Welcome your guests with this spooktacular and stylish quilted Halloween bunting by Wendy of The Weekend Quilter. The individual bunting pendants are almost like mini quilts in itself and are the perfect size to give quilting a go without having to commit to something large. And for the more seasoned quilters, this is a great opportunity to experiment with different decorative quilting stitches on each of the pendants, and use up the batting remnants you’ve been saving up.
Each bunting pendant measures 6'' x 9'' and are joined using bias binding. The length of each bunting is approx. 62'' with 35'' overhang on each end to tie the bunting on to surfaces. The project is designed for beginners with basic sewing machine skills.
Download The Weekend Quilter’s step-by-step quilted Halloween bunting pattern for FREE till Oct 31, 2020 here.
Taking fabrics from different collections and putting them into one cohesive look is one of Wendy’s favourite steps in the quilt making process. It can be challenging at times, but that’s what makes it fun. She also uses this time to see what is available for future projects, and the current trends on fabric.com.
For this particular project, Wendy has chosen to use all Art Gallery Fabrics. The brand is one of the biggest names in the ‘Quilterverse’ and the feel is like no other brand – soft and smooth. Hence their tagline ‘feel the difference’. There are over almost 2500 Art Gallery Fabrics quilting cottons to choose from on fabric.com. The wide selection makes pairing different collections easy, but it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure of what your design aesthetic is.
Narrowing down the search for the quilted Halloween bunting was easy with the following steps Wendy had used. These steps can be easily applied to any quilting project you have planned on the horizon:
- Use search terms related to the theme of the project. For example, pumpkins, Halloween. By using these terms, Wendy managed to incorporate two fabrics from Art Gallery Fabric’s latest Halloween collection, Spooky ‘n Sweet. There is also a ‘theme’ search filter on the site that also does the trick.
- View other fabrics from the same collection – Simply scroll down at the bottom of each fabric, and usually you’re presented with other fabrics from the same collection. These searches could sometimes lead you to fabrics that you have not ever considered or may inspire you to search for something similar.
- Not enough yardage or out of stock of a particular fabric? Or you simply have a particular colour in mind? Try filtering your search by colour based on what your original choice or what inspires you.
Binding & Thread
No Halloween project is complete without some orange colour in the mix. Wendy intentionally chose orange for the binding fabric and adhesive felt letters to make the bunting stand out from any coloured backdrop. Creating the letters with adhesive felt is easy and quick. Just simply cut, peel, stick and you’re done! If you have little ones, this is a great step to get them involved.
The beauty and magic of coloured quilting thread, is the ability to blend contrasting fabrics and elevate a design. Wendy used Aurifil 50wt quilting cotton in Tangerine to marry the purples, green and blue fabrics used, with the orange coloured binding and felt letters.
Although a majority of the fabrics do not directly come from Halloween collections, the prints and colours used, and pumpkin and skull patchworks help strengths the theme. Do not be afraid to go outside the box. Go wild and use different coloured quilting threads to enhance your project and choose fabrics from various collections. You’ll be surprised with what you could achieve!
Want to replicate The Weekend Quilter’s quilted Halloween Bunting? Here’s your fabric.com shopping list for all the Art Gallery Fabrics you’ll need:
Here's What You'll Need:
- Fabric A - Spooky ‘n Sweet, Stars Aligned in Purple - 1/2 yard
- Fabric B - Lambkin, Keeping Watch in Dim - 1/2 yard
- Fabric C - Autumn Vibes, Simple Defoliage in Violet Purple - 1/2 yard
- Fabric D - Enchanted Voyage, North Star in Gloom Blue / Yellow - 1/2 yard
- Fabric E - Pure Solid in Crème De La Crème - 1/4 yard or 1 Fat Quarter
- Fabric F - Pure Solid in Deep Black - 1/8 yard or 1 Fat Eighth
- Fabric G & Binding Fabric - Spooky ‘n Sweet, Stars Aligned in Trick Orange - 1 & 1/4 yard
- Backing Fabric - Sisu Building Blocks in Brouhaha - 2 yards
- Letters - Orange adhesive felt - two 9"x12" sheets
Other Tools You'll Need:
- Basic sewing machine
- Machine-washable fabric pen or pencil
- Quilt batting (Craft size 34" x 45"), or batting scraps
- Basting spray
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Quilting Ruler
- Coordinating machine quilting threads (Aurifil 50wt Tangerine, 1133 and 2123, Butter threads were used in this example)
- Hera marker or blunt kitchen knife
- Walking foot or dual feed dog (optional)
- Newspaper, tarp or old bedsheets
- Measuring tape
We’d love to see your take on The Weekend Quilter’s quilted Halloween bunting project. Be sure to tag @the.weekendquilter and #quiltedhalloweenbunting on the ‘gram, and visit The Weekend Quilter’s website and Instagram for more quilt patterns and for the latest updates.