Do you like to make quilts to decorate your house for Halloween? I do! Sometimes, though, I don’t have the time to make a large-scale project. This 14″ square wall quilt took about three hours to make from scraps I had in my sewing room. I’m grateful to The Seasoned Homemaker blog for the inspiration and spider applique pattern.
Here’s how to make it:
- Cut out four 7″ squares of four different pale gray fabrics, then piece the squares together into a larger square.
- Print out the spider pattern from the link above.
- Fuse a piece of spooky-looking black fabric that is a little larger than the spider pattern to a piece of double-sided fusible web.
- Trace the spider onto the back side of the fused fabric, then cut out the spider with scissors or a rotary cutter.
- Layer the background squares with a piece of batting and a piece of matching backing fabric. I used a little bit of basting spray to make sure they didn’t shift during the following steps.
- Machine-quilt the background layers in a freehand spiderweb pattern. (Machine quilting is easier if you don’t have to try to stitch around the applique while you sew.)
- Remove the paper backing from the spider, position it on the background fabric, then iron it down. I also stitched my spider down to the backing, but for a wall quilt like this, it isn’t really necessary.
- Use a ruler and rotary cutter to square up the quilt and trim away any excess batting and backing fabric.
- If you want to hang the quilt on the wall, make a hanging sleeve and sew it to the back side of the quilt.
- Bind the quilt as you would any other quilt. The binding for mine came from more scraps I had left over after making last year’s Halloween table runner.
Want more Halloween quilt inspiration? Look here for Halloween quilts I’ve made or photographed in previous seasons.