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Oct 11 / Jamie

A Ghastlies Quilt and Giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)!

Our local cemetery

Before I begin this post officially, I just want to thank everyone who voted for my scarf over at the Celebrate Color event on Stitched in Color. There were some truly amazing entries in every category. I was able to add several new blogs to my google reader and we have already made a few new projects to decorate the house with based on several inspirational works. I was included as a finalist in the yarn category, and by a slim margin of 10 votes, I won!! I was on cloud nine all week, it was a pretty amazing feeling.

Because I feel very strongly in spreading around the positive energy, I am offering my own giveaway! If you are the impatient type, just scroll to the bottom of the post for the details.

Ghastlies Quilt

I have been planning this quilt for quite some time. When I first came across The Ghastlies by Alexander Henry, it was out of print. I was lucky enough to get some in a swap with someone on Flickr. It arrived at the same time as the Greenfield Hill Collection by Denyse Schmidt and I knew that these two lines were perfect compliments for each other.

Ready for a new quilt

Luckily, The Ghastlies were re-released this summer, including a new presentation piece. I ordered plenty to make my quilt, and just needed the time. Finally, after completing a ton of sewing commitments these past two months, I was able to make it this past week!
Snipped and wripped

It was interesting working on a quilt I had thought so much about. Many of my other quilts have been pretty spontaneous, and I have to admit, it was nerve wracking, wanting to make it *just so*. I could have probably put it off, wanting to order more coordinating fabrics, thinking about the “perfect” layout, but I really wanted to have it in plenty of time for Halloween, so in the end, I decided to just go for it and started cutting up fabric.

Ghastlies squares

I fussy-cut 12 presentation pieces and then made them into wonky log cabin blocks with one round of Greenfield Hill, followed by a round of Kona cotton in either flesh, ash, or bubble gum. Β To make the log cabin strips, I snipped and ripped different widths of the fabric, using about a FE of each print and about 1/4 yard of the solids. Β I tried to make each block about 16″ square, but didn’t worry about them being exact. I sewed the blocks together in a 3 x 4 grid and then added some black sashing around the edges.

Working on the layout

The entire quilt is 50″ x 60″. It is backed with some fabric that a friend was given and she was discarding. It seemed like someone had made it into something like a curtain, but I thought it was perfect! I quilted it with some simple horizontal lines and a basic free-motion stipple around each of the presentation pieces. Β It was kind of hard to decided how to quilt it because it was wonky and I didn’t want the quilting to be too prominent. Β In fact, this was the first time I have ever quilted, then ripped out the quilting and started again.
Ghastlies Quilt

I used the grey “dots” from Sherbet Pips as a binding and also in some of the blocks. I bound it based on Rachel’s fantastic tutorial here, but something was going wrong with my feed dogs and so the stitching is not as even as I might like.

Ghastlies Quilt

This quilt is so far outside of my comfort zone color-wise, but I absolutely LOVE it. Normally I like to work with the warm, bright colors like berry, plum, and marigold. But, there is something so funky about the black, grey, white and pink. I think the Greenfield Hill is PERFECT for the Ghastlies. I had wanted to use some of the blender prints from the Ghastlies line, but hadn’t ordered any and in the end, decided to just use what I had on hand.


If you want to see more pictures of the quilt, you can head on over to our Flickr stream.

I am entering this into the Celebrate Color event for October. At first, I thought it would be completely out of place, but after Rachel’s recent post about the color palettes, it looks like this clearly fits into the Dark and Cozy Nights category.

Celebrate Color

Are you still with me? Time to talk about the giveaway. I ended up with a fair bit of leftovers from this quilt and wanted to share. All of these fabrics are from my stash and are unwashed. I do have cats and a dog, but try to keep them from sleeping on my lovely piles of goodness. The winner will receive the following: roughly 1/3 yard each of Kona Ash and Flesh, Sherbet Pips square dots in grey, and the funky pink fabric I used to back my quilt. I will also give you two 1/2 yard cuts of the two Ghastlies presentation prints (Ghastly Manor in white and A Ghastly Night in mauve), enough for you to fussy cut all the major figures. I will also throw in 7 fat eighths (I think two might be a bit smaller) of the Greenfield Hill prints I used in this quilt. All in all, you will have plenty to make a throw sized Ghastlies quilt with the addition of a bit of sashing and a backing (or whatever you might want to make).


To enter, please let me know what plans you have for Halloween costumes. My sewing is about to become all about the costumes and I could use some inspiration. If you don’t want to write about Halloween, tell me what your favorite pork dishes are, our two pigs went to the butcher this week and I always love to learn what other people like to eat. One comment per person, please. I will leave comments open until 8am EST Friday the 14th. I will then announce the winner picked by random number generator later that day here on the blog. Make sure I can contact with for your address as I would like to mail it out on Saturday. And yes, I will happily ship it anywhere in the world πŸ˜‰

Thanks for your time and Happy Crafting!!!




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  1. 1
    Miriam / Oct 11 2011

    omg, that quilt is so freaken awesome!! I feel so much more motivated to finish the pile of quilts I have laying around!

    my favorite pork dish is “cumin pork chops” I coat pork chops in an egg/cumin mixture and then coat them with breadcrumbs. bake in the oven at 350 for 10 mins a side (about)


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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Sounds super yum, we will have to try this! I had so much fun making this, the kids love it.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Also, remember that pink fabric you gave me last time I saw you? I used it to back this quilt and it was PERFECT! I added a pic to the post, I forgot to put it in when I originally wrote it up this morning.

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    sarah / Oct 11 2011

    That quilt is amazing– you just made me a fan of Greenfield Hill! I really do need to get to work on Halloween costumes… my son wants to be a sorcerer and has asked me to make a long cape with a big hood, as well as some sort of glowing staff thing with a papier mache ball on the end… My other boy wants to be an airplane engineer (???), but fortunately the girls are already covered- both butterflies, using costumes from their ballet performance earlier this year.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Thanks! I am a huge GH fan, it is really versatile. Sounds like you have your costumes covered, I like the airplane engineer idea.

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    Leigh / Oct 11 2011

    My daughters chose matching fairy costumes this year (Simplicity 3680), one in green and one in turquoise. I finished the green one and then… I broke my arm!!! I have a friend lined up to try to help me with the second one, but my 3yo might end up with a store bought costume this year. Sigh.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Oh, no,!! A broken arm must be rough, I can’t imagine. I hope you are able to get the costume issue worked out.

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    Mama Spark / Oct 11 2011

    I love Halloween! This quilt is fantastic. I have a little bit of the Ghastlies and have been trying to decide what to do with it, but adding yours would help! I have made lots of costumes over time for my kids but by far the unicorn and the mummy I made were my favorites! One year my DH and I dressed up in brown (think California Raisin) blobs, wore sun glasses and carried white canes with red tips. Know what we were? Wait for it…..we were Blind Dates!!! HAHAHA!
    Happy Halloween!!!

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      That is hysterical. I think having a group theme would be awesome. Our town is rural and hosts a “trunk or treat” event at the town hall. You can dress up your car (or better yet people decorate their livestock trailers). I would love for our family to do this, but a good, funny theme will be essential.

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    Angela / Oct 11 2011

    Such a great quilt! I love the ghastlies. And you were genius to pair them with the DS Greenfield hill line. Great call.

    My daughter is going to be a cupcake for halloween. And she’ll be stinking cute. lol. I bought the costume from old navy. She’s little so I’m not bothering to make her costumes yet.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Thanks so much! I first discovered them in your Over the Rainbow Doll Quilt. That is probably my all time favorite quilt, and your story always makes me a bit misty eyed. I think a cupcake will be adorable, I must admit that as much as I want to hand sew all their costumes, spending so much time on something so short lived is a bit irksome. I love your blog and am truly honored you came to “visit” me. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    lorraine / Oct 11 2011

    awesome quilt! i hope you win..i just love ghastly fabric ..and i love far as halloween costumes go i never really dress up anymore but my friend is and i have to think of a way to make a praying mantis costume..should be interesting!

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Thanks! Wow, a praying mantis. We just came across one in our costume book, it looked great! Good luck making it.

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    Jody / Oct 11 2011

    I am so in live with this quilt! I love the Ghastlies. πŸ™‚ Anna has decided to be Hermione Granger this year, and I need to find a pattern that I can sew for the robe. I am thinking first year, no hood, no lining, and I will also have to make the scarf. I had better get started! The boys are still trying to figure out what they want to be, and I think Amalia will settle for just about anything.


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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Jody, this quilt is so totlly Anna. I think you shouldmkeep her costume simle, I am sure you can find tons of ideas online. Mike and Big J are reading the series and are currently on book three. I hope our paths cross in real life soon!

      • Jody / Oct 14 2011

        Well, they have all settled. All 3 of the bigger kids are going as Gryffindors. They like to think they are Ron, Hermione, and Harry, but I am just doing robes and scarves, so i am betting nobody will actually know who they are supposed to be. Now to find a dead easy pattern to make those robes. At least the boys are the exact same size so I can just double up on one of the sets of measurements. Amalia has settled on being a fairy. A butterfly fairy to be specific. I found a tiny pair of pre-fab wings that nearly match a dress up skirt we already had. I am just going to embellish it with colors that match the wings, and slap a purple shirt on her. I love easy. πŸ™‚

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    rose / Oct 11 2011

    Our favorite around is is baked pork chops – super easy!

    For Halloween, I have 1 alligator – grandma bought it
    1 – pirate, still need to sew pants for him
    and, 1 knight, in need of a tunic, although I’m considering silver fabric paint & chainmail on a black T…

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      We like those a well, especially covered in BBQ sauce. Sounds like you have the costumes well in hand. We have been talking pirates in our house as wll.

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    Jacey / Oct 11 2011

    I adore your Ghastly quilt! How fun, and you’re right; Greenfield Hill is a perfect pairing!! You’re so sweet to share your extras. I haven’t dressed up for years, so I really don’t have any good suggestions for a costume.

    I do love pork tenderloin, though! I recently made one using Herbs de Provence, garlic and salt/pepper. Roasted it, and then added a peach/pineapple sage jam for the last five-seven minutes. Delicious!!

    Good luck in Celebrate Color! I am hoping I can finish something to submit!

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Thanks so much, I am loving the Ghastlies and GH together. I love your suggestion for the jam on the pork. One of our favorites is grilled ham steaks with a jam glaze right at the end. I haven’t tried jam with sage, but it is going on my list.

      I hope you get something made, this is such a fantastic event, I LOVE seeing all of the amazing works.

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    Amanda Hall / Oct 11 2011

    We are all about the geekiness over here. I have 3 little girls and 2 of them want to be superheros and one wants to either be a cat or Princess Leia. I haven’t decided which route I am going to go for myself yet though πŸ™‚

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      That is awesome. So far my DD has wanted to be a pirate, a princess, spiderman, and a clown. I think we might have a week-long dress-up event. I always chicken out when it comes to a costume for myself, I will have to start being more brazen.

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    Laurie / Oct 11 2011

    Wow! I love this quilt a lot. I might have to get some Greenfield Hill to go with my Ghastlies if I don’t win – those fabrics are perfect together!

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      There are some awesome deals on GH these days, I think you can pick it up for $5-$6/yard. I have found myself using it over and over again on different projects.

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    Kimberly / Oct 11 2011

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I love that it is a Halloween quilt but is not orange and black. Lovely. I would have never thought to pair up Greenfield Hills and the Ghastlies but they work so well together.
    Halloween costumes this year are going to be totally low key. My boy wants to be a superhero so I bought him a mask piece for The Flash and will make a really basic bodysuit to match. My oldest girl cannot make up her mind. I am refusing to make yet another fairy or princess costume so we are not sure what she’s going to be. (Every year since she was 18 mo she’s been a fairy or a princess. She is 7 and I am bored of the fairies and princesses.) My baby is going to be a cat but it’s a hand me down costume so we are done there. Good luck, I love and dread making Halloween costumes.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Thanks, I love that it is “non-traditional” colors as well.

      Sounds like you are more or less set for costumes. Last year my DD was a “village girl” meaning sort of a prairie girl. I made her the dress and she wore it all year long which was great. Good luck breaking away from the princess/fairy motif.

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    elizabeth / Oct 11 2011

    I love this recipe by Jacque Pepin. The best thing about it is that it has both the written recipe and a video so you can see him making the dish.

    My husband hunted a wild boar once and the meat was so musky that I couldn’t eat it at all. In fact, it ruined my taste for regular pork for a while too. I’m assuming “homegrown” pigs don’t have that gamey taste.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      That looks AMAZING. I used to love watching Jacque and Julia on PBS and I even have their cookbook! I have never had wild boar, but our homegrown pork is very yummy and flavorful but not at all gamey. They are pretty young, about 6-8 months old when they are sent off, which I think helps. Thanks for entering!

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    Jeannette / Oct 11 2011

    Boo hoo my guy is too big for a costume now. But I am actually making babyback ribs tonight! Easy salt & pepper them bake in oven 375 for about an hour then move to grill and add barbeque sauce and they are so tender but nice and grilled!

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Yum! I love ribs, they are my favorite cut. I cook them in a similar way, or sometimes even in the slow cooker. If you ever have the chance to try lamb ribs, you should, they are the best type of rib I have ever had!

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    Katherine Coventry / Oct 11 2011

    I love the fabrics you used in your quilt. I’m making a Princess Leia belt for a friend to go with a bought white dress. I’m hoping to make a pumpkin pie costume for a baby. A pumpkin costume with the pi symbol on the front.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Thanks! The pumpkin pi costume is awesome. A friend of mine is finishing up a pi quilt, it is red on gray and consists of pi to something like the 50th place. It is pretty amazing to behold. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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    Jenny / Oct 11 2011

    no great halloween ideas…we buy outfits from garage sales…so i think this year we will have a monkey and a fairy…unless she decideds to do spiderman again this year!

    i love cooking pork with cinammon and apples.

    your quilt is fabulous jamie…i love that you mixed ghastlies with greenfield!

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      Raising pigs, I totally get why pork and apple are such a classic, they are both “harvested” at the same time of year. Yesterday we had pork with apple butter, it was really yum. I love that your daughter was Spiderman, mine has been toying with the idea as well. Also, I have no idea why I haven’t stumbled upon your blog before, but I just added it to my reader so I can keep up with YOUR incredible quilts, they are truly inspiring.

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    Cherie Lovell / Oct 11 2011

    Love the Ghastlies print! I was able to get a small piece from my MIL and now am very inspired to do a Halloween runner.

    For Halloween, we’ve got a almost 4 yo girl who has descided to be Mili from Team Umizoomi. I like the challenge of making a costume from 2D picture. She’s very excited about Halloween this year.

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      Jamie / Oct 11 2011

      You should go for it, it will make a great runner! I will now be singing the theme song to Team Umizoomi in my head all night, LOL! What an adorable idea, good luck with it.

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    Amanda W. / Oct 11 2011

    I LOVE that quilt! And, I have many of those prints. I wonder what I can put together during naptimes this week!

    As far as Halloween goes, I am at a loss on what to do. My husband wants me to think up a clever costume for him and my little girl is only 1 and will probably try and take off whatever I put on…

    And I love pork with prunes (the one with real whipping cream…mmmmm). I usually make it in the slow cooker in the fall and winter and the house smells amazing. I love that you raised your own pigs. I would love to have the space and know how to do that!

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      Jamie / Oct 12 2011

      Thanks! The quilt came together quickly, I am sure you could whip up something grat during naps. I will have to try pork with prunes. I love my slow cooker, it is the best. Pigs are pretty easy and relatively low commitment as you just keep them over the summer. We love raising them! Good luck with your costumes.

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    Christine / Oct 11 2011

    I just love the quilt! I would never have thought to put those two collections together but they look absolutely incredible together! Good call! I’ve been wanting to get some Ghastlies but couldn’t think of what to do with them. This quilt is very inspiring πŸ™‚

    As for Halloween, I am going as the female version of Mad Hatter. My neighbor is doing a “dark” Alice in Wonderland Haunted house next door and I’m helping out πŸ™‚ If I were picking a cute costume tho…..I might go as a gnome or mermaid πŸ™‚

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      Jamie / Oct 12 2011

      If they had not arrived the same week at my house I am not sure I would have thought to pair them, but they were just lying there together. I love how that happens sometimes. Love your mad hatter idea, sounds fabulous. Have fun at the haunted house!!

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    Sydney / Oct 12 2011

    Nice job on the quilt! And congratulations on the win!

    Not sure if I am going to celebrate Halloween this year (not a big thing in the UK) but if I do, i’ll just reuse a 40’s sailer outfit I have from a friends theme party…

    Favorite pork recipe? Definitely pork belly cooked like ribs… marinated in vinegar, soy, garlic and brown sugar and then slow cooked in the marinade for a few hours covered in foil. Then bake uncovered for another hour but coating with bbq sauce every 15 minutes… AMAZING. Just not too healthy πŸ˜‰

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      Jamie / Oct 12 2011

      Thanks and thanks!!

      I lived outside of london after college and remember this. The US makes everything a big to-do, I guess.

      OMG that recipe sounds sooooo good. We usually send all our our belly to be smoked and made into bacon but maybe we should keep a bit back this time!

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    Laurie / Oct 12 2011

    I love your quilt, it came out fantastic.I have been wanting some of the gastley fabric. I too am in need of ideas for costumes this year I am so undecided myself and I have to figure it out soon I have several costumes to make for a costume party plus its my birthday, another reason I love Halloween. But I love cooking porkchops with some sauted onions, honey mustard and balsamic vinegar and serve it with mashed potatoes …now I am hungry. Thanks for the chance to win.

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      Jamie / Oct 13 2011


      Good luck figuring out the costumes and happy birthday! That sounds like a great way to cook chops, I bet it would also be great with baked sweet potatoes, a huge favorite in our house this time of year.

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    Kristen / Oct 13 2011

    Beautiful quilt! I love the combination of fabrics you used. They worked perfect with each other!

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    kathleen / Oct 13 2011

    gorgeous quilt. halloween is coming late, well i’m late in starting i should say. i have to make a pirate costume, a cat costume, and a fireman. the fireman is done as my oldest was one years ago so the youngest is all set. the cat is almost done but needs some ears. and the pirate–not started. sigh. i hope inspiration hits you soon.

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      Jamie / Oct 13 2011

      It sounds like you have a lot going on! We tried on different dress up clothes today, but they are still filled with ideas, but not really narrowing anything down. I think I will make them all commit to something by the weekend, that will give me two full weeks.

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    Heidi aka Digital Misfit / Oct 13 2011

    That quilt is so awesome! I fell in love with Ghastlies last year, but also was too late. I have not had a fabric budget to get some this year, but I hope to squeeze in a couple of yards. You did such a beautiful job and I am inspired.
    This Halloween, I am still torn. I was thinking of making a plague doctor costume because they scare the heck outta me, or maybe a Day of the Dead Catrina (problem with that is that I will have to paint a mask because I am allergic to the makeup).
    The next time I do a couples costume, I definitely plan to do Mr & Mrs Roper. I have been searching for the perfect vintage “gown” for the occasion!

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      Jamie / Oct 14 2011

      Thanks so much! I am sure you can find some good sales on Halloween type fabric now, so you should be able to squeeze n a few yards. Your costumes seem super creative, I especially love the Mr. and Mrs. Roper idea!

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    Jamie / Oct 14 2011

    It is now 8am EDT and I am no longer going to accept entries for the giveaway. I will leave the comments open, though. Off to the random number generator site.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color / Oct 25 2011

    What an awesome quilt! And great pictures too. Yeah!

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      Jamie / Nov 1 2011

      Thanks, I have been really inspired by the pictures on your site and am trying to think about how to best photograph and stage each piece.

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    Melissa / Oct 28 2011

    I love that color scheme. I like how you used black, grey, and pink (all of my favorites!) I’m going to be a mermaid, I maid the tail myself and it is super fun!!!

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      Jamie / Nov 1 2011

      Thanks, this color scheme is a bit outside my norm, but I really loved it, too. Hope you had fun on Halloween, sounds like a great costume!

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    patrick / Oct 28 2011

    Cool festive quilt! I will not be wearing a costume, but my 1 year old will be wearing an elephant costume- she’s crazy for elephants (or should I say, her mother is πŸ™‚ )

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      Jamie / Nov 1 2011

      Thanks, that sounds great!

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    Elizabeth / Oct 28 2011

    Oh my goodness, that is an AWESOME quilt. Love it to pieces. Nothing too exciting planned for my Halloween, but as always, I am thinking about doing a quick baby knit hat of a pumpkin (or eggplant?) Always adorable….

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      Jamie / Nov 1 2011

      Super cute. I also love baby grape hats, so yummy and sweet!

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    Ann Champion / Oct 30 2011

    I found your blog and quilt after doing a search for “Ghastlies quilt”. I have some of the fabric, but haven’t worked out a plan for my quilt or worked up the nerve to cut into it.
    I LOVE yours..and your photo by the cemetary..brilliant! I just had to comment πŸ™‚

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      Jamie / Nov 1 2011

      Thanks, go for it! The fabric is so much fun, I think I might leave my quilt out a while longer, I just love those figures.

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