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.
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.
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
There’s also a handy storage area for keeping the attachments, at both the front and back of the machine.
The machine comes with a complete, printed manual as well.
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)