I always have great intentions of making holiday quilts, but somehow those ideas rarely come to fruition in time. Except this year! I snatched up some Halloween charm packs from Fat Quarter Shop during their post Halloween sales several years ago and this year they got the honor of moving from my admittedly large fabric stash to finished Halloween Quilt. Yay!
The prints are from Basic Grey’s Eerie collection for Moda and they’re just a perfect combination of Halloween spookiness and fun. I took each charm pack square and cut it into fourths on the diagonals, rotated the cut triangles to make on point blocks, and stitched them together again. I had to be careful of those bias edges, of course!
The blocks were stitched up in no time and used my design wall to organize the blocks into rows. I had originally planned to trim them all but since they all came out consistently, I just cut off the dog ears to make assembly quick and easy.
Originally, my plan was to use some gray I had in my stash, but I leaned toward the dark black solid after some help from the Instagram community. It definitely gives that spooky Halloween look!
You know when you tell yourself that you’re just going to stitch one more seam and then call it a night, but you end up finishing the entire quilt instead? Yeah, that happened.
The black really made those whites and greens pop!
How do you quilt a Halloween quilt? With little bats of course! After a few practice rounds on scrap quilt sandwiches, I stepped out of my free motion comfort zone and filled Quiltoweenie with bats of varying shape and sizes. A part of me wishes that the stitching was more noticeable after all that work, but it’s probably for the best since some of the bats were more bat-like than others!
I found just enough of Cotton and Steel’s black sprinkle fabric in my stash to bind Quiltoweenie with. I had previously used it to bind my Preppy the Whale Quilt. It’s amazing to me how completely different two quilts can look bound in the same fabric.
After finishing the quilt, my sweet friend and new convert to the joys of quilting, Leann, took professional photos of the finished quilt. I love how they turned out!
She has a such a great eye for detail, so we drove through the little alleyways of Japan for the perfect photography spots that matched the mood of Quiltoweenie. I love the little kanji filled signs in the background.
I’m looking forward to snuggling up under my Halloween quilt while passing out candy tonight! I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday.
Have you made a Halloween Quilt? Post pictures or links to yours in the comments if you have!