Monday, October 20, 2008

BOO!

My Boo! quilt is finally finished. It took me 2 years to do it! Of course, there was moving in there too. This is my first one, kind of. And I have another one to finish yet. I made one of these tops (my original) and gave it to Purple Pam as a trade for something. Then I made one for my DD. Then I made one for me - this one. It didn't get finished that year, 2006 I believe it was. It got packed up for the move. Then last fall, I totally forgot that I had started one ('moving brain'), so I started another one! Then I found this one as I was unpacking this year.

Are you confused yet??



This top was already pin basted when I "found" it, so I decided to just quilt it and get it done. I stalled on this for awhile, because I knew that whatever I quilted in the border would really show, as it's solid black. But I decided that finished was better than perfect and just did it. I did a wandering meander and it came out much better than I thought it would! And it only took like 15 minutes to do the entire border. Don't know why I stalled so long on it! I don't think the border quilting really shows up too well in these pictures, so don't know if you can see it.

I did a new-to-me binding technique on this that I learned in one of my guild workshops. You sew an accent strip to the binding fabric, then apply the binding on the back of the quilt. When you turn it to the front, you just machine stitch in the ditch between the binding and the accent fabric and it's all done! The way to do the corners was a little tricky to wrap my brain around, but it worked and I'm happy with the way it turned out.


I just thought this fabric was so cute when I saw it, that I had to get it. Love these jack o'lantern faces!

I made these letters with some stencils that I found at WallyMart. The letters are 3 inches high.


I used a spooky tree fabric that I love on the back, and I used a fusible for the quickie label, and it worked like a charm. I need to do more of these labels!


This wallhanging has gone to live with my granddaughters. I may get the other one done this year, but probably not. It gives me something to look forward to! (riiiight)

I've been working some on my project for Tonya's Quilt Together. Here's what I have so far:


My 1st attempt at free-pieced letters. These were just a test. I think the "H" is too small and the "M" is too big, but not too terrible for my first try. I found it harder than I thought it would be!

I've decided to do a version of a witch's pantry for my project. These are my 1st attempts at making jars. They also are harder than I thought they would be. And not as "wonky" as I wanted, either. But, it's an on-going process and I expect I'll learn a lot as I go through this project. I'm pretty jazzed about doing this!
That's all for now. Happy quilting, everyone!

8 comments:

  1. Cute Halloween quilt. I'm so bad at putting labels on quilts! What is the project you're doing with your free style letters? Years ago I did a bugs in a jar quilt and my daughter gave it to her fabulous Biology Teacher at the end of the school year.

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  2. fun halloween quilt. how wide is the accent strip on the binding?

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  3. I love the pumpkin quilt but can't figure out how it's made. Is it with bias strips? blessings, marlene

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  4. Cute, cute, cute! I love your pumpkins quilt. It looks easy, but I understand you completely on the "moving brain" thing. Keep up the good work. :o)

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  5. that is the coolest halloween fabric i've ever seen. love your jars too!

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  6. I love your BOO! quilt. I am so glad you finished it and posted a picture. I have mine hung on my design wall (unquilted at the moment). Your letters are great! So what if they are different sizes. That makes it more folksy. I want to make a bug jar quilt, but I do not have a little one to play with it with (great grammar huh!) yet, but I still want to make one. Your idea of a Halloween one is super! I will miss you this weekend. Have a good one anyway. We will be thinking of you.

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  7. Love the little Boo! quilt. I'm not sure I ever saw that particular jack o'lantern print. Probably would have some in my stash if I had! It isn't metallic on cotton is it? Batik? Anyway, totally cute. I also love the idea of a witch's pantry quilt. That may have to go on my To Do list for next year!

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  8. this is THE CUTEST quilt.....i don't know why we baulk on some projects.....they turn out so cute when we do finish...i guess my delay starts with indecision and the next thing you know...i've put it aside and start on something else!

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