Halloween quilts: patterns free to download (if you dare)

Carved Witch PumpkinDid you hear that? It’s the sound of leaves rustling, wind whipping, doors creaking, footsteps pacing, cats yowling, ghosts howling, spirits screaming…naw! The leaves, the wind, and the occasional chill in the air simply means the countdown to Halloween is officially on. The whimsy of the coming season isn’t one itty-bitty bit scary…although it may make us question those bumps in the night a little more carefully.

If you feel like you need protection from the spookier side of Halloween, we’ve got just the quilt for you. “Patches: The Pumpkin Patch Protector” promises to charm and cheer. He’s much more friendly than frightful—and he’s available as a free Halloween quilt pattern to download today!

Patches--The Pumpkin Patch Protector quilt
“Patches: The Pumpkin Patch Protector” by Jaynette Huff. Finished quilt size: 24″ x 36″.

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Paper-pieced scarecrow patternPatches sports a floppy collar, buttons on his shirt, and a twine belt. Make the center of this scarecrow quilt in a snap with paper piecing. A strip-pieced inner border and a striped outer border are flanked by cute paper-pieced pumpkins in the border corners. The quilt is the perfect size to hang on a door—or, hang Patches in your kitchen or foyer during the entire autumn season.

Never paper pieced before? Download step-by-step how-tos for paper piecing on our How to Quilt page. The illustration (right) gives you an idea of how the paper-pieced block comes together.

Patches comes from the book Creepy Crafty Halloween, which is filled with ideas for transforming your next Halloween event into a fun haunted hangout. Spruce up indoor and outdoor parties or special family get-togethers, delight the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, or simply spread some Halloween cheer with more than 20 handmade projects, including:

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween
“Appliquéd Pumpkin Table Runner and Napkins” and “Crayon and Embroidery Wall Hanging”

Pumpkin Heads
“Pumpkin Heads”

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween
“Haunted Birdhouse” and “Witch Doll with Cat”

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween
“Photo Transfer Halloween Place Mats and Napkins” and “Halloween Hooked Rugs”

Creepy Crafty Halloween also includes projects that children can help create:

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween

While you’re on our Freebies page, don’t forget to download this cool paper-pieced witch quilt pattern from Spellbinding Quilts. She’s easy enough to whip up in a weekend!

Paper-Pieced Witch quilt
“Paper-Pieced Witch” from
Spellbinding Quilts by Maaike Bakker

Find ideas for using this witch block in several different projects in this post. Happy Halloween stitching!

Do you have Halloween traditions that you repeat each year—and are they frightening or fun (or frightening and fun?). Share your favorite Halloween activities in the comments!

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