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Making a quilted Halloween wall hanging that’s ‘bat’ to the bone!

by Jean Boyd

This is a great time to get started on your Halloween projects. This week, I’m using 2 different Brother sewing machines – the Brother Innov-is BQ3050  and the Brother NQ700, as well as my Brother ScanNCut SDX225  to create a fun and colorful Halloween wall quilt.

Finished Halloween quilt of a house with bats and pumpkins

Finished Halloween quilt

I’ve written several blog posts about the Brother BQ3050 and the Brother ScanNCut SDX225. You can find out lots of information about these two machines just by searching them on QUILTsocial. The Brother NQ700  is new to me, and I’m looking forward to showing you many of the great features on this machine this week, and again in October.

A selection of fabrics for the Halloween quilt shown on the Brother NQ700 machine

Fabrics for the Halloween quilt

The Brother NQ700, also known as The Sewist, is a small machine, but it’s packed with features that you find on the larger machines. Here are just a few that I’ve used so far:

  • automatic needle threading
  • automatic thread cutter
  • needle up/down key
  • reinforcement stitch
  • My Custom Stitch feature that allows you to create and save favorite stitches
  • 15 needle positions
  • built-in quilting stitches

The NQ700 comes with many accessories, including:

  • ¼” foot with quilting guide
  • knee lifter
  • open toe foot
  • walking foot
  • non-stick foot

Attachments, tools and presser feet included with the Brother NQ700

All these attachments are included with the Brother NQ700

There’s also a handy storage area for keeping the attachments, at both the front and back of the machine.

Storage area at the front of the Brother NQ700 machine holds attachments tools and presser feet

Storage area at front of the Brother NQ700 machine

The machine comes with a complete, printed manual as well.

A printed manual on the bed of the Brother NQ700

A printed manual included with the Brother NQ700

Now, let’s get ready to make this Halloween quilt. My finished quilt is 22″ x 26″. Yours may be different because itʼs kind of a ‘design as you go’ project. Here’s what you need to get started:

  • 5 – 2″ x 12″ strips of black fabric for the house
  • 2 – 3½” x 12″ strips of black fabric for the house
  • fabric scraps or 6″ squares for the windows, shutters, and door (novelty Halloween prints work well)
  • 9″ x 17″ fabric for the roof
  • ⅓ yd [0.3m] fabric for the sky
  • 10″ x 26″ fabric for grass
  • small scraps of Halloween fabrics for the applique designs
  • fusible web for applique designs – I used HeatnBond Feather Lite (This product comes on a roll and in 8½” x 11″ sheets that you can use with an inkjet printer)

HeatnBond Feather Lite fusible web for applique shapes in a roll and in 8½" x 11" sheets

HeatnBond Feather Lite fusible web for applique shapes

Please join me again tomorrow as we start sewing our spooky Halloween house using both the Brother BQ3050 and the Brother NQ700 machines.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: Sewing your Halloween house piece by piece for a quilted wall hanging


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