Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Halloween Boos - Aug. 2014 Mystery quilt

I'm just guessing that those of you who signed up for this month's mystery quilt are going to be really happy you did.  With a little bit of easy applique (fusible web style) and some magical piecing you'll have yourself a really cute showpiece to add to your Halloween decor! 

It's a pretty long cutting list this time.  Remember to cut carefully as you really don't have a lot of extra fabric.

Let's start with the applique section. Trace all of the appliqué figures onto the wrong side of fusible web.  Roughly cut the appliqué figures and fuse to the wrong side of chosen fabrics.  Cut out the objects on the traced line. 

Hint - to eliminate a lot of the stiffness of the fusible web, Becky will cut out the inside portion of the web on the larger objects.  This saves on fusible and gives the finished project a little more flexibility.

 Position the appliqué pieces on the black background rectangle.  (Use the photo for a placement guide.  Add the cats to the bottom of the house if desired.  We added ours after we had taken the photo.)  Fuse in place and stitch around the edges to secure.  Becky likes to use a blanket stitch.  A satin stitch would look nice as well.

So sorry, we just realized we forgot to include the ghosts on the applique sheet.  We will have some copies at the shop or you can create your own ghost.


Sew the black and orange strips along the length of the fabric.  

Press toward the black.  Sub- cut these units to create 23) 3 inch segments.

Sew ten of the units together side by side, alternating orange and black, to create the bottom check unit. 


Sew 13 orange/black together to create the side checks.   Position the side unit checks so the squares will line up correctly when the bottom checks are sewn on.  This section will be just little longer than the appliqué section.  Sew from the bottom of the appliqué and trim the excess checks even with the top of the appliqué.  Sew the bottom section of checks under the appliqué section.

The B.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of the large polka dot 3” orange squares, as well as the 2 ½” orange squares.   Place an orange square on the appropriate corner of a black square/rectangle.  Sew on the line and trim ¼ inch from the sewn line.  


Press toward the black.  Refer to the B diagram for correct placement of the orange triangles.  The 2 ½ inch square placement is noted in the pattern.  Assemble and sew together as diagrammed in the pattern.

The finished B in the quilt


The Os.  The Os are created with 4) 6 ½ inch black squares, 2)4 x 6 ½ inch black rectangles, 8) 3 inch orange squares and one 5½ x 6 ½ inch orange rectangle.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the 3 inch orange squares.  Place on opposite corners of the 6 ½ inch squares with right sides together.  Sew on the drawn line and trim ¼ inch past the line as diagrammed previously.  Arrange and sew together as indicated in the pattern diagram.

The finished O in the quilt

Use the remaining black and orange squares and rectangles to create three more Os.

Arrange the B and two Os side by side to form the top row.  Sew a 1 ½” x 18 ½” sashing strip between the three letters.  Sew a 1 ½” strip across the bottom of the BOO row.  Arrange the last two Os one on top of the other and sew the1 ½” x 12 ½” sashing between them.  Sew a 1 ½” sashing strip to the right side of the two Os.  Sew this unit to the left side of the appliqué section.  Sew the BOO row to the top of the quilt. 

Sew the 1 ½” orange border around the quilt.  Follow with the final border. Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

We are planning on using the Lost and Found 2 collection of fabrics for the September mystery quilt.

Come join us!

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