Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Halloween Wall Hanging

We are continuing our Halloween series with this adorable and festive Halloween Wall Hanging today! Anne Henrie is stopping by to share how she made it! :)

Hello! My name is Anne Henrie and I’m very excited to be guest for Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Before we get to the fun stuff I’ll tell you a little bit about me. I come from a family of quilters, but never had any desire to cut up perfectly good fabric and then sew it back together again. When I went to college I ended up taking a quilting class and was hooked from the first day! That isn’t to say I was great at it. I spent many nights at my mom’s house unpicking my pieces, there were even tears shed over the drunkards path block! Despite those few setbacks I loved the feeling of creating with fabric! It has been a part of my life for the last 15 years. 

 Away from the quilting side of me I have a family that I adore! My wonderful husband who gave me my first sewing machine and three daughters that are as enamored with fabric as I am. (They have their own stash of fabric and guard it diligently.) 

 During the day I am an elementary school teacher who has taught Kindergarten for the past 8 years and has moved to 4th grade for this school year. I love teaching and being with children, but it also helps support my quilting habit. 

 Well let’s get to this project! This is a small wall hanging or it would work well as a table topper. It measures about 44” square when finished.

 If you have any questions about this pattern please feel free to email me at  All of the fabric came from Fort Worth Fabric studio except the black fat quarter, the binding and the back. 

1/3 yd - black damask
1/3 yd - orange damask
5/8 yd - metallic black
¾ yd - orange sparkles
½ yd - orange stripe
½ yd - purple dot
1 - fat quarter black fabric for spider
Small Scrap of white for the eyes
Fabric for binding and back

½” bias tape maker invisible thread or thread to match purple dot fabric
Fusible web if desired for the spider
Water soluble glue (I use Roxanne’s Glue Baste It)

Cutting instructions 
Orange Damask
      · 12 – 4 ” squares
Black Damask
      · 13 – 4 ” squares
Black Metallic
      · 24 – 2 ½“ x 4“ rectangles
      · 24 – 2 ½” x 8“ rectangles
Orange sparkle
      · 26 - 2 ½“ x 4“ rectangles
      · 26 – 2 ½” x 8“ rectangles
Orange Stripe
      · 4 – 3 ½ “ x 38”
Purple Dot
      · 1 -18” square (for bias tape)
      · 4 – 3 ½ “ squares
      · Cut 6 small circles to cover the raw edges of the spider web Mine finished at 1 ½“ after they were       turned under.
Black Fat Quarter
      · Cut 1 – 6 ” circle for the body
      · Cut 2 – ¾ black circles (larger if you plan on turning the edges under)
      · Cut 8 – 1” x 5” strips for the legs
White Fabric
      · Cut 2 – 1 ½ “ circles (larger if you plan on turning the edges under)

 Assembling the blocks
1 – Sew a 2 ½“ x 4“ orange sparkle rectangle to the top and bottom of each black damask fabric. Press to the center.

2 – Sew a 2 ½” x 8“ orange sparkle rectangle to each side of the pieces you just pressed. You should have 13 squares with black damask in the center and orange sparkle on the outside.

3 – Sew a 2 ½“ x 4“ black metallic rectangle to both sides of each orange damask fabric. Press to the outside.
     · Side note – I did not sew mine this way, but if I did it would have alleviated some bulkiness when sewing the top together.

4 - Sew a 2 ½” x 8“ black metallic rectangle to the top and bottom of the pieces you just pressed. You should have 12 squares with orange damask in the center and black metallic on the outside.

Sewing the rows together 
 1 - Rows 1, 3 & 5 should be sewn together in the following order – black center, orange center, black center, orange center, black center.

2 - Rows 2 & 4 should be sewn together in the opposite order – orange center, black center, orange center, black center, orange center.

3 - Press all pieces to the darker fabric. Refer to the picture below to see the final placement.

4 - Sew the rows together according to the picture above.

5 - Press the seams according to your preference.

Sewing the border 
1 - Sew an orange stripe border strip to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the inside.

2 - Sew a purple dot square to each side of the remaining two orange stripe border strips. Press towards the purple fabric.

3 – Sew these two border strips to the sides of the quilt top. Press the seams toward the outside. (See picture above.)

Spider Web 
Using the 18” square I made a very long piece of bias tape using the continuous bias binding method.
I could explain how to make this but I’m sure it wouldn’t be as great as the tutorial I used myself. You can find the tutorial I used here. However, instead of drawing the lines 2” apart I drew them ¾“ apart.

 After cutting the ¾“ strip I used a ½“ bias tape maker to make a lot of bias tape. I have found the easiest way is to spray my strip with spray starch and let it dry. Then thread it through the bias tape maker and iron it as you pull it through. This will make about 11 ½ yds of bias tape. Yea, that is a lot of bias tape! You definitely will not use it all but I found there were some spots that were not usable so I had plenty to choose from.

Assembling the Spider Web 
· Cut 5 pieces of bias tape 22 ½ “ long

· Place 1 piece starting at the top left hand corner between the blocks and the border. It should run across the top.

· Place another piece starting at the top left hand corner running down the side between the blocks and the border.

· Evenly space the remaining three strips between these two strips starting at the top left corner.

· Once everything is placed carefully glue the strips into place.

· Using the remaining bias tape make arcs between the straight strips.

· I found it was easier to put small dots of glue in an arc shape then glue each arc down separately.

· Use the picture as a reference

· On the smaller arcs toward the top of the quilt I tucked the edges under the straight pieces to hide the raw edges.

· I left the raw edges on the large arcs at the bottom untucked.

· Use invisible thread to machine applique the web.

· Cover the raw edges on the five points of the web and the top left corner with the purple dot circles. Applique using your favorite method. (I hand appliqued mine.)

· Place and glue a 14” piece of bias tape hanging from the center of the web. Applique with invisible thread. The Spider

· You can choose to applique the spider with your favorite method. But the following is how I achieved this portion.

· I chose to turn the edges of the eyes under and applique them by hand onto the spider body.

· The legs were made with the bias tape maker.

· The spider’s body was made with fusible web.

· After placing the spider body and legs on the quilt I ironed the spider down and glued the legs down.

· I appliqued the body and legs with a small black zigzag stitch.

· If this is too vague please contact me. I would love to help you out.

 Wow! You can now sit back and enjoy your quilt top! All that is left is to quilt and bind it.

 Well, that’s it! Hopefully this is everything you need to know in order to make this sweet little wall hanging. Good luck!

I want to thank Anne for stopping by today to share this great Halloween Wall Hanging! You can find Anne over on her blog: Anne Henrie


sewlost said...

Darling quilt, can't wait to make one myself.

Linda said...

Wonderful, fun, creative quilt! Thank you for taking time from your teaching 4th graders to teach us! Great instructions! Your students are blessed!

Robyn said...

I love it!
I think I should coerce my ultra talented sister to make me one.

Kathy said...

Adorable and clever quilt! Perfect for the office Halloween decor! Thanks so much for sharing!

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