SpiderWeb Quilt





In looking back through my blog, I'm realizing just how many quilts I've failed to post about in the last year.  I don't like this, because I like to have a bit of a timeline on the quilts I've made.  So here' s another one that was made probably a year ago.  

I used Thimbleblossom's pattern for this one, basically it's just a template to cut out the two different shapes needed.  Don't let this pattern intimidate you, it's really easy!  Also a great way to use up all those little strips from your scrap bin.

I did have a bit of a color palette in mind with this one, so I didn't use just any and every scrap.  It can be tricky sometimes to keep to a certain look, but not let it get boring by being too strict about it.  Like if you decide you want a subdued 'dirtier' look, you can't rigidly leave out all bright clear colors, because there might be a few that are just right.  And sometimes these projects take on a life of their own and turn out differently than you had imagined.  Those are usually the best ones!  

I've talked about this before, but I think that to make a successful quilt, you need at least one rule.  I do this subconsciously, but if I look back I can usually tell what my rule was.  Often there is more than one rule, but in a scrappy or improv quilt, there will be less rules.  

In this quilt, the obvious rule is the pattern.  It's a spiderweb pattern, and I stuck with the exact pattern, making no changes to the layout.  (other than the green of the stars changing, because I didn't have enough of one green)

The less obvious rule would be the color scheme, and it was very loose.  It's a little hard to explain on this one, as it was intuitive.  If I remember right, I made one wedge and really liked the feel of it, so I used that as my guide for all my fabric strips, trying to keep that feel.

Make sense?  I think having these rules keeps your quilt lively but not chaotic.  And it's more fun to make when you have some restraints.



8 comments:

  1. Loved your discussion on using one or two rules to sort of control design development! Very helpful and have never thought about it like that!. jparrish1229@gmail.com

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  2. I love your spiderweb quilt! It is one I have always wanted to try! I'd like to try your 'lively not chaotic' method of choosing fabrics too!

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  3. I love your color palette! Thanks for explaining your method of choosing your fabrics to harmonize so nicely.

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  4. I realize from reading this that I, too have a rule for my quilts. They vary but there is generally some color or pattern I deliberately spread throughout. You are right. It's just enough to give some unity to a scrappy quilt.

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  5. I have a hard time with scrap quilts because I don't know what rules to apply. I just took a class with Cheryl Arkison that helped me see the light and I'm working on a scrap quilt as i type--we shall see what the outcome is. Your quilts are always so inspiring!

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  6. Thank you for the good lesson. I need to consistently apply it! Spiderweb is gorgeous!
    -Jean 💟

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