Halloween is the second-most decorated holiday in the US and dates back over 2000 years. Fun for kids and adults, it seems nearly everyone enjoys the fun of costumes, candy and creepy things.
TIP: We know many of you like hand applique, but we think this quilt is crying to be fused and machine stitched. In just a day or two you can have this quilt completed and on the wall, just in time for your Halloween celebrations.
Traditionally we think of black and orange as Halloween colors, but when you think about making this quilt consider alternatives, like acid green, purple, brown, midnight blue, or gold. It is successful with a dark applique fabric on a light background, or a light applique fabric on a dark background. It works very well as a mulit-color applique quilt as you see below. This was created by Anita Ellison. Lots of possibilities!
TIP: The spider webs in the corners can quickly be accomplished with embroidery (machine or hand), or permanent fabric markers. Why not add some sparkle using metallic thread or glitter?
When you think about how to quilt this one, consider quilting in a few more bats or spider webs, have a ghost coming out a window of the haunted house, or perch a crow on a tree branch. Subtle touches that are seen only on close inspection.
We all know that new experiences fuel our creativity. So, as you make plans for Halloween this year think about doing something different. Here are a few ideas: plan a scavenger hunt, host a pumpkin carving party, bob for apples, share scary ghost stories, take a hay ride, wander a corn maze, make a pumpkin pie from scratch, or visit a haunted house. Be daring and have fun!
This article is from our September 2010 Newsletter. I thought it was worth sharing again.