WIB: Trick or Treat Spider Cathedral Window Bag

WIB: Trick or Treat Spider Cathedral Window Bag


I saw a Cathedral window quilt for the first time a bee meeting a few months ago. The woman that brought it with her kept insisting that it was “just squares”. My brain was unwilling to accept that “just squares” had left her with such a dynamic and interesting quilt. I tried to forget it because I could just see the hours and hours of work that went into to it and I knew I just didnt have room on my plate for something like that. My brain – being obnoxious as it is – just wouldn’t let it go. I found myself folding paper squares trying to wrap my mind around the shapes – I just really wanted to understand.

1976 Quilt from Virginia Historical Society

1976 Cathedral Window Quilt from Virginia Historical Society

As luck would have it, I ran across this free bag pattern from designer Erin Gilday and allpeoplequilt.com. Wait, what? I can make something cathedral window WITHOUT investing 1000 hours? I’m was in. I thought I’d make myself a bag and went on the hunt for big black and white prints. I just never found what I wanted, but I did see this pumpkin print I loved. Hmmm, great pumpkin print – bag that “must be made” – Halloween coming soon? Serendipity I tell you! halloweenbagfabric

Even with the pattern and this great video from Rose at Ludlow Quilt and Sew, the folding still wasn’t quite clicking. Before I sewed the first stitch I did a lot of folding and bending and pinning. Along the way, I auditioned a bunch of fabrics for the negative areas around the diamond. I loved this green and had bought it for another project. It ended up not working out for that project and I’ve been trying to find a place for it since. This seems really perfect! As I was looking at the test set up, I realized I had a nice big canvas to put a custom FMQ embroidery patch. I looked at the spiders on the orange and thought fabric and thought – why not?


Overall, I loved making this. Since, I’ve tested out a few smaller squares to get a feel for it and I will absolutely do something cathedral window in the future. The quilt is super awesome amazing when done by hand, dynamic with dimension and interest. It’s pretty sweet machine sewn too. While the traditional ones are showstoppers, I can imagine some equally as show stopping using modern fabrics or fussy cutting novelties. What about something bold like this great pillow from hazelnutgirl?


WIB: Work it Backwards!

So we have the finish, now let’s see how to get there. Here’s what’s coming!

Oct 8: All about the pattern changes

sunny-beach-totelg_1_0See the post! WIB:Trick or treat bag – Let’s talk pattern!

Erin’s free Sunny Beach Tote pattern is really clever! As is common with me, I made some changes to how I approached it. There were a few places I struggled to follow it (inexperience). The way it is written, it can’t be completely machine stitched. Since I didn’t want to do any hand stitching,  I needed to adjust the order of the finishing steps. I also added some batting, changed the handles/lining, and added the fabric in the negative around the diamond. Come by on Oct 8 (Now Posted!) and I’ll walk you through the adjustments and why I made them.


Oct 15: FINALLY, I’m going to show you the gist of FMQ patches!

FMQpatchSee the post! Making FMQ patches

I’ve teased it off and on almost all year, and finally, I’ve got enough pictures to show you the gist of how I make these FMQ embroidery patches. It’s basically a zig zag stitch and tulle. I’m pretty sure people have been doing something close to this method as long as there have been zig zag stitches, but I just discovered it in the last year. It will take a few posts to give you all the details, but this one will get you started! I’ll tell you what materials I use, how I avoid puckers, and why in the world a wood burner comes in handy.


I do hope I’ll see you through the month! There’s lots of great things coming and I just love your feedback! If you’re stopping by for the first time, don’t hesitate to follow me on bloglovin, facebook, or your favorite reader. I’d love to see you again!

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  1. The bag is absolutely darling. I’m a big spider fan, and also your colors work so very well together. I can’t wait to see the technique you’re going to post about on Oct. 15!

  2. LOVING the spider!!! TGIFF has some giveaways this month – if you link up you need to include a link back to be included. Feel free to link this in again if you do add a link to your post. 🙂

  3. What a cool bag! Yes, the green is wonderful in it. And I’m really looking forward to your upcoming posts on the FMQ embroidery. Thanks for being so sharing. 🙂

  4. I love the little spider, so cute! I haven’t tried a cathedral window yet you may have inspired me.

  5. I’m loving that bag! I too have been stumped by all of the folding of cathedral windows. Can’t wait to see your WIB posts!

    I’m so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  6. Looking forward to those, especially the patches:) Great bag for some candy!

  7. Halloween and Fall are my favorite time of the year! I love your Spidey bag, and can’t wait for the instructions. So cute.

    xo Linda

  8. Cute! Have fun!

  9. What a cute bag! I made a little cathedral window quilt with my mom as a kid, all by hand. I definitely want to make more someday, and try it with my machine.

  10. This is so cute! Love your little spider and am really looking forward to seeing how you make the patches! Great image of the jack’o lantern fabric btw.

  11. Great idea putting that cute spider on the negative space. It really made the bag.

    I started a cathedral window quilt by hand many years ago. I finally finished it up as a pillow a few years later. I think I still have fabric I bought for that defunked project.

  12. What a great bag! Such a great way to use a Cathedral Window block and such a fun Halloweeen project!! I could never describe Catherdral Windows as just squares.

  13. Oh I love the bag! And I cannot wait to read more about FMQ patches.


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