Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jack O'Lantern- Free Mini Quilt Pattern

Halloween is fast approaching and the stores are full of spooky costumes and decorations. This American tradition, seems to grow bigger and bigger each year here in Australia and is slowly becoming part of our culture as well.
I decided to make a little Halloween mini quilt, to add to our decorations this year, and I'm sharing the pattern, with you as well, as a little freebie. So here's my free Jack O'Lantern mini quilt:
This is a paper pieced pattern which finishes at around 11" square. You can whip this little quilt up in an afternoon and its super fun to make. I'm going to hang mine on my hall stand, along with a few other little decorations I have but you could also use it as a crumb catcher/placemat for your party food or as a cushion front or make a few blocks and sew a larger wall hanging.
Every Halloween, Maddi and I host a little "scary movie night" for a few friends. We're not really that brave and watch most of the movies from behind a pillow but its a fun night and a great excuse to get the girls together, eat some junk food and scare ourselves silly :)
My Jack O'Lantern isn't scary though and I love his big toothless grin. I don't have a large range of orange fabrics in my stash, so I went for a dark apricot colour combination which works just fine. It always pleases me to sew from my stash and I try hard to use the fabrics I have in the projects I'm making, without hitting the fabric shops.
If you would like to make your own Jack O'Lantern mini quilt, you can download the free pattern HERE.
The PDF file includes full step by step instructions and diagrams, the required paper piecing templates and a colouring sheet to help you plan your colour/fabric selections. There's also some tips on adding a hanger or corner sleeves, if you plan to hang your mini quilt.
I've never actually carved a pumpkin, so this is about as close as I will get to having my very own Jack O'Lantern and I'll be able to use him every year as part of our Halloween decorations :)
Happy sewing :)

5 comments:

Kathy E. said...

This is adorable, Rose! Thank you for offering the free pattern! I'm like you that I don't have too many orange fabrics in my stash, but I'm sure I can find something that could work for this.

Rhona45 said...

Thanks so much for the free pattern, I have been looking for a good paper pieced pattern and I love your patterns, its perfect, now to go through my orange fabric lol.

Linda said...

Thank you Rose! This is just adorable!

desertskyquilts said...

That's wonderful. I'm not much of a paper piecer, but you've divided it into enough sections, I might attempt this. Yours is fabulous!

Iherba said...

Gracias Rose por el diseño y el.patrón , me ha encantado hacer tu calabaza. Si quieres la puedes ver en mi blog http://iherba.blogspot.com.es/2017/10/otono-y-calabazas.html?m=1. Un saludo




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