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The Easy way to Applique on a Quilt featuring the Black Cat Capers Pattern | Sheer Stitchery

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to applique on a quilt, then the Black Cat Capers pattern from Sheer Stitchery is perfect for you! This pattern features whimsical pumpkins in all sorts of antics, as well as the Hocus Pocus lettering, and it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to stitch up, so you can get started on your project right away. So gather up your supplies and let’s get started!

I wanted to share a a very quick Halloween inspired quilt pattern with you.  It is free (just subscribe to our newsletter to get the code to download for free) and pop on over to the freebies section of our website to get the pattern.

Here is a tutorial for you to watch on how it is done.

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First you will need to gather up your fabrics and this pattern cleverly uses a large panel to make use of a quick make.  

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I decided on the Black Cat Capers fabric collection from Northcott Fabrics and was inspired by this panel, as the cat reminds me of the black cat on Hocus Pocus and I needed to have this quilt while I curled up and watched Halloween movies (such as the annual Hocus Pocus) with the family.

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Cutting out the Panels

For the panels you will need to cut out (you will need to piece some of the rectangles together to get the size you need):

Top Strip: 53″ x 4.25″ (pieced)

Side Left Panel:  2.75″ x 43″

Black Cat Panel (trim to):  24″ x 43″

Side Right Panel: 26.75″ x 43″

Bottom Panel: 20.25″ x 53″ (pieced)

Attach them together as shown in the video.

Cut out the shape you want to applique from a piece of fabric

Appli-what? It sounds like a foreign language, but don’t worry – applique is easy once you get the hang of it! Start by cutting out the shape you want to apply onto your quilt – usually a square or rectangle with your desired design. Once you have that, pick out an attractive fabric to use and trace the shape, then cut out the fabric yourself and applique it onto your quilt. All that’s left is to enjoy how beautiful your quilt looks after completing this oh-so-satisfying craft project! We have a free template to use for this Halloween themed quilt.

The Appliques

You will also need to cut out the pieces for the appliques using the templates provided.  

The Hocus Pocus Wording

Begin by tracing out the mirror image of the applique wording and pumpkin segments (orange) onto Steam a Seam applique double sided fusible stabiliser.  Roughly cut around the letters, leaving at least 1/4″ around each line.  For the main pumpkins (green) trace only the steam (mirror image) and top of pumpkin onto the Steam a Seam.

 Place this onto the wrong side of the fabric you have chosen for the letters.  Using your iron and some steam, permanently attach the letters (leaving the one paper side still attached).

Cut out the letters exactly on the lines, once they have been fused with to the wrong side of the fabric.

Zig zag using a narrow stitch length (0.8mm long by 2mm wide) to attach the letters.

The Pumpkin Appliques

For the pumpkin segments, hollow out the Steam and Seam, leaving at least a 1/4″ on the inside and outside of each segment line.  This will help to reduce the bulk on the fabric.  You can leave the inside in tact, but it it just makes the quilt a bit more bulky.  

Fuse the segments onto the wrong side of the orange fabric.  

Roughly cut out the shapes of the green pumpkin fabric, leaving a generous amount around the edges of us to trim later.  Roughly place the template on top and affix the Steam A Seam “stem” onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Also attach some scraps of steam a seam onto the sides and bottom of the green pumpkin (overlapping where the template will be placed).  Cut out the pumpkin (green) following the template exactly.

 Place the appliques onto the panel starting with the green layer and then cut out the segments of the orange layer and place on top of the green.  Be sure to overlap the orange segments over the green.  Iron in place to permanently secure.

Zig Zag in place along all raw edges, as you did for the letters.

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Place the fabric shape on top of the quilt, and stitch around the edge with a needle and thread

Appliqueing fabric shapes to a quilt is a creative way to add pizzazz and personality that cannot be found elsewhere. All you need is a needle, some thread, and the most important thing, the fabric shape of your choosing! To start, simply place the fabric shape atop the quilt and stitch around the edge with a needle and thread. If you’re feeling particularly crafty and confident, use decorative patterns or stitches in order to add more flavor to your fabulous quilt. With this how-to guide for applique on a quilt you can upgrade any bed cover into an art piece that will delight you during even the longest of days.

Piece the rest of your quilt

Quilting can seem like a daunting task – how can one use a needle and thread to create an intricate and complex pattern? But it doesn’t have to be that way! Take one piece of the quilt at a time, starting with how to applique on the fabric. First, draw the desired shape directly onto the wrong side of the fabric with a pencil or marker. Then, cut out the shape and pin it in place to the background fabric. Using a basic zigzag stitch and matching thread, sew around the edge of the design by machine (or if you are feeling particularly fancy, you can hand turn the edges over). And voila – you’ve just pieced some sweet quilt magic! So don’t be discouraged from tackling your next project; instead think how gratifying it will be to finally complete that quilt you’ve been working on for months.

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Make a quilt sandwich with the front then cotton or wool batting and them your backing.  Quilt as desired. 

I decided to free motion quilt details on the pumpkins and the details on the cat panel.  For the black space, I free motion quilted some spider webs, which was a fun “spooky” touch. 


To bind my quilt, I cut strips at 2.5″ and folded them in half to sew onto my quilt.  I attached it with raw edges matching along the front of the quilt by machine.  Then folded my binding to back of my quilt and used a ladder stitch to secure it to the back.

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to add some flair to your quilt, try applique! It’s simple enough that even a beginner can do it, and the results are always impressive. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any fabric scraps you have lying around. Ready to give it a try? Download the free Black Cat Capers pumpkin applique pattern from Sheer Stitchery now and let us know how it goes by tagging us on socials @SheerStitchery and #SheerStitchery!

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