Here are three easy Halloween quilt patterns to make and add whimsy to your home decorations as you welcome friends to your haunted house!
[Photos by Jackie MacDonald. Used with permission.]
Are you almost ready for Halloween? If not, I have some treats for you of the quilty kind!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of designing three quilts for the Spellbound collection by Sweetfire Road for Moda Fabrics. The fabrics were so wonderful to work with because of the amazing motifs, the abundance of textures, and the striking colors. In short, a designer’s dream!
The first quilt is Candy Witch, shown above. It measures 52″ x 52″, and the blocks finish at 10″. The scrappy border and the candy blocks showcase many of the fabrics in the collection (I know you are already thinking of your stash of Halloween fabrics!), while the mischievous pumpkins are perfect for displaying some of the smaller-scale fabrics.
On the hats, you can see one of my favorite prints with cats, brooms, pumpkins, cauldrons, and other magical things. I chose to use the version with the black background to contrast with the pumpkins. The blocks are really easy to make, and the instructions are clear, making this a fun project for beginners.
As I look through the Spellbound collection, I think of all the many projects I can make for my grandsons: pillowcases, treat bags, throws, and quilts for picnics and their beds. If you have girls in the family (not me, yet), I can envision dresses, tote bags, and doll bed quilts, too.
Do you see that pillow on the bench? Wait till I show you the quilt that goes with it!
The second of the three easy Halloween quilt patterns you must see is Witchy Delight. It measures 58″ x 67″ with 9″ blocks, and the companion pillow measures 18″. The log-cabin blocks come together really fast and create a fun design, with the negative space bringing out all the glory of the fabrics I chose for each of the two blocks. That light area of the quilt is ideal for displaying cool Halloween quilting motifs, too.
When replicating this design with other fabrics (because I know that, after using the Spellbound collection, you will raid your own Halloween fabric collection to make a few more quilts), be sure to include values for the blocks as I did (very dark, dark, medium, light) to achieve the same results.
About that ghost… Jackie from Sweetfire Road enlisted her family to help out with the photo shoot. I heard through the grapevine that her son, the ghost, is for hire in exchange for Mac & Cheese. I may be next on his list of clients!
As you are making this quilt, you will assemble four extra blocks to be used on the pillow. Then, fuse and machine applique’ Jackie’s… err… the witch’s boot on the center! 🙂 Make a couple for the couch or for the bench on the porch – a nice way to welcome your guests.
By rotating the log-cabin blocks, so the light fabric is in the middle of the pillow, we provide room to applique’ not only a boot but other designs. With extra blocks, each pillow might have a different shape in the middle: a black cat, candy corn, a broom, bats…
The pillow is finished envelope-style, so you do not need to fuss with zippers. Have you noticed a theme here? All the patterns are beginner-friendly to entice you to make quilts that will become your family’s heirlooms and will be loved forever!
Moonlight & Pumpkins is the third Halloween quilt I designed. It measures 60″ x 72,” and the blocks finish at 12″. Jackie created the pumpkin star block, and I think they pop in this chain design, don’t you? They offer a great place to display large prints, too, so keep that in mind when you are making this quilt – each pumpkin can feature a unique Halloween fabric.
I love the little moons on the background of the alternate block! They add texture and interest to the quilt more so because the pumpkin block has a plain background. I am not sure which one of these three easy Halloween quilt patterns I prefer, so I guess I will have to make them all! How about you? Which one is your favorite?
The pumpkin above is making my mouth water. In Brazil, we cut them into chunks and cook them in a syrupy concoction with cinnamon and other spices. The sweet pumpkin pieces turn out so good! We also puree it, add sugar and spices and eat it in spoonfuls. Wait, let me go get a snack before I finish this post.
And… I’m back, but not for long, as I have a deadline looming. I procrastinated enough while writing this post, so off I go. Have a wonderful weekend,