BLOCK Friday: Spiderweb Quilts – Fons & Porter

Spiderweb quilts are aptly named — you can see the spiderweb shape in each quilt block whether you’re a quilter or not! Many spiderweb quilts double as string quilts, although not all. Some Spiderweb quilt patterns have specific cutting instructions and even offer quilt kits including specific fabrics.

You’ll find, with Spiderweb string quilt patterns, utilizing your fabric stash is quite common and fabric collectors (like myself) can always use a good stash-busting project. Another perk to scrap quilt patterns like these: it’s easy to find repair fabric down the line if ever needed (like for Marianne Fons’ 1930s Spiderweb quilt below), as long as the fabric styles and colors are similar.

Another tip? Save and use up your selvages for these Spiderweb scrap quilt patterns! They make for an excellent visual experience. And, don’t be scared to mix and match with fabrics from your stash! Again, as long as they don’t stray too far from the overall colorways you’re using, everything should work quite nicely together. Here are some ideas for lovely Spiderweb quilts, including one that is perfect for upcoming Halloween and another for Christmas, as well as a free Spiderweb quilt pattern and two free string quilt patterns!

Hexed Runner Quilt
Spooky Quilted Placemats

Let’s start with a Halloween quilt! A table runner quilt pattern, to be exact. The Hexed Runner is so much fun in Halloween fabrics, it really makes for a festive experience and sets the mood for fall and fun. It’s great when paired with the Spook-tacular Placemats that follow the same Spiderweb design. This is one of those times where a quilt pattern and quilt kit for both the table runner and placemats are offered. You can tell that these are not string-pieced projects, but rather follow specific cutting instructions for the pieced triangle units. With such fun fabric, we wanted to make sure that each piece had its time to shine!

Boughs & Berries Quilt

Now, for the Christmas quilt. It’s a beauty and it was designed by none other than our very own, Marianne Fons. You can see the striking rendition of the classic Spiderweb design in Boughs & Berries. The reds and greens used to create this throw quilt make it perfect for a holiday throw, although changing up the fabrics would change the look quite a bit and create a quilt that is gorgeous year-round.

1930s Spiderweb Quilt - Baby Quilt Patterns

Finally, a quilt that is near and dear to our hearts and was first featured in the Love of Quilting May/June 2003 issue. Another design by Marianne Fons, 1930s Spiderweb is a lovely 42″ x 42″ crib quilt that uses 16 (9″) Spiderweb blocks to put it all together in this timeless string quilt. String quilts made from narrow fabric strips were popular with quiltmakers during the Depression Era when scrap quilts were in vogue. The 1930s reproduction prints combined with lavender and white solid fabrics give Marianne Fons’ quilt an antique look. If you’re looking for a more contemporary design, bright fuchsia, lavender, lime green, purple, and green prints give this quilt block a contemporary look. Finish the corners with black-and-white prints and it’s a totally different quilt.

Spiderweb quilts are so much fun, whether they’re string quilts or not! If you want an extra helping hand to make your quiltmaking even more efficient and accurate, take a look at the Kaleido Ruler. It’s super helpful for cutting perfect wedge shapes. Watch the below quilting video tutorial on using the Kaleido Ruler to see if it’s right for you! You can also download these Sew Easy: Using a Kaleidoscope Ruler written instructions.

I mentioned free string quilt patterns above! Find 3 (Stash-Busting) Free String Quilt Patterns as instant downloads, including a Spiderweb quilt by Elizabeth Dackson, who draws on historical string quilts for inspiration, from as early as the mid-1800s!

Do you have a favorite Spiderweb quilt you’ve made? Share your story in the comments and your pictures on the Love of Quilting Facebook page!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor


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