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Making a quilted Halloween banner

 

When I received this Happy Halloween fabric collection from Northcott, I could envision all kinds of fun Halloween projects – a door banner, treat bags and even a pillowcase! You can have a look at all the fabric in this collection on the Northcott web site.

This great fabric is in your favorite quilt shops now. You can find out which quilt shops and online retailers have these fabrics by using this Product Finder link.

 

Happy Halloween fabrics by Northcott
Fabrics from the Happy Halloween collection by Northcott

 

Panel from Northcott's Happy Halloween Collection
Panel from Northcott’s Happy Halloween Collection

 

The projects I’ll be showing you this week are all quick and easy to make. Let’s start with a door or wall banner first. It will be 32½” x 50½” when finished.

Here’s how it will look when finished. And yes those are little battery-operated lights in the border! I’ll be showing you how to add those to your quilt as well.

 

Wall or door banner with lights in the border
Wall or door banner with lights in the border

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

From the Northcott Happy Halloween collection:
1 panel (21187-99) and ⅔ yd of the wide stripe (21188-84)
¾ yd black (Northcott ColorWorks 9000-99)
⅝ yd lime green (Northcott ColorWorks 9000-710)

For the backing you’ll need 1⅝ yd. This fun print from the Northcott Happy Halloween collection (21189-74) would work really well.

 

Backing fabric from the Happy Halloween collection
Backing fabric from the Happy Halloween collection

 

Now you’re ready to start your quilt!

Trim the panel so it measures 20½” x 31½”. Save the strip at the bottom to use later on the Halloween pillowcase.

 

Trim the panel so it measures 20½" x 31½"
Trim the panel so it measures 20½” x 31½”

 

Black: Make sure you cut the following black strips so the longest side is on the lengthwise grain of the fabric (parallel to the selvedge edge). This will help prevent the strips from stretching as you sew them together.
6 – 4¾” x length of fabric (approximately 27″)
7 – 1½” x length of fabric

Green:
5 – 3″ x WOF (width of fabric) for the binding. This will give you a ½” finished binding
4 – 1¼” x WOF

Wide Stripe:
1 – 6½” x 20½” on the lengthwise grain of fabric.

 

The stripe is cut 6½" x 20½".
The stripe is cut 6½” x 20½”.

 

  1. Sew 2 – 1½” black strips together, end to end, to make 1 long strip. Press seam open. Trim to 40½”.
  2. Repeat with 2 more 1½” black strips.
  3. Cut the remaining 3 – 1½” black strips so they each measure 1½” x 20½”.
  4. Cut 2 of the 4¾” black strips to 24″.
  5. Sew 2 – 4¾” black strips together, end to end, to make 1 long strip. Press seam open. Trim to make 1 strip 4¾” x 50½”. Repeat with 2 more 4¾” black strips.
  6. Cut the 1¼” green strips to make 2 – 22½” strips and 2 – 42″ strips.

Now let’s put it all together!

Sew the 20½” black strips, panel and  the 6½”stripe together as shown in the picture. Press seams toward black.

 

Sew the strips and panel.
Sew the strips and panel.

 

  1. Sew a 40½” black strip to each side. Press seams toward black.
  2. Sew the 22½” green strips to the top and bottom. Press seams toward green.
  3. Sew a 42″ green strip to each side. Press seams toward green.
  4. Sew a 24″ black strip to the top and bottom. Press seams toward black.
  5. Sew a 50½” black strip to each side. Press seams toward black.

 

Green and black borders have been sewn on.
Green and black borders have been sewn on.

 

Now you’re all ready to quilt your Northcott Happy Halloween door or wall banner. Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you some tips about sewing on the binding and adding those sparkly lights to the border.

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Adding lights to light up your quilt!

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

2 Comments

  1. carol n

    Very cute, looks like fun!

    • Glad you like it, Carol

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