Halloween or hues of fall? 6 ways to capture the season in fabric

What inspires you during this time of year? Is it donning a spooky costume, carving the perfect Jack-’o-lantern, or greeting dressed-up children as they approach your front door on Halloween?

Or maybe it’s the crunch of leaves under your feet, a mug of apple cider to warm cold hands, or the first blaze of flames at the hearth that settle you into autumn.

If you’re eager to spruce up your spaces with the colors and motifs of the season, let the six projects below from Martingale books help you sew a special tribute. Whether you choose spooky and silly or rustic and restful, you can ring in autumn each year with a fun (or frightening!) quilt all your own. Let these inspiring books lead the way!


Get in the spirit with quilts to delight the young (and the young at heart).
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Step into Halloween quilt
Find this “Step into Halloween” quilt—with a unique this-way-and-that Irish Chain background—in
Patchwork Plus by Geralyn Powers.
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Things That Grin in the Night
Use invisible machine appliqué to create “Things that Grin in the Night,” by
Simple Seasons author Kim Diehl.
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Boo quilt
Scraps or fat quarters of Halloween fabrics are perfect for this boxy “Boo!” quilt. Get the pattern in
Quilting for Joy by Barbara Brandeburg and Teri Christopherson.


Go cozy and cuddly with quilts that celebrate the season’s earthy hues.
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Duck Duck Goose quilt
In Kim Diehl’s
Simple Seasons you’ll also find this “Duck Duck Goose” quilt, featuring Goose Tracks and Framed Nine Patch blocks (plus a deliciously scrappy border).
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Falling Leaves quilt
A favorite on our Instagram feed, “Falling Leaves” is a perfect match for a color-rich batik stash. Make your own version with the help of
Eye-Catching Quilts.
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Pumpkin Patch table runner and hot pad
Table Toppers you’ll find quilts to grace tables year ’round, like this “Pumpkin Patch” runner and hot pad. Get the eBook and you can start sewing right now!

Want more fabric-filled ideas for fall and Halloween? Our “Happy Halloween!,” “Fall Knitting Mood Board,” and “Autumn Quilts” boards on Pinterest will lead you to even more fun books for a festive fall.
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Martingale on Pinterest

Do you decorate for autumn, Halloween, or both? Tell us in the comments!

>>> Find even more Halloween decorating ideas in this post.

24 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Both, of course! Halloween during October, and then Fall from Nov 1 until Thanksgiving, and then it switches to Christmas after that.

    The Reader on October 23, 2015
  • Beautiful quilts. Autumn is my favorite season and I do decorate for fall and Halloween.

    —Kathy h on October 23, 2015

    —Dawn Smolsky on October 23, 2015
  • Yes, I decorate for Halloween, fall, autumn, love this season of the year. It is my favorite time of the year. Country fall drives. Walks with orange, red, yellow leaves blowing and walking through the smells and sounds. Quilts, table runners, placemats, leaves, wreaths, pumpkins, candles, colored dried corn, apples, towels, all says welcome fall.

    —carol on October 23, 2015
  • I have on my front door "Things THat Grin in the Night" by Kim Diehl. Love it and get lots of comments.
    I have all Kim Diehls books. Halloween is my favorite time to decorate. You should see my house. I have 2 halloween
    quilts on display with tons of decorations. Sherrill

    Sherrill Hardcastle on October 23, 2015
  • I decorate for fall and thanksgiving because you can just exchange a few things and they all go together. I have a different set of things I use to decorate for Halloween. I made a set of cute large pumpkins out of flannel for Halloween.

    —Barbara on October 23, 2015
  • I sometimes do a little decoration for fall, never for Halloween. Then I go all out for Christmas about a dozen quilted wall hangings and quilts on the walls of the kitchen, living room and family room.

    —Karen on October 23, 2015
  • I decorate for Fall and add Halloween touches. I keep the Fall decorations up until it’s time to change for Christmas. I take Halloween down the first part of November. What a great time of the year!

    —Eileen on October 23, 2015
  • I decorate for Halloween first; later I remove the ghosts and other creepy things and turn the Jack-o-lanterns around. Ta-da, I’m ready for Thanksgiving!

    —Linda Towers on October 23, 2015
  • I try to do a little for each holiday but really go all out for Christmas. Love the "Things that Grin in the Night", it is adorable. That one I would love to make.

    —connie b on October 23, 2015
  • Fall is my favorite time of year so you bet I decorate. I have a Halloween wall hanging that I won and it stays on the wall of my sewing space all year. Now I need to see if I have the pattern for the Kim Diehl wall hanging and start on it today.

    —Rina on October 23, 2015
  • I decorate for all holidays. I love to have the different times of year around me. We are candle people and light them every night from Fall to Spring. Each holiday has it’s own holders and special places.

    I love it all!!

    —Barbara Dolan on October 23, 2015
  • I used to. I made all my kids oostumes until they got too old. Now my grandkids are too old also. I do a lot of decorating for Christmas since it’s my favorite time of year. Since I downsized, I don’t have near enough room as I used to.

    —Joanne Scott on October 23, 2015
  • I guess I’m the curmudgeon. I sometimes remember to put my Pilgrim couple out for Thanksgiving, never remember the Halloween ghost, but do indulge a bit more at Christmas.

    —Sandy W. on October 23, 2015
  • Basically autumn; but add Halloween things as it gets closer to the holiday.

    —Nancy on October 23, 2015
  • We don’t celebrate Halloween, so if I decorate it’s for fall.

    Cindy A. on October 23, 2015
  • I love the fall colors and decorate for Halloween and fall together. I am not into the skeletons and witches but love the pumpkins and cute fall things. Fall is the only time my houses color scheme fits in with the color scheme of the season.

    —Bethanaann on October 23, 2015
  • I decorate for Autumn but throw in some Halloween and the Thanksgiving with it.

    —Renea on October 23, 2015
  • Both. I try to do all seasons and make new quilts during that month or before, as part of the fun.

    —Linda Christianson on October 23, 2015
  • I decorate for both. I put the autumn decorations up first and leave them up until after Thanksgiving! The colors and textures are very comforting for the cooler temps!

    —Janet in ND on October 23, 2015
  • I just won a raffle prize of a bed quilt with autumn leaves on it but it is spring here in Adelaide. I have done a paper foundation pieced witch on a broomstick to hang on the door incase any small ones arrive looking for treats…..

    —Suzanne Keal on October 23, 2015
  • Both! Love the seasons!! I have more fall quilts than any other season.

    —Renee Welton on October 25, 2015
  • I decorate for Autumn which is a favorite time of year for me since it symbolizes new beginnings. Autumn brings back memories of college when it was the time of year for new roommates, new living arrangements, new classes and professors. After graduation, I worked in the school districts so it was always the excitement of a new year with the students. Autumn is also the time of year when I met my husband, we married, and one of our daughters was born.
    I like to decorate with as much hand crafted items as possible, so the craft shows are a favorite past time. I am always looking for the unique items produced by local artists. Yes, autumn is truly a magical time of new beginnings and bountiful blessings.

    —Kathy on October 25, 2015
  • I have made many baby quilts, pieced, applique what ever strikes me at the time and then give them away. I love making them and am constantly looking for new patterns and different material. Thank you for posting so many new and beautiful patterns.

    —Charlene on November 11, 2015

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