Happy Haunting Halloween Quilt

This is one of my most favorite Halloween Quilts and I thought I would give it a little shout out this year!  It’s a great pattern to use up all those Halloween scraps you’ve been saving for years.  You can find the full pattern HERE.

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Mufasa is a huge fan of this quilt too!!

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I love how each of the blocks turns out different depending on which version of the block you choose and which fabric you choose.  It’s scrappy yet not too scrappy!!

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Trick or Treat Table Runner

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Just when I thought Halloween sewing was over, these cute fabrics jumped into my cart at Michael Levine!  I got out all my scraps of Halloween fabric and started cutting!  Before I knew it I had made this super fun table runner!  I added a variety of black lace and ric rac trim to give it more interest!

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Project Supplies:

Scraps of orange prints and black prints – at least 20″ long

Black fabric for applique

Heat n Bond® EZ print sheets

SpraynBond® Basting Spray

Trick Treat PDF pattern

Scraps of black trim, ric rac, and lace

1 1/2 yards backing

1/2 yard black fabric for binding

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Begin by cutting your strips into random widths: 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 4″, 5″, etc.  No need to plan – they are all going to get sewn together.  Once you have a nice assortment of fabrics, cut them all to be 20″ long.  (If you prefer a narrower runner, you can adjust this measurement.)

Begin sewing the strips together – I didn’t plan it out – I just did the grab and go method – which makes this project super fast.  Keep sewing strips until you are happy with the length.  I have a super long farm table so mine measures 92″ long!

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For the applique section…..

Cut (2) 6.5″ x 20″ white or off-white rectangles.

Sew an orange or black 20″ strip to each white rectangle.

Print out the letters onto the HeatnBond® EZ print sheets.

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Iron the letters to the wrong side of the black fabric.  (The letters will be reverse)

Cut out each letter, peel off the backing paper.  Position the letters like this and heat set in place:

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Sew around each letter in black thread. Confession: I didn’t sew around each letter – I quilted over the letters pretty good and caught most of the edges.

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Sew the “trick” section and the “treat” section to opposite ends of the table runner.  Press all seams in one direction.

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Once the runner top is complete, use Spray n Bond® Basting Spray to baste the top, batting, and back, just like you would a quilt.

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Next measure your desired trims 20″ and cut.  Position them throughout the table runner.  Some I placed over the seams and others I placed on the fabric.  I used different widths of lace and large ric rac.

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Once you have the trim how you like it, use the Spray n Bond® and spray the back of each piece of trim and re-position it.  This will hold it in place while you sew.

Tip: I like to use old wrapping paper to spray my lace on.  You need something behind the lace or the spray will go through onto your work surface.  The wrapping paper works great because it it large and then easy to throw away!

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Once the trim is in place, use a walking foot and sew with black thread along the edges of the trim to secure.

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I switched to cream thread and quilted random wavy lines throughout the quilt, even over the letters.  Square up the runner after you’ve quilted it to get it nice and even.

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Once the quilting is finished you can bind the runner as you would a quilt.

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I am so in love with this little project!  And it was a quick too!

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Black Cat Pillow Tutorial

black-cat-pillow-tutorialI need another pillow like I need a hole in the head!!  hahahaha!!   Who doesn’t need this silly cat pillow on their couch during the month of October!  I love looking into the family room and this kitty face is always smiling at me 🙂  Want to whip one up?  You only need about 1 hour!!

Supplies:

Heat n Bond® Lite (may use EZ print sheets)

(2) 20″ squares orange ticking for pillow body

Fat quarter solid black

scraps of white fabric, green fabric, and orange fabric

2.5 yards pom pom trim

zipper

20″ pillow form

Cat Pattern, click HERE

Project Instructions:

Begin by printing or tracing each of the pattern pieces to the Heat n Bond® Lite fusible applique. Cut around each piece about 1/4″ away from pattern.   Press the pieces to the wrong side of the desired fabrics with hot, dry iron.

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Peel off backing paper and position the cat head and face pieces on the right side of one of the 20″ orange ticking squares.  Center the cat.  Heat set in place.

With black thread, straight stitch around each of the applique pieces 3 times.  I only stitched around the cat head once because you can’t see the stitching.  Following the picture, add detail stitching for his teeth.

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Sew black buttons for the center of his eyes.

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He needs whiskers!!!!  I used a shiny light gray thread to stitch the whiskers.  You can draw them with a pencil first so you don’t mess up 🙂

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I only stitched the whiskers once and used a stay stitch to start and stop.

To finish the pillow, baste the pom pom trim around the pillow front, starting and stopping at the bottom center.

To finish the pillow, cut a 3″ strip off of the remaining 20″ square.

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This is where the zipper will go.  (If zippers make you run for the hills, you can finish this pillow using your favorite method. This just happens to be my favorite way to finish a pillow!)

Simply sew the zipper in and press.  This is now the pillow back!  With the zipper part way open, pin the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together.  Using a 1/2″ seam, sew around the entire pillow.

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Turn right side out.

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I love silly black cats!!!

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Spooky Town Wall Quilt

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I love the adorable artwork panels by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics!  This line is called Spooky Town.  It seems each season Cori comes out with beautiful new designs!  I came up with this fun way to add borders and create a wall hanging!  This tutorial can also be adjusted to fit other panels of fabric .

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Let’s get started:

Fabric Requirements:

1 panel

1/3 yard white fabric

1/4 yard black print

fat quarters or scraps for each of the 6 pinwheels

1/4 yard binding

1 yard back

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Cut the panel so it measures 13.5″ x 23.5″  img_5919

Make 6 pinwheels.  Each pinwheel is made up of (4) 3″ half square triangles (HST).  You can choose any method you like – I always use my Sizzix to cut the HST – they come out so perfect!  You will need 24 triangles of orange and 24 triangles of white.img_5920

Sew the orange and white triangles together.  Press seams open.  You don’t have to square up with the Sizzix either!img_5921

Lay out four HST and sew together as a 4-patch, pressing seams open each time.  You will have 6 pinwheels measuring 5.5″ square.img_5922

To make the strip sets, cut (4) 1.75″ x WOF of the white.  Cut (2) 3″xWOF of the black.  Sew the white strips on both sides of the black strip.  Make 2 strip sets.  Press toward the dark.  Cut the strip sets in (4) units of 9″ and (2) units of 13.5″.img_5926

Sew the 9″ units onto both sides of a pinwheel.  Make 2 of these side units.img_5929

Sew a pinwheel onto the ends of both 13.5″ strip set unit.  Press.  Below is a diagram with the measurements.

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Sew the side units on first.  Press open.  Sew the top and bottom units on next.  Press open.img_5935

Now it’s ready to quilt and bind!  You will love having this to hang in your house!  I made one for me and one for my sister 🙂  img_5945

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My Favorite Halloween Sewing Projects

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I Love looking back at the fun Halloween projects I’ve made – I think it’s my favorite holiday to sew for!  I’ve collected my most popular and put them in this post for quick viewing.  Click a picture to be taken to the pattern.

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spooktacular eve halloween quilt

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Halloween Towels and Pillow

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Ghost Windows Wallhanging Quilt

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I love sewing with traditional orange and black fabrics – don’t you!  This little quilt measures 24″ square and is perfect to hang on a wall or put on a table.  All you need is a little yardage and the Sizzix Ghost Die and you’re set!  I love that each of the ghosts have their own personality!!  All seams 1/4″.img_4255

First press the Heat n Bond Ultra onto the wrong side of the off-white solid fabric.  I choose Ultra because it requires no-sewing.  I didn’t want to spend time sewing around each ghost!img_4258

Die cut 9 sets of ghosts.  Make sure to die cut ghosts going both ways to give more variety to the quilt.  Cut (9) 4 1/2″ solid black squares for the ghost windows.img_4260

Peel off the backing of the ghosts and position them as desired.

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For the 9 blocks, cut 5 orange fabrics and 4 low volume fabrics according to the above dimensions.  Sew the side portions on, press, then add the top and bottom pieces.img_4265

Make sure to rotate the ghost windows are in a different loceation, it makes the quilt look a little more random.  Sew the blocks together in rows, press, and sew the rows together.  Press.img_4268

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I really love these cute little Sizzix ghosts!!!!!img_4291

I have the perfect spot to hang it!!img_4293

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Supplies:

1/4 yard off-white  fabric

1/4 yard solid black fabric

5 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts orange print

4 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts low volume black print

1/4 yard binding

1 yard backing

Heat n Bond Ulatra

Sizzix Fabi

Sizzix Ghost die

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Spooky Pillow Covers

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I love changing out my pillow covers for each season.  My living room is blacks and neutrals for Halloween so I wanted some pillows that didn’t scream cheesy Halloween (I put those in the family room!).  I found the plaid flannels at Joann Fabrics and the spooky tree print is from Cotton + Steel that I ordered from Fat Quarter Shop.  To learn more about sewing an invisible zipper in a pillow, read this.  It’s super easy and you can make a pillow cover in a matter of minutes!

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I love love love them!  They look great with my Hallow’s Eve quilt!!img_3614

October Stars Quilt Pattern

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It’s almost October and I can’t get enough Orange & Black sewing!  I love traditional Halloween colors!  Meet October Stars, my newest quilt pattern!  It’s available in my Etsy shop and I love everything about this quilt!  october-stars-cover

The quilt is made up of 9 large star blocks.  The center fabric of each of the small black stars has kitty faces on it!

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Mufasa totally approves!!

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The quilt measures 58″ square which is such a great throw size.

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This would also be fun to make in Christmas colors as well!

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I hope you love it!

Mini Kitty Halloween Quilt Pattern

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It’s a little SPOOKY around here!  Mini Kitty is getting a Halloween makeover!  I love this little pattern so much and wanted to give it a little pop for the fall.  Mini Kitty is now leaping over a pumpkin with bats and stars in the background.  If you’ve already purchased the pattern you can download the Halloween applique shapes for free HERE.  The Halloween PDF is also included with each Mini Kitty pattern purchase in my Etsy shop.

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The original Mini Kitty pattern was created as a gift for a friend after the loss of a sweet kitten.  You can read more about it HEREimg_3688

Instead of using only 2 colors for the checkerboard border, I used 8 different oranges and 8 different blacks.  I really love the polka dot pumpkin!

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Mufasa was very helpful on this project and choose the colors all by himself 🙂

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I love how it turned out and I have the purrrrfect place to hang it!  img_3714

All Hallow’s Eve Quilt

 halloweenIt’s feeling a little like fall and that means time to break out the fall decor!  I made this quilt last year and it’s one of my favorites!  I decorate my dining/living room with a more neutral pallet and I love using black and gray to decorate for Halloween.  The family room and kitchen are bright orange, black, and turquoise 🙂  I used a variety of neutrals and gray/blacks from Penny Rose Fabrics. You can download the details of the pattern HERE.

Quilt measures 42″ square.

spooky halloween quilt 30Most of the black/gray fabrics are from the Civil War Times fabric line. I love the variety! The rest of the fabrics are from Penny Rose Classics.Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.03.17 PMIMG_3614I love black and metallic pumpkins on vintage candlesticks!

spooky halloween quilt 22I first made the background by sewing 5″ squares together in 7 rows of 7. Then the applique comes next. You could totally add ghosts and bats, I wanted to keep it simple.

spooky halloween quilt 26The moon is made by tracing a pie plate.

spooky halloween quilt 28Here is a little close up of the quilting, with Mufasa’s permission 🙂 spooky halloween quilt 6I love striped binding cut on the bias – it’s my absolute FAVORITE!!!! The backing is from Penny Rose’s mensware line – I love houndstooth!!!Ok, so this is totally my new favorite Halloween Quilt!

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