Horrible Halloween Quilt: Part 1


I love Halloween fabric! This summer I bought some great orange and black novelty fabric. At the same time, I was also taking a course from quilting guru Ricky Tims, who is a master of convergence quilts. I was determined to make a Halloween-themed convergence quilt. In my mind, it was going to be awesome. Unfortunately, what starts out as a great idea doesn’t always translate itself to a great quilt.

I began by cutting strips from both the orange novelty fabric and the black fabric. Each fabric had seven strips — 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 3.5″, and 4″. Strips are sewn together so that the blacks strips get larger towards the right side, and the orange strips get smaller toward the right side. So far I was a bit disappointed, mainly because the quilt had so much black and I couldn’t see the novelty fabric very well.

You can see examples of Ricky Tims convergence quilts for an idea of how they’re supposed to look!

When a quilt isn’t complying with the vision in your head, you have a number of choices. You can finish it as planned and possibly give it away, or you can shove it in your UFO drawer and tell yourself you’ll finish it in the future. I think the best bet is to accept that this quilt will be for learning. It is already a write-off, so you might as well try a new technique and see how it goes. After going through this thought process, I decided that I would add orange horizontal strips to the quilts.

Both the quilt (shown above) and the orange solid fabric were cut into 7 strips, in the dimensions shown above. You can see the result below. In my mind,  it was boring and ugly.

Above, you can see that I decided to add a Halloween scene to my quilt. I had a coloring book photo blown up at the copy store, and traced it onto golden threads paper.

Let’s just say the thread painting didn’t turn out exactly as planned. Tune in tomorrow for the final results of this Horrible Halloween quilt.


2 responses »

  1. I really appreciate your sharing of your efforts even when they don’t turn out the way you thought they would. It’s encouragement for a fairly new quilter who gets things wrong a lot and agonizes about it.

    Thanks for your blog!

    • I appreciate your comment. I think I learn more when people share their mistakes than from their successes. Learning to quilt is a process. When I do something wrong, I try to remember that I took a risk doing something out of my comfort zone, and it will only make me a better quilter in the long wrong.

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