This Halloween gem of a Spooky Vibes fabric collection by Wilmington Prints makes good use of Crayola Smashed Pumpkin yardage as an accent and Chilled to the Bone black & white yardage by Northcott in the border. I fussy cut the black cats, since dismembered cats are just too spooky for me! I really love the choice of Anne Bright's "Ghostly" by my longarm quilter for the edge-to-edge design.
Designed by Howard Marus for Moda, it's kit #46241 for "Collections for a Cause". This 2017 kit was dedicated to The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA.org) in loving memory of Gene Stewart, a beloved member of the Moda family. This is my 14th quilt, made between October 2018 & April 2019. My sister (she's Bothtwins here on Quilts by Me) and I have worn Hawaiian shirts for decades during the Seattle summers, which sometimes last as long as 3 weeks in a row although this year (2019) summer lasted the entire month of September! We chose The Sunshine Kit as our first joint quilting project. It was a hoot, and figuring out that back-collar-front-collar business was challenging ~ bouncing ideas off eachother is great for solutions. The finished size is 92 X 93", bigger than the original pattern which ended at the red border, which was the original binding. Then I added 3 floral borders for the width/length I needed for my queen bed. Our top-stitcher, Lyn at camlynquiltsDOTcom, did an edge-to-edge pattern with a curl and a swoosh called 'Repunzel', a pattern she said she could use to stitch around all the 3-D collars. The front collars are free-standing from the shirt fronts. No wonder they were problematic, both to us stitching them and Lyn trying to quilt around them. About half way through the project one of us said "wouldn't it be cute to put buttons on the shirts?" and Lyn said "don't do it before I quilt it" (of course not, duh!) and they are SO CUTE with buttons! If you have a button box this is the perfect time to use it. I also used my friend Karen's button box, because that's a lot of tiny buttons! Thanks Karen! It's suprisingly hard to find 4 or 5 buttons that are the right size and color for 20 tiny shirts. I have so much fabric left over. I bought extra for the borders, then bought more because I didn't like those. I ended up using extra back-side for one of the borders and the binding, so I have plenty of other colors to make cuffs for some pillow cases and maybe another quilt, too, lap size or baby. SO CUTE for a baby quilt, without the buttons of course. posted 102419
This is a very old printed panel that I picked up somewhere no doubt at a estate sale. I toyed with not doing anything with it for awhile or just using it on the back side of another quilt. Finally after finding some black & white checker material I decided to just finish it and made it a wall hanging. I have some fabric pens if I decide to do the family tree or I may just give it away to some of my older friends who would appreciate this sort of item. Yes if you look at my stuff I did use some of the checker stuff to make cloth pumpkins which are already posted.
Ladies...I didn't do this. Darn! beyond my skills. One of my good friends is self taught in FMQ and has been doing it for 18 years. She wanted to give it a whirl...She is now addicted to doing these big panels and it has been great for her business as I let her hang it up for a couple of weeks in her shop. This is just beautiful and will hang in one of our guest rooms with the quilt I'm almost done with.
Update 11-21-19 Just got my hubby's quilt back from long armer. Very happy with it! Since I have made all three of my children a pinwheel quilt, I just had to make one more for my husband. This is Kansas Troubles "On Meadowlark Pond". During the day, while my husband is at work, I have been working on this. Just before he comes home, I tuck it away in my sewing room so he doesn't see it! I made him a quilt a few years back in Kansas Troubles Favorites, so I know he will like this color scheme.