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The Ghost Quilt

The Fall Season definitely gives the other seasons a run for their money, especially in Texas!  There is just so much FUN stacked on-top of FUN to look forward to.  And when you live in the Texas Hill Country, and in a town like New Braunfels, AND you’re a quilter, you’re calendar stays pretty full from about August straight through to Christmas!  What fun it is just trying to figure out how you’re going to do it all!

Jammed in all the fun is one of my favorite holidays – Halloween!  I LOVE Halloween!  The old spooky movies that make you jump, the homemade treats of popcorn balls and caramel covered apples, the ridiculous decorations of webbing and tombstones, and the costume parties!  It is so fun to dress up and have fun.  And it’s so great to see all the creativity and craftiness that comes alive at Halloween!  There’s a little *maker* in all of us!

Meghan Buchanan at thencamejune.com announced she was going to be hosting a sew-along series featuring her Modern Holiday Quilt Collection, consisting of the Ghost Quilt, the Holly Jolly Quilt, the I Heart You Quilt, and the Starry Skies Quilt patterns.  Meghan’s Ghost Quilt has been “floating around” the internet for a while, so you may have seen it by now.  (Sew cute!)  But, at the time, it was new to me and I fell crazy in love!  An entire quilt of ghosties — YES!!!

My last sew-along was the Aurora Quilt, which I commonly and lovingly referred to as my #tularainbow while sewing it.  Having so much fun with my last quilt and with my love for color, I decidedly needed more rainbow in my life.  So, to make a rainbow of ghosties!  And when I found the Sun, Moon, Stars in Black designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for the Eclipse fabric collection for Cotton + Steel, it was kismet.

The SAL was a short 5 weeks, ending with a completed quilt top.  The prize was that one lucky winner would get to have their top quilted by Kaitlyn of Knot and Thread Design.

Week 1, we picked out all our fabrics and cut out all the pieces.

Week 2, we started sewing.  We sewed 7 ghosts a week for weeks 2, 3, and 4.

Week 5, we sewed together our remaining 4 ghosts for a total of 25 blocks:  13 floating right and 12 floating left.  Then, we sewed them all together, adding sashing throughout to give them ample space.  

And just like that, The Ghost Quilt top was complete!  62″ x 64″ of cuteness!!  AND, with all of the HST trimmings, there are enough leftover triangles to make something else creative!!  (Perhaps a pillow or a fun trick-or-treat bag!)

Participating in this sew-along was so fun because I got to see SO MANY different ways this quilt could be made… ALL terrific!  This pattern is easy to sew, doesn’t require a ton of material, and is just FUN to watch these little ghosts come to life on your machine!!  I definitely recommend giving this one a try!!