Journal 12

Halloween Fancy Fox Quilt!

So this time last year (2015) I had the idea to make a halloween-inspired quilt when my Cotton and Steel halloween bundle arrived. I knew I wanted to make the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, so why not combine these two ideas into one?

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I gathered my new fabric bundle, a few additional halloween fabrics by Sarah Watson and Tula Pink, and some of my Cotton and Steel basics. I decided to pull all of the low volume and text print fabrics we (Mom and I) had together to use as the background fabrics. For the muzzles I went with essex linens and for the eyes/noses I used solid black (unless the fabrics were predominantly black, then I used metallic fabric).

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As I was creating each fox I loved each one more than the last. It took 42 foxes and some time but the top was complete.

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Fast forward 8 months and I was headed to Atlanta, Ga for Sewtopia quilt retreat. One of the outings at Sewtopia was a tour of the Cotton and Steel studio, so I brought my fox quilt top along for the Cotton and Steel designers to sign. I also got Elizabeth Hartman to sign a block (pictured below)!

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Last week I finally got around to quilting it. I had the idea from the start to quilt it in a spider web free motion design, so in each quilt block i quilted a spider web. The quilting took a little time but I absolutely love the way it turned out.

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I bound the quilt in leftover dot/skull fabric (Cotton and Steel) from the backing.

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Here is the back! I used the dot/skull fabric from Cotton and Steel in two color ways tan and mint. I joined them together and made sure to keep the GREAT selvage (of course)!

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I used one of my first leather white labels!

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Now it’s finished just in time to enjoy at this year’s halloween!

I hope this quilt inspires you to make a Halloween themed quilted as well!

Happy Quilting!

xx Casey

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