Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spider Web Quilt Along 2014 ~ Adding the Curved Web ~ Step 2



  
Time to add the curved black web!


I chose the mottled black as it looked just right with the Boo Crew.
Your fabrics may pop with a different color web so try other ideas and pick the effect that looks best to your designer eye.


My quilty kitties and I used strips, sewed and cut afterwards.
If you are comfortable with this method of piecing, then sew for it ...


allowing about 6" between the triangles for the outer points of the web.

For these instructions, though,  
I am going to recommend that you ...

Cut:  4.5" strips 
(for 40" WOF fabric you will need 3 strips)
and then
Subcut: 8 rectangles,  4.5" by 12.5" each.


Center each triangle on the strips an sew. 

Press seams open as for squares.


Time to cut the rest of the curves for the web.


Time to Cut and Piece Some Curves!
I used my Quick Curve Ruler,  but this could be done with a small plate.
If you have a preferred curve ruler, this may work as well.

To learn how best to cut and sew with the QCR,
I am going to refer you to this link from Jenny @ Sew Kind of Wonderful who developed this quilting ruler:

Quick Curve Ruler Tutorial Videos 
 I watched these several times and read all the instructions that came with the ruler before I cut and sewed that first time
and found them to be very helpful.
I do not cross my hands over each other, as Jenny does when she holds the curved pieces for stitching as it does not feel natural to me.
Try different ways of holding and feeding the curves
to find what works best for you.
Sew a few practice scrap curves if you are using this ruler for the first time for this Spider Web Project until you feel ready to go.

Then ready, set, cut and sew!

  1st cut
First, align your ruler in the center and along a straight line
on your black border.  Cut!
You will have 8 of these crescents
These are not scrap!
You will be cutting and using these for the curved webbing:

1st cut this crescent into two long curved strips.


Then cut a tiny curve off the bottom of the small piece.


you can also cut these pieces by folding in half
and placing the center of the ruler on the fold.
Time to cut the triangles!
This is the cut that took the longest for me on the first one until I felt ready to pick up the rotary cutter.


Find the middle of your triangle and place the curve of the ruler over the section with three pieces.
Align a mark on the ruler with a straight seam.
I used the bottom seam to align this cut.
You want to avoid cutting the seams,
but you can make this cut anywhere else in this section really.
Just pick the same place on each triangle.
I aligned the edges of the curve just above the seam line.
... and cut!


last curve cut!
Place the ruler on the section with two pieces, find the center,
align the ruler on a straight line.
I used the top seam for aligning my ruler for this cut.


 Repeat for each triangle section and lay your pieces by your machine

as in the above photo.

Start sewing by turning the longest curved strip over onto the outside piece, right sides together.
Match the middles of this pieces by folding the pieces in half and lining up the fold marks.
(Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this one)

You can pin this part if you want but I did not pin at this time.

For the next seam, you may want to pin.  I did ...


try to line up the seams on the cut charms as closely as possible.
Pin as needed ... 


Remove pins as you sew!


 Add the inside smaller curved piece in the same manner.


Fold over, sew; then fold open.
Turn the small tip of the triangle over the sewn piece and sew again.


Your triangle units will now look like this.

I pressed toward the black strips for these seams.


Trim each of the 8 triangle units.

As you can see, in this one the cut charm squares do not line up "perfectly."  

I do not sew "perfect" but I try to sew "good."

If this bothers you, pick out your seam and resew.

I only did this for maybe one or two matched seams.

This was one of them ...


I actually "fixed" this one by picking out a few threads and realigning and sewing again, although it still is not quite "perfect."

"Good" works for me. :)

The trickiest part is done!




Here is a finished Spider Web Quilt by my online quilty friend,


I love this bright scrappy web!

Marcy says that she used a plate to cut these great looking curves.

Marcy has posted more pictires of her quilt in progress


and 



Thanks Marcy!

If you are sewing along 

I would love to feature your quilt here on my blog.

If you are unable to add pictures to the Flickr Album or do not have a blog,
you maye send them to me in an email and I will watermark them with your name and post them in the Flickr Album for you.


The next step will be 





If you have missed any installments in this year's


Spider Web Quilt-Along,
Time to sew!

:)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014 ~ Cutting and Sewing ~ Step 1


Spider Web Table Quilt

that was featured in my "Wicked" Blog Hop post



I will be adding posts on each step in the next few days, with the plan to have the entire project tutorial up by Sunday evening.

This is the first time I have ever held a quilt along on my blog so this will be a learn as I go experience for me as well as for those who are sewing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post in comments or email me as we sew along.

Materials Needed:

80 2.5 inch squares (two mini-charm packs, a charm pack, strips, FQs or yardage ... or just use up scraps!)

1/2  - 2/3  yard of black (for web sashing and border and binding)

2 inch black circle for the center applique 

30" square of backing fabric and batting


Tools and Specialty Cutting Rulers needed: 



45 degree ruler (such as a Kaleido Ruler

 (if you do not have one, you could try using a straight ruler
and the 45 degree lines on your cutting mat)


  (if you do not have one, you could try using a small plate
or other circle cutter)

Fabric Selection:

For your fabric squares, use a mix of lights to darks, small to medium prints.  I used three to four mini charms of each fabric but you could cut from 5-6 fat quarters or 2.5" strips if you wanted a less scrappy quilt. 

Lay your 2.5" squares out in 8 groups of 10 squares as in rows as shown:
Row 1 : 1 square
Row 2 : 2 squares
Row 3 : 3 squares
Row 4 : 4 squares


Sew each section together by chain piecing the squares into the rows


and sewing the rows together to form 8 pyramids

I used my seam roller to press the seams open as I went along, then pressed all the pyramids with my iron before trimming.


Trim each pyramid into a triangle by aligning your 45 degree ruler in the center of the 1st row and making sure the 4th row is straight along a line on your ruler.


This is the what your trimmed sections will look like in your layout.
Move your scrappy triangles around until you have
the arrangement you want for your web.




Here is


Spider Web in progress.


I am loving the scrappy happy look of this web.


It makes me smile on this stormy day.

Here in New England we are having a "nor-easter" ... very heavy bands of rain coming in off the coast. If it were later in the year, it would be lots of snow.

I woke up to find a damp patch dripping in the ceiling in my bedroom.


If you are sewing along, please let me know.

I would love to feature your work in my quilt-along.




Ready for the next step ... cutting and sewing the curved pieces?

I will have this post up by tomorrow, if all goes as planned. 

I love sewing the curved part and hope you do, too!


:)

Welcome to my Spider Web Quilt Along 2014!




Welcome to my Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014 !

Making this quilt was sew much fun last year 
that I am making a new one this year!


I have started a 


I will  be weaving a new Spider Web Quilt his year 

... and adding a new twist ... ;)

If you are sewing along and making a quilt, please add it to the 


I would love to see your quilt!

Hope to see you joining in the sewing fun this year!

All Quilt-Along posts may be found by clicking

Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014

in my blog toolbar at the top of the page.

This will remain in my toolbar for easy reference.

Hope to see you joining in the sewing fun this year!

Fabric Requirements:

Spider Web Quilt Fabric Requirements

80 2.5 inch squares (two mini-charm packs, a charm pack, strips, FQs or 

yardage ... or just use up scraps!)

1/2  - 2/3  yard of black (for web sashing and border and binding)

2 inch black circle for the center applique 

30" square of backing fabric and batting



Fabric Selection Suggestions:

For your fabric squares, use a mix of lights to darks, small to medium prints.   I used three to four mini charms of each fabric but you could cut from 5-6 fat quarters or 2.5" strips if you wanted a less scrappy quilt.  Two mini charm packs or one charm pack would yield enough 2.5" squares for the top. 


The quilt will finish at about 30" measured across the points of the web.





For more details, click on the link below:


Fabric Requirements and Overview


Tools ~ Cutting the Curves with the QCR



Tomorrow I will be posting the instructions for the first step.   

I have started a 



If you are sewing along and making a quilt, please add photos of your fabrics to the 


If you have already started your quilt. please also add photos of your progress for inspiration.

If you have photos on your blog please email me or post in a comment.

I would love to link to your blog!


Life in the Scrapatch


To grab my Spider Web Quilt-Along to add to your blog for quick reference, please copy the code in the button on my sidebar.

Thanks to all who spread the word!

Hope to see you joining in the sewing fun this year!

Ready to sew?

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:)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Back to Blogging!



Back to Blogging!

Just in time for ...

from

Sew We Quilt

So you do not miss a trick or treat ~~~~>


Full Schedule Here



Butterfly says thanks to all who have written or left comments.

I am home.

I am well.

I am getting ready to hop.

This one is going to be a race to the finish.

Also ...

is anyone planning to participate in ...




Life in the Scrapatch

My Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014

???

My quilty kitties and I are running along behind trying to catch up with all the Black Cats Crossing!

Wish us luck ... :)