No tricks, just treats!

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In honor of Halloween on Monday, we decided to offer up some delightful treats here on our blog and in our store.

For those of you who don’t already know, we’re offering trick-or-treating for quilters this year. Why should those pesky kids have all the fun?! 😉 To participate, just show up at our shop wearing your Halloween best – perhaps a witch’s hat or a Halloween t-shirt. Full costumes are very encouraged (very). Just by dressing up and walking in the door this Saturday, October 29 between 9 am and 4 pm you will receive a piece of quilters’ candy (fat eighth) and a piece of real, delicious, edible candy!

But wait, there’s more!

We received such a great response to our holiday greeting card drive that we’ve decided to continue it! Bring us a holiday greeting card (Christmas, Season’s Greetings, homemade, anything!) and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Quilter’s Compass gift card! We’re saving up our cards and we’ll distribute them to area nursing homes, assisted living homes and hospitals this holiday season to brighten the spirits of others. Just be sure to sign your name on your card!

In addition to the goodies we mentioned above, we’ll also be putting select bolts of Jo Morton Civil War Reproduction fabric on clearance. 50% off! That means fabric from $3.50/yard! There just might be some other items on sale, too, so be sure to stop in!

We’re looking forward to a great time this weekend and really hope you’ll stop by to join us.

As for our internet trick-or-treating, here you go!

A pattern for a draw-string candy bag!

The finished bag measures 10″ x 14″ and is great for little ones to use for their goodies, or for adults to keep their candy safe until the little ones come knocking at the door. This pattern uses 2 coordinating fat quarters and it makes 2 bags. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

1. Cut one fat quarter in half so you have two pieces that measure 18″ x 11″. Be sure to square-up ends so they are perpendicular to the sides. Repeat with the second fat quarter.

2. Cut 4.5″ off the length of each of the 4 pieces so your large pieces should now measure 13.5″ x 11″ (remember that you trimmed up the edges, so they may be shorter and that’s ok!).

3. Swap the 4.5″ strips from the first fat quarter with the 4.5″ strips from the second fat quarter so you have coordinating pieces for your bags. Set one pair of coordinating fabrics aside.

4. With right sides together (RST), sew one of the 4.5″ strips to the top of one of the large pieces using a 1/4″ seam. Press the seam toward the top of the bag.

5. Fold over and press a 1/8″ seam allowance on the top edge of the contrasting piece to create a finished edge.

6. With RST, fold the contrasting top fabric so that the edge will cover the seam between the contrast band and the body of the bag.

7. Mark a spot 1.25″ down the side from the top edge of the contrast band.

8. Sew each of the two side seams of the contrasting band using a 5/8″ seam starting at the top edge of the bag and stopping at the mark you made.

9. Trim the corners of the band to reduce bulk and turn the bag right side out. Press.

10. With the WRONG SIDES of the bag TOGETHER, sew a 1/4″ seam around the bag starting at the seam line of the contrast band and ending at the seam line on the other side at the contrast band. Turn the bag right side out.

11. Trim corners to reduce bulk.

12. Turn bag wrong side out. Roll the seam so you are left with a sharp, finished edge. Pin.

13. Stitch a 3/8″ seam all the way around the bag starting and ending at the contrast band, leaving the top of the bag unstitched.

14. Fold the contrast band over, wrong sides together, and line the edge up with the seam line. Pin.

15. Stitch in the ditch on the right side of the fabric to finish the top contrast band.

 

16. Sew a seam 1/2″ above the seam you just sewed to create the casing for the drawstring.

17. You will need two 24″ pieces of ribbon. Thread one piece of ribbon, or string, through one side of the bag, in a full circle so you have both loose ends on the same side.

18. Repeat step 17 with your other piece of ribbon, coming from the opposite direction, so your bag has 2 loose ends on either side. Tie a bow to hold the drawstrings on each side together and to prevent them from being pulled out of the casing.

If you desire, you can also add applique to the sides of the bag before stitching them together. Repeat to create your second bag and go trick-or-treating!

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