September – Halloween Blocks!

Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without the annual VMQG Halloween Block Challenge! Can you believe this is our SIXTH time doing the Halloween Block Lotto?


(photo by Michelle McLatchy)

Size guidelines are the same as in previous years, but we’re letting you go a bit smaller if you like – multiples of 3″ finished. So that means unfinished blocks of, say 3½”x 3½”, 3½”x 6½” 6½”x 6½”, or 12½” x 12½”, or 6½” x 18½”….you get the picture! The only fabric/colour guidelines are to make your block(s) Halloween themed. If you don’t have Halloween fabric in your stash, that’s okay, you probably have some great solids in Halloween colours! Or maybe some modern tone-on-tones?

block lotto examples

(photo by Stacey Murton)

There are lots of great Halloween block patterns out there, and of course, any quilt block can be made Halloween with suitable fabrics! Just keep in mind that we’re going for Modern, and that you might need to adjust the cutting directions or add a border or two to bring your block up to size with some of the patterns you find.

This year, we especially want to draw your attention to a tutorial that Berene of Happy Sew Lucky wrote for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild’s Halloween Block Lotto. Stacey M made up some examples that she showed at our September meeting, and here’s a sneak peek that she posted on Instagram –

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(photo by Stacey Murton)

Berene’s tutorial shows you the techniques to make an improvisational block, not the exact measurements to make identical blocks, so you can make them in any size you like. (as long as the sizes are multiple of 3″ finished!)

Every block you make will be considered an “entry” into a raffle to win packs of blocks. The more you make, the more chances you have to win some blocks!

So start digging through your stash to find the perfect fabrics to make your Halloween Challenge Block(s), then bring them to the October meeting. See you there!


(photo by Stacey Murton)


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