Cute and Spooky Spider Web Quilt
Posted by HemaE on Friday, September 13th, 2013
Hello Everyone, this is Hema (a.k.a Malini) from http://malinisquilts.blogspot.com blog. I am really excited to share this Cute and Spooky Spider Web quilt. The fabric line I used is "Too Cute to Spook" by Bella Blvd. Now you how I came up with this name "Cute and Spooky Spider Web" quilt.
This is a Rollie Pollie friendly quilt pattern, also sometimes known as Jelly rolls(2.5inch strips). I hope you like my modern twist to this class spider web quilt design. The difficultly level of this quilt is from advanced beginner to intermediate quilter. I love that fact that there is lot of negative space for some fun free motion quilting.
Fabric and Tools:
2 Too Cute to be Spooky Rollie Pollies - we will be using all 42 strips
Background fabric - 4 yards
Backing fabric - 5 yards if directional print or 4 yards for other prints
Binding - 5/8th of yard
20.5 inch square up ruler
6"x24" long ruler with 45degree mark on it
Disappearing marking pencil or pen
Rotary cutter and cutting mat
1/4 inch piecing foot
From the background fabric cut 12 20.5" squares.
Then sub cut the square diagonally twice diagonally to get 4 triangles.
Using a water soluble marking pen or disappearing marking pen, from either side of the corners mark 10 inches towards the center.
Draw a straight line joining these two 10" marks to form the triangle.
For the other corner mark at the 6inch mark as shown below:
Now repeat steps 3 to 5 to mark other corner making 6 inch from corner to the center. Join the two 6 inch lines to form the smaller triangle.
Make sure in each block you have 1 sets of triangles going in the same direction and another set going in the other direction. The below picture will make it more clear. You can notice that the smaller leg and the larger leg of the spider webs should meet at each corner.
Repeat the same steps for rest of the 11 squares which were sub cut to form the 45 degree triangles.
Constructions of Spider Webs:
Now lets open up the Rollie Pollies and separate them into different piles based on the colors. I am starting with a black and ending with a purple for the 5 strip piecing.
Since I am using the gray shades fabric for the background, I switched the 2 strips of grays with black from my binding fabrics(cut into 2.5inch xWOF).
We will be using strip piecing method to make two different strip sets. First strip set will have 5 2.5inch strips and second strip set will have 3 2.5inch strips. The smaller strip set will be used for smaller leg of triangle and the larger strip set for the larger leg of triangle.
Here is the general color code I followed so that some of my larger spider web end up with black outer ring and some of them with purple. For the smaller spider web I used black and white/orange as my outermost ring.
3 strips sewn together - we will use this for the 6" marked triangle.
5 strips sewn together - we will use this for the 10" marked triangle.
Press the seams open after sewing each strip, this would greatly reduce the bulk when the spider webs are being sewn together.
Closeup of the pressing seams open. Run your fingers through the seams while pressing, this will make pressing the seams open a little easier.
You need 6 larger strip sets(5 strips) and 4 smaller(3 strips) strip set.
We will be making 2 blocks at a time. Take one larger strip set(approximately 11inch width) and sew on to the 10" marked triangle on the background fabric, aligning the edge of the strip set to the line drawn. Do this for all the triangles in the first block. Remember the marked line on two of your triangles will be one direction and reversed for the other two.
Now take the next 20" block which was sub cut into triangles and sew the smaller strip set. For now, press towards the print fabric of the strip set.
Before trimming the excess fabric from the strips align the straight line of the ruler with the top of triangle and trim the excess fabric.
For the next triangle, align the 45 degree on the ruler before trimming the excess fabric off.
Now trim the other side of the triangle by aligning the 45 degree on the ruler or the square edge on of the block with the line in the ruler.
Each cut will yield another triangle to be used for the next block.
Repeat the above steps for the smaller strip set too. And save all the leftover triangles as well as any leftover strips to be used for the next block.
Since we are making 2 blocks at a time, using one large strip and one small strip for each block. You can use the leftover triangles from alternate blocks to sew the other triangle.
Once both the 6" marked triangle and 10" marked triangle are sewn, trim the excess background triangles from both sides.
Trim the smaller triangle first so that the fabric won't be caught while trimming the other.
Press the last seam open as well to reduce the bulk while sewing triangles together to form the blocks.
Now repeat the same process next 10 blocks, these are the 45degree triangles which were subcut from the 20.5inch blocks. Make sure you are working on 2 blocks at a time to make piecing easier for you. Sew the larger strip set for one block and smaller to the other. Then after all the trimming excess triangles, you can use them for alternate blocks. Hope I'm making sense here.
Don't sew the squares into blocks yet.
Use the design wall or the floor to arrange them in 3 columns and 4 rows to make the final blocks. Make sure you have 2 different sizes of spider webs that are getting formed.
Once you're happy with the arrangements. Mark the block number(finished size would be approximately 19.5 inch square) on each triangle with the disappearing marking pen or water soluble marking pen. Each block consists of 4 (45 degree) triangles.
Pin at the intersection of each seam starting from the outermost ring of the spider web leg. This is one of those projects where pinning is essential. Do not worry if your inner rings seams don't match. As long as your outermost ring's seams match we should be good to go :-).
Press all the seams open.
Now start sewing the blocks together, pin at the intersection of each seam starting from the outermost ring on each spider web leg.
Once you have all the blocks for each row sewn together. Start sewing the rows together. Again make sure you pin all the seams and at least the outermost ring seams always match. Since we're sewing on the bias we have some room for fudging.
Now your quilt top should be ready :-).
Make the quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. I quilted mine with spider web pattern with swirls at the end.
For binding, I cut my binding strips 2 ¼ inches X WOF. I used a total of 8 strips.
The finished lap size quilt measures 57 x 76 inches.
Here is a peek at the quilt back:
I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I did. If you happen to make one, please add it to my flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/spiderwebquilts/.
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