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It is that time of year when Halloween is just around the corner! I am not a fanatic of Halloween things but I do love a good Halloween quilt and print. I thought it would be fun to look at some quilt patterns and also new Halloween fabric prints.
The first one is a website/blog called Quilt Inspiration. They offer up 50+ free patterns! There are small projects as well as full sized quilt projects. I always like a variety as I am not always ready to take on a huge quilt project that may, or may not, ever get finished. Below is one I thought was subtle and easily a Thanksgiving (here in the US) design.
This next one is fun and whimsical. I think the cats are adorable. I assume it requires a special print from Michael Miller fabrics but I kind of love it!
I am rather a sucker for just plain blocks which highlight fabric I love and this next one does just that.
Here is another cat one which is no surprise as Halloween and cats go hand in hand! I adore the retro look of the cat. It also looks like any applique required is not daunting.
Next we have another pumpkin one but this one has several pumpkins in a table runner. Again this would make a great Thanksgiving runner, or just an Autumn runner.
Another cat! This one appears to be a lovely woolen applique which gives it so much depth and texture.
On another website, American Patchwork and Quilting, there are several free quilt patterns as well. I think the one below is super fun for a round table with all its little houses. It would be super cute in other seasonal fabrics as well.
The next one involves fussy cutting the border print which, although taking a bit more time, really adds a lot of character without piecing a design.
Melissa Mortenson from Polkadot Chair offers a few free patterns as well. I love the one below with all the witch hats, and a few pumpkins, done up in different prints.
Ok so now lets look at some fun Halloween prints that are out there. The first few come from Missouri QuiltCo. The first is a set called Black Cat Capers and I see a lot of fun prints in there!
The next also has cats! This is Festive Cat with 5 prints.
I am kind of a sucker for bat prints and Midnight Haunt Harlequin bats is a perfect bat print in my opinion.
Next we have more cats! I love the whimsical take with Kitty Corn jelly roll. There is a very gentle retro feel to these prints.
I am rather in love with the trend of drawings and characters in many prints today. Old Made is one of those collections. Below is one of the main block style prints, showing the Old Made characters.
The next is a collection of prints that coordinate.
There is so much more out there! Once more I hope I sparked a little inspiration for your next project!!!!