Halloween Fat Quarter Quilt- Spooky Spiderwebs & Spiders

Picking up a fat quarter is pretty simple….in fact I think that if you are a quilter, it is would be like breaking the law if you didn’t have a fat quarter in your stash.  After we have decided that we can in fact cut them up, the next decision is to use them in what?

fat quarter quilt- hexagon spider web / patchworkposse.com

That’s right, how do they get in the mix? How do they fit into our projects?  What can we do with this not so square piece of fabric?

Today we are going to play a little bit with the fat quarter and get a few of them into a project…. a little fat quarter quilt.

I am not sure if you have noticed that hexagons are kind of like everywhere…and I am beginning to like the fact that I can haul them around in a little sewing kit to work on wherever I might be.

Putting them together just felt like the next sensible step.  It’s of course Halloween time…so that would be the next inspiration for the project.

So, start digging around in you sewing studio and find yourself some Halloween-ish fat quarters and let’s get started.

fat quarter quilt- Hexagon Spider web / patchworkposse.com

Finished size: 18″ X 21″

I thought a funky spider web using the hexagons would be kind of fun….. plus who doesn’t love a dangling spider?  {I’ll take a fake one any day over a real one!}

I kept the colors very basic– black and white, but I really could see this super cute with some great colors or maybe a black background with white hexagons.  After I sewed the hexagons down I did some hand stitching with embroidery thread around them.  I don’t do much on the hand quilting side very often, but sometimes a little bit is just needed.

Materials needed for the Fat Quarter Quilt:

9– 5″ X 5″ squares for 9 patch quilt block

Fat quarter- border

Fat quarter- backing

Batting- 18″ X 21″

Basic  Quilt Instructions:

  1. Sew the 5″ squares together to make a 9 patch quilt block
  2. Cut 2 strips or border fat quarter into 3″ X 14″  and 2 strips 4″ X 18″
  3. Sew the strips to the 9 patch trim to 18″ X 21″ if needed
  4. Place hexagons in place *see individual  instruction list for working with the hexagons
  5. Layer quilt sandwich- top, batting, backing and pin together
  6. Sew all the way around the outside border to secure the three layers and ‘quilt’ it
  7. Bind the small quilt

hexagon spider web close up

Hexagon Spider Web Instructions:

  1. Print off one page each of 1 1/2″ and 1″ Hexagon Templates
  2. Make 4– 1 1 /2″ hexagons and 10– 1″ Hexagons  This is what I used, but feel free to audition different designs and layouts.
  3. Lay out hexagons in pattern shown on picture.  The end hexagons can go over the border, that’s ok!
  4. Sew them together and lay on quilt top
  5. Sew by hand or by machine  the hexagons in place to the quilt top
  6. Continue with step 5 from Basic Quilt Instructions
  7. Finish the quilt with some hand embroidery.  Sew with a chain stitch the web string and spider legs
  8. Hand quilt with a running stitch 1/8″ outside of the hexagon shapes

spider hexagon quilt pattern

If you sew up this little Halloween quilt- mind sharing it? There is a flickr group set up for use to see what you come up with. I’d love to see it!

Have you ever used hexagons for making shapes?  I am thinking some pumpkins might be up next!


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