Friday, 28 October 2016

Fossil Quilt - October OMG

This is still a work in progress, but I thought I might share some pictures of the previous stage as it represents my minimum goal for October - making the blocks for my fossil quilt.

This is the final (hopefully) layout and I have already started putting them together using the quilt-as-you-go method. Sorry for picture quality - I couldn't take it all off my design wall and the light in the room is not good enough.

I had a lot of fun quilting the blocks. Some are based on photos of real fossils (with a lot of artistic license), others are pure art)))

I also made three "geological strata" blocks which work nicely bringing together the colors on the FMQ blocks.

I also included a pieced butterfly block, just because I'm obsessed with pieced butterflies)) Anyway, it ties in somewhat with the "natural history" theme.

I think I might still finish it in the remaining October days, or in early November, anyway)). My work got interrupted by piecing Forest Friends blocks and also making Halloween costumes for the girls.

I didn't actually make the witch dress from scratch, instead I bought a nice "occasion" dress and covered the skirt and collar with the Halloween fabric - raw edges, no fuss ))) Will do for the holiday, and then she'll still have the nice dress to wear for Christmas or New Year parties.

The Witch and her Kitten went to school like this on Thursday, because next week is their mid-term break.

Happy Halloween!

Linking up to:
October OMG at Red Letter Quilts
Free motion Mavericks at Lizzy Lenard Vintage Sewing
Fabric, Thread and Yarn at France Nadeau
Off the Wall Friday at Creations by Nina-Marie
Finished or not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts



  1. OMG!!! Your fossil blocks are the best. I love the idea of the strata! You are so good! Like the Halloween costumes. When my girls we little. we loved thinking of who they would be for Halloween and then designing simple costumes. Enjoy!

  2. Oh my goodness. You inspire. I haven't seen a quilt that was
    quilted by the blocks like this. I have been wanting to give it a try. This is a gorgeous quilt. I can't wait to see it finished.
    I came from Busy Hands linky party. I think I need to stay here awhile!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. What an original idea - I love the fossil blocks and your strata bits added in.

  4. This is my first time visiting your blog, so I'd never seen your fossil pieces before. Wow, they are wonderful!! The colors, the quilting...perfect! I'm going to sign up to follow by email so I don't miss the final reveal of this beautiful art quilt.

  5. The strata blocks were a great addition to the fossil motifs. The quilt is looking good. Claire aka knitnkwilt

  6. Your fossil project looks good! Especially love that fish! Your girls a lucky to have you. Pretty costume!!

  7. These more muted tones are not usually my go to colours but with this theme and amazing quilting this will be a stunning quilt. And what lovely costumes for your girls. This is the first year for 15 years I've not had to make or get a Halloween costume for the children as the youngest at 13 are 'too old'!!

  8. I, too, have been sidetracked with Halloween costumes and some baby bedding repair work I was asked to do for a friend of my daughter. Your quilt looks great with all the muted tones and lovely quilting!

  9. Happy belated Halloween - this is going to be one stunning quilt going by how beautiful your archaeoptryx was!

  10. Wow! All your fossil blocks are gorgeous and I cannot decide which one is my favorite. I also love your color scheme. I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt completed.
    As for the witch dress... you've added the perfect fabric to the dress!
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good day!

  11. Hello Olena,

    Sometimes working out the layout is the hardest part of making a quilt. This is going to be a fascinating quilt - I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished the product.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv


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