My Spiderweb was inspired by an article/pattern in Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. The article, by Beverly Dunivent, was called Christmas Kaleidoscope (Christmas Kaleidoscope (article) by Beverly Dunivent, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, December 1996, pg.25-27). I was enamored of the “center is the not the center” concept and the clever way the author used paper piecing to achieve square blocks and precision in a pattern consisting heavily of bias edges.
I hadn’t done much paper piecing at the time and was intrigued and excited. I gathered examples and cut strips and made patterns, but wasn’t able to start the quilt until 1998. In a flurry, I made many, many blocks, but got stuck on the border. I wanted to complete each plate rather than cutting each plate off. I wasn’t skilled enough at the time to create the border design.
In 2012, I started the 26 Projects list , which provided the impetus to finish the piecing of the top and the border in November 2012. It is foundation pieced and machine quilted.
There are a lot of extra blocks scattered around. I incorporated one column of the extras to make the quilt slightly larger, but the rest were donated to BAMQG for a new life as donation quilts.