Today I made two BOO Blocks designed by Izy Sewbuzy Creations. You can get the pattern for free here. I turned my blocks into mini quilts and made them a little larger than she had in her pattern. They are adorable! My new favorite Halloween decoration.
If you want to make this mini quilt then this is what you will need:
- 3 Larger Scraps (or 3 Fat Quarters)
- 1 – 15″ Square for the front
- 1 – 17″ Square for the back
- 1 – 10″x20″ piece for binding (2.25″ wide)
- 1 Larger batting scrap (16″ square)
- Scraps for the figures (8+ different fabrics)
- Light fusible webbing (8″x10″ is more than enough)
- You want to use the kind you can sew through for this.
- Coordinating thread
- Scissors (Fabric and Paper)
- Dry Iron
- Needle (Big Eye Preferred)
- Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine
Most of these items are things that people having laying around. I was able to make two with the scraps that I have on hand. A great thing about using your scraps is that you will likely have thread that coordinates with your own fabric.
Lets get to it. (or Quilt To It!)
- Start by printing out the pattern. Make sure that you do not have “fit to page” checked. The pattern is great and already has letters in reverse. All you need to do is print.
- Put the pattern face up. Place your fusible webbing on top of the pattern with the paper side up. Trace the shapes. When doing this step space the figures further away from each other than they are on the paper. You will have to cut the shapes out away from the line you are drawing. Leave room for this and group your shapes by what fabric you will fuse it to.
- Cut out the shapes on the outside of the line. Do not at any point cut on the line. If you have a larger solid shape like the ghost, cut the center of the ghost out, again leaving some space away from the line. Doing this will keep your shape from getting too hard.
- Fuse each shape onto the wrong side of the fabric you are using. Follow the manufacturers recommendations. Holding your iron longer than recommended can make you shapes harder than you may want.
- Now you want to cut each shape out exactly on the line. I find this to be the most difficult step in the project. I have larger hands and just struggle to cut out those eyes. Also, there are so many eyes that it can be easy to mix them up. Make sure you keep these straight.
- Here is when you can start to see the project come together. You are going to lay out your block. Before you start make sure that you are working on your pressing surface. You want to be able to start pressing once it is done – not move the block you just got straight onto a new surface. Put all of the pieces on your background until it looks like the pattern (or your variation).
- Start by finding the center of your background. Fold your background in half and finger press, rotate 90 deg. and do the same. The intersection is the center of your background and where the ghost should sit.
- Peel the paper off the back while you start to layout your characters. If you are struggling to get an edge on the paper then fold the fabric toward the paper then unfold. You should get an edge that way.
- Once you have the block exactly how you want it get your iron hot (no steam!). I put a pressing cloth over all the pieces so I don’t shift my pieces – do not lift up the cloth to see if things shifted. I lifted my cloth and ended up messing up the bats eyes. But when I didn’t lift it worked perfectly. Now press to the manufacturing recommendations. For this step you should PRESS not iron. Once you have pressed all over the surface you can rub your iron over it a bit while the pressing cloth is still on.
- Now you can stitch down all your figures to your desire. I chose to use corrdinating threads for this. I used a typical applique stitch on my machine for this as well as a straight stitch. Both are acceptable.
- The special figure on this block is the spider. You need to stick the spiders webbing and legs onto it. Personally I would have done this by hand but I didn’t have any thicker black thread so I machine stitched instead. I used a straight stitch that goes over the stitch line 3 times with the thread so that you get a thicker line. On the picture below it is stitch 1 on my machine.
- Pull all of your threads from the front of the block to the back. The longer you left these the easier it will be to pull them back. This is when I am happy to have a needle with a big eye. I leave all of the threads on the back of my quilt crazy. I see no point in keeping them straight. If you have a light colored background where the threads are showing through then don’t worry. I have a work around for that.
- Now we can baste our quilt. Baste like normal unless you have threads showing through the background of your quilt. If that is the case then here is my trick. I take a piece of thin and cheap black cotton and place it inside the quilt sandwich. By doing this you are making the back of the quilt the same color as your black thread so the whole background now looks uniform. I think this would still be effective if you used black batting but I don’t have any of that. You can use expensive fabric but I prefer that if it won’t be seen to use some cheaper stuff. I get mine at Joanns. Their Country Cottons are pretty thin and you can get them for pretty cheap but they still have a good feel to them. I buy it to make practice free motion quilting sandwiches so I had some on hand.
- Now it is time to quilt. I did this two ways. On my first go around I did loops with my free motion foot. I find this pattern natural and think it looked good on my background. However, the second quilt I did – which I think looks quite a bit better I did a decorative stitch with my walking foot. Before I started I did a sample where I played with my stitch length and line spacing until it was just right. Then I did straight lines across the quilt.
- Trim the quilt and bind.
This project only took me 4 hours (for one). It is so cute and I am so excited to get some trick or treaters on Halloween. My husband and I bought our first house last December so this is our first Halloween not in an apartment. It is going to be great to see all the costumes!
I hope you enjoyed this mini quilt and I would love to see what you create. You can tag me on instagram @juliayandura. Hopefully you have everything you need and can Quilt To It!
I made a video of this project while I was doing it. Once I get that edited and posted I will add the link. Please subscribe to stay up to date on new posts.