The Hallowedding Quilt
I saw this amazing site that had an Epic Halloween QAL (Quilt-A-Long) going on. My daughter was getting married on Halloween and I thought this would be the perfect quilt for their gift.
I bought or downloaded the patterns and realized that I was potentially over my head but decided I would do it anyway.
I have to say that this was the most challenging quilt I have made to date! There was a LOT of paper piecing. The bats and spiders alone nearly did me in.
I love how they turned out.
The original quilt had some empty blocks that she just used cool fabrics in, but I decided that I wanted to add a few blocks that represented things I thought the happy couple would like.
My daughter raises peacocks. The theme, other than Halloween for the wedding incorporated peacocks too. The wedding invitations had a raven dressed in peacock feathers, so I designed a copy of this bird and put it in the quilt.
Then I added a black cat, every Halloween quilt needs at least one right? Since she has 2 cats I knew that there had to be a cat included.
I also put in a couple of witch faces.
If you notice, I happened to find some of the Ghastlies fabric some peacocks too!!! There are 2 in this quilt to represent the two house peacocks that she had. (Sadly, we lost Beep just yesterday due to Pneumonia complications following surgery) and Gizmo passed away a few years ago.
I wanted their names and the word Hallowedding included. I used the lettering on the wedding invitations as my guide and thread painted the words on fabric. That was kind of tricky, but looks amazingly like the wedding invites.
Then the challenge that presented was that I had more blocks than the original so I had to puzzle out how to fit them all together! I graphed it out and placed things where I thought I could and as you can see it all worked out.
I hand embroidered the label and used some really neat Halloween themed fabric on the back too. All in all, I could not be more proud of how this quilt turned out.
There was a lot of fussy cutting and I learned a lot of new techniques. N
Needless to say, they were thrilled with it. I hope you enjoy seeing it too!