The Lite Steam A Seam 2 has upper and lower case letters printed on the the release sheet, so when you fuse them down, then cut them out, they’ll be going the correct direction.  They also include one blank sheet for your design. Very cool product.

To win all FOUR packages (share with a friend), please leave a comment telling me if you think Halloween should be a kids’ holiday (candy, traditional costumes and pumpkin carving) or an adult holiday (more sophisticated, more zombies, blood and gore, fewer pumpkins).  I’ll pick a winner and announce it on the next post. UPDATE: Giveaway now closed.

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36 thoughts on “Hallowe’en 1904 QAL–Step Five • Giveaway

  1. I think Halloween is for children, love the dressing up, bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving !

  2. Please don’t include me in your giveaway Elizabeth because I am pretty ambivalent about the whole Halloween thing! But I did want to say how wonderful your quilt looks! It is a striking design! I think I could make a whole quilt of those stars and HSTs!

  3. I love Halloween! I think it is for everyone who wants to join the fun. I’m a retired teacher-dressing up to answer the door was required until I retired and moved into the woods….

  4. I think Halloween is a fun time for kids of all ages. I just ordered the Hallowe’en 1904 pattern, so there are 10 or less as of right now. Thank You for mentioning that tidbit. Are you loving the new BBD Raven pattern? I adore it and have already received my pattern booklet. The fabric collection Wild Orchid is so yummy. I just adore it too.

    Thank You for sharing this quilt along. I absolutely loved following along. Pamela

  5. I WISH Halloween were still as it was when I was a kid. Miles of neighborhood trick or treating, huge bags of candy lasting almost til Christmas, ghost stories, cool homemade costumes…and SAFE for all. Now it’s fun for adults and children! Leslie

  6. I think Halloween should be for the little ones. However the best party we ever had was an adult Halloween one. Everyone worked really hard on their costume and played every game with gusto.

  7. Oh, how can one choose this holiday in one specific fashion. Our oldest daughter said it was her favorite holiday because you can be anything you want. I enjoy it as an adult as much as I did as a child, but in different context. I like watching children enjoy the candy part best of all.

  8. Your blocks look incredible, Elizabeth. I know the HSTs are a royal pain, but they really make those blocks pop. Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays – for the little ones. I love seeing them all dressed up, but I must admit that I do have a few scary ghosts, spiders, etc. around the house at that time of the year.

  9. Definitely one for the kids. I love seeing them alm dressed up and listening to the terrible jokes x

  10. both – I loved Halloween as a kid – and to tell the truth I have just as much fun as an adult – maybe even more

  11. I think there is plenty that both kids and adults can do on Halloween to have fun.

  12. I love the fun of Halloween, and that everyone gets to be a kid and play along, if they want to. I’m not a fan of gore, but I love the bats-and-spiders kind of creepy, and trick-or-treating, and costumes.

  13. I think the holiday can be fun for all. I wish it was safer for kids to go door to door.

  14. This is a really beautiful quilt and you will really enjoy having it around come Halloween. So….I always hated the thought of coming up with a costume idea when Aaron was small and was thrilled when he finally made his own. I’m pretty ambivalent on Halloween too, although now for some reason I have two Halloween quilts. Go figure…

  15. Do I have to pick? Why can’t it be both — lol? I had a lot more fun as a kid, and adults can be scary on any day of the year, so I pick kids!

  16. Love those stars! Your post gave me an immediate flashback to my girl’s first Halloween when she climbed down the porch steps of our neighbor’s house, looked at me in utter amazement and said “She give me canny!” And we were off to the races! So I say it’s for the kids, but I can’t think of a holiday I enjoy more (except maybe the 4th). I loved making their costumes, their wiggling excitement, the candy sorting….

  17. I’m British and Halloween isn’t such a big thing here as it is in the US (although it’s growing) but I think it’s more for kids than adults.

  18. Hallowe’en isn’t a big thing over here (give it time!) and it’s still for children – it’s quite nice to see the children dressed up and coming back year after year for some trick or treating with their (non-dressed up) parents!

  19. We have no kids and live on a gravel road so no trick or treaters, so Halloween isn’t much of a holiday for me…plus, I no longer work outside of home, so there’s no coordinated office getup to plan. (Thank goodness!) As long as there is half-price candy at Safeway once the holiday has passed, I’m happy. 🙂

  20. I think it should be for both — but as a family affair. I helped my niece with costumes a bit last year. Daughter (2) was Little Red Riding Hood, Son (4) was the wolf, Mom was Granny, and Dad was the huntsman. They had a riot.

  21. Those wonky stars are my favorite! I get tired of making any block if it’s the same colors over and over again, so I agree with needing a little persuasion!
    I like to think of Halloween as a holiday for anyone of any age! I loved dressing up as a kid and still do in my sweet menopausal years. One thing that does aggravate me is when teenagers go trick-or-treating and some don’t even bother with a costume. Bah humbug to them!

  22. I love your blocks! I think Halloween is for kids of all ages. I love making costumes for my granddaughter and coming up with one for myself too! Thanks for the wonderful eye candy and the the great giveaway. My granddaughter and I love fusing, and I haven’t tried Steam a Seam.

  23. Halloween was always a special day in our home growing up…it was my mother’s birthday! Homemade Costumes, great food and going out trick or treating. Fun times for kids.

  24. I think Halloween is for children..costumes, trick or treat, parties! And for us Grown-ups to enjoy with them! giggle…
    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  25. I think Halloween should be for kids. Not too fond of it for adults…we have enough crazy-scary going on in the world.

  26. I like it being for the kids but I know as my kids got older they liked the scary stuff. The Wizard of Oz was pretty scary so go figure.

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