An elegant Halloween quilt

I call this quilt my Elegant Halloween quilt, and I actually finished it before Halloween.


The fabric is from Verna Mosquera’s Candelabra line for Free Spirit Fabrics.  These fat quarters have been sitting pretty in my basket until now.  The pattern is from 12-Pack Quilts: Simple Quilts that Start with 12 Fat Quarters.


Someone called it an “adult-style” Halloween quilt and I quite agree!  I love how all of the fabrics mix together in the diamond shapes.  It was quick to make, but there was a learning curve in matching seams which are at a 60° angle.  I found a little ruler in my drawer that trimmed the corners so that they matched up perfectly.  (I’m amazed that I had such a ruler in the first place, and that I was able to find it!) After that, I was able to breath easier.

The quilting was done at The Granary Quilt Shop by Carol Dockery, and she did a fabulous job.  I chose pumpkins and vines as the quilting motif.   Adult yet whimsical.  You might be able to see them in the photo below.


I made bias binding with a combination of orange and black striped fabric (all done by machine.)  I don’t usually go to the trouble of making bias binding, but I wanted the stripes to be diagonal.  I put gray minky fabric on the back – perfect for cold evening snuggles.


Now I just need some cold evenings so I can use my quilt.  I’m not complaining, though.  They will be here soon, and I’ll be missing these Indian summer days and nights.


It was nice to make a quilt “just because”.  No deadlines, no worries, and just for me.  Now, I’ve got a few deadlines ahead and my selfish sewing will have to wait until later.  But that’s o.k.  I feel refreshed and ready to go!


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  1. I prefer photo tutorials. I can keep each step on my tablet till I’m ready for the next step. My internet service isn’t always reliable so starting and stopping a tutorial on something new to me can be a pain.

  2. I really prefer photo tutorials. Most of the time I am unable to listen to video tutorials so the photo tutorials are much better. Thank you

  3. My personal preference is photo tutorials, but . . . I have to admit I like them to have a print feature. I do better work if I can “read” the word directions. I sometimes have problems reading photos. Too old school, I guess.

  4. I definitely prefer photo tutorials, unless a new technique that needs visual movement is being shown. The photo tutorials can be printed or kept on an iPad, and followed easily step by step.

  5. I love this Julie. So perfect for my bits and pieces of Halloween fabric! I will try machine sewing my binding on soon. I have some small quilts to begin with. Thanks for another great idea. Robin

  6. Julie, love the quilt, esp, the striped binding: I always cut the binding on the bias with when the fabric is a stripe!
    Wondering if the “little tool” is from Guidelines 4 Quilting?

  7. It’s beautiful, I love it. I’ve seen a few Halloween makes this year, and wish been organised enough to get something made in time. I’ve saved a photo of your gorgeous quilt, and added it to my 2018 list of makes . Thanks for sharing x

  8. I love Halloween Fabric. The fabric makes me happy when I look at it. I just purchased that line from the designer last weekend at PIQF and the Halloween pattern she had on display. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Ever since seeing your quilt on Instagram I have been looking for the right fabric to make one for myself. Unfortunately, the Candelabra line is hard to find, and every thing else I’ve seen is not “elegant” enough! Oh well. It’s not like I have time to start another project now anyway! But I will be keeping my eye out for fabric now!

    I just love this quilt! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I was surprised to still find that fabric at Fat Quarter Shop. The link in my blog takes you there if you’re interested!

  10. Julie – the quilt is quite lovely as is the top-stitching design. I do have a ? though – since you used Minky for the backing fabric, did you also use a Batting? I’m thinking the Minky would be a little heavier weight than just a cotton fabric. Thanks – again, beautiful job!

    1. Hi Carolyn. Great question. I like to use Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 which is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It’s ALOT lighter than all cotton and a perfect choice when using minky.

  11. Beautiful, Julie! I made a just for fun Halloween quilt last week too. It was a nice break from my flannel baby quilts.

  12. Your quilt turned out beautifully! I’m glad you had so much fun making it, and of course, the fabrics you selected are perfect. Chilly nights ahead!

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