Thursday, September 20, 2012

Best of Halloween 2012: Goofy Ghosts

From Connecticut, multi-talented teacher, author, and artist Karen Eckmeier writes, "I am compelled to create; creating gives me energy, and I want to share that energy with others. Fabric is my medium of choice, because I love the feel and texture of it."  Here's Karen's very original Halloween- themed pattern,  "Goofy Ghosts", which can be purchased at her website, The Quilted Lizard.

Goofy Ghosts, 25 x 25", by Karen Eckmeier at The Quilted Lizard

We love "Goofy Ghosts", because we think that Karen's designs in the round are so innovative and interesting. This quilt reminds us of looking through a kaleidoscope at fun Halloween symbols. There are bats done in lively purple, exuberant jack o' lanterns,  and witches broomsticks which give this work an elegantly balanced "compass effect". Also, take notice of  the owls, candy corn, and the faces of the black cats in the center.  The joyous dancing ghosts with their happy faces and curved forms comprise the focal point of the quilt and reinforce the circular motif.  Eye-pleasing symmetry is displayed throughout this excellent design.

Best of all, the assembly of the quilt is a time-saving process. Karen notes that "Goofy Ghosts" uses simple straight-stitch applique, which is done as part of the quilting process, so you don't need to use a stabilizer.

For more of Karen Eckmeier's fascinating work, please stay tuned to Quilt Inspiration during the next few months. We're looking forward to featuring more intriguing patterns from this prolific artist !

Image credits:  The image of "Goofy Ghosts" is shown with the generous permission of Karen Eckmeier.

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