I love decorating with pillows and mini quilts! They are a fast and easy project that can be enjoyed for a long time! Today I am going to share with you how to make this color block applique pillow using HeatnBond EZ-Print Featherlite Sheets and StitchnSew Fleece. Give yourself an afternoon and you’ll have your very own festive pillow or mini quilt!

Halloween Skeleton Color Block Applique Pillow

Halloween Skeleton Pillow Supplies:

Fabrics- I used a variety of Halloween themed prints, larger scraps would be perfect for this. You will also need 1/4 yard of fabric for the border, 2/3 yard of one print for the backing and 1/4 yard of a print for the binding.

HeatnBond EZ-Print Featherlite Adhesive Sheets

StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece

SpraynBond Basting Spray to baste the quilt sandwich

Image for applique. You can get the skull I designed here, or you can use your own image.

Sewing supplies:

I used Aurifil 50 wt in color 2311

Download the directions in an easy to read PDF for free here

Cutting:

Cut out 9- 6 1/2″ squares of various fabrics. Make sure there is a variety of prints.

Cut 2- 2″ X 18 1/2″ strips and 2- 2″ X 21″ strips for the border

Cut 2- 2 1/2″ X WOF strips for the border


Halloween Skeleton Color Block Applique Pillow Instructions:

Preparing the Skeleton Applique:

Print out the image onto the HeatnBond EZ-Print Sheets. I like the featherweight for a project like this because it has such a nice hand and doesn’t end up feeling stiff or bulky! Cut out the image leaving a slight margin around the whole thing. Follow the package directions and adhere the image to the back of the fabric.

Cut out the image. I recommend using a pair of sharp small tipped scissors to cut out the small interior pieces.

Center the image on the 6 1/2″ square. Follow the package directions and adhere the image to the square. Repeat for all 9 squares. Take your squares to your sewing machine and sew around the images. I like to use a narrow zig-zag stitch or a blanket stitch (if your machine has one).

Assembly of the Halloween Skeleton Pillow:

Arrange your blocks into 3 rows of 3 squares. Sew the squares together to make rows and then sew the rows together. Add your borders. Press all the seams well. Cut out a 22″ square of StitchnSew fleece and a 22″ square of backing fabric. Spread out the backing fabric, center the fleece on top and then put the quilt top on top of the fleece. I used SpraynBond to baste the layers together before quilting. Quilt the piece as desired. Now you can either add a pillow back first or just add the binding.

All that is left is to enjoy your delightful decoration!

Even little witches will love it!

Happy Haunting!!


 

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