These blocks use a light and dark color to contrast each side of the icon face. The monsters can be duplicated and the dark and light colors can be switched to give it a little different look to make a wall quilt. There are several patterns to choose from and you can mix and match and make your own quilt, wall hanging or table runner!
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Below is the wall hanging I made from some of the templates available.
One icon block will require at least two fat quarters to get the mirror image, but the two fat quarters will actually yield two blocks.
I have the patterns for the Halloween Icon cutouts in my FREE Resource Library which you can access below.
Materials Needed for One Icon Block
- Halloween Icon Template from our Free Resource Library
- Two Fat Quarters of Contrasting Colors (Here are some ideas from Fat Quarter shop) – Yellow or Orange or Contrasting Colors
- Contrasting Thread for the Applique Stitching (I used Sulky 40wt Rayon Variegated Thread)
- Double sided fusible webbing like Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
Following are the cutting instructions for each of the Fat Quarters in one Icon block.
- Cut out pattern with the seam allowance on the pattern. (Available in our free resource library)
- 1 – 10.5″ x 6.5″ block from each fat quarter for the background
- 1 – 6″ x 9″ block from each fat quarter for the Icon template
- 2 – 6″ x 9″ piece of fusible webbing
Step 1 – Fuse the Webbing and Trace the Pattern
Start with fusing the fusible webbing to the 6″ x 9″ on each corresponding 6″ x 9″ piece of fabric. I peeled only one side of the paper off (non grid side) and pressed with a hot iron for 3 seconds just to stick it to the fabric. Next trace the Icon template onto the fusible webbing that is on the fabrics. TAKE NOTE to flip the template over on one of the fabrics. Carefully cut the icon out of the fabrics, and cut the eyes and teeth and other inner details out of the fabrics also.
Once you have each side of the icon face cut out, peel the paper off the back of the face and center on the 10.5″ x 6.5″ contrasting fabric. Match raw edges of the background fabrics and the icon and fuse to the background per the instructions of the fusible webbing that you are using.
Step 2 – Sew and Applique
Sew the two blocks with the fusible faces together to make a complete face using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open.
It is now time to applique stitch the block. I would suggest using a contrasting thread for this section. It will serve as an outline to the features. I used a Sulky 40wt Rayon Variegated Thread for my applique stitching. I chose a tight satin stitch also for the outline of the features. Play with your stitch before you actually start to make sure you have the stitch exactly as you want it. Make sure the outside of your stitch is on the raw edge of the applique and you are stitching into the pattern and not the background.
I used newspaper print as a stabilizer on the back of my block. It is probably not needed with the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible webbing, but I still worry that my block will shrink. The newspaper print comes off very easily because of the satin stitch.
My Janome machine has several decorative stitches, but I chose the satin stitch for this project.
The Applique stitching is the the last thing to do on this block and it is ready to get either duplicated or added to other icon blocks..
Watch the Video Tutorial
I have created an extensive video tutorial of how I put together my Wall hanging. I added sashing to my blocks, but at this point it is up to you how many icons you want to make, which icons you want to make and how big you want your quilt to be!
I was inspired by a Quilt that I did with my Mom many years ago and it had 9 of the same pumpkin in it. I always wanted to make this quilt again but with more than just the same design, so I drew up my own icons and made this and want to share my creations with you. You can find the original quilt pattern here – https://www.quiltingdaily.com/product/robbing-peter-to-pay-jack-quilt-pattern-download/.
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