Mystery Quilt! Mystery of Halloween: Introduction


A big orange moon. A cool fall night. Can you hear the howling of the wind in the dark? Do you see the shadows floating through the trees? Wait! I think I hear them coming to the door, characters dressed in holiday glare… Welcome to the Mystery of Halloween, #2 of The Quilting Company Mystery Quilt Series. We have so many treats in store for you. And, so many clues to give away. You’ll make a great quilt for Halloween display.

Introducing your Mystery Quilt Designer: Kathryn Patterson!

Kathy Patterson, Mystery Quilt Designer

Kathryn Patterson, Mystery Quilt Designer

We are so excited to have Kathryn join us as the TQC guest designer for this mystery series! She has been making quilts since 1990 and happily employed in the quilting industry since 2004, when she joined the staff of McCall’s Quilting magazine. In 2016 she started her own quilting business, Hill Street Quilts, and began working as a freelance designer and editor. Not only has she been a part of our staff, she’s contributed to our pattern writing and designed quilts for our publications. Kathryn lives in York, PA in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. To learn more about Kathryn visit her website, You may have seen some of Kathryn’s quilt designs on the pages of The Quilting Company’s publications. Check out Paducah Pickle Dish and This Day Forward.


Paducah Pickle Dish and This Day Forward, Designer: Kathryn Patterson


About the Halloween Mystery Quilt Series

During this series, you’ll finish 12” x 12” blocks to make a throw-size 51” x 68” quilt. Clues will be presented weekly, so mark the dates on your calendar with a link to the Quilting Company website!

It’s never too late to join in the fun of the Halloween Mystery. Start any time. The clues will be available. Kathryn Patterson and our staff are also available to answer questions.

  • Clue 1 – 8/16
  • Clue 2 – 8/23
  • Clue 3 – 8/30
  • Clue 4 – 9/6
  • Clue 5 – 9/13 – The BIG REVEAL

Your Shopping List

To get you ready for the 1st clue, Kathryn has put together a shopping list of the fabrics you’ll need to make the quilt. You can create the design with any fabric, but you’ll want to stay with her recommendations for light, medium and dark print and solids. Kathryn selected the Elegantly Frightful collection by Northcott Studio and ColorWorks Premium solids by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio fabric collections from Northcott to make her quilt.

Elegantly Frightful by Northcott Studio and ColorWorks Premium Solids by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio

Elegantly Frightful by Northcott Studio and ColorWorks Premium Solids by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio

If you’d like to use the same fabrics, print out the list below and go to your nearest fabric shop selling Northcott fabrics. Their rep told us they talked to all the shop owners to let them know about the Halloween mystery quilt so they could have fabric available for you! We list the SKU numbers for the Elegantly Frightful and ColorWorks Premium fabrics below. (ColorWorks fabrics are noted with CW. The other fabrics are from the Elegantly Frightful collection.)

  • Dark, medium-dark, and light solids or tone-on-tones
    • 5/8 yard each
    • Northcott SKU #s: 9000-940, 9030-96, and 9000-100 (CW)
  • Medium-light and bright solids or tone-on-tones
    • 3/8 yard each
    • Northcott SKU #s: 9000-50 (CW) and 9000-242 (CW)
  • Dark print #1
    • 1/2 yard
    • Northcott SKU #: 22201-96
  • Dark print #2
    • 7/8 yard
    • Northcott SKU #: GL22199-99
  • Bright solid
    • 1/2 yard
    • 5/8 yard for binding
    • Northcott SKU #: 9000-242
  • Halloween novelty print
    • 1-1/4 yards
    • Northcott SKU #: 22204-99
  • Backing
    • 3-5/8 yards
    • Northcott SKU #: 22205-93

Join us on Social Media at #TQCMysteryQuilt!

As with our 1st mystery series we hope you will GET SOCIAL:

We hope you join us on the adventure of the Halloween mystery.

The Halloween Mystery Series is brought to you by:
The Quilting Company

Northcott creates high quality cottons that feel like silk. Their ColorWorks Premium solids are offered in a wide variety of designer-selected colors. You will see and feel the difference they will make in your next project! Use the product finder tool on their website to find a local shop near you that carries their fabrics.


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Comments (7)

  • Mary B

    Could you create a grouping of fabrics that are not the darks halloween maybe some I with tones a bit lighter. I have made several quilts using Halloween novelty prints and that’s really not where my interest is for this quilt. Thanks so much.

    August 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    • Rose P

      I’m with you, I am looking forward to this as well, but have no interest in a Halloween Quilt, will just go with the light, medium, dark in other Northcott fabrics. Looks like fun.

      August 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm
      • Shelly R

        You could always use Christmas prints instead of Halloween. I know they have a lot of Christmas prints out already in many stores. Or use a patriotic theme and use some of the discounted patriotic prints being sold in some stores. Or maybe just a general fall theme. There are lots of ways to go with this Just because it is a mystery quilt, she gives the guidance you choose the fabrics and make it your own. It will be fun either way!

        August 18, 2018 at 5:28 pm
  • Sandee P

    I signed in I do not see instructions for block one I have the introduction for the materials thank you

    August 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm
  • Susan C

    I love love love Halloween. I’m in.

    August 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm
  • Carole C

    Thank you for excepting me in your group, for the mystery quilt alone. I am looking forward to having fun.

    August 20, 2018 at 2:11 am
  • Carolyn H


    August 30, 2018 at 4:45 pm

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