A collection of Halloween theme quilts
written by: Tricia Patterson
Managing Editor, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts
Is your grocery like mine? Halloween started in July, if you consider the wide aisle displays of costume accessories, home decor and treats. It feels like every year the seasonal and holiday changes occur earlier. I found this commercial push bothering until I thought of it from this perspective: These early changes are really REMINDERS TO QUILTERS to get busy with a plan for special seasonal and holiday quilting! So, I’m embracing the reminder of Halloween today with this blog.
Because trick-or-treating is the most fun with a group I asked my co-workers at the Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting office to tell me about their most favorite Halloween-themed quilt pattern. Perhaps you’ll find one or two you’d like to get started to celebrate the holiday. So, in their own words, here are our staff’s Halloween picks.
P.S. You can click on the pattern name to purchase the pattern.
Anissa Arnold, Associate Editor: “The Halloweenies wall quilt is my favorite. McKenna Ryan’s pattern is great for making a full-sized wall hanging or a series of mini wall hangings. A mini wall hanging would be the perfect project size for a child quilter. Halloweenies has lots of cute critters and other little details that are begging for embellishments (included in the BOM), which adds to the charm of this quilt.”
Carolyn Beam, Content Director: “Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. The traditional orange and black color palette has expanded to include purple and lime green and the designs are fun! Hocus Pocus looks great in Halloween prints but is suitable for any fabric collection. The curves are easy to sew, making this design work up quickly.” Blade Fan templates
Deb McDonald, Administrative Editor: “I love the way the traditional Snails Trail quilt block becomes the witch hats in the Any Witch Way wall quilt, designed by Marilyn Larson. Adding false eyelashes is a fun finishing touch.”
Denise Stark, Art Director: “I like Did Someone Say Treat? Sonja Callaghan has such a whimsical flair and these trick or treaters just make me smile. How can you resist a puppy vampire in a wall quilt?!”
Erin Russek, Associate Editor: “I am a sucker for all things pumpkins! When Bonnie Hunter’s Punkin’ Patch quilt showed up at the office I knew I found the perfect project for my orange scraps. These pumpkins are a blast to make.
Gigi Khalsa, Associate Editor: “I like the Hocus Pocus table runner designed by Jen Daly because it conjures up a vision of Halloween using just color and shape, rather than print fabric. It’s an easy, fun-to-sew design with lots of style. (The Hocus Pocus kit or just the pattern!)
I also like Trick & Treat. (A kit is now available through the Quilt and Sew Shop— on sale for a great deal!) Nanette Holmberg designed the cute, clever quil, and the kit includes a chenille trim that gives the quilt dimension and texture.”
Kelly Eisinger, Editorial Assistant: “Pumpkins are my favorite part of Halloween! I love the diversity of their shapes, sizes and colors. Pumpkins and Patches is a bright and whimsical Halloween design. I enjoy how Diane Harris used wonky stars to complement the traditionally-pieced style of the pumpkins and that the simple piecing leaves a lot of room for getting creative with the quilt’s final layout. These vibrant pumpkins have a lot of opportunity to brighten up the fall and Halloween seasons.”
Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor: Spook Out! is my number one favorite. I like fusible applique and this is a small enough project, I can actually picture getting it done and hanging on my wall before Halloween. Watch for some more of Margie Ullery’s holiday wall hangings in future issues of Quiltmaker.
Mary Kate Karr-Petras, Associate Editor: Spellbinding is my pick. I think this table runner pattern brings out my inner Hermione Granger — it makes me want to pore through old spell books in an ancient library. I think Brenda Plaster’s design could be used as a table runner or even as a banner, especially if you feature a fun panel on the back!”
Here’s a tip: Check the end of this blog to find out how you can enter to win a bundle of the fabric used for this quilt!
Tricia Patterson, Managing Editor: “I’ve admired Gigi Khalsa’s Halloween Street design for over a year. Her wall quilt hangs in her cube at the office. A glance at it always makes me smile because it reminds me of years of making Halloween costumes for my sons and grandchildren, going trick-or-treating with them and reading the book, 10 Trick-Or-Treaters: A Halloween Counting Book by Janet Shulman. I finally decided to make my own version. (Come back to read about how I make the wall quilt in my blog on September 7th.) The Halloween Street pattern is FREE. Click here to get your version of the pattern.”
That’s it for our Halloween SPOOK-tacular Extravaganza. I hope you’ve found lots of inspiration for a special Halloween quilt to make this year.
FABRIC BUNDLE GIVE-AWAY!!!
Enter a comment to let us know which of these patterns, or another Halloween pattern in the Quilt and Sew Shop, is your favorite. Your comment enters you in a contest to win a bundle of the fabric collection used in the Spellbinding quilt pattern for the October/November issue of Quick Quilts (on the newstand 8/22), Tidings of Great Joy by J. Wecker Frisch for Quilting Treasures. The winner will be chosen and notified by midnight Thursday, August 24.