Sep 01

Selvages, spider webs, and Dresdens, Oh My! (100)

Welcome to my blog!  I have finally finished my 100th quilt, and it is a combination of all the quilts I have wanted to do.  I have wanted to make a selvage quilt, I have wanted to do a spider web quilt, and I wanted to enter a quilt into Simplicity’s EZ Dresden Challenge, hosted by the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild.  So, I have made a selvage quilt in a spiderweb design based on the dresden wedge.  Instead of using a “kite” shape for the background fabric, I used Simplicity’s EZ Dresden ruler to make the background shape.  Can you see the dresden shape in there?  I did have to cut off the top two corners to make it into a point, but the 18 degree angle is where all the magic is.

I have seen spiderweb quilts and loved them, but I loved this one from Marit’s Blog Quilt-it.   I realized that I loved it because of it’s odd angles in the spiderweb octagon.  I wanted to find a way to recreate that, and the dresden ruler was my answer.  I love the resulting octagonal shape.

At first, I was afraid of not having the octagon’s points connect , but now that it is done, I like the separation.  It was also really great to have this space to do straight line quilting.  I was able to do a fun outline of the blocks, which I love, in addition to a quilt line on the side of the major intersecting seams.

I used this flea market fancy print (my favorite print that I have always wanted to buy).  It wasn’t quite large enough, so I added an additional print, Timeless Treasures Washi Waves in aqua to make up for the difference.

I bound it in Kona Orange.  At first I was nervous about its brightness next to the softness of the Kona Azure and the selvages, but I have to admit that I am loving the effect!  It is a bright frame to a happy quilt!

selvage quilt

It was so fun to have my 100th quilt also be my spider web quilt, my selvage quilt and my dresden ruler challenge quilt.  This quilt measures 65 inches by 90 inches.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.



  1. Congrats on your 100th quilt! And it’s such a great one. Love how you combined the different styles. I might be tempted to use your idea for my month in “sew-euro-bee-an”! Great job, I love reading your blog and am really excited to see what you come up with next. I follow you since you were featured on Quiltstory and didn’t miss one post since ;o)
    Happy Quilting!

  2. Jenny says:

    What a fabulous quilt! And a triple score on the bucket list! Yahoo! I loce the shape of your spiderweb too, and the orange binding.

  3. Barb@Witsend says:

    Great quilt, nice to get so many things out of 1 quilt. I like the orange binding.

  4. Clare says:

    Just beautiful! The aqua background is very bold!

  5. Barbie says:

    Tanya, this is GREAT. I love the unusual octagon shape that you achieved, and your color choices for the background and binding are spot-on. Congrats on 100!

  6. Kim says:

    What an amazing achievement. Congrats! I love the spider web quilt. It’s very pretty!

  7. Ivy says:

    I love it! It’s gorgeous! And you should be so proud! 🙂

  8. Nikki says:

    So fun! I like the octagon shapes and the orange binding is great!

  9. Wendy says:

    This is so cool! Amazed as usual. Hope to see you Sat!

  10. kaholly says:

    Just lovely!! And so much fun! Good luck in the challenge!

  11. brittany says:

    that looks amazing! i love it

  12. Carli says:

    Stunning quilt, very effective design! Thanks so much for sharing, its gorgeous.

  13. Karen Deskins says:

    Congratulations on your milestone. I hope to reach my 100th quilt one day as well. The quilt is breathtaking! Great job.

  14. Ida says:

    well what a great way to accomplish so many “wannas” in one quilt! And it is a beauty too!

  15. Lynda M O says:

    Tanya, I love it so much… The the unusual octagon shape that you achieved stimulates my creativity since I don’t use patterns either. Your color choices for the background and binding shine. Congrats on 100, as a pure beginner I wonder if 100 is in my grasp. Thanks for motivating and validating beginners like me.

  16. Jess says:

    This quilt is beautiful. Even better in person. 🙂

  17. Brenda says:

    This is really great — I like the selvages, the shapes of the webs, using a dresden ruler in a creative way, and the orange binding. congrats on a great finish!

  18. AnnMarie says:

    Love, love, love the squareness, quilting, color, EVERYTHING! It’s outstanding!

  19. Brenda says:

    Wow! this is great! and it’s a huge accomplishment — I’ve made a spiderweb quilt and I know there’s lots of stitching in it. I like your use of the Dresden wedge.

  20. Donna says:

    Looks great, and love the orange binding! Congrats on 100 quilts–that’s quite an achievement! (I probably have 100 started quilts, but that finishing thing seems to get in my way!)

  21. Liz says:

    Very unusual but oh so pretty. Love it.