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Dec 16

Chainmail quilt top

I have been working on my mom’s oversized queen quilt, and it seems to be a never ending process.  But, I’m seeing progress, so that is good!

There are four basic blocks that I use in this quilt.

Quilt blocks for the chainmail quilt

There is the gold block (4.5 in x 4.5 in).

There is the block with the strip on the side (4.5 in x 3.5 in gold, 4.5 x 1.5 inch color)

There is the square within a square, a simple “courthouse steps” block (2.5 in x 2.5 in gold, two 2.5 x 1.5 color blocks, two 1.5 x 4.5 blocks).

There is the other square within a square, which I call the corner block.  You will see why, soon.  This block is made “log cabin” style (2.5 in x 2.5 in gold, one 2.5 in x 1.5 in color, two 1.5 x 3.5 color, and one 1.5 x 4.5 color).  I had to make  20 of these blocks, half of them rotating clockwise, the other half rotating in counter clockwise with the darker colors on 3 of the 4 corners.

corner block in log cabin style

Using these four types of blocks, I would piece together a repeating unit of blocks.  In each unit, I would use 4 solid color blocks, 4 square within a square blocks (some of these would be corner blocks, when the overall pattern needed it), and 8 side strip blocks.

Could I say blocks more?  Blocks blocks blocks blocks.

Ok, back to the quilt.  I will show it in pictures, so you don’t have to read my nonsense 🙂

I’ve made another row since taking this picture, so I am now 2/3 of the way done.  Then, I have to do the border.  Then, the back.  Then baste.  Then quilt.  Then bind.

So, I should be done soon.  HA!


Dec 10

String Quilt top is done!

Scrap String Quilt

I love this quilt top.  I cannot wait to quilt it.  I already have the back made.  I just need to baste.

But, I’m going to wait until I finish quilting the top to my mom’s chainmail quilt.

And I have to machine quilt my baby chainmail quilt.

It’s using up a lot of my safety pins.

Motivation is a good thing 🙂

Here’s another picture:

twin scrap string quilt


Aug 19

Black and white window quilt – Current project

I’ll number this quilt when I am done with it, but I thought I would pause on listing the previous quilts to show the current project I have.

Black and white quilt

If you are wondering what happened to the color, just know that your computer screen is fine.  This is my twin size black and white quilt.  It is halfway through the quilting process.  I just need to get my machine back from the tune up guy 🙂

Black and white quilt

I chose a gray cotton thread to quilt it.  I thought white would look too bold on the black squares and take away from their subtle differences, and the black would look to heavy on the white sashing.  So, I am compromising with myself.  I was tempted to go bold and do it all in red.  Maybe next time!

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Aug 18

Same basic block, two different quilts (9&10)

Since I had just discovered what fat quarters were, I decided to make a few quilts using only fabric from fat quarters.  I chose about 40 different fat quarters (some came in sets of 5) and went to town making these squares, called trail to treadleonia or shaded four patch.  I finally made a quilt with triangles!  These were the first squares that I actually trimmed after putting them together so that they were the right shape and size in the end.  I quilted one for my mom and used a stitch in the ditch pattern along the diamond edges.

I made a matching sham to go with it.

Quilt #9 Sham

I used this same square to make a quilt for my mother-in-law, but arranged them in a different pattern and used a much different color scheme.  I think I went out of my comfort zone in color, and so did she when she accepted it, but it is a fun quilt!  I chose a more creative  quilting pattern with this one, straight stitching two curved lines in each block, resulting in the formation of circles.

Quilt #10, pieced

This is the quilt top, pieced together, ready for basting.

Quilt #10

This is the quilting up close.


Aug 18

Jean quilts and rag quilts (7&8)

Quilt #7

Quilt #8

Our Picnic Quilt

Quilt #8, back

My first rag quilt

These are my jean quilts.  The first quilt is a twin size quilt, made from 6.5 x 6.5 inch pieces of my husband’s jeans, my dad’s jeans, and my jeans, resulting in 6 inch squares.  I didn’t know how I wanted to quilt this top to the flannel patriotic star backing, so I chose to tie it, even though I didn’t have a quilting frame. All I did was lay the flannel upside down flat on the ground and place the jean quilt right side up on top of it.  Then, carefully, I started from the middle and tied the yarn in the center of each square.  It worked, and it is my husband’s favorite quilt.

The second quilt is my first of many rag quilts.  I used the extra pieces from my jean quilt and the extra pieces of the star flannel backing to make this scrap quilt.  The thread on the jean side is yellow, and the thread on the flannel side is red.  This quilt, which is no larger than 3 feet by 3.5 feet, is our picnic quilt and has a permanent place in the back of my car.  I made many baby flannel rag quilts (about 9), but I donated them to a local children’s hospital, so I have no pictures of them.  So, we will count all of those rag quilts as being quilt #8.

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