Sew a spooky neighborhood of homes using favorite novelty fabrics. Fabrics are from the Ghouls Goodies collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics.

June 02, 2020

Inspired by Welcome, Neighbor from designer Lori Miller

Quilt tester: Sarah Huechteman


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 10"-square orange spider print (A units)
  • 2/3 yard solid black (A–C units)
  • 10"-square white text print (A units)
  • 1/2 yard total assorted gray prints (B units)
  • 10"-square each of eight assorted Halloween prints (C units)
  • 5"-square each of eight assorted Halloween prints (C units)
  • 1/4 yard black spider print (binding)
  • 3/4 yard backing fabric
  • 28"-square batting
  • Lightweight tracing paper or other foundation material of your choice

Finished Table Topper: 23-3/4" diameter

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From orange spider print, cut:

  • 8—2×3" rectangles

From solid black, cut:

  • 16—3×5-1/2" rectangles
  • 8—2-1/2×11" rectangles
  • 16—2×5" rectangles
  • 16—1-3/4×2-1/2" rectangles

From white text print, cut:

  • 8—1-1/2×3-1/2" rectangle

From assorted gray prints, cut:

  • 8—4×5-1/2" rectangles

From each assorted Halloween print 10" square, cut:

  • 2—2-1/2×5-1/2" rectangles
  • 1—2×2-1/2" rectangle

From each assorted Halloween print 5" square, cut:

  • 1—2×3-1/2" rectangle

From black spider print, cut:

  • 2—2-1/2×42" binding strips

Assemble House Units

Click here for Foundation patterns A, B, and C.

To foundation-piece, you stitch fabric pieces to a foundation paper with the marked side of the paper facing up and the fabric pieces layered underneath. The resulting pieced unit is a mirror image of the foundation paper.

1. Use a pencil to trace each foundation pattern onto lightweight tracing paper (or other foundation material of your choice) eight times, tracing all lines and numbers. Cut out each traced foundation pattern roughly 1/4" outside dashed lines to make eight each of foundation papers A, B, and C.

2. Gather one foundation paper A, one orange spider print 2×3" rectangle (position A1), two solid black 1-3/4×2-1/2" rectangles (positions A2 and A3), and one white text print 1-1/2×3-1/2" rectangle (position A4). Working in numerical order, foundation-piece Unit A (Diagram 1). Repeat to make eight A units total.

3. Gather one foundation paper B, one assorted gray print 4×5-1/2" rectangle (position B1), and two solid black 2×5" rectangles (positions B2 and B3). Working in numerical order, foundation-piece Unit B (Diagram 2). Repeat to make eight B units total.

4. Gather one foundation paper C, one 2×2-1/2" rectangle (position C1) and two 2-1/2×5-1/2" rectangles (positions C3 and C4) from one assorted print, one assorted print 2×3-1/2" rectangle (position C2), two solid black 3×5-1/2" rectangles (positions C5 and C6), and one solid black 2-1/2×11" rectangle (position C7). Working in numerical order, foundation-piece Unit C (Diagram 3). Repeat to make eight C units total.

5. Referring to Diagram 4, lay out one Unit A, one Unit B, and one Unit C. Sew together units to make house unit (Diagram 5). Repeat to make eight house units total.

Assemble Table Topper Top

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

1. Referring to Table Topper Assembly Diagram, lay out house units in two sections. Sew together units in sections. Press seams open. Join sections; press seam open.

2. Using tweezers or blunt end of a seam ripper, remove foundation papers from house units. Baste 1/8" from outer edges to complete table topper top.

Finish Table Topper

1. Layer table topper top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Quilt tester Sarah Huechteman machine-quilted in the ditch around each house and added a spiderweb design in the black background.

3. Bind with black spider print binding strips.