Friday, October 1, 2021

Quilts and Classics: A Ghastlie Halloween/1939 Ford Delux Couple

 About six years ago, I made A Ghastlie Halloween, using one of my favorite fabric lines, The Ghastlies, by Alexander Henry. The Ghastlies are a group of crabby looking people, and their crabbiness always makes me laugh. Alexander Henry released a new line several years in a row and I had been collecting the fabric for quite awhile when Moda came out with a great pattern called Modern Blocks. 

I decided on a color scheme of lime green, purple and orange, along with black and white, and started going through scraps.

When I embark on a project like this, it works well for me to just power through from beginning to end, because scraps seem to take over a lot of space.

Some of my favorite blocks:

These knitting ladies are my MOST favorite of all the Ghastlies.

I had a panel of calendar blocks and it was fun to add this little calendar to a block.
One of the largest blocks--36" x 36". One of the earlier lines was in an orange colorway. It had been in my stash for a long time and I was glad about that--it became hard for me to find the orange colorway.

I added selvages whenever I could.

After I completed the quilt, one foggy day I took it across the street and photographed it the bare branches of my neighbor's tree. I like the "ghostly" trees in the background.
When I used to go to quilting retreats at Huntington Lake, usually late September/early October, it was always the quilt we took along to put on the bed in our cabin.

Once I decided to go ahead with the calendar, my cousin, Cathy, and her husband, Terry, told me about their friend who not only restores classic cars, but owns some amazing classics himself. One of them was this bright orange 1939 Ford Delux Coupe. What a beauty! Of course it helps that this is not only one of my favorite shades of orange, but also perfect as the backdrop for a Halloween quilt!

Fun interior shots.

And even a photo of me taking the photos. :)

This is definitely one of my favorite combinations of car and quilt. Although I likely say that every month. :)
Quilt: A Ghastlie Halloween
Size: 84" x 96"
Pattern: Modern Blocks by Moda
Made by: Me
Quilted by: Darby Myers


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Patti said... #

I do so love your quilt, guess if I am going to make one I had been get on the ball! I think you have the best way of displaying your quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

That's THE perfect car for your Ghastlie quilt!!! I love how you worked the selvages into the top too. Not sure I ever noticed that before. I've never made a Halloween quilt. Perhaps I will some year. Right now there are too many other things partly done that need to be finished.