< Workshops Workshop: 08-Spider Webs

IN PERSON WORKSHOP ONLY:  The Spider Web Quilt has been around for hundreds of years and there are many ways to make one.  I have come up with a quick and accurate method using your scraps of fabric to create a unique quilt. The great thing about the spider web block is that it can be made traditional, modern, or liberated. Learn new techniques that will improve your speed, and accuracy which will apply to all of your quilt projects. 

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 - 1-day class (Choose a FQ for your kites) multi-day you may choose to crazy piece 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 - 1-day class - bring more than a dozen fabrics that work well together, width of strips is variable anywhere from 1" to 3" by width-of-fabric. You will need two identical strips for the outer rings. Fat Quarters can work well for your rings. Best to bring lots of choices.

  • 50W Cotton Thread

    Any color cotton thread that shows up when down on muslin.

  • Muslin

    We use muslin for your foundation. You will need four 11” x 11” squares, to start with for this class, please have them cut before class so that we can get our projects finished in the one-day 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”
  • OPTIONAL: T-square style quilting ruler and mat board

    Available at JoAnns - O'Lipfa Lip Edge Ruler #11111

    • O'Lipfa Lip Edge Ruler #11111