Finished Halloween/Fall Quilt

finished halloween quilt

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I finished my Halloween/Fall Quilt, I was hoping to finish it by Halloween but I was a few days late, here’s the info ;) .

Stats
52 x 61
Tula Pink NightShade Fabric, back is Kona Teal Blue
Warm and White Batting
Quilted by Me on my Vintage Singer 201-2

I came up with the pattern on my own, something to highlight the cameo images but showcase the various prints in the line of fabric.

These lovely ladies are so fun.  I think this fabric is so fun and creative.

I really tried to push myself with the quilting.  Quilting on my vintage machine can be really tricky and sometimes maddening, but I learned so much about what my machine can do and had fun figuring out the quilting.

I used a light grey thread so on the back you can really see the quilting.

I quilted it a little wider on the borders.

Hope you guys like!  I’m so glad to have this for my family and can’t wait to get started on our Christmas quilt!

My NightShade Fall/Halloween Quilt Top

Nightshade top

This holiday season I really wanted to make some quilts for our family, ones that we will pull out during Fall/Halloween and then another for Christmas.  I decided to use Tula Pink’s Nightshade line for the Fall/Halloween quilt.  The fabric design itself is beautiful and I liked that it didn’t have pumpkins and candy corn all over it, although I’m sure my kids would love something like that… maybe next year ;) .

Here is the quilt top.  I went for a fairly simple and quick pattern.  I think this fabric needs large pieces of fabric to do it justice, so I knew I wanted to use wide strips and of course the beautiful cameo images.  The fun thing was that this worked up really quick, so I was able to finish it in just a few days.  I’m really excited to get the backing fabric in the mail this week (a Kona teal) and get to quilting!

Cal King Quilt Endeavor

Hello Blog Readers!  I just realized I haven’t shared with you some of the process photos from the very ambitious bed quilt I have decided to do.  I have a Cal King size bed and I am doing a mini master bedroom makeover, so some new bedding is in order.  If you follow me on Instagram (melaniekham) or Twitter, you will have seen a lot of these pics already.

I am using Kona Snow and Annette Tatum’s Boho line.  This blue is the Henna Sea from Fabric.com. 

I am doing the Houndstooth pattern from this awesome book…

Cutting, Cutting, Cutting and I’m not even done cutting.  It’s simple cutting, but Cal King is Large!

Here is a larger swatch of how it will come together, these are not sewn together.  I am however going to add some another fabric as pops of a darker blue for some of the dark houdstooth pieces.  Anyway, hoping I can get a few hours of sewing in during nap time!!  I cleaned and organized the laundry room this morning, so I don’t feel bad ;) .

I’ll keep you updated!

Modern Mini: Fashion inspiration

I saw a lot of people talking about the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge over at Ellison Lane Quilts and decided I wanted to participate.  I had this idea floating around in my head that I wanted to try and a mini quilt is a great way to hash out ideas and see how they turn out!


First of all… here is my finished mini quilt.

It measures 11.5 x 13.

And here is the inspiration…

Lately I have been very inspired by fashion.  The patterns, textures and prints that are found in clothing are often on trend in Home Decor as well.  I love this ombre-esque splatter skirt that I saw in In Style Magazine.  See my little clipping I circled?

I wanted to play around with the variation, the light to dark with speckles and splotches of other colors.


 I added some touches of embroidery to play into that splatter painted look, but I kept it simple and didn’t go too crazy with it.


I loved the Tula Pink coral fabric I used as the color splatters as well, the corals in this fabric are divine and the chartreuse green is a lovely compliment.

I decided to quilt it in a jagged free motion, and reference the current aztec and Native American trend that is so big right now. I also chose an orange thread for the top Kona Medium grey portion of the quilt and white thread for the bottom portion to keep the contrast and a minimum because I didn’t want the quilting to distract from the piecing but rather enhance it.

This is the back of the mini quilt, a fun floral in a similar color family.

What do you think of my mini quilt?  Hop on over to Ellison Lane and check out the other beautiful entries!!  There are some magnificent ones!!

Zig Zag or Chevron Pillow

Happy Monday everyone!  I did some late night sewing last night.  I finished up this pillow.  I wanted a zig zag or (chevron if your a cool kid) since it is so on trend now.  My living room is mostly neutrals, so I wanted to add some pops of color with accent pillows and wall art in a coral and turquoise to go along with the chocolate couch and mostly grey area rug.  This pillow is pretty small, about a foot square and is only 1 of many pillows to come!

I used 3 inch squares to make the half square triangles.
Fabric is Prince Charming by the lovely Tula Pink.
The back is a simple solid Kona Ash.

Link up some pillows you have made recently in the comments!  I’d love to get some more fun ideas for some additional pillows… or of course I can dinker around on Pinterest for hours later today too ;) .