< Workshops Workshop: 04-Spider Webs

The Spider Web design is an old quilt block sometimes called a String Quilt. I have fallen in love with this design and continue to make it again and again, each time making it a bit differently. In this class, anything goes and everyone is successful.

It’s a bit of old-style quilting, mixing it up with the fascinating use of color and design and making it your own. We will start sewing almost immediately and I will be able to teach you techniques for accuracy and speed. Weave strips of fabric into a new quilt full of surprises. You will loose yourself into the rhythm of stitches and repetition while making a work of art.

Bring your favorite fabrics and scraps whether it’s contemporary, modern, traditional, hand dyes, tonal, batiks, or thimbleberries – it looks best when you throw in everything…. My first Spider Web has over 280 different fabrics – not including the crazy pieced kites. It was so exciting that I have made more than a dozen more.

In my one-day class, you will have enough time to make a pillow (check out student class work below) and then if you love the process, you can continue on and make the whole quilt.  It’s fun, it’s creative, and you’ll learn techniques that you will continue to use on other quilts you make.  There is a $12.00 Kit Fee which includes your own Plexiglass Kite-Shaped Template.


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Student Work:

From BCQG’s Spider Web Workshop June 2017…Darcey Johnston, Gail Brunnell, Susie Johnson, Pam Turner(2), Pat Price, Nancy Valk, Judy Kamman, Val Hutchins, Margaret Gordon, Cindy Fern, Kathy Hutchins, Jan Smith, Lynne Sales,


Supply List:

  • Sewing Machine and Basic Supplies

    It's always best to test your machine before class. Bring your favorite 1/4" foot for piecing and your FMQ/Darning foot. Basic Sewing tools include the items you like to have when sewing... a seam ripper? LOL, stiletto, marking tools, pencils, spare bobbins, scissors, rulers, pins, spare sewing machine needles (70 sharps are my favorite) - bring anything portable that makes you happy.


    Bring a Zipper Foot for your Machine, For you pillow back - 22" of selvage to selvage fabric (do not cut off the selvage) and a 20" pillow form (IKEA sells these for $6.99)


    KITE SHAPES - Scraps of fabric (any size – all 100% cotton), in many different colors and patterns (for kite shaped crazy pieced parts) A charm pack works great for these crazy pieced kite shapes and provides some overall continuity
    STRIPS - If you are making a traditional 7-ring spider web, you will need 1-1/2" strips… If you are making a 5-ring traditional spider web, you will need 2" strips. If you are making a "liberated" spider web, bring scraps. If you don't know, just bring fabric and we can make that decision together.

  • 50W Cotton Thread

    Neutral colored cotton thread for piecing - available in my store

  • Muslin

    We use muslin for your foundation. You will need four 11” x 11” squares, to start with for this class. If you are making something other than a pillow, you may want to contact me and talk about what size muslin squares you would want to start with.

  • June Tailor's Shape Cut JT-796

    This is a must for squaring up your blocks. After this class, you will use it to square up everything.

    • JoAnns
  • June Tailor's Grid Marker (JT-717)

    I highly recommend this tool for marking your muslin (Though, it is not necessary for Liberated Spider web)

    • Amazon
  • OPTIONAL: 20 x 30” foam core board

    We use it for a portable design wall. When space is limited, it gives you a place to work with your designs, it doesn't have to be new or fancy.

  • OPTIONAL: A special "dead blow" hammer made of resilient plastic used to flatten seams and joints in quilting

    A dead blow hammer is a specialized mallet helpful in minimizing damage to the struck surface and in controlling striking force with minimal rebound from the struck surface. The minimal rebound is helpful in avoiding accidental damage to precision work, especially in tight locations. It's material is used and does not damage fabric.

    • Neon Orange Dead Blow Hammer
    • Seams Perfect’s “Wacker”