Here is the completed Baltimore Halloween Block of the Month. I chose a green binding that matched some the green in the applique and I really like the color. I wasn’t sure which color binding I would use, but I just keep pulling bolts of color out until I finally settled on the green and I’m really happy that I did. It also took me a while to figure out how I was going to quilt this, and after drawing up some patterns that I thought I would use.. I finally just sat down at the machine and started a circle or pebble pattern around each block and I think it frames them nicely..
In the borders I continued the circle pattern, but this time they are smaller circles within bigger circles. Both borders have the same quilting pattern, just different color threads. I also used the same color thread in the bobbin throughout so that the back of my quilt was consistent with thread color. In the center block, I quilted around the shapes in the middle because it is such a big area that was left not quilted and it really makes the shapes pop out of the block. I used invisible thread to go around these shapes with the bobbin thread being the same color I used through the quilting process. I finished it off with a sleeve on the back so I could use it as a wall hanging in the future. The finished size of this quilt is about 60″ x 60″ square.
I started this in October of 2009 because I needed something to sew and didn’t know what to do, saw this in Keepsake Quilting and decided this was for me. A year and a half later, here it is. I did not hand appliqué this as the directions say to do. I used a light fusible and then did some satin stitching around all the pieces to keep them in place. I love halloween and I’m glad this was a block of the month or I may have pulled my hair out. As I did more blocks I found that I didn’t like doing the acorns, or the candy corns, so in some of the later blocks, they are not included. The middle block was the last block and instead of candy, I added more leaves, which appeals to me more than the candy. This last block took me at least 8 hours to complete. A few of the smaller blocks took me 6 – 8 hours to complete, but most blocks I could get done in a 2 -4 hour time span. My plan is to back this and quilt it myself on my machine to show in an upcoming March Quilt show.