Halloween Hoppin… Hats Off to You!

One of my favourite old sayings is, “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?” And who doesn’t love a good chapeau? When I was working on my Boo quilt, I tried out a watch’s hat as a possible border… but I didn’t like it. When it came to this year’s hop, I thought I’d revisit a little haberdashery work.

My test block had been a hand-drafted, paper-pieced block. For this block I decided to use my tri-recs ruler.

The tri recs ruler lets you cut the pairs to make those great pointy “triangle in a rectangle” units you see in lots of quilts. I started with a 6.5″ strip of both my background and focus fabric. I really, really, really planned to make something small…but… looks like we’re headed for queen size!

The basic recipe I used was 6.5″ strips of both background and focus fabric. Cut the large triangle from the hat fabric and the narrow paper from the background. I added 2″ steps to both sides then 2.5″ on the top. Add a 1.5″ strip of the hat fabric to the bottom and, voila! You have a hat!

For an added bit of fun, I made a strip set from 2.5″ strips. Once I pieced a strip set, I used it to cut the large triangles for my hat. The rest was assembled the same way.

I think this must be my favourite… candy corn makes me smile mop!

These blocks finish 9″ but maybe you’d like a smaller block. Here you can see the difference in starting with 2.5″, 3.5″ and 4.5″ inch strips.

For strips I used 1″ with the 2.5″, 1.25″ with the 3.5″ triangle and 1.5″ with the 4.5″ size.

I’m 17 blocks in on my new project. (The one I didn’t know I was making… lol.) I’ll keep you posted on my progress…I have some Tula prints that will make great hats!

A nice hat spruces up any outfit, don’t you think? I can’t wait to get this one finished and on my bed. Perfect for thos chilly October nights!

https://www.seamstobesew.cPMom/Thank you to Marian at Seams to be Sew for organizing this!

Be sure to visit everyone… there is a ton of talent in this hop!

Happy quilting!


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13 responses to “Halloween Hoppin… Hats Off to You!

  1. Fun hat block! Your hat quilt is coming along nicely!

  2. Fun hat block! I bet you could add a pom pom to the top to get a winter look, or add a snowball quilt block for the same look— possibilities!!

  3. this will be a fun quilt.

  4. Hi Beth! What a cute and clever project. I’ve got that set of Tri-Recs rulers that I rarely use. And what a fabulous idea to use that as a border, even though it didn’t work out this time. I’m going to PIN your block so that I remember where I saw this when I get around to using it. I LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing with us. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Wow! That’s going to be a very fun finish! I love, especially, the candy corn hat. LOL! Right up my alley! Clever use of the rulers, too — I’m a gadget (ruler) lover!! 🙂

  6. Tri rec rulers are so darn versatile. You really found a fun way to play with them too. I can’t wait to see what direction these sweet lil witch hats take you!

  7. That’s a really cute in-the-making quilt. Thank you for the tut on the squares and especially for using the tri-recs rulers. I have them and don’t use them much.

  8. I’ve never seen that ruler, but it makes an awesome block. I love those hats! Thanks for sharing, Beth!

  9. Perfect quilt for Halloween! Love that candy corn hat! I must find one of those rulers. They would be handy for all kinds of projects. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Your hat quilt is cute. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  11. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Your candy corn blocks are wonderful! I have a tri-recs ruler but have never used it. Thanks for the inspiration, Beth!!

  12. Always a hat to choose from when you have this group. Great idea, and a fun exercise with the tri recs..Thanks

  13. Such a fun project. I love your candy corn blocks especially. We don’t have candy corn here in Australia, but the kids bought some when we visited the US a few years ago.

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