Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Best of Halloween 2012: Sew Spooky

Arlene Stamper and her daughter Melissa Harris, owners of The Quilt Company in San Diego, California,  introduced "Sew Spooky" at Spring Quilt Market 2012, where it was an immediate success ! Here's a quilt with some of the most cheerful and artistic haunted houses we've ever seen.

Every Witch Way, 20" x 13", Block 3 in Sew Spooky at The Quilt Company

Every Witch Way is one of 5 pieced houses in the "Sew Spooky" quilt. This enchanting design features a witch's hat for a roof, a jack o' lantern with a matching hat in one window and a jack o'lantern wearing a "cat hat" in the other window. Notice the broom parked upstairs and the witch's long legs on the front walk. We especially love the "trick or treat" fabric for the roof.

Jack's Patch, 20" x 13",  Block 4 in Sew Spooky at The Quilt Company

Here's "Jack's Patch", complete with rickety old fence, lighted windows for eyes, and even  a nose andsmiling mouth at the front door. There are even pumpkins done in matching fabric, swinging from the nearby tree. You can purchase each of these 5 charming house blocks one-by-one, plus the set of instructions for assembling the borders and the rest of the quilt, for a total of  6 patterns, or you can purchase the complete set at the same time.

Sew Spooky, 73 x 61", at The Quilt Company

Here all all of the houses assembled into the finished quilt ! In addition to the two blocks described above, you can see the "Spells and Stiches" house on the upper left, complete with a 3 dimensional quilt flap in the window and the "Haunted Barn" with a couple of  3-D spiders, an embroidered cobweb, and an owl button upstairs. On the lower right is the "Ghoul School" complete with a bell tower and mischievous dancing ghosts in the windows and overhead.  We especially love the festive inner border of orange and yellow candy corn.

 The designers note that all of "Sew Spooky" is done with easy piecing and fusible applique.  Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris have even created a Sew Spooky Button Packet and a Sew Spooky Fabric Accessory Packet  as a finishing touch for this adorable quilt. You'll be proud to display this creation every autumn for years to come!

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Arlene Stamper.


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