Last fall, I decided that I needed a few more Halloween quilts. This is the second of two new ones that I made (but the first to be actually bound and finished). Honestly, the purpose of this one was to use up my seemingly never-ending stash of Halloween fabrics.
For this quilt, I simply cut strips from each of my Halloween fabrics and sewed them together in 3 sets that were each at least 64 inches long. Once I had my strips sets all sewn together, I cut them in to smaller sections, flipped them around to have some more variety, and sewed the long pieces together. Voila - quilt top!
For the backing, I treated myself to some fabric from Cotton + Steel's 2017 Halloween line: Lil' Monsters. I love this fabric! In particular, I like how this fabric is lighter than the top with all of its saturated dark fabrics.
This is another quilt that I had quilted by my local long-arm quilter (Quilts by Grace). I knew I wanted an all-over spider web edge-to-edge panto, but I didn't want spiders included with the webs. I searched for a while and then came across this pattern from on the Urban Elementz site, called "Spiderweb".
With all of the crazy scrappy-ness happening on this quilt top, I wanted a pretty solid, visually heavy binding; so I chose this black and white spider web fabric from Timeless treasures. I'm sure this is long out of print, as I feel that I have been staring at it for a while!
This quilt finishes at 60" by 64" and I am excited to pull it out next October.
You know what tho? I STILL have Halloween fabrics left over. This one didn't kill my stash as I had hoped. I don't think that I have it in me to make another one in 2018, so I guess that the remaining fabrics will continue to sit until next year. Who knows.
Here are a couple more quilting pics for you.
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This is my Bright Sawtooth Stars quilt and it is currently listed for sale on my Etsy site. This guy is 52" square and would look great on the end of a bed, or as a small throw quilt.
The color palette in this quilt is so unlike what I normally gravitate towards, but I really like it! It was inspired by a couple of yards of fabric that I'd had in my stash for a while. One day I was feeling like I needed to use up a bunch of stash fabric, so I went to the shelf that holds my longer cuts of fabric, chose one with bright, fun colors, and began to pull coordinating fabric.
The quilt top was finished in July, but only recently did I take it to my local long-arm quilter (Quilts by Grace). I chose the "modern waves" pantograph by Anita Shackelford for the quilt and love how it turned out. I also used this quilting pattern on my son's pinwheel quilt.
The backing for this quilt contains a section of patchwork squares using the same fabric as the sawtooth blocks on the front of the quilt. The quilting really shows off nicely on the back of the quilt.
The quilt is bound with one of the greige background fabrics from the front of the quilt.
I'm so happy with how this quilt turned out and think that I need make some more quilts with inspiration from my stash of fabrics for backings!
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2018 Goals & Thoughts
In 2017, I really enjoyed the focus that my fabric diet gave me. Purging a lot of my stash, using a lot of it, and attempting to be very deliberate and thoughtful about my fabric purchases was a big learning experience and actually left me with a stash that I like (mostly), but which may not be big enough. Look above - see how much smaller the current stack of red fabrics is?!
I'm a person who likes to pull from stash, and who doesn't like to use bundles of collections for quilts. I like to mix it up, and I like a lot of different fabrics in a quilt. But recently I went to pull red fabric for a project and I found that I really didn't have much.
In 2018, I want to continue refining my stash, and I don't want to spend a ton of money on new fabric, but I do anticipate getting rid of some fabric, and making some new fabric purchases. I am going to once again focus on really making sure that I'm purchasing fabrics that are usable and are "me;" and aren't just trendy or cute. First up: reds! I need more red fabrics.
For 2018 I plan to continue my fabric diet, but I also have a few quilt goals that I want to accomplish this year. They are as follows - in no particular order:
Quilts to make or finish
1. Tangelo Quilt - I want to finish: my "Tangelo" quilt top (pattern by Carolyn Friedlander). I started the quilt at the Sewtopia retreat in New Orleans, and I plan to finish it this year. Maybe that'll happen at the next Sewtopia retreat in April. (A depiction of my Tangelo quilt can be see above, lower right.)
2. Polka dot quilt - in 2017 I really enjoyed making several scrap quilts. This year I think that I might choose to make a polka dot quilt as my scrap quilt. I really enjoyed making a few polka dot blocks for a traveling quilt bee project last year. (Click here to see them on Instagram.) My depiction of a potential polka dot quilt is shown above, lower left.
3. At the end of last year, I purchased several yards of Robert Kaufman Linen, and I hope to use it this year. I haven't used their linen before, but I think I'm really going to like it. My current thought is that I'll make a scrappy off-set star quilt (shown above, top right) - maybe for my own bed!
4. Memory quilts (2). I've never attempted to make a quilt with clothes before, but I have a definite idea, or two, in my head for what I want to do with some shirts from a special loved one who has passed away this year. One idea is shown above, top left.
5. My local guild is going another challenge this year and this year the theme is "Stars." I have an idea for this project which is a little bit out of my comfort zone.
6. Range backpack - I would love to have a completed Range backpack (pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead). At Sewtopia New Orleans, I purchased the pattern from Pink Door Fabrics. Originally my thought was to have it prior to Quiltcon in February, but I have since realized that is an unattainable goal.
7. Tone it Down quilt pattern. For a few years, I've been toying with the idea of making one of these quilts. Currently I'm in love with the idea of doing it in red and green for Christmas. Pattern can be found at All People Quilt (click here).
Whew - that makes 7 quilt/sewing projects PLUS I have four finished quilt tops that need to be wrapped up.
I'm a big believer in goals, and I'm excited the projects I've picked out, but I also really enjoy going off on whim or tangent when it comes to quilts. I hope to finish the quilts and projects listed here, but I also look forward to where this year may take me. Here's to lots of sewing time and accomplishments in 2018!