A Spider Web Block Quilt You Will Love All Year Round

Oct 10, 2019 8:15:00 AM / by Denise Looney

Hello everyone, Denise here from For the Love of Geese. In case you didn't know, I am an Island Batik Ambassador and AccuQuilt is an industry partner. Each year, Island Batik sends the Ambassadors two shipments full of fabric and goodies from their partners. In my second shipment, I received the GO! Spider Web-6" Finished die, and honestly, was a little stumped on what to make.

 

At first glance there doesn't appear to be many options, that is until you play with the layout and color placement. With a few blocks drawn I noticed an arrowhead shape form with the blocks set on point. The design was accidental and it was an improv quilt, which means there was no real plan throughout its making.

 

Love Island Batik fabrics? GO! Quilt features many gorgeous lines from Island Batik and other top fabric designers. See them all here! 

 

Because the quilt was to be shared in the IB October Challenge, I wanted a fabric that reflected fall colors I see along the limestone bluffs here in southern Illinois. The IB Islander Collection was the perfect choice for me but I think the quilt would be lovely using any color, including just 4 shades. So let's get started.

 

island batik islander collection

 

Dies

 

accuquilt die island batik aurifilthread

 

Fabric Requirements

  • (1) Precut 2½" strip pack (40 count) or use the GO! Strip Cutter-2½" Finished die to cut assorted fabrics from your stash. Sort the strips into two piles. 
    • One pile will be used in orange patches on Diagram 1 and Diagram 2
    • One pile will be used in blue patches on Diagram 1 and Diagram 2

 

  • 2 yards of light coordinating fabric.
    • For placement see Diagram 1 and Diagram 2 below, Use for patches shown in yellow.
      This will also be used in the border and flying geese units.

 

  • 2 yards of dark coordinating fabric.
    • For placement see Diagram 1 and Diagram 2 below, use for patches shown in green.
    • This will also be used in the border and flying geese units.

 

Below is a line drawing reflecting the layout we will be following.

line drawing completed quilt layout
 

Directions

Using ¼" seam allowance make a total of 24 spider web blocks, with 12 blocks matching Diagram 1 and 12 blocks matching Diagram 2, see below.

 

Diagram 1

For each block you will need:

  • 2 yellow
  • 4 orange
  • 4 blue
  • 4 green

 

Diagram 1

diagram 1 spider web die

 

Diagram 2

For each block you will need:

  • 2 green
  • 4 blue
  • 4 orange
  • 4 yellow

 

Diagram 2

diagram 2 spider web quilt block

 

Cutting Fabric

The GO! Spider Web-6" Finished die has 4 patches: the diamond shape, which is the largest, and the 3 remaining taper off to the point. You can only cut up to six layers of fabric, so to get the most out of each pass through the cutter here is a suggestion:

 

Use Diagram 2 (the above image) as a reference. Place six layers of your pre-trimmed green fabric on the die. Skip the blue patch on the die. Place six layers of your orange fabric on the die. Skip the yellow. Place your cutting mat on top and roll through your GO!

 

Next place six layers of blue and six layers of yellow on your die skipping the green and orange. Place your cutting mat on top, roll through your GO!

 

You will repeat this for Diagram 1 fabrics too.

 

Joining Blocks

It's very important to maintain an accurate ¼"seam allowance throughout piecing and joining your blocks. Whether you use a quarter inch foot or a piece of tape on the needle plate, just keep it consistent.

 

Following color placement in Diagrams 1 and 2, begin sewing your patches to form all 24 blocks.

 

You will have noticed the extra tab on your fabric patches. These are great and they serve two purposes. The first, you want all the tabs pointing in the same direction when you form each block half (see photo below) and second, you will never again have to worry about matching up all those seams when joining the two halves. Line up the tabs with right sides together and you will have perfectly aligned seams (I was a little skeptical myself, try it and you will see).

 

I'm not a pin person so I placed a very small dot of washable school glue inside the seam allowance to keep the block from shifting under my needle, but you can use pins if you prefer. Once the notches are lined up, stitch together using ¼" seam, then press the seams open.

 

spider web quarter block sewn

 

Lets Make a Hexi

From your light coordinating yardage, cut four 6¾" squares. Cut in half on the diagonal. These eight triangles will be used as border blocks.

 

Organize the finished spider web blocks and the triangles you just cut as shown in Diagram 3 below.

 

Join the blocks to form six diagonal strips using ¼" seam. Join strips to form the hexagon. Trim dog ears created by the triangle border blocks.

 

Diagram 3

spider web 3 diagram layout

 

Sashing Around Hexagon

From your dark yardage, cut four 2½" x WOF using the GO! Strip Cutter-2½'' die. These will surround the newly formed hexagon shape.


NOTE: We are told not to piece this way, it's okay if you do not wish to follow this method, although due to the size we are working with, I have not found it to be an issue. But DO NOT try this with larger quilts. Most importantly, be gentle with your hands. Do not tug on fabric strips or slide your iron. Please press and raise to keep the fabric from stretching and distorting.

 

Pick a side on your hexagon to begin. With strip #1 in hand, line up your raw edges by gently smoothing the strip with your fingers. Using pins or small dots of washable school glue within your seam allowance, pin or baste the strip to your hexagon side. If using glue press with iron to set. Take to your machine and stitch using ¼ '' seam, do not trim the tail. Press seam, flip the strip open, press well.

 

construction joining strips setting triangles

 

Line up strip #2 against the raw edge of the next side. Pin or glue baste. Stitch using ¼'' seam. Gently trim tail #1 off. Press seam, flip strip open and press again.

 

Repeat on all eight sides, using the two remaining strips and trimming the tails.

 

Quilt and bind for a table topper or continue on to make a lap size quilt.

 

spider web quilt inside border
 

Let's Make it Square

From your light yardage, cut two 10½" squares. Cut the square in half on the diagonal. The newly cut triangles will be used on the 4 short sides of the hexagon. Refer to the layout in Diagram 1 (at the top of this post).

 

Match the triangle center with the center of each short hexagon side. Pin or glue baste (do not forget to set with iron). Stitch using ¼'' seam. Repeat for all four short sides to form a square. Square up to 38" if needed. 

 

Border

  • Cut or piece two 2½" x 38" strips from light yardage.
  • Cut or piece two 2½" x 42" strips from light yardage.

Find the center of each strip and the center of all four sides on your quilt. Match center of the strip to center of quilt, raw edges. Match corners of the strips to the corners on the quilt. Pin or glue baste the 38'' strips to the top and bottom. Stitch using ¼'' seam. Press seam, flip strip and press.

 

Repeat for the sides.

 

Quilt and bind for a 42'' quilt or continue to make 54'' x 54''.

 

spider web quilt middle border construction
 

Geese Border

You will need 84 flying geese blocks. I know, it sounds like a lot but if you use shapes 4 and 5 from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block, you will have perfect flying geese every time.

 

go qube flying geese pieces

 

Join 21 geese four times to form the sides, top and bottom strips. 

 

go qube flying geese constructed strips

 

In addition, you will need four corner blocks. At this point, you have large scraps and are nearing the end of your yardage. You can decide whether you would like to add solid blocks to the corners or use up some of the smaller pieces to make decorative corners. The decorative blocks will need to be 4½" unfinished.

 

If you choose to add a solid block to each corner you will need to cut four 4½" unfinished squares. Using the GO! Square-4½" (4" Finished) die (shape 1) from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block makes this easy.

 

Attach corner blocks to each end of the two geese strips. These will be your top and bottom borders. Locate and mark the center on all four sides of your quilt and the center of each geese section. Attach to sides matching raw edge centers of quilt and geese sections. Match corners of quilt and geese strips. Pin or glue baste. Remember, if you are glue basting, set the glue with hot iron.

 

Repeat for top and bottom geese strips.

 

Outside Border and Finish

  • Cut or piece two 2½'' x 50'' strips for the sides.
  • Cut or piece two 2½'' x 54½'' strips for the top and bottom

 

Repeat directions for attaching geese strips.

 

finished spider web flying goose quilt

 

Do you love this? There will be a tutorial for a table runner using the GO! Spider Web-6" Finished die on my blog this month, so I hope you will stop by and check that out, too. If you follow this tutorial and make a fall beauty, pastel baby quilt or something completely different, I would love to see it. So don't forget to tag and follow @AccuQuilt on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and @fortheloveofgeese on Instagram or @4theloveofgeese on Twitter.

 

Remember that it's okay to step outside the box and create your own design with the AccuQuilt dies. Perhaps you like the quilt I just shared but you really wish it had floating blocks instead of flying geese for the border? It's okay to swap out elements and make it your own. That's the fun of quilting!

 

Topics: Block on Board, BOB, GO! Getter, Fall-Inspired

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