Black & Boo

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About this Quilt

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Scare up some Halloween fun with this adorable quilt from designer Mary Hertel. These paper pieced black cat blocks with googly eyes are offset by simple and large strips of richly colored fabrics in fall hues. Once the paper piecing is done, the rest of the quilt top is a breeze! So you can get this holiday quilt done in time for the trick or treaters.

If you are new to paper piecing this quilt may be slightly challenging. Choose gorgeous fall colors to make this one for Halloween, or choose any colors you like and make the kitties look like your favorite feline friend for a year round quilt design.

Designer Bio, Inspiration, Back Story, and Fabric Choice

I am truly inspired by Halloween, my very favorite holiday. Since I am a paper-piecing designer, of course I want to include a paper-pieced block in my Black & Boo design. What better Halloween motif than a wonky black cat, and since animals are my favorite subject matter, creating this quilt was a “ treat”. This throw quilt makes me want to curl up in front of the fireplace on a crisp autumn evening with a good book.

I’m always thinking about keeping my patterns achievable for all quilters, so if there are paper-pieced blocks in one part of the quilt, I like to keep the rest of the pattern very simple. That’ s why I chose to do a simple strip quilt on the top and bottom of the paper pieced section. I can confidently tell my friends that they can easily finish this quilt in time for Halloween.

My color scheme for Black & Boo is using two complementary colors, purple and yellow, plus neutral black. Complements are located directly across from one another on the color wheel. They are very striking when used together. I would also love to see this quilt done in bright strong saturated colors, but keep the cats black for contrast.


Pattern Details

Quilt Designed by: Mary Hertel
Pieced and Quilted by: Mary Hertel
Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Size: 42 ¾ ″ x 55 ½ ”
Finished Blocks: 5 (12”) paper pieced Blocks
Fabrics: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from Ginger & Spice by Missie Carpenter for Blank.


Get the Black & Boo pattern and More from Quilty September/October 2018