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Spooky Spider Tabletopper

This elegant table topper use the designs from the One-Color Jack-O-Lantern Set for the large (5" x 7") hoop and the design Spiderweb.

The finished size of the tabletopper is about 30" x 30".



You will need :

  • embroidery threads (either rayon or polyester, we used black hue),
  • light-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • about 3/4 yard of Halloween patterned cotton fabric (we used black with siver spider webs),
  • pieces of orange and yellow fabrics, large enough to be hooped,
  • batting,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • quilting thread, black and orange,
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter, or pencil and scissors.

Embroidery:

On the pieces of orange and yellow fabrics, embroider the Spiderweb design and the designs from the One-Color Jack-O-Lantern Set.

Don't forget to stabilize the fabric with lightweight cut-away stabilizer. You will need 1 stitch-out of the spiderweb and 12 stitch-outs of the jack-o-lanterns. The jack-o-lantern set contains 10 designs, so at least two of the designs will have to be stitched out twice.

After the stitch-outs are done, trim them to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares.

Cutting:

Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press each seam after you made it.

Out of the patterned fabric, cut

  • 6 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2,
  • 2 strips measuring 6 1/2" x 18 1/2" and
  • 3 strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.

Assembly of the Top:

The square with the spiderweb will be the center of the quilt. Sew the patterned squares (6 1/2" x 6 1/2") to the upper and lower edges of the spider square.

Spooky Spider Quilt

Sew the 6 1/2" x 18 1/2" patterned strips to the left and right edges of the central part.

Spooky Spider Quilt

Sew the jack-o-lantern squares into 4 strips, 3 stitch-outs per strip. Check that all stitch-outs in the strip face in one direction.

Spooky Spider Quilt

Sew the patterned squares to the ends of 2 of the strips.

Spooky Spider Quilt

Sew the 3-square-strips to the upper and lower edges of the central part. Note that the stitch-outs should be oriented towards the outside of the quilt.

Spooky Spider Quilt

Sew the 5-square-strips to the left and right edges of the central part. Note that the stitch-outs should point to the outside of the quilt.

Spooky Spider Quilt



Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting.
Start quilting from the central square with the spider.

We expanded the spider's web with quilting in black thread.


Then we quilted the space around the central square and the corner squares with stippling.

Finally, we quilted the borders - around the embroidery in a free motion style.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

You can leave the tabletopper as a square, or you can cut the corner squares along the diagonal to make an octagon. An octagon is a little more "spiderweb-like" and fits better with the them, we thought.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.


You are done! Enjoy!



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