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Wicked Awesome Web Quilt and Pillow

Thrill your family and friends with this delightful Halloween-themed quilt. Finished quilt measures 33" x 33". Instructions provided courtesy of quilt designer Liz Aneloski.

Quilt
Web
You will need three different black prints for the spider web. Be sure they have a variety of value so you can see where the fabrics change, but not so bold that they detract from the spiders.

Materials:
1/2 yard of black print #1
7/8 yard of black print #2
1/2 yard of black print #3

Steps:
Cutting
1. From black print #1 cut:
? one four-inch octagon.
? two strips measuring 2" x fabric width.
? two strips measuring 3" x fabric width.

2. From black print #2 cut:
? two strips measuring 2" x fabric width.
? three strips measuring 3" x fabric width.
? four strips 4" x fabric width.

3. From black print #3 cut:
? two strips measuring 2" x fabric width.
? three strips measuring 3" x fabric width.

Figure A

Assembly
1. Place a two-inch black print #2 strip on one edge of the black print #1 octagon (figure A).
2. Stitch and press the seam allowances away from the center.

Figure B

3. Trim off both short edges to match the angles of the two sides of the octagon (figure B).

Figure C

4. Square up the strip end after each addition (figure C).
5. Working clockwise, place a two-inch black print #2 strip on the second side of the octagon.
6. Stitch and press the seam allowances away from the center.
6. Trim off both short edges to match the angles of the two sides of the octagon.

Figure D

7. Repeat using black print #2 for all eight sides of the octagon (figure D).
8. Repeat this process for all of the strips widths and black print fabrics:
two-inch strips of black print #3.
two-inch strips of black print #1.
three-inch strips of black print #2.
three-inch strips of black print #3.
three-inch strips of black print #1.
four-inch strips of black print #2.
9. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and spider web background (right side up) and baste.
10. Hand-quilt in the ditch between the octagonal rows with metallic thread using large 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch stitches.

Figure E

11. Hand-quilt to divide the spider web into eight octagonal, pie-shaped sections (figure E).

Figure F

Spider Bodies
Materials:
5 different bright geometric prints for the spider bodies (figure F)
1/2 yard of geometric print #1 for large and baby spiders
1/3 yard each of 2 different geometric prints #2 and #3 for medium and baby spiders
1/4 yard each of 2 different geometric prints #4 and #5 for small and baby spiders

Steps:
Cutting
1. From geometric print #1 cut one 15-inch diameter for large spider.
2. From geometric prints #2 and #3 cut one 10-inch diameter circle from each of the fabrics for two medium spiders (two total).
3. From geometric prints #4 and #5 cut two seven-inch diameter circles from each of the small spider fabrics (two total).
4. From tagboard cut circle template cut one 7-1/2-inch; two 5-inch, and two 3-1/2-inch diameter circles.

Figure G

Assembly
1. Starting with one of the 10-inch circles for a medium spider, machine-baste 1/8 inch from the edge (figure G).
2. Gather the circle slightly, and turn under 1/4 inch of the edge. Press.

Figure H

3. Hand-baste around the circle (figure H), 1/8 inch from the edge, with pearle cotton thread using 1/8- to 1/4-inch stitches. Leave a tail and knot the ends so the thread will not pull out.
4. Lay the template on the wrong side of the circle.

Figure I

5. Pull the pearle cotton thread to gather the yo-yo (figure I). Do not tie off yet.
6. Adjust so the face is below the center.
7. Hold the template in place and open the fabric circle.
8. Draw around the template.
9. Pull the pearle cotton thread to gather the yo-yo. Do not tie off yet.

Baby Spiders

Baby Spiders
Cutting
1. Cut two 2-1/2 inch diameter circles from each of the geometric print fabrics (10 total).
2. Cut 40 one-inch pieces of decorative cording for baby spider legs.

Assembly
1. Hand-baste circles with pearle cotton thread 1/8 inch from the edge.

Figure J

2. Pull the thread to gather the yo-yo (figure J). Tie off. Trim of the extra thread.
3. Tie a knot in each end of the decorative cording legs.
4. Place glue in the center of the flat side of one of the yo-yos.

Figure K

5. Position four of the cording pieces (crisscrossed on the glue) on the flat side of one of the yo-yos to make eight legs (figure K).

Figure L

6. Place more glue in the center and add the other matching yo-yo, sandwiching the legs between the two yo-yos (figure L).

Spider Legs
Materials:
3 yards of grosgrain ribbon to match each small spider
4 yards of grosgrain ribbon to match each medium spider
6 yards of grosgrain ribbon to match the large spider

Steps:
Cutting
From grosgrain ribbon cut:
? eight pieces measuring 22 inches long for large spider.
? eight pieces measuring 15 inches long for each of the medium spiders.
? eight pieces measuring 11 inches long for each of the two small spiders.

Figure M

Assembly
1. Fold one of the ribbon pieces in half. Fold alternating sides over each other until you've reach the end of the ribbon (figure M).

Figure N

2. Pin to secure (figure N), then hot glue.

Figure O

Attaching Spiders to Web
1. Arrange the five largest spiders on the spider web background (figure O).
2. Position the appropriate legs about one inch under the spider body.

Figure P

3. Hot glue the legs in place (figure P). Be sure the hot glue is inside the marked circle so you don't stitch through it went you stitch the spider to the web.

Figure R

4. Open the circle out flat (figure Q), remove the template, and pin around the marked circle (figure R).
5. Machine stitch on the marked circle.
6. From solid black fabric cut From this cut a seven-inch circle, two 4-1/2-inch circles, and three-inch circles.
7. Insert a black fabric circle.
8. Pull the pearle cotton thread to gather the yo-yos. Tie off.

Finishing
Materials:
10 black pony beads (6x9mm) for eye-button shanks
2 eye buttons (1")
8 eye buttons (3/4")

Figure S

Steps:
1. Hand-stitch the eye buttons in place using a pony bead to raise the button up (figure S).
2. Position the baby spiders on the spider web background.
3. Cut a piece of pearle cotton thread measuring 15 inches long.
4. Fold the thread in half and put both ends through the eye of the needle. Insert the needle through the top of the baby spider (through both yo-yos), and pull the thread until a small loop of thread forms. Remove the needle, thread the ends of the thread through the loop and pull tight.
5. Thread a needle with one end of the pearle cotton. Insert the needle into the spider web background and pull the thread to the back.
6. Repeat for the second thread end, inserting it 1/4 inch from the first thread end.
7. Remove the needle and knot the two thread ends on the back of the quilt.
8. Bind using your preferred method.
9. Add a hanging sleeve if desired and don't for get your quilt label.

Pillow

Pillow
Use the same three fabrics as used in the wallhanging.

1. Make the spider web the same way you did for the wallhanging, except stop after the first three-inch strip is added.
2. Add a triangle to form the four corners of the square. Trim to make a square.
3. Layer and quilt the same as you did for the wallhanging.
3. Make two small and one medium spider. Attach them to the spider web and add the eyes as described in "Embellishment" section above.
4. Cut two pieces of pillow backing 11" x 17-1/2".
5. Turn under 1/4 inch twice on one long edge of each of the pieces and stitch to finish the edge.
6. Place the pillow front right-side up with the backing pieces wrong-side up on top of it. Pin.
7. Stitch around the pillow rounding the corners slightly.
8. Trim the excess from the corners.
9. Turn right-side out and insert an 18-inch pillow form. The pillow form is slightly larger than the finished size of the pillow but it will fit and should stuff the pillow firmly.

Resources(Hide)

    • Liz Aneloski
      Editor and Author
      C&T Publishing
      E-mail: liza@CTpub.com
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