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How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

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How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Today, I’m hoping to inspire you with this fun Halloween sewing project. It’s called the Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini-Quilt.

Once you see how easy it is, you’re going to want to create your own Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini-Quilt.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

A few things to note

  • This pattern is easier than you think. In fact, it’s just a simple variation on the classic Dresden design.
  • I did not create the pattern. It must be purchased from the designer (see link in Materials List below).
  • This pattern is ideal for other holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or the Fourth of July.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Materials List:

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Supplies:


Making a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood

I recommend getting the pattern because it includes measurement details and the order to follow. For the most part the steps are simple to follow and most beginners should be able to tackle this project.

Step 1:

Cut out your houses. The pattern gives you specific directions for this step.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 2:

Stitch the houses together.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 3:

Place neighborhood onto background fabric.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 4:

Draw your roof shapes, door shapes, and window shapes onto the paper side of your fusible product. I numbered all of mine to keep them in order of how I wanted them to look. This took a little more time, but I’m glad I took my time on this. It really can make a difference.

Rough cut around your designs and follow the pattern directions for creating the appliqués. Fuse the designs to the individual houses.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt
How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 5:

Stitch down the appliqués. This is where you can get really creative! I’ve seen people use decorative stitches for their houses and roofs. I used a small zigzag to secure mine.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 6:

Cut out the center medallion. I used the lid of a wide-mouth mason jar for my template and it was the perfect size. I traced around the ring and then added 1/4″ for a seam allowance. This also allowed me to center my design for fussy cutting.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 7:

Make a quilt sandwich and start quilting. I used a fusible batting which I highly recommend for this type of project.

I had a lot of fun doing the quilting. The spider web is in one corner and the rest of the quilt follows the roof lines. I let the shapes dictate my quilting and basically echoed these lines. Be sure to use a dual feed or a walking foot to prevent any shifting.

I’ve also seen several people do spiral quilting. I almost went in this direction, but I really wanted a spider web.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

Step 8:

Trim and bind the quilt. There is a little trick I recommend for binding. Use Wonder Tape as a way to keep the binding from shifting while sewing. This product holds the binding secure while you sew and it washes out.

You can also get a better picture of my quilting, here.

How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt

That’s all there is to it. I can’t wait to hang this up for Halloween every year! And, I can’t wait to see your designs.


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