Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Halloween Quilt

About 6 weeks ago I had the overwhelming urge to make a Halloween quilt. Never mind that my parents were visiting that weekend and half my family was sick including myself. It just needed to be done. So I browsed around a bit and found a few Halloween quilts that I loved, like this St. Louis 16-patch by Darcy at Modern Cozy and this Spooktacular plus quilt by Nicole at Modern Handcraft. But honestly, as simple and fun as these designs were, my stuffy head needed something even easier.


 Then I found the answer at Cluck, Cluck, Sew. I'm pretty sure Allison is one of my favorite quilters so it really isn't surprising that it was her Halloween quilt that I wanted to copy. I love the wonky strips in her design but even that was too much for me, so I made mine straight. Seriously, easiest quilt top I've ever made. I just grabbed a variety of black, white/black, and orange prints and started cutting strips. If I remember correctly, they are all 9" long by various widths. I just threw them all in a bowl and started sewing them in pairs, then in pairs of pairs, and so on. I didn't even worry about making the final columns the same length, just got within 6" of each other and sewed them together to complete the top. I did cut one column in half to add a little interest, but that's it. So quick and easy and full of fun prints. 


I knew that I wanted this to be a good quilt for snuggling, so a flannel back was obviously needed. I had actually folded the top and put it away, thinking that I would browse the sales sections for a while until I found a good deal. Believe it or not, I found a great deal on a set of queen-size flannel sheets at Sam's that matched the quilt fairly well. 

Halloween quilt on porch

I quilted it with a random herringbone, but would have loved to quilt spiderwebs all over it. Maybe on the next one! The quilt finished at about 68" x 76", a perfect size for snuggling around a campfire. 

17 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! LOVE LOVE LOVE strip quilts! This one is so cool!

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  2. Deliscious! Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. Love this quilt! I've been looking for something to use my left over scraps from this years Halloween quilt. Thank you for the inspiration :) I have never thought of using flannel sheets--going to try that.

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  4. this is awesome! Remind me to make a Halloween quilt next year.

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  5. So nice and just in time - awesome!

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  6. It's gorgeous! You do amazing things when you're sick : )

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  7. I love this quilt, is such fun!

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  8. It's fantastic Toni, and such a perfect size.

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  9. I love it-especially the spiderweb fabric! Happy Halloween.

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  10. This turned out so beautifully! Thanks for the kind words - I love finding inspiration from all the amazing quilty goodness people share :-)

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  11. Wonderful. I love how the design 'lets' the fabric speak.

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  12. Yay, well done on a quick turnaround :o)

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  13. Awesome quilt! This one is on my list, too.

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  14. Fantastic quilt! Now i want to copy yours for my neglected stack of Guising! And awesome find for the backing too!

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  15. I love it! So simple, but so effective. That makes 1097 on the want to do list!

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  16. Wowee, you are a quilt-making machine! I love that you made a Halloween quilt!

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  17. Superb work, I am really happy with your work. Just keep it up.

    Happy Halloween 2015 Quotes

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