Halloween Figs Sampler Quilt Progress
I’ve been steadily working on a new sampler quilt from Fig Tree & Co. called Halloween Figs. I’ve rarely made anything related to Halloween because for decades I went to an ultra-conservative church that forbade us to have anything to do with that holiday.
Now I’m more middle-of-the-road and I think it’s fine if children want to dress in costumes and ask for candy. It’s only evil if you make it evil. Anyway…
This is the original quilt and isn’t it wonderful? I like it a lot but I wanted to sew from my stash so mine is going to be scrappy. I pulled fabrics from the color drawers a few weeks back.
I’m too impatient to start at the beginning and work my way through the instructions, so I started with blocks that appealed to me most.
I’m not an applique expert and speed is a priority for me, so I window-fused the patches and machine stitched around them. (Window-fusing means that you cut the fusible out from the center of the shape before you iron it to the wrong side of the fabric. It keeps things from getting too stiff.)
And who can resist a Goose in the Pond?
I made Milky Way and Flying Geese Cross early, too.
I’ve learned that before I go too far, I need to put everything up on the design wall to see how it looks.
I loved all of the blocks but it felt flat and lifeless to me, like it needed some hot sauce. So I expanded the palette of oranges and kept on making blocks.
Above is the first reddish orange I tried. I liked the zing it added!
In every block, I asked myself how I could make it more interesting. I added a dark saturated orange to the Bear Paw Star.
If you’re going to add crazy, then you have to add it in many places over the surface of the quilt. If you add it in just one or two areas, it will stick out like a sore thumb. So I deliberately continued adding in dark oranges, saturated oranges and reddish oranges.
I went to town on these little stars. So easy and so much fun.
The sewing continues. I love where it’s headed and I’ll be back to show you before long!
This week I’m heading to Colorado to see my son, who has a new job in Carbondale, about three hours west of Denver. It’s not far from Glenwood Springs.
This quilt will become part of “Taste Test,” my new trunk show of sampler quilts. I’m booking it for spring of 2021. I have a lot of sampler quilts in my collection now but I have quite a few more I want to make before I offer it to guilds. It’s going to be good!