Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Halloween

I recently made another little quilt for our table-top hanger, this one for Halloween! I was inspired by a strip "spider" quilt that I saw recently. I've never done a hexagon block either, so that was interesting! For some reason we don't have much orange fabric in the stash, so I picked up a variety of (cheap!) quarter yard cuts while at Walmart (which led to a math lesson because neither of the women at the fabric counter knew or could figure out that a "quarter of a yard" was "0.25*the-1-yard-price, sigh). To make the block, I pieced strips of random widths until I had the size I wanted, and used a 60-degree triangle ruler to cut out the triangle shapes. After arranging and piecing the triangles together, I machine appliqued the hexagon onto a black background. For quilting, I stitched in the ditch with black thread and added the spider's hanging web using a decorative machine stitch. And, I had enough left-over triangles to make a small table-topper. I adore the color combination of orange-and-black, so I really like how these came out.

The beaded spider came from Violin Stars Beaded Spiders -- a fundraiser that I very luckily found a few years ago when I was looking via a Google search for a quilt embellishment to represent a Hawaiian Happyface Spider! They are wonderful spiders, and I should probably get some more while they're still making them!
A spider-y wallhanging for Halloween. 
A spider-y table-topper for Halloween.

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