If you follow San Francisco Stitch Co. and you do machine embroidery, we hope you've been following this month's free stitch-a-long! To accent our Creepy Crawly Countdown Calendars, we're making a matching table topper for under our candy bowls on the big night!
This is what we have so far-- three 4x4 stitchouts. It didn't start out with a story line, but as we were picking our favorite advent pocket each week to make into the free design, we kind of thought it looks like that gold-toothed pumpkin has scary hands and is behind all the shenanigans in the lab jars! So "Mad Jack's Table Topper" was born. What is he cooking up? You'll have to come back next week to find out... and it isn't cookies!!
Obviously the goop in the lab jars is going to explode, and we all know, you see stars when that happens. A 54-40 or Fight block has just the right type of explosive star. So grab the template on the Creepy Crawly website page and follow along (it's at the bottom of the web page).
You'll need orange, black, and an accent fabric and you need to heavily starch them for the best results. This is how to audition your fabrics-- just fold them and lay them out like this.
Two thumbs up!
Print out the template and measure the square to make sure it's an inch-- then cut out them out into three triangles--don't trim off the tips of the triangles yet.
Starch your fabrics, stack four of them and pin the templates to the fabric stack-- using two pins helps keep the paper in place.
Cut out the triangles. Position your ruler as shown in the photo above when cutting-- otherwise it will rock on the pins.
Then cut off the little tips off the end of each point last.
Now continue with the smaller, orange triangles.
You'll have four of each piece.
Ready to sew! Layout the pieces for one unit.
Pin the right orange triangle on top of the black triangle-- the missing tips easily show you how to line up the parts. Stitch 1/4" seam--- these are some wiggly, bias edges, so if you didn't starch, you're paying for it right now!
Do the same for the right triangle.
The finished unit measures 5-1/2" x 5-1/2."
Make all four; then cut your accent fabric square to
5-1/2" x 5-1/2" as well.
And here are all the pieces laid out-- you could probably start sewing some of them together, but we are just going to wait until we have all of them.
Of course, a simple block is never enough for us, plus we have a really large candy bowl, so we're going to add a border. You can do this, not do it, or just add a large border with a fun halloween print to finish off. It wasn't hard to do ours. XOX
Cut 8 black strips and 8 assorted color strips to about 1-1/2" x 8." We're saying "about" because you don't need to measure 8 inches exactly. Just square off one short end on each strip.
Now sew them together in pairs,
pressing the seam toward the black fabric...
and then sew all the pairs together, again, seam to the black.
Now trim the top even, and cut four 1-1/2" strips.
Mad Jack has a fun Halloween checkered border now!
I'm sure you can see how this stitches together now, so just work it along this week, and we hope to have that missing piece on Friday! That should give us enough time to do a little quilting and bind it.
If you haven't already bought candy to reward yourself for stitching a Creepy, Crawly design each day, now would be the time to think about filling that candy bowl! Buying a type of candy that you don't like is a good diet strategy, but not one that we have ever put into practice. Mostly because we love EVERYTHING!
Comment below if you have any questions-- we'll be sure to answer. Or just let us know your favorite candy. We'll be sure to buy it.