Saturday, July 15, 2017

Halloween Candy - Free Mini Charm Pack Pattern

Happy Holidays, fellow quilters!  It's only July, but today I'm celebrating Christmas and Halloween with my latest Moda Bake Shop tutorial.

Christmas Candy is a 14" mini quilt that I made with a mini charm pack of gorgeous "Petites Maisons de Noël" fabric by French General for Moda.

This little project is fast and easy, but my favorite part is the simple backstitched poinsettias and vines and French Knot berries that wind their way around the red and green patchwork center.

Christmas Candy is also a great portable project—once you've assembled the quilt top, it's the perfect size to take along with you for some summer stitching.

Not quite ready to think about Christmas?  Here's Halloween Candy, a pillow version of the project made with "Hocus Pocus" by Sandy Gervais.

This spooky pillow is embellished with spiderwebs and spiders.  You can find the embroidery pattern here.

I made Halloween Candy the same way as Christmas Candy (find the tutorial here), with just a few adjustments:
  • Before embroidering, I layered the pieced quilt top with both batting and a muslin lining panel.
  • Instead of machine quilting this project, I simply stitched an "x" across each of the junctions (through all layers) in the center patchwork.

  • And rather than binding the project, I used the following steps to turn it into a pillow:

Finishing the Pillow 
  1. Cut two 10" x 14½" panels from your backing fabric. 
  2. Fold one long (14½'') edge of a panel toward the wrong side ⅜'' twice and press.
  3. Stitch the hem close to the fold.
  4. Repeat with the second panel.
  5. Layer one panel on the embroidered and trimmed quilt sandwich, with right sides together and raw edges aligned.
  6. Layer the remaining panel on the opposite side of quilt sandwich, with right sides together and raw edges aligned.
  7. Stitch through all layers using a 1/4'' seam.
  8. Trim the corners to reduce bulk, turn the pillow sham right side out and insert a 14" x 14" pillow form.

Whether you choose Christmas or Halloween, mini quilt or pillow, if you'd like to make this fun mini charm pack project, you can find my free tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop.

Happy Stitching!