Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Birthday Quilt

Today I delivered Halloween Birthday quilt.

Halloween Birthday
For little girl born on Halloween - granddaughter of co-worker Patty L.
Original design
50" x 56"
Began 10/26/2014, completed 10/29/2014.

Patty asked me to make a quilt that combines Halloween and birthday. Halloween is represented by black cats, along with a cute, not scary, print that I think is quite appropriate for a grade school-aged girl. Balloons and cupcakes stand for birthday. Purple, the little girl's favorite color, and Halloween color orange are present in all of the theme fabrics.

Strips of the black cat and balloons side by side. I think there is plenty of dark/light contrast between them.

Two pieced strips

Width of fabric cuts and pieced strips laid out on design wall. Notice the center strip is very wide, to show off the large motifs.

Close-up of theme prints

Narrow dark purple strips added, all rows sewn together

Jagged edge, since I sewed width of fabrics together, aligning centers - to be trimmed even with edges of narrow purple strips (the shortest)

Edges trimmed up

Testing out orange and purple strips. Orange seems to stand out too much, and in my opinion, doesn't improve the look. 

Wide purple border - seems too wide

Slightly narrower - better

Wide borders added, quilt top finished

Once again, the finished quilt.

I hope the little girl enjoys her new quilt. Happy Birthday!


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