Little Quilt of Horrors

Although we’re currently six months away from October, as a mom who sews, I know it is NEVER too early to start thinking about Halloween. If you’ve ever had to sew a one-of-a-kind costume for a child who has their heart set on it, it is KEY to get started sooner than later. I still recall the year my tech-obsessed son wanted to be “a galaxy” and I spent countless evenings sewing teeny tiny lights onto a full-body costume. Fast forward a few years and I no longer fill the thankless role of costumer maker, but the fulfilling role of quilt maker.

So when I saw the latest collection by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs called “Tiny Treaters” I jumped at the chance to make a Halloween-themed quilt.

I knew I wanted to make another quilt with curves in it, but I also wanted this quilt to have a halloween night look to it, so I used curved blocks to create sparkly halloween “stars” in the negative space. I got busy making all my curved blocks first. 200 curves in total!

I sewed together 4 drunkard’s path blocks to create each of my stars. Next, I alternated my star blocks with the black prints from the fabric collection. 

Can I just stop here and say how much fun this fabric is? Each print has so many fun little details. The animals dressed up in monster costumes make me giggle. And the candy print has dozens of Halloween candies that I used to covet when I was a kid. It makes me want to hoard the fabric and hide it in the back of a closet so my brother won’t steal it when I’m not looking, LOL!

I popped all my orange rows up on my magnetic white board. My hubby says the orange looks like chubby pumpkins! Next up I sewed together my black drunkard’s path blocks and alternated them with the teal prints. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of the black and teal rows.

Although I decided to sew the quilt together in rows, I had originally designed it as a block-based quilt. How cute are these blocks?? The reason I decided to sew it in rows instead of blocks was so so I could skip the step (and extra seams) of the small black corner squares and sew them together as one piece instead. I’m going to keep this block in my idea file for a future quilt. Stay tuned for that!

For my binding, I chose to use the “Spooky Search” print in cream. Isn’t it the cutest spookiest binding you’ve ever seen??

And here it is, my finished little quilt of horrors!

Little Quilt of Horrors
Little Quilt of Horrors

I used Swiss Dot Tone-on-tone Black for my backing. I just love how subtle the dots are. 

Little Quilt of Horrors

I took the quilt out for a photo shoot in the very sunny park. It’s technically spring time here, but it could sure pass as autumn as nothing is in bloom yet.

Little Quilt of Horrors
The botanical garden looking dead and dreary this time of year.
Little Quilt of Horrors
Little Quilt of Horrors
Nothing says “haunted yard” quite so much as a wrought iron fence.
Little Quilt of Horrors
I think this is a tool shed for the botanical garden but it looks like it could pass for a witch’s cottage.
Little Quilt of Horrors
Doesn’t this look like a creepy old school house?
Little Quilt of Horrors
This statue girl looked pretty cold so I let her snuggle under the cozy quilt for a bit.