INSIDE: How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Spider Mini Quilt in an Afternoon
I have this unrealistic fantasy of one-day creating fabulous quilts, bags, wall hangings, and any number of things using up all of my sewing scraps. I occasionally dream of sewing them all together to form new fabrics that I’ll cut up into applique designs.
While I haven’t quite gotten around to creating a fully fleshed out plan on how to achieve this grandiose dream, I have made a teeny, tiny dent in my stash.
I’ve created the Bewitching Halloween Spider Mini Quilt, a super easy Halloween quilting project that makes good use of a few scraps and can be made in an afternoon.
How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Spider Mini Quilt in an Afternoon
Of course, y’all know I’m crazy about black and white. And, I’m also pretty fond of appliqué.
It started like this. One of our vehicles needed a repair which meant I was stuck at home without a car for two days. For a while, I have been wanting to create some sort of project with a Halloween theme. This would be the perfect opportunity to find a pdf pattern and sew something from scraps.
After searching online for a bit, I gave up because I couldn’t find anything that I liked. Most of the projects I came across were not my style or required fabric I didn’t have laying around. No car ~ no-go-to-store
Then I squashed a spider in my entry hall and inspiration came to me. I would appliqué a black spider onto a white background. It would match my style and I was sure I had enough fabric for a mini-quilt.
Hmmm. I thought it might be fun to create an improv spider by sewing some of my black fabrics together to create the appliqué fabric.
And that’s exactly what I did. I just started sewing the black and nearly black fabrics together until I had a piece large enough for my spider design. Then I ironed some fusible web to the back of the patched-together black fabric, traced the design, cut it out, and ironed it onto a piece of white-on-white fabric.
Using a very small zigzag stitch I stitched around my spider. Nothing really difficult at all. For about half a second I considered doing some free motion stitching around my spider, but decided against this. Feel free to embellish your spider in any way ~ possibly even using orange thread.
I decided to do the quilting with a spider web design. I thought about using orange thread for the quilting but I wanted to stick to the whole black and white theme.
For my back, I had this piece of fabric left over from the Arrow Quilt. I also had a perfectly sized piece of wool batting that was sitting on a table.
All in all, it took me an afternoon to conceive the idea, create the design, appliqué, quilt, and bind. It was a great way to use scraps and make something fun. I know it’s not one of those projects that will grace the pages of a quilting magazine, however, I was looking for something that was simple and could be made in an afternoon
Well, I spoke too soon. It turns out that this design was featured in the 2016 Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine.
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