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Feb 16

Workshop in progress

I am linking in with Naptime Quilter’s Workshop in Progress.

First, I would like to say a “Thank You!”  to Cheryl for putting this together.  It has helped me immensely.  All of your advice has been gratefully received.

Two weeks ago, I posted a question about PFD (Prepared for dyeing) fabric, and thank you for all of your comments.  I felt confident cutting into that fabric and was able to begin making my half square triangles.  I am basically doing a “stash buster” where I’m trying to use as much of the fabric I have on hand as possible without going back to the store.  So far, so good 🙂  I have made and squared up all of my HST’s and I have sewn 6 out of 22 rows (of 18) together.

I have also been working on making paper piecing templates for my block “Bursting Star” and a new block “Bursting diamond.”  I hope to have these up in PDF format soon, but I first want to make a whole quilt using these style of blocks, so stay tuned…

And currently in my machine is a project that has been begging to be finished for almost a year.

This quilt was inspired by Red Pepper Quilt’s Modern Flying Geese quilt.  I was stuck at deciding how to quilt this thing.  Meandering?  Some other free motion quilting pattern?  Straight stitch?  A combination?  Well, I’ve started, but I’m not yet complete.  Right now, I just have the two lines next to the top of the triangles.

Quilt Back

I’m still debating on whether to add more lines (and wavy lines) parallel with the zig zag lines, or should I fill in the large zig-zag spaces with free motion meandering?  Either way would look cool on the back, but I think adding more lines would look the best.  The jury is still out.  What do you think?

Edited to add:  I decided just to stick with the two lines of quilting, but I have another question.  What charities are accepting donated quilts?  I think I might just donate this one…


Jan 26

String Quilt Complete (49) and Making baby quilts from scraps.

Two weeks ago, for Cheryl’s (Naptime Quilter’s) Workshop in progress, I asked two questions.  The first was what color should I use to bind my string quilt.

After looking at all of the opinions, and looking at the binding fabric next to the quilt…

String quilt with white binding

White binding

Green Binding for string quilt

Green Binding

Blue binding with string quilt

Blue Binding

Gray Binding on a string quilt

Gray Binding

I decided that I liked the darker fabrics better (gray and blue) but since there was so much blue in the quilt, I chose the gray.  Looking back, that is exactly what Cheryl suggested.  If I  had dark purple, though, I think that would probably have been my best choice, but I wanted to  use what I already had.  I like it a lot.

The winner! Gray!

So, here is the final string quilt.

Finished string quilt front

Backing for my string quilt

String Quilt Back

This quilt measured 95 inches x 71 inches before washing, and 91.5 x 67.5 after washing.  WE LOVE IT!

My second question that I posed out to blog land is what I should do with these scraps…

I cut some 5.5 x 5.5 inch squares from the large pieces, but I had so many smaller pieces left over, so I made a few quilts.

With the long strips 3 inches wide, I strip pieced them with 3 inch strips of white, and then cut them into 5.5 inch squares.

I had enough of these squares to make one baby quilt top.

Then, I took the smaller scraps and made scrappy squares within squares.

Since I had some small scraps and some larger scraps, I chose to make the squares inside the squares various sizes.

Since I already did the math, here are the measurements (If you don’t want these, then skip to the next picture):

To get a 1 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric:1.5 x 1.5
  • Border fabric: 2 pieces of 1.5 x 2.5 , 2 pieces of 2.5 x 5.5

To get a 1.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2 x 2
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.25, 2 pieces of 2.25 x 5.5

To get a 2 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2.5 x 2.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.5, 2 pieces of 2 x 5.5

To get a 2.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 x 3
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3 x 1.75, 2 pieces of 1.75 x 5.5

To get a 3 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 .5 x 3.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3.5 x 1.5, 2 pieces of 1.5 x 5.5

To get a 3.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 4 x 4
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 4  x 1.25, 2 pieces of 1.25 x 5.5

I framed them in .75 inch white fabric squares, and then sashed them with 2 inches of green fabric.  This is the resulting quilt top.

Then, with the scraps of my scraps’ scraps, I did some wonky corners on some white squares.

I have seen butterfly quilts (here ) where they put the triangles on two of the corners on opposite sides.  While I liked how that looked, I wanted mine to be more random.  So, I chose to make some squares with three corner triangles, some with one corner triangles, and some with two corner triangles.  I didn’t want to do any with four corner triangles, because they looked too much like wonky stars.

Here is the resulting quilt top.  I love it!

Now I just have to think of some awesome backs….

Edit to add:  I finished the modern butterfly quilt just now.  But, I still have the other two that are backless.


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


Sep 04

Black and White Window Quilt complete (37)

The binding is on, and the black and white quilt is finally complete!

black and white quilt

The front

Black and white quilt back

The Back

Black and white quilt corner

Scrappy black and white binding

The Binding

The final quilt measured 69 inches x 89 inches before washing.  I did not pre-wash my fabric, nor did I pre-wash my batting.  To me, it doesn’t make sense to do it because charm packs and jelly rolls do not come pre-washed.  The only benefit I see to pre-washing is that your colors won’t bleed in the final quilt.  I once read a hint that to eliminate bleeding of colors, add a cup of table salt to the wash water.  I have done that for my most recent quilts, and I have not seen any bleeding.

Since I don’t pre-wash my fabrics or batting, my quilts will experience some shrinking after being in the wash.  The black and white quilt shrunk down to 64.5 inches x 84 inches.  That is a 6% decrease in size.  Be sure to factor that in when making your quilts.

Solid squares for next quilt

I still have two quilts that I am working on.  The flying geese quilt, and another nine patch quilt that I haven’t posted pictures of yet.  I am also beginning a new quilt.  432  squares, each 3 inches x 3 inches resulting in 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares.  The final quilt will be 40 x 67 inches wide.  I am making it for my son, who is constantly asking me to, “Draw Bus.”  So far, I have cut out 69 blue and white squares, 25 purple squares, 66 squares of floral green, 4 squares of leafy green, 4 squares of circle green, 16 squares of red, 11 squares of orange, and 14 squares of yellow.  I’ve decided that I will take you through the whole process, square by square, so that you can watch me make the final product.  I’m not working with a pattern, just a sketch that I drew out.  If it turns out well, I will enter it into a contest that is coming up.  If not, then hopefully my son will love it, and maybe he’ll stop asking me to “Draw Bus.”

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Aug 25

Flying geese, Blue and Yellow.

I have  seen multiple quilts featuring flying geese (Red Pepper Quilt’s inspired me), and i figured it was about time I tried some.  I’ve been wanting to make a blue and yellow quilt for some time, and since I had a few fabrics with bold print, I decided to go big!

I found a site explaining “no waste flying geese” method, and so I cut my pieces to make an eventual 6 in. X 12 in. block.  Then, draw, sew, cut, iron…draw, sew, cut, and iron.  I drew a line down the middle of each smaller square (the outside of the triangle) by placing the fabric on a piece of sandpaper to keep the fabric in place.  That way, the fabric doesn’t move under the pressure of the pencil as I draw.  Best tip I’ve learned yet!

After I had finished cutting and ironing all of my “geese,” I noticed a problem.  Apparently, I am NOT a perfect sewer (does it bother anyone else that the word sewer-one who sews, is spelled the same as sewer-where excrement goes?).  My flying geese were all over the place.  So, I had to crop them down (or some may say square them up).

Flying geese

My tools

I had to cut about 1/2 inch from the height to square them all up properly, and enough from the width to make the final block 5.5 in. X 11 in.  Yes, I probably could have cut only 1/4 of an inch, but I would have literally been cutting it very close on a lot of blocks.  So, here is an  idea of how much I had to strip off of each block:

Flying geese after being cropped

Before and after

Now that the blocks are cropped, I am ready to sew!

Flying geese layout

6 blocks wide, 17 long.

My Singer Touch and Sew has been crippled from all of my sewing.  I can piece a quilt together on it, but I can’t stipple anymore because it keeps skipping stitches.  I took it in to get fixed, and even after new tension springs and a new bobbin case, still no good.  Looks like I’m getting myself a new machine….


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