Bust Your Scraps With This Spooky Quilting Tutorial

Oct 1, 2022 4:00:00 PM / by Suzy Webster

Hi, quilters! Suzy Webster here with Websterquilt. I don't know about you all, but I love Halloween fabrics! Orange, lime green, purple, black - they are simply the best! I also really like star quilt blocks, so I was super excited to combine the GO! Star of the East-9" Finished Die with my love of Halloween colors for this project.

 

 

Finished Halloween Star and Spider Mini Quilt

 

 

Scrappy Stars & Spiders

This is a great weekend project that you can use as a wall hanging or table topper instead of as a mini quilt. 

 

Supplies Needed

 

Steps

1. Cut the following:
  • From the GO! Star of the East-9" Finished Die:
    • Eight orange Shape C pieces
    • Eight purple Shape C pieces
    • Eight black Shape B pieces
    • Eight black Shape A pieces 
  •  With the GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) 3 Strips Die:
    • Four strips using the black background fabric (two will be used for borders and two will be used for binding)
  •  Using the GO! Halloween Medley Die:
    • One spider shape (after applying fusible to the back of the 5" x 5" square following manufacturer's directions)

 

2. Sew the eight purple and eight orange Shape C pieces together following the directions for the Star of the East block.

 

3. Add on the Shape B black pieces following the Star of the East instructions, making sure there are four regular units and four reversed units (pictured below).

 

 

Two Units with a Black Piece Added
Piles of Regular and Reversed Units

 

 

4. Add on the Shape A black pieces following the Star of the East instructions (again, making sure there are four regular units and four reversed units) to make each quarter of the star.

 

 

Adding Another Black Piece to the Unit
One Part of the Star of the East Block

 

 

5. Sew one regular and one reversed unit together to create a quarter of the star.


6. Sew two quarters together carefully, pinning the center (pictured below).

 

 

Pinned Star of the East Quarters
Half of a Star of the East Block

 

 

7. Sew two halves together following the same method as above, again, carefully pinning the center.


8. Cut two of the black strips into the following lengths:

  • Two pieces at 9 1/2” long
  • Two pieces at 13 1/2” long

 

9. Sew the short pieces to the top and bottom of the Star of the East block.


10. Sew the two longer pieces to the left and right sides of the Star of the East block.


11. Fuse the spider where desired.


12. Blanket stitch or zig zag stitch around the entire edge of the spider. Put the tear away stabilizer on the back to help keep the stitches even.

 

 

Stitched Spider Applique Shape

 

 

PRO TIP: Since 16 pieces of fabric come together in the center of this block, I used a rubber mallet to whack the center to flatten it out some.

 

 

Star of the East Block and a Rubber Mallet

 


13. Layer the mini quilt with batting and backing.  

 

14. Quilt as desired. I quilted mine using a white chalk pencil to mark my spiderweb and then stitched it over twice with white thread. I also did some twisty quilting in the orange part of the Star of the East block and a tight background fill in the black. I stitched around the edge of the spider, too.

 

 

Close Up of the Spider and Web on the Finished Halloween Star and Spider Mini Quilt
Close Up of the Spider Applique Shape on the Star of the East Block

 


15. Sew the binding strips together and iron in half as usual.

 

16. Trim the quilt around the edge and sew on the binding.

 

Wasn't that so fun and easy?! If you make your own version of this mini quilt, don't forget to share your finished project with us, @websterquilt and @AccuQuilt, with the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt, so we can see your spooky creation!

Topics: Applique, Tutorials, Quick DIY Projects, Holiday Projects

Suzy Webster

Written by Suzy Webster