Sunday, June 26, 2011

And Thus It Begins

I figured the tall blocks would be the best place to start with this Halloween quilt. They were from a block lottery, supposed to finish at 9" x 15," but of course these were the rejects from previous projects because they weren't regulation size.

The cat on a pumpkin block has a similar look but was shorter and wider than the other rectangular blocks. It was so cute I wanted to include it somehow.

By taking off the side strips and adding to the top and bottom it fit right in.

Setting the blocks side by side gave me almost exactly the width I was shooting for too!

Next I looked for ways to make a row out of the fussy cut panels. A lot of my Halloween prints are larger scale or are made up of scenes. It didn't take too long to find a couple that would also work as fussy cut panels, with narrow compensating strips in between to get the width I wanted.

So at the end of Day 1 I had this on my design wall:

The Tea Leaf was one of the orphan blocks and will finish at 12." The Churn Dash was 10.5" so I just added a couple of strips to bring it up to 12," and I made the Double X block specifically to balance out the Tea Leaf. Day 2 was a little more labor intensive ~ stay tuned!


  1. Greetings from Tunisia. Just found your blog and I like your textile work/play and your journal. I've kind of been thinking about doing some kind of book/journal using sewing and fabric so I liked seeing your ideas. Your personal story about having to deal with chemical poisoning is an eye opener. As I live on a farm and think often about environmental issues and sustainability, you gave me food for thought. Thanks for sharing.
    best, nadia

  2. Is it halloween time already?? those are cute blocks

  3. Great start! Love what you have done so far. Giving lots of thought to jumping in with you by finishing up those Halloween bricks. I'll pull it out tomorrow and see what still needs doing. Love the look of the fussy cuts added to the other blocks. Hugs, Finn


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