Halloween can be such a fun holiday, but, unfortunately, my house is sadly lacking in decorations. I decided to remedy this problem by making a Halloween quilt, pattern courtesy of Amy Bradley Designs. The pattern is available for download on Amy’s website. (amybradleydesigns.com)
I love the way this quilt includes 12 different Halloween characters, so I wasn’t required to choose my favorite. And although the quilt is rather time-consuming to create, I think the finished product is worth it.
First, I picked out fabric for all the characters. This took more time than you might think. I used approximately 35 different pieces of fabric to create 12 characters, and I went back to the fabric store several times.
Then I ironed a double-stick fusible web on the back of each piece of fabric. This webbing makes the pieces of fabric stick to each other.
Then I cut the fabric into the shapes I needed. (I used a Brother Scan-n-Cut, which saved oodles of time. Without the Scan-n-Cut, I would have used a pencil to trace each pattern piece onto the webbing before fusing.) The photo below shows the fabric pieces to make the Vampire.
Yes, putting the pieces together in the right order was rather like doing a puzzle. Luckily, the pattern includes very clear instructions.
After fusing all the pattern pieces to the background fabric, it was time to sew (my favorite part). I sewed a blanket stitch around each pattern piece.
I used a straight stitch to sew whiskers and mouths and other details onto the squares. Notice how much personality the stitches add to the Vampire.
It took me approximately one hour to sew each square, and I got better the longer I sewed.
Want to see the finished quilt? I’ll post more photos on Halloween!