Tricks and Treats: Have FUN with Halloween Quilts!

The first frost may be weeks off, but when the Halloween prints are hitting fabric shops, we quilters know the harvest season is approaching!

Halloween quilts are just plain fun to make. It’s not a traditional, heirloom category, so we quilters can really let go and get crazy—now’s the time for novelty prints or neon green quilt stitches!

Halloween is all about play! In Autumn Festival of Quilts, we put together three playful Halloween quilts. So don that princess tiara or witch’s pointy hat, and treat yourself to some new tricks!

Eerie Glow

BoogiemanBoogeyman is constructed from a few easy Flying Geese and Hourglass units, this is a fantastic quick-piece quilt. In fact, if you have any grade schoolers who want to try sewing, I’d recommend this is a fun teaching quilt; the center blocks are dead easy.

Better still, the ghastly bats and silly spiders are super fun. And the spider webs and skeletons glow in the dark! And really, what can beat glow-in-the-dark fabric?

And what other time of year will you get to play with it?

If you can’t get enough glow-in-the-dark (it’s so fun!), check out Dawn Cavanaugh’s feature on glow-in-the-dark quilting thread.

Tutorial Treats—

Quick Hourglass Units
Quick-Pieced Flying Geese

Glitz and Glam

I Put A Spell On YouI Put a Spell On You is witchy and wonderful! This moon-and-stars quilt is ensorcelled with a metallic gold sheen, magical enough to make you smile while you sew. It’s the border print of black cats, outlined in metallic gold, that puts a spell on me.

Metallic fabrics hold up pretty well these days. If you are working with heavy metallic, you may need to change out your needle more frequently. There are actually metallic,

The novelty fabric is wonderful, and I like that Diane Tomlinson added a single appliqué block. Appliqué is not something I normally do, but it’s Halloween! We all step outside our normal routine. Because there’s only the one simple block, I could test out my hand appliqué skills. Or… How close is Halloween? Maybe the fusible web is the way to go, with some decorative stitch on the edge.

Tutorial Treat—

Needle-Turn Appliqué
Windowing Fusible Appliqué

Treats and Techniques

Candy CornCandy Corn is Fat Quarter Friendly. Which is perfect for that stack of fat quarter Halloween prints that was an impulse buy. The candy corn design is adorable either as a table topper, or a wall hanging near the candy bowl at the front door. The different strip sizes in the candy corn and borders are a fun design element. The real treat is the prairie point edging. Come on—when are you going to get the play with prairie points?

Add that technique to your bag of tricks!

Tutorial Treat—

Prairie Points

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