Halloween Strip It Down Quilt

I really appreciate whoever came up with "quilting and collecting fabric are two different hobbies." While I actually have a very usable stash for the type of quilting that I generally do, I have been collecting Halloween fabric for quite a few years. And every year October 1st rolls around and I wish I had a Halloween quilt. Then I very accurately realize there's just not a high likelihood that I could start and finish a Halloween quilt before Halloween.

You've heard of Christmas in July, right? Many crafters who make handmade gifts begin making those items in the summer. Last year, I decided that if Christmas in July was a thing, so was Halloween in April... and I marked my calendar for April 1st of this year to start my Halloween quilt. Surely, if I began a quilt in April could have it done by October.

April came and went and I finally started the quilt in May. I chose the Strip It Down pattern by  Quilt Theory. It's a great pattern that could easily go together in a day, except of course that I work on many projects at once and I had to order my background fabric. I had a finished quilt top by the beginning of September, so I selected the backing fabric (which I didn't photograph, but you'll have to take my word is an awesome purple polka dot on black) and sent the quilt to Tami for longarm quilting. I chose a computerized spider web panto that I'd seen her use on another quilt, and a variegated orange thread. I'm thrilled with how her quilting jazzed up my quilt.

The large panels in each strip are a great place to feature fun prints and there are no seams to match up. The background panels are great for a solid fabric to feature an interesting quilting motif or a nice patterned fabric. I'm a firm believer in using a striped binding whenever reasonable and I'm happy I went with this black and white stripe. It made me a little dizzy to look at the yardage, but these skinny little strips are just perfect!

 

You can see my goal in this post. Linking up to OMG October Finish Link-Up and TGIFF at Anja  Quilts.

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16 thoughts on “Halloween Strip It Down Quilt

    1. sarah

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      Thanks, Yvonne! It was so great for featuring my Halloween fabrics. I just had to narrow down which prints to use. ;-)

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  1. Patty

    The quilt looks wonderful and what a fun photo location. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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    1. sarah

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      Multitasking for the win! We took some photos and picked up a couple pumpkins for carving. :-) Thanks for hosting OMG!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Tisha. I'm really happy with my choice. Any specific plans for your next Halloween quilt? (besides the spiderweb quilting) ;-)

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  2. Wow, I love this quilt! The fabrics are wonderful and showcase well with this design. I have much more Halloween in my stash and now have a great quilt pattern to scoop up and get to work. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Patty! I was happy to find a quick pattern that really featured the cute prints. I hope you'll share yours with me when it's done. :-)

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