QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – SPIDER WEB QUILT
Halloween is creeping up on us and I decided to see if there was a way that I could strip piece the spiders web quilt block pattern. Of course for a Halloween quilt I should probably have used red and oranges, but I didn’t think of that till afterwards. the spiders web quilt block was relatively easy to strip piece and that obviously made it much quicker to make.
Making the spiders web quilt block
I needed a strip of fabric 5.1/2″ wide so I cut strip strips of five different fabrics. Three of these strips were 1.1/2″ wide, one was 2″ wide and one was 1″ wide. Sew these strips together with the 2″ and 1″ strips on the edges and the 1.1/2″ strips in the middle. The reason that I did this was to make the distance between seams irregular so that there would be less time spent matching seams. You’ll see what I mean later.
Cut triangles from the strip pieced panel, working from each edge to get the maximum number of triangles from the fabric. This also means that you will have half the triangles with the blue 2″ strip at the base and half the triangles with the pink 1″ strip at the base.
There are only two shapes needed for this block and this is the second one. For the spiders web quilt block I have cut it in black fabric but I also cut it in white fabric just to see how it looked. By cutting this in alternate directions as shown you can use less fabric.
So, back to the black corners for the spiders web quilt block. Sew a triangle to each side of the black diamond. I have used a triangle with a 2″ blue base on one side and a triangle with a 1″ pink base on the other side. These three pieces now form a half square triangle and two of these can be sewn together along the long edge to make a square.
Two of the triangles shown above sewn together to make a square which doesn’t look a bit like a spider web. But just look what happens when you put four of these squares together as shown on the right. This is the stage where the difference in seam widths helps because there is less seam matching to do as you sew the triangles together, but do be careful to match the centres of the triangles.
The photo on the left shows the same four quilt blocks re arranged to have the black diamonds in the middle. This shows up as a secondary pattern when you sew together rows of the spiders web quilt blocks. I used twelve quilt blocks sewn together in three rows of four and this makes a small quilt about 28″ by 21″ which would make a great cloak for a small child going out to trick or treat.
Here’s the video: