Tuesday, March 03, 2009

sewing for therapy


i got back to work on my spiderweb quilt yesterday. it is good "wind down" sewing. it's fun to play with different fabric combinations. and it's a great way to use up those small pieces of fabric that i can't part with for some reason.

i've decided that i am going to make it a twin size, so i'm just about 1/3 done with the top of the quilt. if it takes me the rest of the year to piece it, i'm ok with that. i'm enjoying the process. and i'm also thinking i need to make one in PINK, as there is no shortage of pink scraps in this house.

the tutorial is here.

70 comments:

Marie' said...

A monochromic spiderweb would be cute.

jess said...

I have to find the instructions for this quilt: I love intricate work and I have so many little fabrics I can't part with, because I'm insanely thrifty with fabric and because of all the kids' precious little outfits that are all worn out except for a little spot here and there. :o)

jess said...

OH poopie, scratch that. lol. just found the word 'tutorial.' Off to blush...

Emily said...

WOW!!!! That is turning out so COOL!! Who gets it on their bed when you're done?

Katie K said...

I really like this! Excellent use of strings! And I also love that I see you & I have bought some of the same fabrics - awesome! :)

kvinta said...

I think I could try out a monocromatic version of this - looks like a GOOD way to use up my ooooooold fabrics :D

Jackie said...

Absolutely loving your version! The colors are great and the white background fabulous.

~D Spack~ said...

They are lookin' good. I'll show mine in a few days.

roseylittlethings said...

it is lovely, what a lot of work!

Tracy said...

I so envy you and your ability to use WHITE! I want to sooooo bad, but find that I can't bring myself to do it.. Maybe one day!

Philigry said...

love this one. i think i am going to try it next. i love the way it looks. yours is so stunning, i have set aside green, pink, and orange scraps. how do you think you will quilt yours? that is my only concern with mine. i have seen it quilted around the stars, but i kind of want stipple. do you think that would be a mistake?

Christina said...

I don't really care for the spider web quilts, but I LOVE yours! I think having the white for the centers is just what that quilt pattern needs. Looks so lovely!

Nancy said...

It IS hard to part with those small scraps.

I made a Spiderweb quilt (twin-size) just like yours three years ago. I, too, used a white background. It has a blue backing and binding. It is the perfect size for the sofa.

Your quilt is lovely. I can't wait to see it finished.

Nancy said...

WOW! I think this is the coolest quilt I've seen lately. I've seen these spider web quilt blocks before, but never all laid out like this! I think I'll have to try some now.

Amy said...

I save so many teeny tiny scraps and usually just move them from one bin to another - I just can't part with them. Thanks for the link to the tutorial - this seems like the perfect solution for using them. Also - I really enjoy paper piecing. Any reason why this wouldn't work with a lightweight muslin foundation?

Jessica said...

isn't string piecing addictive? I always have at least one string project going for those days when I just need to sit mindlessly and sew something and let my thoughts wander. Your quilt is turning into a real beauty.

Ariane said...

I just love your quilt. I really like the color combination you used. It looks amazing.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

It's looking great - your 1/3 of the way further than I am :) I can see how this would really relax you - enjoy!

rachel griffith said...

oooohhh...me likey!!!

but i'm dying inside to see you do this in all pinks!!!
:D

Jessica Christensen said...

I'm with Christina. I have never really liked the Spiderweb quilts that I have seen, but I love the brightness of yours. Just goes to show you that you can make anything look good if you use the right fabric. Can't wait to see it done. And I must confess that I caved today. I bought six yards of fabric at Joann's. I have walked out without it several times, and today I succumbed. (Hangs head in shame) But it is so pretty. = ) And it has been like 85 days since I bought fabric.

Heidi said...

Now that is quite lovely! Hmmm... yet another use for my fat quarters and big scraps. Drat!

Alice S said...

Wow! This is lovely!!!

becki said...

Everytime I see yours I flip the switch on my machine to get a little more done! LOVE IT!! Thanks for the motivation!

Judy said...

WOW, I need to get going on mine soon! Just fabulous!

Sarah said...

mmm hmmm, I love this!! Thanks for sharing your works in progress!!! Can't wait to see it finished!

Dandelion Quilts said...

You inspire me. I love this one.

jacquie said...

such a great project for scraps...i'm making a block or two every once and awhile and popping them in the closet. we shall see how long it takes to make something of them.

Kerri said...

wow!! what a great project!!

connie said...

What a great ongoing project. I may just have to start one for myself. Thanks for the information.

janet said...

That looks awesome, I love string quilts, it looks like a lot of piecing. It looks great with white.

Sarah said...

That is just gorgeous! I LOVE the scrappy look. Beautiful!

janet said...

It looks awesome with white. I love string quilts. It looks like a heap of piecing!

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow Ms. Crazy, are all those blocks just 1/3 of the quilt? It looks like it will be huge! Very, very cool!

Alissa said...

Oh so much progress! I wish that I had more gumption to work more on mine...

Shanna said...

I love what you've done so far!! It is just lovely. I can't wait to get mine started!!

Puntadas de una peregrina said...

Precioso proyecto y original, muy bueno para "aprovechar" telas. También parece rápido de hacer.
Saludos desde Girona, España.

pansymerceria.blogspot.com said...

La colcha de la que te hablé está a punto para acolchar.

Tracey in CT said...

This is beautiful! I have the feeling it is one of those quilts that you feel you just need to make another block 'just to see' how it will look.

MichelleB said...

It's wonderful! A pink one would be fabulous, too.

Lynda said...

I've loved these blocks since I first saw them on your blog - I have two on the go at the moment: one in "pretties" and one in brights with black/white stripe; and I'm thinking about one in various lime greens with black/white spot but not a spiderweb - just strips.

Your spiderwebs are so fresh - they're gorgeous (like all of your quilts).

Natalie said...

That is amazing! I just love your quilts!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Dianne said...

Beautiful job! I love that it's made from leftovers that would have been thrown away!

lera said...

Let me get this straight. You, Amandajean, are okay with letting a quilt take you all year.

Okay. Who are you and what have you done with my friend?!?!?

Bekhyt said...

That's looking beautiful, Amanda! I would love to see ne in your pink scraps as well.

our shabby cottage said...

That is unreal - I love this one!

Linda said...

Looking good so far! I love how colorful it is!

Duyvken said...

Amanda Jean, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern. I must give it a go!!

heatherandrienne said...

It looks FANTASTIC!!! I can't wait to start mine. I'm getting my scraps together and organized!:) Now if I could just take the organization to the rest of my sweatshop.:):) I LOVE THIS QUILT!!! Although, I really have A LOT of pink scraps maybe I should go more that way. I doubt I will but it's fun to think pink.:)

Rebekah said...

beautiful! I would love to make one of these one day...it's such a cool pattern

Jeri is said...

This is totally unrelated to todays blog, but my computer crashed and I lost everything. I am trying to re-piece my favorites. I have found you, but I think I acquired a link from you and I can't remember the name of the site. Did you have a link to a video done by a gal, I think her name could've been Judy, and she was demo-ing how she quilts, which is kind of in a grid and she quilts a section and sort of scribbles up and down up and down, etc, all over within the grid, then she moves on to the next area and does the same.

Does that sound familiar to you, and if so, could you send me her name or repost or something? I loved that technique! Thank you!

jcleveland03@comcast.net
standinginsidemyshoes.blogspot.com

Journeying Five said...

love it, especially that your background is white, it really makes it pop!

pratima said...

It's coming along beautifully!!
I love this Quilt!!!

kat @ Taylor Made designs said...

it's so beautiful. I totally get why it's sewing therapy...but also can imagine it is going to take quite awhile to design and sew it. I guess that is why it's so beautiful :)

Patchworkheike said...

Hi Amandajean,
what a beautiful quilt this will be!!! I already saved the pattern, I like it very much.
**Heike

heatherandrienne said...

I just have to say again how SUPER FANTASTIC THIS QUILT IS AND WILL BE!!!!!

sulu-design said...

I like that you're taking your time with this one and that you're enjoying the process so much. And I think one in pink would be just perfect for you.

Katie K said...

About the fabric values...

I see several places where you put a light-value fabric directly against the white. Does it read as distinctly different IRL? It's hard to see it in the small photo, but the hi-res one shows a fairly good contrast b/c of the patterns. Just wondering how distinct the spiderweb edge appears where that occurs.

Thanks!

Renee said...

Wow, lovely!!!

amandajean said...

katie k,

the lighter colors read more distinctly in real life. the larger this quilt gets, the harder it is to get a good detailed photo of the quilt.

aj

Anonymous said...

Amandajean,

Your spiderweb quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I love that you have been working on it for a while. I always thought that this would be a hard quilt top to make, then I linked to the tutorial. This pattern is definitely going on to my list of quilts to make.


Amy T.

Pam said...

This quilt is just stunning. I can't wait to see it finished and yes, a pink one would just be beautiful!

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's a spectacular and effective pattern.

Chara Michele said...

It is looking amazing!

Jenny said...

This looks so awesome. I am looking for a way to use up all my scraps.

Katherine said...

I love this quilt!!!!

Beautiful fabric choices, Amandajean. Keep us posted on your progress, okay?

Caley said...

That is oh so very cool! Never heard of this technique before but what a great introduction. =)

Sharon said...

I was so intrigued with this pattern that I had to go look at the tutorial. Then, the way that Bonnie made her "kite" piece just made me want to try it. So, I have 1/2 of a block done, and I'm off to go do the other half. This is more fun than I thought it would be! I love string quilts to start with, but even the sewing part is fun too!

Your spiderwebs are so bright and happy - what fun!

Anina said...

You're getting into "two of everything" mode now too, aren't you?
Pink would be lovely, of course.

Amanda said...

I love this! I was making one (a really long time ago), but it was paper piecing. I think I like it better this way.

I love that you said you are enjoying the process and taking your time. I think sometimes we do things in a hurry too much and don't enjoy making some quilts as much as we should. Deadlines make it too much like work.

Oiyi said...

Omg, this is going to be fantastic!