Halloween is just around the corner but there’s still plenty of time to whip up a few last minute, spooky halloween quilts and other fun holiday projects…
Our latest Halloween eBook, 9 Halloween Quilt Patterns, has an abundance of projects to fright and delight. Featuring Halloween patterns, a tote bag pattern (perfect for candy collecting!), 4 quilts that use pre-cuts, and several traditional patterns that could be made with Halloween fabrics, this eBook has plenty of spook-tacular inspiration!
Let the ghosts and ghouls come out and adorn your home! Discover 8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects, a collection featuring favorite ghoulishly delightful projects handpicked by the editors of Quilting Arts Magazine. Whether you’re making holiday crafts for yourself or home décor for a friend, this collection is perfect for adding autumn cheer to any home. Download your copy of this ghoulish project collection eBook today to create whimsical home décor, including festive Halloween banners, monster ornaments, autumn table runners, and trick-or-treat bags. Try your hand at a traditional quilt featuring a colorful spider web pattern. Rethink appliqué with Susan Brubaker Knapp’s “wickedly bold” table runner that is both creepy and crawly. Explore using thread sketching to add character to your designs. Make Day of the Dead pins using traditional English Paper Piecing techniques. And much more!
Panel prints are very popular around the holidays, and for good reason. Quilt designer Charisma Horton found a super fun panel from the Bonehead collection designed by Ellen Crimi-Trent for Clothworks Fabrics, which she transformed into a special Halloween-themed quilt. Large patches and triangle-squares are all you need to make this boo-ti-ful quilt. The great thing about Charisma’s pattern is that after you make a Halloween version of Boneyard, you can use the pattern with any other holiday panels to make a similar quilt for each festive occasion you celebrate.
Prepare for pumpkin season by picking this perfect patchwork project! Patchwork Pumpkins, designed and made by Ramona Sorensen, is a show-stopping quilt that is constructed with 2.5” strips in Halloween colors and a tone-on-tone background fabric. If you want a spookier look, try making this quilt with a dark background and rich, jewel-toned strips. The jewel-toned pumpkins will pop on the dark, foreboding background. Simple-to-piece and simple-to-love, this large quilt will keep you stylish and warm all autumn long.
Tricks & Treats, designed and sewn by Stephanie Sheridan, is another throw-sized quilt that you can “throw” together in no time at all. A simple row quilt is the perfect arrangement for showcasing fun holiday fabrics. Faboolous Fun by Kanvas Fabrics is a fun, novelty Halloween collection that – get this – glows in the dark! So not only do the large patches and wide rows show off the different fabrics in the collection beautifully, but you’ll have to be careful not to get spooked by all of the glowing eyeballs staring at you. Tricks and Treats is another great pattern that you can use for any holiday or special occasion by subbing in your own selection of fabrics. Our art director, Denise, used this pattern to make a Christmas quilt for herself. She used Christmas Magic by Amanda Murphy for Benartex to make her quilt with a sweet retro-themed feeling.
Feeling like tackling a longer-term Halloween project? Bitty Boo is a Halloween row quilt designed and made by Denise Starck. We just LOVE this quilt. Comprised completely of 4” blocks set in rows, this design can easily be de-constructed and made in an endless array of alternative layouts or sizes. Peruse our blog series to see a challenge that our staff did with this pattern. The quilt is one to make and treasure for generations to come!
A few years ago, former associate editor Gigi Khalsa was asking around our office for a variety of Halloween scraps to be used in a free pattern design she had in mind. When she brought in the finished Halloween Street, I thought, “That’s the type of Halloween wall quilt I’ve wanted to make for years but didn’t know how!” It’s adorable, and the more novelty Halloween prints you can get your hands on for fussy cutting, the better. For some additional inspiration, fellow editor Tricia made this quilt and added in fussy cut, fabric-printed photos of family and friends in costume. Check out her blog for the all the fun details.
Click here to download the free pattern for Halloween Street: https://www.quiltingcompany.com/Quilt/free-halloween-quilt-pattern-halloween-street-octobernovember-2013-quilters-newsletter/
If you’re looking for a fun, portable Halloween project, you’ve found it! This wool appliqué pillow is not only fun, but festive and adorable. Appliqué patterns can be so rewarding to make and we simply adore this one! Sixteen pumpkins and four little birds will surely make you smile throughout the autumn months. Akin to primitive quilt patterns, this folksy, wool pillow follows suit, apart from its bright, autumn colors that freshen up any space they occupy. Not only is this pillow offered as one of our prized free quilt patterns, but it’s available as an instant download!
Whether you are making a Halloween project for yourself, for the kids, or as a gift, you are sure to be pleased with any of these projects. Just to make this blog a bit spookier…check out this link to quilting superstitions for your reading pleasure (eek!).
Anissa Arnold, Managing Editor