Welcome to the Epic Halloween Quilt-Along, Week 1!

Welcome to the Epic Halloween Quilt quilt-along! I’m so touched by all the love you guys have been heaping on this quilt on Instagram, and I’m excited to see everyone else’s take on it!

Epic Halloween Quilt Top | Flying Parrot Quilts

There are a lot of blocks to cover, so I’m planning for a 12-week quilt-along. That’ll give you a finished top by the end of the summer, with two months left to finish any blocks you might have missed, and of course for quilting and binding in time for the big day, Halloween! Here’s the schedule:

Week 1: Gathering your fabrics and patterns
Week 2: Candy Corn and Witches’ Hats
Week 3: Spooky Spider
Week 4: Cauldron & another Potion (from Fandom In Stitches)
Week 5: Ring of Coffins pattern (from Art School Dropout)
Week 6: Variable Potions
Week 7: Midnight Bite pattern (from Lilly Ella Stitchery)
Week 8: Eyeballs (from Happy Sew Lucky)
Week 9: Barn Bats
Week 10: Curved Spiderwebs
Week 11: Broomstick and Haunted House
Week 12: Filler Blocks & Quilt Assembly

This is a fairly ambitious line-up, and depending on how limited your sewing time is, don’t worry if you fall behind; these posts aren’t going anywhere! Just make sure you grab your patterns. I’ve tried to alternate between harder and easier weeks to give you a chance to catch up.

This week is for preparing yourself for the epic-ness to come! You’ll find a list of the fabrics I used, in case you’re wanting to purchase some specifically for this quilt. Most of the Halloween fabrics should still be around and reasonably easy to find.

Patterns

The quilt uses patterns from several different sources, along with the ones you’ll find here over the course of the quilt-along. The base grid for this quilt is a 3″ x 3″ grid (with one small exception), so we will be resizing some of these patterns a little.

You’ll need to purchase:

Midnight Bite by Nicole of Lilly Ella Stitchery
Nicole has very kindly offered 20% off on her pattern for those of you participating in the quilt-along. Use code FPQAL on Payhip, good through the end of June!

Ring of Coffins by Jessee of Art School Dropout

Spooky Spider—on sale for 20% off for the duration of the quilt-along on Craftsy or PatternSpot

Free for the duration of this quilt-along:

Haunted House
Broomstick
Variable potions

Free:

Candy Corn and Witch Hat
Cauldron (from www.fandominstitches.net)
Potion (from www.fandominstitches.net)
Eyeballs by Happy Sew Lucky

Other materials: A sheet of template plastic is useful for the curved spiderweb blocks. I used the Phillips Simple Curves Ruler for those blocks; if you plan to make a lot of these blocks in the future you may want to consider investing in one.

Fabrics

This quilt is fairly scrappy and great for using up various Halloween fabrics you’ve got floating around. If you’d like to purchase fabrics specifically for it, I recommend purchasing half yards of large-scale prints and quarter yards or fat quarters of the smaller-scale prints. For the Halloween-themed fabrics, this is approximately what I used for the quilt top.

Cotton and Steel, Spellbound:

  • Doily Web in Gray – ½ yard
  • Skull Dot in Metallic Black – ½ yard
  • Haunted Forest in Grey, Lilac, and Coral; Skull Dot in Metallic Mint; Mummy Dance in Mint and Grey; Elixir in Grey – ¼ yard/fat quarter each

Alexander Henry, Ghastlies:

  • ½ yard each of A Ghastlie Web in gray and pink
  • Scraps of The Ghastlies in Smoke

Jen Allyson for Riley Blake, Lost and Found Halloween:

  • Newsprint in Cream (fat quarter)
  • Halloween Spiders in Cream (fat quarter)

Lizzy House, Guising (now reissued as part of her Whisper Palette Collection):

  • Ghosty Ghost in Light Grey (fat quarter)

Chillingsworth’s Spooky Ride

  • Skeletons in Tan (fat quarter)
Filler block | Flying Parrot Quilts

Newsprint in Cream. I couldn’t bear to cut this up! Clearly inspired by Harry Potter, but I particularly like the ad for Damart The Great’s Spell Casting Services.

I supplemented these with coordinating non-Halloween fabrics from my stash. The dusty rose and lilac colors can be hard to match, but some of Alison Glass’ older Sun Prints are a dusty lilac and match well; I used two quarter yards of these. Some of the other non-Halloween fabrics I used were:

  • Jennifer Sampou, Shimmer (used primarily for bat wings and potion bottles)
  • Janet Clare, The Wordsmith (fat quarters of Ink and Quill, 1395 13 and 1396 12, respectively)
  • Solids in black and dark grey

To break up the busy pieced blocks, I scattered plain blocks throughout. If you have any sections of your fabric that you can’t bear to cut up or want to fussy cut, go ahead and set those aside. Otherwise, we’ll deal with these at the end.

  • 6 – 6½” x 6½” squares
  • 1 – 12½” x 12½” square
  • 1 – 6½” x 9½” rectangle
  • 1 – 3½” x 9½” rectangle
  • 1 – 4½” x 6½” rectangle

That’s it for this week! If you have any questions, post them in the comments and I’ll answer them for all to see. Next week, we’ll start with some simple paper-pieced blocks to ease you into paper piecing if you haven’t done any in a while.

Please post your progress shots for this quilt on social media with the hashtag #epichalloweenqal!

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10 Responses to Welcome to the Epic Halloween Quilt-Along, Week 1!

  1. Marybeth Thomas Tawfik says:

    You are the only person I know who makes paper piecing look like fun. This looks like huge fun!

  2. Deb F says:

    Oh my gosh, I do not need another project, but this is just FABULOUS!!! I love it – the fabrics, the blocks, and that it is a quilt-along. Thank you.

  3. Tracy says:

    So very excited!!! Thanks for doing this Sylvia!!

  4. Mama Spark says:

    OMGosh! I NEED to make this quilt. My daughter is getting married on Halloween and I think this needs to be her Hallowedding quilt. I may need to make a few additions too. I would have to add a cat or 2. She raises peacocks. Her wedding invitations will have a Raven in a Peacock costume. I might need to figure out a way to add that into the quilt too. I love this so much!!!

    • Sylvia says:

      Oh my goodness, how perfect will that be?! As long as you can get your block sizes to be divisible by 3 when finished, you should be able to substitute in just about anything. I can’t wait to see how you change it up!

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  6. Carol says:

    Just saw this today on Facebook! It is the best rendition for Halloween I’ve ever seen! I ordered the blocks from several of the designers! Thanks!

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