Halloween Scrap Buster - a Finished Quilt!

  While I will often use scraps in a project, it's not often that a true scrap buster comes my way. Usually patterns call for 2+ yards of a neutral to keep the scraps in hand - since I don't usually keep background fabrics in my stash, I get grouchy about buying a lot of yardage to make a "scrap" quilt.

Not so with this lovely one! Chelle's Quilts put out a call for pattern testers on Instagram, and I happily volunteered to red-pen it. It only requires a half yard of the neutral, and scrap busted the Halloween out of my sewing room.

I did end up begging my neighbor and all-around awesome sewing buddy to go back to the quilt shop in Missoula and buy another 3/4 yard of the neutral so I could make mine bigger and use it for binding, too. It's a Thimbleberries Halloween print from 2006 or 2009 - something you wouldn't expect to find on a shelf, but thankfully was there because it's perfect.

I ended up buying a couple quarter yards to round out the top, but for the most part, this is all from my Halloween scrap bin. I especially love the EEK blocks. The cutting instructions are for fat quarters, but it doesn't take much brain power to figure out how to cut it from quarter cuts...or that a charm pack or two can substitute in nicely in places.

The best part - if you look at examples from her blog {linked above} you'll find a yellow and grey version. No neutral at all. Just pick two or three colors and attack those scrap bins. In fact, I made mine bigger than the pattern {one extra section on the bottom, 3-4 columns on the side} so I could see how it would work in Quilts of Valor size. Yeah, totally my next scrap one.

The quilting is loops and pumpkins, in dark purple thread on the front and black on the back. Just to continue the very subtle Halloween feel of the quilt.

The backing is a lovely Joann's zig-zag - I did buy it thinking it would be chevrons, but then realized it was the wrong direction. Oh well. It's still oh-so-subtly-Halloween. And the pumpkins look AMAZING from this side.

Oh so soft and lovely! And, um, batty. And spider-y.


See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric AddictTGIFF/, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt Infatuation