As I was walking into the grocery store yesterday I spotted the telltale signs of Halloween. Bins of pumpkins, aisles of candy, and pumpkin-flavored foodstuff dotted the store.
Since Halloween season appears to be upon us, I’ve decided to highlight a few of my favorite small quilting patterns that are just like the holiday; spooky and sweet.
Pumpkin Table Runner
This charming quilted table runner by Dodi Lee Poulsen is fantastic for fall. You can’t go wrong with the rich colors and festive pumpkins inspired by harvest time. Use fusible web to attach the pumpkins to your quilt blocks and then machine appliqué them into place. As much as I adore the colors and patterns of this table runner, I would love to see a version using solids or even a whimsical Halloween print.
Halloween Table Runner
If you’re looking for a wickedly bold table runner, Susan Brubaker Knapp has you covered! Practice your hand work with this small quilting project as you weave webs with embroidery and then hand appliqué the spider into place. As much as I enjoy a handwork project, this would also be a good project to practice machine quilting patterns and motifs. Make this table runner in the traditional orange and black or try it with poison purple and ghoulish green.
Might Little Monsters & Robots
I can’t talk about Halloween hand stitching without mentioning these little stuffies by Tina Lewis. Use your stash of fabric scraps to create a mob of plush monsters. Make each monster unique by embellishing with hand embroidery using a variety of threads and stitches. Just add a loop to the top and attach to ribbon to make a ghastly garland.
Ghostly Trio Banner
Perhaps my favorite small quilting pattern for Halloween is this banner by Lisa Chin. Not only are there templates for these darling ghosts, Lisa also provides jack-o-lantern patterns. The banners work up quickly and easily using fused machine appliqué and a hint of machine quilting. Make a trio of one or combine the ghosts and jack-o-lanterns with other Halloween haunts to create a longer banner.
Let’s not forget about the candy. While there are many options for carrying candy on Halloween night that range from plastic bags to pillowcases, none is more stylish than these buckets by Candy Glendening. Her orange hand-dyed fabric and quilting simulates a pumpkin perfectly. Add a personal touch by letting your trick-or-treaters make their own jack-o-lantern faces.
Get all of these projects and a few more instantly when you download Quilting Arts Presents: 8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects. You are sure to enjoy making these frightfully festive small quilting projects!