I was amazed to be able to complete my Red Letter Day Halloween quilt in time for the Halloween/fall season. I really rushed to get this done because I had the opportunity to rent a longarm a few weekends ago.
I used combinations of Halloween novelty prints from my stash as well as blenders. It was really tempting to use just Halloween prints- if only to use them up- but I decided the combination of normal quilting cottons were fun to use among the quirky pumpkins, ghosts, and cats.
I wasn't very creative in finding a spooky location for the photo shoot of this quilt. My area of Colorado definitely doesn't have those old-timey graveyards like my New England home. We took the family to the Garden of the Gods recently- so I nabbed a photo there before the sun really started to set:
So I wish I could say that I purposely left out the reversed RLD block that the pattern calls for (examples, here, here, and here)- I had this grand vision of hand quilted spiders from the beginning.... Um, no. The truth is that I started making the blocks and completely forgot about the reversed block- and didn't think of it until all nine blocks were made. After the quilt came off of the longarm- the lady at the rental place advised me to quilt something in those big empty squares- so that's when I realized hand quilted spiders would be perfect among the computerized spiderwebs that occupied each block:
Sadly, the intended recipient of this quilt (my 5 year old son) has completely rejected this quilt and refuses to use it- he's being very vague about it but I think it's the spiders that bother him. My husband also had to point out that the spiders should have eight legs. Did you notice?
I sound negative about this quilt- but I am really fine with it- it's not my most favorite thing I've ever made but like it and I had fun making it. I still have a boatload of Halloween fabrics- so maybe I will take another shot at making another Halloween quilt again someday.
Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.