Updated Cute and Spooky Spider Web quilt tutorial

I kind of get it how pattern designers are obsessed with their pattern. I used to wonder how come they can do the same thing again and again. Now I know. I can stop until I get this perfect. The simpler the better right? Same thing happened with Cute and Spooky Spider web quilt. I apologize for talking about my Spider Web quilter pattern a lot lately ;).
Without further ado here is the tutorial:

Fabrics/Tools needed for approximately 40x40 wall hanging:
  • 16 Jelly rolls strips (2.5 inch strips)
  • 1 1/3 yards of background fabrics. I used Grunge Basics by Basic Grey for Moda
  • Creative grid Spider Web Ruler
  • Omnigrid 20.5 square-up ruler (optional) . Any other ruler to cut squares this big would work too.
Cutting your background squares:
  • From the background fabric cut 4 20.5inch squares

20.5 inch background square
    Background sub-cut into triangles
  • Sub-cut each 2 times diagonally to make four 45degree triangles
Spider Web triangles:
For each block we will be using one large triangle and 1 small triangle to form 2 different spider webs.
  • Piece 5 jelly rolls together to form the larger strip set.
  • Using the spider web ruler cut the large triangles. We're using 9 marked on the side of the ruler  or use the tip of the ruler aligned as shown below. These are slightly bigger triangles than we needed. But this gives us some room for trimming later to the desired size.

You should now have 8 triangles with black as the base and 8 triangles with purple as the base.
Repeat the same for smaller triangle using the 3 jelly roll strip set. This will be used for the smaller spider web.
Cut Smaller triangle with 3 jelly roll strip set
Total 16

Marking the background triangles:

We will be using the 9 1/2" or 7 3/4" marking of the ruler to mark larger side of the wonky kite shape:

Now align the line marked 3 on the ruler with the base of the triangle. Slide it until the other corner which reads 7 1/2 matches the edge of the background triangle. This will be the marking for our smaller triangles.

Sew the larger triangles(5 jelly rolls pieced together) onto the background triangle by aligning the raw edge with the line we marked. You can chain piece these.
Repeat the process for the smaller triangles.

Align the ruler on the smaller triangle so that the edges of the ruler match the edges of the background triangle and the tip of ruler is aligned with the tip of the pieced triangle.

Trim the excess fabric on the side

 Repeat the same for other side of the triangle.

Excess fabric trimmed

Trim the excess background triangle

Repeat on the other side

Once all the triangle blocks are trimmed arrange them as desired. In each of the square I have 2 large triangles with black as the outer ring and 2 with purple as the other ring.

Once your happy with the layout start sewing the squares together. Pin the outer rings first align the seams and then pin the rest of the seams. The bias edge does have little bit room for fudging if your seams don't match. Just don't pull them too hard, just a little nudge if the seams don't match. As you put the blocks together Press all seams open.

Pin the outermost ring first and then align the rest

Press Seams open

Pin the outermost rings of the smaller spider web

Trim off any excess seam. If your marking,cutting &piecing was perfect you can skip this step.

Spider Web bock
 You need at least 4 blocks to start seeing the one complete spider web.

All seams are pressed open

All blocks sewn together

Now sew the rows together

Pin the rows before sewing them; again align the outermost ring
Cute and Spooky Spider Web Quilt
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave any feedback you might have.
I hope you will try this and if you do please add it to my flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/spiderwebquilts/

Liz@ Bits N Pieces carries these Creative Grid spider web ruler get them before they're all gone.

Linking up to Anything Goes @ Stitch by Stitch .


  1. Love the colors used in your spider web! Great tutorial too! You put a lot of time and effort into it! So in essence you have two different size webs - is that correct? Is this the finished quilt or will there be more units added? Awesome either way!!

  2. Excellent tutorial, not to mention color choices, great job there too! What has been your favorite color for the spider web blocks?

  3. Great tutorial! Love your spider web quilt!


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