Friday, June 24, 2011

Ghastlies Update

I've finished the alternate blocks now, and I wanted to show you how it looks. I'm really happy with this so far. On the one hand, it's Halloween, but on the other hand, it's not exactly traditional, is it?


I'm going to post the pattern for this one, so if you're interested, stay tuned--I'll probably have it figured out in about a week, I suspect. Starting tomorrow, I'll be sewing these blocks together and adding an inner border that's a black and white "bramble" print (it looks kind of "scribbly" with criss crossed lines) and an outer border of the new focus fabric in green.

And just in case you think you'd like to make this and want to get the fabric you'll need, I can give you a fabric "estimate" now--and what I mean by that is I can tell you how much fabric I used, but if I was you, I'd get a little bit more just in case. But then I usually do.

For the "portrait print"--that's the black, white, and gray fabric with the "pictures" of the Ghastlies, I started with about 2 yards. I could have started with a little less, but it might have been harder for me to squeeze out the characters in whole pieces the way I wanted.

I used two yards of the green "tree" fabric--and if I had another half yard, I would have continued the chain pattern another row or two, but I don't have enough left--just a few scraps.

I used about a half yard of the black with white polka dot fabric that frames the portraits.

I used about a half yard of the white with black polka dot fabric that makes the chain.

I used about a half yard of the pink fabric that forms the stars.

(Note: The polka dot fabrics and the pink fabric are NOT part of the Ghastlies line--I had the polka dots in my stash and I bought the pink, which I tried to match as well as I could to the pink in the Ghastlies fabric.)

Finally, I'll probably be using about a half yard of the black and white "bramble" fabric for the inner border and about two yards of the new focus fabric for the outer border--it has more/larger family portraits of the Ghastlies.

I have a friend who always buys her backing and binding fabric when she buys fabric for a quilt. That's not me. I have no idea about those fabrics so far. I'll probably just pull whatever I have in my stash that works.

I'll show you what this looks like in another day or two so you can see what I'm talking about for the border fabrics. This is going to be a fun one!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am in love with this. I wanted to tell you also that I am glad that you and your husband had such great vacation.
Wendy

Theresa said...

That is absolutely fantastic, I love it!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Golly, Kim, it's terrific!

dianne said...

that is so doggone cute that i am beside myself ... truly - there is another dianne (i think she is the EVIL one cuz she keeps telling me, "see - you NEED to order more Ghastlies!") sitting right here next to me!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

I think you've really "made" the Ghastlies panel" better!

tpott said...

I LOVE your quilt! Tuesday when you showed the fabric, I was off to a btm class. I asked about "The Ghastlies" they didn't know what I was talking about. You're lucky to have more fabric shops near you. On Long Island ,NY we have 6 and they are not very close. Not many pre-cuts if any NO "Ghastlies". Frown. I can't wait to see the finished quilt. Its beautiful, you're very talented and prolific! ;>

Amy said...

I just love your Ghastlies and that you're gonna share your pattern with us! yay!!!!!

Brandie said...

Love it, Fabulous fabrics! That tree fabric is great, is it part of the Ghastlies line? Is the line still available?

Belinda said...

I love this - I am a funeral director and I thought this would make a great purse, now I am excited for the quilt pattern - Off to buy more fabric1

Miss Jean said...

I love it and I love that it isn't traditional! I once made a Christmas tablerunner in brown and pink and a friend said, "it's not Christmas-y!" I just shook my head at her- it was to me!

I appreciate your giving us the pattern when you can. It would work well with any pre-printed block type fabric.

sue said...

I really like this quilt! I'm just amazed how one can take a fabric they like and come up with a pattern and other fabric that looks great with it! Look forward to the pattern.

Josie McRazie said...

GHASP!! I LOVE THIS QUILT!! Halloween is my favorite! I HAVE to put this on my to do projects!! That Ghastlies material is just mouth watering!!

Linda S from Sacramento said...

so glad I got to visit your blog. awesome way to use the fabric.

Amy said...

Kim, can you tell me how much yardage you need for the backing on a quilt the same size as the one you made?