This was a fun block to design. It's an easy applique pattern. The spider legs can be a little tricky, especially if you are a perfectionist. I'm not ! I hand dyed the background a nice indigo. The block can be constructed using any applique technique. I used needle turn, except for the eyes (fused).
He is placed in the top left hand quadrant of the block. The key to the spider is to mark the background. Trace the body of the spider and it's head.
I'm using paper and colored markers to make it easier to see.
How to make a spider:
Use the corner of a sheet of paper (cut it to about 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches) to mark the spider legs. Mark 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, and 1 inch on one side of the paper. Each leg is bent to form an L. The front legs bend toward the head and the back legs bend toward the flat ribbon. Don't over think this part. It does not have to be perfect! Basically, the small front legs are 1/2 inch, bend, 3/4 of an inch. Each leg is a hair longer than the one before it. You will not use the whole 3 inches of rickrack given per leg. Larger pieces are easier to use. Have each piece of rickrack go inside the circle 1/4 of an inch. That way one edge is covered by the spider body.
Step 1: trace the spider body and head onto the fabric.
Step 3: Trace that edge.
Step 4: Reverse the paper square to draw the legs on the left side of the spider.
Reminders for rickrack. I love rickrack, lately I am using it a lot. It can be problematic. It tends to fray, so using an anti-fray product may be useful. When folding under, match the humps of the rickrack. Pin one end of the leg and bend as you go. Try to stay on the line or use a washable marking tool!
I hope you have as much fun as I did making this block.
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Please be sure to visit the rest of the blogs on tour this week:
Oct 16- Cynthia at Quilt Doodle Doodles
Oct 17- ME
Oct 18- Melissa at Happy Quilting