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Skull quilt inspired by one in the new book Quilting Art by Spike Gillespie

Posted by PlaidCrafter from Los Angeles, California, United States • Published See PlaidCrafter's 107 projects »

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 1
    Step 1

    I grabbed my graph paper and sketched.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Off to the scrap stash.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now onto cutting. I have made quilts of lots of little squares before I knew about the wonderful invention of the grid ruler and boy am I happy I know about it now. This quilt went so quick using a grid ruler not to mention much more precise.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 4
    Step 4

    I don't know if other quilters do this but I recommend leaving the little stack of squares just cut in place when cutting the next stack of squares from the strip, this keeps the layers from slipping around.

    This skull quilt takes:

    216 white squares

    34 red squares

    35 black squares

    It is 15 squares across and 19 squares tall.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here are all the squares cut and laid out....but there is a little error...can you find it?

    Quilting and puzzles, now that's a combo.

    OK I'll tell you, in this shot the right eye is off by one row, see how there are 3 rows of white squares on the far right and on the left there are only 2? Well, I fixed it in the piecing.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 6
    Step 6

    I sewed the squares together in horizontal rows carefully folding each pair and then stacking them up to bring them over to the sewing machine and then putting them back in order.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Skull Quilt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Here are all the horizontal rows sewn together. I then simply sewed all the vertical seams together alternating the seam allowances up and down.

    Ta-da! I'll keep you posted on what I do for a border for this guy, anyone got any good suggestions? They are most welcome.



Eien · Conyers, Georgia, US · 3 projects
delightfully warm & sinister
Reidergirl · Blackburn, England, GB
what about a black or red lace ruffle border? personally I'd go for red. This is Great, Especially for a gift idea for a teenager or the goth in your life, well done!!
Kitty · Okotoks, Alberta, CA · 18 projects
Sweet! Some kind of black lace around the border might be cool..to give it more of a goth look. I wish I had the talent to try this one. Great work!
Ryals_Shoal · Marysville, Washington, US · 17 projects
I love this, wonderfully done!
The AfterCraft
The AfterCraft · Victoria, British Columbia, CA · 59 projects
GreenLeaf · Essex, England, GB · 52 projects
Wow this looks great, great deadication, I'm not sure that I could do it!
jamie kraft
jamie kraft · 5 projects
me loves! so very cool!
spright · Macon, Georgia, US · 15 projects
That is AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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