Although it is still scorching outside, it is time to break out the Halloween colors! This project is simple enough to throw together in a day. Of course that also depends on if the kids are back in school yet or if your favorite show just popped up on Netflix. Then you might need some more time!
For this month's mini quilt, I thought about one of my favorite Halloween things. Candy Corn! I was inspired by the cute Halloween print I found at my local quilt shop.
To make this mini quilt, I started out by gathering the materials.
1/4 yard of a fun black Halloween print
1/4 yard of orange, yellow, and white
2 yards of black ric rac
About 13 x 25 inches of batting or flannel
Start with cutting one strip of 20 inches by 3 inches of each of the candy corn colors. Stitch the three strips together, and make sure they are in the right order. (Hint: Orange goes in the middle.) Press towards the orange.
It should look like this. (except that I cut it down to make one candy corn at a time, but you don't need to.)
To make the triangles, I used a 30 degree isosceles triangle ruler. I got this one at my local big box fabric store.
If you do not have one, you can easily make your own template. I will add instructions for how to do this at the bottom of this post.
For each of the 4 candy corns, I lined up the top with the 8 inch line, making sure the bottom and each seam was parallel with the other measuring marks. Trim the sides.
It should look like this.
Then, I cut three more 8 inch triangles and one 8 1/2 inch triangle out of the black Halloween fabric.
Then I cut the 8 1/2 inch triangle in half lengthwise. This will be the skinny triangles on the ends.
Next, I stitched the triangles together, alternating the black fabric with the candy corns.
When lining up the triangles, they will need to be slightly offset, so that when it is opened up, the top and bottom will line up correctly.
If look closely, you will see that the point where the edges line up is a 1/4 inch from the edge.
It will look like this.
Press towards the black.
Follow the same method for the skinny end triangles. As you see there will be some extra of the black fabric hanging off.
When all the triangles are sewn together, trim off the extra bits. They will look like this.
Next, add the borders. There is a black and an orange one.
Black - 2 of 10 x 1 1/2 inches and 2 of 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.
Orange - 2 of 12 x 1 1/2 inches and 2 of 18 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.
Stitch on the borders.
Sandwich and quilt. (For the backing, I pieced together the remaining fabric pieces.)
Add the binding. I added in some ric rac under the front front side of the binding. It makes it bulky, but I love the extra cuteness it adds.
I love the final result. Around my house it is known as the Vampire Teeth Candy Corn Quilt. I love it.
I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
To make your own triangle template:
Start with a piece of rectangle paper that is 8 1/2 x 5 inches.
Fold it in half lengthwise.
On the bottom edge of the paper, make a little mark 1/4 inch away from the fold, on both sides of the fold.
Draw a line from the top right corner to the right side mark. Repeat on the left side.
Cut on the lines.
To make this into a 8 inch triangle, cut or fold down the top 1/2 inch.
There you go! If you have any questions, or want to show off your final product, feel free to email me or leave a comment here.
Have fun quilting!