Welcome to Team Timeless, an ongoing series of fun tutorials brought to you by some of our favorite designers! Stacey Day is back this month with a spooky project to whip up just in time for Halloween! 🕷🕸 Continue on for instructions.
Hi everyone, Stacey here! I got to play with some fun, spooky novelty prints for this month’s Team Timeless. I wanted something haunting and fun, and would double as a skill builder. Y’all are going to be improv piecing this (fun) and then using a lesser known technique to insert the strips without having to do any extra math (yay!).
Here we go!
Walkin’ on a Spiderweb
40″ x 40″
1/2 yard each of 8 Halloween prints
1/2 yard each of 6 coordinating blenders (featured here: Solid-ish)
1/2 yard each white glitter/metallic fabrics for web (featured here: Hatch-CM2959-White crosshatch and Dot-CM9528-Cream dot)
1/2 yard black glitter/metallic dot (Dot-CM9528-Black) for background
3/4 yard Hatch-CM2959-Black for binding (or pieced together scraps from leftovers)
1 1/8 yards of backing
44″ x 44″ binding
Matching thread for quilting. (I topstiched using Wonderfil Aurora, a glow in the dark thread, for an extra spooky touch!)
From the Halloween prints, cut:
(3) WOF strips varying between 3 1/2″-5″ wide, cut in half into (6) strips each
From the Solid-ish blenders, cut:
(3) WOF strips varying between 2 1/2″-5″ wide, cut in half into (6) strips each
From the Dot-CM9528-Black background, cut:
(2) 17″ squares, cut on the diagonal into (4) triangles
(4) 3 3/4″ x 17 1/2″ rectangles
From the Hatch-CM2959-Black, cut:
(10) 2 1/4″ WOB strips, enough to make 250″ of bias binding
- Sew a 1″ white glitter strip to one Halloween or Blender print strip, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the white glitter back on itself as shown. Do not trim any of the seam allowance from beneath the white strip.
- Sew a Halloween or Blender print strip to the white side of the first strip using a 1/4″ seam allowance, matching seam allowances and sewing through all layers. press out towards the second strip.
- Sew a white strip to the open side of the second strip using a 1/2″ seam allowance, this time, angling the white strip slightly. Press the white strip as before, and trim any excess beyond the seam allowance.
- Continue sewing prints and white strips together as before, using angles and straight lines with the white strips, until you have a piece at least 18″ tall. The wider the print strip, the bigger the angle you can get with the white strips.
- Repeat the steps to make (8) strip sets total. Trim each strip set into a rectangle 14 3/4″ wide and 17 7/8″ tall, with the strips running across the width.
- Mark the center of each strip rectangle. Trim from each corner to the top center, to make (8) wedges total. Sew a white glitter crosshatch strip to the base of each wedge.
- Pick (4) wedges and mark the top center. Mark the center of the black glitter dot 3 5/8″ x 17 1/2″ rectangles, and sew it to the top of the marked wedges, matching centers. Trim the black glitter dot in line with the angle of the wedges.
- Using the white glitter crosshatch strips set aside from before, sew one to each angled side of the wedges using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sewing with the wedge against the feed dogs to prevent the wedge from warping on the bias. Press as before, and label as Wedge A.
- Mark the top center of the remaining (4) wedges and the angled side of the black glitter dot triangles. Sew them together, matching centers. Trim the black glitter dot triangles in line with the angle of the wedges to make (4) Wedge B.
- Sew the A and B wedges together in pairs, pressing towards Wedge B. Sew the pairs together into halves, and again into the quilt top. Press the seams in all the same direction.
- Make a backing approx 44″ x 44″. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. baste. Quilt as desired. Trim and square the quilt to 40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.
- Sew the black glitter crosshatch bias strips together end to end to make at least 250″ of bias binding. Fold in half and press. Sew around the quilt top, mitering the corners. Turn the binding to the back and secure in place by hand or machine. Label and enjoy!
Wasn’t that fun?! My best friend has already claimed this quilt, she is a huge fan of Halloween. It’s going to look spooktacular hanging on her wall next month.
I can’t wait to see your Spider Web quilts! Be sure to tag @staceyinstitches and @sewtimeless on Instagram, or head over to my blog staceyinstitches.com. I have a huge library of free patterns available, including the highly requested Halo quilt pattern, under the Timeless Treasures tab (and be sure to also check the “Projects” tab on ttfabrics.com regularly for new free patterns!). Help yourself and as always, Happy Stitching!