Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Skull Quilt Top : :

I am so very excited to share this new quilt top with all of you today!

in the breeze

First, let's talk fabric!! I had so much fun making this! It's made out of some of my favorite prints from both colorways of Pat Bravo's newest collection Rock & Romance. Another amazing collection, I have to say!

Rock & Romace Gorgeousness!!

When I first received these fabrics, I understood Pat's vision right away -- both sweet and dark, feminine and bold, girly-girl meets rocker. Perfect for that daughter, grand-daughter, sister, niece, friend -- who is too mature for anything cute, but still young and definitely fun! This collection is full of pretty florals, which Pat always does so beautifully, in many shades of grey, a little black, with pops of pinks, purples, and yellow. Each print is just gorgeous!!

rock & romance skull quilt

Next up, the design! Well, what would be more perfect to explain Pat's vision for this collection than a skull quilt?! Oh yeah!

I am so honored to have been asked again to help tell her story for these fabrics through quilt making, just as I did with Indie.

rock & romance skull quilt

Designing this quilt was such a treat for me. The skull pattern is a little taste specific, but I think it works so well with these fabrics, but the design is versatile enough that it would make a very cool boy quilt for a pretty wide range of ages, as well as the perfect Halloween quilt. Don't you think?

Soon, I plan to offer both this new pattern, and my Indie quilt pattern, here to all of you. I can't wait!!

rock & romance skull quilt

And now, in case you are wondering where this crazy backdrop of a house is located? The answer is.. right in our little town, smack in the middle of Main St. While making this quilt, I just couldn't get the idea of these pictures out of my head. It just seemed like the most perfect place to go for this particular quilt, it had to happen.

So, last evening Kevin and I did a little innocent trespassing all for the love of Rock & Romance quilt top picture taking. And, it was SO worth it!!

rock & romance skull quilt

They may look a little spooky, especially in black & white! Yikes!!

black & white

But we thought the end result was pretty special! I've seen photos of this "Old Hickory" house used in ads for horror movies shared on facebook, I found a popular photo on flickr from 2006, and even some on Pinterest. I'm glad to have finally found a reason to share it myself!

I do hope to turn this quilt into a pattern, but the truth is, the idea creating a quilt pattern scares me way more than this house? But that's a fear I really need to conquer! I have so many ideas for new quilts....and I'm really hoping you'll be interested in sewing them?!

Maureen 

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66 comments:

Kelli said...

The fabrics are awesome, the skull quilt while not my jam is still awesome, and best of all--that house is awesome. Love it!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I appreciate you saying that! While I know a skull quilt design isn't for everyone, it's still such a fun idea!!

captainsharmie said...

i am instantly enamored with the quilt! can't wait till you release the pattern. i am already trying to decide which fabrics would be best. multi-colour scrappy like yours? or one tone scrappy? it's a mystery... :)

those photos are so beautiful! love how the accents/windows above the door sort of mirror the quilt itself!

sherry said...

both house and quilt are amazing

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

Love this so much Maureen!! The photo's are spectacular, very cool!

Cal said...

That is one spooky house! I thought it was a hot air ballon originally, but then put it all together, with the halloween coming, skull and haunted house.

Cynthia Taylor said...

Wow this is awesome! Love the quilt it would be perfect for any teen or boy who's into pirates. Can't wait for the pattern. Keep up the amazing work!!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Oh no...now I'm seeing the hot air balloon, too!! :) Which is actually one of the pattern projects I am working on today!

holly | bijou lovely said...

This quilt is so fun Maureen! Totally perfect for Rock & Romance, and also for Halloween :)

Anonymous said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

Jacey said...

You did such an amazing job with this one, Maureen! And the photos are amazing. Perfect backdrop!! Woohoo!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Oh good! Thank you!! Well, I plan to make at least one more myself! This one was a bit rushed -- I cut on Friday, and did all my piecing Sunday night - early yesterday. It's pretty big, too -- 66" x 88"! I really hope to get one more in by Halloween! :)

Atomic Rose said...

Maureen, please, please, please submit this to Noah Scalin's Skull-a-Day blog. I e-mailed him a link to this quilt, and he would love to feature it on his blog: http://skulladay.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

piece peace said...











I adore the skull!

Allegory said...

I've been in love with this fabric ever since I saw a first glimpse of it. That skull design is just perfect for it. And I think the fabric is just sweet enough to tone down the image without making it super cutesy.

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giddy99 said...

Excellent backdrop for that quilt! Well done!

Jerry Beavers said...

Well Maureen you have out-done yourself again. I love the prints & the way you put them together. The house back-drop for your skull quilt was ingenous. I would love to have that old house (haunted or not). Job well done.

Gidget said...

Cool quilt and really cool house!

Meredith Daniel said...

I think that house makes this one of my favorite blog posts ever. You nailed it pairing the quilt with this house. I love the pretty skull!

Shirley Tener said...

Totally Awesome.... I love the skull, my family would love to see this at my house, hope you conquer your fear soon and share.

Chelsea said...

Awesome quilt! I can't wait for the pattern, skulls will definitely be in my quilting repertoire.

I feel so sad for that house, though. Hopefully someone comes and rescues it soon and brings it back to the glorious home it obviously was at some point.

Jenny said...

I need this pattern! You are amazing. One of the coolest quilts I've come across. I see many of these in my near future. And the photos are awesome.

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Ella said...

That is an awesome quilt! It so perfectly showcases the fabrics. That house is amazing. I hope someone worthy claims it and restores it.

kristin said...

What a cool, cool quilt and that house as a backdrop is incredible! Way to trespass. ;)

Anna said...

awesomeist quilt and best photoshoot ever!!!

Sarah said...

Wow, these are so amazing, Maureen!! That house and your new quilt just go together, don't they? =D

sandyb said...

I love your quilt and the fabric is sooooo very pretty. I started singing the Adams Family when I saw the house:)

thank you for sharing!

Christine Slaughter said...

GREAT quilt, Maureen! I LOVE it! I have been anxiously waiting for Pat Bravo's Rock & Romance to get into The Intrepid Thread... this just makes me even more impatient!

Jennifer D said...

I love the quilt! While I don't like skulls myself, I really do like the fabrics! Your comment "both sweet and dark, feminine and bold, girly-girl meets rocker. Perfect for that daughter, grand-daughter, sister, niece, friend -- who is too mature for a anything cute, but still young and definitely fun!" that's my daughter exactly!! We are looking for fabric to go in her (and her sister's) room and I do believe this is it! Thank you!

On a side note, this same daughter is really interested in drawing. I know nothing next about tools/items to get for her. What do you suggest for a beginner? You can e-mail me if you would prefer: ajdewing(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Fantastic photo shoot - love it!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Very cool but if I have nightmares tonight I'm totally blaming you ;)

JLVerde said...

Love that quilt pattern. I'm just starting to get into quilting and your pattern is the first I've seen that I really WANT to make. (I hope it's not a hard pattern).

Betz White said...

Wow! What an amazing house and quilt!!!! You've outdone yourself. Perfectly perfect in every way!

Helen L said...

Love the house, love the quilt!! And if you don't put the darks in the eyes and nose areas, it would be a great hot air balloon: just saying, in case there are those who don't go for the skull motif!! :-)

Cherie said...

Wow what a stunning quilt! I actually thought it was a hot air balloon before you mentioned it was a skull. Such a great backdrop the house looks like the perfect location for taking pictures of quilts spooky or not =D

**nicke... said...

i CANNOT wait to make your quilts! i love this quilt and i think my son really needs one. it would match his backpack! ;)xo

mherath said...

Neat idea to take the pics by that house. Love it!

4dreamsr said...

I saw a hot air ballon too, until I made the connection! It would be cute to scale the pattern down & put several 'ballons' in different colors on a top.

That's a great old house. Hope your town has plans to keep it alive.

Tamie said...

How fun. I'd love to have this house. It looks like it needs lots of love but oh my, how beautiful.

Danny Heyen said...

Dude! This is awesome! The quilt is perfect and fantastic and amazing, but that house for the backdrop?! Phenomenal!

Anne said...

This = I love! You made the crazy house even more beautiful!!

x Anne

Kimi said...

I love it! And the colors are perfect for Halloween

Kristi said...

Very cool....love it!!!

Annette said...

Love, love, love the quilt! It's very creative and I could see it in hot pink and black for a girl! That house is just amazing! It's such an incredible op!

AlyceB said...

Seriously awesome!! That house is also just perfect for the quilt. Especially in B&W!

Mandy Crandell said...

So in love with that quilt!!!! I have so many skull items. That house was the perfect spot for photos.

http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

Siobhán said...

That is SOOOOO cool!! The quilt, the house, the photos--everything! I'm not normally a skull person but the fabrics that you used and the way you described it make it a must-do for my 18 yr old daughter. We both love murder mysteries, scary movies, spooky stuff--this would be so great for her! I hope you'll do the pattern soon. LOVE the house, too. Wow, what history that house must have. I'm already thinking of where I'll have my photo shoot when I'm done my quilt. ;D

Jodi said...

Hahaha, SO COOL! I love that you've made a scull! And you've put the fabrics together amazingly. Ah, you're so great Maureen!

Katie said...

I love this one. I don't like all the "trendy" skull items, but I really LOVE this. I showed it to my daughters and they both loved it too. My 8 year old said that house was beautiful, she didn't see anything spooky about it.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

The house is the perfect backdrop for that very cool quilt. Great job Maureen!

Katy Cameron said...

Heh, I thought that was a skull when I first saw it, but wasn't sure til you confirmed it (although my only other thought was a very odd hot air balloon ;o) ) Perfect backdrop too!

Pile O Fabric said...

Awesome! So talented :)

JennX said...

Ok, I have to admit I don't love the skull but I admire your creativity! I think it would be even better if it were skull and crossbones (I have a boy who looooves pirates of course!).... not sure if that's do-able or not- and totally different vibe. Anyway- I'm sure I've seen that house in passing on a road trip to the US- we stopped the car and just gawked for a while. If only we had millions to scoop it up and fix it up!!

JennX said...

I'm remembering... most amaaaaazing diner/bakery in town?? We stopped for lunch... doughnuts? Am I crazy?

Maria said...

i am loving this -- can i ask your general yardage that you used? i just brought home a fresh stack of fabric & was going to cut into it for my weekend sewing. but if i have enough for this top instead, i'd love to save it for the pattern release!

Madame Samm said...

I absolute love the setting..the photos are picture perfect, your quilt an aha moment...lovely

thepiececorps said...

Love the skull. Love the house, does it have a name? B-)

Kimberly G said...

I was so inspired by your quilt I bought ALL the fabric immediately. Your quilt is amazing and is right down my alley.

SIMPLESEW said...

keep us posted on pic, I would like to see what Angela did with the quilting..

stitchinggrandma said...

I was reading your Butterfly Quilt Finishing blog this morning and just happened to click on the link that brought me to this page! I love these fabrics. I don't see the skull though in the pattern, it looks "hot air balloon" to me.

I want to "rescue" that house! I live in one that is 110 years old, and we spent our life savings to save it. It is no wonder the one in your town sits derelict. We have many lovely old homes in town, and most have been saved, but they do take deep pockets. Waiting to win the lotto for my next "big project" at home! :)

Jessamie said...

I love this quilt - have you made it into a pattern as there is someone I would love to make it for!!

Vivianna Salazar said...

do you have a pattern for this quilt? I look at your shop, but I am not sure where to find your patterns.

Thanks

Vivianna Salazar said...

Do you have a patter for this quilt? I would really love to make it.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I do, here you go -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/165342386/the-skull-quilt-pdf-quilt-pattern