I have had the spider's web quilt on my 'to do' list for a while now, especially having seen this, this and this.
However, I also kept wondering what would happen if you didn't construct it with the regular measurements ie. the exact same inches either side of the triangle.
So I decided to find out.
I used the paper piece method.
Then, decide how much spider's web you fancy having and how much negative space you want in between. The larger your measurement out from the tip of the triangle, the bigger your spider's web will be.
On the top triangle I have measured 3" along from the top on the left hand side. If this was going to be a regular spider's web quilt, you'd then measure 3" along from the top on the right hand side.
But it isn't.
So I didn't.
Instead, I then measure 3" in from the BOTTOM right. You then draw these lines to 1/4" above the centre crease, as above.
You also need to do a mirror image of that triangle...so measure 3" along from the bottom on the left and 3" along from the top at the right.
Each spider's web block consists of eight triangles so you'll need four each of the above two types.
How you then proceed depends on how you want the finished spider's web quilt to look.
- If you want each band of the web to be the same colour you have to make eight triangles with exactly the same colour order
- If you want each band to match up, you need to cut the same width (1 1/2" is good)
- If you don't want them to match up, cut strips anywhere between 1" to 2"
- I tried to make the main spider's web all 1 1/2" strips
- I ONLY matched up the first band of colour and the centre of the main spider's web
- All the rest were random
- In the secondary shape that was created from not using equal measurements, I went completely random
There are a ton of spider's web tutorials out there and I'm not going to be re-inventing the wheel by posting one here. So, instead, have a look at this excellent one if you are interested in the block construction.
And what does mine look like so far?
I decided to go for the mad, bonkers look. In the negative space I cut up two big print Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Equally, to calm it down you could just go for a solid. I appreciate my choice of fabric is not for everyone so try and focus more on the new shape that is created rather than my personal interpretation.
Note: if you do go for the mad, bonkers look, to make your shapes stand out you need to be more concerned with VALUE rather than COLOUR. By that I mean you should aim to go for a different value (lighter or darker than your bonkers fabric) so that your shapes stand out. How dark or light you go depends on how much definition you want your shapes to have.
However, what I am more interested in is the secondary shape that appears by altering your measurements.
Here's your regular spider's web shape:
And here is the secondary shape:
For me personally, I liked the unexpected added interest of the secondary shape. The possibilities are limitless. There is no set measurement that you have to go for, so you can make the secondary shape bigger or smaller, just as you can with your main spider's web shape.
I've still a fair way to go with this one but am enjoying how it is shaping up.
If I haven't made this clear, please feel free to ask any questions and I'll reply in the comments section so everyone else can see.