This is Halloween! Welcome to our Halloween project themed on The Nightmare Before Christmas and featuring beautiful Jack and Sally licensed fabric. This quilt is perfect for any cooler weather, but really stands out during Halloween time. It was made with Licensed Disney fabric from Joann. This quilt was made by Marianne, who will be our guide on this project.
|Supplies List*:||Tools List:|
|Jack and Sally Licensed Fabric||Rotary Cutter|
|2 Black&White Patterned Fabrics||Cutting Mat|
|Corresponding Colored and Black Fabric||Straight Edge|
|*fabrics are your choice!||Sewing Machine|
|Corresponding Embroidery Floss||Safety Pins|
I chose these fun fabric based off of our main Sally and Jack fabric. I decided to do a simple 6″ square pattern. You can choose whatever size square you wish. Using a rotary cutter, 6″ wide ruler and cutting mat make the cutting go a lot more easily. You can find these items at most fabric or craft stores.
I find that choosing the right coordinating fabrics really makes the quilt. Measure carefully when cutting so that your squares actually come out square.
The rotary cutter and cutting pad and ruler make life so much easier. Well worth the investment for any quilter.
Cut your coordinating fabrics.
It uses more fabric, but strategically cutting the Sally and Jack fabric to get the images just right, is worth the time and effort.
I really liked the look of the stain glass and wanted to keep that as my center point as much as possible.
Stack up your fabric so you can remain organized when laying out your pattern.
Here is where your creativity comes into play. Lay out the fabric squares. Move them around until you see the pattern you want. I moved fabric around a few times to get the final result . There is not wrong way to do this. It’s art, it’s creative, have fun!
So this is my technique–I am sure others have their own technique–I pick up my rows of fabric from left to right and stack them top to bottom and then label each row. This helps me to keep organized when sewing.
Sewing. Not the most fun part of the process, but repetitive, so not much to worry about. Use 1/4″ seam allowance as you would with any quilting project. Just sew row by row. I kept my row number markers attached, so I don’t get my rows mixed up.
Once all of your rows are created you then need to sew them together. Start with row 1 to row 2 and work your way down. I pin my rows. Some quilters do and some don’t. But I would need to pin to have the best chance of my corners matching. You will alternate your seam, so you can have as close of a straight line as possible. .
Once all of the rows are sewed together you want to add your borders. I chose two. I chose a cool almost alligator print and a print that reminded me of Jack’s suit. I cut the first border at 3″ and the second at 4″. I used the same alligator black as my binding, cut at 3″. I used the “Jack’s suit” fabric also as my backing. You’ll see that later.
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew your first border onto the main quilt. I sew the two sides first and then the top and bottom. Measure your lengths. In most cases, you will need to sew some of your strips together to make the fabric piece long enough. Just be sure to iron open your seams.
So the same with your second border. Sew the two sides first and then the top and bottom.
Now onto the backing. I had to sew two larger pieces together to make the backing the right size. Don’t hate me that I didn’t cut off the raw edge.
Now that your quilt top is completed, it’s on to the backing. Depending on what you choose and the width of your fabric you may have to do what I did and sew two pieces together (see photo above). Not a huge deal, just one more step. As you can see, I chose the same “Jack’s suit” fabric for my backing.
Due to space constraints, I used painter’s tape to stretch my backing onto the floor and keep it in place. Then I lay my chosen batting. In my case I used a poly batting since I had a bolt in my garage. You can also use cotton batting. Once the batting is on top of the backing, lay your quilt top on top of the batting. Now you pin and I pin a lot. Using curved quilting safety pins is easiest, but I use whatever I have in my tin of pins.
I then cut off my excess backing and batting and head back to my sewing machine.
I switch my sewing foot out to a walking foot. IF you don’t have one, no worries. The walking foot just helps all three layers of fabric and batting move more easily through the machine. I sew a 1/4 inch along all edges to connect the three layers. This makes the rest of the process so much easier.
I like to tie my quilts. Choose embroidery floss that coordinates with your quilt fabric. I also use a hooked needle, which makes tying so much easier. You want to tie at least every 6″. You can tie on the corners of each block or in the center. For this quilt I chose center ties.
The last step is creating the binding, machine sewing it on and then finishing with a whip stitch. So take your 3″ strips and iron then in 1/2. Sewing your raw edge of binding to the raw edge of the top of your quilt. Do this on the two sides first and then top and bottom. Once that is done, turn the quilt over to the back and whip stitch the folded edge of the binding to the backing. This makes for a finished product.
This quilt is so warm and beautiful. It’s perfect to cozy up in during the colder months. I love the stained glass pattern and all of the corresponding fabrics. They work really well together. Happy Halloween!!
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