It’s that time of the year again, the sweet spot. A time when you can start a Halloween quilt and have plenty of time to finish it before the holiday is here. I love Halloween and all the things that come with it! I actually have a special basket where I store all my Halloween fabrics. This quilt will be the third Halloween quilt I have made (click here to see more Halloween projects), but that does not include Day of the Dead quilts. Yeah, I REALLY love Halloween fabrics. It might have something to do with the fact that it’s my birthday. This year, it has been such a delight to sew with J. Wecker Frisch‘s new line called Costume Maker’s Ball. She created it for Riley Blake Designs. It is absolutely adorable and packed with whimsical fabrics, spooky characters laid out in panels for blocks and borders, and it even has a predesigned home decor project.
Costume Maker Ball Fabric
The line reminds me of vintage folk art. What’s my favorite? It has to be the webs. It features a needle in it, making it seem like the web is made out of thread. Then there is the strip fabric that has the measuring lines of a ruler. The perfect mixer fabric. I can’t forget to mention the ticket fabric. J. Wecker Frisch has a great eye for typography. It’s really hard to choose a favorite, all of the fabrics are so good.
Gingham Girls Stars Quilt Pattern
When I was brainstorming on what I might make with the Costume Maker’s Ball fabric line, my head spun around on all of the possibilities. I found myself on a website called Diary of a Quilter; it’s the blog from Amy Smart. I fell in love with her pattern called Gingham Girls Stars. I am a sucker for star blocks and gingham fabric, making this quilt perfect for me and these spooky fabrics. What do you think?? I actually found the perfect yellow and orange gingham fabric for the backing and border of the quilt. It is a larger gingham, making it a fun and unusual combination.
One of my favorite panels in the Costume Maker’s Ball fabric line is the Medium Patch Cream Panel. It is composed of 10 different blocks of art laid out in two sizes. When I ordered it, I wasn’t sure what I would use it for but knew that it would be the perfect focal point to any project. When I saw it, I instantly thought I had to use it on the back of the quilt. I turned six of the blocks into courthouse step blocks, a design that I am obsessed with right now. Don’t you just love how it turned out? One of these blocks went on the front of the quilt and the other five in the middle strip on the back of the quilt, alternating the top and bottom of the block making it fun, playful, and nondirectional.
Quilting The Quilt
I decided to try out quilting in a grid because I have never tried it before. Since the lines would be sewn in two different directions, from top to bottom and from right edge to left edge, I increased the spacing in between the lines to three inches. In the past with one direction straight line quilting I have had a one inch space between lines. I feel like the grid echoes the squares of the blocks, sashing, and gingham making it the perfect fit for this Halloween Quilt.
Win a Panel Block
Okay, I have a few blocks of the panel left over and will give one block to a few of you lucky readers. So click here and head over to my Instagram photo and tell me what you would make with the block if you got one. You can find Costume Maker’s Ball for sale at your LQS. I would love to see what you make with it, so tag me in your photos and don’t forget to tag the fabric line, too. #costumemakerball #RileyBlakeDesigns #jweckerfrisch
Fall-Themed Quilts and Sewing Projects and Inspiration
[…] Here’s another example of a traditional block made with Halloween fabric. I love this version of the Gingham Girl star quilt pattern made by Elisabeth of Brown Bird Creations. […]
Elisabeth, can you tell me what block print panel you used on the block in the 3rd row down, second row across? It appears to be some kind of guy with a beard? Love what you’ve done with this fabric line, which I (and my sister who also quilts) love. As often happens, several quilt stores have sold out of parts of the line, it’s hard to get some of the fabrics, so I’m wondering what you used on that one different block. We both will be making this with the Costume Makers Ball fabric, so looking forward to it. Have downloaded Amy Smart’s “Gingham Girl Stars”, which is a lovely pattern to adapt to the Joy Studio Halloween fabric. Thanks for posting all the photos, they help.
Hello Barbara!! I am so happy you like this quilt. I added a photo last night that shows a close up of the block that I used on the front of the quilt. It is almost like a dress form with clothing on it. It has truck or treat on the panel block. Some of the other fabrics used in that block include Tape Measure Orange, Webs black, Jack-O-Lantern Yellow… hopefully this helps. I found a full panel on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Riley-Blake-Costume-Makers-Medium/dp/B07RJNN7G9/ref=pd_sbs_201_img_1/146-5901019-0068316?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07RJNN7G9&pd_rd_r=dda6f506-b501-4b28-ae10-cb997f2ec3a6&pd_rd_w=9tVlY&pd_rd_wg=6d3Qt&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=TJ3QAG4NACPQAR42QCMX&psc=1&refRID=TJ3QAG4NACPQAR42QCMX. I wish I still had some panels left over.. happy sewing!!
Thanks so much, Elisabeth! Seems like the many photos we take are ne’er enough. I love that you chose this suite of fabrics, such a perfect Halloween mix. I gifted the fabric along with the design you used to my sister whose birthday is at the end of October. (Also got one for myself). Didn’t see this suite of fabrics nor your use of it til after Halloween so finding all the fabric has been a journey across America! (Though Amazon carries some of it, it took those small indie quilt shops to gather what we needed.) This line will be missed when it’s gone.
Like your halloween quilt very much. Thank you.
Thank you!! I a so happy with how it turned out!
Mary Lynn Parson
This quilt is insanely cute! Love all your personal touches to a classic pattern by one of my favorite designers! And that fabric! 🙂
Amy is amazing!! I love stars so it was a must make for me. I was also on a courthouse step block craz when I made it. With all the adorable panels.. I added some improv keeping the block to 12.5” and voila. Thank you so much for your sweet words!
I have this Amy Smart pattern, and I can’t wait to make it in Halloween colors! Awesome!
I love that and would love to see how yours turns out.
Elisabeth, I love this quilt SO MUCH! It looks amazing in Janet’s Halloween collection. Thank you so much for featuring my pattern!
Your pattern is amazing!! Thank you Amy!!
That’s really pretty! I like that you made stars instead of a specifically Halloween design. It really adds to the interest and gives a surprise at the Halloween fabrics. Love the photo of it with the barn background.
Thank you very much!! I agree it’s not a typical Halloween quilt and that makes it fun! Thanks for your sweet words.
I love this Elisabeth! What a fun post, photos and project. Great job. Thank you for sharing your skills and feature of Costume Makers Ball.
Thank you Joy Studios!! Your fabrics are so much fun to work with! So many possibilities, I can’t wait to see more designs from you!