This mini quilt is ideal for Halloween swaps, or for scrap busting. I used a selection of fabrics from Riley Blakes’ Fab-Boo-lous range. I’ve kept it simple with felt applique (no worrying about raw edges) and machine sewn binding to ensure this Halloween themed mini quilt is a quick and easy make.
1 fat quarter of fabric for the binding or 55 inches of 2.5 inch binding
1 fat quarter of fabric for the backing
Wadding offcut (at least 14 x 16 inches)
Assorted scraps or charm squares/mini charms/jelly roll strips for the quilt top.
1 sheet of black felt
Thread (I used Gutermann 810 – deep purple – for quilting, Gutermann 800- white – for the piecing and Gutermann 000 – black- for sewing the applique)
Seam allowance – ¼ an inch
Cut 42 x 2.5 inch squares from your scrap fabrics. I was working from a fat quarter bundle so I cut mine into strips first then into squares.
Lay them out as desired into a rectangle of 6 rows across and 7 rows high.
TIP – Try and avoid putting too many dark squares where you plan to place your applique. Lighter colours will make it stand out more.
Piece the rows together using a ¼ inch seam. Press the seams open to reduce bulk.
Join the strips together to form the quilt top and press once more.
Cut a piece of wadding slightly larger than your quilt top, and a piece of backing fabric a little larger than the wadding.
Pin or spray baste the layers of your quilt together, I spray basted mine.
Quilt as desired. For my quilt I did wavy lines using a dark purple thread (Gutermann 810). I didn’t mark my quiting lines, I just eyeballed it. But if you want more accuracy I recommend using a hera marker to mark your quilting lines.
Trim away any excess wadding and backing fabric.
Print and cut out the Cat applique template (Illustration credit: Schmidsi) . Trim the whiskers off when cutting, you can stitch them on later if you wish to. My template curled a bit after cutting so I pressed it (with a pressing cloth on top) to make it lie flat.
Pin the cat template to your felt and cut around it.
Pin or glue your cat applique into place, I glued mine.
Stitch close to the edge of the cat with a co-ordinating thread (so it blends in). Go very slowly on the tail as it’s quite curly.
If you want to add eyes to your cat cut them from the template and sew them onto the cat. Or you could sew whiskers on as in the original image of the cat.
Make 55 inches of binding (or use pre-made binding). I made single fold binding from 2.5 inch strips. For instructions on how to make single fold binding see this tutorial.
Wonder clip your binding onto the front of your quilt. Sew your binding ¼ an inch from the raw edges.
TIP – If you want to add hanging loops to the back of your quilt do this before sewing the binding.
Fold the binding around the edges of the quilt and clip into place. If you prefer hand finished binding then stitch the binding by hand on the back of the quilt. If you want a quick and easy finish machine sew the binding from the front, close to the edge of the binding. This will catch the binding on the back too, sewing it into place.
Now your Halloween quilt is finished and ready to hang on the wall.