Spooky Schoolhouse Great Granny Square Halloween Quilt

Turn some of your Halloween fabric collection into a cozy Halloween quilt! The Great Granny Square quilt pattern is perfect for colorful Halloween fabrics. Make this ghoulish and lovely quilt and bring some warmth and festive spirit to your Halloween decor.

Hello friends! It's Julia from Bayhill Studio! It might be August, but I've got Halloween on my mind with this really cute and really not-so-scary take on the Great Granny Square quilt!


Details of the finished quilt

For this Halloween quilt, I used fabric from the brand new Spooky Schoolhouse collection designed by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs. Melissa mixes classic Halloween colors like black, purple and orange with fun pops of pink and even shimmery silver.

black, orange and purple patchwork quilt outside

The Spooky Schoolhouse collection includes adorable ghosts, school books, a classic witch silhouette, pumpkins and a great print — I always love a print!

black, orange and purple patchwork quilt outside

Here's a close-up of some of the pretty prints from this collection.

close up of black, orange and purple patchwork quilt outdoors

Machine quilting details

I opted here for simple straight line quilting. I used the edges of my walking foot to line up with the seams as a guide, so getting the lines straight was very “simple”. This is a great technique for beginner quilters because it's impossible to get it wrong.

The open quilting design also gives the finished quilt a lovely drape, making it soft and cuddly!

close up of black, orange and purple patchwork quilt outdoors

I can't wait to pull this out on Halloween and snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot apple cider!

black, orange and purple patchwork quilt outside

Supplies Required

The Spooky Schoolhouse collection is available now at your local store and online quilt shops (many Etsy shops currently have full stock of the line!). The Great Granny Square quilt pattern is available at Julia's SHOP. Get both and create your own adorable Halloween quilt today!

Halloween fabrics on black cutting mat

Fabrics required

  • ¾y Damask Print-Charcoal (bookbinding and quilting fabric)
  • ½ year Creepy text printing; Black
  • Starry Night Print ½ year; coal
  • ½y Ghost print; Lilac
  • ⅜y Potions Class Print; Money
  • ⅜y damask print; Orange
  • ⅜y Starry night print; Lilac
  • ⅜y Scary School; coal
  • ¼y Ghost printing; Pink
  • ¼y Main print; latte
  • ¼y Scary text; Orange
  • ¼y Books of spells; coal
  • ¼y Damask Print; Purple
  • ¼y Books of spells; Money
  • ⅛y Ghost printing; Orange
  • ⅛y Main print; coal

Model required

Great Granny Square Quilt Pattern by Bayhill Studio – The finished quilt measures 57″ x 57″.

Tips for making quilts

Here are five tips for making this quilt:

  1. Small scale prints work best. Not all prints have to be on a small scale, but as you can see in the photo above, the little stars, ghosts, text, windows and books all show up nicely in the finished 2 ½ squares inches.
  2. Play with contrast. I like contrasting colors, but I also like to group similar colors together in adjacent rows. I've found the key to achieving this is to keep it visually interesting by doing both. Match 2-3 rows of similar colors next to each other, then alternate with contrasting rows.
  3. Get creative with pruning! This pattern forms a perfect square, so it's ideal for a throw-size quilt. However, you can easily remove rows to create a smaller baby or toddler sized quilt.
  4. Make it modern! Use a variety of solid colors to create a fun, modern twist on this classic design.
  5. And finally, be disjointed! Pull out your stash of mismatched scraps and whip up a totally whimsical and scrappy quilt. The options are limitless!
black, orange and purple patchwork quilt outside

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more creative content and inspiration. Have a good day!

About the creator

Julia Frazier is the founder of Bayhill Studio. Julia designs quilts and projects for beginning quilters and crafters. You will usually find her in front of her sewing machine or hiking in the nearby mountains. Follow Julia on Instagram @bayhillstudioand subscribe to it Youtube channel for new and exciting projects and tutorials. Be sure to check it out Studio Bayhill website for a growing list of tutorials and patterns.

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