What does an empty nest mom do when Halloween comes along? I decided to make a quilt. Of course the theme would be spooky and the pattern bold. I had a stash of fabric and the will to craft it into something special. I felt a little forlorn with the weather changing and no little kids around to make costumes with. If I couldn’t sew my kid’s a costume, I could sew myself a quilt to keep.
I used the Swoon pattern from Thimble Blossoms. I can tell you that I will make this pattern again, (in pretty colors next time). It went together great and has beautiful quilting space built into the pattern. It lends itself to custom quilting and next time I make it, I plan to quilt the heck out of it.
The quilt is made from 100% cotton batting, 100% cotton fabrics, and a polyester 40 weight variegated thread . I did not use the thread in the picture below. That was what I picked while collecting the fabrics. Not all the fabrics pictured made it into the quilt either. The editing process is intuitive for me. Nothing is really safe or a given. Anything can be added or subtracted from the composition. It’s all up to me to decide the look or emotional response that I’m getting from the color choices.
Quilt making is a life journey for me. My memories are built into the process. The Halloween swoon quilt was actually a year in the making. I started it last (2016) Halloween pre season, but did not allow enough time to complete it, because life took a turn. My parents needed me due to an illness that put my father in danger. I put the quilt away, and went on with projects holidays and busy activities. Then in September of this year (2017) I got out the blocks and started to put it together again. The great news was that the quilt is finished and my dad is still with me. I should add a little detail here. Halloween also has special meaning for me because my dad and my husband share a birth date at the end of October. So this quilt was not just about being an empty nester. I was also facing losing my dad before the completion of the quilt. I’m not sure if I would have continued with the project if my dad’s illness had taken his life.
I have a lot to be thankful for. This month we celebrate Thanksgiving, and I am truly grateful for the people in my life.