Scrappy Halloween Table Runner

With two weeks left until Halloween, I finally finished a Halloween quilt! I’d been hoarding cute Halloween prints for months waiting for the perfect project to come along, and I finally found it with Polka Dot Chair’s Scrappy Halloween Table Runner pattern. (You can get the free pattern on her blog here.

Since I didn’t have much time, this quilt-as-you-go runner was the best option! Not only was it quick (it probably took me three hours total — and I was moving at a leisurely pace), but the long strips allowed me to showcase my favorite Halloween prints.

A key to making this quilt is to not go overboard with your fabrics. Here are the fabrics I originally pulled for the quilt:

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After cutting out all the strips I found that the candy corn print was a little too strong for the mix of fabrics. I liked the pumpkins being the only multicolor print, while the rest were solid, tone-on-tone, or had black as the accent. Having two busier prints wasn’t working, so I pulled the candy corn print strips out. I also felt like the bat motif was too much, so I kept two bat prints, but swapped the black-and-white bats for a black-and-white eye print. And the distressed black print was too heavy, so I pulled that and let the pops of black in the other prints do the work.

After playing a lot with the mix of prints and colors, I finally decided on my arrangement and got sewing! Quilt-as-you-go is a pretty foolproof way of sewing, but if you’ve never done it before it seems counterintuitive! If you need help or just a refresher, try watching the video below I made for on the quilt-as-you-go method! It’s easily one of my favorite techniques for table toppers and holiday decor!

Love the fabrics? Here are what collections I mixed together:

  • Grunge collection by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics (solid orange and yellow)
  • Jeepers Creepers collection by Dan DiPaolo for Clothworks (Cream distressed wood print)
  • Older Connecting Threads fabrics (black-and-white stripe, bats, and pumpkins)
  • Nite Owls by Judy Hansen for Fabri-Quilt (eyes)

Do you need a fast Halloween project to sew? I’ve compiled a list of my favorites here.

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


Share your own Halloween quilts with my on Instagram @lindsmayland!

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