Thursday, 23 August 2018

Cobweb Quilt update

Since our exhibition I've been busy working on some WIPs (plus making a very small new start that I'll talk about next time).


I started this quilt in a class at Nancy's Stitch Studio in April 2017, and I last posted about it back in March 2018.  You can read that previous post here because I'm not going to repeat where to get the pattern from etc.


Last week I finally sewed all the foundation paper pieced sections together.  Months ago I laid them all out in my hall way, then went upstairs and took a photo of the layout.  I bagged them up in rows so I wouldn't join the wrong sections together.


My new kitchen bench works so well as a quilting table!


Unfortunately now I've got the massive job of removing all the papers.  Many people on Instagram have told me that I should have removed the papers before I sewed it together, but the pattern designer (Chris Kenna) is a very experienced quilter and quilt judge, and she said we should leave them in.

Having the papers in certainly helped with aligning the sections when I joined the rows together.  There would have been a lot of stretch otherwise.


Anyway, I've been removing papers every day this week, and I'm half way done now.  I guess I might be finished by next weekend.



As for quilting - yes, I'm going to hand quilt it.  I'll work out how when it's basted.

Anyway, I'm in love with my Cobweb quilt and can't wait for the weekend.


13 comments:

Tami Von Zalez said...

It is the kind of quilt that draws you in. I thought at first, cobweb more Halloween but after I pinned it (yes, I had to!) I think it looks steampunk. I would be tempted to rip out paper pieces for this one, esp. if it had a chance at competition.

Kay said...

This is stunning. I think I would have left the papers in too if told to by the designer, especially if there could be a lot of stretch. It really will be a work of art when finished. x

Sue Rostron said...

hi Wendy i live at Raumati Beach. thats why i am interested to know who bastes your quilts as having that done for me may mean i actually finish some UFOS.

JC in TX said...

I totally agree with leaving papers intact until this stage. I'm working on a very small piece and it would be a disaster with all those bias edges exposed!!! QUESTION- have you ever worked with the dissolvable foundation paper. I tried it on a simple (pillow size) project with a sample sheet, was so easy to soak out. Bigger projects, not sure ... feedback anyone???

Kara Benavides said...

I love how your cobweb quilt is coming along. The coloration is awesome (as usual). I am now rethinking pulling papers out as I go in one of my projects. But it did not have as many pieces and grain changes as your pattern. Too bad we weren't neighbors. Pulling papers is just the kind of thing I like to do each day while I am waiting for my back to start working. hahaha. Have fun and can't wait to see your hand quilting.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Another beautiful quilt. I love the view of the back with papers on. It is very peaceful. Thank you for the tip of putting each row in individual bag. So much easier than trying to remember how I stacked the rows, etc. and so much faster than labeling each block. I usually leave my papers on but pull our the seam paper when I know it will be covered by another row making it hard to get to those little pieces. The one time I didn't, I wasn't able to get all the paper out and it did not fall apart in the wash!!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

This is just stunning Wendy!! I'm awfully tempted to put this on my bucket list of quilts to make.

Peggy said...

Wendy, I love how your quilt came out and I too leave the papers in. Okay, I've only done it twice, but as you stated, there is good reason to leave them in until the very end. One tip I learned and it worked well for me, lay a damp towel on the papers for a short time and the paper will pull away very easily.

Cathy Melancon said...

Another amazing quilt!! The colors are fantastic! I don't envy you having to take all the papers out! I love to paper piece, but dread removing the darn papers!! Can't wait to see your quilting!!! Best of luck!!

Julie Fukuda said...

I have only once tried paper piecing, and that was in a class making a small wall hanging. I can see how nicely it all goes together but removing those pieces of paper would be a challenge. One friend made a paper-pieced quilt out of strips of triangles. I think removing the paper took longer than joining the strips. Anyway, great results worth any amount of work.

Karrin Hurd said...

Your cobweb quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Good luck on getting the papers out soon!

Ann said...

A beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing photos and tips. I've been planning one of my own.

Jenny M said...

Great use of colour in your Cobweb quilt ~ love it!