The Black Widow Spider Quilt Project
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I finished the Black Widow Spider Quilt (She’s Come Undone) the end of April, but didn’t post about it. Sometimes I feel like I’ve come undone, but it’s just that I’m working on rebranding myself and my blog and it’s not only time consuming, but frustrating. Back in April I decided to quilt a spider web on this project and used paper to get started. This paper is used for this purpose and for paper-piecing projects. It’s very lightweight and tears away easily so I thought I’d try it. First I drew some spokes and extended the lines using a water-soluble marker.
Check out the paper at the above link. I found my at a quilt show so try your local quilt shop or Amazon.
If you tear down a spider’s web enough times it will kind of drive the spider over the edge and its web will become erratic. I knew that if I just kept quilting instead of taking break that my quilting would become erratic and it did, which was the effect I wanted. I know, I can be perverse at times. Here is the quilting, front and back. When quilting with fine metallic or clear thread, you can sometimes end up with a mess–or if you’re not careful when winding a bobbin.
I used Superior Metallic Silver on top and cotton thread in the bobbin. I used up a gradated piece of gray for the back and pieced the binding, still trying to use up black and red scraps. Another project finished, except for the label. I almost have a sheet of labels to print out so it will happen before summer’s end. After your project is quilted, spray water on the blue marking lines and let dry. Sometimes you will need to do this a couple of times to get all the marks out–be sure the marks are gone before exposing the quilt to heat or the marks can become permanent.
Real spider stories: One of my earliest memories is of finding a black widow in the backyard when we still lived in Virginia.
My daughter used to reenact Medieval battles with the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and was about to put on a helmet when she noticed a thick spider web that had formed overnight–Black widow in Arizona. And here in Arkansas, we need to watch for the brown recluse. They do not build webs but lurk in dark corners and piles of leaves. Get thee to emergency if you are ever bitten by one.
We had spiders in our basement in Minnesota and one spring I was doing deep cleaning and every night the spiders kept getting larger in my dreams. By the last night, this spider jumped up on a chair with GIANT mums and it was just as huge–I quit cleaning in the basement for awhile.
That’s enough of that–I’m getting the creepy crawlies. May all your dreams be pleasant and your spider encounters harmless. My next post I’ll finish up with Self-Portrait 1, which is not being entered in ANY contests. Sometimes things do not work out as planned and it’s back to the drawing board.
About bycandyp.comHi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.
Posted on May 21, 2016, in improvisational piecing and tagged Arkansas, black widow spiders, brown recluse, echo quilting, FMQ, Golden Threads quilting paper, improvisational piecing, Minnesota, straight line quilting, Superior Metallic Thread, Virginia, water soluble marker. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.