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!