Hey Everyone! It’s time for another blog tour and this one is super fun! I get to show you some of Trick or Treat by Carta Bella for Penny Rose Fabrics.
If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I usually, well actually pretty exclusively, only make quilts for blog tours, but I thought I’d switch it up this time. Who doesn’t like a good Halloween wallhanging? For this project you’ll need the following –
- Dresden ruler
- Rotary Ruler
- Rotary Mat
- Cotton Batting
- Fusible Batting or Fleece
- Googly Eyes
- Black Pipe Cleaners
- Letters ‘E,K,!” Printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ Paper
- Fabric – See below for requirements…note: you will have extra fabric..probably enough to make two.
- Also note – the Orange fabric used in this project is Riley Blake Cotton Shade Basics in Tangerine and the black is Riley Blake Confetti Cottons Basics in Black.
What do you say? Ready to get started?
Start by squaring up your fat quarters (web prints) and then cutting the following strip widths. You will need 3 of each.
- White Web-
- 3 1/2″ by width of fabric (3 total)
- Orange Web-
- 2″ by WOF (3 total)
- 2 1/2″ by WOF (3 total)
- Black Web-
- 3″ by WOF (3 total)
- Black Solid –
- 1″ by WOF (4 total)
Once you have your strips ready cut the black fabric strips in half at the fabric fold so you have 10 strips total. (1″ x 22ish”)
Now, put the strip sets together –
Time to cut out the dresdens! Make sure you move the dresden around when you cut them out. The idea is to make almost a broken glass or jagged look.
Once your dresdens are completed it’s time to cut a small semi-circle out of the top.
Next cut small little 1/4″ slits around the curve –
Now connect all of the dresdens to make a complete circle. Here’s a photo of just a few of the dresdens together so you can get an idea of how it’s going to come together. Notice how I alternate the orange as white.
Once you have your circle web completed you’ll want to add the fusible fleece to the back. Cut a fleece square just larger than the circle web. One easy way to get the right sized circle of fleece for your web this is to fold your circle into 4ths. Then fold your fusible fleece into 4ths then layer the two with the web circle on top. Pull the web circle to the bottom left of the corner until you clear 1/4″ past the semi circles you created. Make sure that you match like folds so you don’t accidentally make a snowflake.
Once you have this cut out attach per your manufacturer’s instructions. Note you will want to create a cover for your hole in the center. Simply cut out a circle out of you black web print and add some fusible fleece to it. We’ll applique it on top as well. Next up the letters!
Add some fusible fleece to the back of the wrong side of the black bats. You only need to add fleece to the portion that will be covered by the letters. As I mentioned above you may have extra fabric.
Next, cut out your letters –
Once you have your letters and web done it’s time to create the spider. Similar to the circle we just made for the center of the web we’ll create a circle out of the black.
Next, anchor your 4 pipe cleaners to the fleece side. I just used a button tack stitch. (I haven’t anchored the googly eyes yet, but wanted to show you affect)
Now that you have all three applique items done it’s time to assemble. Cut your backing (orange) to 20 1/2″ x 26 1/2″. Then cut your border strips.
Border strips –
- White Bats – 2 1/2″ strips by WOF (2 total)
- Orange Bats – 2 1/2″ strips by WOF (2 total)
Add your right and bottom border to your background fabric. WAIT on the other two.. they will come in a minute.
Next align where you would like your web placed. Then pin it to the backing and cut the excess off the top left corner.
Now pin under all of the little flaps or fringe we created earlier. The reason we did that was so it would be easier to make the folds. Once you’re done with that top stitch around the web. Also applique on the center of the web. I used a straight top stitch for the outside and then a blanket stitch for the inside of the circle.
Next add the other two border pieces and then applique on the letters and the spider. I added a small fangy smile to the spider before appliqueing him on, but that design aspect is up to you. I also glued the hat, eyes and bowtie on as well. Once you have all of you appliqued pieces on it’s time to quilt and bind. I chose to quilt in a sun pattern by stitching in the ditch from the center of the spider web out using orange thread. If I hit a spider or a letter I just skipped it and picked up again on the other side.
Hopefully you love our little EEK! Spider and have enjoyed seeing Trick or Treat by Carta Bella for Penny Rose Fabrics! If you have any questions be sure to let me know in the comments section. Also, be sure to follow along all week as other bloggers post as well! I’ve listed the schedule below! Happy Early Halloween (too soon, probably!)
Until next time; Happy Quilting!
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