If you follow us on Instagram (you should!), we have been sharing some photos of this Halloween quilt along the way. Today we’ve got the whole tutorial ready for you! Of course, you don’t have to use Halloween fabric to make this quilt. It’s great for showing off any larger-scaled prints that you don’t want to cut up too small.
For this simple quilt top, you will need:
-12 fat quarters for the big squares and some of the corner triangles
-5 fat quarters OR three 1/3 yard cuts for the rest of the corner triangles. (These are the yellow, orange, and black polka dot prints in our quilt.)
That’s it! Each fat quarter must have 18″ x 21″ of usable fabric (i.e. not including selvages). 12 of the fat quarters needs to each be cut into six 7″ squares and five 3.75″ squares. The other 5 fat quarters should each be cut into 3.75″ squares. If you have three 1/3 yard cuts, cut each into twenty-eight 3.75″ squares.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of all the small squares. Line four squares up under your ruler to keep your sanity and make the process faster. Lay out your squares. You need half of the configuration on the left and half of the right. Although the squares in the photo match, you won’t have even numbers to match all of them, so we just mixed them up and went for the scrappy look. That’s the usual story with us!
Sew down the diagonal lines and trim the corners at 1/4″. You can stack them up and cut up to four at a time for another great time saver. Save those scraps and you’ve got half-square triangles ready to go!
Press the seams open. If you press the left-hand diagonals in and the right-hand diagonals out, the seams will nest nicely and make your job putting the quilt together a lot easier. Lay out your squares with eight blocks across and nine blocks down. Now all that’s left is sewing all the blocks together. Start by sewing the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together. If you alternate the seams of the rows, you’ll be in heaven. All the seams will be going opposite directions and you will be able to keep things lined up nicely.Perfect! We’re thinking of doing hand quilting with black thread to finish this one off, with this pumpkin print for the backing. Which will mean this quilt won’t be completely done until Halloween next year.Maybe the black polka dot for the binding? We haven’t decided yet.
We love how well this quilt matches our new Halloween pillows pattern, the Bewitching Beasties. Scaredy Cat, Jolly Jack, and the candy corn pillow you may recognize from a few weeks ago create a perfect holiday display!
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