Friday, October 28, 2016

A Ghastlie Tale

alidiza: A Ghastlie Tale...  a Ghastlies version of Amy Friend's Tell Me a Story quilt.
It just wouldn't be Halloween if I didn't make something Ghastlies...

This month the BostonMQG hosted my friend, Amy Friend, for a trunk show featuring quilts from her book, Intentional Piecing.  My favorite is Tell Me a Story.  When Amy suggested this would be a great pattern for a holiday quilt I don't think this is what she had in mind but I immediately knew where I was going with it...

While many of Amy's paper pieced designs are extremely intricate this block is easy to piece.  The complexity comes from fussy cutting your designs to tell the story.  That said, these are 6" finished blocks so the pieces are tiny.  You'd think I'd be used to that after #100Days100Blocks but all those little black triangles were making me mental.

With the demise of my LQS and my lack of foresight this one had to be 100% from stash.  I spotted a right sized leftover black batting from my original Neptune quilt.  I don't usually like to work with poly-blends but it was perfect for a pillow and I think the dark undertone adds to the richness of the colors.

I kept the quilting simple and just outlined the major blocks.  This may be my favorite block...  you can bet even if I was trapped in a box I'd be reading.

I stayed up way too late finishing this up but for once managed to run out of bobbin thread at precisely the right moment.  Obviously the spirit world approves of my choices.

And since I have a lifetime's supply of zippers so went ahead and  used my go to zipper closure tutorial by to S.O.T.A.K. Handmade for the back.  I'm ridiculously pleased with how well I got the stripes to match up.

alidiza: A Ghastlie Tale...  a Ghastlies version of Amy Friend's Tell Me a Story quilt.
Meeting my Ghastlie End at this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts and Myra's Finished Or Not Friday.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 18" x 18"
Pattern: Tell Me a Story from Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend.
Fabrics: Fabrics: from the Ghastlies collections by Alexander Henry.
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black.
Thread: 50 wt. Aurifil in Pewter (2630).


  1. Very very cool! You've done a great job. (And I'm the same, cannot go anywhere without something to read!)

  2. Wow! You should be ghastlie pleased at how that zipper lines up!! It's so pretty - I'd love if you'd link to my Finished or Not Friday Linky Party at Busy Hands Quilts each week!