Project By the Light of the Moon Halloween Quilt

By Elizabeth Cecchettini

Skill Level: Advanced  

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Spooky black cat embroidery, sweet candy corn and fun funky polka dot fabrics stitched together make for the perfect Halloween quilt. This wall hanging will get your house into the Halloween spirit! Download templates and printable instructions.


  • Walking foot attachment
  • 1/8 Yard of 5 different cotton fabrics: black/white dot, white/black dot, orange stripe, black/ivory check, moss green
  • 3/8 Yard of gold cotton fabric
  • 3/8 Yard of orange/black dot cotton fabric
  • 1/2 Yard of solid ivory cotton
  • 1 3/8 Yard of black on black stripe cotton fabric
  • 1 ¼ Yard of cotton fabric for backing
  • 1 Package of large black rick rack
  • Stabilizer
  • KK2000 spray adhesive
  • Rotary cutting system
  • Quilt batting
  • Amazing Designs ADP-70JAHO1 large cat
  • Amazing Designs ADP-70JAH02 small cat face
  • Triangle-in-a-Square rulers from Quilt in a Day
  • Quilt batting
  • Embroidery thread and conventional sewing thread


  • Baby Lock Sewing and Embroidery Machine


  1. Hoop stabilizer and ivory cotton in extra large hoop. Spray with KK2000 temporary adhesive to hold the layers in place.

  2. Embroider the large cat design then remove the excess stabilizer. Using the rotary cutting system, cut a 9.5” square block, centering the cat design in the middle of the block.

  3. Repeat the above process to embroider the small cat design, using a smaller hoop and reducing the size of the cat face to 2.83 cm x 3.47 cm. Repeat for a total of four motifs.

    1. Cut the motifs into blocks, 4” square, centering the cat face in the middle of each block.

  4. Cut one 3.5” strip from each of the eight remaining fabrics. Cut the strips into 3.5” squares.

  5. Piece together 8 nine patch blocks, randomly placing the different colors and patterns of the 3.5” squares.

  6. Stitch rick rack to the sides of the embroidered large cat block.

  7. Piece six of the nine patch blocks together into 2 rows of 3 blocks.

  8. For the middle row piece one nine patch block on either side of the embroidered large cat block. Press the seams.

  9. Stitch rick rack to the top and bottom of the embroidered large cat block, tuck the raw edges of the rick rack towards the seam allowance.

  10. Stitch the three rows of the blocks together. Placing the row with the embroidered large cat design in the middle.

  11. For the first border, cut two 1 ¾” x 27 ½” strips and two 1 ¾” x 30” from the black/black stripe fabric. Stitch the two 27 ½” strips to the side of the quilt.

    1. Stitch the other two strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.

  12. For candy corn border, cut four strips of each: ivory cotton (1 ¼” x 45”), orange/black dot (2” x 45”), and gold cotton (1 ½” x 45”).

  13. Stitch four strip sets of ivory, orange/black and gold. Press.

  14. Using the square up triangle ruler as the triangle template, cut the candy corn with the ivory at the top (smallest part), 32 triangle pieces.

    1. Note: Use the Square up triangle ruler only from the red-line up making a 4” triangle.

  15. Cut the black/black cotton stripe into three 4” x 45” strips. Again, using the triangle template cut the black into 36 triangle pieces

  16. Stitch the candy corn triangles to the black triangles. With right sides facing flip the small end of a black triangle to the wide end of a candy corn triangle, stitch together.

    1. Next, flip another black to the other side of the candy corn triangle, stitch. Continue until there are 9 black triangles and 8 candy corn triangles in a row.

    2. Trim the end of the rows, ¼” from the center of the last black triangle. Stitch 3 more rows of border candy corn and black triangles.

  17. Stitch one row of candy corn to each side of the quilt. To the other two rows of candy corn, stitch a small cat face block to each of the ends.

  18. Next, stitch the last two rows of candy corn with small cat embroidery one to the top and one row to the bottom of the quilt.

  19. Press the quilt.

  20. Layer the quilt top, quilt batting and backing, pin or baste securely.

  21. Machine quilt.

  22. Bind with black/black stripe fabric.

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