I finally finished my Bento Box Halloween Quilt. It some ways it felt like I was working on it forever, but then I thought back and it really only took me 3 weeks which considering I have other quilts that take a year or so to finally finished, this was pretty fast.
(Note to self - don't try and take pictures if there is wind outside)
To make this quilt, I googled some Bento Box quilts to get a general idea of how they were made. I didn't really want to pay for a pattern and it seemed like something I could figure out myself.
The basic pattern started out as a 4 inch square, surrounded by a 1.5 inch border and a 2.5 inch border. I had a total of 12 different fabrics and sorted them into 4 color groups - blacks, purples, yellows/oranges and greens. I cut out enough to make two blocks of each color.
Next, I made 2 charts to plan out the quilt. For the first part, I labeled each fabric 1, 2, or 3 for each fabric group (G1, G2, G3, O1, O2, etc) and grouped the fabric together to allow a variety but also so that no colors would be in the pattern twice or left out.
I arranged the fabrics so that the blacks and purples would never touch and the the oranges and greens wouldn't touch. This was able to give a light and dark effect. I sewed the initial blocks together following their grouping (G1, P1, O1). The first color listed was the square, followed the the 2 borders. After I sewed all the initial blocks together I had 10 inch blocks and renamed them using letters.
A- G1, P1, O1
B- G2, P2, O2
C- G3, P3, O3
D- O1, B1, G1
E- O2, B2, G2
F- O3, B3, G3
G- P1, G1, B1
H- P2, G2, B2
I- P3, G3, B3
J- B1, O1, P1
K- B2, O2, P2
L- B3, O3, P3
I then drew a chart to arrange the letters. The letters are in groups based on color (A/B/C, D/E/F, G/H/I, J/K/L). The same colors would be caddy corner to each other in the same square. The squares that were more green and orange (A-F) were always the bottom left and upper right pieces while the black and purple squares (G-L) were the upper left and bottom right pieces.
After I made my chart, I cut my squares into fourths and arranged them according the color alphabet chart. I laid them out, sewing the squares together, the squares to each other and then the rows together until the top was finished.
I found some cute black fabric with green, purple and yellow stars, pumpkins, and grayish bats that I thought coordinated well with the front. I got some silver thread and quilted the quilt in the spider web design. I first did the long straight lines across the quilt and then quilted the web part around the quilt. I binded the quilted using a simple black binding to frame everything nicely.
Can you see the spider web quiltling? It stands out more in person but was hard to photograph the quilting.
Overall, I am pretty happy with how the quilt came out but I wish I did a better job with the quilting. I had a lot of tension issues and if I had time, this is something I would have probably hand quilted but I wanted to get it done by Halloween, oh well.