And I had to wait until Halloween DAY to enter it, obviously. And since my Giants won the World Series this quilt is even more appropriate! As a bonus, Ben's school colors at ISU are black and orange so I can pretty much keep it out all year, right? Right.
I came up with this quilt from seeing so many amazing chevrons and zig-zag quilts and desperately wanting to make one. I also wanted to make a Halloween quilt that was purely black and orange (ok, maybe grey also) as a tribute to our family's annual Black and Orange Halloween dinner we have around Halloween time (tonight we're having black rice and salmon, carrots, olives, oranges, dirt dessert...you get the idea).
I have always wanted to make holiday quilts with non holiday specific fabrics. Though I love holiday specific fabrics too, and there are some ghosts and candy corns in this one, I began by pulling all the black and orange fabric I had and cutting a bizillion 5" squares and making them into HST's. Then it needed some pizazz, so I added the Halloween specific fabrics and loved it even more.
I hand quilted it with Perle cotton thread and it was lovely. I love how it looks simple and special and didn't take as long to quilt as I thought it would!
I backed it with black flannel that is so snuggly warm, and with some leftover orange fabric. I love that the quilting of the zig-zag from the top shows on the orange of the back, like a rad surprise detail that looks really awesome.
I had a hard time getting a picture of this as the stitches blend into the pattern, but in person it looks really awesome!
Halloween Quilt/Black and Orange Zig-Zag
Hand quilted with black Perle Cotton thread
Measures 63" x 80"
Category: Favorite Throw Quilt
Tonight I'll be sitting under this awesome quilt watching Ghostbusters and Young Frankenstein if you need me...and raiding my kids trick-or-treat bags for the all the milky ways and pink starbursts from the neighborhood...!
happy halloween and happy blogger's quilt festival!!
go have a look if you haven't already, and be prepared to be inspired!!