Bat Radar! – must be that time of year! ;-)

October 21, 2020
Bat Radar Mini Quilt

How about this little EPP Bat Quilt for a manageable Halloween project?

I wanted to do a Halloween project for a very long time! But somehow I just never got around to it. Last week I then decided: ‘Enough with the procrastination! – Just do it!!’ And I got the paper piece boxes out and went for it. 🙂

Sorting out the overall block design – well, that took absolute ages (lol)!! The ‘Bat’ itself was easy, sorting out the background ‘block’ however (integrating the pieces into a square-ish block) was a whole different story…. The bat had about 8 or 9 different incarnations before I found the best and, more importantly, the most straight forward design! – But sewing the block itself didn’t take very long at all. 🙂

That shows it again: Keep it simple! 🙂 That is always the best way forward in EPP, especially when it comes to mixing lots of shapes – otherwise matching all the geometric angles will soon make you head spin 😉

Anyhow, let’s get sewing:

A few Squares and Triangles and some black fabric and away we go!

Cover the shapes and check your layout!

Yep, that seems to be working ok

Cover the rest of the background paper pieces with the Orange fabric (background)

And ‘Ta-dah!!’ – an hour or so later you have this:

I think he’s just too cute!! 🙂 (rather pleased with myself actually)

You can download a free pattern for the block further down in the blog post, but here is a list of the required paper pieces:

6 Squares (2″), 2 Squares (1″), 7 Half-Square Triangles (1″), 2 Half-Square Triangles (1.5″) and 1 Half-Square Triangle (3″).

When my Bat was finished I decided to turn it into a little Mini Quilt to hang on my display unit on the dining room sideboard.

I therefore added some more borders by first appliqueing the block onto a square of purple fabric (approx 9 x 9 in), then trimmed it back to 8.5 x 8.5 in.

Now I could add another Halloween themed border (spiders) picking up the orange colour again and then finished it off with an absolute ancient black Debbie Mumm Halloween fabric featuring ghosts!

The machine quilting on the bat was done mainly to accentuate the bat’s ‘wing’ features and I chose a purple thread so that it would show up against the black better.

‘Bat Radar’ by Nancy Adamek

I enjoyed this little project so much that I am very tempted to do some more blocks and turn it into a larger project! 🙂

Are you doing a special project for Halloween??

Here is the link to the assembly instructions for the bat radar block:

Enjoy your stitching and Many Thanks for popping by!

Nancy xx