05 October 2010

october finish

This month's finish is a halloween quilt. My spooky halloween is 50" by 60" after quilting. The batting is Kyoto Bamboo Blend, very nice and soft. I used spray to sandwich it, the most scary part of the quilt, I think...






Blogger is tricking me, so I can't write where I want, now? A bit early for trick or treat?

Ok, inspired by Alissa and two cute prints from Sherri Berry (ghosts) and (pumpkins) Debbie Taylor-Kerman (again), I started the top this summer. Adding Sandy Klop's lovely geometric prints from my stash. Playing with new halloween theme fabric. Auditioning and rejecting, ending up with only orange, green and black colors. And a very "cute" look.


The back was more difficult than the front. I auditioned a lot of different fabrics before deciding on Sandy Klop's pretty orange fabric with tiny dots from her latest line: Recess.

Orange is one of my very favorites - can you tell?

The back is one width of fabric with the added 9" strip - ending in a 50" wide quilt. Almost like magic?

I'll share the secret. Some of my quilting friends insisted that spray adhesive was a good way to sandwich a quilt, and even demonstrated doing so. I had the spray, but had never used it for anything big. With the help of my dh's long and sturdy hands and the spray, the sandwich came together in 15 minutes. It felt like magic ; )


The quilting is a bit rough, wavy (straight) lines. I wanted the texture. Maybe it stretches the square blocks out of shape to much? Still have a lot to learn about quilting. Quite happy with quilting on the spray baste, though. Think I will try that again.

This time the label is integrated in the strip on the back. Simple...


So, this is my first halloween lap quilt. Love the back the most! This recipe works well if you like matchy - matchy and cute. (If that makes any sense to anyone).

Now, I want to start the next one, a halloween spiderweb...

How about you? Do you have any halloween quilts planned? Or any favorites that you pull out of storage in time for the season?

I know, there's still time. Just wanted to share...

28 comments:

nicolette said...

I’m an orange girl and I adore your quilt! It maybe a Halloween quilt, but I think you can use it more often than on Halloween occasions!

I’m postponing to sandwich my little Halloween spiderweb quilt... maybe I should dig up my basting spray too!

Stephanie said...

Fantastic and that orange is really eye catching. I have a stash of Halloween fabric that I want to use for a spiderweb wallhanging, one day.

Char said...

I really like this quilt. I like orange as well. Right now I'm working on a quilt with Picnic Parade fabric and I have chosen orange for the backing. I always use the spray on my large quilts.

Adele said...

I LOVE IT ! Good job with the quilting. I like the texture your quilting adds to both sides of the quilt. Sometimes the spray can be too sticky but I sometimes use the spray too.

elle said...

I do seem to be working in orange but not because of halloween. I do like your quilt. Cool!

Mari said...

This quilt look very good, Marit!

I allways love your work :-)

Ps. I am still thinking about the Tokyo sub..

Leslie said...

i have to say that this is one of the coolest halloween quilts i have ever seen. it really is beautiful

live a colorful life said...

This is SUCH a cute quilt. I'm a huge fan of Debbie Kerman-Taylor too (or is it Taylor-Kerman--I always get confused--I guess if I'm such a huge fan I should strive to get her name right!) I have a lot of her fabric.

Where or where did you get the fabric on the back--the amazingly cute pumpkins?

Nifty Quilts said...

I LOVE this quilt!!! It's so much fun to look at, with the little ghosts and pumpkins popping out to tease you. You made it fun without being "too cute." I love your color scheme and the strip on the back with the label. What a great idea! And your quilting is just right. What a great way to start my day! Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Ooooh! So cute! I love the quilting too...

Jennifer :)

True Blue Nana said...

I love your work. I like orange too but can't seem to get into Halloween. I use the basting spray and I really like it. No way I could get my husband to help me!

ritasc said...

nydelig. fin blogg !

Jill said...

I'm not usually into seasonal/holiday quilts, but this is great.

And I totally love spray basting. I usually still pin a little, but I don't have to pin as much, so it's worth it.

Carla said...

I guess I like matchy matchy and cute because I like your quilt....I also think your quilting looks great! It's a fun quilt, Marit!

liz said...

Another great quilt. It's so fresh. Love the colour ratio.

Janet said...

The colours are wonderful and it's a great quilt. It's only the last few years that I've fallen for orange, I think the colour in todays fabrics are much clearer.

Tonya Ricucci said...

it's beautiful! very classy looking and I love the asymmetry. congrats!

Evelyn said...

Oh, I love it, Marit! This one is definitely going into my inspiration folder!

I'm hoping to make a Halloween quilt at a retreat that I'm going to in a couple weeks. I've been collecting fabrics over the last year or so, and now I've got a big stack to work with. And I'm paralyzed! I just can't decide what I want to do. On the up side, I have enough fabric for SEVERAL quilts, so I have the freedome to screw it up! :-) I really love this - thanks for the inspiration.

Oh, and good job trying the spray basting. I've never even tried it any other way!

KateKwiltz said...

LOVE IT! Another happy quilt from you -- not scary at all! :)

Nancy said...

Oh, a Halloween Spider Web, that sounds so fun. Orange rules!

belinda said...

It's marvelous Marit!! I'm all about orange too and I think how you included your label on the back is genius!!

I want to do a halloween spider web too...are you talking about a Gwen type spider web??

Kathie said...

oh this is wonderful...I am loving orange lately and have been searching for oranges in repros though...hummm maybe I need to whip up a little orange and black quilt for halloween :)
thanks for sharing your quilt with us.
Kathie

MichelleB said...

I love it Marit. What a great quilt. I also love spray basting - it's so quick!

Quiltefia said...

Hei Marit!! Den quilten er kjempesøt!! Nok en super en fra din hånd!! Jeg liker denne ultra ameriaknske tradisjonen med halloween!! Jeg har deltatt på ekte vis på en skole i Athen og det var stas. Her i Norge blir det kanskje litt mer tigging etter gotteri.... Vel, vel. En quilt til den anledning er fint!! Den passer nå mht fargene i naturen!! Jeg elsker disse klare høstdagene, men kan ikke fordra når det siler ned..... Ha en fin uke!! Jeg strikker og syr småting, men nå skal jeg snart sette sammen skjortequilten. Annekari:-9

randi---i have to say said...

oh wow! i simply love this quilt!

Judy said...

I love this quilt. I am an orange girl lately too! In fact I just bought bright orange towel for my bath! Never thought I would be doing that!
Did you use a pattern or did you just wing it???

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Sharon said...

This is a great Halloween quilt! Fresh, clean and fun. I love the back!

As far as your quilting, do you use a walking foot? I've found it a huge help when doing the nearly-straight lines. I haven't tried the spray yet. I've got asthma and I'm nervous about using it.