Wednesday, February 17, 2010

you knew there would be more on this one...

The top is finished...I have leftover sections for the back. That's today's work.
This quilt is made up of 96 triangular sections. They are paper pieced. The triangles are sewn together into blocks like you see above. It takes 4 of those blocks to make one complete spiderweb. I adapted Bonnie's tutorial at Quiltville for this block. If you put them together like Bonnie does, you'll get a straight set. Some of you noticed that I started with a straight set, but I like the offset look much better. It took a little ripping, but I'm so happy that I did. One piece of advice, if you make a quilt like this, press the seams open. It's not easy with all those little pieces of selvage, but it'll be worth it. The quilt lays so nice and flat even with all those layers of fabric.
I chose my selvages carefully. The outside string of the webs are all fabrics that I have used in quilts along with a majority of those in the quilt. I chose to show the fabric in addition to the selvages throughout the webs, first because that's what selvages mean to me and also because I wanted the quilt to be colorful. I tried to balance within each wedge to make sure there was color, dots, and text.
I'm so looking forward to getting this quilted and finished. It wouldn't be right to end this post without thanking all my blog friends for helping me with this quilt. Jodie, your inspired selvage frock and selvage creativity inspired me to start this quilt. Ashley, my Block Party buddy, chose a spiderweb block for her month in our quilting bee. Without having to make that block I never would have tackled this. Lastly, to all of you who have generously shared your selvages with me. I'd love to have you all over so we could pour over the quilt together and look for your donations. I've emptied my selvage bucket multiple times to make this quilt. I couldn't have done it without you. This won't be my last foray into the selvage world. Believe it or not, I'm making a second one of these by request. It's going to be an adventure!

80 comments:

Lara said...

WOW!! Beautiful!

Tracey J said...

so intricate and amazing and unique... and with personality too!

Great quilt.

Blue Is Bleu said...

Absolutely divine! All the thought you put into placing the selvages makes this so amazing.

Andi said...

This might just be my favourite quilt EVER!!!

greetingarts said...

So spectacular, Jacquie. Now you and Jodie have got me saving my selvedges, too.

One Flew Over said...

A fantastic, fantastic quilt!

greetingarts said...

Oh, forgot to ask what the background fabric is? It's a great shade of blue.

Kate said...

Amazing!

Ethne said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt back and how you quilt it up - are you going to FMQ the blue 'stars' and something special in the selvage blocks? This is something nurturing at present, patterns, methods, how others do the final, often crowning stage - the quilting !-)

MightyMom said...

so you need this selvage after all??!!

it's still sitting on my sewing machine with your name on it!

I like your offset webs better! much more interesting.

GOOD JOB.

Katy said...

it's beautiful, Jacquie. I also love the offset webs, I might have to dip my toes back into the world of webs and make another one that way!!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Simply breath taking Jacquie!

Stephanie said...

Ditto what Lisa above said. May I just say I'm really liking the white background on your blog.

Dianne said...
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Dianne said...

I found you from the selvage blog, and I'm so glad that she featured your quilt! It's absolutely stunning! I'm now a follower, and can't wait to see how this is quilted up and finished (sorry about the deleted post)

Jackie said...

Jacquie, It turned out just gorgeous!! I really like the offset look too. It was the right choice!

Gerry said...

Terrific job on this string block quilt.
It's crisp, clean look is very appealing.
Can't wait to see what's next.

jenn said...

Ohh,
I love your variation on this quilt. Just LOVE!! I will be anxious to see how you quilt it.
Great job as always!

Shari said...

I admire your perseverance - it does look great!

I decided not to work with selvages as my stash is just too big and the thought of trying to save them was too much. I don't usually cut them off until after I've cut strips so they are pretty short anyway...

Quilt Rat said...

wow, wow and WOW!!!!! I can hardly wait to this this quilted, it looks amazing. I LOVE this type of quilt......one that keeps you looking because each and every area has it's own story.
Well done!!!!

Becky said...

How fun, I love it.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Although I am not a selvage saver, it looks fabulous! Looks like loads of work! Good luck on number 2! that's exciting! The back ground color is just perfect it really set them off so nice!

Carla said...

The selvage quilt is just dynamic! I love the block and the idea plus the pale aqua background. Wonderful job. Also, I like the new white background for the blog...much easier to read now.

wishes, true and kind said...

Absolutely amazing! Just how long have you been collecting selvages?

Brenis said...

Just FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations getting that whole top done!!!

MichelleB said...

It is really incredible! I love the blue in the middle. Good luck on your next one.

Duff said...

an amazing visual stunner!
Thanks for sharing with all of us (envious onlookers!) in blogland :O)

mom2three said...

I'm so happy that you're making another one! I was cleaning up in the sewing room yesterday and found a little bag of selvedges for you! I was feeling so sad because I hadn't sent them in time to make it to your quilt.... now I'm happy to contribute to your next one!

Emily said...

I really love it with the light blue fabric!

KateKwiltz said...

It's fantastic!

Melinda said...

This is one of the best selvage quilts I have seen. I can't wait to see it quilted. I especially like the offset layout - much more interesting than the straight set.

Lynn said...

What a work of art - thank you so much for sharing this with us.

That Girl said...

This is simply amazing! Well done!

Jennifer :)

Meagan said...

Whew-so glad to hear you're making another one, because I have a plastic baggie bursting at the seams that I've been holding off on sending you until I finish cutting for my most recent quilt. Woot! This is gorgeous.

Needled Mom said...

Just gorgeous!

country mouse said...

Just beautiful!! All your hard work was well worth it!

Marilyn said...

I love this !!! What an amazing amount of thought and love went into it and it's GORGEOUS!!

AllieKatMom said...

I really need to make one of these, it would be an awesome wall hanging for someones sewing studio! Thanks for the inspration!

Katy said...

Love it! I am just about to finish my own selvage string quilt and have already been asked by three others to make them each one. Selvages are so great!!

Always,
Katy

Diane said...

I LOVE this idea! Thanks!

Ashley said...

all I can say is WOW! it's absolutely gorgeous!! I love that you've included some of the fabric as well as the selvages... looks like you could spend hours inspecting each web!

Lunden said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see it finished.

mandbrid said...

This is incredible...can't wait to see it finished!

EmileeHope said...

AMAZING!!!

Sandie Davis said...

OHMYGOSH! I am totally loving this quilt! I wanna make one, too! I am thinking how can I collect a pile of selvedge quickly!
Do you have a pattern for the block- such as measurements for the background pieces etc...??

a little bit biased said...

It's awesome, absolutely awesome.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Fabulous! Marvelous! I love it!

live a colorful life said...

This is fabulous. I also have bags of selvages (many thanks to kind people who have sent them to me, too--and isn't that fun??) and I think I will definitely put some of them to use in a quilt like this. Gorgeous!

Janet said...

You won the gold for perfection and persistence. It's stunning.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jacquie! It's gorgeous!!! What a ton of work!

CJ said...

AWESOME quilt!! I have loved those little colored dots since I was a little girl (and that was a LONG time ago!). What a treasure to have.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It is so beautiful Jacquie!! I can't believe you are starting another already - you are amazing!

Chris H said...

Superbe !!!! J'adore l'usage des lisières et les couleurs, c'est un plaisir à voir, Félicitations

Julie Smith said...

This is so amazing! Superb!

Cheryl Arkison said...

I'll admit, I'm not a selvage fan myself, but this quilt is stunning! Kudos for that kind of commitment.

Wendz said...

Wow, it really is beautiful!! The blue just makes it so calm. Magnificent work. I'm green with envy :)

The Tripp Family said...

I love it! Know of any good tutorials on paper piecing? I tried to watch a few, but it just didn't 'click' for me.

Jill said...

It is an absolutely beautiful quilt. I love working with selvages too, and have to admit I recognized a few that I have in my current selvage project that are the same as yours!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

That has a wow factor of 10..

bettina said...

the quilt is amazing...its just lovely what you did with all those selvages...

Victoria said...

This quilt top is just about as good as it gets. (It's so good, it gives me chills looking at it and I wish it were mine!) I am in awe of each little selvedge and the fabulous way that you have put it all together, and I am so looking forward to seeing it quilted. Once again, great work!

holly k said...

FUN!!!! Love it!

Truth and Beauty said...

I'm kicking myself that I didn't cut off fabric along with my selvedges!! this is astonishing work, Jacquie. Will you bring it to the KCMQG meeting? Best, Lysa

Anita said...

It's stunning! I'm not sure I have the gumption to tackle something like this. I may just have to keep admiring yours!

Carrie said...

Jacquie--amazing! You never cease to inspire... and you actually inspired my second-ever blog post with this. Thanks for all you do, as always!

Patty said...

I just love how this quilt is turning out!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! Your talent amazes me girl!!!
Sophia

stitchsister said...

This is really beautiful. I love the fresh, modern blue.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

wonderful!

Melanie said...

I can't tell you how much I love this quilt! Beautiful job!

Vicki said...

I love it. I think it's my favorite quilt so far this year. :)

Maggey and Jim said...

Well, with all your efforts the quilt is stunning. I can't believe all those selvages..Unreal
Maggey
I love the quilt.. it is awesome

Emily said...

Stunning.

Liz said...

It's fantastic! Now I wish I'd saved all those pieces I've tossed over the years.

jaybird said...

i adore this quilt. i've been saving selvages for about 8 months now & while i probably don't have enough yet... i think i'm going to start a quilt like this one... it'll probably be one of those long term works in progress that i add things to occasionally!

Tracy T. said...

It's simply gorgeous! I was just thinking today about starting a spiderweb quilt - how timely that you've included the tutorial (and inspiration!)
Congrats on a job well done.
Tracy

Allison said...

a.m.a.z.i.n.g. you win patience of the year award. :)

nicolette said...

Truly Amazing! Can’t imagine how many selvages went into the quilt. Some piece of persistence!

Sarah McCoy Photography said...

Not only is this quilt amazing but you provided me with EXACTLY what I've been hunting for. I ran out of a certain fabric for a quilt I'm working on. Lo and behold I was able to find the fabric because it was in one of your close up photos with the designer written right on the selvage! Thanks :)

Michelle said...

oh my goodness i just love this!!!!