Cute vs. Spooky: My Halloween Trauma and Quilts

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I opened the door and my stomach did a horrible backflip with terror. What I saw was a horrific, wrinkled face with a look of murderous lunacy in its eyes. I slammed the door and ran downstairs.

I was a child, maybe 8 or 9, and it was Halloween night. My friends and I had been out trick-or-treating and was relaxing in the basement with my parents and siblings, eating candy and watching T.V. when the doorbell rang, But now I was terrified! What was that creepy thing at our door?

Perhaps that’s why I focus on the cute. Halloween can be a scary time, but there are also some absolutely adorable quilts out there, too. Here are some of my favorites:

Halloween quilt

Baltimore Halloween by Pearl P. Pereira of 3P Designs, made by Mary, quilted by Karen Marchetti.

Here’s a cutie from Amy Bradley:

Halloween quilt

Happy Halloween by Amy Bradley.

This is one of my quilts. I got the pattern from a magazine years and years ago! (Sorry, magazine designer, I don’t have the pattern anymore to credit you!)

Halloween quilt

Here are two blocks from the Baltimore Halloween quilt above. I want to make this so much!

Halloween quilt

Baltimore Style Halloween Quilt by Nikki of Nikki in Stitches, designed by P3 Designs.

Next is my favorite Halloween decoration! My darling witch’s hat.

Halloween stitchery

Zelda’s Fancy Hat by Cheryl Brown. Designed by Crabapple Hill Studio.

Last is my favorite Halloween quilt! (Perhaps it’s because this is my only Halloween quilt!) This photo is Crabapple Hill’s version of the quilt:

Halloween quilt

Hocuspocusville by Crabapple Hill Studio.

My quilt is a brighter color way. This photo isn’t great of the embroidery, but you can see the fun blocks.

Halloween quilt

Hocuspocusville by Cheryl Brown, designed by Crabapple Hill Studio.

And here’s a close-up of the embroidery and quilting:

Halloween quilt

Close-up of Hocuspocusville by Cheryl Brown, designed by Crabapple Hill Studio.

So that scary Halloween my dad followed me upstairs again and opened the door. It was my parents’ friend with a creepy Halloween mask. The big jerk! I will never forget that horrible feeling inside my stomach, and how frightened a young child can be. Maybe that’s why I hate spook alleys to this day! However, I love Halloween fabric and quilts!

Whether you’re afraid of spooky stuff, like me, or love the scares, have a happy Halloween!

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