Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wonky Log Cabin Halloween Quilt

All my Christmas projects are wrapped and delivered. That means I was able to spend my free time this week finishing up my Halloween quilt. Sure, it could have waited a few more months (or 10), but I hate having unfinished projects sitting around. I wanted to get it done before starting something new. I designed the back and got all the quilting done in the past week or so. I love it. Now if it were only October.

For the back I just did three stripes with coordinating fabric and a pumpkin that I designed. I love this part.

The pumpkin is a 20 inch square made up of 1-inch strips cut to different lengths. It was really fun to make once I figured it out. Ryan requested a ghost as well, but I decided that was more work than I wanted to to. Maybe next time.

You can see my the quilting designs really well on the back of the pumpkin. I stitched in the ditch around each of the wonky log cabin squares and each border row. Then I did pebble quilting on all the black.

I went around each circle 2-3 times before moving onto the next one. This quilt is never going to shift. I used 1500 meters of thread to quilt this thing. I watched a tutorial on pebble quilting a while back, and she wasn't kidding when she said you burn through thread.

I really love the way the quilting looks on the borders and the contrast with the straight stitching on the blocks, but I don't think I could stand doing an entire quilt with this method. It was a lot of work.

This quilting phase is starting to become an addiction for me. I am loving it. Maybe I have finally found a hobby I can stick with for more than a month. I have at least six different quilts in the works in my brain. I'm looking forward to getting them started.